This back-to-school resource guide is created to help families understand our plans and prepare their children and themselves, for the new school year.
The pandemic has emphasised the vital role of schools in our community. In-person learning allows students to develop relationships with classmates and teachers, to collaborate, problem solve and network in ways that are more challenging when on-line. All of these things contribute to student engagement and this leads to more connection and a higher level of satisfaction.
PSI is planning to welcome all students and staff safely back to the school campus on a full time, daily basis, from August 2021. In-person instruction will be the primary mode of learning for all PSI students during the 2021 - 22 school year. Remote learning options will be limited and will be the exception (see page XX). We are eager to enjoy a regular on-campus school routine.
PSI will continue to use the current mitigation strategies (masks, physical distancing, hand-washing) in order to reduce the possibilities of transmission of COVID-19. Physical distancing guidelines will remain at the revised (March 2021) CDC requirement of 3 feet between students inside wearing masks for primary aged students, and 6 feet for secondary aged students.
Students will resume in-person learning regardless of their vaccination status.
We will continue to follow CDC public health guidelines, and work with our students, parents and staff to educate them on the importance of temperature checks, physical distancing, wearing masks, and hand hygiene. Our staff will continue to have access to personal protective equipment to enhance their safety.
Implementation of layered prevention strategies will need to continue until we better understand potential transmission among people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine and there is more vaccination coverage in the community. For these reasons, even after teachers, staff and students are vaccinated, schools need to continue prevention measures for the foreseeable future, including requiring masks in schools and physical distancing.
We are excited to refocus our efforts on in-person teaching and learning for all. We intend to begin 2021-22 in celebratory style; to create a dynamic, ‘can-do’ atmosphere and provide motivation, energy and hope to our brave students. Our three pronged strategic plan; Personalised, Balanced and Thinking, will continue to guide us as we prepare the foundations for progress and success by building strong relationships and attending to well-being. In particular, we shall be utilising tools and strategies to personalise further the learning stories for every student. Parents will also receive personalised suggestions for some summer learning that students can dig into after, of course, taking a well-deserved rest.