Contingency Plan for Returning to School for the 2020-2021 School Year

Contingency Plan for Returning to School for the 2020-2021 School Year

The Pontotoc City School District has established a re-entry team of district and school level administrators, support staff and medical advisors. The team recently met to discuss the re-entry options that would maintain learning with the safety of students as the main priority. Another meeting will take place in July to finalize the plan and allow families time to plan accordingly. Please understand that the following statement is important moving forward:

This plan is being established based on CDC considerations as they are established at this moment in time. Based on the nature of the COVID-19 Pandemic, guidance may change for better or worse. The public will be kept posted as information/guidance is given to the district.

The Pontotoc City School District should open on August 7, 2020 as originally planned and approved by the School Board of Trustees. Under the proposed Contingency Plan, PCSD could open in one of the following ways:

  1. Traditional School Model: Open schools as traditionally as possible adhering to the CDC considerations.

  2. Blended School Model: (parent choice) Traditional learning Monday-Thursday for students that choose to attend face-to-face, and virtual classes for students that cannot attend in person. Friday will be virtual school for everyone, using devices issued by the school. Virtual students would attend school Friday to take proctored exams and receive face-to-face support from teachers.

  3. Virtual School Model: (only if a shutdown is required by the Governor or other government agency) All students attending virtual school with devices issued by the district.

Parents/Guardians will have the opportunity to receive training with devices and online learning once the 2020-2021 School Model has been selected and approved by the Board of Trustees. The final decision will be based upon surveys completed by parents/guardians, CDC recommendations and considerations of the Re-entry team.

The district has received Elementary Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds provided by the CARES Act in response to COVID-19. These allocations will be used to provide accessible technology to all students, sanitation and safety supplies for faculty and students, and additional student support through additional employees.

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Dr. Michelle Bivens, Superintendent