Dear PfISD Parents/Guardians,
As you know, district staff have been working on graduation contingency plans since late April. We understand the importance of graduation to our seniors and their parents, as well as the importance to our campus and district administrators to see the culmination of their work and watch our students walk the graduation stage. We are committed to doing all that we can to ensure that happens.
Our Graduation Committee initially made four contingency plans to follow our scheduled graduation at the Frank Erwin Center on May 30. Still, it seems as though every time we settle on a strategy for graduation, we receive updated guidance from our local and state authorities that changes things.
The first contingency plan was to host graduation ceremonies on May 29 and 30; however, initial guidelines from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) prohibited outdoor, in-person graduations for our county until June 1. We then adjusted and planned to host graduations on June 1 and June 2, announcing to our public that same Tuesday. This was followed by updated guidance last Thursday by TEA allowing for May 29 or 30, but last Friday, Travis County extended its Stay at Home orders through June 15. As The Pfield is located in Travis County, we worked to determine how this will affect our graduation ceremonies.
After speaking with our legal counsel, reviewing all guidelines from TEA required to hold an in-person graduation ceremony and hearing from Travis County Health officials, we are moving forward with graduation ceremonies but we have adjusted the dates to ensure we are in compliance and utilizing as many safety precautions as possible. The updated schedule for graduations is as follows:
- Pflugerville HS – June 1, 8 a.m.
- Hendrickson HS – June 2, 8 a.m.
- Connally HS – June 3, 8 a.m.
- PACE – June 3, 11 a.m.
- Weiss HS – June 4, 8 a.m.
Graduates will be provided four tickets for guests to attend graduations at the Pfield, where we will host an abbreviated, recorded graduation ceremony on the football scoreboard and allow students to walk the stage in a cap and gown to collect their diploma cover. School principals, I and members of our Board of Trustees will be attendance, honoring our students. We are also working with a production company to livestream the event for those family members unable to attend.
We will contact students and their families with information on ticket pick-up dates and times. On the back of each ticket will list the symptoms of COVID-19, and all attendees will be required to sign the back of the ticket, acknowledging that they are not experiencing any symptoms. Each person will turn in their ticket when they enter the Pfield.
Additionally, families will receive instructions on where to park, which gate to enter, and which section and row they are assigned to sit. All attendees will be required to wear face masks. The district is providing face masks to all graduates; however, they will be allowed to remove them for pictures when they walk across the stage.
The district, in collaboration with the health department, asks that anybody who is medically compromised or over the age of 65 not attend the Graduation ceremonies. Additionally, if you share a household with someone who is medically compromised or over the age of 65 and attend a graduation, please take additional precautions before returning home.
We know this is not how any of us planned on graduation at the beginning of this year. It will not be perfect, but we have heard our parents' and students' pleas to find a way to provide graduation, and we are doing everything in our power to provide this experience in a safe manner for all involved. We intend to make as much lemonade out of the lemons that we are being served.
In the interest of everyone’s safety and the safety of others: Do not attend the ceremony if you feel sick or have any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19. It will be broadcast. Keep your social distancing at all times and follow our staff and officers directions at all times. If you are attending, come prepared with a mask and your signed ticket acknowledging you are not experiencing symptoms. For the safety of all, you will not be allowed to enter without these items, will not be allowed to remain if you do not practice the proper social distancing procedures, and will not be allowed to stay if you do not comply with staff directions. This includes our graduates. We care about all of you and want to have an in-person ceremony, but we must abide by safety measures.
This is an enormous undertaking, and our staff is committed to working hard to provide our students with an unusual but incredible graduation experience, but we are also asking our families for their cooperation to ensure safe practices and social distancing. Thank you for your help and understanding.
