• Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    As situations centered around our response to the COVID-19 crisis continue to evolve and questions arise, Princeton ISD is committed to keeping our parents and students informed. We will routinely distribute emails, and this information will be sent through social media, as well as posted on the district website under Latest Headlines on the main page or under the COVID-19 information tab at www.princetonisd.net.
     
    March 19 update

    Dear Princeton ISD community,

    As a result of the parent surveys this week, the district has devised a plan to meet the needs of our students, both with instruction and nutrition.

    These efforts have been in the planning stages for a week and will kick off on Monday, March 23.

    We know this is an evolving process as we implement the plans and work out the bugs, but we are asking for patience and understanding as we prepare to launch online learning for our students.

    Roughly 90 percent of secondary students in the district have responded that they have access to technology that will allow for online instruction. By access to technology, this means the student has some form of internet service, as well as a device (computer, tablet or cell phone).

    ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION

    Teams of elementary teachers have prepared a paper packet for each grade level. Parents may access the packet in one of two methods.

    • Method 1 – Drive by your school and pick up a hard copy of the packet.
    • Method 2 – Receive and print a PDF of the material through your email or at princetonisd.net.

    For students needing hard copies of instructional packets containing a week’s worth of work, they will be available at your home campus on Mondays from 6 a.m.–7 p.m. starting Monday, March 23. This service is only available from the front parent pickup line.

    We are reminding parents to stay in cars because this will be a drive-thru format and someone will come to your car.

    In addition, someone will be at each campus daily from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. if packets are needed. There will be no need to enter the building, someone on staff will be available to help at your car.

    Instructional packets should be returned each Monday.

    SECONDARY INSTRUCTION

    Middle school and high school teachers have prepared two methods for students to receive instruction.

    • Method 1 (high tech) – For students with access to internet (including cell phone access). The district is providing the Edgenuity program.
    • Method 2 (low tech) – For students without access to internet. Teams of secondary teachers have prepared individual packets by a student’s schedule.

    Approximately 90 percent of students will be able to utilize online learning. The district will be sending emails with instructions on how to access Edgenuity. This format will provide a more complete curriculum. Teachers will be communicating through an electronic means, so be sure to check emails for those communications that contain important access information.

    Accessing Edgenuity

    Students will log into Edgenuity through Classlink

    Student will use the same username and password they use to log into Princeton ISD computers. (More detailed information and video instruction as to the process will be posted to www.princetonisd.net)

    For students needing hard copies of instructional packets containing a week’s worth of work, they will be available at each campus on Mondays from 6 a.m.–7 p.m. starting Monday, March 23. This service is only available from the front parent pickup line.

    We are reminding parents to stay in cars because this will be a drive-thru format and someone will come to your car.

    In addition, someone will be at each campus daily from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. if packets are needed. There will be no need to enter the building. Someone on staff will be available to help at your car.

    Hard copy instructional packets should be returned each Monday.

    NUTRITION DAILY PICKUP

    The district will have grab-and-go breakfast and lunch pickup daily between 8-9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Both meals will be available at either pickup time. These meals are available for any student 18 and younger.

    Daily meals will be distributed from the front parent pickup line for each campus with these exceptions: Southard students will get meals from Smith and PHS students will get meals from Clark due to their close proximity.

    Reminder to stay in your car, and someone will come to your vehicle.

    NUTRITION WEEKLY PICKUP

    Also, once a week from 4-7 p.m. on Mondays beginning March 23 at PHS, the district will provide a box filled with five breakfasts and five lunches.

    These meals are available for elementary or secondary students who qualify for the free and reduced meal program.

    For the first week only, quantities may be limited based on availability. Our food service vendors were not geared up to provide high quantities of individual servings.

    Weekly meals will be distributed through the bus pickup loop located on the east side of PHS off of Bois D’Arc Avenue.

     
    March 17 update
     
    At the regular monthly meeting of the school board Monday night, trustees approved several items related to the COVID-19 health safety shutdown currently in place for Princeton ISD until May 4.
     
