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Moving Forward Together: Planning for the 2021-22 School Year

Looking ahead to 2021-2022

The Pleasanton Unified School District is committed to a full-time, 5-days per week, in-person return for students in the 2021-2022 school year. Changes to health guidance and restrictions that could impact this will be communicated with families. 

The Pleasanton Virtual Academy is available to any K-12 student in Pleasanton, Alameda or adjacent counties wishing to remain in a remote environment while benefitting from the world-class educators in Pleasanton. Learn more here. 

February 14, 2021: 

On February 11th, the Board of Trustees called for a special meeting to consider potential action on elementary and secondary school reopenings. This step is required to ensure compliance with the Brown Act which requires proper public noticing of any action to be considered for a vote. Specifically, the Board’s desire to realign District plans for elementary, in light of recent changes to the guidance from the County Department of Health, necessitated a special board meeting which will occur this coming Thursday evening at 5:30 PM.

We would like to thank our Board of Trustees, staff and community for the thoughtful discussions that have served to keep our students’ best interests at heart of our decision-making processes. We encourage all members of the community to continue adhering to public health recommendations regarding masking, hand washing, and physical distancing, so that the current positive trajectory relating to the spread of COVID-19 can continue. The agenda for the special board meeting will be posted to our District website 24 hours in advance. We look forward to continuing this discussion next week. 


January 28, 2021: 

Alameda County Public Health releases new school reopening guidance

January 14, 2021: 

California Department of Health releases new school reopening guidance including new requirements for COVID-19 Protection Plan & COVID-19 Safety Plans. 

December 15:  

At the December 15, 2020 School Board Meeting, the Board approved that upon completing two weeks in the Red Tier, elementary schools will reopen for PreK-2nd grade students, which is consistent with the most current guidance from Alameda County Public Health. A week later, our elementary schools will reopen for students in grades 3-5. Finally, after four weeks in the Red Tier (and one week after fully reopening our elementary schools), PUSD will begin a phased reopening of middle and high schools.

Sample Elementary, Middle and High School Hybrid Schedules

Proposed at the Dec. 15, 2020 Board Meeting
November 10, 2020: PUSD held a Virtual Town Hall for Elementary and Preschool Families l Watch a recording, View the Slide Presentation
October 16, 2020: Board of Trustees established January 4, 2020 start date for TK - 5 in-person, on campus learning

September 24, 2020: School Reopening Update - Board Presentation  l Watch Board Discussion 

September 22, 2020: Alameda County Red Tier Status: What This Means for PUSD Schools as we Move Forward Together 

On September 22, California upgraded the Tier status for Alameda County from Purple to Red in the State’s monitoring system. 

In our most recent Bulletin to the Board, a weekly public communication to our Board of Trustees in which our PUSD divisions illustrate our ongoing efforts to support our staff and families, I shared the following update to help build understanding of the relationship between the State’s new tiered monitoring system and our ongoing work in PUSD. 

*Allowable School Operations: Aligned with Alameda County Public Health guidelines following the District’s reopening plan approved by the Board of Trustees on July 14, 2020.  

Please keep in mind that even in the Red Tier, the risk level remains “substantial” and warrants continued focus on preventing community spread of the virus. During our September 24th meeting of the Board of Trustees, we will discuss the color tiered system and what each shift could mean in terms of impact to students, staff and the community.

Our team is working diligently to determine PUSD’s readiness to meet reopening standards and requirements. The Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) clarified in their update that schools must continue distance learning until such time that local conditions support in-person learning. The ACPHD has the authority to take a more incremental approach to re-opening in an effort to minimize significant increases in disease transmission, even as the County meets the State’s less restrictive criteria. They will use the next two weeks (through October 6) to ensure our county metrics remain stable, and will release a phased plan for reopening that includes schools at that point.

The current requirements and guidelines districts must meet to physically reopen schools are significant, and involve careful planning and collaborative efforts with stakeholders to help ensure the safety and health of our students, staff, families and broader community. Given the current reality, there are no realistic scenarios under which we can assure the implementation of the State and ACPHD guidelines that would enable a full reopening of our campuses. 

At the point these requirements can be met, we will plan on following our school reopening plan approved by our Board of Trustees on July 14, 2020. Our reopening plan follows state and county guidance for a phased approach beginning with our youngest students and those struggling to access remote learning. 

