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Superintendent's Update - April 16, 2021

From the Office of the Superintendent:

BOARD AGENDA

The Board of Education calendar can be found HERE.

TARGETED RETURN FOUR DAYS PER WEEK AT SECONDARY LEVEL

Secondary students who have struggled academically have been invited back to school for four days per week at the secondary level. All five secondary schools are working on plans to expand in-person instruction for students by the end of the month. Please expect direct communication from each site principal.

FURNITURE ORDER FOR FALL 2021-22

Our Board of Education agenda includes the purchase of 2,000 desks for our elementary schools in preparation for a full return to in-person instruction in the fall. Similar orders will be created for our secondary schools very soon. Individual desks will help us to space students in the fall if restrictions are in place.

GRADUATION / PROMOTION ACTIVITIES

Graduation and promotion activities are being planned at the site level in coordination with District personnel. Guidance around gatherings is evolving. We are hopeful that the positive trend continues and that we can find creative ways to host events. We will have in-person graduations at both high schools. Details will come out soon.

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL

As the transition back to school continues, PAUSD will continue promoting physically distanced, active, and shared transportation options to support healthy, safe, and efficient student transportation to and from school. Last fall and this spring, all students in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8 will have received a 30-minute bike and/or pedestrian safety virtual presentation taught by a Safe Routes to School instructor. Thanks to PAUSD teachers and the City of Palo Alto for accommodating these in-class lessons.

Please use PAUSD Walk and Roll Suggested Route Maps to identify preferred local routes. Road safety concerns should be reported to Palo Alto 311.

Additional real-world bike commuting practice is available through supplementary summer bike safety classes, including a Third Grade Socially Distanced Bike Rodeo Summer Series and Wheelkids Middle School Bike Skills Camp. More educational resources about safe walking and biking are available at www.cityofpaloalto.org/saferoutes.

PALO ALTO'S MAY FETE 2021 - MAY 1-8

Theme: What a Wonderful World

Palo Alto doesn't want to miss another May Fete Parade and this year it will be a week-long celebration! The City of Palo Alto invites everyone to participate in a "reverse parade" by decorating your home, porch, front door, or business with something that you think makes our world wonderful for the kids of our community.

"Reverse Parade" Decorating Contest - celebrate by decorating your own yard, home, porch, front door, or business with something that makes our world wonderful for our community's kids. Decorations should be on display by May 1. Prizes will be awarded for: Culturally Diverse, Spring Themed, and People's Choice. Click on the link to see how to register.

Pets on Display - your pet can participate too! Submit a video of your pet doing a fun trick, or a photo. They may be featured in a video or on display somewhere in town!

Additional May Fete Activities

  • Palo Alto Library Story Times with theme-matching books
  • 2021 Virtual vintage vehicle festival

Read all about this year's May Fete here.

May Fete 2021 theme drawing - What A Wonderful World