Reminder that the District 32 academic calendar was amended in December. Save this link to easily find the D32 Events page to see when school is closed, dates of Parent/Teacher Conferences and Professional Development Days: https://www.perryville.k12.mo.us/o/district-32/events
January 28, 2021 Dear Parents/Guardians, District 32 schools will be closed to students tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 29, due to county road conditions, but they will have school next Wednesday, Feb. 3 when they were scheduled to be off. As always, we have consulted with our county road department and MoDOT, and checked roads ourselves. Several county roads in the eastern and western portions of the county are still dangerous due to shading from large trees that line them. Thankfully, we now have the capability to provide remote instruction on such days. All students will receive instruction tomorrow through their school’s distance-learning platform, just as they did yesterday and today. Teachers will again be responsive to emails until 3 pm. Parents can access the Snow Day Instruction Plans for all buildings at https://5il.co/nu16. In general, parents of students at the primary center should visit Seesaw for assignments, and all other students should visit Google Classroom. Adventure Club will be available for normal hours to students who were scheduled to attend next Wednesday. Staff members will be on our campus working collaboratively just as they would be next Wednesday. Collaboration time is when teachers examine individual student skills assessments to identify areas where students are struggling, and then plan for re-teaching or other intervention measures to close any achievement gaps. Winter weather can throw us some curveballs and the forecasts never quite turn out the way we expect. I appreciate your patience and support as we make these schedule changes to keep our kids safe and maximize the time they spend in the classroom. I know this is a departure from our current schedule, but having two days of distance learning instead of just one is worth making this change. With Pirate Pride, Andy Comstock Superintendent
The Perry County School District 32 campus will be closed to students Thursday 1/28 due to inclement weather. Extracurricular activities and meetings that cannot be held remotely are also canceled. All students will receive instruction through their school’s distance-learning platform, and teachers have reviewed this process with all students. Parents can access the Snow Day Instruction Plans for all buildings at https://5il.co/nu16. In general, parents of students at the primary center should visit Seesaw for assignments, and all other students should visit Google Classroom.
For Information about MOCAP and virtual courses visit https://www.perryville.k12.mo.us/o/district-32/page/virtual-courses-mocap
Classes resume Tuesday, Jan. 5 with students on campus 5 days per week. You can download and print the amended academic calendar under MENU > DOCUMENTS > FOR PARENTS or at https://5il.co/o98d.
On Monday, Nov. 30, a student was found to be in possession of a BB gun at Perryville Elementary School. Parents of students in that classroom have been notified of the incident. After the student told others he had a BB gun in his backpack, the teacher was alerted and then notified administrators. An investigation determined that the student forgot that the BB gun was in the backpack after a weekend outing. At no time were students or staff in any danger. The student never removed the BB gun from the backpack and no threats were made. The District will follow the Weapons In School Policy, JFCJ. No other information will be released.
Team, class quarantined at District 32 A sports team and a classroom have been quarantined at Perry County School District 32 after several individuals tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. All affected individuals have been notified. Perry County Health Department conducted the investigations, with the assistance of district personnel. The entire junior varsity football team was quarantined after 5 individuals received positive test results between Oct. 21 and this morning. Affected individuals may return to class on Nov. 6 unless they develop symptoms or test positive for the virus. A classroom at Perryville Elementary School has also been quarantined after an individual tested positive, and two individuals are awaiting test results. Those individuals have differing dates to return to class, depending on their last exposure to a positive individual. All affected individuals have been notified. To date, 58 individuals who work or go to school at District 32 have been identified as positive for COVID-19 and 233 close contacts have been reported. Of those, 8 are currently isolated as positives and 81 are currently quarantined as close contacts. Several individuals are awaiting test results. Symptoms of COVID-19 include: • Fever or chills • Cough • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Fatigue • Muscle or body aches • Headache • New loss of taste or smell • Sore throat • Congestion or runny nose • Nausea or vomiting • Diarrhea “It’s very important that anyone who is sick stay home from school,” said PHS Nurse Stefany Layton, RN. We practice cohorting in our lower grades and physical distancing in upper grades, to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Our goal is to keep our children and staff healthy and in school. “I encourage parents to continue to stress the importance of physical distancing, masking and frequent hand-washing with their children,” Nurse Layton said. It will help us stay healthier as a school family during the cold and flu season, as well as combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. Individuals who are experiencing symptoms, should call their medical provider and seek testing. The Health Department does not provide testing for COVID-19. Residents are also encouraged to call the Perry County Health Department at 573-547-6564 if they have any questions or concerns. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services also has a COVID hotline available at 1-877-435-8411.
