PHPS COVID-19 Updates
PHPS continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation. We are currently working to develop a comprehensive plan for reopening that insures the health and safety of our students and staff. Our plan will follow the current TEA standards, CDC and WHO recommendations, as well as state and local guidelines.
Current and past messages along with updated information will be posted on this page as we work towards safely reopening in the fall.
Return to School Information
July 24, 2020
Thank you for your patience as we work through the specifics of our back-to-school plan, implementing adjustments and modifications as state and county guidance changes.
As you know, the latest Dallas County mandate requires that all schools offer remote learning through September 7, 2020. We are aware of the Attorney General’s opinion regarding an exemption for religious private schools, however; this opinion does not offer us a clear path to opening PHPS before Sept 8, 2020. Therefore, we will move forward with remote learning August 25- September 4, and begin offering in-person instruction on September 8, following Labor Day. We have a thoughtful and comprehensive plan for safely opening school (see link below to open/download full plan), and we are prepared to do so, as soon as we are allowed.
During the initial remote learning period (August 25–September 7) the teachers will be meeting with your student at school periodically for in-person assessments and orientation. Although we cannot bring all of our students to campus for instruction, we can offer individual assessment and orientation for our students. Normally the first two weeks of school are devoted to assessing students in order to assemble students into math and reading groups. These individual meetings will provide a wonderful opportunity to accurately assess all of our students in a one-on-one setting to help guide instruction. The meetings will follow all safety measures included in our re-opening plan. The individual meetings will also allow your student to see the classroom and start building a relationship with the teacher, something that is crucial for our students, yet very difficult to achieve virtually. Your classroom teacher will contact you in August to set up these meetings. At this point, we just want you to be aware that we will be able to meet with your child individually at school as we begin the school year.
Finally, my intent is to be thoughtful and clear in my communications to you rather than reactive and vague. The situation is changing rapidly, and sometimes we need time to gather all the information and examine all options before communicating a well-defined and feasible plan that works for our whole community. I am very grateful for your patience as you have waited for additional communication from the school.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.