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March 27 Update for the PCS Community

PCS COVID-19 Update:

Extension of School Closure through May 6, 2020

Dear PCS Community,

Santa Cruz County’s Public Health Office is recommending an extension of school closure. Pacific Collegiate School will continue to be closed until May 6th, 2020 to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The school will continue to provide nutrition services and Distance Learning on school days until it is safe to reopen.

Although this is disappointing news, the safety, health, and well being of PCS students, staff, and community are my highest priorities. We will continue to work with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Santa Cruz County Public Health Office, and our colleagues in neighboring schools and districts to align our strategies and practices in regard to this unprecedented crisis.  

PCS will be closed for our previously scheduled Spring Break, April 6-10. During Spring Break break, the office will be closed, and all school services suspended.  

Until further notice, Santa Cruz County residents are expected to strictly adhere to the “Shelter in Place” order and to keep practicing the guidance provided by Public Health including:

  • Social distancing
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Staying home if you are feeling sick
  • Contacting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing any symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
  • Engaging in regular exercise or physical activity

When Distance Learning resumes on Monday, April 13, PCS will begin using Zoom for videoconferencing of remote classes. We are making the shift from Google Meet to Zoom in order to provide the best virtual classroom experience possible and to support the high-quality teaching and learning you have come to expect from PCS. Although Zoom is similar to Google Meet and students will access and use it in many of the same ways, a student tutorial will be posted on Canvas, and our tech team will be available to provide support during this transition. Teachers may begin migrating to the Zoom platform during the week of March 30-April 3, so students should continue to check Canvas for class links, assignments, and updates

There have been a number of questions and concerns raised about grading practices in this time of Distance Learning. As you know, PCS has been working hard to ensure that our Digital Learning program engages students in continued learning. We are also working to ensure that grading practices for PCS Digital Learning are appropriate and equitable, that students will have the support they need to be successful, and that PCS transcripts will reflect students’ ongoing efforts and achievement during this difficult time. Rest assured that we are working on this as a staff and that I will share more information about this topic soon.

Finally, PCS is looking forward to sharing our new Virtual Support services program with the school community early next week. In the meantime, please call on us if we can provide any help to your student or family during this challenging time (831-479-7785).

Stay healthy and safe,

Maria C. Reitano, Ed.D.

Head of School


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