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Dear Pulaski parents and students:
With the end of the school year coming to a close, your son/daughter has resources to pick up from school (lockers, classrooms, etc.) as well as resources to return to school. As a result, during the week of Monday, June 1, through Friday, June 5, each building has established a drop-off/ pick-up resource process. Details from each building of what materials are needed to drop off, pick up and details on how to schedule, along with safety protocols, will come from each building principal.
Thank you for your cooperation with this process. We appreciate what all our families have done to support virtual learning and we are looking forward to seeing you June 1-5.
Schools continue to be on strict guidelines as to what is allowed and not allowed through June 30, 2020. In addition, our liability insurance carrier also places restrictions on the district. The PCSD will not sponsor parades or outings for the end of year. If any employees participate, it is on their own and not encouraged from the district. We also want to remind all groups the grounds, playgrounds and ball fields are off limits to groups through at least June 30, 2020.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Pulaski Interim Superintendent
A message from the school nutrition team at PCSD:
Hello from the School Nutrition Department! As we continue to work through these unprecedented times, we intend to update you on any modifications to our curbside emergency feeding schedule(s). Please see below for updates on emergency feeding through June 26.
May 2020 through June 10 feeding. Curbside (Emergency feeding) will continue at the current locations as well as our mobile route until June 10. There will be no meal service on the following dates: May 25 (Memorial Day), June 11 and June 12.
The sites and details are listed immediately below:
June 15, 2020, through June 26, 2020, feeding. Curbside (Emergency feeding) will then resume on June 15 through June 26 at our current building locations.
*An important note: The mobile route will no longer run after June 10, with the conclusion of the regular school year* Details on curbside emergency feeding are listed immediately below for the dates of June 15 - June 26:
With PACE Summer School Term 1 running virtually, we will continue emergency feeding as noted above until June 26. Our buildings and kitchens will be closed (no meal service) during the dates of June 29-July 3.
Our summer feeding program will then begin at Pulaski Community Middle School on July 6, 2020. We intend to use the same curbside pick-up meal service when we begin summer feeding. Stay tuned as we will have more information as the date approaches about summer feeding. Summer feeding is free to all students 18 and younger.
These details listed above are subject to change with any new orders from USDA/DPI or our Governor's office. We will update you if details change.
As we enter the beginning of May, we want to provide you with information regarding the end of the school year. While our school calendar presently states June 10 as the last day with students, because of virtual learning, we are changing some of the procedures as following:
During this first full week of May, Pulaski staff members are collecting and labeling any student property that is in desks, lockers or classrooms in all the buildings. We will find a way to distribute these at a safe, appropriate time. In addition, we will provide a time for students to drop off school-owned textbooks, novels, reading books, library books and other school resources/property sometime in June. Please take care of these items.
At this time, we ask students to keep their iPads. If they are attending virtual summer school, please use the iPads for virtual learning. If they are not attending virtual summer school, we ask that iPads be stored in a safe place until fall. This could change depending on the timeframe for student resource drop-off. Seniors will be able to purchase their district-issued iPad. Information about this will be coming with future communication regarding student resource drop-off or graduation.
Meals provided by our food service department will continue as is until June 10. June 15 through June 26, they will continue curbside meal service at Hillcrest, Glenbrook and Sunnyside from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Mobile meal transport will no longer run after June 10 with the conclusion of the school year. No meals will be served on May 25 (Memorial Day), June 11, June 12 or June 29 through July 3. Summer feeding will begin July 6. The Food Service Department will send out details regarding the summer feeding program in June.
Dear Pulaski parents, students and staff:
I wanted to give an update on a few items that I know people are discussing:
Because of orders from the state of Wisconsin, we are not allowed to host activities on school grounds until June 30. And, even then, it may be longer if a new order is given. This means no group meetings or use of buildings, other than the food program and other school-directed activity related to virtual teaching or business operations.
We do plan on having summer school in some type of form. We are just in the beginning stage of figuring out what this may look like virtually, at least until July. More information will be sent later.
We discussed graduation and possible celebration activities for our seniors at the last PCSD Board of Education meeting. Graduation, as we have done in the past, is prohibited at this point. All school districts across the state are struggling with providing this important event. Again, we are working on different scenarios and need time to plan an appropriate event for everyone. Please be patient.
