Updates: PYC During the Coronavirus Closure

April 27th, 2020

Graduation – Some of you have been asking about graduation.  The big high schools have been discussing if they will be able to coordinate a virtual graduation.  Again this is just in the talking stages and nothing has been given the go ahead or is solidified as a plan to move forward.

PYC is planning to have our graduation ceremony at the Capri Theater on Thursday October 8th (our theater is set to re-open in October).  We realize some of you may not be able to attend this but we really want to honor your hard work to graduate.  As we learn more and see the direction of items we will send out more details.

At this time we are also extending the grad senior due date for work.  We will enter all final grades at the end of the school year. (June 5th).  – Crystal

Summer School – PYC will be offering summer school again this year.    With the uncertainty of these times we have to plan and prepare for summer school differently than ever before. We are working on three different possibilities.  We think that there will be a couple different sessions and that the sessions will provide a blended option between working from home and coming into school in small groups for checking in.  We will have more information soon. – David and Sara

When unexpected change occurs in our lives, it’s perfectly natural to feel stressed, disconnected, unmotivated, or even depressed. These reactions are perfectly normal, and fortunately, there are ways we can all cope with these feelings. First, even though it is easy to stay up all night and sleep all day, it’s important to have routine and structure. Try to maintain your daily schedule as much as possible. Next, it’s important for us to prioritize our well-being by practicing self-care.  Go for a walk. Do an indoor workout. Dance. Get your heart rate going. Most importantly, make sure you are getting enough sleep. Lastly, even though we have to be apart right now, find ways to stay connected. It’s easy to feel lonely during these times, so think of ways you can keep in contact with friends, family, teachers, and others from your community. Nowadays, you can even throw a virtual “house party” by using the Houseparty App, which is pretty cool. What is most important is that we be kind to ourselves, have patience, and remember that this is just a moment in time.  – Social Work Team

I just wanted to remind you to take some time to care for yourself during this crazy season.  It’s so easy to speed up when we are uncertain of the future, but please take some time to slow down.  Go for a walk, meditate, or read a book.  This is a great time to set a goal for yourself.  It could be as simple as getting up before noon or making your bed, or a bit more ambitious like running two miles three times a week.  If you’re struggling during this time and need some help to get grounded, please reach out. You can call or email me.  I know your teachers, social workers, and SET team would be willing to help out too.  It’s easy to isolate during these times, but please connect (keeping safe social distance) with people.  We all need each other.   Email – mreynolds@pycartsandtech.org Phone  (715) 412-1385 – Michael

April 23rd, 2020

Governor Walz announced today that distance learning will continue through the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic school year. That leaves many unanswered questions. We will be looking to address those questions as quickly as possible. We will get as many of those as possible addressed in the next weekly update.

 


 

April 17th, 2020

Classwork – You should all be working hard.  Assignments are posted in google classroom.  Be sure to check into each class each day (Monday – Friday).  You should be getting one or two calls a day from teachers to check in with you.  Make sure you have a plan to earn your credit and work the plan. If you need to connect with a teacher click this link – Staff Contact

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Most of you have now received a chromebook.  I am including a link to a quick form for you to complete if you have not yet received a chromebook or are having difficulty with your chromebook.  If you complete this form we will contact you to get this resolved as quickly as possible. Chromebook Concerns

A reminder – if your chromebook is a MPS chromebook or a PYC Chromebook that means that what you do on the chromebook is visible to MPS or to PYC.  Please do not use the chromebooks for illegal or inappropriate purposes. 

CNA Certification – St Paul Technical College is offering an online CNA certification class.  If you are interested in becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or pursuing a career in a medical field this is a great opportunity. The links below are for a flyer about the program and an application form.  CNA Flyer   CNA Application 

CoVid-19 

Reminders – Remember to wash your hands with soap any time you come home and at least 5 times a day. If you need to leave your home, please cover your face. You can use something as simple as a scarf, or a bandana.  Maintain a healthy diet and get adequate rest. These are all things that will help keep you healthy.

Young adults often carry the virus (with no real symptoms) and it can be passed to older generations like grandparents easily – and for them it may prove to be deadly.

If you are working, change your clothing right away when you get home and wash it as soon as possible. Covid-19 can live up to 5 days on various surfaces.

Know The Symptoms  According to the CDC, symptoms of fever, cough and/or shortness of breath appear within 14 days after being exposed to the disease.  For some people there will be no real symptoms some will feel like they have a cold and some will be very sick.

Feeling Anxious or Overwhelmed?.  We often feel frustrated, irritable and powerless about our situation.  Be sure to pay attention to your feelings and to take time for yourself.  Things you can do to address your anxiety include, limiting the amount of news about Covid-19, limit screen time, take common sense precautions, maintain daily routines, make sure to get exercise daily – outdoors when possible, and when necessary reach out for help.


April 17

PYC and MPS are committed to ensuring that all students have access to a Chromebook or computer.  Currently all students who have informed us that they need to a Chromebook are scheduled to receive one. Most are scheduled to be delivered to your home beginning Tuesday April 14th.  For those of you we have not heard from PYC please email David Tarleton ( dtarleton@pycartsandtech.org ) with a phone number  so that he can connect with you.

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Many students received packets in the mail. Those that received packets last week will get another set this week to ensure that you have work for your classes.  Let your teachers know if you need help.  That is what they are here for. Hold on to your packets for the time being we will let you know soon how you can turn those packets in.  After this coming week you should have a Chromebook and we will not be sending out additional packets to you.

Please – honor the Stay At Home order.  This helps to ensure that you stay healthy and that you are doing your part to keep your family members healthy as well.  There have been confirmed cases in our north side community.  As many as 20% of people infected with the Coronavirus will not have any obvious symptoms.  These people are the ones who unknowingly spread the disease to others.   Please stay at home as much as possible. When you are out and about maintaining at least 6 feet between you and everyone else limits that you will get or spread this disease We want you and your family to be safe and healthy!

Family Resource Guide– Information for resources if you or your family need assistance

SW Request – Need to talk to a PYC Social Worker


Wednesday, March 25

JUST ANNOUNCED

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.

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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.

Sincerely,

David Tarleton
PYC Director of Education


03/20/2020
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.

Contact Information
https://forms.gle/nHXLpDiwDu9kyAvz9

Spring Break Academy Interest
https://forms.gle/BNhGH1hNK3n816fM9

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.

Sincerely,

David Tarleton
Director of Education
PYC Arts & Technology High School

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