PCPS Schools Scheduled to Reopen for Students on Tuesday, Oct. 4

PCPS Schools Scheduled to Reopen for Students on Tuesday, Oct. 4

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An update from Superintendent Fred Heid:

Dear families,

Our team continues to work diligently to prepare PCPS schools to reopen for our students and staff.

As I shared previously, three factors impact our ability to reopen: power, staffing and food service.

Power: Our power/utility partners have done an amazing job over the last 24 hours reducing the number of schools without power from 70-plus to less than 25. Their teams have worked around the clock to address school and community outages, and we couldn’t ask for better partners.

Food service/facilities: Unfortunately, we are finding that we need additional time to finish necessary repairs and clean up to make sure our schools are safe and ready to welcome back students and staff. We also require time to ensure that school kitchens are fully operational and can accept delivery of new food items.

Staffing: Over the last 48 hours we have been surveying our employees to confirm that they are safe and to determine what impact the storm has had on our workforce. We have found that many of our staff are unable to return on Monday due to their own storm-related issues.

As a result, schools will remain closed on Monday (Oct. 3). Again, students will NOT return to school on Monday. Our goal is to reopen our campuses to students on Tuesday (Oct. 4).

Even though students will not be able to return on Monday, all available PCPS employees will return to their school or district sites to help complete the final preparations and planning for reopening.

All available district employees and school staff, including teachers, will return on Monday (Oct. 3) to their campuses, district offices and work sites.

When schools reopen, we anticipate being short-staffed on some essential personnel, including bus drivers. As I shared before, many of our employees are still dealing with incredibly difficult circumstances and may not be able to return to work at this time.

Parents who have the ability to transport their own children to and from school might consider doing so to help reduce the demand on our available drivers.

Thanks for your patience and understanding as we strive to return to normal operations. We appreciate your support and look forward to our students and staff returning to school.