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PDA COVID-19 Response Page
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, our priority remains the safety of our entire PDA Family and the continuity of our academic program. Please refer to this page for ongoing updates and information during this evolving situation.

Monday, March 30th
1) Governor McMaster orders public access to S.C. beaches closed
Friday, March 27th
Wednesday, March 25th
Letter to Parents:

Dear PDA Family,

We hope you are all well and following personal hygiene and contact guidelines so that you will stay well. Remember to wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice!), stay at home as much as possible, and when you must go out, practice social distancing (stay at least 6 feet away from other people). We are monitoring federal, state and local conditions and will be in touch with you through Gradelink email or Remind if there are any changes to report.
Students, please continue to work through your assignments. Our pickup days last Thursday and Friday, were a 100% success! For the time being, try taking pictures of completed work and emailing them to your teacher if you are not working online with Teams. Parents, if you have classwork questions, please email the teacher. If you have financial questions, Susan Baker is available by email or text. If you have questions about the lower school, contact Kristi Spivey. If you have other questions about school in general, email jsnipes@peedeeacademy.org. All teacher email addresses at PDA are firstinitiallastname@peedeeacademy.org.
All virtual school and dual credit students, please continue working according to your guidelines. 

Thank you for your cooperation! We don’t have all the answers to this coronavirus situation, but we know God is in control. We will do our best and depend on faith in Him to carry us through.
Stay safe,
Mr. Townsend and Mrs. Josie
Tuesday, March 24th
1) School closure update from SCISA Executive Director Dr. Spencer Jordan:

Dear Friends,

SCISA member schools shall adhere to  the directive issued today by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.  Governor McMaster released the following statement announcing that South Carolina’s schools will remain closed for the duration of the month of April:

   At this time, students, parents, and families should plan for South Carolina’s schools to remain closed through the month of April. Our dedicated teachers and school administrators have done a tremendous job in making it possible for our students to learn at home. We understand that the prospect of schools remaining closed for an extended period of time places stress and strain on parents and children. Rest assured, if there is any way to safely open our schools earlier, we will do that, but schools must remain closed to protect the health and safety of South Carolinians.”

SCISA will continue to monitor this situation through consultation with SCDHEC, the Governor’s Office, and other applicable state and federal agencies.  The overwhelming need to carefully weigh the public health and safety of our children, teachers, administrators and their extended families with a decision of when to restart school is a difficult and serious matter.  At this time, no medical expert or healthcare official will recommend the opening of schools due to the possible exposure and spread of the disease.   

Should you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at your earliest convenience.

God Bless.

Dr. Spencer A. Jordan

Executive Director

South Carolina Independent School Association

P.O. Drawer 690

Orangeburg, SC  29116

 

SAJ/shf

2) scdiscus.org from the S.C. State Library System partenering with tutor.com
Monday, March 23rd
1) Our 10 day period of out-of-school assignments officially begins. Students using virtual learning with Microsoft Teams should log into their accounts daily to check for new assignments and turn in dates.
Sunday, March 22nd
1) The Big List of Children's Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities
2) 25 Amazing Virtual Field Trip For Kids - Spring 2020
3) Scholastic Virtual Learning Hub
4) Harvard Graduate School of Education database of resources for use with children to continue learning at home. 
Friday, March 20th
1) The Junior-Senior Prom has been postponed indefinitely (not cancelled). A makeup date will be announced as soon as these unique circumstances are resolved.
Thursday, March 19th
1) The May 2nd SAT has been cancelled.
Wednesday, March 18th
1) SCETV and The State Department of Education partner for free at-home learning three days a week. Click to visit the website.
2) From ABC-15: What quarantined Italians would tell themselves 10 days ago knowing what they know now
3) For all students that are taking Virtual School & Online Courses, those are continuing as normal. You still should be logging in daily.
4) Except for material & report card pickups Thursday and Friday, our campus is closed to students. All athletic facilities (gym, weight room, fields) are closed until further notice.
Tuesday, March 17th
1) South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) COVID-19 Webinar
2) Upper School students should be logging into their Microsoft Teams account and familiarizing themselves with the platform. Your login is your school-issued email address (firstname.lastname@students.peedeeacademy.org). This platform will go into use officially on Monday, March 23rd. Some teachers have sent out test assignments to help acclimate both students and teachers.
3) Link for helping guide students through turning in an assignment in their Microsoft Teams account.
Monday, March 16th
1) Please check and update your Gradelink email address. We will be using Gradelink emails for more detailed information.
2) Senior supply pickup scheduled for March 18th has been postponed by Jostens. We will notify you when a new time is scheduled.
3) Main office hours will be Monday-Thursday, 9 AM - 12 Noon the weeks of March 23rd & March 30th.
4) Lower School (K3-6th Grades)
* Students will be receiving a 10-day packet of assignments from their teachers to complete at   home. Report Cards for the 3rd Nine Weeks will be placed in the packets for the students.   
** The packets will be distributed on Thursday, March 19th from 9:00 AM-2:30 PM at the     entrance to the Lower School building.
5) Upper School (7th-12th Grades)
* Students will be completing 10 days of assignments through either Microsoft Teams or via a   packet provided by their teacher.
** All 7th-12th grade students need to access Microsoft Teams using their school-issued login   to familiarize themselves with the platform and then receive assignments from their teachers   (login through portal.office.com or download the Microsoft Teams app to your smartphones).
*** Upper School pickup schedule for Friday, March 20th (packets, books, notebooks, etc.):
 7:00-8:00 AM - 8th Grade
 8:00-9:00 AM - 9th Grade
 9:00-10:00 AM - 10th Grade
 10:00-11:00 AM - 11th Grade
 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon - 12th Grade
 5:30-7:30 PM - 7th Grade
****3rd 9 Weeks Report Cards will be available for pickup.
Sunday, March 15th
1) Effective today, PDA will suspend regularly scheduled events, including all classes, extracurricular activities and day care, in response to the pandemic.
2) Monday, March 16th will be a Teacher Workday, with teachers reporting at regular time.
 
 Resources & Updates:
 Interactive Map: Tracking Cornoavirus Around the State
 WBTW TV-13 Tracking Cornoavirus 
 ABC-15 Coronavirus Headquarters: All the info you need in one spot
 SCISA School Closure Announcement
 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 information  
 South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
 World Health Organization Covid-19 Outbreak information
 Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
 Novel Coronavirus Update: How to Stop the Spread of Germs

Symptoms to watch for:
The following comes for the Centers for Disease Control website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html)
For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.

If your child is experiencing symptoms, seek medical help immediately. If your child is experiencing symptoms, do NOT allow him or her to attend school or other events. Absence policies will be relaxed during this period. Please err on the side of keeping your child home. Students should not return to school until they have been free of fever and other symptoms, without the use of fever- or symptom-reducing medicines, for at least 24 hours.






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