PUSD Update 3/25/2020 5:10pm
March 25, 2020
Hopefully you’ve had a chance to enjoy some sunshine today. We’ve been working throughout the day in discussions with teachers and staff around distance-learning plans, now that we know that students will be dismissed through May 1st (see message below).
I need to ask families for their patience as we continue to work together with teachers and staff around distance-learning planning. I’ve been incredibly impressed with the hard work and dedication of our staff as they are balancing both home/family life and work life. I have been hearing from scores of families and staff over the past few weeks. Too much classwork … not enough classwork … just right … and everything in between.
I want to assure you that we’re taking this feedback into consideration in our planning. We are working to develop a balance that both meets the social/emotional and academic needs of our students and educators–no small task! The reality is that we’ll all have to slow down, be flexible, be compassionate, recognize that we’re all grieving (in our own way) the loss of normalcy and rhythm, and understand that we’re all doing our best to operate in a time of crisis.
With all of that said, I’m hopeful that we’ll have our collaborative plans/guidance out to families late next week.
And lastly, please remember the importance of sheltering-in-place as we all work to flatten the curve of COVID-19 transmission. If in doubt, except for the basic necessities, stay at home.
Thank you again and please don’t hesitate to reach-out if you have any needs.
Randall Booker, Superintendent
Update on School Facilities Closure and Student Dismissal – Message from Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE)
This afternoon, I learned from the Alameda County Office of Education that they are closing schools through May 1, 2020:
“Seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their county superintendents, have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to the maximum extent. The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community are the highest priorities of all schools and districts in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.”
You can read ACOE’s press release here.
The Piedmont Unified School District will comply with this directive and extend its school facilities closure and student dismissal through May 1, 2020.
There has been a question around if we’re required to add days at the end of the year to help meet the normal 180 instructional day requirement. According to the California Department of Education, the answer is no. We are NOT required and we will NOT add additional days to our instructional calendar for the 19-20 school year … I know … double negative :).