2020-2021 Calendar

    Greetings Pine-Richland Students, Staff, Parents and Community,
    The Pine-Richland School Board approved the administrative recommendation to adjust the start of the 2020 - 2021 Academic Calendar. The first day of school for students has shifted from Wednesday, August 26, 2020, to Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Please note, however, that this will be the first in-person day for those students with the last name beginning with “A through K.” The first day of school for students with the last name beginning with the letter “L through Z” is Wednesday, September 2, 2020. To help coordinate and communicate with families, we have added “AK” and “LZ” on the calendar through Friday, October 2, 2020. Ultimately, the hybrid plan selection for each student will determine the in-person instructional days for students.
    The additional planning time is important with staff and facilities. At this point, the change does not have a ripple effect on the rest of the calendar. In other words, we do not need to “make up” the days at some other time. The district had a series of Act 80 days approved in the calendar to support this type of calendar adjustment. Essentially, the calendar reflects that an “A” day equals “AK” and a “B” day equals “LZ.” There are in-person exceptions for students in grades kindergarten through grade three who selected the in-person instruction option each day.
    To ensure that each student also has the necessary materials and equipment to be prepared for the start of the school year, we have three logistic tasks that are best accomplished before the official first day. The three key steps include:
    1. Collect technology devices and last year’s textbooks/materials (this week);
    2. Redistribute technology devices (next week prior to staff return);
    3. Distribute new textbooks/materials for the upcoming school year (last full week of August to align with a staff clerical day).
    An eBlast was sent on Friday, August 7th that outlines step one. It included a link to building-specific plans. As the specific building-based details are finalized for step two and step three, additional communication will be sent to families. More important than the logistics, the process has been designed to provide opportunities for parents and students to get back on campus and eventually into the buildings. Face coverings are required. We ask that people check symptoms and take temperatures before visiting the schools. This process, though, will give everyone the chance to reconnect to the schools. From a social and emotional perspective, we believe this is very important to experience prior to the actual first day of school.
    Finally, we gave a presentation this evening about the need for a contingency plan that includes 100% virtual learning for all students. We have been discussing that potential since the start of the summer and the June 5th podcast. The hybrid model is still the recommended model at this time, but by addressing logistics in advance, we preserve the greatest flexibility and agility in response to conditions.
    Brian R. Miller, Ed.D
    Michael Pasquinelli, Ed.D.
    Assistant Superintendent (Secondary)
    Kristen Justus, Ph.D.
    Assistant Superintendent (Elementary)
    Noel Hustwit
    Director of Student Services and Special Education