Letter to Parents about Reopening

Dear Parents,

As we approach the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, I know that all of us are concerned about our safety. While I cannot guarantee everyone’s safety, I can guarantee that we will try our best to keep everyone as safe as possible.  I want your children here at PBES where I feel they belong. That is why extensive thought has gone into almost every aspect of the school day. 

Temperature check protocols are being written, the movement of children around the campus and the procedures inside the classroom are being reviewed, what children touch and how to keep those items clean to prevent the spread of germs is being evaluated. There will be added restrictions for all of us, and my hope is to get to Labor Day without any incidences. Therefore, until Labor Day, we are “locking down” and will reevaluate after that time.

With that said, if you are uncomfortable having your child physically attend PBES, a traditional brick and mortar school, you do have options through the Escambia County School District (ECSD). Those options are listed on their website at http://ecsd-fl.schoolloop.com/plms. Be aware that if you choose an option with the ECSD, your child will not be a PBES student.

Should you choose for your child to begin the year as an ECSD student and later decide you want your child to attend PBES, be aware that the PBES enrollment policy will be in effect. The enrollment policy may be found at www.PBES.org.

Below is a list of procedures that will be implemented this year.

  • All students are to enter school at the front of the building (Via De Luna) to have their temperatures checked before entering school. After temperature has been taken, each student will go directly to his or her classroom.
  • Students who are tardy must go to the office to have their temperature checked before going to class. 
  • Masks are encouraged, but optional for students.
  • Seating in classrooms will provide more space between students. 
  • Proper handwashing will be stressed throughout the day.
  • Students will not be sharing school supplies.
  • Classes will be isolated from other classes.
  • Recess schedule to allow only one class at recess.
  • Art, music and computer schedules will have more time between classes for cleaning.
  • New fast-acting cleaning agents have been purchased.
  • Lunches will be eaten inside of the classrooms until after Labor Day. 
  • Non-essential volunteers will be limited.
  • Students must have their own water bottle with their name clearly labeled. 

Hopefully, the above list of actions we are taking will give you the comfort you need to enroll your child at PBES. I know there are a lot of “what if” questions out there. We will work through them together and I do stress together. I appreciate all of you. I trust you are safe.  

Hope to see you soon,

Mr. C