School Opening Update: Necessary Shift in Middle School Opening to March 11

March 3, 2021


From Superintendent David Haglund

Dear PUSD Community,

As you may be aware, Alameda County’s data was updated on Tuesday, March 2, on the State COVID-19 Dashboard. Although we are meeting the Red Tier metrics at this time, we will not officially enter the Red Tier unless our data holds for one more week. I have every confidence that this shift will occur next Tuesday (March 9). Accordingly, we are making a slight adjustment to our plans, as follows:

Preschool and Elementary Schools:

  • NO CHANGE: As planned, students in Preschool - 2nd Grade will be welcomed back on campus for in-person instruction on Thursday, March 4th. Students in Grades 3-5 will be invited to return on Monday, March 8th.

Middle Schools:  

  • If, as expected, we enter the Red Tier next Tuesday (March 9th), we will adjust our return date for middle school students from March 8 to March 11. All middle school students will engage in remote instruction on March 8, 9, and 10, following the remote learning schedules that have been in place since the beginning of the year.

High Schools: 

  • NO CHANGE: Assuming that we enter the Red Tier next Tuesday (March 9th), High school students will be invited to return to campus as planned on Thursday, March 11th. 

Because this shift will only impact our middle schools directly, teachers at all levels will continue with their Orientation and Transition Days, as planned. Students will engage in one synchronous session on each of these days to allow teachers time to get settled on campus and have their classrooms ready.

Thank you for your patience, as we work with our County and State partners to meet all criteria established for the safe return of students and staff to campus. Please join me in thanking your school principal and their teams. They have worked tirelessly to get ready for this day. 

I am incredibly thankful to you, parents and guardians, for all you have done this past year to support our students. We could not have done this without you. Please know that we are ready and excited to bring the students back to campus. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with you as we work to find a new normal.  


David Haglund

Superintendent of Schools