A Message from Superintendent David Haglund: School Reopening Town Hall and How We Move Forward Together

Dear Pleasanton Community, 

As you are likely aware, the Alameda County Public Health Department and Office of Education recently released updated guidance that enables elementary schools that meet State and County requirements to proceed toward reopening on or after October 13. The guidance includes a comprehensive checklist (see pages 12-14) that identifies the standards schools must meet prior to reopening for in-person learning. During last Thursday’s Board meeting, we discussed our preparedness for meeting reopening standards, as we prepare to implement the Reopening Plan that was approved by the Board on July 14, 2020.

I want to assure you that our entire team is working tirelessly to ensure that the required health and safety standards are met or exceeded, and that our staff, students, families and the broader community can be confident as we implement our plan to reopen. 

As we move forward, it will be important that we collectively own responsibility to keep our students safe. The more carefully we implement health and safety protocols at home and when we are in the community, the safer students will be when at school. Join us as we limit focus on what we “can” do as individuals, and focus instead on what we “should” do considering the health, safety, and wellbeing of others. 

We remain committed to tending to, as a first priority, the safety of our staff and students, and we will continue to communicate with and engage our families and staff as we move forward together. To that end, our executive leadership team will host a virtual town hall for our employees this Wednesday, and our broader community session on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. to support moving our collaborative work forward. Please find information on these opportunities below. On Friday, October 16, at 5 p.m., the Board will meet to consider approval of the PUSD Reopening Plan as amended to address the most current ACPHD guidelines.

Thank you for your continued support and collaboration. While we may not move as quickly as some would like, I am confident that we all hold the same goals and interests at heart - the physical and mental health of our students, and the many who have dedicated their lives to serve and support their success. We are in this together. 

With gratitude,

David Haglund

Superintendent of Schools