Dear PVPA community,
This week we welcomed 98 middle school students and 24 teachers and paraprofessionals back into the building for in-person learning. We also welcomed newly hired paraprofessionals and safety monitors to our community to support students and teachers with the transition back into the building. It’s been very exciting to see and hear students interacting with their teachers and peers, singing, dancing, playing music, and making art.
On Tuesday, the PVPA administration welcomed a team of experts from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to our building. Together, we walked through our building, discussed the details of our plans for in-person learning for our middle school students, and shared information about the number of high school students interested in returning to in-person learning and our plans to transitioning them back. The team from DESE confirmed that our plans were consistent with their guidance. They also provided helpful suggestions on how we could best use our space for serving breakfast and lunch.
During our visit from the DESE team, it was officially announced to school leaders across the commonwealth that as of May 17, 2021, the Department will require grades 9-12 to use a full-time, in-person learning model for instruction hours to count towards structured learning time. In its announcement, the Department stated that families will retain the choice as to whether to send their children to school in-person or have them learn remotely through the end of the school year.
Responses to a survey sent to high school families at PVPA on April 16 indicate that 95 students in grades 9 through 12 are interested in returning to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year. This represents 37.4% of the 254 high school students currently enrolled at PVPA. Our administration has done an analysis of the returning students’ schedules and determined that all of the students whose families indicated an interest in returning can be accommodated in the classroom space that we are not currently using for middle school students.
There are logistics to work out regarding lunch, especially during inclement weather. We will also be administering MCAS for students in grades 7, 8, and 10 in the coming weeks which will have an impact on our available space on testing days. We do, however, plan to bring back high school students on May 17. Details about our plan for MCAS and the return of high school students will be available next week.
If you did not complete the April 16 survey for high school families and would like your child to attend in-person five days a week for the remainder of the school year, please complete this form immediately. We will be developing a plan to safely provide in-person learning for the students who indicate that they will be returning. Once the plan is complete, it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible to accommodate additional students.
Thank you for your support,
Interim Executive Director