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Superintendent's Update - March 26, 2021

From the Office of the Superintendent:

BOARD AGENDA
The agenda is tentative until posted on the Friday before each meeting. The calendar is for planning purposes and can be found HERE. The calendar will be reviewed on Monday and may be revised at that time.

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH (CDPH) REVISED SPACING AND IMPLICATIONS
The CDPH has revised spacing of students to a minimum distance of three (3) feet. As a result, PAUSD is now able to return all hybrid students to full in-person instruction for five days per week in grades K-5. At the request of the Palo Alto Educators Association (PAEA) and site principals, we will return our older elementary students first. Grades 3-5 will return on April 19. Grades K-2 will return on April 26. More information will be provided by our school sites.

Families and staff members who committed to distance learning will continue in the same model for the remainder of the year.

A recent staff survey indicates roughly 90% of our employees are either fully or partially vaccinated at this point.

Sixth-grade students are already allowed to return for four days per week. Approximately 60% of our families have returned for in-person at the 6th grade level. Grades 7-12 are open for in-person instruction for students on designated days. We believe numbers will grow after Spring Break and have no current proposed revisions in grades 7-12.

EXPECTATIONS FOR 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR
We expect all students will be able to return to school in the fall for full schedules five days per week. The change in spacing requirements was essential for planning purposes. PAUSD is investing in further improvements to guarantee a full return if allowable by the CDPH.

No decision has been made regarding the future of distance learning options for the 2021-22 school year. The item will come back to the Board of Education this year for direction and action.