Superintendent Merritt's Message to the P-CCS Community (Transcript) -- March 27, 2020
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Superintendent Merritt's Message to the P-CCS Community (Transcript) -- March 27, 2020

Post Date:03/27/2020 8:13 PM
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Good evening P-CCS families and students, this is Superintendent of Schools, Monica Merritt. I hope that you are all staying healthy and safe. As time progresses, we recognize that members of our community have begun to be impacted personally by the devastating effects of COVID-19, and my thoughts are with you. In an effort to make sure you are informed of the most recent updates impacting our district, I will continue to connect with families weekly during the school closure.


Our team has been diligently working to ensure we are ready to move forward with the next phase of our home learning program. Last week, we shared that learning will continue at P-CCS; thank you for your patience as we have readied our staff and students with the resources they need to transition to the next phase of remote instruction. 


Phase Three, beginning next week, will see our teachers using a wide range of tools and platforms to increase their remote learning with students, continuing the high-quality instruction that our students and families expect and deserve from P-CCS. We have created a continuum of non-mandatory educational learning opportunities to meet the varying needs of our families. The printable versions of these resources will be available for pick up this week during our Wednesday food distribution for families who do not have internet access. 


More detailed information about the expectation for this next phase of our learning plan will be discussed by your principal during their weekly calls this Sunday. 


This unprecedented pandemic in our community has left many students and families dealing with the impact of trauma and uncertainty. To help support our students, we have added some social-emotional health information to our Home Resources Page. 


Additionally we have continued the great work of distributing meals to support the needs of families in our communities during this challenging time. We thank our Food & Nutrition Services department and staff volunteers who gave their time and energy, as once again we were able to provide 30,000 meals for kids this week through this wonderful program. 


Earlier this week, the Governor issued the ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ Executive Order to all Michigan residents. We will continue to follow all executive orders and guidance from the State as we navigate through this challenging time. Working together, we can each do our part to support health, safety, and a welcomed return to normalcy.


On behalf of the district, we would like to thank the many people who are making tremendous sacrifices to keep our community going during this time. We are so grateful for the long hours and tireless effort that so many have devoted on so many fronts, including the Canton, Plymouth, and Plymouth City police and first responders, health care professionals, grocery store workers, child care providers, district and school staff … and the list goes on. 


As we come to the end of our second week of school closures, I am reminded today of a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” We are definitely standing in times of great challenge, and I could not be more proud of the way our school community has united during this time, operating with the best interests of our students in mind. 


We are P-CCS Strong. Have a safe and healthy weekend!