Students Have Entered the Building!

by David Tarleton, Director of Education

It’s finally happened. After an entire year of empty classrooms and hallways, PYC students returned to the building on April 12. Hooray! 

About 60% of our students have opted for in-person learning, while others continue with distance learning for the time being. This means our teachers are teaching both in-school learners and distance learners simultaneously – a real challenge.

Our focus is on credit recovery so students can complete classes they started but did not finish, and so we can get them back on track to complete the school year successfully.

COVID enters into our planning as well. We’re offering longer, and thus fewer classes in order to limit the opportunity for COVID-19 spread. Teachers are also preparing activities and projects to keep the students engaged yet socially distanced, and have arranged seating and furniture in all classrooms to meet the social distance requirements of the Minnesota Department of Health. 

The school’s social work team is busy preparing to address many of the issues students are facing, too, from concerns surrounding the pandemic and their overall mental health, to ongoing issues in the community and the trauma resulting from the murder of George Floyd, the Derek Chauvin trial, and now the killing of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center.

Finally, we look forward to celebrating our amazing, graduating students at the beautiful, new Capri on June 4! It feels so good to bring this special event back home after two years away (the first year because of Capri construction, and last year because of COVID).  We have to limit the number of guests students can bring but are working with the Capri staff to livestream the event so other friends, family, and you, will be able to watch and celebrate with us.

Please join us on what is always one of the best days of the year at PCYC! 

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