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  • COVID-19 Superintendent’s Message Update

    August 19, 2020

    Re: COVID-19 Prevention, Mitigation, and Response Procedures at Priority Charter Schools

    Dear Priority Charter School Parents and Guardians,

    As we plan for returning to school at Priority Charter Schools on Monday, August 24th, we recognize that this will be an unusual school year, but we remain committed to supporting your student’s learning, as well as his or her safety.

    This document outlines the guidelines our campuses will have in place to prevent or mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and Priority Charter Schools’ response if a positive case is identified. We hope this transparency helps you in the decision process regarding your student’s on-campus attendance versus the at-home remote learning option provided at Priority Charter Schools.

    The virus that causes COVID-19 can infect people of all ages. That said, research from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), among others, has found that while children do get infected by COVID-19 and some severe outcomes have been reported in children, relatively few children with COVID-19 are hospitalized or have severe symptoms. For many children, there are distinct benefits to attending school in person, including instructional, social, and safety benefits. For these reasons, the American Academy of Pediatrics has made a statement supporting on-campus instruction for students in the coming year.

    While it is not possible to eliminate all risk of furthering the spread of COVID-19, the current science suggests there are many steps schools can take to reduce the risks to students, teachers, staff, and their families significantly. The Priority Charter Schools strategy for opening and operating is outlined below. A more detailed plan can be found on our district website www.prioritycharterschools.org.

    Prevention

    To prevent COVID-positive individuals from entering our campuses, your student’s school will have the following COVID-19 symptom screening procedures in place:

    • All staff will be required to self-screen daily.
    • All visitors will be required to screen upon arrival.
    • Parents are asked to proactively identify when their student exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed to the virus by notifying their campus and allowing the student to remain at home.
    • All students will be screened daily by taking their temperatures with a no-skintouch thermometer. The student screening procedure will be as follows: o
      • Upon arrival to the campus, students will be guided to a pre-determined screening location were a staff member will take each students’ temperature. 
      • While remaining six feet apart, each student will be asked a series of health questions as a staff member scans the forehead with a non-contact infrared thermometer. 
      • Any student registering a temperature of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit will be separated from the general population while a parent/guardian is contacted for pickup.

    Information collected in these screens will not be retained if the screening is passed. If a parent indicates that a student is demonstrating COVID-19 symptoms, the school will retain that information until the student meets the criteria for returning to school.

    Criteria for Return to School

    Conditions for returning to school after an individual shows symptoms or receives a positive test result:

    Either: 

    • 24 hours with no fever; and 
    • Symptoms improved; and
    • 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

    Or:

    • An acute infection test at an approved testing location (https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/) that comes back negative for COVID-19

    Or:

    • A doctor’s note indicating an alternate diagnosis

    Mitigation

    Priority Charter Schools will be taking the following steps across each of our campuses to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:

    • All adults in the building will wear masks.
    • All students in all grades will be required to wear masks, particularly when they are within six feet of one another. The exception will be when participating in activities that cannot be conducted with a mask on, such as eating, or unless it is not developmentally appropriate for the student to wear a mask, such as exercising outside during Physical Education class.
    • All entries, classrooms, and cafeterias have been equipped with hand sanitizer stations.
    • Students will be directed to use newly installed handwashing stations located in or near cafeteria prior to eating breakfast or lunch.
    • Signage placed to remind students and adults to follow the CDCs COVID 19 preventative behaviors.

    Response

    In the event of a COVID-positive case on campus, the campus will take the following steps:

    • All areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case will be closed until disinfected or seven days have passed since last exposure.
    • All teachers, staff, and families of all students at that campus will be notified.
    • The local health department will be notified.

    We hope that this information gives you confidence in our systems and our ability to stop the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Jason Osburn, PCS Executive Director of Operations & Safety at 254-206-2013. Please visit our website at www.prioritycharterschools.org to review the PCS COVID-19 Return to School and Response Plan for SY 2020-2021, which contains additional information and scenarios that Priority Charter Schools will take to prevent, mitigate and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The PCS website also offers parents and students additional COVID-19 resources and back-to-school information. Key information on remote learning includes training videos on Google Classroom and Seesaw which are two of the on the Learning Management System platforms that PCS will use to connect and provide instruction to students and families. I encourage you to visit our website at www.prioritycharterschools.org and look forward to greeting your child next week!

