PCSD COVID-19 Information

PCSD Update 4/2/2020

"Good afternoon.

As I think about all that we have accomplished this week, I reflect on the purpose we serve for our community. Our school district was created 150 years ago to serve the children left behind in the aftermath of the Civil War so that education would provide stability during a time of uncertainty and despair. Today, 150 years later, we still serve that purpose during difficult and rapidly changing times. Though times have changed, our purpose remains the same.

And so I congratulate our District and community on a successful first week of ‘Online and Home Learning’. It has been a remarkable joint effort to ensure our students are continuing their education during this difficult time. 

As of April 1st the District has handed out almost 6,500 chromebooks to students. Partners across Putnam County have graciously provided their WIFI credentials for students to use at various locations. Teachers are continuing to make contact with their students, and most importantly students are getting back to learning.

I am proud of how our departments have jumped in to provide support on such short notice. Food service has provided over 24,000 meals for children so far this week. Bus drivers and instructional assistants have served as the backbone of support for getting meals and information to families that are not able to come to school sites. Custodians have deep cleaned. Academic coaches have been providing online professional learning to teachers as they transition quickly to online teaching. With the help of donations from community businesses, the Pre-K department has been able to provide special packets for our youngest students. Personnel at schools have worked tirelessly to meet the varied needs of our families. These are just a few examples of the amazing work that continues to occur.

I am overwhelmed at the support and care that is being shown to our most precious resource… our children.

The health, safety, and education of our students is essential, so I want to take a moment to address how the Governor's most recent Executive Order impacts educational services. Executive Order 20-91, the statewide Safer at Home mandate, allows the Putnam County School District to continue on its current path of educating all students through the ‘Online and Home Learning’ platform. School and district offices will remain open for the purpose of supporting online learning and providing essential functions. Food will continue to be distributed as established, following the CDC guidelines that include maintaining social distancing and allowing food to be consumed off campus.

I appreciate your continued flexibility, compassion and grace for our students, staff, and families during this difficult time. Know that I am here to support you and will continue to keep you updated as this situation unfolds. 
Thank you and stay safe."


PCSD Update 3/25/2020

"I would like to start off this video by saying thank you. Thank you to our community, our staff, our parents, and our students for the understanding and support over the past weeks while the District transitions to ‘Online and Home Learning’. This has been a tremendous feat and everyone has worked diligently to make it possible for our students to get back to learning and our teachers back to teaching. 


Online and Home Learning begins on Monday, March 30th. I can not stress enough that your child has not fallen behind. It seems like students have missed a lot of school but really they have only missed four days of instruction. We have had many questions about events and trips. I can tell you that no field trips will be authorized in the month of April.   We will continue to follow CDC guidelines when making decisions for events in May, which would include graduation ceremonies and prom.


Parents, over the next few days your child’s teacher or school will be reaching out to you to check in.  This may include sites for school feeding, chromebook pickup and technology needs. If you have not been receiving communication via text, phone, or email please call your child’s school to ensure that the contact information in our student system is updated and correct.


You can call your child’s school during the new district and school hours which are Monday-Friday from 8:00AM to 4:00PM. 


The District website will be updating regularly over the next few days with a new home learning website with resources for parents and students. Links to learning platforms, tutorials, internet resources like “how to use hot spots” and “internetessentials.com” (which is offering internet for $9.95) will all be listed.


Any issues regarding technology can be directed to our Technical Support Hotline which will open Thursday March 26th . That phone number is (386) 385-4865. 


The District and School Sites are here for you. We are asking that phone or emails be your primary way of contacting us when you have questions or concerns. We know that this type of learning environment will be a unique experience for many.


With so much chaos in the world we want to be a place of understanding and support. With compassion and grace we will get through this together. Thank you for your time. Stay safe."


PCSD Update 3/23/2020

"As Superintendent of the Putnam County School District I want to thank you and ask for your continued patience and understanding during this time as we venture into uncharted territory. We are committed to bringing back a learning environment to our students, although it may look and feel different. The priority of our district has, and always will be, the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff. 

District Leadership and school administrators have a plan in place for instruction, technology, and feeding district wide. We are diligently working to implement these plans and over the next few days we will provide updates and additional information. 

I would ask that if you have any questions or concerns that you call us instead of physically visiting our district office or our schools. 

Parents and students, this week, March 23rd through the 27th, is truly an extension of spring break. During this week I would ask that you prioritize completing the technology survey that has been sent out by the district. A link to this survey can be found on our District Facebook page and on our District website. You should also be receiving a phone call from someone at your child’s school this week. 

Beginning tomorrow, March 24th, we will be providing meal services to students. Breakfast and Lunch will be served from 10AM-1PM. Meals will be prepackaged and distributed to be consumed off site. Meals will be available at the following drive thru school sites: Browning Pearce Elem, Middleton-Burney Elem, Interlachen Elem, Jenkins Middle School, and Melrose Elem. For a list of bus stops please visit the homepage of our District Website, or our District Facebook page.

Beginning Monday, March 30th, Putnam County schools will resume as an “online and home learning” environment. This means students will not be on our school campuses but will be provided a structured learning environment from home. This will look and feel different but we want to get back to learning and a sense of normalcy. There is a link on the homepage of our District website that will house all of the instructional materials, links to video tutorials, etc.

