Dear P-CCS Students, Staff, and Families:
We are looking forward to welcoming our students and staff back to a new year after what was hopefully a restful and relaxing holiday break. As we continue to monitor COVID-19 cases during this holiday season, as well as the presence of the new Omicron variant, I wanted to provide a few reminders and updates regarding our upcoming return to in-person learning on Monday, January 3, 2022.
Return to In-person Learning
We continue to review data on the number of cases, as well as other key metrics in our local community and across the state, while working in consultation with local health departments in our decision-making processes. All public health organizations continue to emphasize the importance of vaccination, wearing a well-fitting mask in public indoor settings, and testing, along with physical distancing and hand-washing. Please refer to the P-CCS 2021-22 COVID-19 Mitigation Plan for detailed information about our layered mitigation measures.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated COVID-19 quarantine and isolation guidance for the general public, shortening the duration of quarantine and isolation under certain circumstances. The Michigan Department for Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has indicated that it will be updating MDHHS guidelines for the general public to align with the revised CDC guidance, however, existing quarantine and isolation guidelines for K-12 schoolsremain in place until further notice. Please refer to the P-CCS Close Contact Quarantine Protocol.
We will continue following our mitigation practices to ensure that students and staff have a safe return to learning on Monday with the goal of remaining in-person for families who have chosen that learning option. We appreciate your continued commitment to these strategies in all of our schools and programs, as our number one priority remains the health and safety of our entire school community. All families and staff are expected to perform at-home self-monitoring using the COVID-19 Daily Student Symptom Screening Tool, and stay home if exhibiting any symptoms.
As a reminder, P-CCS has partnered with the Wayne County Health Department to host a vaccination clinic for the 5-11 year old population, as well as doses and boosters for those 12 and up, on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, in the Canton HS cafeteria from 3:30 p.m to 7 p.m. First, second, and booster doses are available for all eligible ages. Pre-registration is required. Please follow this link to pre-register. On the day of the clinic, please bring a completed copy of this consent form and your vaccine card, if you have already received a dose.
Late Start Schedule for P-CEP Students on Monday, January 3, 2022
Please remember that we have scheduled a late start for all P-CEP students on January 3 in order to provide refresher ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) Training for all P-CEP staff. The late start for students will allow ample and appropriate time for the staff training to be completed. During the refresher training and debriefing, our teachers will be provided with additional information regarding ALICE training to share with their students when they return to the classroom later that morning. P-CEP students will follow the schedule for classes below which will allow each teacher in each hour the opportunity to discuss emergency information specific to their classroom space.
1st Hour: 11:22 a.m. - 11:43 a.m.
2nd Hour: 11:53 a.m. - 12:14 p.m.
3rd Hour: 12:24 p.m. - 12:46 p.m.
4th Hour: 12:56 p.m. - 1:18 p.m.
5th Hour: 1:28 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
6th Hour: 2 p.m. - 2:22 p.m.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR P-CEP STUDENTS WHO USE TRANSPORTATION: Bus pickup times will be four hours delayed for P-CEP students compared to their regular pickup times on Monday, January 3, 2022. For example, if your usual pickup time is 6:25 a.m, your pickup time on Monday would be 10:25 a.m.
Inclement Weather Reminders
We want to make sure you are aware of our inclement weather protocol and how it affects the potential for school closings (Direct URL: https://www.pccsk12.com/
Our process remains the same as previous school years in that, if schools are closed due to inclement weather, it means there will be no instruction or programming for the day for all students. This includes both in-person and Virtual Academy students. All schools will be closed, and all remote learning will be canceled for the day as well.
District families and staff will be advised via robocall as well as our other communication platforms (mass email, official district website, P-CCS Mobile App notification, etc.), and local television and print local media also will be informed.
On December 16, we published a letter to families that outlined changes to our bus services that will impact most families that utilize transportation. It includes a new bus schedule that is important to review for families as we implement a planned rotation of suspended routes beginning Monday, January 10, 2022. We are making these changes in order to provide a more predictable transportation program for our students and families for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year. Please take a moment to review this important communication in order to be best prepared for the implementation of this new plan.
We hope that all of you had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday break, and look forward to all that 2022 will bring for our students, staff and school community. Creating the Future in P-CCS is a meaningful, innovative and invigorating journey every day! Stay safe and be well.
Yours in learning,
Monica L. Merritt
P-CCS Superintendent of Schools