PCLS Newsletter – No School on 3/15 and schedule changes

Dear Parents/Guardians/Teachers/TAs:
As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, information is changing faster than we can disseminate it.  PCLS has worked closely with PDS, ANJCS, and New York TECO office.  We want to make sure that our community members’ health and safety are our top priority.   As a result, I am announcing that PCLS will NOT have school at PDS facilities for the following FIVE Sundays (3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, and 4/12).  Around 4/15, we will reassess the situation and update the plans for the remaining school days (4/19 to 5/31).
I understand that people may have different views about how to respond to the risks and uncertainties from COVID-19, but I would appreciate if you can join in supporting the actions that PCLS have taken and will implement in the future.

As you can imagine, all our language teachers and volunteer staff have been busy communicating and working on reasonable plans for our PCLS community.  PCLS has always been a community that cares for one another, and we will need that spirit now more than ever.

Please see the following for the changes confirmed as of today:
(1) NO Culture class and NO adult class 3/15 – 4/12

(2) 3/15 OFF for STUDENTS – for Admins and Language teachers to take training, test and discuss about online teaching/contingency plans.

(3) Prospective online Language class starting on 3/22 or 3/29 – We’ll see if distance learning will be ready starting on 3/22 or 3/29.  We’re evaluating the pros and cons of these two virtual apps: Zoom and Google Meet.  I will send out newsletter by next Friday (3/20) for the Online teaching updates.

(4) 4/5 TOCFL test – postponed.

(5) ANJCS contests – All 5 contests (Karaoke, Speech, YoYo, Chess, and Calligraphy Contests) are suspended. ANJCS will plan to reschedule these 5 contests after summer and might hold all 5 contests within one weekend at one location.  Please stay tuned.

(6) PCLS summer camp – cancelled.

(7) PCLS 5/17 Fun Day – cancelled.

(8) Passport to Taiwan at Union Square on 5/24 – cancelled.

Online teaching will be implemented for 4 to 10 weeks in PCLS.  Please be considerate that our academic director and language teachers will need to work extra hours for the online teaching plan.  (主任和老師們辛苦了,謝謝你們!❤)    While the school is committed to your health, we must rely on the active support and participation of all members of our community in this endeavor. I know I can count on yours.
I would like to thank you all for your trust, patience and understanding as we navigate through this global crisis and work on the plans.  
Fear is spreading faster than coronavirus.  Let’s all Keep Calm and Be Prepared.  

With best wishes,

Justine Hsieh 謝嘉文
Princeton Chinese Language School
, Principal