2021-2022 School Year

Total Reported Positive COVID cases at PRS 1/22-1/28 (Week 21)
Location
Learners
Faculty & Staff
Weekly Total
 Cumulative
 Enrollment
PRES
8210186834
PRIS
909186602
PRJHS & PRHS
170172551155
District Totals
342366272676

Enrollment numbers were updated on 10/14 to reflect the Average Daily Membership at PRS for the 2021-2022 school year. The numbers at PRES do not include the Pre-K Learners (85). Pre-K Learners are included in the District Total Enrollment.

Here is a link to the historical data. Please note that due to lag time in case reports, the linked data may show different totals than the previously posted tables.

District Totals by Week
Week Number
Number of Cases
Week 1
27
Week 2
38
Week 3
74
Week 4
45
Week 5
21
Week 6
18
Week 7
10
Week 8
5
Week 96
Week 102
Week 113
Week 122
Week 133
Week 142
Week 15 (Thanksgiving Break)2
Week 161
Week 171
Week 1883
Week 19135
Week 20113
Week 2136
Cumulative627


9/28/2021

Pike Road Family,

At the board meeting yesterday, the board accepted my recommendation to make masks preferred on all of our campuses. This means that, while masks are not required on any of the campuses, we still prefer that students wear masks. This is especially important as our patriots are transported each day on our buses. 

This decision was made based on the data that shows that our positive and suspected positive case rate has decreased over the last few weeks:

District Totals by Week
Week Number
Number of Cases
Week 1
27
Week 2
38
Week 3
74
Week 4
45
Week 5
21
Week 6
18
Cumulative
223


I still believe that wearing masks is one of many effective tools we have in our toolbox to prevent the spread of Covid-19 as well as other communicable diseases, such as the flu. Further, It continues to be a top priority to keep our students, faculty, and staff healthy and in school. Therefore, in addition to making masks preferred on all campuses, we have also put in place a 3% threshold that we will use to guide our decision about masking going forward. If 3% of the student population on any campus is positive or suspected positive, we will require masking on that campus. Masks will remain mandatory until the percentage of positive and suspected positive cases drops below 3%.

As I have said in the past, thank you for your continued support and engagement on this and many other topics that are important to the success of our school system. 

Dr. C.L. (Chuck) Ledbetter, Ed. D
Superintendent


Message from the Superintendent

9/13/2021

Pike Road Family,

At the board meeting this morning, the Board accepted my recommendation to continue masking for two more weeks. At that time, we will consider the additional data that we have gathered and make a decision at our regular monthly board meeting on September 27.

The total number of cases we have seen thus far per week follows:

District Totals by Week
Week Number
Number of Cases
Week 1
27
Week 2
34
Week 3
68
Week 4
47
Cumulative
176

While we are encouraged to see that the number of cases decreased from week 3 to week 4, we would like to see a continued downward trend. We will gather additional data over the next two weeks and I will make a recommendation based on our data at the board meeting that will be held on September 27th.

According to a letter on August 12, 2021, from Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris to school officials, he wrote the following:

COVID-19 is an infectious disease and any individual that tests positive or is reported to the Alabama Department of Public Health as suspected of having COVID-19 is required to isolate for 10 days. In addition,  the Alabama Department of Public Health is receiving reports about close contacts that are not quarantining. Any close contact that does not meet an exception to quarantine should quarantine for 10-14 days to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. (emphasis ours)

We will continue to require masking in all of our buildings. We will continue to send students and staff home if they are sick. We will continue to notify parents if their child is a close contact of a positive or suspected positive case per the ADPH guidelines: within 3 feet for a cumulative 15 minutes while masking. While only the ADPH can require anyone to quarantine, we will continue to allow excused absences for any families who choose to self-isolate due to contact with a positive or suspected positive case.

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate this difficult issue. Family involvement is a hallmark of a great school system and I continue to be grateful for the way in which our community engages in this and so many other important areas. The best way forward is to go together. Thank you for partnering with the Pike Road School System to create a culture of intellectual curiosity where our students have ownership of their learning and are inspired to think, innovate, and create!

C.L. (Chuck) Ledbetter, Ed. D.
Superintendent

 

Message from the Superintendent

8/11/2021

Dear Pike Road Schools family,

I would like to explain in more detail the PRS beginning-of-school policy to require masks/face shields inside schools and within 6 feet of another person from the first day of school August 17th until September 13th.​​​​​​​ The federal TSA regulations require us to mask on school buses until September 13th.

The recommendation I made that the board approved was not based on how many people like mask-wearing versus how many do not. I decided to recommend masking after listening to our local healthcare professionals and hospitals talk about their numbers and fears of the Delta Variant. Unfortunately, no one can provide us with Pike Road specific Covid numbers or, more germane for our purpose, Covid positive numbers of Pike Road's school-aged children. All of the data available to us at this time is from all of Montgomery County or the entire state of Alabama. 

