Dear Percy Priest Families,

Today, school year 2019-20 ends for students, teachers and parents.  When schools across the country closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the academic year was turned upside-down. No one knows what the impact of the prolonged closures will be, but the data we do have is concerning to many educational leaders. Researchers from Cornell University studied the long-term effects of school closures and found there will always be serious implications.

PPE’s hard-working faculty and staff along with you, our fabulous families, have gone to great lengths to ensure students continue learning while at home. However, the reality is hard to ignore: computers and worksheets simply cannot replace the classroom. Students are losing critical days of instruction. Access and opportunity gaps that existed before are widening.

At Percy Priest, the activities, resources, and lessons posted during Remote Learning will remain on the website throughout the summer.  If your child was not able to engage in the activities in March, April or May, they will have an opportunity to do so throughout the summer or until school resumes.  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic school closure plus the average “summer-slide”, I simply cannot stress enough how important it is for students to continue reviewing and working on grade-level skills until they are mastered.  By doing so, you can help our teachers in the effort to recoup some of what students lost and put them on firmer footing when school resumes.  Unfortunately, the effects of COVID-19 will persist long past the 2020-2021 school year. To ensure students continue to learn and grow academically, parents and teachers must be partners in this journey.

“At Home Learning with IXL” provides skills practice for all grade levels.  Although it is a computer-based program, it also offers paper options for those who prefer less screen-time for their children. IXL supports students, parents and educators through school closures and beyond.  It has everything you need to keep your children learning from home.  Since it is aligned with Tennessee State Standards, your child will work on grade-level assignments until mastery is reached then they will advance to the next level.

All the best,

Melinda Williams