Nov 18, 2020

PLSD Update Regarding Stay-at-Home Advisory

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On Wednesday, November 18, Franklin County Public Health and the City of Columbus issued a joint Stay-at-Home Advisory for the city of Columbus and Franklin County.

The advisory is posted on the Franklin County Public Health website.

This advisory stresses for residents to, “…..stay at home to the greatest extent possible. Residents are advised to only leave home to go to work or school or for essential needs such as medical care, groceries, medicine and food pick up.”

Residents also are strongly advised not to have any guests in their homes unless they are essential workers, including for the Thanksgiving holiday. Columbus and Franklin County residents also are urged to limit meetings and social events to 10 individuals both indoors and outside, and to avoid traveling in and out of the state.”

While the majority of the Pickerington Schools are in Fairfield County, many residents of our district live in Franklin County.   

The district asks its residents to adhere to this advisory to the maximum extent possible.  

However, we do not at this time have any plans to change our current learning model from the hybrid model to all virtual. 

In Section 6 under “Additional Guidance,” the advisory states:

“All higher education institutions and local school districts are advised to maintain their current learning modalities.” 

Additionally, the “Additional Guidance” section also states:

“All organizations and residents are strongly advised to suspend and discontinue extracurricular activities including sports.”

The district administrative team is taking this final piece of guidance under advisement, and will provide further guidance to our schools and community about our extra-curricular activities in the upcoming days.

Finally, we understand the difficulties and the stress that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing our students and families. During this challenging time, we encourage our community to continue to adhere to local health guidance to the maximum extent possible for the safety and welfare of all. We thank you for your diligence and efforts as we all continue to work together to combat COVID-19.

Thank you.