Perryville Buchheit donates device sanitizing supplies Perryville Buchheit is helping Perry County School District 32 keep our schools safe during the pandemic. The company donated over $2,800 of disinfectants for technology devices, which will be used in all five school buildings. Sara Guelthe of Buchheit Inc. (center) presented the donation to District 32 Technology staff Micah Ellison (left) and Emilee Allen. The donation included 529 containers of Blow Off Electronic Cleaning Wipes, 792 packs of Blow Off Electronic Wipes, 96 cans of Isopropyl Alcohol Electronic Grade, and 110 packs of Blow Off Screen Cleaning Kits. “We could not be more grateful to Perryville Buchheit for helping us keep our students staff,” said Dan Querry, director of Technology at District 32. “It’s been a monumental task to ensure that our devices are clean and safe for the children and teachers who use them. This donation makes that job much easier.”
ADK donates health office supplies Alpha Delta Kappa, a sorority of active and retired teachers, recently donated first-aid and hygiene supplies to Perry County School District 32 health offices. "The Beta Lambda chapter in Perryville donated these much-needed supplies to the District 32 nurses to show their appreciation for us," said PHS Nurse Stefany Layton. "Such a great act of kindness sheds light during these trying times. We're grateful to ADK for their thoughtfulness."
District 32 staff designated as “essential workers” Close contacts to COVID-positive people can come to work with conditions Teachers and school staff who are identified as close contacts to a COVID-19-positive individual may now come to work under certain conditions. All District 32 employees were designated as “essential workers” during the special Sept. 16 meeting of the Board of Education. “On Aug. 18, teachers and school staff were added to the federal-level list of people who can be considered ‘essential critical infrastructure workers,’ said Superintendent Andy Comstock. “Since then, we have found that the state and county will not be issuing orders about essential workers but will defer to local entities to make that designation. “We have worked closely with Perry County Health Department to ensure that we are adhering to the CDC recommendations for essential workers to keep everyone safe on our campus. The health department will continue to notify us of positive and close contact individuals and provide us with information about isolation or quarantine.” The board’s action means that District 32 employees who are identified as close contacts after being exposed to COVID-19 WILL be allowed to work on campus in their normal duties if: • They have no symptoms • They are not household or physical close contacts • They wear a 2-ply mask at all times while on campus for 14 days after their last known exposure to COVID-19 • They strictly adhere to physical distancing requirements at all times while on campus for 14 days after their last known exposure to COVID-19 Close contacts who may NOT work on campus are those who: • Have symptoms of COVID-19 • Have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results • Live with someone who is positive with COVID-19 • Have had physical contact with someone who is positive with COVID-19 Other staff members, students and parents/caregivers will not be notified when an essential worker has been identified as a close contact, with the exception of the district’s COVID coordinator, the HR coordinator, and the appropriate school nurse. “Per the health department’s guidance, all staff are performing daily health screenings before reporting to work, including taking their temperatures,” Mr. Comstock said. “An additional health screening will be performed mid-day for close contact staff members. Any staff member who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day are sent home. “This designation by our board will help us reduce the chance that a classroom or building may have to close due to COVID staff absences,” he said. “Our ultimate goal is to keep kids in school, while ensuring the health and safety of staff and students.” Close contact staff members will not be required to report to work. They may choose to telework if that is possible, or use leave.
