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Superintendent's Update - December 11, 2020

From the Office of the Superintendent:

SUPERINTENDENT'S UPDATE

BOARD AGENDA

December agendas are typically large. This one is no exception and can be found HERE.

CORRECTION TO DAILY POST STORY REGARDING GRADES

Everyone makes mistakes. Unfortunately, the Daily Post published a story with an inaccurate statement that has created unnecessary confusion. The story mistakenly stated that PAUSD was moving to Credit/No Credit grading in the spring. That was an error and is not true. PAUSD will continue assigning traditional "letter" grades. A correction will be made to the online version of the story. We appreciate the Post's swift action.

SITE VISITS AND APPRECIATION

I visited elementary sites (maintaining distance and adhering to all protocols) every day this week. During the visits, I spoke with office staffs, custodians, teachers, assistants, and some parents. Dismissal today at Barron Park was the perfect end to our week. Students were escorted off campus by their teachers. The joy was obvious, and our teachers were clearly invested in their students. Schools have laughter, play, and plenty of learning!

A custodian at one of our elementary schools told me that he adjusted his hours to prepare the campus for our students each day. He now arrives at 5:00 a.m. to prepare the hand washing stations and sanitize the playground equipment. We have employees learning new skills, including formal training for bus driving certification. We have created COVID contract tracing teams, additional support system supervisors, and a thousand other things to get through nearly a year of battling the virus.

With negative messaging dominating so much of our lives, I want to express sincere appreciation for everyone rolling up their sleeves to get things done. It's hard… and our team is doing the heavy lifting.

ASSEMBLY BILL 10

California Assembly Bill (AB) 10 "Return students to in-person instruction" was introduced by Assembly members Ting, Bauer-Kahan, Boerner Horvath, Lorena Gonzalez, McCarty, Muratsuchi, O'Donnell, and Petrie-Norris. It is currently scheduled to be heard in committee on January 7. The text of AB 10 can be found HERE. The bill, as written on December 7, pushes school districts to reengage students below grade level through in-person once counties move out of the Purple Tier. Section 43504 (g)(2) reads:

"On or before March 1, 2021, each local educational agency shall develop and implement written procedures for tiered reengagement strategies for all unduplicated pupils who are performing below grade level. These procedures shall include, but are not limited to, verification of current contact information for each enrolled pupil, a plan for outreach from the school to determine pupil needs, including connection with health and social services as necessary, and offering the pupil either a minimum of 50 percent of instructional minutes each instructional week for in-person instruction, or offering the pupil in-person instruction after the end of the academic calendar, no later than 30 days after pupil identification."

We are in contact with Capitol Advisors for guidance and will follow the bill through the legislative process.