From the Desk of the Superintendent

Superintendent David Haglund, Ed.D.
 

April 4, 2021

Dear PUSD Families,

As you are likely aware, two significant shifts occurred since my last communication. First, the California Department of Public Health and the Alameda County Public Health Department have adopted the Centers for Disease Control’s 3-foot recommendations for student distancing. Second, Alameda County has entered the Orange Tier on the State’s COVID Dashboard. Both of these enabled us to consider ways to increase access to in person learning for our hybrid learners. 

At the Special Board meeting on March 30, the Trustees approved staff’s recommendation to increase secondary students' time on campus to four days each week, following the existing hybrid block schedule. Up to this point, students have been attending as either Group A (Mondays and Tuesdays) or Group B (Thursdays and Fridays). Beginning on April 19th, both Group A and B will attend classes on campus for all four days. The schedule for Wednesdays will continue unchanged. Our elementary students have already been attending classes four days per week, so there is no change in the TK-5 schedules.

I understand that some were hoping to see a longer day for our hybrid students, but we will not be moving in that direction between now and the end of the 2020-2021 school year. This will enable teachers to support their remote learners effectively and eliminate the need to alter class assignments so late in the year. I appreciate your patience and understanding as we move forward and plan in earnest to bring all students back to campus full time for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Sincerely,

 

David Haglund

Superintendent of Schools