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Superintendent's Update - May 28, 2021

From the Office of the Superintendent:

BOARD AGENDA CALENDAR
The agenda calendar is tentative until posted the Friday before meetings. There are two remaining meetings for the year. The calendar can be found HERE.

CELEBRATING RETIREMENTS
PAUSD would like to share a quick video celebrating the careers of our retirees. The video HERE is a reminder that we are in a "people" business. Each of these team members has served our school district with pride and their best effort. Their experience and dedication to serving our students will be missed immediately.

I watched the video several times and tried to picture each of them in their first interview. Most probably had no idea that their interview would lead to long and storied careers. On the day of their first interview, it would be hard to imagine any of them thinking about seeing their name or picture on a retirement celebration. We can confidently assume that none of them predicted serving the last year and a half under COVID conditions. They all called someone on the day of their hiring to express their excitement. We sincerely wish them all the best and hope they know they are appreciated. Thank you to each of our retirees for a job well-done in professions requiring the best!

GRADUATION PARADE
Similar to last year, all four Palo Alto high schools were invited to participate in a city-wide car parade on Tuesday, June 1. Students may decorate their cars, wear their caps and gowns, and show off their school spirit as the Palo Alto community joins them in celebrating their incredible accomplishments! Students must adhere to all traffic laws and abide by any instructions provided by PAPD. The parade will start at 5:30 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m.

K-5 ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (ELA) ADOPTION
PAUSD will accelerate the timeline for a K-5 ELA adoption process during the 2021-22 school year with an implementation expectation for 2022-23.

We plan to start next year with Teachers College (TC) units of study with Orton-Gillingham (OG) serving as a replacement of the flawed TC phonics units of instruction. An adoption committee will be formed shortly, following established policies and protocols.

CITY OF PALO ALTO WALK AND BIKEWAYS SURVEY
The City of Palo Alto would like your feedback on how to make walking and biking better along the Waverley Bike Path, East Meadow Drive, and Fabian Way.

Student safety is a goal of this project, so the City would like to design this with as much student involvement as possible. Take the survey here and share your experiences using these corridors.

For more information, visit the South Palo Alto Bikeways Project website.

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FACILITY
PAUSD received the following note from the City of Palo Alto:

Please accept this courtesy notice informing you of a tentative decision to approve a proposed wireless communication facility located approximately 540 feet from the boundary of Addison Elementary School. The approval letter identifies the proposed facility as being located on a street light pole on Channing Avenue adjacent to a property addressed as 853 Middlefield Road. The approval letter is available online: https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/files/assets/public/planning-amp-development-services/new-development-projects/wireless-projects/20pln-00118/20pln-00118-vinculums-cluster-4-decision-letter.pdf.

You may recall the Palo Alto City Council adopted objective standards that limit wireless communications facilities within 300 feet of a public school boundary and requires a wireless carrier to seek an exception to the City's objective standards if the proposed facility is located within 600 feet of a public school. Verizon Wireless has requested such an exception for one of three of its proposed wireless communications facilities in this neighborhood.

The letter includes information on how an interested party may appeal this decision to the City Council. If an appeal is filed, it is anticipated it would occur on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.