We are pleased the Hobart Village Board has joined us on working on a safer crossing in front of Hillcrest Elementary School. This work will take place this summer and will be completed by the time school begins in fall. The district appreciates the Hobart Village Board’s contributions and leadership in making this long-awaited upgrade happen!
I wish I had the magic wand to make everything to go back to normal. However, every day is getting warmer, we hope the worse is over and someday our schools will be full of smiling students. Hang in there.
PCSD Interim Superintendent
Dear PCSD Parents and Families:
Based on the announcement from the Governor last week, we now know that K-12 schools will remain closed for the rest of this academic year. We understand that this update is not only a disappointment to your children and families, but in many cases feels like a devastating loss for all. We had all hoped for the opportunity to reconnect with our students in our schools to bring closure to the year. We really appreciate all your efforts and support with virtual learning during this time while balancing other daily priorities. We wanted to provide a few updates:
Visit our designated PCSD COVID-19 website for updates at https://www.pulaskischools.org/updates. Please do not hesitate to contact your classroom teacher(s), Principal or Associate Principal(s), Counselor or us should you have any questions or concerns. Together we are #RaiderStrong!
This release is available as a downloadable document at the bottom of the page.
Yours in Education,
Instructional Technology Coordinator
Director of Learning Services
Assistant Director of Learning Services
April 16, 2020
Dear PCSD Students and Families:
We are sharing with you decisions that have been made regarding grading and report cards in the virtual learning setting as a result of the COVID-19 closures. Recently, 6-12 building leadership and counselors met and after much research from other Wisconsin school districts, consultation with an attorney through CESA 7, research of educational grading gurus recommendations and communications with colleges, we have established practices for our Semester 2 grading in the virtual learning environment. Please see the appendix of resources we utilized in making our decision located in the attachment at the bottom of the page.
Equity for all students surfaced on all fronts when doing our research about grading in the COVID-19 situation. Protecting the academic progress and achievement of all students who are negatively impacted by access and opportunity gaps exacerbated by virtual learning required a shift in our grading practices. The most vulnerable students in our school setting will remain the most vulnerable students in virtual learning settings plus we will have additional students, families, and staff in crisis with COVID-19. Our grading practices will focus on the continuation of learning and provide feedback to students and families. Grading will be based on the principle of “no educational harm to any child.”
The following grading practices and procedures will be implemented for Semester 2:
Elementary and 6th grade grading/feedback will continue through utilizing the standards-based report card during the virtual learning timeframe. An end of a year progress report will be completed for each student.
3rd quarter report cards and grades are suspended for all courses 6-12. Staff will provide end of year feedback for all students. Feedback for courses that rotate at the end of the quarter or mid-quarter will also be provided with the June report card.
All late work for Quarter 3 and 4 will be accepted for the whole term and points will not be deducted for late work. All students will have the opportunity to redo, makeup, or try again to complete, show progress, or attempt to complete work assigned prior to and during virtual learning.
In grades 7-12, we will transition to Pass and No Pass with a notation of *COVID-19 Disruption noted on our report cards and transcripts for Semester 2
Criteria for Pass: Student has met or exceeded minimum proficiency levels for identified power standards and essential learning targets. If using percentage scores, a grade of 50% or higher is passing.
Criteria for No Pass: Student has not met minimum proficiency levels for identified power standards and essential learning targets. Every effort has been made to ensure that students have received feedback and the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency of the standards over the course of the virtual learning period. Teachers must ensure parents, counselors and administration have been notified by May 15 regarding the no pass and how to remedy it. If a student receives a no pass, the teacher must document a clearly delineated plan for the student to resolve the no pass based on credit recovery of the power standards and essential learning targets.
We will do everything in our power to ensure our students pass through remediation, reteaching, redo of assignments, reassessment, etc.
For high school specifically:
Pass/No Pass includes dual credit (advanced standing and transcribed), NWTC/FVTC, Advanced Placement, and Project Lead The Way. However, these courses, due to college requirements (NWTC, FVTC, SNC, UWGB, UWO, etc.), may still need to be issued a grade for their records. Students will still be required to meet the sponsoring institution’s requirements to earn the dual credit at that institution/program. However, for PHS purposes, these courses will not impact a student’s GPA.
Pass/no pass grade will freeze GPA as it stands after the first semester at PHS. The second-semester pass/no pass grade will not impact GPA.
