Summer 2020 Perry Way Article
Now that we have closed the books on the 2019-2020 school year, it is time to move past our losses and focus on the many preparations that must occur before we reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. Before going there, I would be remiss not to first mention just how proud I am of the many outstanding and heroic efforts that we have witnessed these past few months. And let us not forget all the stellar accomplishments we witnessed in the months prior to this crisis. The class of 2020, along with all our Perry students, once again left their marks of greatness and contributed abundantly to Perry School’s storied history. Sadly, because of uncertainties in next year’s school schedule, there will be no Perry Calendar distributed this summer, which has traditionally allowed us to enjoy monthly pictures capturing so many of these precious moments.
Safety has always been a priority for our school district. This being true, we also understand that no matter how much we plan and prepare, certain risks will always be present when attending school. As we prepare to return in the fall, we cannot guarantee no one will contract the coronavirus. What we can promise you is that we will be doing everything we can to keep everyone safe. What follows is a list of some steps we have or are in the process of taking:
- Developing COVID-19 management plan including color chart to signify various phases.
- Purchased thermometers to take everyone’s temperature prior to entry.
- Installed 22 hand sanitizer units in addition to the ones already in each classroom.
- Added thirty 1-gallon hand sanitizer stations with pumps throughout the District. Four 55-gallon drums of hand sanitizer are currently in storage.
- The required social distancing and safety protocol signage is being placed throughout buildings.
- Sneeze guard/shields installed in numerous areas throughout buildings.
- In addition to current disinfecting protocols, purchased 9 electrostatic sprayers that disinfect large space areas very quickly.
- Expanded to three clinics: one in each school building with proper isolation areas and supplied with PPE.
- Converting 33 water fountains to touchless bottle/cup Filling Stations with disposable cup dispensers.
- Outdoor hand washing stations
- One Success Blvd. – By the PAC Tennis Courts
- One Success Blvd. - Outside of the JV softball practice field
- One Success Blvd. - Varsity baseball field, on the backside of the bleachers directly below the Albrecht dentist sign
- Manchester West/Ritley Field - On the backstop of baseball field #2
- Center Road Memorial Field - Near the outside fence of the stadium (northeast corner)
- Hardy Field - On the outside of the backstop
- 6 mobile stand-alone indoor hand washing stations being delivered.
- Purchased 300 washable face coverings, currently making shields with District 3D printer, and have disposable face masks on order.
- Upgrading classrooms with required technology so students can be taught in-person and remotely at the same time.
We continue to monitor the ever-changing regulations and will be adapting to whatever restrictions and protocols exist with the goal of maximizing our capacity for offering face to face education to our students. We are also preparing to continue remotely educating those students that will not be on campus. This is why it is imperative that you complete the questionnaire so we may have detailed information on the educational services your family prefers. Thank you for your continued patience and willingness to work with us during these challenging times. We will get through this and, as a result, be better than ever at inspiring our students to achieve personal excellence.