    While this will be a challenging year, we believe it can also be a great one, and we look forward to supporting your student in his or her learning journey.

    Sincerely,
    Scott Moger

    Scott Moger, Ed.D.

    Superintendent

    Priority Charter School

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

    To the Priority Charter School Parents, Students, and Staff of the Temple Charter Academy,
    Good afternoon! At 4:15 PM today, the Bell County Public Health District announced the start of school for traditional, on-campus learning will be delayed until Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at the earliest for all schools located in Bell County. I am writing this letter to inform you that Priority Charter Schools has been prepared to provide instruction to all students using either an online, remote learning platform or through the traditional, on-campus instruction.
    As a result of the news received this afternoon from the Bell County Public Health District, the Temple Charter Academy campus will now start classes on Monday, August 24th, by providing families with the online, remote learning until we are allowed by Bell County to provide our students with the option of coming to the campus to receive traditional, face-to-face instruction in the classroom. Please know that additional information will be sent to our Temple Charter Academy families on when parents and students can pick up the school technology required for remote learning at the campus. I look forward to Tuesday, September 8, 2020, when we are allowed to provide both learning options to our Temple Charter Academy families and can safely return to school.
    At Priority Charter Schools, our administrators, teachers and staff have plans in place to provide either an online, remote learning platform or the traditional, on-campus instruction for our families and students to choose from in the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. We will provide quality learning opportunities and use multiple instructional methods and activities to take care of the educational needs of our students.
    Please note, until further notice, the Copperas Cove Charter Academy, Georgetown Charter Academy and Cedar Park Charter Academy campuses are not currently effected by such a public health order and will plan to open their doors to parents and students providing families with the options of traditional, on-campus learning or using the online, remote learning option on Monday, August 24, 2020.

    Sincerely,

    Scott Moger, Ed.D.

    Dr. Scott Moger

    Superintendent

    Priority Charter Schools

    “Closed Instructing” Status Update: April 17, 2020

     Priority Charter Schools Family,

    This afternoon, Governor Greg Abbott addressed the citizens of Texas to update his plan to re-open Texas and included what this means for schools for the remainder of this school year. The purpose of this email is to clarify what this means for the students, parents, and staff of Priority Charter Schools (PCS). For PCS this means that our teachers and staff will continue to operate, as we have for the past month for the remainder of the school year. We are operating in what the Texas Education Agency defines as a “Closed-Instructing” operational status at the four campuses that make up the Priority Charter School District. Closed-Instructing operational status means our teachers and staff will continue to provide our students and families with remote instruction that consists of online, video, and interactive instruction via Zoom, SeeSaw, Google Classroom and other instructional platforms via the Internet and by communicating with students by phone, email and other means of communication until the last day of school on Friday, May 29, 2020.

    During this period our teachers will continue to deliver instruction and have published campus instructional schedules, provided lesson plans, and will continue to collect student work to grade on a weekly basis. The district administration has revised the student grading policies, acquired additional resources for staff and students and have updated our PCS District website at www.prioritycharterschools.org to include student and parent portals providing instruction resources, class schedules, the revised grading policy and weekly assignments by grade level and subject.

    Thank you for allowing us to take care of your child. We ask that you do the same by practicing all of the safety measures to protect yourself, your family and your community. Please check our website at www.prioritycharterschools.org for additional updates. In addition, the district will continue to communicate with our staff and families using the SchoolMessenger system, the district website and Facebook to send phone, email messages and social media messages to our students and staff when we receive additional updates.

    Lastly, take time to count your blessings, see the best in each other, and make time to actively love and care for your family and those who live around you. Separated, but together, we will come out of this stronger!


    *Please Note:

    The Governor’s announcement at noon today has caused confusion to several people in Texas when he referred to school closure.  In short, schools will continue to teach students remotely for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  For Priority Charter Schools this means our school year for students will end on Friday, May 29, 2020.  While our students will not return to their physical campus to receive instruction, they will continue to receive instruction at home through the remote online learning opportunities currently provided.  Below is a message sent directly from the Texas Education Agency this afternoon to all Texas school districts:

    “Following on Governor Abbott’s Executive Order on schools issued this afternoon, it is important to note that while the Governor’s decision continues the closure of school buildings for in-person classroom attendance for the duration of the 2019-20 school year, it in no way ends at-home instructional support for Texas’s millions of students.

