PCSC Plan for Return

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Dear PCSC Families,

Plymouth Community School Corporation 2023-2024 Return to In-person Learning Plan As a recipient of one-time federal funds under the ESSER III grant, Plymouth Community School Corporation is required to develop the following plan outlining how PCSC will return to in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year and beyond. This plan must address how the school district will maintain student and staff health and safety AND how it will ensure continuity of services for academic and social-emotional needs, as well as how it meets guidance from health officials to the greatest extent possible. Finally, the plan must be updated and shared with the public every six months through June 24, 2023. Plymouth Community School Corporation conducted school through an in-person learning environment available for all students throughout the entire 2020-21 school year while also offering a virtual option for any student whose family selected. In the 2021-22 school year, Plymouth Community School Corporation offered only an in-person learning environment. The preventative and mitigating efforts to host in-person instruction safely were successful in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years. For the 2023-24 school year, the in-person learning environment with mitigating and preventatives measures, frequent hand washing and sanitizing, utilization of effective and frequent cleaning strategies, as well as proper maintenance and function of HVAC systems will remain in order to maintain the healthiest environment possible for students and staff. A virtual learning environment will not be available for students for the 2023-24 school year. Student academic needs will be met through a multitude of supports. These will include participating in a normal academic school day in person with their peers and highly qualified and caring teachers. Those who need additional support will receive those needed through the school’s multi-tiered system of support. Additionally, the opportunity for after school tutoring and programs may be available if needed. The ability to identify students’ academic needs will also be enhanced with additional software upgrades. In some grade levels and/or content areas, class sizes will become smaller in order to ensure that those with the greatest academic needs will be able to be met. During the 2020-21 school year, PCSC added school counselors and expanded partnerships with community based mental health organizations. These will continue for the 2023-24 school year. If COVID-19 testing is determined to be necessary, the student will be referred to the local health department for diagnostic testing. If positive cases arise among students or staff, PCSC administration will work in conjunction with the local health department to isolate the positive case and identify and quarantine any close contacts that are in line with the local health officer’s recommendation. Lastly, with the availability of a vaccine for individuals 5 years of age or older, coordinated efforts with the local health department will be made in order to vaccinate all students or staff who desire to receive one. Students or staff who are considered a close contact of a positive case, will not have to quarantine. Collaboration with the MCHD will continue throughout the 2023-24 school year to ensure big events are managed in ways that support the health and safety of everyone involved. This will be the last time PCSC will be required to have this plan approved. Updated / Board approval 06-06-23 Updated / Board approved 12-06-22 Updated / Board approved 06-07-22 Updated / Board approved 12-08-21 Board approved 06-01-21