As we created the plan to provide meals to families during distance learning, we tried to create better options to increase accessibility. We hope families with students distance learning will sign up for the free meals provided. Funding for cooks, food, etc. is contingent upon daily meals served so we are providing several options.
For PS and students in grades 5-12 who have siblings in grades K - 4, we will be automatically sending meals home. The survey will ask if there are K-4 siblings so we can cross reference our list. Your preschooler and 5th-12th grade students will receive meals. For all other students, you can complete the survey and indicate whether a morning pick up or an afternoon pickup will work better for you. We will also be packaging meals for 5 days together into 3 and 2 days so you don’t need to make a daily trip. Specific questions or to request meal send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pierz area, including the staff working in our schools are enduring more Covid related challenges than ever. We all feel for the toll this is taking on families, elderly, medical staff and all those impacted. Because of our current staffing challenges, Pierz will have to go to Distance Learning for Grades 5 through 12 starting next Monday, November 16. The hybrid model for 5-12 students will continue this Tuesday, November 10, through Thursday, November 12, for all those students who were scheduled to attend school on those days.
Students in grades 5-12 will not have any school this Friday, as our teachers will use that as a transition day to build the daily schedule for students that will begin on Monday, November 16 from home.
Grades Kindergarten through 4th grade will continue in-person learning and attend school each day. We are trying to keep in person for Grades K-4 as long as possible and hope our staffing shortages can be targeted toward those grades, while the others are in Distance Learning.
We also hope this is temporary and our community can somehow see decreases after a few weeks. We will stay with this 5-12 Distance Learning model through the Thanksgiving break with a goal of moving back to at least partial in-person for some of those grades if possible as we evaluate our options for staffing and the community data regarding Covid.
If parents want to pick up a meal for their child while in Distance Learning, we will make that option available. A survey will be on the website later this week for parents to sign up for that option.
Activities for students in Grades 9-12 will continue this week. There will be no junior high activities for the remainder of this week. We will evaluate junior high activities for next week and provide an update in that regard.
As you know, the rise in positive COVID cases in Morrison County and specifically the Pierz area continues to rise. A number of Pierz Schools staff, parents, and students have been directly affected in the past few days.
Because of the direct impact we are experiencing at Pioneer both in cases and due to required contact tracing, we need to make a quick decision to temporarily discontinue our current learning model.
To that end, we will be moving the elementary to a hybrid learning model, beginning Tuesday, November 10th (note: Monday, November 9th was a prior-scheduled workshop day). This model will decrease classroom sizes, allowing students to more effectively social distance, thereby cutting down on student and staff contact and removal due to infection and/or contact tracing. What does this mean specifically for your child?
We don’t know if or when we will be able to move back to in-person. We hope this move will keep us from having to make more restrictive changes. It takes all of our staff and our families working together to implement social distancing and taking precautions. We are very thankful for the efforts families have made throughout this year. We understand the need for families to plan. Our plan is to stay in this new hybrid model for Pioneer Elementary at least until the Thanksgiving break, reevaluating this plan before we return to school on Monday, November 30.
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