From the Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope this communication finds you and your family safe, secure and enjoying your time together. As we move into these uncharted paths in educational programming, I would like to thank you in advance for your patience, understanding and commitment to providing the best learning experience under our current conditions. While our teachers are not physically at The Bay, they are working diligently in the digital learning environment preparing for the next two weeks and will be available to both you and your child. Enclosed you will find our Parent Welcome Letter and Parent/Student Communication Guide that both students and parents can use as we conduct instruction digitally beginning March 30th through April 14th.
Please review the information below:
Parent/Student Communication Guide– Attached to this email is the Communication Guide that will help parents navigate where to go and who to reach if there are any questions.
Instructional Schedule- Teachers will communicate our daily schedule inside your child’s Schoology account this Friday. Assignments, live sessions, PAWS and open access times will be available throughout the week.
Digital Instruction – Will start SLOW and there will be no formal grades issued the first week as we are ALL learning how to adjust to this process. ALL learning will be conducted through Schoology as your child’s main hub for teacher and material access. Materials, videos and communication links will be available 24/7 so households that have challenges getting multiple kiddos online at once can stagger computer time. The attached schedule will accent multiple times throughout the week where both you and your child can have access to the teachers. Core subjects will issue 2 – 3 assignments per week, electives will issue 1 – 2.
Laptops/Hot Spots – Parents must complete the final on-line survey located on the district web page to secure one laptop, one hot-spot or both items. Once the available resources are at PBMS a delivery plan will be communicated to each household participating, please be prepared for a delay in materials. If you have notified PBMS that you need these resources, the last step needed is to complete the online survey.
Schoology on Smartphones– Ensure that students are logging into their Schoology account through the web browser on their phone (Safari, Chrome, etc…) when using the Conferencing feature. The Schoology app does not support conferencing, only viewing content.
School Access for Materials – All learning will be digital until further notice, no physical textbooks are required or will be used. In the event that an important item is in a child’s locker, PBMS will be open this Friday, March 27th from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Students can come into the school to get items from their locker. Only 10 students will be allowed to enter the building at a time and social distancing will be enforced. Parents are to park in the Student Drop-Off parking lot, students only will enter the building through the Bus Entrance doors and exit through the Student Drop-off doors. The facility will close at 10:00 am. sharp so we may sanitize the facility.
Band Instruments – Mr. Sellers will be at PBMS this Friday, March 27th from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Students will not be allowed to enter the band room and all instruments will be delivered to the Student Drop-Off line. Please be on the lookout for Mr. Sellers email.
Aladdin Jr – Our spring musical will be moved to the end of the school year in May. All dates will be announced after April 15th.
Library Books – Our Media Center is closed, late fee notifications have been disabled. Digital resources are available through our media center website.
Medicine/Clinic – Nurse Klein will be on campus Friday, March 27th from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. If you cannot come to PBMS this Friday, please call 904-547-8763 or emails. Pam Henry at [email protected] if medication is needed.
PBMS Hours – The Bay is OPEN…both digitally and physically (with restrictions). Administrative staff will be present at PBMS during normal school business hours 7:00 am to 3:00 pm through email or phone only to assist with any questions or needs. At no time is any student or parent permitted to come into the building outside the posted visitation hours above. All requested meetings will be held digitally through your child’s Schoology account. Please refer to the enclosed Digital Learning Schedule for teacher and support access.
As always, we appreciate your flexibility and support during this challenging time…but I am confident that our Wildcat Nation is up to the task. As you have witnessed, things can change, please know that we will provide you with the most up-to-date information as soon as it is available.
Thank you again for all of your support!
Just for Parents
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At Pacetti Bay Middle School, our intention is to maximize opportunities for learning for our students throughout the entire school day. Many of our teachers utilize lunch study sessions with students to increase individual learning time. Students also use this time for approved visits to counselors or the library. Because of this, when picking up your student prior to dismissal between the hours of 11am-1pm, please prepare for delays. When possible, please schedule appointments outside of this time. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at (904)547-8760.
Thank you for your support.
From the Attendance Office
Please note that there is NO attendance line at PBMS. All we ask is that you please send in a signed note with your student when he/she returns to school. This is to be dropped off in the attendance box in the front office. We recommend you use the attendance form (link below) for your convenience.
Also, we do require doctor notes when you check your child in late or take your child out of school. For check-outs, please have your child bring the note in to the front office the next day.
If you are a person with a disability who needs assistance and plans to attend a school meeting or program, please contact Pacetti Bay Middle School with your specific need at (904) 547-8760.
Registration for the 2020-2021 school year will begin on March 2nd.
District-wide registration for the 2020-2021 school year will begin on March 2nd. Starting on that date, you will be able to click the Register My Child For School button on our school website to complete an online registration form for your child.
Beginning the week of March 23, parents/guardians of all current students will receive an email from PowerSchool to complete the annual Returning Student Verification Form for the upcoming school year. The email will contain the link and instructions needed to complete the verification.
Forms / Information
Student / Teacher Resources
Pacetti Bay Middle School regularly uses volunteers in a number of areas such as textbook room, concessions, proctoring, field trips, chaperoning, event ticket sales during lunches, sporting events, drama productions, band, club sponsors, parent conferences and PTSO – the opportunities are plentiful! They exist during school and after school hours so helping out can fit almost anyone’s schedule!
For the safety of the students and staff at Pacetti Bay, St. Johns County School District has a policy where all visitors must complete a volunteer online school access form which is good for three years. When doing so you are agreeing to a criminal background check and a sexual offender check. You are also agreeing to abide by the policies and procedures of the St. Johns County School Board and its facilities while volunteering. The process can take two – six weeks to process your form.
If you have any questions feel free to contact Dawn Gillis.
FortifyFL is a website and app developed at the direction of the Florida Legislature. Any student, educator, parent or member of the public can report school safety concerns directly to law enforcement and school administrators anonymously and easily through the FortifyFL app or getfortifyfl.com.
School District News
Update from Superintendent Forson, April 1
Dear SJCSD Parents and Guardians,
Today we faced additional challenges with connectivity to Schoology. I share this frustration with you and assure you that we are working with the vendor to solve these issues. In the meantime, I encourage you and your child to reach out to his/her teacher via email. As I wrote yesterday, patience and flexibility are paramount. We will keep getting better.
Meal service will continue at designated school and community sites until further notice. This is an essential service offered to children 18 years or younger in need of breakfast and lunch while we are closed. In the last few days there have been posts on social media encouraging others to visit specific schools to receive these meals. Some of these posts encourage community members with children to drive through more than once to prevent the service from ceasing and preserve job functions at these sites.
While we want families who need the meals to receive them for their children, prompting the community to show up just to get meals puts a strain on distribution. It prevents us from allocating funding, efforts and resources where the need is greater. For updated information on meal service, visit https://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/blog/mealservice/.
Today Governor DeSantis issued an executive order to stay at home except for individuals who are essential employees providing essential community services as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In this guidance, "educators supporting public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing other essential functions" is included in the essential critical infrastructure workforce. We are continuing to review and define essential staff through job functions while promoting a work at home model for employees who can.
I appreciate your commitment to your child's education. I value the support and trust you have placed in the St. Johns County School District to instruct your children while we continue to learn in this new environment.
St. Johns County School District