Superintendent Andy Hartley said, “I am sure everyone is aware of the recent increase in the number of positive cases in Marshall County. While we have experienced some positive cases, our local health officials continue to conclude that there has been a low infection rate in our schools – namely that very few close contacts from school have tested positive. However, we are experiencing the impact of COVID-19.” He went on to say, “Specifically, being able to maintain adequate staffing in a building or a particular department is a daily challenge due to staff being quarantined. PCSC is no different than other schools throughout the county, state, and country in that we do not have a large pool of available substitute employees, and when those we do have happen to get quarantined, the staffing difficulty becomes more complicated. These factors, along with our collaboration with the Marshall County Health Department, have led us to this current decision with the intent that the time not physically in school will allow those quarantine periods to conclude and we can provide the adequate staffing to resume in-person school.”
All PSCS students will have eLearning this Friday, November 20th and Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 25th. Students will be out of school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, November 26th, 27th and 28th for the Thanksgiving holiday.
At this time, the plan is to return to school on Monday, November 30th after the Thanksgiving holiday or stay at eLearning.
Superintendent Hartley did send along a few reminders:
- If you or anyone in your household has a pending test for COVID-19, please keep your child/children home until those results are received.
- If your child or a member of your household experience COVID-19 symptoms, then please keep your kids home from school until a cause for those symptoms is determined.
- If you or a member of your household are currently under quarantine, either as a positive case for COVID-19 or as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, please communicate this with your child’s school in order to be provided further guidance before your return.
- If there are any questions, please contact your child’s school before he/she returns to ensure the safety of everyone
- Please take care and practice good hygiene, including frequent hand washing, wear a mask when in public and social distancing.