PCS Re-Entry for 2020-21

Putnam County Schools Statement on Re-Entry for the 2020-21 School Year
Posted on 06/15/2020
PCS 2020-21 Re-Entry Statement

Last week Superintendent Hudson released the following statement regarding Putnam County Schools' Re-Entry for the 2020-2021 School Year:

“On Wednesday, June 10, the WVDE released guidance to school districts regarding proposed plans for student re-entry for the 2020-2021 school year. The guidance included three possible scenarios for consideration and was developed in consultation with health officials at the state and local levels, including Dr. Clay Marsh, Dr. Kathy Slemp, and Secretary Crouch.   

I want to be very clear; this is not the Putnam County Schools Plan for Re-Entry. Our goal is for students to be physically in school buildings five days a week, 180 days next school year, if possible. However, as professional educators, we must rely on guidance from health officials as West Virginia is still operating under a State of Emergency. When the State of Emergency is lifted, local boards of education will be able to use regional data regarding COVID-19 (as provided by health officials) to make decisions for the school system.  

Please know that our staff is reviewing all of the scenarios and guidelines and will be communicating with the WVDE as well as state and local health officials to develop a plan to best serve our students, staff, and community. Understand we wish to provide a safe, solid plan in a timely fashion so staff and families can adjust accordingly. However, this plan will take weeks and not days to develop. We will keep families and staff informed as much as possible during the upcoming weeks. To help guide the development of re-entry plans, you will receive a short survey, the week of June 15-19, to complete. The information you provide via the survey will be very valuable to Putnam County Schools as we move forward.

All decisions for re-entry will be made with the safety and well-being of students at the forefront. We ask that you please continue to be patient as COVID-19 remains to be a fluid situation.”