Primary classroom transitions to online learning Sept. 21, 2020 — A classroom of students is learning at home for the next week and a half, after their Perryville Primary Center teacher tested positive for COVID-19. The teacher reported their positive test result on Friday. The teacher had not been at school since waking up with symptoms on Tuesday morning, said Principal Emily Koenig. “Because we know that people can be contagious up to 2 days before the onset of their symptoms, and because kindergartners aren’t always able to physically distance appropriately, the entire class was transitioned to online learning,” Mrs. Koenig said. A substitute teacher will provide the online lessons for the students while the teacher recovers at home. Primary center students are kept in the same small groups at all times, which means no other students were close contacts. “This aligns with our new focus on keeping as many students and staff in class on campus as safely possible,” said Andy Comstock, superintendent of Perry County School District 32. “While the community is still at the moderately high risk alert level, our building impact was low, and the health department recommended only quarantining this classroom. “We are confident that our other students at staff are safe at school,” Mr. Comstock said. “We learned during our recent temporary ‘closure’ from Sept. 5-14 that our schools are not contributing to the unknown community spread. All mitigation procedures are still being followed.” As long as the students from that classroom do not develop symptoms, they will be back on campus on Sept. 29. Since the first day of school, the health department has reported 35 positive cases of COVID-19 for people who work or learn at District 32, and 117 close contacts.
The new deadline to complete the Census is Oct. 1, 2020. How the 2020 Census Affects Children The 2020 Census count impacts the federal funds that communities receive each year for programs and services that are critical for schools, students, and younger children, such as: --Special education, Head Start, after-school programs, and classroom technology. --Food assistance, including free and reduced-price school lunches. --Maternal and child health programs.
Parents and students can find a copy of the 2020-21 Family Handbook, a combined document for all District 32 schools, at https://5il.co/k2ss.
The first day of school for all primary and elementary (K-5) Pirates On Campus students is Wednesday, Aug. 26. Middle and High School Pirates On Campus students in the A Group will attend classes on campus on Wednesday, Aug. 26. Middle and HIgh School Pirates On Campus students in the B Group will attend classes on campus Thursday and Friday, Aug. 27-28. Pirates At Home also begins on Wednesday, Aug. 26. If you have any questions about your child's educational program, please call your school office at 547-7500.
Parent Q&A information shared If you missed the Aug. 11 Parent Q&A Session, you can read the questions and answers here: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/851058/Parent_Q_A.pdf
Adventure Club Enrollment Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdEnuUpzQ_rGa_7xsisGNrGRKWmqdXh_gX--rC0zDy0gemT8w/viewform This message is for anyone interested in signing up for a spot in the Fall Adventure Club. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have limited space. Registration is being done on a first come first serve basis, so don’t delay. You will receive a phone call to confirm potential placement in the fall program, but you still MUST come to Elementary Open House on August 18 from 4:00-7:30 or Primary Open House on August 19 from 4:00-7:30 to fully register. If you do not show up, your spot will be forfeited.
This message is for anyone interested in signing up for a spot in the Fall Adventure Club. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have limited space. Registration is being done on a first come first serve basis, so don’t delay. You will receive a phone call to confirm potential placement in the fall program, but you still MUST come to Elementary Open House on August 18 from 4:00-7:30 or Primary Open House on August 19 from 4:00-7:30 to fully register. If you do not show up, your spot will be forfeited. Interest in Registering for Adventure Club
Please click here to view a message from Assistant Superintendent Jeanie White about District 32's Roadmap to Reopening: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VL54a250KCPQKb_91J1f7lxBPKTO9kr9/view?usp=sharing
At Perry County School District 32, our hope is to begin the 2020-21 school year as normally as possible, if allowed by our local and state authorities as determined by pandemic conditions. We are creating plans for several contingencies, following all CDC recommendations and the requirements provided by our insurance provider. The largest hurdle to operating the new school year as “normally” as possible are the current recommendations from the CDC regarding school bus transportation, which limits our large school buses to 8 students per trip. (We have an average of 60 students per trip.) Please take a few moments to complete this survey. You WILL be asked to provide your name, your students’ names, household address, and their bus route number. Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QGJSB5Y Thank you! We miss your kids, and hope you're all staying healthy and safe!
Congratulations to Perryville High School seniors who have earned the highest academic honors. The Class of 2020 valedictorian is Dru Hemmann, daughter of Mike and Tracy Hemmann, and the salutatorian is Mariah Mitchell, daughter of Dave and Marilyn Mitchell. See the Top Ten Graduates and the cum laude honorees at https://www.perryville.k12.mo.us/article/245583?org=district-32 #D32 #PiratePride