November Extended Campus Closure

Dear Panther Nation:

This post follows our Robo call home on 11/23/2020.  Below you will find guidelines for students during our extended school campus closure from Monday, 11/30 to Friday, 12/11.

As we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times, our District will consistently review and refine educational experiences that assist all students on their path towards graduation.

Please contact the High School Main Office at (716-492-9334) with any questions regarding the expectations provided. We know this is a difficult time for families and will continue to partner to find solutions.


Stay Healthy Pioneer,

Principal   Mark Schultz                             

Assistant Principals Kate Welker & Michael Jansma 

Extended School Campus Closure, (Over 2 days)

  • Students will follow their PCHS Bell Schedule on Microsoft Teams every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday
  • Students will be able to set up or will be assigned meeting times with teachers for extra support during Wednesday school hours for targeted interventions
  • Students need to be on-time for their classes, logging on to the live-steam or Microsoft Teams at the beginning of each class period per the PCHS Bell Schedule
  • Students will participate in live-streamed classes or complete the pre-recorded content for each class at the time of their scheduled participation (PCHS Bell Schedule)
  • Assignments and due dates for students will be posted throughout the week (Monday-Friday)
  • Students will continue to be graded as if they were in school
  • Students will be able to contact their teachers for support throughout the week during normal school hours until 2 PM
  • Attendance for students will be taken as Remote Present for students who meet the classroom expectations set by their teacher
  • Technology support will be available for students throughout the day (716-492-9330)
  • Students will not need to report on Microsoft Teams for Lunch or Study Hall times
  • Due dates will be relaxed by one week to allow students without reliable internet to go to a hotspot to upload and download material

Message from our Superintendent


Due to an escalation of positive COVID-19 cases in all four buildings, Pioneer School District will close at dismissal on Monday, Nov. 23.  Students should take all materials to work from home.

Superintendent Benjamin Halsey said the district will have a hard closure on Tuesday, Nov. 24, and Wednesday, Nov. 25. All staff trainings on Tuesday are cancelled, but any parent-teacher conferences scheduled for that day can happen remotely.

Offices are closed Tuesday and Wednesday, and staff are to work from home.  Thanksgiving Recess is Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27. 

Beginning Monday, Nov. 30, through Friday, Dec. 11, Pioneer will be on full remote instruction. Faculty and staff capable of working from home may do so. However, the buildings will be open for faculty and staff to work from their workstations on campus. 

Food Service Plan: Monday, Nov. 30, through Friday, Dec. 11, curbside pickup for meals will be available between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM at Arcade, Delevan, and the Middle School campus.

Mr. Halsey said an evaluation of the COVID status for the district and our region will occur Dec. 10, with a tentative plan to reopen for hybrid instruction on Dec. 14.

"I am very proud of the work we have done to stay open for as long as we have," Mr. Halsey said. "I am confident we will be back to hybrid instruction in the near future; however, the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty and administration is first and foremost.  The prevalence of positive cases warrants taking this step at this time. Please be prepare to successfully facilitate your work over the next few weeks."