Dear PCS Families,
By now you have likely heard that the Ministry has decided to initiate a partial return to school starting June 1. There are many points of view to consider with that reality, but in an attempt to keep it simple, I would like to provide some clarity on how we as a school community view what that will look like.
Our teachers are excited to have our students return, but the decision on whether to send them to school at this time will be completely up to you. If you feel that remote learning is still the preferred option for your family because it is working, we will still be providing that option, although there may be a reduction in the amount of work sent home as we approach the end of the school year, and depending on how many students are attending classes on a regular basis. For those parents who wish to have students return to school we are looking at inviting students K-5 to return for full days on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students in grades 6-12 will have classes available to them at the school on Mondays. We will provide greater detail on what specific guidelines will be in place at school, (for example filled water bottles from home each day), once the Ministry has approved our plans for physical distancing and upgraded cleaning procedures. We are not currently planning to coordinate with SD 59 for bussing accommodations. If having our PCS shuttle bus will enable your students to attend when they otherwise will not be able to do so, please let us know. Transportation to and from school will need to be something you consider as you make your decision on whether to have your child return to school for June 1.
The Ministry of Education has been very clear that parents will ultimately decide on what they feel is appropriate for their family with regard to a return to school. We will continue to support your child’s learning and your specific situation to the best of our ability. We are still in this together as a school family. From our point of view, the remote learning environment that has been our reality since Spring Break has been successful largely due to your cooperation and support. We are confident that this option can continue to be worthwhile for the remaining three weeks of school if that is your preference for delivering education to your child.
To allow our teachers to better prepare, we are asking that you let us know if you plan to have your child return to school or plan to continue with remote learning at home. Please continue to communicate with our teachers and/or the school if you have suggestions, concerns, or just want to provide positive feedback. We look forward to continuing to work with you to be successful in these less than ideal times, to provide learning opportunities for our students.