Posted Date: 05/27/2021
Governor Abbott’s Press Conference and Summer School Update
As you may have heard, Gov. Abbott discussed Phase 2 of the Open Texas plan during a press conference yesterday. During this conference, Gov. Abbott noted that in some cases and under some restrictions, public schools could begin offering on a small-scale face-to-face summer school opportunities. We asked parents to complete a survey to let us know what you think about the summer school options we are offering and in what conditions (virtual, blended, face-to-face) students would access those opportunities. This survey is still open until May 20th! If you have not already completed this survey, please take just 2 minutes to complete this now.
Later this week, we will release a link so parents can register their student(s) for particular summer school opportunities. Please know that we are offering a variety of options in a variety of methods (virtual, blended, and face-to-face).
A link to the details from the Governor’s plan can be found at this link:
School Facilities and Extra-Curricular Update
Despite the Governor’s Phase 2 opening of public facilities including gyms, some summer camps, and summer sports, all public school indoor extra-curricular facilities are to remain closed to students, staff, and the public. Therefore, our gyms, choir rooms, band halls, and auditoriums are still closed until further notice.
However, we may be able to open up our outside facilities (track and fields) but no sports or related activities to any UIL program can be held on our facilities until further notice. We are hoping to receive information from UIL by June 2, 2020. We are working on clarification from the Governor’s office and TEA on the possibility of opening our outdoor facilities to the public (tennis, track for walking, etc.). Since the number of people in a group is still limited to no more than 4-5 and from the same household, we are seeking guidance on the do’s and don’ts. Please know that it is our desire to open our facilities to our public as soon as allowable and as soon as that can be done safely. Stay tuned for more information on this soon.
Celebrating our Students, Staff, and Community
We have really enjoyed sharing videos and slideshows celebrating our students, staff, and community through our social media outlets! Thank you for your supportive and encouraging reposts, comments, and for following our pages.
Our Student Ambassadors wanted to send messages to multiple people in our community for their dedication and efforts in serving our students and families in Pampa. You can see their special thank you video here at this link.
Also, don’t forget that we will begin seeing Light Pole Banners of our Seniors from the Class of 2020 around town soon and we will hold the Graduation Parade this Saturday at 9:00am beginning at PHS! Help us safely celebrate our Seniors!
End of Year Returns and Pick-Up Information
Each campus is communicating the details on how to return devices and pick up personal belongings through their social media accounts and through Remind and Dojo systems. Included in this communication is how to pick up belongings from athletic lockers, how to return instruments, and even library books. If you have questions, please check your campus and/or teacher Facebook pages.
What will school be like in August?
I am receiving questions and inquiry from parents, community members, and students about how school will look in August. The short answer is… “We really don’t know yet.” However, we are working with numerous entities including the Texas Education Agency, the CDC, local health authorities, the Department of Health and Safety, the Texas Safety Center, as well as with other school district leaders from all over the state, nation, and in some cases, the world. We have several people working on possible re-entry plans for August and we will be sharing that information and the progress our teams are making throughout the summer.
For the most up to date information, please continue to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and visit our Updates page on our Website. As always, we want you to know that we are here for you! If you have questions or need assistance, please email us at email@example.com or give us a call at 669-4700.
Thank you Pampa for your ongoing support and encouragement and for your engagement in our @HomeLearning website. This year has sure been one for the history books! We appreciate and value our partnership and hope to continue to build on the good things we have learned together through this otherwise unfortunate covid experience.
Dr. Tanya Larkin, Superintendent
Published on 05/19/2020