April 7, 2020
As you are all aware of, Governor Brian Kemp announced that all K-12 public schools would remain closed for in-person instruction for the rest of this school year. This is a hard reality, and a real loss – for teachers who miss their students and students who miss their teachers. Words cannot begin to express how the faculty, staff, and administrators at Peach County High School feel at this time. Our heart truly breaks for our students. Dieter F. Uchtdorf once said, “It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop.” This is only a small chapter in our student’s lives and we will all get through this together to complete the perfect story. The road of life is paved with many challenges and during these challenging times, we can spiral into fear and worry or use the situation to make us stronger.
I want to express to you my assurance that we will do everything necessary to make the best of this situation for our students. I want to thank you and your child/children for your commitment to their education by transitioning so well from a classroom-learning environment to distant learning. This is a testament to the great students, teachers, and parents that we have in Peach County. Students will continue to be provided with weekly digital lessons and communications through email, Remind, Google Classroom, Google Meets and social media. For students who do not have access to the Internet, teachers will provide weekly assignments and send it as an attachment in REMIND. We will also have a drop box and envelopes outside the school’s front door beginning on Monday, April 13 for any previous packets that need to be turned in. Please write your child’s name and their teacher’s name on the envelope and place it in the box.
We will provide a chromebook for students who do not have a device. You may submit requests online at https://forms.gle/3G8EQSBXyAQvuYgV9. If you have any questions, you may call us at 478-825-9661 and leave a message. You will need to provide the following information: Your name(parent), phone number, and child’s name/school. This number should only be used to make chromebook requests. Chromebooks will be limited to one per household. Chromebook pickups will be April 14-April 16 from 10:00am-12:00pm. Chromebooks require internet service. Free internet service can be obtained from vendors found on this list: https://broadband.georgia.gov/georgia-internet-access-covid-19-update
To our Senior Parents, graduation for the Peach County High School Class of 2020 has been POSTPONED–NOT CANCELLED! I am certain you are feeling a myriad of emotions right now. This is not how you envisioned your child’s senior year to end. No one understands and empathizes with your disappointment more than our teachers, staff, and administrators at Peach County High School We have watched them take their first steps into our classrooms four years ago, grow to find their purpose, and work hard to pursue their dreams. They have created memories that will last a lifetime that this pandemic cannot take away. Their senior year will be one that is talked about forever and written in history books. Nelson Mandela said it best, “Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” This is only a stumble in the path for our seniors and they will rise from this stronger than ever.
We are very proud of the Peach County High School Class of 2020. Our seniors are all members of the Trojan Nation and NOTHING can take that away from them, not even this terrible virus. As we continue this journey in uncharted waters, we eagerly await the moment when we can schedule a date and time to celebrate with YOU! We will continue to use guidance from Governor Kemp and monitor COVID-19 updates. In the meantime, please continue to be safe and anticipate an announcement regarding Graduation for the Peach County High School Class of 2020.
Ken R. Hartley
Dr. Ken R. Hartley
April 2, 2020
As you are all aware of, Governor Brian Kemp announced that all K-12 public schools would remain closed for in-person instruction for the rest of this school year. This is a hard reality, and a real loss – for teachers who miss their students and students who miss their teachers. Words cannot begin to express how the faculty, staff, and administrators at Peach County High School feel at this time. Our heart truly breaks for each of you. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Only when it is dark enough can you see the stars” and while we are living in some dark times and uncertainty, if we look hard enough we will see the stars followed by sunshine as every dark night turns into day.” I know you have many questions and concerns about school closure for the remainder of the year
I want to begin by thanking you for your commitment to your education by transitioning so well to distant learning. This is a great testament to the great students and teachers we have at PCHS. I had great hopes that we would be walking the halls of PCHS again this year, but unfortunately, that was not meant to be. I am thankful for the alternative educational format that we have in place. You have the best teachers in the state to help you get through this. Your teachers feel as though they have not finished the work that they started with you; their time with you has been taken from them. Please continue to reach out to your teachers, counselors and administrators for any assistance that we can provide. In the weeks following Spring Break, assignments will continue to be provided online and hard copies will be provided for those that do not have internet service. For our spring sport athletes, it means the sudden end to your season, and this is heartbreaking. I have spent many of my years as a coach and I cannot fathom what our senior student athletes are going through not being to play in that last game, match or meet.
To Our Senior Class, I know that you feel like as though you have been denied your final days at PCHS, but we are hurting with you; find comfort in knowing that you will forever be a Trojan. Just remember, you are destined for great things. Never before have I seen such a large, diverse group of students who care so deeply about each other. Though the world around you is in disarray, remember all the great times you had at PCHS. It was once said by Booker T. Washington, “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome” and by using your talent and character, you can break through any obstacle that this virus has placed in your way. You have created memories that will last a lifetime that this pandemic cannot take away. Your senior year will be one that is talked about forever and written in history books. We are proud of the Peach County High School Class of 2020. Additional information regarding graduation and other end of year events, will be communicated over the next few weeks. We will all get through this together. We are all members of the Trojan Nation and NOTHING can take that away from us, not even this virus. Stay safe and take care of each other. Thank you for support of Peach County High School.
Ken R. Hartley
Dr. Ken R. Hartley