“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!
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.”
Scott Moger, Ed.D.
Priority Charter Schools
Priority Charter Schools is diligently monitoring current information regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). While there are no cases or suspected cases within the district, we want to share information with our families and community in response to recent news.
As Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to monitor the situation, PCS wants to ensure the most up-to-date information regarding how Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting our district. We are continuing to follow the guidance of our local, state, and federal health agencies to keep our community informed and healthy.
It is currently believed that COVID-19 spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, much in the way the flu and other respiratory viruses are spread. As always, we encourage you to follow healthy habits to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, such as:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when sick.
- Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.