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March 11, 2021 State of the District Text Graphic

Dear Peninsula School District Community,

Here are some updates for this week:

What To Do If Your Student Is Sick
Students should stay home if they are sick. If your student is not feeling well and you call in an absence to your school, to ensure the safety of our school community, we are asking you to leave the following information regarding your student’s absence in your voicemail.  

  • Please leave your name, phone number, student name, date and reason for the absence.  

  • If you are reporting an illness, be specific on any symptoms that your student has. Let us know if your student has had a COVID-19 exposure, symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19. 

  • If you have been told to stay home by the local health department or health care provider, please give details about the return to school date.  

  • If your student is unable to answer “no” to all the questions on the attestation form, please keep them home from school and follow the current guidelines on returning to school after COVID-19 symptoms. These guidelines are available on the school websites and the 2021 Learning district web page.

Schools will be making follow-up phone calls to families if this information is not provided. 

Navy JROTC/NNDCC Parent Info Nights
Students and families with students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2021 are invited to participate in a virtual information night about Peninsula School District’s new Navy JROTC/NNDCC Program. 

Sign up for Zoom sessions on either March 30 or March 31 from 6:00-7:00pm. 

Register here: https://forms.gle/DR5kPqxko95iAVam9.

We look forward to sharing information about this fantastic opportunity for students. 

Superintendent Search Update
The PSD Board of Directors have announced the semi-finalist candidates for the superintendent position. The semi-finalists will be interviewed Saturday, March 13 and finalists will be named Monday, March 15. For more information, visit psd401.net/suptsearch.

Elementary Spring Conferences
As noted on the 2020-21 school calendar, we will still have spring conferences the week of March 21. In addition to the usual Thursday and Friday conferences there will be slots available for conferencing on Wednesday, March 24 this year as well. All parent-teacher spring conferences will be held remotely on Zoom.  

Several adjustments from previous years' schedules were needed to account for our multiple learning platforms. However, the basic structure remains the same, with Thursday afternoon and evening conferences followed by a half day of school with early release on Friday. On Friday of that week, the PM 3rd-5th grade cohort will have school in the AM for that one day only. Please see this calendar for 2021 spring conference details

Spring Forward: Daylight Savings Time Begins March 14
Daylight savings time begins on Sunday, March 14. Remember to set your clocks ahead by one hour.

Calendar Reminder: March 19, 2021
This is a reminder that Friday, March 19 is a school day in the Peninsula School District. In previous years, a Friday in mid-March has been a non-student day to coincide with the middle and elementary school change of trimester. This non-student day was taken out of the calendar to extend the summer break to allow more time for construction of our new elementary schools. Here is the current 2020-2021 school year calendar

Pandemic EBT Benefits for Families
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) is a food benefit created by Congress during the COVID pandemic in order to help replace meals that eligible students would have received if school schedules weren’t disrupted. Each child who is eligible to receive a free or reduced price school meal (including children who attend schools that serve free meals to all students) will receive their own P-EBT card in the mail in the coming weeks. There is no need to apply; eligible families will receive their benefits in the mail this month.

To receive P-EBT benefits, make sure your address is up-to-date in the parent portal. If you need to update your address, please do so as quickly as possible. If you don’t have an address, you can ask your child’s school to use the school’s address.

We hope you have a great weekend.

Sincerely,
PSD Leadership 

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