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Dear PPCS Families —

I’m writing to clarify the Board’s decision-making timeline for operations in the spring semester. Many of you are understandably starting to wonder when and how this decision will be made.

As you know, when we started this school year, the Board committed to operating using the Remote Yet Connected model through winter break, and to offering remote learning for the entire first semester. We are now about halfway through our first semester, and have learned quite a lot. Our meetings for next few months will continue to address our school’s plans for keeping our community healthy, connected, and learning.

During our October 26 meeting, we will discuss our response to Covid-19 cases in our school community. We have had two positive cases of the virus so far. We were very fortunate that they did not result in any further spread. While we hope they will be our school’s only incidences of Covid-19, we know we must prepare to respond to cases in the future. We will clarify procedures for working with Public Health, notifying families about positive Covid cases, and determining whether and for how long we must close our building.

In November, the Board will begin consideration of the question: How will PPCS operate for the second half of our school year (or semester 2)? We anticipate that this conversation will take place over both our November 16 and December 14 Board meetings, so that we are incorporating as much up-to-date information and feedback as possible. We will draw from science, data, the experiences of schools around the country, and the perspectives of families and our staff. We anticipate gathering broad input from you using a survey, but also welcome your comment at any time.

Please let me know other questions that you’d like me to address from the Quail’s Eye View by emailing me at jbearman@palouseprairieschool.org. The next scheduled meeting of the PPCS Board of Directors is October 26 at 6:00 pm. Public comment can be sent to me at any time. I send all public comments in full directly to all members of the Board, and also include them in the Board’s materials. Comments are verbally summarized during the meeting itself.

Sincerely yours,

Jessica Bearman
PPCS Board Chair


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