Superintendent's Update - October 16, 2020
From the Office of the Superintendent:
BOARD AGENDA ITEMS
The agenda may change up until the time it is officially posted. The tentative calendar can be found HERE. We will review safety updates, TK-3 reopening, secondary planning, and other related items.
SECONDARY SCHOOL REOPENING PLANS
Our team has been in discussions with school districts already open for in-person instruction at the secondary level. Our secondary principals are spending Monday, October 19, together to problem-solve some issues and to review guiding documents, including our agreement with PAEA and Public Health Department parameters. Parent and student engagement and interaction will be essential in the process and will be solicited soon. We are on pace to return secondary students to school sites in January, with an option for families to select a form of distance learning.
TK-1 HYBRID OBSERVATIONS
Roughly 700 students in TK-1 have completed the first week of school. We are thankful for everyone involved in the first phase of bringing students back to school. All classrooms have been certified for next week, meaning 100% of classrooms with students have met each criterion on our established checklists. The sounds of children learning, laughing, and playing is powerful. We have another 700 students (53%) in grades 2-3 returning to hybrid in a week. The final group of 4-5 will return in early November. The distance program is functioning well with 98% of our students currently tied to their assigned home schools.
MIDDLE SCHOOL MOCK ELECTIONS COMING SOON
On Monday, November 2, middle schoolers across the District will be exercising their right to vote by participating in a PAUSD mock election. While all middle schoolers will have the opportunity to cast a ballot for the presidential candidate of their choice, 7th and 8th graders will also be voting for selected propositions. The joint middle school election follows many weeks of learning about civics and U.S. government and politics in social studies classes. Votes for the middle school mock election will be tabulated in record time, and results will be shared with students on Tuesday, November 3.
USDA EXTENDS FREE MEALS FOR KIDS FOR ENTIRE THE SCHOOL YEAR
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending flexibilities to allow free meals to continue to be available to all children throughout the entire 2020-21 school year.
PAUSD will continue to offer free meals to all students (18 years and under) for those who have started in-person learning and through the drive/bike/walk through format for those students in the full distance learning format and distance learning days of the hybrid format. For questions, please contact Alva Spence at (650) 329-3720.