I hope that you are all home with your families, taking care of each other and keeping as much of a healthy routine as you can. All PAUSD students should stay home and exercise social and physical distancing as much as possible. Keep yourself, caregivers and adult family members safe.
We recognize that this is a big disruption to what we are all used to, however, protecting public health requires a community-wide response.
School closure means that our campus is not open. You should not be on any PAUSD campus at any time.
Your teachers are working on Flexible Learning Options for students while you are away from school. Our expectation is that every student will continue taking every opportunity to continue your learning online with the resources and guidance posted by your teachers. Starting the week of March 23, your teachers will be posting three hours worth of learning resources per class. This means that you can expect to be involved in three hours of math, English, PE, science, electives, and all other classes per week. Some classes have learning logs and other records for you to keep track of your learning in the next few weeks. Your learning during this time will not be graded, but teachers will provide you feedback so you can continue to grow in your skills and knowledge. Third quarter grading period will wrap up like normal this Friday, March 20. Please work with your families to keep a routine of learning, physical activity, reading, and creative time during this shelter in place. We are here for you and will continue to send you updates when we have them.
Your teachers have also posted their office hours on Schoology. You will be able to reach them by email and through Schoology for questions and help. Since we have an expectation that you will be doing online learning, teachers and counselors may check in with you personally if they see that you have not been checking your Schoology regularly.
Please take care of yourself and others. We look forward to seeing you as soon as we can reopen.
Greene teachers are actively posting assignments and updates through Schoology. There is assigned coursework, projects and/or quizzes. Your Greene students should check in regularly into Schoology for direction and instructions. Do you need help or support? Please email your advisory teacher or us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear PAUSD Families,
Thank you for your patience as we put steps in place to support our students during the COVID-19 closure. Below you will find information and resources that are available at this time. Our teachers and staff have been working hard to develop a program with activities designed to promote a continuance of learning. Details of activities for each age group will come from the sites and classroom teachers. I would like to take a moment to thank our teachers for their dedication to our students and desire to serve our community during this significant disruption to our operation.
Don Austin, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
All Offices Are Closed
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I hope that you have had a chance to review Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent, Dr. Don Austin’s 3.13.2020 Message to the Community re: School Closures. If you have not, please review his message below.
Just before noon today, the Santa Clara County Health Department declared that all public schools in the county will close effective Monday, March 16, 2020. Our school will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 10.
We understand this decision may present challenges for you and your loved ones. On Monday, March 16th Flexible Learning Options will be available for our students via Schoology. These materials were initially designed to provide options for supporting families who chose to keep their children at home; however, as our schools are now officially closed, our staff teams will be reevaluating these resources as we work to maintain academic continuity for students during the current closure period. Although these resources do not replicate the learning experiences that occur in our classrooms, we hope they can offer some level of support by maintaining essential skills and a sense of routine for your child.
If your family would like to borrow a Chromebook in order to access online resources, please complete this Google Form and come to the school site on Monday, March 16th between 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM to check out devices for student use. If you are unable to come to the school office on Monday morning, please contact your child’s counselor or administrator to coordinate borrowing a Chromebook.
- We would like to encourage everyone to stay home. While schools are closed, supervision is not provided. We are making every effort to clean our campuses and uphold social distancing guidelines.
- If your family has recently contacted the school attendance office to report a voluntary exclusion from school, no further action on your part is needed at this time.
- Additional information will continue to be shared throughout the school closure period as it becomes available.
Thank you for your continued patience and support as we all navigate through this unique situation. Please take care of yourself and each other, while taking every precaution that you can to be well.
From the Office of the Superintendent:
The core mission of the Palo Alto Unified School District is to provide a high-quality education for all students.
PAUSD staff continues to closely monitor the situation regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) while working with partner agencies to ensure we are providing our community with accurate and timely information. As you may be aware, on March 5, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department made statements in a press release that signaled a change in approach from previous communications. They recommended that communities, governments, businesses, and schools postpone or cancel mass gatherings and large community events where large numbers of people are within arm’s length of one another. These recommendations are meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community and reduce the number of people infected, and especially protect those who are most vulnerable to severe illness. This is a critical moment in the growing outbreak of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County when such measures can potentially slow the spread of the disease.
Effective tomorrow, March 10, through the end of the school year, the following conditions will be put into place in order to continue to provide a high-quality education for all students:
This is a difficult decision, as we know many of you have been looking forward to these events. All upcoming school and district related large gatherings (more than 100 people) are canceled through the end of the school year. This includes events where students, staff, parents, and outside community members come together in close proximity to one another. Specific upcoming events that are now canceled include:
- All field trips
- All school dances, including prom
- Group assemblies greater than 100 people
- CAASPP testing
- Professional learning events
- Parent education events
- School open houses
- PAUSD Career Fair
- PAUSD Leadership Institute
- All elementary and middle school performances
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