November 24th -- On-Campus Updates

November 24th -- On-Campus Updates

Dear Parents and Students,
 
We continue to work to identify and implement the best strategies to protect the health and safety of our community and ensure the continuity of learning and the Presentation experience for all students.  Thank you for your partnership and patience.
 
Cohorts Continue on Campus
As you know, Governor Newsom's November 16th order placed our county back in the “purple” tier. Presentation is not considered “open” per Santa Clara County guidelines and, therefore, cannot resume mixed cohorts or begin new in-person activities until Santa Clara County is in the “red” tier for 14 consecutive days. Our co-curricular and student support cohorts can and will continue to meet while we are in the “purple” tier. Students are also only allowed to participate in one cohort at a time per the County’s cohort guidelines, either on or off campus. Any student who is currently enrolled in an on-campus cohort will receive an email update about the status of their cohort as a result of this change.
 
Remote Until March Due to County Guidelines
Many families expressed interest in both in-person cohorts and attending academic classes in-person when completing the Family Commitment Form.  Because Santa Clara County is in the “purple” tier and Presentation is not currently considered “open” per County guidelines, we must return to school after the Christmas break with remote instruction and we will stay remote until at least March 1st due to the County guidelines, the projected spike in COVID-19 cases after the holidays, and Presentation’s February break.  We will provide an update to our instructional plans at that time and, in the meantime, will continue our intentional, phased approach to bringing students back to campus by offering opportunities in accordance with the county guidelines for schools.
 
We continue to research and implement best practices in remote learning and containing the spread of COVID-19 on school campuses in preparation for the spring semester.  This includes revisiting our bell schedule, investing in teacher professional development, researching new technology to support varied instructional models, redesigning the flow of traffic and use of space on campus, and upgrading our facilities. We will keep you informed of our progress and update you as more details are available.
 
Co-Curriculars
Finally, after-school co-curricular cohorts will continue to operate following the county guidelines for the “purple” tier.  We are awaiting confirmation about the beginning of athletic “Season 1” (cross country, field hockey, volleyball, water polo) from the California Interscholastic Federation and Central Coast Section, which is currently scheduled to begin on December 14th. We will update all athletes and families once we have more information.  The Athletic Department is also hosting a “town hall meeting” on Monday, November 30th at 6:00 p.m. to update families on the current status as well as answer questions as it relates to athletics. Please see your parent newsletter for the registration link.
 
Adhering to COVID-19 safety guidelines is important to protecting our community.  We ask that you and your family continue to follow the recommendations of Santa Clara County’s Department of Public Health to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect the well being of our school and local community.
 
We continue to be grateful for our partnership and wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving.
 
-- The PHS COVID 19 Taskforce