A return to in-person learning, in any capacity, will be facilitated when families and staff can be ensured of a safe, stable, and high quality learning environment. To that end, staff is working diligently to prepare for implementation of the County’s current safety protocols. Please understand that a return to on-campus instruction represents a significant shift for staff, students and families who have shown amazing perseverance and resilience in the face of numerous changes and challenges over the past several months. Your continued patience and understanding is much appreciated.

We are also working toward providing support to students who are having difficulty accessing remote learning. We know this pandemic has exacerbated structural inequities and achievement gaps, and many students and families have struggled with remote learning. This is especially true for emerging readers, English learners, homeless and foster youth, students with special needs, and those at-promise students requiring significant intervention who are best served by in-person learning. Recent guidance allows for small groups of students, in stable cohorts, with additional restrictions relating to size and distancing. More details will follow, as our plans are solidified. 

We will continue to discuss our plans with labor partners, Board Trustees, site leaders, staff and community stakeholders. You have our continued commitment to approaching any return to on-campus learning with a “safety first” mindset. 

As always, we will continue to keep you informed and engaged as we learn more and move forward to best serve and support our community. We are and continue to be in this together. 

#PUSDLearns: Share Your Successes (and Struggles) With Us As We Move Forward Together

Watch a short video from Superintendent Haglund on how to support your students moving forward, and share your experiences with us using #PUSDedu or #PUSDLearns 



Important Information & Helpful links:

To request tech support or a device/internet hotspot, click here 

Find remote learning resources and information here
Be Patient as We Learn Together: As with any new school year, the first several days are routine- setting, and our teachers' priority will be to establish meaningful connections between the students, their classmates and their teachers. While we have been planning throughout the Summer, this is a brand new learning model for all of us. least two weeks to smooth out some of the road bumps we might experience as we begin school in a manner very different from any year in history
Attendance and Reporting Absences: Student attendance will be taken on a daily basis according to their schedule. If students are absent, the parent or guardian should notify the school site attendance line to report the absence. Please know that teachers will likely be going back to adjust attendance, especially in the first few weeks of school. If you see your child is absent when they were actually present, this may be adjusted later as we all are learning through our new remote model. 
Grading: This year, students will earn performance marks and/or grades, according to the typical district process regarding grading policies
Weekly Schedules and instruction: Both synchronous and asynchronous instruction will occur on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. During these days, you should expect that your student will have at least the minimum minutes for all combined work:
TK/K: 180 daily minutes;
Grades 1-3: 230 daily minutes
Grades 4-12: 240 daily minutes.
This will include a combination of live check-ins, pre-recorded lessons, independent assignments, use of curricular digital apps, and other group activities. As part of the afternoon independent learning time, please note that your student is still "in school" and  should be working on assignments, and attending any additional instructional meetings as assigned by their teacher
Wednesday Schedule - Teacher Check Ins & Independent Learning: On Wednesdays, students will be required to attend a live teacher check-in.The time for the check-ins will be communicated to students via email. Elementary students may also have class on this day for music, PE or Science. This will vary from site to site. All students will be given independent learning activities to complete on Wednesdays.
Homework: Homework may be given in addition to the minimum instructional minutes and will be assigned regarding the district's homework policy.
FLEX Academy: Students who selected FLEX Academy will attend their classes (at-home) at their schools of residence.The original requests for secondary FLEX were far higher than we anticipated.This presented unexpected challenges that were difficult to mitigate without negatively impacting student course selections across the secondary level. 
Remote Learning Resources and Support: Find resources and support on remote learning here:

Board Unanimously Approves Plan to Begin the 2020-21 School Year Together with Remote Learning Districtwide

In a letter to the community, Superintendent David Haglund shares the PUSD's recommendation to begin the 2020-21 school year together through remote learning Districtwide. The remote start applies for all TK-12 schools as well as Harvest Park Preschool. Read the full letter: EnglishSpanish I Chinese

The following will be true for all PUSD students regardless of the option chosen:

  • Special Education students will have access to all available learning models, as facilitated by their IEP team and process
  • There will be regular, scheduled check-ins by teachers
  • All classes will maintain consistent grading practices and daily/weekly schedules
  • There will be a consistent delivery of online instruction through similar online tools
  • All students will be assigned a ChromeBook at the start of the school year
  • Our IT Help Desk will be available by phone or email for any technology issues
  • We will increase our cleaning procedures at all PUSD facilities
  • Meals will be distributed and details provided by the August 11 school start date

Community Engagement

Infographic by CalMATTERS on State Requirements for Public School Remote Learning