PUSD Weekly Parent Update 5/31

from Mrs. Pearce, Superintendent

We are entering into the official last week of the 2019-2020 school year! It has been a long, crazy road full of many unprecedented events, but we have made it. We have a few updates for the week ahead:

Food Services

This will be the last week of our food service. We will continue the regular schedule listed below this week. We hope you have enjoyed this service we have been able to provide to our community the past couple months and we look forward to serving you again in the fall.

Summer Meals will be provided at these sites: Summer Meals

Monday -

Curbside pickup at Prairie and Pacheco 11:00-12:00;

Riverland Market drop off 11:30

Tuesday -

Curbside pickup at Prairie and Pacheco 11:00-12:00;

Riverland Market drop off 11:30

**Food for 2 days will be provided (Tuesday and Wednesday)**

Thursday -

Curbside pickup at Prairie and Pacheco 11:00-12:00;

Riverland Market drop off 11:30

**Food for 2 days will be provided (Thursday and Friday)**

Chromebook and Classroom Materials Check-In

We appreciate all of your efforts to return all district Chromebooks last week, as we were able to check back in the majority of our devices for cleaning, various updates, and repairs, and have them ready for use in the fall. If you were unable to return your student’s device last week, please bring it to the school ASAP this week. Our offices are open 8:00-2:00 and various staff will be available to receive materials that were not brought last week. It is extremely important that we secure all district devices before the summer begins, so please plan to come by the school if you didn’t last week to return all checked out materials.

Online Programs Available in the Summer

Please be reminded that various district online programs are available throughout the summer and take advantage of them if you can! Lexia, Renaissance Place (AR tests), Sumdog/Reflex Math, Typing Club are all still available for your use. Please check with your student’s teacher(s) if you have questions about any other programs for extended summer learning in addition to the packets teachers gave out last week!

School Reopening and plans and instruction options for 2020-2021

Thank you to those of you who were able to respond to the survey sent out to all district families last week in regard to various instruction models that may be available for the 2020-2021 school year. If you have not yet completed the survey, please take a moment to do so. It is available here: https://forms.gle/ofRvQB4jbUNmyagw8

At this time, there has been no definitive guidance for public schools for models, but there are 4 basic options we are exploring at this time:

  1. Full-time face-to-face instruction. In this option, students would return to school Monday-Friday with a traditional schedule, while adhering to some basic guidelines issued from CDC. At this time, it is not clear which guidelines schools will need firmly in place, so while this option may be most popular because of the normalcy it presents, there are still several elements to consider to be compliant with guidelines issued and applicable for schools to follow. There will be more information on this option as more guidance is issued.

  2. Full-time distance learning. In this option, students would attend school virtually Monday-Friday, much like we have done to finish out this school year. This means learning would take place between regular school hours, but schedules could vary depending on the grade, class, and teacher.

  3. Hybrid model of learning. In this option, students would attend school in person set days per week and virtually other days, on a set schedule. This option would be explored and more details will be communicated once we know how we may rotate students in-person and virtually through their classes. At this time, set days are undetermined, but it would most likely mean 2 days in-person at school, and 2 days virtual, with 1 flex day per week.

  4. Long-term Independent Study learning. In this option, students would be participating in their learning Monday-Friday independently, staying on track with their assignments, and meeting weekly goals on their own schedule at home. Although this option has students working at home, it is very different than the distance learning model. If this option was chosen, it would be vital that students demonstrate success in working independently and not on a set schedule per day. Students would meet with a teacher 1-2 hours per week only but still need to complete all assignments and stay on track with goals independently.

Please know that we will keep you updated on these options as we learn more information on guidance for schools reopening. We appreciate your patience. Please look for more updates in the weeks to come and always remember to check our app! Have a happy start to your summer and stay safe!