Panther Press

January 18, 2021

Principal Message

Good Morning Pershing Families,

I hope this message finds each of you healthy and doing well. The past two weeks have shown dramatically higher rates for both COVID-19 exposures and COVID-19 positive cases among both students and staff. Thank you very much to all who have actively screened students at home and quarantined when exposed to COVID-19. Your communication and caution helps to keep others safe. It is our goal to keep our classrooms and school open, while keeping all students and staff as safe as possible. Sacramento CDPH has released a new COVID Decision Forest that is currently being used to guide our school district in response to these COVID-19 positive cases. For more information on when to isolate or quarantine, please visit this site:

If your child is vaccinated, this can often result in shorter quarantine or faster return to school and class. You may provide our office staff a copy of your child's updated vaccine records by providing a copy to the office, or sending it to our School Secretary, Celeste Whedon, by email to

Both our iReady testing window and the Winter Survey have been delayed and extended due to staffing shortages and workflow barriers. I anticipate sending out the Parent surveys both on paper and online to your email this Wednesday. Parents have the option to either respond on paper, or to submit the online survey response. Your input and feedback is important to us, and I thank you in advance for taking the time to complete a survey for us.

As we navigate our way through the new guidelines and the current challenges, please be patient. Every day different Pershing team members are helping out and covering positions and responsibilities that are not their typical role so that we can keep moving forward supporting our students safely. I'm grateful to work with such dedicated staff. If there is something your student needs or is having a challenge with, but you're concerned that it has been missed or not addressed, please reach out and let us know so we can work to address it. If you have questions or concerns, call 916-979-8076.

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership!


Mrs. Kendra Shelton


Calendar of Upcoming Events

January 17: No School (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

January 18: School Site Council on Zoom CANCELED; next meeting 2/15/22 on Zoom

January 18: 8:45a.m. - 9:45a.m. - Rapid Learner Virtual Tour on Zoom

January 19: Winter Surveys sent out to families, staff and students (4th - 6th grades)

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