After listening to our local health professionals ask for mandatory masking in schools and understanding that they are looking at the larger area data, the numbers of Covid patients they see, and their illness severity, I made a decision to require masks/face shields long enough to collect our own data on the number of Covid cases in our schools.

We will be posting the number of Covid positive cases we have in our schools each Monday on our website beginning August 23rd. It will be posted at this address: https://www.pikeroadschools.org/covid-19information. We will also report weekly numbers to the Alabama Department of Public Health, which they post on their website as well. 

September 13th we will evaluate our data and I will make a recommendation based on our data to the school board to either make mask/face shields optional or to continue the mask-wearing and reevaluate that decision weekly according to our data. I will be looking at the number of positive cases we have in a school and looking for patterns of spread in a school. 

We are no longer under an emergency health order, so we will not quarantine healthy students this year. Last year, less than 1% of those who were sent home to quarantine developed Covid. We will continue to send home those who display symptoms of illness.

We are committed to transparency in our process. Please understand that we are erring on the side of caution as school begins and we will make decisions that are based on our numbers as we collect them. We are looking forward to a great school year and hope that you will understand and support our efforts to do the best thing for all Pike Road Schools family members.

Thank you for being part of the Pike Road Schools family!


C.L. (Chuck) Ledbetter, Ed. D.
Superintendent

 

Message from the Superintendent

August 6, 2021

Pike Road Family,
 
Last night, the board accepted my recommendation to require masks in our schools and on our buses until September 13th. This will allow time for us to gather data of incidents and infections in order for our board to make an informed decision based on local data and current conditions. We believe this is the best path forward to keep our learners’ welfare at the center of our decisions.
 
In addition, the TSA has mandated masks on all public transportation until September 13th. They have said that public school buses are part of that order.

We will mandate masks for the first four weeks of school (until September 13th) to allow us time to collect our own data on instances of COVID in our schools during that time. At that time we will make a decision on whether masks will be voluntary or mandatory based on our local data and COVID spread conditions at the time. 
 
Over the last week, the board and I heard from dozens of concerned parents. Many expressed their belief that the board should not require learners to wear masks. Many others expressed their belief that the board should mandate masks for learners. While this can be a polarizing topic, I am encouraged by the way in which our community has engaged and I look forward to continuing to work with each of you as we strive to make this our best year yet!

We have listened to all of you who reached out to us. One thing we are changing, as a result, is that those who choose virtual schooling for the first semester will have the option to return to traditional schooling at the beginning of the second semester.
 
Thank you for your continued support and engagement. We cannot wait to welcome our learners back on August 17th!

Think, Innovate, Create!
Go Patriots!

C. L. (Chuck) Ledbetter, Ed. D.
Superintendent

 

Message from the Superintendent

July 28, 2021

Greetings, Pike Road Schools family! The new school year is upon us, as our first day for learners is August 17th. I want to take this opportunity to give you some information about how we will work to prevent the spread of COVID as we begin school. 

The big question on everyone’s mind is whether Pike Road Schools will require mask wearing as we begin the school year. We will announce the decision about masks for the beginning of school on August 10th–one week before school starts. We are monitoring new infection rates locally, hospitalization rates locally, and keeping abreast of all that is coming out from the Center for Disease Control and the Alabama Department of Public Health. Our first priority is the safety of our Pike Road Schools family and the second priority is the learning of our students. We will take all of the information into account as we decide on masking for the beginning of school. We will also reserve the right to mandate mask wearing or remove the mandate during the school year as conditions and guidance change. We have seen masking reduce the spread of infectious disease in our schools. We also have seen that mask wearing can have a negative impact on learning. As conditions of spread are fluid, our masking mandates are also. Please know that we hold the safety, learning, and best interests of our students utmost in our decision making.

Pike Road Schools will offer a virtual option for those families who have concerns about returning to in-person learning. It will be different from what we did last year for virtual learning. We have connected with Edgenuity to provide virtual services. These classes will not be taught by Pike Road teachers. Students will not be served on Pike Road school campuses. It will be a totally virtual experience. This option will also be a full school year only option, there will be no moving back and forth from virtual to traditional. Students enrolled in virtual may choose to participate in extracurricular activities. 

A link will be posted on the Pike Road Schools website for families requesting the virtual option on August 10th. We ask families enrolling in virtual to let us know by August 17th, but we will allow enrollment in the virtual option through August 31st. 

We are excited about the upcoming school year and will work through the pandemic issues to make this another great school year in Pike Road!

Think, Innovate, Create!
Go Patriots!

C. L. (Chuck) Ledbetter, Ed. D.
Superintendent​​​​​​

 

COVID Resources

2020-2021 School Year

Total Reported Positive COVID cases at PRS 08/14/2021 to 08/20/2021
Location
Learners
Faculty & Staff
Weekly Total
 Cumulative
 School Traditional Enrollment Number
PRES
0
0
0
34
711
PRIS
0
0
0
17
441
PRJHS & PRHS
1
0
1
58
745
District Totals
1
0
1
110
1897