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Tuesday Talk with Dr. Dain - August 25, 2020

Ahoy Pirate Family!

Steady-As-She-Goes! Things continue to stay on course as we are in the last weeks of preparation to kick off the 2020-2021 school year.  Although an unprecedented year with an unprecedented start, the love, joy, and excitement we have is stronger than ever as we anticipate the arrival of our students.  Below are just some quick updates that I wanted to share this week.

6th Grade YMCA Care

Please note the original information sent home to parents stated that the 6th grade YMCA programming would begin daily at 8:30 AM.  Because the school day for middle school students begins at 7:30 AM, the YMCA has agreed to open their doors at 7:00 AM in order to give students enough time to check in and then be ready to begin class at 7:30 AM.  For additional questions, please contact Jordan Elo at jordanelo@kansascityymca.org

 

Transportation

Thank you for completing the transportation form.  In talking to DS Bus Lines, our new bus company, they have decided to run the “normal routes” to be flexible and prepared if families who are not currently utilizing the bus decide to take advantage of this service.  We will also be offering midday shuttles for our secondary students who are in the hybrid model and attending one to two days a week.  Please contact Kathy German with additional questions at Kathy.german@dsbuslines.com

 

Student 1:1 Device Pick Up

Thank you for doing a FABULOUS job in following the process of the device pickup.  Hopefully you have found the process to be relatively painless; we have already deployed over 1,000 devices to our students.  ​In order to pick up devices, families must have completed the enrollment process, paid fees, and know/bring their district-issued Student Identification Number. Please click here for more information

 

Masks

Over the last week the Wyandotte County Health Department has advised us that some research shows the neck “gaiter” style mask is the least effective type of face covering.  Click here for a link to that research.  We would like to request that students wear a different type of mask if at all possible.  Mitigating risk factors will be the name of the game in keeping students learning on campus.  Thank you for your consideration! 

 

I would like to give a special shout out to our administrators, teachers, and support staff for the work they are doing every single day to prepare for the beginning of school.  They have been busy preparing their classrooms, collaborating with colleagues, and so much professional learning with new devices, Canvas, and Edgenuity!  Our current motto is “WE CAN DO HARD THINGS!”  I am super excited for parents and students to reap the benefits of their hard work!  Piper School District has an amazing staff and I am SO PROUD of their work.  Please stay well and continue to wear your masks.

 

Proud to be a Pirate,

Dr. Jessica Dain