Dear Perspectives families,

We deeply appreciate you and your perseverance as we all have learned to navigate this pandemic landscape together. We admire the initiative, ingenuity, and grace our families have demonstrated to ensure the continued success of our children. 

Since our July decision to implement a digital learning model, we have remained committed to engaging with our families and our staff, collecting your feedback, monitoring relevant public health metrics, and government guidance to inform the best decision for the health and wellness of the entire Perspectives community.  

Over the past few weeks, we have collected updated feedback from staff and families, have received new guidelines from the CDC in regards to in person learning, and have seen the health indicators identified by the CDC shift in favor of a CDC-recommended return to an in-school, hybrid learning model. 

After extensive thought and discussion, we have made the decision to reopen buildings to students and staff on March 22 for the fourth quarter of this year. 

  • Returning to schools is not required for any student.
    Your student can either continue digital, at home learning (as has been the case for the last year) or opt into joining us in person for the hybrid learning model.  We understand every family has unique circumstances that will drive their decision, and in this email we are including the rationale behind our decision, the safety measures we are instituting at all Perspectives campuses, information about hybrid learning, and answers to some questions.
  • Generally speaking, students’ instructional model will remain in place for the duration of a quarter.
    If students or families require a change to their instructional model mid-quarter, they can reach out to their school Principal.  Students cannot change models from day to day or without the permission of their school Principal.  Students will be required to remain committed to the model they choose, and will need to work with their Principals if any changes are required.
  • We ask that you carefully review the rest of this e-mail and ask your principal any remaining questions before completing the survey.
  • Please use this link to access our Hybrid Learning Opt-In Survey. The deadline for completing this survey is Monday, March 8th

Planning Our Return to Learn

Our school teams are working diligently to develop a robust safety plan for each building to support safe in-person learning, for families who opt into returning to school in person:  

  • All classrooms are configured to meet CPS and CDC social distance guidelines. 
  • All building HVAC systems have been inspected and set to maximize safe air circulation.  
  • We are installing medical-grade thermometers that will take temperatures upon entry, hand sanitizers are being installed in each classroom, hand wipes will be available at each desk, and hepa air purifiers will be positioned in each classroom.  
  • We are installing signage throughout our buildings to remind all about the requirement to wear masks and remain socially distanced.

 Protocols will be in place to maximize the safety and health of all: 

  • All staff & students must complete electronic health screens before building admittance
  • All staff & students must have correct and appropriately-worn PPE for building admittance
  •  Students will place coats and backpacks on the backs of their chairs and no lockers will be used
  •  Students will have assigned classrooms, classroom seats, and bathrooms
  • Students who become ill during the day will be sent to a care room where a nurse will care for them until their parent/guardian can pick them up

FAQ

Does this transition mean that all PCS students will be required to return to the buildings?

No. All families will choose which option works best for them.

What is the deadline for responding to the Hybrid Learning survey?

The deadline to respond is Monday, March 8th at Noon CST

What does PCS mean by a hybrid learning?

Students who are in hybrid models will spend some time in the school building.  Students who remain in the all-digital format will not spend time in the school building.

The specific details of the hybrid learning model will be contingent upon student/staff numbers and will vary based on campus location.  

Town Hall Dates and Times

Joslin Town Hall Times: Wednesday, March 3, at 6:00pm and Thursday, March 4, at 6:00pm

MSA Town Hall Times: Wednesday, March 3 at 6:00pm and Thursday, March 4 at 6:00pm

PMA Town Hall Times: Thursday, March 4 at 6:3opm

PLA/Tech Town Hall Times: Thursday, March 4 at 12:00pm and 6:00pm

What will a hybrid learning schedule look like for my student?

Hybrid schedules will vary by campus, and you will receive additional information from your principal at one of the Town Hall meetings listed below. 

What factors are being used to inform this decision?

We have been closely monitoring several reliable sources of information:  Public Health Indicators, Staff Feedback Surveys, Student and Family Surveys, Governmental/CDC Reports, and Stakeholder Input.

Who can I reach out to if I have some additional questions?

IIT/Math & Science Academy: TyNeisha Banks, Principal – tbanks@pcseud.org

HS of Technology/Leadership: Eron Powell, Principal – epowell@pcsedu.org

Perspectives Middle Academy: Jasmine Morales, Principal – jmorales@pcsedu.org

Rodney D. Joslin Campus: Stephen Todd, Principal – stodd@pcsedu.org

Please know that this decision was made weighing and balancing many complex factors.  Perspectives will continue to monitor all public health data and all relevant safety factors as we move forward together in the hybrid model.  Please know that Perspectives remains committed to ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff and we will revisit our hybrid decision as safety considerations warrant.  

We are so grateful for the perseverance you have all demonstrated and for the compassion that is evident in every response to the family surveys. We thank you in advance for your flexibility as we continue to work together to make the best possible decision for our students, families and staff. This is a very fluid time with rapidly evolving developments. We will do our best to communicate effectively in what we know is a very difficult landscape for all of us to navigate.

 

Remote Learning

Welcome back to school! In response to COVID-19, we worked with families, staff, and public health officials to develop a framework to help us prepare for learning at home this fall. On this page, you can access all of our virtual resources, return to learn guides, and helpful links. If you have any questions, please reach out to your school leader.

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For any questions or concerns, please contact Eron Powell or Jasmine Morales.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Stephen Todd.

For any questions or concerns, please contact  Tyneisha Banks.

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