Students will not receive the .025 increase for indexed courses in the GPA computation for semester 2
School profiles that are shared with colleges during the application process will reflect the *COVID-19 Disruption information
We hope that we have provided you with information to help with how grading will be handled during the COVID-19 disruption. Please continue to help your children take ownership of their learning during our current educational situation. We know this is an issue very near and dear to many of you, and we appreciate your patience as we developed a guideline to respond to your concerns. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact one of us for further discussion.
Please download a pdf copy of this message that included an appendix of resources, available at the bottom of this message.
Yours in Education,
Director of Learning Services
Parents and staff,
We now know that our schools are closed through the rest of the year. The Governor's latest Safer at Home Order can be downloaded in the link at the bottom of this message.
We will continue to provide food and education for the students as we presently are doing. We will wait for the word from the WIAA regarding spring sports. However, all other activities held at our schools are cancelled through June 12.
The Pulaski School Board and administrators will be discussing graduation at the next meeting.
We will provide more information when we are able.
Pulaski Interim District Administrator
Check out a video update from Interim Superintendent Tony Klaubauf.
Have a great weekend!
A few notes from PCSD Food Services on updates to our curbside meal service at our open buildings.
Update on meal service logistics:
Update on meal service dates:
Meal service dates for the week of April 6: Due to it being Good Friday, we will not be open for meal service on Friday, April 10. We will serve meals Monday through Thursday this week and will supply Friday’s meals along with those served on Thursday. We will be back open beginning Monday, April 13.
We appreciate your continued patience with these changes as we work to improve safety for our community and our team members. Look forward to seeing you all curbside!
PCSD Food Services
A message from PCSD Food Services
With the recent school closures, PCSD Food Services wants to do everything it can to serve our community and help our students during this time even while they cannot be in the buildings. PCSD is offering curbside meal service to anyone 18 and under at the below buildings, dates and times.
All meals that are served are FREE to students 18 and under, no paperwork required, no questions asked. Meals will be served regardless of eligibility. A child does not need to attend the building from which he or she is picking up meals. Families will not need to enter the building as drive-through meal service will be offered. Due to closures, we ask that the meal not be consumed in the school area. Meals will be available for pick-up outside, at the door indicated below.
Two meals will be served at one time, lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following day.
Meal Service Before Spring Break
Wednesday, March 18, and Friday, March 20: (No meal service is offered Thursday, March 19. Children will receive Thursday’s meals on Wednesday.)
Meals will be served at:
Meal service times: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Meal Service After Spring Break*
Monday through Friday, March 30-April 10
*Dates may be modified depending on school closure
Meals service locations will be determined later this week and will be communicated to parents and families.
Meal service times:
District parents and staff,
News of the coronavirus COVID-19 is everywhere. Many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. With the quick closure of schools, here is some advice from the experts at the Child Mind Institute.
Other items of note include:
PCSD Food Service is working on plans to provide student meals for this week starting Wednesday. A separate announcement on this will be sent to parents on Tuesday.
Students have no online study obligations until the first Monday following the regularly scheduled spring break, March 30. More information will be pushed out to parents prior to March 30.
In regard to spring sports, the WIAA has banned all activities until April 6. Check out more from the WIAA here. Once school is back in session, FRCC athletic directors will meet to plan spring sports seasons.
The PCSD will provide additional information to parents and staff regarding the coronavirus or Covid-19 and its impact on the PCSD as soon as possible. Please watch your email on a regular basis for new correspondence. And check out the FAQ on the PCSD website.
PCSD Interim Superintendent
Based on a new directive this afternoon from Gov. Tony Evers regarding large-group meetings, there will be no school Tuesday, March 17, in the Pulaski Community School District.
Parents and students can access school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to pick up student medications as needed.
For ongoing information and resources, visit our FAQ on the district website.
We will provide further updates in the very near future.
According to DPI expectations for school closures, all medications must be picked up by parents before the school closure Tuesday afternoon.
Parents must pick up medication today or tomorrow by 3:30 p.m. A responsible adult other than the parent may pick up medication if the parent cannot come during the time frame, as a parent you are able to designate an alternate adult to pick up the medication but you will need to contact the school's office to give the name of that adult. For controlled substances, the district will be check an ID and count the number of pills you are given back.
Even though Gov. Evers closed all state schools, we will continue with the plan sent out yesterday. As of now, students will not report to school on March 18 and would report back to school on April 14. We want to make sure students stay out of school for at least two weeks after many families return from other states or countries after our scheduled spring break.
