District Updates and Q & A on August 3rd at 6 PM
July 27, 2021
Dear Princeton Families and Community,
As Princeton City School District (PCSD) prepares to Reset, Refocus, and Restart the 2021-2022 school year, the District has created a Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan which outlines our established policies and protocols. You can find the plan and details on the district website at www.princetonschools.net.
Detailed in the plan and as we have done in the past, we will continue to take careful consideration of health officials’ expertise, advisory recommendations, and mandates from the State and local health departments.
At this point, it is optional to wear face masks inside or outside any district facilities. However, if you are not fully vaccinated, we strongly recommend you wear a face mask to protect yourself and others. Anyone who would like to wear a facemask is encouraged to do so.
Additionally, under current federal orders and accompanying guidance, students and staff are required to wear masks on school buses, whether vaccinated or not, until September 13, 2021, at which time the order may end or possibly be extended.
Princeton City Schools will continue to work with state and local health officials to seek guidance on COVID-19 and variants that may pose risks to our community, especially to those with compromised immune systems, the elderly, and individuals not yet vaccinated.
Students 12 years of age and older and Princeton employees who have not been fully vaccinated are able to do so by seeking out one of the highly accessible, free vaccine clinics.
Going forward, we will continue to diligently apply the safety lessons learned during the pandemic. Our goal is always to provide a safe and engaging learning environment for staff and students - this includes taking all measures necessary to promote good health and hygiene practices with mindfulness of our impact on others. As a note, we have not changed any of our cleaning protocols and we will social distance as much as possible.
As we continue to learn more and review data about the delta and other variants and the percentages of people vaccinated, changes or decisions will be assessed based on COVID-19 risk. Any changes to the plan will be communicated to the public.
Please stay tuned to the Facebook Live event on August 3rd at 6:00 p.m. for current updates.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue to stand together.
I hope to see you and your smiles soon when I visit summer programs, athletic practices, band rehearsals, and more as we enjoy the outdoors and prepare for the upcoming school year.