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  • Meal distribution continues through summer at 19 PPS sites

    Peoria Public Schools and Sodexo staff have packed and distributed 360,755 meals since March. Meals are distributed Monday, Wednesday and Friday from school sites. Meal distribution will continue throughout the summer.

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  • June 29th Update from the Superintendent

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  • Click here if you're a business interested in signing up for the Summer Youth Employment Program

    Businesses can sign up to participate in the Summer Youth Employment Program. NOTE: Any 16-20 year old applicants are on a wait-list because of the number of applicants.

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  • PPS receives $600,000 grant for Summer Youth Employment Program

    PPS, Rep. Gordon-Booth and the Tri-County Urban League partnered to announce a new grant program called the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), that will employ 220 students and youth ages 16-24.

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  • Read Where You Are this summer with the Peoria Public Library

    Summer reading is extremely important for children in preventing the "summer slide." Our friends at the Peoria Public Library offer a great opportunity to continue literacy habits with its summer reading program. Find out all the details here.

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  • Celebrate our 2020 PPS Retirees! Congratulations!

    We want to give a special recognition to all of our retirees from Peoria Public Schools this year. View this slideshow to see them all and wish them a happy and well-deserved retirement!

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  • PPS Summer School Info

    Seventeen Peoria Public School buildings will offer summer school programs in 2020. For information on summer school programs, please contact the school principal or click here for the school website.

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Superintendent's Blog

  • Statement from the Superintendent

    Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 6/1/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Dear Peoria Public Schools students, families and staff,

    While I have not historically weighed in on national matters, I am finding it hard to remain silent as I see our community hurting as protests and riots broke out locally and across the country in response to the horrific death of George Floyd.

    What I keep thinking about is the over 13,000 students in Peoria Public Schools, and the pain our African American students, especially, and others are feeling right now, and how this is a pivotal moment for our country. We know that a recent study by Harvard Public Health Professor Dr. David Williams shows that police shootings of unarmed African Americans cause severe psychological and physical trauma within the African American community, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer. We also must acknowledge the missed opportunities and inequities of the past, both socioeconomically and in education.

    As the leader of Peoria Public Schools, a backbone and important foundation of our community, we have an opportunity to be a voice for change and a healing presence in our communities. Choosing silence and indifference may not be what our community needs right now. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

    Now is the time to do everything we can to make sure students and staff feel safe and are treated equally. We have our work cut out for us, but I know Peoria Public Schools is up for the challenge. We need to be leaders and encourage everyone to choose kindness, tolerance, understanding and empathy. It’s time to love each other and come together to treat everyone with respect and dignity.


    Yours Sincerely,

    Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat
    Superintendent

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  • May 20th Message from the Superintenent

    Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 5/20/2020 4:15:00 PM

    Peoria Public Schools families,

     

    While our No. 1 focus these past few weeks has been finishing this year as strongly as we can, we have our eyes and plans on returning to school in the fall.

     

    With this note, I’m sharing our thoughts and advance planning already underway by our Return to School Committee, which has met three times so far and has been split into six sub-committees.

     

    My intention is to help you start to plan for this fall and to continue our priority to communicate with you often.

     

    In anticipation of next year’s reopening, we are pouring over planning and guidance from the CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and other state plans and professional association guidelines for returning to school.

     

    My plan is to provide a formal update to you all by June 30, 2020.

     

    This next item that I am going to share is very important. I would like to announce a survey that we created to gather the thoughts and ideas from our families.

     

    We will not proceed without careful consideration from you. Please click here to complete the Return to School survey.

     

    In the meantime, I’m sharing some highlights that I would like you to be aware of and to consider as we prepare for “back to school” in a few short months.

     

    Our Back to School planning is focused on keeping student learning at the forefront - a safe, healthy, and intentional focus on learning. We are conscious of the fact that there could be further interruptions experienced during next school year due to a resurgence of COVID-19. We are also aware of a subset of our community who may simply refuse to send their children to school for a variety of reasons.

     

    Generally, we are anticipating three prongs as we return to school:

    • In-Person schooling - with health safeguards. We are waiting for the Illinois Department of Public Health/Illinois State Board of Education return to schooling guidance
    • A Hybrid Approach - some in-person schooling and some remote learning
    • Remote Learning - taking what worked during Remote Learning, what we learned during that time, and input from you to refine and improve Remote Learning

     

    Some Questions we are working through in order to prepare for the school year 2020-2021:

    1. As information continues to evolve, is it reasonable for our schools to be safely open as normal? What are health and safety protocols that need to be instituted?

    2. What modifications should be made to safely open our schools, and is it possible for our schools to make those modifications? We don’t want to make false promises. We are eager to open but safety and health are #1 priorities and considerations.

    3. What can be different about our attendance policies to ensure that students and staff can act in the best interest of their health and the health of others? We are mindful of the wide breadth of this pandemic and its continued impact on members of our staff, students, families, and the greater community.

    4. How should we modify our “return to work/school” protocols?

    5. What do we do with students or staff that are not safe in returning to school?

    6. How do we determine if learning loss has occurred for some of our students?

    7. How will custodial protocols change to meet current best practice?

    8. If the State does not allow us to begin the school year in person, what does returning to school actually look like?

     

    Again, we know that the past few months have been challenging. Our students, staff, and families continue to be in our thoughts as we collectively experience this pandemic. I appreciate the support, care, and attention that our staff and you have provided our students during this difficult time. We are stronger when we work together.

     

    I will follow up with additional communications prior to June 30, 2020.

     

    With gratitude and thank you,

    Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat

    Superintendent

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  • A message from Superintendent Dr. Kherat, May 8, 20209

    Posted by Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 5/8/2020 8:00:00 PM

    Peoria Public Schools families,

     

    Even though we still have a few weeks left in the current school year, I know there is some anxiety around what schools will look like in August.

     

    I want to assure you that we are planning ahead to make sure we provide meaningful learning for your children while still preserving their health and safety. As a result, a Return to School committee has been formed, and the stakeholders on this committee are well-represented.

     

    Our goal is to have a plan, or a series of plans, in place by June 30th.

     

    Lastly, I want to say a special thank you to all of the mothers who are part of our Peoria Public Schools family. You deserve every bit of love and appreciation this weekend. Happy Mother's Day!

     

    Thank you,

    Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat

    Superintendent

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