In the best interest of students,
Dr. Douglas Killian
5/15 Click here for Senior Recognition slide show! (PS: scroll down to manuever the show)
5/5 An excerpt from Dr. Killians parent news:
Graduation We have received many questions regarding graduation ceremonies, and, as I said last week, we created a Graduation committee of Principals, Campus Administrators, students, and parents to determine other options for our district. We understand the importance of graduation to our seniors and their parents. Please know it is also extremely important for our campus and district administrators to see the culmination of their work and watch our students walk the graduation stage, and PfISD is committed to doing all that we can to ensure that happens.
Our committee has created multiple plans in the hopes that one of them will be possible due to constraints of the state, county, and city orders. Initially, the plan included a possible graduation at the Frank Erwin Center on May 30, or graduations at The Pfield on May 29 and May 30. However, this afternoon, the Texas Education Agency provided guidance that restricts in-person, outdoor graduation ceremonies through the end of May.
This has required us to alter our previous graduation schedules. Our new plan includes three opportunities for our students to have in-person graduation. The plans, in order of priority, are:
- Monday, June 1 at The Pfield – Connally HS (8 a.m.) and Hendrickson HS (10:30 a.m.) Tuesday, June 2 at The Pfield – Weiss HS (8 a.m.) and Pflugerville HS (10:30 a.m.)
- Friday, June 12 at The Pfield – Connally HS (8 a.m.) and Hendrickson HS (10:30 a.m.) Saturday, June 13 at The Pfield – Weiss HS (8 a.m.) and Pflugerville HS (10:30 a.m.)
- Tuesday, Aug. 4 at the Frank Erwin Center at regularly scheduled times
At this time we are preparing for graduations on June 1 and 2. If we are told those will not be possible, we will inform parents that we are moving to our back up plan for June 12 and 13. Graduates will be allowed four guests to attend graduations at the Pfield, where we will host an abbreviated, recorded graduation ceremony on the football scoreboard and allow students to walk the stage in a cap and gown to collect their diploma cover. School principals, I and members of our Board of Trustees will be attendance, honoring our students. We are also working with a production company at this time to determine ways to livestream the event for those family members unable to attend.
We have begun preparations for the Pfield graduations, including plans which practice social distancing by students and staff and families in the stadium. We will send additional logistical information, including gate entrances and seat assignments, to Senior families as soon as plans are finalized.
This is an enormous undertaking, and our staff is committed to working hard to provide our students with an unusual but incredible graduation experience, but we are also asking our families for their cooperation to ensure safe practices and social distancing.
5/4 - Please read the email sent home today!
We hope you had an enjoyable weekend. Please share this email with your student but know that this will also be posted on the website and announcements.
As promised, please click on the link below to see a list of fines/fees/commitments for your senior. Please know that the list does not include text books. Because the books that were collected from lockers need to be in quarantine for 9 days, we were not able to send an inventory of outstanding textbooks. This list is sorted by student id. You can type Ctrl F to use the find option, type in your senior's id number and hit enter. Please note: Your senior may have more than one line of fees/fines. Also, if your student returns his/her library book at the Locker Drop Off day (see more info below), that fine will not be assessed.
How to pay for fines/fees? Please click HERE
Speaking of Locker Drop Off Day. Please click HERE for complete information.
When can my senior pick up their graduation cap and gown? Click HERE Please note: seniors will need to have their fees/fines/and commitments resolved prior to picking up their cap and gown. If your student has not turned in their textbooks, we will still release the cap and gown however their diploma will not be release until textbooks are returned.
5/1 - Click HERE to view the Class of 2020 Zoom Meeting Slides
4/30 - Good Afternoon PHS Class of 2020:
Tomorrow, May 1st at 2pm, Ms. Keck will be holding a virtual class meeting. Please follow the Zoom Link that was emailed to your parents email account.
I will be sharing a slide presentation during the meeting that will hopefully address any questions you have about the next month of school.
There will also be a chance to ask questions through the chat feature of zoom. If you are unable to attend this meeting, the slide presentation will be posted on the Pflugerville HS website.
This meeting is for senior students only.
I know that you are all mature and respectful young adults and you will follow the student code of conduct during the meeting. I hope you can join us tomorrow, if you cannot, I will be hosting a meeting every Friday.
