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P-CCS Students and Families: There are two important resources to stay posted with during the school closure period. Please see the important links below.

  • P-CCS Information on COVID-19 Page, which contains all related posts, releases, and transcripts that have been sent to the community, as well as some other informational resources.

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Important Information from P-CCS - March 18

Post Date:03/18/2020 9:52 AM
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P-CCS Students, Staff, and Families: We want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this difficult time of change and uncertainty in our community. I continue to be in awe of the strength within our community, as I have watched the outpouring of support to ensure that all P-CCS families have what they need to manage this ever-changing situation. Please remember to take time each day to care for your own physical, mental, and social-emotional health, all while you are continuing to support each other. 


The focus of this communication is to address some of our most recent decisions around scheduled events and academic plans to support our families. We know there are a lot of unanswered questions that we are not able to definitively answer at this time, but we will continue to follow guidance from the State in order to make accurate decisions and provide regular updates to our school community. For today, we want to share some important updates regarding enrichment learning resources, food service plans for kids, the school calendar, and social/emotional supports that are available for everyone in our community. 



Enrichment Learning Resources

There have been many questions about the expectation to deliver a mandatory online learning program. It is important for you to know that, if a school district mandates distance learning to count for instructional hours, the district is responsible for ensuring that all P-CCS students have access to a device with internet connection. Until we are able to ensure that all of our students are equipped with these essential elements, we are not able to require online instruction and/or distance learning to count for grades or credit. With this in mind, we remain dedicated to student learning during the closure period by providing families with a variety of high-quality enrichment and learning opportunities that will help students remain engaged in grade-relevant content from home. 


During stressful times, having a regular schedule is important for students, especially our youngest learners. As a helpful resource, we would like to share with you a sample daily schedule that you could consider using to organize your student’s day. Please see the examples from various grade levels linked below:



These examples, along with the Home Learning Resources we are providing on the district website, are not intended to replace the high-quality curriculum and instruction that is delivered every day in the classroom by our dedicated and highly-qualified teaching staff. These resources provide enrichment activities to support reading, writing, math, science, social studies, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Although the district or teachers cannot require students to complete these activities for a grade or credit, we encourage families to utilize them to support our learners and help keep them academically engaged. 



Weekly Breakfast and Lunch Program

We recognize that students are in need of meals every day. To best serve the community, we have put together a plan for six district sites to make breakfast and lunch meals available on a weekly basis. Families are welcome to come pick up free meals for all kids every Wednesday during the school closure period, starting on Wednesday, March 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Each grab and go package contains both breakfast and lunch for five days. This program is for all kids 18 years old and under, as well as our students ages 18 to 26 who are serviced with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), in our community. For questions about the meal program, contact Healthy.Meals@pccsk12.com.



Spring Break / Events / Scheduling Updates

All P-CCS buildings and programs will remain closed through Sunday, April 5, as per state-mandated directions. Our spring break will take place as previously scheduled from April 6 to April 10, with our students and staff returning on Monday, April 13, unless the mandatory school closure is extended.


This time has brought several questions from students and families who have worked hard to prepare for extracurricular activities and events that were scheduled for the coming weeks and months. These important experiences and memories for our students are certainly at the forefront of our minds as we think about the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, and it is important for you to know that we will make all decisions with student health, safety, and well-being as the priority. For now, all after-school and extra-curricular events remain canceled through the mandatory closure period. We will make future decisions on planned events and activities in a timely fashion as we continue to follow the guidelines issued by the State. Please stay posted to your email, as well as the official district website, for all updates and adjustments as we move forward in the coming weeks.



Social-Emotional Health

In a time of challenges and stress, it is important to focus on your own well being physically, mentally, and emotionally. Here are some additional tips to support yourself and others through this time:

  • Get plenty of rest.

  • Eat as healthy as possible.

  • Exercise and stay active.

  • Share your feelings with others and let others know they can share with you.

  • Find opportunities to play and laugh.

  • Breathe! Shared below is a mindful breathing technique. 

    • The 4-7-8 Breathing Technique:

  1. Focus on your breathing to quiet your mind. 

  2. Exhale (push the air out of your lungs).

  3. Breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds.

  4. Hold your breath for a count of 7 seconds.

  5. Exhale through your mouth (make a “whoosh” sound) for 8 seconds. 

  6. Repeat the cycle up to 4 times. 


There are several resources available for anyone who needs social or emotional health support during this time, and below are three recommended sources of information and support that are endorsed by our school counselors:




Volunteering / Donations

If a community is defined by how it battles adverse times, I could not be more proud of the way that the P-CCS community is coming together to get through this test by showing unity, compassion, and the ability to put others before ourselves. It has been inspiring to, at such a challenging time, see some of the best that our community has to offer -- part of which has been countless inquiries from families and staff in our community to volunteer their time or donate resources to help those in need. We appreciate your generosity and are exploring channels to allow for contributions. 


As for now, we recommend the best course of action is for our students, families, and staff to follow all health and safety guidelines as given by our state and federal governments. Take care of yourselves, and take care of each other!


We are dedicated to making sure that our learning environments remain a safe and healthy place for all students and staff. Thank you for your continued support of P-CCS!


Monica L. Merritt
P-CCS Superintendent of Schools