From The Director
Dear PCK Parents,
In this ever changing and constantly evolving time we all find ourselves in these days, I want to update you on a number of important developments related to PCK’s reopening in August. The PCK board met earlier this week to review the current situation, discuss options, and adjust reopening plans for the upcoming school year as new circumstances and requirements emerge. Here is an overview of new developments:
SCHOOL START DATE:
The start of the 20-21 school year has been pushed back one week from August 10th to August 17th. The primary reasons for this shift were to:
a.) align with other charter and neighborhood schools in DCSD, and
b.) to allow the PCK staff and administration more time to prepare for a remote learning option (REO) this fall.
Parents will soon receive the complete schedule of our staggered start days by grade, but please note that this shift does not affect our school calendar in any other way — all holidays, breaks, and staff in-service days will remain unchanged.
REMOTE LEARNING OPTION (REO):
Due to the unique circumstances presented by the COVID pandemic, the PCK board did approve our plan to offer a remote learning option for PCK families during the 20-21 school year. This is great news for those who have concerns about sending their children back to school in August. PCK will offer a pathway for students to engage in the instructional process remotely, with further details about parent/student requirements to be released some time in the next week.
Students who opt into the REO program must complete PCK’s Express Check-In registration process as usual (you can access Express Check-In here), and remain actively engaged in the learning process for the duration of the REO selected. Parents will choose between “fall only” (returning to in-person learning after fall break in October) or a full year REO option, and their child’s spot at PCK will be protected. This selection is not made in Express Check-In, but will be made in a separate process before school starts. A mandatory parent meeting will be required for all parents selecting the REO (date to be announced).
We are still on track to welcome students back to the classroom beginning the week of August 17th. Some of the traditional start-up events, such as our August Open House, will be modified to accommodate health and safety recommendations. Watch for information on our Open House coming soon.
With the addition of a remote learning option, class sizes will be slightly smaller, allowing for more social distancing within the classrooms. All health and safety measures will be in place when school starts to ensure the safest possible environment for our students and staff.
All PCK staff and students over the age of 10 will be required to wear masks in compliance with Governor Polis’ recent mask mandate for Colorado. As a show of respect, and to help protect our community, all students, including those ages 10 and under, are asked to wear a mask when arriving and departing from school (during carpool time), and to have a mask available for use during times where social distancing is harder to achieve (e.g. small group instruction, traveling through the hallways, etc.). While masks are strongly encouraged to help keep everyone healthy during this COVID period, students 10 and under will not be required to wear their masks all day, unless they choose to do so for personal health/safety reasons. Those students with a documented medical issue related to mask-wearing may request an exemption through our school nurse.
The PCK staff will work hard to help students understand and respect individual choices related to mask-wearing. There will be no uniform color requirement for masks — my thought is that if we must wear them, let’s at least allow the students to have some fun with the colors and designs (all within appropriate limits…no political, offensive, scary, or otherwise inappropriate images are allowed).
Finally, a personal plea during these unprecedented times…let us all remember that we are a community — a family, if you will — and as such we must work together (not at odds with one another) to get through this current COVID challenge. We do nothing but harm the PCK community that we all know and love if we do not treat one another with care, compassion and, most of all, RESPECT during this difficult time. My plea is that we collectively put personal rights and political views aside, and instead focus our efforts and energy on protecting our community so that, in time, ALL of our students can safely return to school. We are #PCKproud, and I believe we have a unique opportunity to show our students how true community works. If ever there was a time when our true character will be on display, it is now.
News From The PTA
Unfortunately, we will not have our annual pool party this year since H2O’Brien pool is not allowing private parties at this time. Watch for news on other upcoming events as they become possible.
We will have a used uniform sale. Keep an eye open for details coming soon.
Our first Spirit Night of the year is August 27 from 3:30 – 8:00pm at Swirls! Please be aware that Swirls has a limited capacity and you may need to wait in line outside. There is no indoor dining available at this time.
Help Make PCK A “School Zone”
A PCK parent has asked Douglas County Public Works to make a “School Zone” on Pine Drive in front of PCK, with a decreased speed limit and flashing lights. She is gathering signatures to show community support for this initiative.
Thanks for working to keep us all safe during carpool!
PCK Is Hiring
We are currently accepting applications for the following positions:
- Substitute Teacher
- Substitute Teacher
- Substitute Teacher (we really need subs!)
- Kindergarten Aide (part time)
- Elementary Teacher (Flex) – this position will be involved with remote education, details to follow.
Also, our facility team is looking for one full-time person during the day to help clean/disinfect, and one to join the evening crew from 5:30 – 9:30pm. The hourly rate is $14.25/hour. Those interested should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We Must Sadly Say “So Long” to the Swamp
Out of an abundance of caution for the students, staff, and parents involved in the student musical production of Shrek that was re-scheduled for next week, the show has been canceled. This was a heartbreaking decision for Mrs. Myers and her team who have worked so diligently with the student cast and crew over the past several months. However, due to the increase in COVID cases in Douglas County, growing parent concerns for cast members, and the restrictions still in place under the governor’s Safer at Home order, this year’s musical production will not go on. Thank you to the students, parents, and staff for all of their hard work, willingness to persevere in the face of challenge, and their passion for sharing the arts with our community. We all missed a FABULOUS show!
It’s Time For Back-To-School Shopping
Who doesn’t love a fresh new notebook and a sharp pencil? If you didn’t order a School Toolbox, you can get your student’s school supply list here. It is also on the home page of our website in the slider.