Welcome Back Update
Dear Pembroke Community Middle School Families,
We look forward to starting a new school year. Even though we start this school year in the midst of much uncertainty, the staff at PCMS are dedicated to making this year the best experience possible for your children.
We know there are a lot of questions and we have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions and answers below. All of this information is also posted to the fall reopening section of our website linked here.
Please note that additional communication related specifically to Cohort D (fully remote students) will be coming later today, however much of the information outlined below apply to all cohorts.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
First Day of School
The first day of school is September 15. (Grades 1-12)
- Cohort A- In Person
- Cohort B- At Home
- Cohort C- In Person
- Cohort D- Remote
Using the Google Chrome Browser, go to: https://meet.google.com/
In the space provided: Enter the Meeting Code below that is appropriate to your grade level and enter the Google Meeting. Meet codes were sent via email. If you did not receive the meet codes, please reach out to your child's teachers. Please do not post or share google meet codes/or websites.
Health & Technology Training
We will be hosting two very important family training seminars next week to cover the topics of health and technology. The login details are below.
Monday, September 14th from 10 AM- 11 AM
Please join our school nurses for an important parent/guardian education meeting about what to expect when we return to school. They will be going over the DESE COVID Guidelines, medication drop-off procedures as well as answering questions and providing tips to help your child prepare for the start of school.
Join with Google Meet
Join by phone
(US) +1 347-286-1965 PIN: 108 288 448#
Thursday, September 17th from 12:00-1:00 PM and 7:00-8:00 PM
Please join our Titan Tech Guru & Director of Instructional Technology, Brandon Hall on Thursday, September 17th for one of our informative Q&A sessions.
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
7:00 PM- 8:00 PM
Join with Google Meet
Join by phone
(US) +1 904-580-8665 (PIN: 260896745)
Arrival & Dismissal
Bus students will enter (and depart) via the cafeteria doors.
Walkers, bike riders, or those dropped off will enter the main door and remain in the main hallway or cafeteria.
- G7 parents can drop off using the loop (near Bill’s tree) or a loop we will establish that circles the staff parking lot.
*Grab & Go breakfast will available in the main hallway
Bus students and walkers/bikers will enter (and depart) via gym doors.
Parents will access the fire road and drive around the back of the building, dropping off their G8 students near the BB court. They would then enter the gym.
*Grab & Go breakfast will be available outside the gym
Once school has begun, the parking lot will be coned off and there will be signage indicating no parents nor community members are to access the grounds during the school day.
The cones and signage will be removed at 2 pm, so families of G8 students can line up along the back of Fire Road to pick up their children. Families of G7 students can line up in the staff parking lot or in the loop.
Parents are discouraged from dropping off materials during the school day
- There will be a dropbox for critical items (e.g. medications) outside the main doors.
- Families would buzz to indicate they are dropping off something and the secretaries would gather the materials once they have time.
- Parents would park in the loop.
Grade 8: Enter from Rt. 27 loop around the back of PCMS and drop off/pick up by the basketball courts
Grade 7: Enter from Rt. 27 and either loop around rotary or enter the parking lot and loop back to rotary after drop off
Buses: Enter Rt. 27 and will drop students off by the cafeteria (G7) & gym (G8)
Student Backpacks & School Supplies
Students will be carrying all their materials, (e.g. Chromebooks, lunches, water bottles, art supplies, binders, notebooks, pens/pencils, etc.) so backpack weight will be something we want to remain mindful about.
Students will not be allowed to share materials. We will have some new school supplies in the office for students who may need them.
Staff, like students, must wear face masks, except when eating (or during teacher announced mask breaks).
- No neck-gaiters or bandanas allowed for students or staff
- Masks must be worn when entering the building
Students should bring masks from home but the school will provide masks to students, as needed (e.g. lost/broken).
During Titan Homeroom, students will place their cafeteria lunch order.
Lunches will be team-based, so there will be 4 lunch periods.
- Chorus and orchestra students and switching lunch periods
Students will proceed to the cafeteria at lunchtime. A line of tables will be set up outside the kitchen. These pre-made, pre-ordered lunches will be clustered by Titan teacher for an easy, quick student pick-up.
Student masks should remain on until seated for lunch.
Transportation routes will be posted to our website by the end of the day on Friday, September 11th. All students will require a current bus pass in order to receive transportation. No exceptions.
Bus passes have been mailed over the course of this week and anyone who completed the transportation registration should receive their pass in the mail no later than Monday, 9/14. If you do not receive a pass in the mail, you will have to transport your child to school until you complete the transportation registration. All students grades 7-12 are required to pay for transportation and payment must be processed prior to a bus pass being issued. Please contact the transportation office at 781-829-0832 with any questions.
Technology & Materials
Students in Cohort A & C will receive Chromebook in school during Titan Homeroom. Students in Cohort B/D will need to pick up their Chromebook prior to the first day of school on September 15th.
If you have not picked up Chromebooks/Materials, they can be picked up Monday, September 14th from 11:30-2 pm. If you cannot pick up a Chromebook at that time, please contact the building to schedule an alternative time. In the meantime, a personal device can be used for at-home learning.
The pick-up process will be similar to the spring. Families should drive into the front parking lot (where buses drop off) and a staff member will come out to the car to walk you through the process.
Students will be expected to use a school-issued device while in school. We cannot support personal devices at school, nor can we push out important software on personal devices. Students are free to use their personal devices at home, although we strongly encourage them to use the school-issued device so our Technology Department can troubleshoot any issues.
Thank you for your patience as we navigate this unconventional start to the school year.