Dear Pinnacle Families,
At Pinnacle Academy, our priority will always be the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and their families. As you may know, the Manatee County School District has announced that schools will be closed until March 30th. As a result, we will transition to an online delivery of curriculum and continue to monitor how this National Emergency continues to unfold in an effort to make additional announcements beyond this identified time frame.
Following our spring break, our faculty will continue to finalize their preparations to move to an online delivery of the content and curriculum. Department Heads will be sending detailed information about the schedule, daily expectations, and all of the necessary information regarding our e-learning plan on Monday March 23rd and Tuesday March 24th. We will launch the e-learning curricular content on Wednesday, March 25th. Our goal is to ensure that every student has access to information and resources to continue to progress with their learning during this unanticipated disruption to our daily school routine. While we are in e-learning mode, our administration and faculty will provide uninterrupted support and communication, and where needed, the distribution of school-owned technology devices such as iPads and Chrome Books.
We are fully aware of the many challenges that remote learning presents to both parents and students. Please know that our faculty are fully prepared to assist you in navigating the schedule and available information to ease the transition. As part of the weekly agenda, our faculty will schedule individual appointments (called “check-ins”) with parents and/or students to ensure effective communication and continuity of learning. It will be essential for you to monitor your email for messages and updates from Gradelink, as this will remain our primary source of school to home notifications.
It is our ultimate hope that we are able to return to school soon to resume our regular schedule and embrace all of the wonderful activities and events that accompany second semester. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue to make the right decisions for your family and recognize that the effectiveness of school closure is based on the premise that children stay home with their families and limit other contacts as it relates to the transmission of this virus. You can find resources to talk with your child about the current events pertaining to the Coronavirus and about social distancing in the links below.
As always, I want to thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate through these unusual circumstances and transition to a new way of remote learning to support our students in the interim. In addition, I am ever grateful for our dedicated faculty and staff who are focused and committed to executing the e-learning plan and to providing the best possible support to our Pinnacle students, now and always.
Dr. Kirstina Ordetx
Head of School