PES Grades 4 & 5 Updates (4 days a week)

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Dear PES 4th and 5th Grade Families,

Directly after Spring Break, grades 4/5 will be returning to school for 4 days a week for all in-person learners. This will begin on Tuesday, 4/6. CCPS will be assuming that any student currently attending for 2 days a week in-person will now be 4 days a week. If you need a different arrangement and wish to stay hybrid you will need to call the school directly to make those arrangements. The press release has been included in this newsletter for your ease.

With this new change, our 4th and 5th grade daily schedules will be adjusted to meet the needs of our in-person learners at PES. These changes will be posted in your student’s Google Classrooms and can also be found in your email via School Messenger and on the PES website. The new schedule is here:

PES Schedules – Grades Pre-K 4 to 5 – starting 4/6/21

Here is the CCPS Press Release:

                                           Four Days a Week for In-Person Students Begins April 6

March 25, 2021 – In-person students in 4th through 12th grades will begin a four-day a week in school schedule beginning Tuesday, April 6.

  • No changes will be made to bus schedules.
  • Wednesday will continue to be an asynchronous day for all students, with teachers and staff involved in planning and professional development.
  • Families will continue to have the ability to choose either virtual or in-person learning for their students, and changes may be made by contacting the school.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its guidance for schools, reducing the amount of physical distancing recommended between students to three (3) feet. This new guidance gives districts the flexibility to have more students in schools and enables CCPS to increase in-person immediately following Spring Break.

In preparation, administrators and support staff have reassessed and reorganized classroom space and resources. The logistics of the student day involving staffing, transportation, food services, multi-use spaces, and movement throughout the school are being revised based on updated guidance. Physical distancing on school buses remains a challenge, with three feet between students provided to the extent possible. Staff has ensured that appropriate PPE supplies are on hand for the increased number of students.

“These new guidelines allow us to continue our progress towards a full-time, in-person return to schools in the fall,” Superintendent Patty Saelens stated. “Students, staff, and families must remain vigilant with safety protocols such as wearing a mask, physically distancing, hand washing and sanitizing, and cleaning and disinfecting. These practices have been integral to our success with in-person learning to date and will remain extremely important as we continue through this school year. As always, the health and well-being of students and staff remain our highest priority.”

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If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Mr. Angeloni