    Most importantly, food distribution will begin next week. The details of this process will be forthcoming as teachers spend today contacting parents and students to identify needs.
     
    "Once these surveys are complete, we will work together to devise the best plan for not only distributing food, but getting school work to our students," Superintendent Philip Anthony said. "We anticipate having the information sent out for how this will look by at least Thursday."
     
    However, some things are known.
     
    Food distribution
    Food will be available for pickup daily beginning Monday, March 23, at every campus except the high school (whose students will be serviced through distribution at Clark), with hours to be determined. Breakfast and lunch will be provided in individual bags for each student 18 and younger.
     
    In addition, the board approved to provide a box of meals that will serve breakfast and lunch for a 5-day week to any student who is currently offered services through the free and reduced meal program.
     
    This will function much like the summer meal program, but everything will be provided in one to-go box each week.
     
    "While we hope to be reimbursed for this food service, the board has committed to do this whether or not the federal government offers financial assistance," Mr. Anthony said.
     
    Drive-thru system
    Once daily distribution times are determined, the district anticipates providing food and class assignments utilizing a drive-thru system. Work can also be returned to the school through this method for students choosing the alternate program to the online instruction option.
     
    Employee pay
    In addition, the board voted to continue pay for all employees, including substitutes, which will be based on the average number of hours the substitutes have typically been working. To receive this compensative, the substitutes must continue to offer their assistance at the schools when needed.
     
    "We want to thank all our employees who have already been working to help during this difficult time of uncertainty," Mr. Anthony said. "All our employees continue to work. Some are working from home, some are coming in. All our employees are pitching in and offering to help, so it's anything but a vacation for our teachers and staff."
     
    Office hours
    Beginning March 23, all campuses will have limited staff working in the office daily from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. to help answer any questions.
     
    Facilities off-limits
    In order to comply with the government's guidance to limit gatherings of 10 or more, district facilities, including the tracks, tennis courts and football fields will remain closed.
     
    "We are asking people to not use the facilities," Mr. Anthony said. "When facilities are available, kids tend to gather and this does not comply with what the government has recommended. We want to assist in enforcing this request, not encourage gathering in groups at the facilities."
     
    March 16 update:
     
    Dear Princeton school community,
     
    We are reaching out to you during this time of unprecedented events as we try to navigate the best way to continue educating your children.
     
    While we understand this is a hardship for parents, we are doing our best to make decisions that will keep the community healthy.
     
    Despite the burden this might cause, the guidance of the Center for Disease Control recommends a minimum of eight weeks of continued social distancing to make an impact and slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
     
    With this in mind, Princeton ISD will suspend all activities and facility use until May 4.

    However, beginning next Monday, March 23, Princeton ISD will offer curriculum through online or home-based instruction.

    Teaching staff will be calling each home to conduct an important survey on Tuesday, March 17.
     
    During these calls, they will present options for either high-tech online or low-tech paper/pencil curriculum for students to utilize. Please make every effort to be available by phone at the number of record as teachers coordinate which version of instruction each child will receive.

    In addition to instructional needs, the district wants to provide for each family who might need assistance with meals since school will not be meeting until May 4.
     
    Again, these phone calls will be important as the district continues to devise a plan for how to proceed with instruction and provide food for our students.
     
    In the interim, the local food pantry operated by Christ Cares for Princeton will offer a drive-thru pickup service tonight from 5-7 at Faith Baptist, 1306 N. 6th St. They will be providing essentials and canned goods.

    Princeton is a resilient community that comes together in times of need, so I know we will overcome the challenges and disruptions COVID-19 has brought into our lives.

    In the days ahead, let us continue to keep each other in our hearts. While we cannot know exactly what the coming weeks and months will look like, please know that each decision we make as a school district will be thoughtful and the product of considerable debate and scrutiny. Our goal is to prioritize the health and safety of our entire school community, and we want nothing but the best for each and every member of Panther Nation.

    We want to take this opportunity, amidst the challenges of the moment, to thank everyone for your patience, your understanding, your flexibility, your good humor, your optimism, your "can do" attitude and your unwavering support as we navigate what lies ahead.