Good morning, Pirate Family,
I had intended to share only good news this morning, as we prepare for our first full week without classes at District 32. Our administrative team & teachers have been planning fun Spirit Days for each of our 10 days of missed school due to the coronavirus closure. I have attached the Virtual Spirit Days flyer, and I encourage all families to participate if possible. Even though we can’t be together on campus, it’s important for our students to be reminded daily that we’re still a school family.
Last night around 9:45 pm, Perry County Health Department announced that Perry County, Missouri has confirmed its first case of COVID-19. Health officials indicate that the patient, a woman in her 50s, isolated herself at the first sign of symptoms. I hope you’ll join us in thanking her for her diligence, and in wishing her a full recovery. You can read the entire press release at https://www.perrycountyhealth.com/.
While this news is alarming, it is not unexpected. In the coming days, we will likely see more confirmed cases in our community and those around us. As adults, we are struggling with this new reality. For our children, it might be confusing and frightening. They may feel overwhelmed. If you think they are struggling, please remember that you can reach out to your school counselor for advice. I have attached an article, “Seeking Normalcy Amid COVID-19,” from our partners at West County Psychological Associates that you may find helpful. I’ve also attached an image, shared by PPC Counselor Laura Buchheit, originally posted by SumairaZ.com, that may help you shift your own focus during the pandemic.
On Saturday, the Perry County Health Department shared an order by Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, which outlines new guidelines for Missourians in the fight against COVID-19. This order is attached. It reads, in part, “This Order shall be in effect beginning 12:01 A.M. Monday, March 23, 2020, and shall remain in effect until 12:01 A.M. Monday, April 6, 2020, unless extended by further order of the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services with said extensions not to exceed the duration of the effective period of Executive Order 20-02 (May 15, 2020).”
Our administrative team will remain in contact with local and state health agencies. We communicate with you further updates, and what they may mean for our schools and our plan to resume classes on April 6.
I’ll take this opportunity to remind staff and students that our first job as Pirates during this closure is to follow the orders of our health officials and to stay home and stay healthy. We can’t wait to see you all back at school.
I will continue to provide updates throughout our closure as blog posts on our D32 Website at www.perryville.k12.mo.us.