March 31, 2020
Dear P-H-M Families & Staff,
As we begin week three of eLearning and look toward Spring Break, I wanted to share some additional information with you.
As stated in our previous communication, it was our hope to return to school on Monday, April 13, but on March 19 Governor Eric Holcomb announced that all Indiana schools will remain closed through May 1, 2020.
With the Governor’s Executive Order, this now means that we will continue with extended eLearning after Spring Break. This will continue to be a blend of eLearning days and teacher planning/student recess days. During the Spring Break Recess P-H-M’s Administrative Offices will be closed.
April eLearning Schedule
Meal service will continue during Spring Break and maintain the same schedule through May 1.
Each day brings a new development and we are doing our very best to help support our students and families during this time of change.
Any events previously scheduled to take place in April are canceled and will not be rescheduled. This includes P-H-M Education Foundation events like Running is Elementary (April 27) and Silver Mile Bubble Bash & Health Fair (May 16).
Since Junior/Senior Prom is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, we are postponing the event. At this time we don’t yet have an alternate Prom date to relay to you. Please be patient as we evaluate and continue to review. We will communicate as soon as we are able. We know that Penn High School parents are also concerned about Commencement (scheduled for Friday, May 29).
In regard to both Prom and Commencement, we must and will follow the guidance of the local, state and national health experts. It is imperative that the health of our community be protected and we continue to practice social distancing for as long as necessary to protect all of us from this disease.
We realize that there are many other district and school events, activities, and trips that are scheduled to take place in May and over the summer. The status of all future events rests solely based on the situation of COVID-19 in Indiana, across the country, and around the world. We thank you for your continued support and flexibility. We will continue to keep you informed as this situation evolves.
Stay healthy and safe,
Dr. Jerry Thacker
Superintendent of Schools