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Important District Update for Staff

March 16, 2020

Dear Parkway staff,

Based on new federal guidance limiting gatherings to less than 10 people issued today, we will close all school buildings and district offices beginning Wednesday, March 18. All employees should report to work as scheduled tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17. This closure will continue through Friday, April 3 and will be re-evaluated as needed.

While we are closing our doors, we also need to continue to operate so we can provide learning and other support to our students, teachers, staff and families. Please understand that this situation is fluid and our plans and response may change over time. As we learn more information and make plans for the short and long-term, we may need to adjust.

  • Only essential emergency personnel are required to report to work during this time. This includes administrators and a select group of staff and departments as needed (technology, security, payroll, food service, custodial, mechanics maintenance/facilities, communications, etc). Your supervisor will communicate specific details with you and needs may change over time. This will include the flexibility to work from home when possible.

  • For all other employees, permission to access buildings will be granted by a supervisor as needed on a limited basis.

  • As a reminder, all staff members (certified and support staff) will be paid for your normally scheduled workdays through the scheduled closure date of April 3. 

  • We plan to provide learning support for students from Wednesday, March 25 through Friday, April 3. We are planning to provide professional development opportunities for teachers on Monday and Tuesday, March 23-24. Earlier today, teachers received information from their curriculum coordinators including eLearning resources. We recognize that eLearning will not be able to replace classroom instruction, nor should it. We are all doing the best we can to find ways to support our students during unprecedented circumstances with very little time to prepare. Our focus should be on continuing to connect with students and provide some normalcy, not on delivering the same quality and rigor of instruction we typically expect.

  • We urge everyone to practice good hand hygiene, social distancing both at work and at home and avoid large group gatherings. 

As we move through the next several days, specific plans will be communicated regarding how we will distribute food to students who qualify and other potential services we may provide our families during the school closure. If additional staff is needed to support this work, you will be contacted by your supervisor.

We are dealing with an extremely unique time in history and I know there are many questions. Thank you for your continued patience as we work to support our students, families, and staff. 

Dr. Keith Marty