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Pacific County schools have received a recommendation from the county health department to “start the school year with distance learning and then re-evaluate the conditions monthly.” Given the current COVID-19 situation, I believe this is the best choice in a difficult situation. As an educator, I can assure you that we want to teach our students face-to-face, every day. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a way we can do that safely at this time. I will forward this recommendation to our school board because I trust our health professionals and know they have our best interests at heart.

I realize such a decision will cause difficulties for families, but we are committed to do all we can to help our students and their families to both learn and stay safe. We learned a lot from our March closure and we have had time to fix some of the issues we discovered. For example, we will have clear learning and attendance expectations and a common platform from which to deliver those. We also found out which students didn’t have internet access and now have some portable hotspots available. We have learned how to prepare hundreds of meals each day and deliver them to neighborhoods and individual homes. We will be building on that experience as well.

We have been planning the 2020/21 school year since the 2019/20 school year ended. We developed plans that encompass returning in person, but we also knew circumstances might change and we would have to adapt. Over the next few weeks, schools will be in communication with you to explain in detail what to expect.

We thank you for your support and are looking forward to giving your students the best experience possible.

Dr. Steve Holland
Superintendent

District families will be receiving a letter with this same information.
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4 days ago

We want to keep you informed of an option that all K-12 students will have this fall. We understand that the current COVID-19 situation is worrying; we have taken, and will continue to take, science-informed actions to ensure we are prepared to keep students and staff as safe as possible. We will be working with parents to screen children for the virus. We will also maintain social distance, clean, disinfect and schedule differently in order to do all we can at the District level to take care of our school community.

At the same time, we understand that some parents may prefer to educate their children at home during this time; if you believe this is your best option and would like the school to help, please contact the District Office no later than 3 August to let us know your preference. You can do this by calling 360-942-3415, option 4. This week the office is closed due to maintenance, but we are still receiving and responding to messages. If no one answers, please leave your contact information and we will get back to you to arrange an appointment. The District office will be back to our summer schedule next week, 7:30 to 3:00, Monday through Thursday.

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Rest assured that we will do all we can to partner with families.

BTW, parents will receive a letter in the mail with this same information.
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2 weeks ago

Some helpful hints.
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