Employees, you will be hearing from your direct supervisor or administrator for specific guidelines and instructions for your position and return to work.

I want to reassure you that we are working together and we will get through this as a community. I am here to support you. Be safe, take care of your families, and you will be hearing from me again soon."

Technology Survey


Please click HERE to take our Technology Parent Survey.

Student Travel Forms:


COVID-19 Parent-Student Guidelines/Travel Form(English) 
COVID-19 Parent-Student Guidelines/Travel Form(Spanish)


PCSD Update 3/19/2020

Good afternoon,

As Superintendent of the Putnam County School District I want to take a moment to speak to the community in light of the information that came out Tuesday March 17th from the Governor and the Florida Department of Education.

To summarize, the Governor announced that students would not be returning to school campuses until at least April 15th, that all standardized testing had been cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year, and school grades (not to be confused with STUDENT grades) have also been cancelled. 

I ask for your patience and understanding during this time as we venture into uncharted territory.

We are committed to making this situation as normal as we possibly can for our community. The priority of our district has, and always will be, the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff. District Leadership is continuing to meet and discuss these changes and next week school administrators will be brought in to the district office meet and finalize instruction plans for students. 

On Monday, March 30th, Putnam County schools will resume as an “online and home learning” environment. This means students will not be on our school campuses but will be provided a structured learning environment from home. This will look and feel different but we want to get back to learning and a sense of normalcy. Students will have the opportunity to finish their current grade level as planned. We will be sending out a survey to parents to find out what the instructional needs are for our students to adapt to this change. 

Employees, please be reassured we are working on plans and procedures for your return to work. You should be receiving an email with more information this afternoon.

Over the next few days we will be providing updates and additional information to our community, our staff, our parents and our students. I would ask that instead of physically visiting our district office or our schools that individuals call with any questions or concerns . 

I want to assure you that we are working together and we will get through this as a community. During this time of uncertainty, know I am here to support you. Be safe, take care of your families, and you will be hearing from me soon.


PCSD Update 3/10/2020



CDC Coronavirus Hotline: (866) 779-6121
Putnam County Health Department: (386) 326-3200
Putnam County School District Coronavirus Information: (386) 329-0653

The Putnam County School District remains in close communication with the Florida Department of Health and our local health department to make appropriate operational decisions and to keep the public aware of the most current recommendations from the department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Putnam County School District is collaborating daily with our local health department and community partners to review, update and implement emergency operation plans. 

Putnam County School District COVID-19 Procedures (English)


Putnam County School District COVID-19 Procedures (Spanish)

The district is placing signs outside of all schools to remind the public to refrain from coming to school or work if they are sick and to please call the school district to alert us to the fact.

 

Sanitizing and Disinfecting

The district is in the process of sanitizing and disinfecting all of our schools using disinfectants. The district is prepared to deploy a deep, concentrated sanitizing procedure immediately to a school or district facility determined to be potentially exposed to the Coronavirus. 

School custodians are ensuring areas and surfaces that are frequently touched by many students are cleaned several times daily.

Principals are making announcements regarding the importance of washing hands (frequently, length, using soap) and instructing students on proper coughing etiquette.

Disinfecting wipes are being distributed to all schools, and schools have been advised to ensure adequate supply of soap and paper towels for student and employee use.

Putnam County Schools will request all parents and guardians to inform their schools by telephone if people in their household have traveled to areas that the CDC has deemed to be high-risk for widespread sustained transmission of the virus. Upon notification, schools will work with district and community health officials to determine the appropriate action regarding re-entry of those children into the school.

Any new families arriving to Putnam County from high-risk areas are also requested to telephone the school for instructions prior to registration. School officials will work with district and community health officials to determine the appropriate registration and attendance plan for those students. Families arriving from high-risk areas are asked not to visit schools, but to interact with the district by telephone.

Travel

International Travel Advisory – The Florida Department of Health is advising all individuals who have traveled internationally to follow the new CDC Guidelines summarized below:

    • Level 3:Mandatory 14-day self-isolation and practice social distancing upon return to the United States.Social distancing includes avoiding going out in public and close personal interactions.If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider.
    • Level 2 and Cruises:Monitor your health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning to the United States.If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider.

    • For more information regarding current CDC travel advisories related to COVID-19, visit:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

    • Nile Cruise Advisory:The Florida Department of Health is advising all individuals who traveled on a river cruise on the Nile River in Egypt in February 2020 to self-isolate for 14 days following their date of return to the United States.Several passengers in the United States recently developed symptoms and have been confirmed to be infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), including two positive cases in Florida

    • In-county, Out-of-county and Out-of-state Travel

  • Any school-sponsored or district-sponsored travel to high-risk areas will be cancelled.

  • Decisions concerning currently planned school-sponsored or district-sponsored out-of-state travel is being reviewed daily based on the latest available information by District level officials.

  • Until further notice, new out-of-state travel will not be approved, except for emergency situations or mission critical employee travel.

  • The district is proceeding with caution regarding in-state travel. All in-state travel must be approved by an area director or assistant superintendent.

  • There are no restrictions at this time for in-county field trips. The district will continue to work with the Florida Department of Health and monitor any potential issues in our local community.

  • Students and employees who are ill will not be permitted to travel or attend school/work.

  • We are currently working with Florida High School Athletic Association regarding regional and state athletic events and will provide guidance to schools once that information is received.