COVID-19 Updates

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Monday, June 01, 2020

Apply Now: Family Emergency Fund

The PDS Family Emergency Fund has been established to provide emergency relief to families who have been affected by the coronavirus.

Families who have experienced the following situation due to COVID-19 should consider applying for funds:

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Summer Camps Update: Extension of Family Discount Deadline & Survey About Online Camps

We are hopeful that our in-person camps for July and August will be able to proceed as scheduled with a few changes to promote a safe and healthy summer camp environment. However, we are also developing plans for an online component of our summer programming that could replace or supplement in-person camps, if needed. Please take this brief survey to help us create a plan that fits the needs of our community.

We are also extending our Family Package Discount, which is 10% off four to seven complete weeks of camp and 15% off eight or more complete weeks of camp. Our Summer Planning Tool can help you calculate how many weeks of camp you are registering each child for. We are extending this discount until June 15.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

What's Best for Boys? - Re-Entry Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year

Dear PDS Families,

We have already begun preparations for next year, and I am excited to share the framework with you today. PDS is actively planning to begin school in the fall.

Information is changing daily, and PDS is utilizing this data to create multiple scenarios to get students back on campus safely and for the start of the school year. Please see our detailed process by clicking the site below.

What's Best for Boys

This site is a living document that will be updated as more detailed information is available. You will find information regarding our planning teams, possible scenarios, and changes to our physical campus, as well as, important contact information.

Have a wonderful summer, and I will be in contact again in the near future.

Sincerely,
Steve Hancock

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

PDS Summer Camps Programming Update

Dear PDS Family,

As we evaluate the Shelby County Back-to-Business Plan and COVID-19 pandemic along with the CDC and Tennessee Department of Education guidelines, we do not believe it is prudent to open our camps as planned in the month of June. We are hopeful that we will be able to meet in July and August.

Monday, May 04, 2020

Update from the Headmaster: Ask Me Anything Webinar on Thursday

Dear Parents,

It is unimaginable that two months ago, we were together in our main gym, watching the student-faculty basketball game and getting ready for spring break. Life has changed so much in the intervening weeks.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Changes to the First 2 Weeks of Summer Camp

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is forcing us to make changes to our summer programming. While we hate to cancel camps, we believe the health and safety of our community take precedence. We will continue to keep parents informed as we make decisions and we will announce any other cancellations at least two weeks before the start of a camp.

We will be cancelling or rescheduling the first two weeks of camps. This will include the following:

  • Crusader Care Session 1 (May 26-29): Canceled
  • Humble Heroes Camp (May 26-29): Rescheduled to June 29-July 2
  • Golf Camp (May 26-29): Rescheduled to June 29-July 2
  • 2020 Summer Olympics (May 26-29): Rescheduled to June 29-July 2
  • Crusader Care Session 2 (June 1-5): Canceled
  • Vacation Bible School at Second Presbyterian Church (June 1-4): Canceled

We know this is an uncertain time, so we have updated our Fine Print to reflect new policies regarding COVID-19. Notably, if a camper is unable to attend camp for any reason relating to COVID-19, we will be issuing a full refund, as well as placing the registrant on our Summer 2021 Priority Registration List.

Our Academic and Jumpstart camps are great options for your boys to connect with teachers and get help on summer work and/or prepare for the upcoming year!

Monday, April 20, 2020

Update from the Headmaster: Field Day and Talent Show

Dear Parents,

I hope you are doing well as we head into the final four weeks of school at PDS. Today, I want to share a few important details with you.

First, all of my communications over the past weeks are archived on the PDS COVID-19 page on our website. This page also has information regarding contacting teachers and technology help. Additionally, our calendar cancellations and postponements are listed on this page.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Update from the Headmaster: Our Plan for the Rest of the School Year

Dear PDS families,

As you know, I have been communicating with families on Mondays and Wednesdays during this time of distance learning. In light of Governor Lee’s announcement this past Wednesday regarding schools remaining closed in Tennessee and President Trump’s announcement yesterday about reopening the country, I wanted to provide the following information to you today.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Early Childhood Update - April 16, 2020

Easter was quite different at our house, as I am sure it was at yours. No extended family gathered around the table with talk of the Easter Bunny and who found the most eggs. No Easter frock to show off as we gathered with other believers inside the walls of our church, and yet it was richer than ever in some ways. We were gathered as a family, but at a distance healthy and safe. We were able to worship together at a distance and we were able to focus on the love of a risen Savior, a freedom that many do not enjoy. It was a very rich indeed! I hope you found yourselves able to find many blessings in a very different Easter morning.

Monday, April 06, 2020

Update from the Headmaster: Your Feedback on Distance Learning and More - April 6, 2020

Dear Parents,

Thank you to the hundreds of families who completed our recent survey. I was pleased to see that over 90% of you feel the school is serving the boy’s needs during this time. We have read every comment and taken to heart what families are telling us about this time of distance learning. As you might imagine, the comments run the gamut from positive to frustrated.

First, I want to acknowledge that doing school remotely is difficult and challenging. Not only have our teachers implemented the most significant educational pivot in history, but you have had to change in so many ways as well. This type of learning is especially difficult for our youngest learners. This way of doing school is temporary and not ideal. I am so proud of the teaching staff who is adapting and changing to this situation daily. Thank you for continuing to partner with us.

Presbyterian Day School
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