    “School districts across Texas have worked diligently to make the transition to virtual learning. Students must continue to receive daily academic support from their teachers and schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.”

    “Thank you to our superintendents, principals, and teachers for their leadership in ensuring that academic progress continues during this unprecedented public health crisis. We fully support your efforts.”

    Sincerely,

    Scott Moger, Ed.D.

    Superintendent

    Priority Charter Schools

    April 9, 2020

    Priority Charter Schools Parents and Staff:

    By staying apart for the time being Priority Charter Schools is working to ensure that we are limiting the spread of COVID-19 in our community. In service of this, I want to share a one-minute video that reminds us of the most important actions we can take as individuals to reduce risk for ourselves and others: 

    • Practice social distancing
    • Wash your hands
    • Stay home as much as you can, especially if you have a cough, fever, or shortness of breath

    I encourage you to watch this video with your family. And be sure to share it with family and friends on social media and via email.

    Even though we are currently apart, we look forward to coming back together as a community soon.

    Sincerely,

    Scott Moger, Ed.D.

    Superintendent

    Priority Charter Schools

    April 3, 2020

    Parents, Students and Staff of Priority Charter Schools,

    You hear it all the time during flu season, “Wash your hands to prevent the spread of flu.”  You may have heard advice encouraging you to do the same to stop the spread of COVID-19.  However, do you know why this simple practice works so effectively?  Washing your hands with soap and water breaks up the molecules of the coronavirus and washes them away, preventing the virus from infecting you or others!

    To be able to effectively and reliably break up the virus cells, you must wash your hands thoroughly and vigorously for at least 20 seconds.  Doing this can be incredibly effective!  In fact, a study showed that when a group of elementary aged school children participated in supervised handwashing 2-4 times per day, the spread of a similar virus was reduced by 47%

    While it is important to wash your hands, it is also important that we all regularly disinfect surfaces.

    COVID-19 has been shown to live for up to three days on various surfaces.  If you must leave your home for essential services, be sure to wash your hands as soon as you return and disinfect any surfaces you may have touched.  If someone in your home is ill, it’s also important to regularly disinfect.  Applying soap and water plus commonly used disinfectants to frequently touched surfaces will break up the virus and carry it away, in the same way soap kills and carries away the virus on your hands.

    The Priority Charter Schools staff and I hope you and your family are able to regularly take these simple steps, which will help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and help your family to stay well. For more information on preventing the spread of COVID-19, visit www.tea.texas.gov/staywell.

    Your Safety is Our Priority!

    Scott Moger, Ed.D.

    Superintendent

    Priority Charter Schools

    April 1, 2020

    Parents and Students of Priority Charter Schools,

    Though we are apart right now for our health and safety, we at Priority Charter Schools continue to support each other as a community, and right now we must work together to fight COVID-19. In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Priority Charter Schools, will be reaching out to you via email, phone, text message, and social media over the next two weeks to share vitally important guidance.

    This guidance is based on what scientists know about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and it is our hope that you will continue doing all you can to follow these practices and share them with your friends and family.

     Thank you for what you are doing to educate your children at home and all the efforts you’re making to keep your family healthy and safe. We know this is a difficult time. If we stand apart as a community during this stretch and continue following the public health practices we will be sharing over the coming days, we will be back together soon.

    Stay well!

    Dr. Scott Moger, Ed.D.

    Superintendent Priority Charter Schools

     

    March 31, 2020

    Priority Charter Schools Family,

     This afternoon, Governor Greg Abbott extended the Emergency Declaration for the State of Texas until Monday, May 4, 2020, to include the continued closure of schools. The purpose of this email is to update you and clarify what this means for the students, parents, and staff of Priority Charter Schools (PCS).   PCS will continue to operate, as we have for the past two weeks, in a “Closed-Instructing” operational status at the four campuses that make up the Priority Charter School District.  Closed-Instructing operational status means our teachers and staff will continue to provide students with online, video, and interactive instruction via Zoom, SeeSaw, Google Classroom and other instructional platforms via the Internet and by communicating with students by phone, email and other means of communication until Monday, May 4, 2020. 

