From the Desk of the Superintendent

Superintendent David Haglund, Ed.D.
 

 

Dear PUSD community, 

As we approach the holidays, I wanted to express my immense gratitude for each member of our PUSD community - our parents, staff, teachers - who have collaborated so successfully this year to support our students in various capacities. This school year, we have all been called upon to take on new and evolving roles, and those efforts are noted and appreciated. This has been a year like no other I have experienced in my 33 years as an educator. It seemed that each time we thought we had things in order - the situation would shift and the challenges become more complex. Yet, in each case, we adapted, dug down deeper, and worked to figure it out - Together. I am very proud of us as a community. 

As you may know, the Alameda County Public Health Department announced the extension of the regional stay at home order through January 7, 2021, due to the increasing spread of the virus and area ICU bed capacity falling under 15%. Anticipating this shift, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Tuesday to temporarily pause plans for reopening elementary schools and to implement a phased PreK-12 approach two weeks after Alameda County has entered the Red Tier. This strategy will begin with our PreK-2 students, to be followed one week later with students in grades 3-5 would. Assuming conditions remain positive, we would then move to reopen secondary schools. This will also be accomplished with a phased approach - that will be previewed during the January 14, 2021 meeting of the Board of Trustees. 

I want to call on the community to give our students - who have yet to have the opportunity to step foot in a classroom or to meet their teacher(s) without a screen between them - a path towards hope. To work together to make safe and healthy choices as a family, as we consider the needs of others. While this holiday season will look different than those in years past, it will undoubtedly be influenced by how we choose to respond to challenges to our traditions. However you celebrate, I hope it brings you “together” with those you care about most - even if those connections are from a distance. 

I look forward to welcoming the new year, including the opportunities and challenges that may come before our new Board Trustees as they work to support this team of world-class public servants. We have the opportunity to show our children the power of collective action and how it draws folks together when it occurs as an act of community. There is much hope on the horizon. 

Over the course of the next few weeks, I hope you all find time to rest, reflect, and recharge. Be well, stay safe, and have a very happy holiday.

Sincerely

David Haglund

Superintendent of Schools