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Tuesday Talk with Dr. Dain - October 20, 2020

Greetings Pirate Nation!

I hope this message finds you well as we move into the latter part of October.  This time of year, the English teacher in me always loves to share this quote from Ann of Green Gables, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”   This crisp air, the beautiful leaves, and of course, EVERYTHING PUMPKIN SPICE! 

Last week I shared with you our commitment to creating a sustainable educational model for all students and teachers for the 2020-2021 school year that included parent choice for remote learning and getting all K-12 learners back on campus who want to be learning onsite.  At the elementary level, this will include trying to safely transition back some of the students who chose remote learning.  At the secondary level, this includes lobbying the Health Department to allow our secondary students to be back in classrooms with onsite access to their teachers. Please know our administrative team is working non-stop behind the scenes trying to make these changes happen.  I would ask for your continued patience and understanding as we work through so many necessary layers in order to make these goals our reality.

To that end, we feel that parent feedback is SO IMPORTANT to us as we create our timelines and instructional models.  As we draw close to the end of the quarter, we’d like to ask parents to take just a moment and share with us—how are we doing?  Four weeks ago, parents shared valuable information through a survey that we utilized to adjust instruction and calibrate expectations.  We appreciated that feedback and would like to monitor our progress.  Although we wish we could wave our magic wands and make everything better, receiving your feedback allows us to continuously improve.  If you could take just a minute or two and complete this survey, we would be extremely appreciative!

Please find the link to the survey here: Family Feedback Survey  (This survey will close end of day October 27th.)

Family Quarantine Guidance:
If one of your students is quarantined due to being a close contact of someone at school, any siblings in the household can still come to school unless the child begins exhibiting any COVID symptoms or you elect to have the child tested. If a child is undergoing testing, siblings must remain home until a negative test result is received.

Piper School District COVID-19 Positive Cases Weekly Update:
Students (September 9th-October 20th)            Staff (August 12th-October 20th)
Piper Early Childhood: 0                                    Piper Early Childhood: 1
PPE: 2                                                                PPE: 0
PCE: 6                                                                PCE: 1
PMS: 2                                                                PMS: 1
PHS: 7                                                                 PHS: 0

If you haven’t taken the time to do so, head outside and watch the leaves dance; they will offer an absolutely brilliant performance this time of year!

Proud to be a Pirate,

Dr. Jessica Dain