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COVID-19/Future Planning

Fall 2020

The 2019-2020 school year has been disrupted in such unprecedented ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic that the district is being proactive in planning for the different scenarios we will possibly face when planning on reopening schools in the fall. 

Superintendent's Update

Dr. Jarvis, Superintendent, provides an update on planning for reopening schools in the fall.

Guiding Principles

  1. PSD is committed to providing outstanding educational services in the fall of 2020 and for the duration of the COVID-19 health crisis, regardless of the modifications necessitated by changes in state and federal guidance.   We will have prepared contingencies in order to be flexible as the modification guidance changes and will adapt instructional services as necessary to meet the needs of all students.  

  2. Create strong systems and protocols based on most current CDC guidance to ensure the physical health for everyone in school, regardless of age or role. 

  3. In-person learning is a priority for all students.  Our first goal is to provide full-day in-person learning for all.  We will support students who choose a remote learning option. If, due to social distancing restrictions, we cannot provide full day or every day in-person learning for all students, we will prioritize more in-person learning time for those least able to learn at high levels remotely, but we still keep some in-person learning for all.  Note:  Remote learning in the fall will not replicate spring of 2020 emergency continuous learning, but instead will replicate in-person learning as closely as possible, including engaging lessons, grading, assignments, student collaboration, etc. 

  4. Decisions are made with an equity lens; this includes considerations for traditionally marginalized students, students groups demonstrating gaps, and students who rely on school support. Equity does not mean all students get the same things; it means all students get what they need to be successful. 

  5. Provide Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) through well developed and well implemented curriculum, instruction, and systems of support (multi-tiered). 

  6. Create strong academic multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) to ensure students receive the proper instruction, time, and support needed to succeed.

  7. Provide robust professional learning for all: certificated, classified, administrators, and parents.

  8. In creating change in the system, get input from all stakeholders at all stages of implementation; a continuous improvement model with feedback and flexibility.