School Reopening Updates

Preston Public Schools is operating under the hybrid model.

See details below.

 

 Click here   to view the Preston Public Schools' Reopening Plan (updated 11/06/20).

You can also read the  Executive Summary Update, Understanding of COVID document that outlines actions and reflections from March 2020 to January 2021. 

 

Reporting Student Attendance and Engagement: The CT State Department of Education is requiring that all school districts track and record student attendance during in-person and virtual school days. See  Dr. Seitsinger's Attendance Letter to learn more about this requirement. 

School Lunch Program: Meals will be available  for pick up for ALL Preston students under the age of 18,  on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:30AM to 10:00AM at Preston Plains Middle School, 1 Route 164, Preston, CT 06365. Meals will be provided free of charge. All meals served in school will also be served free of charge to ALL students.

Intention to participate in distance learning: In the event that your children will temporarily participate in distance learning due to COVID-19, please fill out the  Distance Learning Form and submit it electronically to building principals. 

 

October 16, 2020: Read Dr. Seitsinger's Message regarding the latest updates from Uncas Health District. 

September 22, 2020: The Connecticut State Department of Education released Adendum 14  to clarify student attendance and engagement during the hybrid model.

September 4, 2020: As we approach the end of the first week of school for students, the superintendent released the  September 4 Update

August 28, 2020:  The Welcome Back Letter from Dr. Seitsinger has been posted. We can't wait to see all our students! 

August 25, 2020: The 2020-2021 school bus routes have been posted on our transportation page.

August 23, 2020:  The 2020-2021 Acceptable Use Form and  Chromebook/Mobile Device Student User Agreement Form have been posted here for your convenience. Mobile devices will be assigned to students in grades 3-8. Please contact our schools for more information regarding this initiative.  

August 17, 2020: The district published the  FAQs for the Hybrid Model Opening document. Please be aware that answers to the questions may be modified or substantially changed at any time, based on state, regional, and local events, guidance, and decisions. 

August 11, 2020: The Superintendent released his  August Update and the  Reopening Schools Presentation. Preston Schools will reopen in a hybrid model. In an effort to help working parents find childcare, the Regional Education Service Center compiled a list of  Programs with Increased Capacity for Children.

July 20, 2020: The  July Update #2 is based on work and information that has occurred over the last few weeks. We continue to state that this is a fluid and dynamic circumstance, so our plans may change.

July 3, 2020: The  Superintendent's July Update #1 talks about two of the most significant events: the setting of the Board of Education FY 21 district budget and the issuance by the Commissioner of Education of the Adapt, Advance, Achieve: Connecticut's Plan to Learn and Grow Together.

Don't Miss

  • Upcoming Year's Budget Priorities

    INITIAL BUDGET PRIORITIES

    On Monday, March 8, 2021, the Board of Education Finance Committee will introduce budget priorities for consideration by the full Board. Here are the basics that add to the foundation budget of contracts, infrastructure, and operations:

    • All staff and programming must remain in place. New staff positions may be necessary.
    • Physical and Mental Health: School Social Worker - Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and interventions necessary to suppress the virus's spread that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, has placed a significant strain on the district and our employees' families, and, most importantly, our students. Deep within and all across the response to COVID is the worry we all have about the well-being of employees, families, and children as we work through this extended period of "uncertainty" that causes tremendous stress for everyone. We recommend an increase in our School Social Worker time by increasing the position to full-time.
    • Technology - During this time of uncertainty, a portion of what has permanently changed is our reliance on technology. The district is currently spending about $235,000 a year to sustain our instructional technology plan. This summer, we accomplished eleven technology projects, large and small, that helped us position ourselves to respond to the demands of our instructional technology obligations. We have moved as a district to a one-to-one student device program. We cannot sustain our students' and families' instructional commitments, whether virtual or face-to-face, without maintaining a high-quality technology backbone and a sufficient technology hardware and software program. We are also examining options for establishing consortiums and partnerships to increase efficiency. We will make a request for a substantial budget increase in our technology program.
    • Summer School - We will recommend establishing a regular education summer school. Summer school is crucial for our students who have worked bravely through virtual instruction and the school year's disruptions but have also lost that day-to-day face-to-face teacher-student interaction that is so valuable for learning to complete unfinished learning.
    • Additional Classroom Teacher at PVMS - To maintain smaller class sizes and address a request for smaller classes at specific upper elementary grades.
    • Access, Equity, Opportunity, Race - The district has held virtual meetings concerning access, equity, opportunity, and race. These talks will take the next steps to expand the circle of engaged staff, parents, and students and look to invite guest speakers. There may be budgetary requests for materials and training that will be part of the strategic solutions recommended.

    Thank you for staying informed. Your support is important and appreciated.

    Roy M. Seitsinger, Jr., Ph.D.

    Superintendent of Schools  

    Preston Public Schools
  • Preschool Screening

    On Thursday, March 25, 2021 and Friday, March 26, 2021, Preston Veterans' Memorial School will conduct a screening for 3 and 4 year old children who are interested in attending preschool during the 2021-2022 school year. The screening will take place at Preston Veterans' Memorial School, 325 Route 165, Preston, CT 06365.  You must be a Preston resident to attend the screening.  Please provide proof of residency at your appointment.  Call the school between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm for an appointment at 860-887-3113.

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  • New Student Registration

    Time to enroll new students! Preston now uses an online registration system. The first step for each child is to provide basic student information, and contact information for at least one parent/guardian. After completing the initial form, you will receive an email with further instructions.

    You must have an email account to use the online enrollment process.

    If you require paper forms or assistance, please call the school office.

    Visit PPS Enrollment Express Portal to get started. The portal's user guide is posted below.

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