    During this period our teachers and administrative staff are continuing to improve the ways instruction is being delivered by publishing campus instructional schedules, refining grading guidelines, acquiring additional resources for students and keeping our website updated at www.prioritycharterschools.org.

    I know that the pandemic has caused anxiety, stress and hardships on many of our families and employees.  You can be assured your child’s teachers, principals and my staff are working to improve and provide the best educational experience they can under the circumstances and it has been an all-hands-on-deck environment in order to take care of our PCS family.  Your child’s safety and education is our priority!

    Thank you for allowing us to take care of your child.  We ask that you do the same by practicing all of the safety measures to protect yourself, your family and your community.  Please check our website at www.prioritycharterschools.org for additional updates and know that the district will continue to communicate with our staff and families using the SchoolMessenger system to send phone and email messages to our students and staff. 

    Lastly, take time to count your blessings, see the best in each other, and make time to actively love and care for your family and those who live around you.  The COVID-19 pandemic is something that will continue to cause pain, but together we will make it through.

    Sincerely,

    Scott Moger, Ed.D.

    Superintendent

    Priority Charter Schools

    March 19, 2020

    Priority Charter Schools Family,
     Like many of you, just moments ago I heard Governor Greg Abbott’s Emergency Declaration for the State of Texas and in particular his remarks concerning the closure of schools. The purpose of this email is to update you and clarify what this means for the students, parents and staff of Priority Charter Schools (PCS). Closure of school means that students will not receive face-to-face classroom instruction at their normally attended campus until at least April 3, 2020, or until a later date is announce at a later time by the Governor. However, it was made very clear, and even scrolled at the bottom of the Governor’s broadcast, that students will receive alternative means of instruction from their schools via online instruction, video, interactive instruction through Skype or Zoom (Internet), or through instructional packets and worksheets sent home by their respective campuses. In short, we as educators across Texas will still pursue our mission of educating our students. The good news is that the PCS campus and district staff have been preparing for this all week and we now know, from the Governor, that our plan will be implemented. Below is information pertaining to the four PCS campuses of when alternative means of instruction for our students will begin to include the specific campuses and dates of when instruction to our students will begin based on the Spring Break schedules.
     
    The Temple Charter Academy and Copperas Cove Charter Academy campuses will provide students with online, video, interactive instruction via the Internet, and home-based instructional packets from our teachers beginning Monday, March 23rd until at least April 3, 2020 and potentially longer depending on the course the COVID-19 pandemic takes.
     
    The PCS Georgetown Charter Academy and Cedar Park Charter Academy campuses will have their Spring Break extended for these two campuses from Monday, March 23rd- Wednesday March 25th. Beginning on Thursday, March 26th, the Georgetown and Cedar Park Charter Academies the teachers and staff will begin to provide students with online, video interactive instruction via the Internet, and home-based instruction packet from our teachers as well.
     
    All of us understand that the COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid situation and I honestly can’t tell you what will happen after April 3, 2020, in regards to school closures. Please know that the PCS Board of Directors, I, and my staff, are committed and determined to doing what is best for our students and families in regards to protecting their health and safety. Priority Charter Schools will continue to make decisions based on the recommendations and mandates from the CDC, Governor’s Office, TEA, DSHS, and local Public Health agencies in order to make the best decisions at the local level for our stakeholders.
     
    Again, thank you for your support of our schools as we continue provide instruction to our students through is fluid and historical time. Take care of each other and practice the safety measures to protect yourself, your family and your community. Please check our website at www.prioritycharterschools.org for additional updates and know that the district will continue to communicate with our staff and families using the SchoolMessenger system to send phone and email messages to our students and staff.
     
    Sincerely,
     

    Scott Moger, Ed.D.

