• January 3, 2022

    Dear Princeton Parents and Community, 

    I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break and was able to spend time with family and friends. I am grateful for your collaboration as we continue to navigate the unexpected with COVID-19.   

    I wanted to provide you with an update on the new Ohio Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) quarantine guidance. As with everything during the pandemic, this guidance is subject to change based on the most updated information that we receive on the virus.

    According to an Ohio Department of Health (ODH) news release on December 30, 2021, Ohio has aligned its quarantine and isolation guidance with the CDC updated guidance recently issued on December 27, 2021. This updated guidance has a focus on testing, masking, and symptom monitoring – similar to Ohio’s reduced quarantine guidelines in the state’s ‘mask to stay’ and ‘test to play’ guidance issued on October 25, 2021. 

    Hamilton County Public Health has aligned with ODH in following this guidance. ODH has released a flow chart based on the CDC’s updated guidance following exposure to someone with COVID-19. Regardless of vaccination status or symptoms, anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for at least 5 days. However, if symptoms resolve, isolation may end on the sixth day following either symptom onset or a positive COVID-19 test if the person consistently wears a mask for the next five days.

    Considering our adherence to the guidance we have received from Hamilton County Public Health and Ohio Department of Health, along with our continued mask and social distancing requirements, Princeton continues to be consistent by maintaining its practices for student and staff safety.  

    We appreciate your patience and understanding as we take every step to preserve the student experience in the Princeton City Schools while keeping our community as safe and healthy as possible in the new year. I look forward to sharing the State of the Schools Address on Thursday, January 6th, at 7:00 p.m. at Matthews Auditorium and on our social media platforms. 

    Thank you as always for sharing your most precious gifts with us. Happy New Year! 

    Respectfully,

    Tom Burton

    Superintendent 


    As a reminder, COVID-19 symptoms list:

     

    Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills or shaking chills

    Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

    New loss of taste or smell

    Muscle aches or body aches

    Cough (not due to other known causes, such as a chronic cough)

    Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms

    Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms

    Headache when in combination with other symptoms

    Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms

    Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

     

     

     


Superintendent Tom Burton speaks with Jordan Sibert

  • November 5 , 2021

    Posted by Tricia Roddy on 11/5/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Business & Community Partners Breakfast - November 3, 2021

    On Wednesday, we had our second Business & Community Partnership Breakfast of this school year. Guest Speaker, Mr. Phil Castellini, COO Cincinnati Reds, spoke about “Building Business Partnerships” and shared how important it is to connect with your community. With 243 people in attendance, the energy was high and our students came prepared to make a strong impression. 

     

    National Honor Society Inductees - Fall 2021

     

    Congratulations to our National Honor Society Inductees 

    Norma Ailon Mendez, Wendy Ailon Velasquez, Jacqueline Alonso, Jaylynn Chun-Domingo, London Dennie, Andrew Edrington, Mariah Ellington, Baneza Escalante Roblero, Kortnee Hughes, Dalila Jacobo Ramirez, Gedeon Kebede, Amelia Martin, Ava Moore, Liam Morgenroth, Fatima Nzale, Jason Nolasco Pedro, Maria Ortiz Mendoza, Yesenia Perez, James Spears, Emily Villatoro-Mendez, Hannah Voegele, Jaydon White, and Natalie Williams. Wednesday evening’s Induction Ceremony is yet another example of the high standards of scholarship, leadership, service, and character that empower our students.

     

    Looking ahead - two of the most inspiring events take place next week. The Veterans Day Concert, held annually on November 11th, never disappoints. This year, three veterans will be recipients of a Princeton High School diploma because they were serving our country and unable to graduate. I guarantee you that during this concert, your heart will be bursting with Princeton Pride - you don’t want to miss it! 

     

    An inspiring group of Distinguished Alumni honorees are going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 13th! I know the Princeton Education Foundation and the Board of Education share my appreciation and admiration for each of these individuals and how they have continued to make their positive mark in the world since graduating from Princeton City Schools. If you want to be inspired by how Princeton has and continues to change the world, join us and reserve your spot by Monday, November 8th.

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  • 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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