Dear Pinnacle Families and Faculty,
We hope that you are finding ways to safely enjoy the summer weeks and are getting ready to rev up the brain for Summer Intensives, beginning this Monday.
You will find our School Re-Entry Plan attached to this email. We hope that you will take some time to review our plans to return to campus in August and know that a great deal of time and thought has been extended to consider each element of the daily, campus experience. This plan was developed with three, current priorities:
Pinnacle’s highest priority is the health and well-being of its community. We believe that a healthy environment is ultimately a secure environment, one in which students, teachers and staff are able to thrive. We also believe that we have an obligation to support the health of the broader community.
On Campus Instruction
Pinnacle Academy recognizes that the optimal learning environment for your student is one in which s/he is learning from the teachers and classmates in person. We also recognize the value of the unique role our campus plays in the education of our students. To the best of our ability, and in accordance with official health guidelines, we will seek to provide as much on-campus instruction as possible for all students.
Flexibility and Adaptability
Pinnacle recognizes that any plan that we design to respond to external health conditions must be flexible and able to adapt to circumstances beyond our control. Our goal has been to create a plan that is flexible enough to adapt to possible future pandemic concerns while still allowing us to maintain as much on-campus instruction as possible.
Return-to-school scenarios will be based on a combination of factors, including internal risk considerations, independent school association recommendations, public health agency guidelines and government mandates. It is possible that during the school year, instructional days and plans will alternate between these phases. In preparation, we have identified plans to smoothly transition learning when necessary. As we implement new procedures to enhance the safety of our students, faculty, staff and community, we will count on your support and patience in knowing that we are in this together and looking forward to welcoming our students back!
As our faculty prepares for the start of school, you will be receiving additional information and several, brief webinars regarding drop-off and pick-up schedules and procedures, class/supplies information, covering health & hygiene and accessing BlackBaud. Please be on the lookout for these communications and review information with your student whenever possible so that we are collectively prepared for the new school year.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the School Office at 941-755-1400.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Pinnacle Academy Administration
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