    Superintendent

    Priority Charter Schools

    March 18, 2020

    To the Priority Charter School Parents, Students and Staff,

    The purpose of this email is to update you as to the status of the four campuses that make up the Priority Charter School District.  The Temple Charter Academy and Copperas Cove Charter Academy campuses will not be open to students next week to provide direct teacher-to-student instruction on the campus.  Instead, our teachers and staff will provide students with online, video and home-based instruction packet from our teachers the week of March 23-27th as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Our Georgetown Charter Academy and Cedar Park Charter Academy campuses are holding Spring Break this week (March 16-20) and are not affected by any closure.  However, next week, March 23rd-27th we will extend Spring Break for these two campuses from  Monday, March 23rd– Wednesday March 25th.  Beginning on Thursday, March 26th, the Georgetown and Cedar Park Charter Academies the teachers and staff will begin to provide students with online, video and home-based instruction packet from our teachers as well.  I will continue to monitor and communicate with you of any change in the event that we reopen and provide face-to-face instruction to our students attending the campuses versus receiving instruction at home. 

    All of us understand that the COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid situation and I honestly can’t tell you what will happen from week-to-week.  However, I and my staff are committed to doing what is best for our students and families in regards to protecting their health and safety.  Priority Charter Schools will continue to depend on the recommendations from the CDC and other experts for guidance.  We will follow the lead and recommendations coming from TEA, DSHS, local Public Health agencies and working in coordination with our surrounding local school districts. 

    This particular decision was made due to the announcement made today, March 18, 2020, by Bell County Judge David Blackburn that the number of confirmed local coronavirus cases has climbed to five.  Judge Blackburn issued a disaster declaration forcing all bars, gyms, entertainment venues to close and requiring restaurants to only allow take-out and drive-through orders.  Judge Blackburn also prohibited gatherings of more than 50 people.  Although the order does not apply to grocery stores, hospitals, offices, child care facilities, and schools the Bell County superintendents have made the decision to modify their instructional methods by closing their schools and delivering instruction to students using online, video and home-based instructional packets until further notice for the purpose of community health.

    I have already notified the Bell County Public Health District, Region 12 ESC, the Texas Education Agency and the DSHS website for the week of March 23-27th .  I, and my committed staff, will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic trends to gauge whether we can open our doors for instruction versus using alternative means to teach and provide instruction to our students.      

    Again, thank you for your support of our schools as we continue to tread unchartered waters.

    Sincerely,

    Scott Moger, Ed.D.

    Superintendent

    Priority Charter Schools

    March 13, 2020

    Dear Parents, Students and Staff of Priority Charter Schools,

    Due to the latest announcements regarding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Bell County, the Temple Charter Academy and Copperas Cove Academy campuses will extend Spring Break by one week from March 16, through Friday, March 20, 2020.  The Georgetown Charter Academy and Cedar Park Charter Academy campuses already have their Spring Break scheduled during this same week and will not be effected at this time.

    Priority Charter Schools (PCS) has made this decision in conjunction with other local school districts and with direction from the Bell County Health Department and State of Texas Health Department.  The Priority Charter School Administration will continue to communicate with local and state health officials to monitor the status of this public health pandemic.  Please understand that this is a fluid situation, and communication will be sent via the Priority Charter School website and through the SchoolMessenger Notification System.

    To our families and staff, we encourage you and your families to take all of the necessary precautions as being communicated by the CDC, state and local public health agencies.  Precautions include frequent hand washing, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, covering a cough or sneeze, and avoid touching your face, eyes, and mouth.

    While this was not an easy decision to make, the priority at Priority Charter Schools is the safety of our students, families and staff.  In doing so, we hope to help protect our greater communities in which we serve including those that are the most vulnerable to the virus. 

    If you have any concerns that you have been exposed to the virus, or if you have any symptoms, you should contact your personal health provider as soon as possible.  If your child or family member tests positive for the virus, please contact your campus principal immediately.  If you are a Priority Charter School employee and you test positive for COVID-19, contact the PCS Human Resources immediately at jdeocampo@prioritycharterschools.org.

    Again, the safety and well-being of our students, parents, staff and communities is our utmost concern.  The PCS Administration will continue to monitor and communicate with parents of any additional changes effecting the district through our website at www.prioritycharterschools.org and through SchoolMessenger.  In addition, we encourage you to visit our district website as it is kept updated with factual information and links concerning COVID-19.  I wish you and your family the best of health and well-being.

    Sincerely,

    Scott Moger

    Scott Moger, Ed.D.

    Superintendent

    Priority Charter Schools