If a member of your family has recently visited states on the West Coast, New York or any other hard-hit state or country, please keep your child home on Monday or Tuesday to decrease the chance of spreading this virus.
If the child needs supplies from school for the break, call the school. They will make arrangements to get those you by meeting you at the car or entering school on the days that students will not be in school this week.
I am sure there will be a number of messages as we move forward with this once-in-a-lifetime event. We will keep parents informed as best we can.
Here is hoping your family stays healthy and refer to our FAQ on the district’s website for the most up-to-date information.
PCSD Interim Superintendent
Dear PCSD families:
I am writing to share an update regarding some information pertaining to Covid19 and the PCSD plan. After discussions with the Department of Health as well as area superintendents, we have decided to have school for students on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. However as of Wednesday, March 18 students will not be in attendance until April 14, 2020. Future communications will be coming regarding a meal program for students as well as potential childcare. Our staff will have professional development and collaboration time on March 18-20 to work on virtual learning for our students following our spring break. More information will be shared with parents later next week regarding virtual learning.
Staff will continue to work to support the needs of students. School counselors will be available to support students as changes take place.
Students have been asked to bring the following items home this weekend:
In terms of devices, please discuss the following iPad care with your children:
At this time, we understand that parents may have concerns about sending your child(ren) to school. Parents who do not feel comfortable sending their child(ren) to school may opt to keep their child at home without penalty of truancy.
We are currently working through our plan of action for after spring break. Please refer to our FAQ posted on the district website.
Interim PCSD Superintendent
Pulaski Community School District families,
At this time, all off-campus student activities such as field trips and other trips are postponed or cancelled. Sporting events, concerts and other events will continue as planned within the district.
Parents of students with compromised immune systems should consult with family physicians regarding travel and/or participation in events. As always, parents have an option to withdraw their child(ren’s) participation in an event.
The district’s decisions about school dismissal or cancellation of school events will be made in coordination with our local health departments. Dismissal and event cancellation decisions are considered on a case-by-case basis using information from health officials about the local conditions.
Please continue to refer to our FAQ as we continue to update it with new information.
Coronavirus continues to evolve daily throughout the United States. We, in the Pulaski Community School District, are continuing to work on our efforts to ensure the safety of the students, staff and everyone who is part of our district. Click HERE to access an FAQ link, which will also be displayed on the homepage of the PCSD website to help answer some of the inquiries we are getting on a daily basis. Our main purpose for this message is to let everyone know we are using the most up-to-date information provided to us from a variety of sources including the health departments.
We will continue to update our community through this spring until the virus subsides. As good role models for our students, as we deal with this situation, we want to stay calm, follow instructions from health professionals and use common sense moving forward. Panic, anger or over-reaction will not help at this time, and will cause more stress for our children.
We are asking parents to update emergency contact information in Skyward Family Access or by calling your child’s school. To update your phone numbers and email in Skyward, log into Skyward Family Access and select “My Account” in the upper right menu bar. We would like to ensure that we are giving families the most up-to-date communication.
If you have questions or concerns, please call or email Dana Thibodeau, District Office administrative assistant, at 920-822-6001, firstname.lastname@example.org, and she will forward the questions to the appropriate person.
Dear Pulaski Community School District families and staff,
The threat of the coronavirus or COVID-19 has been on the forefront of news coverage in recent weeks. The immediate health risk from this virus to Brown, Shawano and Oconto county residents is considered very low at this time, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
PCSD leadership is monitoring communications from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the coronavirus or COVID-19. Currently, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reports that 39 people in Wisconsin have been tested for the virus. One individual tested positive for the virus, 24 tested negative and 14 cases are pending. If you wish to stay up-to-date on the testing and the results in Wisconsin, the DHS has a website that is updated every week day by 2 p.m. For the most up-to-date information, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ webpage and the Centers for Disease Control’s COVID-19 webpage.
The PCSD is being proactive in its planning. District leadership has met to discuss our school district preparedness plan. Additional meetings will occur next week to fine-tune those plans, with additional meetings planned as needed when more information becomes available. If we have a situation of significantly increased illness or if there are local cases of COVID-19, we will work closely with the Brown County Public Health Department and will follow and adhere to its directions.
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has also posted guidance regarding preventing the spread of respiratory diseases such as COVID-19.
We will keep you posted should the need for further action occur.
In the meantime, wash your hands, cover your coughs and if you or your children are sick, please stay home.