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COVID-19 Update 5
Posted On:
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
COVID-19 Update 5

March 30, 2020

 

Dear PRS family,

As you all are aware, Governor Kay Ivey and State Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey announced on March 26th that our schools would not physically reopen for students until after June 5th. However, instruction of students may begin again via distance learning beginning April 6th. This means no in person instruction or services of any kind, be they academics, arts, athletics, clubs, or any other co-curricular activity. It is the highest priority to quell the spread of COVID-19 through reducing interactions that could allow the virus to spread.

Although Pike Road educators are deeply saddened to not be able to spend time together with their classes, they have been working to make sure that the education of our students does not suffer. You will be receiving the Academic Continuity Plan for your school/schools this afternoon. In it you will find details of how we are going to move forward with teaching and learning for the rest of the year. I ask all to work together in a spirit of patience and perseverance as we refine the process through experience. 

Our goal in Pike Road Schools is not to simply do a patch for missed learning, but to truly make the learning opportunities for our students effective and to help them continue on their educational paths. No one is better poised to accomplish this goal than Pike Road Schools! We have been through five years of productive struggle to build a great school system. Our educators are committed to doing what is best to help students learn, and they have demonstrated their flexibility and their resolve repeatedly. I am confident we will continue our students learning through this time unabated.

It is important for our schools, our community, and our senior students that we celebrate our first senior class. Therefore, we are setting a date to have a graduation ceremony for the Pike Road High School Class of 2020 on June 6th at 9:00 am at the stadium. We will monitor the situation leading up to that date and make plans accordingly.

Finally, thanks to each of you for being part of our family! We will work together through this crisis, we will learn valuable lessons as we do so that will help us grow and improve, and we will come out on the other side of this stronger for having gone through it. Our mission to think, innovate, and create has never been more appropriate.

We have been teaching to prepare our students for an unknown future all along. Let's employ our critical thinking skills to solve this real world problem and use this as a grand learning opportunity! 

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Charles Ledbetter
Superintendent, Pike Road Schools

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