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Pioneer School District is committed to making 2021-22 as normal as possible for students, staff and the community. However, the circumstances warrant some flexibility and patience, according to Superintendent Benjamin Halsey. 

Mr. Halsey shared information in an automated call to district residents on Sept. 2. Parent-Student Orientation is Tuesday, Sept. 7, and the first day of classes is Wednesday, Sept. 8.

Mr. Halsey's message: 


Yesterday (Sept. 1), Pioneer began the final preparations for the start of the school year with all faculty and staff reporting to our school buildings for training, department meetings, and room preparations.  Our athletes have been practicing for several days and games have begun, and Pioneer 2021-22 is off and running! 

With that being said, it is critical that we do all we can to make sure that our mission of providing a full student experience this year is accomplished.  So I remind our students, families, faculty and staff to please be compliant with the following state Department of Health regulations:

  • Mask wearing is a requirement, regardless of vaccination status or social distancing, when on a school bus and within any of the district buildings.  Visitors must wear a mask to enter our buildings, and it must remain on.  
  • Fortunately, mask-wearing is not required when outdoors, and we do not have any restrictions at this time for attending school events whether indoors or outdoors. 
  • For Transportation – with a significant driver shortage, First Student will be combining some runs in order to get students to school on time – and as a result, the ride times may be longer than usual to start the school year.  Pioneer is working with First Student on this issue and we anticipate it to be a short-term problem. 

Have a great Labor Day Everyone – Go Panthers!