• October 8, 2021

    Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15 to October 15. I’d like to give a special thank you to our staff for all of the activities and projects that have taken place in classrooms and buildings to recognize this special month. 

    At Princeton City Schools, we continue to recognize and celebrate the unique diversity of our community by celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. If you would like to learn more about this month, one resource is available at: https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/for-teachers/

    Homecoming is a special week for our students and a great opportunity to welcome our alumni and community members to the Princeton City School District. It was fantastic to see all the school buildings, clubs, sports teams, and community leaders represented in our parade on Wednesday. What a turnout! 

    As we continue to celebrate the theme, “Our Community is Our Campus,” we are looking forward to tonight’s festivities, including the Alumni Sock Hop, recognizing our Homecoming Court, and the Varsity Football game against Sycamore. Tomorrow, we hold the dedication of the Mural Amphitheater, as well as the Homecoming Dance, and the banquet for the 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame. 

     



  • Mask Update - Requirement for all PCSD Schools, Effective August 20

    Thank you for your patience and support as we opened our 2021-2022 school year last week. We know that our families and staff share mixed emotions about the school year, especially considering the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

    Yesterday, I announced an update to our health and safety protocols as we implemented a temporary districtwide mask requirement, effective Friday, August 20, 2021. We are elevating our response as we continue to have cases of COVID-19 in our schools and in our community.

    Under the district’s mask protocol, all students, teachers, staff members, and visitors, must wear masks when indoors, including buses and all school buildings. The federal transportation mask mandate was extended through January 18, 2022. Students and staff have the option to remove their masks while eating or outdoors. 

    Why Require Masks Now

    Based on the information the district received today from Greg Kesterman, Hamilton County Public Health Commissioner, the Delta Variant of COVID-19 is continuing to spread in our community and Hamilton County at large. We have been a county of significant spread in the last month, but we are now a county of high spread.  

    Mr. Kesterman reported on Friday, August 6, 2021, that Hamilton County Public Health was seeing positive COVID-19 cases in all age groups.  As of last Friday, August 13th, the health department reported 150 new COVID-19 cases per day, increasing at a rate of 10 additional cases reported with each new day. As of yesterday, we had over 200 cases being reported for our area per day.

    Based on these most recent data, the district has decided to mandate universal masking for Pre-K-12 students, staff, visitors, and volunteers in all school buildings and indoor facilities. This decision is in alignment with  Board Policy 8450.01 for times during elevated communicable disease community spread (pandemic or epidemic).  Keeping students safe and in class for learning during these trying times are the main priorities. 

    Help Keep In-Person Learning Open

    We understand that our families and staff feel strongly about masks, individual freedoms, and the health crisis. While there may not be common ground on those issues, we can all agree that in-person learning works best for most students. We will continue to do all that we can to stay open and keep our students and staff safe.

    If a contagious disease, like COVID-19, spreads through our schools, we may be forced to close portions of buildings or an entire building. It is critical for our entire Viking community to come together for the greater good of every student. Our students need us to stay open, and we believe that masks can help the cause.

    Additionally, we have been advised that neck gaiters are not effective. They are considered unacceptable protection. The gaiters actually make things worse by aerosolizing the droplets.

    We have been working with our principals on processes and procedures for enforcing the mask requirement in our school buildings. We ask for patience, grace, and support from our students, staff, teachers, and families during this transition.

    We made this work last year. It wasn’t ideal, but we stayed together to remain open and minimize the health risk in our schools. We can and will do what’s best for our students.

    Respectfully,

    Tom Burton

    Superintendent

     


    August 19, 2021

    Good afternoon Princeton Families,

    Based on the information the district received today from Greg Kesterman, Hamilton County Public Health Commissioner, the Delta Variant of COVID-19 is continuing to spread in our community and Hamilton County at large. We have been a county of significant spread in the last month, but we are now a county of high spread.  Mr. Kesterman reported on Friday, August 6, 2021, that Hamilton County Public Health was seeing positive COVID-19 cases in all age groups.  As of last Friday, August 13th, the health department reported 150 new COVID-19 cases per day, increasing at a rate of 10 additional cases reported with each new day. As of today, we have over 200 cases being reported for our area per day.

    Based on these most recent data, effective Friday, August 20, the district has decided to mandate universal masking for Pre-K-12 students, staff, visitors, and volunteers in all school buildings and indoor facilities. This decision is in alignment with Board Policy 8450.01 for times during elevated communicable disease community spread (pandemic or epidemic). Keeping students safe and in class for learning during these trying times are the main priorities. 

    Take good care and as always, Go Vikes! 

    Sincerely,

    Tom Burton

    Superintendent

     


     

  • Statement from the Princeton City School District Regarding Violence toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

     

    The Princeton City School District (PCSD) denounces prejudice, violence, and hate crimes toward any person or group of people. Recent news stories reflect an increase in violent crimes directed toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, including last week's shooting rampage near Atlanta. Anti-Asian rhetoric and violence are evidence of racism, which we will not tolerate or accept.

     

    PCSD is committed to providing a safe, supportive, and inclusive learning environment for all students and employees. We are dedicated to ensuring that every student has equal access to the District's educational programs and activities. We are committed to carrying out our mission of “empowering each student for college, career, and life success.”

     

    We firmly believe that establishing a deep sense of belonging and building a future for our community and our world is critical, where each individual is equally valued and every person's potential is realized and fulfilled. 

     

    We recognize that this is a difficult time for our community, especially our Asian-American staff, students, and families. We encourage our students to reach out to a trusted teacher, staff member, administrator, or their school counselor to discuss their feelings and/or concerns. We urge our staff to take advantage of the mental health and additional resources provided by our Human Resources Department. 

     

    To learn more about PCSD’s ongoing Equity and Anti-Racism work, please visit www.princetonschools.net/equity. Lastly, we urge every member of our community to listen to and support one another.

     

    Tom Burton 

    Superintendent

     


     

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