Thank you to the hundreds of families who completed our recent survey. I was pleased to see that over 90% of you feel the school is serving the boy’s needs during this time. We have read every comment and taken to heart what families are telling us about this time of distance learning. As you might imagine, the comments run the gamut from positive to frustrated.
First, I want to acknowledge that doing school remotely is difficult and challenging. Not only have our teachers implemented the most significant educational pivot in history, but you have had to change in so many ways as well. This type of learning is especially difficult for our youngest learners. This way of doing school is temporary and not ideal. I am so proud of the teaching staff who is adapting and changing to this situation daily. Thank you for continuing to partner with us.
Presbyterian Day School Counselor Tom Edwards shares a quick tip for parents on how best to deal with the news about the coronavirus epidemic.
Dear PDS Parents,
I appreciate the extra effort that has gone into shifting PDS from our campus into your home. Our teachers have been working more than ever to provide an outstanding experience for our boys. In fact, I have never seen them work harder. You, as parents, have also been working harder than ever, and we appreciate the continued partnership.
I would like to have your perspective on how you believe we are navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Please complete the following brief survey to help us know how we are doing and where we might need to make some changes. Please complete a separate survey for each of your sons as we gather data for each grade level.
Dear PDS parents,
Thank you for the love and patience you have shown during this unique time. We have been working at PDS over the past several days as we ready the school for the start of distance learning. I hope this letter will answer many of the questions you might have moving forward.
Thank you for your patience as PDS continues to monitor the spread of COVID–19 around the world and here in our community. As of this writing, many schools in our area have decided to close to help slow down the spread of the virus. Given all of the information at hand, PDS will not open as expected on Monday, March 16.
Dear PDS families,
We are continuing to monitor the spread of COVID–19, and today I am writing to you with more information regarding the response that PDS is taking. About 10 days ago I asked our school nurse, Alice Ball (firstname.lastname@example.org), to look closely at the virus to learn as much as possible regarding the science surrounding the spread and containment of the disease. Nurse Ball has become very knowledgeable and stands ready to answer your questions.
PDS belongs to both regional and national associations of independent schools. Both organizations have been giving schools guidance, and I want to share that information with you.
As the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19) takes hold in more and more places around the world, I want to let you know that PDS is monitoring the situation very closely. Many resources have been made available to our school, and we are utilizing all information to help us make plans. Last night the National Association of Independent Schools held a special webinar to help schools understand and plan.