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Superintendent's Update - December 4, 2020

From the Office of the Superintendent:

SUPERINTENDENT'S UPDATE

BOARD OF EDUCATION AGENDA CALENDAR

The current tentative Board of Education agenda calendar can be found HERE. The Title IX Listening Session is scheduled for Tuesday, December 8, at 5:00 p.m. A panel of pre-selected students will serve as panelist. Assistant Superintendent of Equity and Student Affairs, Yolanda Conaway, will serve as the facilitator. General Counsel, Komey Vishakan, has organized the session and will participate as a panelist. As a Special Board Meeting, public comment is limited to the single topic of Title IX and will follow standard time allotments.

ELEMENTARY HYBRID / PAUSD+ / TARGETED SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS

The rapid evolution of information can be confusing for everyone. I have tried to highlight responses to common questions:

  • The new order DOES NOT close school or programs already open.
  • PAUSD elementary schools will remain open and will continue to follow all guidelines from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.
  • Recreational and non-essential travel is discouraged and students traveling more than 150 miles from the Santa Clara County boundaries are expected to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Hybrid model families quarantining should contact their school site regarding their academic program.
  • Staff members are also strongly discouraged from recreational travel.
  • The Public Health Department has stated that schools are encouraged to stay open. As such, teachers in our county are not prohibited from returning to work from travel.
  • Again, the order strongly discourages non-essential travel for everyone, including school district staff.
  • PAUSD COVID cases are logged HERE and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) will not be provided.
  • PAUSD will continue to follow stringent notification protocols according to Public Health Department guidelines.
  • PAUSD has experienced no spread of COVID between staff or students.

SECONDARY SCHOOLS REOPENING REALITIES

As of today, December 4, Santa Clara County remains in the Purple Tier. Despite extraordinary preparation efforts, it is now clear that our secondary schools will be prohibited from opening for hybrid instruction. We do not see a viable path for high schools to reopen for hybrid instruction in the second semester. Internally, we are exploring options to create a limited return at the middle school level with a target of March. All plans depend on public health conditions and evolving regulations.

Each of our secondary schools have been asked to begin brainstorming ways to return students to campus when allowed. While hybrid classes at the high school level may be off the table, we still see value in providing opportunities for eager students to return to campus for supports and fun activities. Programs already open may remain open and can expand with some restrictions. We are cultivating a "grass roots" approach to design options for our students at the site level. Our sites will communicate with students who had selected the hybrid option to let them know it is not possible under our current conditions.

CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION SUMMARY OF STAY-AT-HOME ORDER

The message (below) was sent from the California State Board of Education. It is consistent with our local guidance from the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE).

Dear K-12 Education Stakeholders:

In response to questions we have been receiving regarding the Regional Stay-At-Home Order announced by Governor Newsom this afternoon, we are writing to highlight that the guidance related to K-12 schools remain in effect and unchanged.

As set forth in Section 2(e) of the Order, when it takes effect in a Region, schools that have previously reopened for in-person instruction may remain open, and schools may continue to bring students back for in-person instruction under the Elementary School Waiver Process or Cohorting Guidance.

Schools are still required to follow the Schools Guidance issued by CDPH which outlines requirements for safe conditions, testing and tracing. Schools may be required to close if certain percentages of staff and students are diagnosed with COVID-19. All existing guidance applicable to schools can be found on the CDPH website.

Please visit the FAQs that continue to be updated for more information.

Thank you, and stay safe.

Brooks Allen
Executive Director
California State Board of Education
Brooks.Allen@cde.ca.gov

REGISTRATION 2021-22

Registration for the 2021-22 school year opens on January 4, 2021. Families with children who are not currently enrolled with PAUSD, and want to enroll a child to attend a PAUSD school starting in August 2021, must follow all the instructions at the PAUSD Enrollment website starting on January 4. If you have any questions about enrolling your child, please send an email to registrationservices@pausd.org.