On another note: tomorrow is the last day to order your cap and gown for graduation. Please go to ctrecognition.com to place your order.
PHS Assistant Principal
Class of 2020/CTE
Updates for Seniors (4/24)
Seniors, watch for updates in email, parent newsletter, and on the app and campus website. Dates for the following with be announced ASAP:
- Cap and Gown Pick Up
- Library Book and Text book Turn in
- Prom Reimbursement
Seniors must complete weekly assignments in google classroom and finish any work in credit recovery to receive credit for their current courses.
Seniors, please email Mrs. Keck at Crystal.email@example.com if you have any specific questions.
Click HERE to the most recent SENIOR CLASS MEETING SLIDE SHOW 2/19/2020
Click on the HERE to view the SENIOR CLASS MEETING SLIDE SHOW which includes information about Panther Celebration, Prom, and Graduation!
Parking Permits: All students who park in the PHS parking lot are required to have a parking permit. Permit applications can be picked up/turned in before and after school at the front office during the school year. Completed applications must include a parent signature, a $20.00 application fee, and a copy of the student’s driver’s license and vehicle registration. Students caught without a parking permit may be ticketed and/or towed at owner’s expense. Parking in the administration parking lot starting next year (2019-2020) will not be allowed and student vehicles will be ticketed. There will be no assigned parking spaces. Parking will be on a first come first serve basis.
Juniors and Seniors: College Entrance Exams – SAT and ACT: Students applying to four year colleges nationwide will need to take and submit an SAT or ACT score for admission purposes. Both the SAT and ACT are accepted by colleges and universities nationwide. Students can view test dates, register for test, and send their scores by visiting www.collegeboard.org (SAT) and/or www.actstudent.org (ACT). College Applications open August 1st, and applications and other required documents (ex. SAT/ACT scores) should be submitted by October 31st. PHS CEEB Code: 445500. All sophomores will take the PSAT in the fall and all juniors will take the SAT in the spring.
Class Rank, GPA, and Transcript Requests: When applying for admission to college, it is generally the sixth-semester transcript (the transcript that includes spring-semester grades from the junior year) that the colleges consider for admission decisions. Requests for official copies of transcripts are made in the Student Services Office and cost $2.00 for each transcript. ACT/SAT/PSAT scores are not included on the transcript. Generally, there is a 48-hour turnaround time for orders, except during the summer month.
Senior Athletes – Read this!: Students who plan to participate in Division I / II inter-collegiate athletics during their freshman year in college must complete an NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse registration. Prospective student athletes should access the registration materials by visiting www.eligibilitycenter.org and click on NCAA College-Bound Student Athletes. There is a fee that accompanies this registration unless the student qualifies for free/reduced lunch. IMPORTANT!!! Be certain to make a hard copy of the signature page and give it to your registrar so that an official copy of your transcript can be sent (no charge) to the Clearinghouse.
Selective Service: One of the most important responsibilities that a young man must fulfill as he enters adulthood is to register with Selective Service. Virtually every young man living in the U.S. must register with Selective Service when he turns 18. Men who fail to register become ineligible for important opportunities that can impact their entire lives, such as student loans, job training and government jobs. Most states also require men to be registered to renew their driver’s license. Federal law requires that males register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday. You may register online at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx by completing a form at the post office.
Dual Credit – ACC Classes: Dual/Concurrent Enrollment (High School/College credit at ACC): All high school students are eligible to take Dual Credit or Concurrent enrollment courses provided by ACC. PHS students are charged an Out-of- District tuition rate of $150 per course unless the course is taken on a PFISD campus or the student qualifies for Free/Reduced Lunch. Dual/concurrent enrollment can potentially save families $1,000 or more in tuition and fees per course. Interested students must complete necessary steps for enrollment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Mr. Haywood will keep summer hours and offer TSI testing Tues. – Thurs. from 9:30-12:30, with a $5 test charge; please email Mr. Haywood to schedule a testing date & time.