Frequently Asked Questions:
Priority Charter Schools is actively monitoring the latest updates available regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will stay abreast with any information from local government and public health officials, along with affiliates at the state and federal level. We are also providing stakeholders timely answers and relevant information pertaining to our district.
Q: How long will school be out?
- PCS schools will be closed through the last day of school, Friday, May 29. The district will continue to closely monitor the status of Covid-19 in each campus region through daily briefings with the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Texas Education Agency, and various counties and city officials.
Q: What type of instructional support is PCS providing to students during school closure?
- TCA and CCA students will be provided an opportunity beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, to engage in instructional lessons via Google Classroom, Zoom, online programs and packets. Teachers will contact parents of each child to deliver personalized, lesson instructions.
- GCA and CPCA students will be provided an opportunity beginning Thursday, March 26, 2020, to engage in instructional lessons via Google Classroom, Zoom, online programs and packets. Teachers will contact parents of each child to deliver personalized, lesson instructions.
Q: Is PCS providing meals during the closure?
- PCS schools will not be providing school meals during this time; however, TEA has provided the link below to help parents find public schools offering breakfast and lunch meals. https://schoolmealfinder.hoonuit.com/
Q: Will extracurricular activities outside the normal school day continue as scheduled?
- Extracurricular, co-curricular and all before- and after- school activities have been canceled. Currently, there is not a timeline for when activities will resume.
Q: Who can I contact if I have a question specific to my child?
- Please reach out to your child’s teacher through email. If you are unable to contact your child’s teacher, please contact the school office, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., or call 254.206.2013. We will route your message to the appropriate staff member. All teacher’s emails are in first initial, last firstname.lastname@example.org format (i.e. Teacher: Jane Doe – email@example.com).
- Teachers will contact each TCA/CCA family and provide lesson instructions on Monday, March 23. Teachers will contact each GCA/CPCA family and provide lesson instructions on Thursday, March 26.
- All school offices will be open 8-4 to answer calls starting Monday, March 23.
Q: Are we still accepting new enrollment applicatons?
- Yes. Please contact the district registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 254.206.2697.
Q: How is attendance being recorded for my child?
- Each Friday, parents will complete and submit a Distance Learning Tracking Log attached to the district home page. Page and instructions are available on the district website.
Q: What do I do if my child does not have technology for online learning instruction?
- Contact your child’s teacher or the school office for assistance.
Q: What if my child does not have internet access at home?
- Please click on the TEA link, Guidance to Districts on Providing Internet to Students, for information on how to receive free internet and broadband services.
Q: Do I still pay tuition for Pre-K?
- Please contact Jennifer Anderson at email@example.com or 254.206.2697
Q: Will the STAAR tests still take place this year?
- On, March 16th, Governor Greg Abbott announced that he has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Additionally, Governor Abbott is requesting that the Department of Education (DOE) waive federal testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Governor Abbott is working closely with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to ensure that schools continue to deliver instruction to students while students are absent or while schools are closed due to COVID-19.
Q: Will we have to make up the days of school that we are missing this week? How will this affect graduation?
- The Texas Education Agency has assured school districts that a waiver will be granted for missed instructional minutes if a district provides some degree of instructional support to students impacted by the closure of schools. *The graduation ceremony for PCS is scheduled to take place Monday, June 1, at Temple Charter Academy.