Updates: PYC During the Coronavirus Closure

Wednesday, March 25


Governor Walz has just announced that schools are to remain closed to students until May 4, and he has directed us to implement the distance learning plans we’ve been developing for our students. We will give you more up-to-date information on what that will look like as soon as possible.

NOTE: Spring Break Academy will continue. However, due to the “Stay at Home” order that goes into effect on Friday night (3/27), students who don’t have access to do Spring Break Academy online will need to come to school tomorrow (Thursday, 3/26) to pick up work between 12:00 and 3:00pm or Friday between 2:00 and 5:00pm.

Thank you.


Monday, March 23, 2020

Dear PYC students and families:

At this time Governor Walz has directed that all schools remain closed through March 27.  Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), including PYC, start spring break on March 30 – so PYC students are currently scheduled to return to school on Monday April 6, 2020.

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Our teachers are busy preparing for the possibility that Minneapolis Public Schools will remain closed after Spring Break. If that happens we’ll be ready to begin teaching remotely.  Students will have the option to work online or to pick up work to take home – whichever works best.  In any case, teachers will be in touch with students via, email, or by phone.

Please check our website regularly for more updates.  Thank you.

Take good care.


David Tarleton
PYC Director of Education

We hope this finds you well and staying healthy!

Staff are currently attempting to reach out to all students to ensure we have good contact information for each student and their family. I will be sending out another email tomorrow morning with that information. I encourage you all to add your PYC email to your phones, (set it up as a gmail account using your pycartsandtech.org address and password.)

At the bottom of this update, there is a link to two short forms PLEASE take a couple of minutes to complete the forms.

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End of Quarter
We will close out the 3rd Quarter as originally scheduled. The last day to turn in in work will be Monday. You can either email it to your teacher or drop it off at the Front desk on Monday between 12:00 and 3:00. We will get that work to teachers so that they can get it graded. If this is a problem let me know so that we can come up with a plan. dtarleton@pycartsandtech.org

If you need to contact your teacher about missing work I have emailed each of you all staff contact information.

No new work was assigned for this week or next week – focus only work assigned on or
before March 13th.

Spring Break Academy
We will be offering Spring Break Academy. That officially begins on March 30th. If you are interested please fill out the form for Spring Break Academy. This is for credit recovery only. You can choose up to two areas of Credit Recovery (.25 each) for a total of a half credit. Work for Spring Break Academy can be picked up on Thursday the 26th or Monday 30th from 12:00 to 3:00 each of those days. You will be able to connect with a teacher should you need any help.

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Spring Break Academy Interest

Thanks and take care of yourselves!!!!
David Tarleton
Director of Education

March 13, 2020

Dear PYC Parents and Guardians,

We are aware of the growing concerns around COVID-19 (coronavirus). I want to let you know what we are doing here at PYC to help ensure the health and well-being of our students during this time.

First, we’re monitoring the latest developments and following guidelines issued by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Department of Education, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among others.

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We’re also paying additional attention to the cleanliness of classrooms and public spaces throughout the building, and are making extra efforts to keep staff and students informed of preventative measures and updates on the virus.

If your student is sick with a fever and cough please keep your student at home until 24 hours after the fever is gone (WITHOUT use of fever reducing medicine).  Also, call our attendance line at 612-643-2091 to let us know if your student has a fever and cough. 

I encourage you to watch for the latest MPS updates at mpls.k12.mn.us.

MPS answers to frequently asked questions are available here:  health.mpls.k12.mn.us/faq_covid19.

Again, please know that we are constantly monitoring the situation and that our students’ health and well-being is our top priority during this difficult time.  Thank you.


David Tarleton
Director of Education
PYC Arts & Technology High School

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