PCSP Letters

Some Petersburg City + Schools Parternership Newsletters will include letters and updates from various individuals associated with PCSP.


One of my favorite definitions of resilience is “flexibility in the face of challenges”, and 2020 has certainly been a year filled with challenges. From virtual school, remote work and setbacks in professional goals to disruption of personal schedules, missed celebrations and a continued gaze toward an uncertain future, there is no shortage of challenges helping us to practice our resilience this year.

The projects of the Partnership are also practicing resilience. The homeless student pilot project (a partnership of Department of Housing and Community Development and St. Joseph’s Villa) has expanded to serve both middle and high school students experiencing homelessness in Petersburg. The Crimson Clinic at Petersburg High School is in its “soft opening” phase, with team members doing all they can to reach out to families and students as well as providing telehealth services until it is safe to return to in-person instruction.

In this time of uncertainty, we each have the opportunity to lean into resilient practices and consider how to build systems, policies and practices that will foster greater resilience (flexibility, bounce-back) in ourselves, our teams and across our community.  Let’s be intentional in our resilience building today so that we will be even more prepared to usher our children, youth and families into success both today and in the unknown future.

Sincerely,

Leanne Lytle, M.Ed.
Director, City and Schools Partnership
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg
lytlel@yourunitedway.org

First, a giant welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year to all of Petersburg’s dedicated teachers, staff and students! Returning to a virtual school year takes a great deal of leadership and courage, and we are grateful to all those working diligently to create the most welcoming virtual environments possible for Petersburg students!

2019-2020 was a year of transition in the life of the Partnership and, with leadership from the Superintendent and the office of the City Manager, we’re excited to dig into our work during the upcoming school year. This year, the Partnership is introducing a new Partnership Agreement and striving to better measure our impact so that we can be better informed and equipped to collectively grow, learn and serve Petersburg students. You will see the systems-level work of the Partnership continue this year through a new Basecamp project management tool that will increase connectivity between partners and support alignment of our work within the Partnership’s three priority areas. We’ve also updated our website.

Finally, I want to commend each of you for the work you’ve done since March. I know these last several months have posed unfamiliar challenges and exposed latent inequities in new and demanding ways. Many of us have faced loss, exhaustion and frustration, but here we are, ready to move into a new school year with dedication and resolve. Thank you for your commitment to the children, students and families of Petersburg. Thank you for pushing through the hard days, weeks and months to stick with the work. I’m grateful for your continued dedication and look forward to what this year has in store.

Sincerely,

Leanne Lytle, M.Ed.
Director, City and Schools Partnership
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg
lytlel@yourunitedway.org

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