Important Updates from Superintendent Merritt (January 28, 2021)
- School Name Communications Department
P-CCS Students and Families:
As an educator, I have watched teachers personally engage students in ways that increase achievement. I have watched students inspire each other as they become excited about learning. This type of engagement occurs best for most students when it is person to person. The power of in-person learning continues to be our driving goal as we create Safe Start plans to return students and staff to their classrooms.
Long before the State of Michigan set a goal for school districts to offer in-person learning no later than March 1, our teams were developing learning plans. These plans included returning elementary level students to classrooms (in a half-day hybrid model) last week. This week we were excited to welcome back our 6th and 9th grade Safe Start students, as well as our high school students enrolled in specialized courses (in a hybrid model). The in-person return of our 7th and 8th graders will occur next week.
Working closely with the Wayne County Health Department and watching metrics carefully, our goal and plans are to have all Safe Start students back to some form of in-person learning by March 1. The P-CCS Board of Education met on Tuesday, January 26 and reconfirmed the Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan. This plan must remain flexible with targeted dates based upon risk and safety issues. The board, district leadership team, and staff remain committed to educational excellence while maintaining a safe and positive learning environment for all students.
We will continue to provide our community with information about this process through regular communication and website updates. The current educational plan and timeline for the Safe Start, in-person return of all grade levels can be found here. In a global pandemic, as frustrating as it is, this must be a flexible process. Student and staff safety must come first. If risk grows, we will revisit our plans and pivot to other models. The health and safety of students and staff remain our top priority when we make these decisions.
As we return to the classroom, we will adhere to strict mitigation strategies that include wearing face coverings, regular hand washing, adherence to physical distancing to reduce density and increased cleaning and sanitizing of schools. We will continue to work with the Wayne County Health Department officials to obtain the COVID-19 vaccinations both for our faculty and staff. We are encouraged to learn that vaccinations will be made available to school staff in the coming weeks.
It is exciting to see students meeting up with friends and the sounds of laughter and engagement back in our buildings. Educational excellence occurs for all P-CCS students, be it virtual, remote or in-person.
Please take care of yourselves and take care of each other. We are P-CCS Strong!
Monica L. Merritt
Superintendent of Schools