From the Desk of the Superintendent

Superintendent David Haglund, Ed.D.

Dear PUSD community, 

In this unprecedented time, the importance and impact of our teachers, counselors, librarians, full-inclusion specialists, psychologists, speech and language pathologists, nurses and all of our certificated employees has never been more pronounced.

During their regular meeting this Thursday, the Board of Trustees and District is bringing forward a resolution recognizing May 4-8, 2020 as Teacher Appreciation Week and May 5 as Day of the Teacher. Just as important, May 6 has been designated as National Nurses Day and May 6 - 12 as National Nurse Appreciation Week.  

It has been remarkable to see the many ways our teachers continue to connect with our students through the current COVID-19 pandemic: from our physical education teachers encouraging students to find ways to stay active, our music teachers’ inspiring performance and their encouragement to our students to continue to practice and share their sound a la #PUSDQuarantunes, to our elementary, middle and high school teams  reminding us that although we are separated by distance, we are not alone. The special connections our teachers and employees nurture with our students continue to inspire, motivate and lift us all up. 

Our District Nurses and health service staff play an equally and increasingly vital role in ensuring that we continue to respond to our current pandemic in a way that keeps the safety, health and well-being of our students, staff and community at the forefront of all that we do.   

Whether you are a student, parent/guardian or even a teacher or employee who has been positively impacted by a current or past educator and/or nurse - I invite you to reach out by phone, email or social media to #ThankATeacher or celebrate #NursesDay for the difference they’ve made in your life. If you feel comfortable, we invite you to share your messages of gratitude with us by emailing or tagging us on social media (@PleasantonUSD on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) with the hashtag #ThankATeacher or #NursesDay. 

Thank you for being champions of change during this unprecedented time, and for modeling the resilience that we seek to instill in our students as purveyors of hope in their lives, and the lives of their families and our broader community of character. 

With much gratitude,


David Haglund