From the Desk of the Superintendent
Dear PUSD families,
Welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year! While this school year will begin differently than others, our teachers, classified staff and managers have never been more committed to your students. The entire PUSD team has worked tirelessly throughout the Summer to ensure a high-quality educational experience for all students, including options that enable parent choice during this incredibly difficult time.
Over the course of the summer, we held seven stakeholder town halls, in addition to collaborating with a team of volunteers including certificated and classified staff, students, parents/guardians and community members to inform our planning efforts. I am extremely grateful to all who participated over the summer to give voice to the ideas, concerns, and plans for how we begin the year together. These plans, which were approved by the Board of Trustees on July 14th, continue to be subject to actions by the Governor’s office and the ongoing guidance of the Alameda County Public Health Department.
While there will undoubtedly be bumps in the road as our community responds to and endures through our current pandemic, we continue to be in this together. Our PUSD Mission and Vision has never been more critical - That every student will be a resourceful, resilient, responsible and engaged world citizen - One who goes on to make a better world. These ideals are what drive each of us who work to support the youth in Pleasanton each and every day. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and Cabinet, I want to thank you for your ongoing support and engagement, as well as to wish you a great school year.
I am pleased we have sustained stable and high performing leadership teams at our school, as we move into the 2020-2021 school year. This will help us implement the most effective programs and support structures for students, staff and families. This will be particularly true, as we continue remote learning and managing the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Likewise, our District Office team and site custodial staff has been engaged all summer establishing processes and procedures needed to sustain our work and keep everyone safe. Together, we will support the inspiring work that goes on across the District.
Our five organizational goals have been slightly revised, to reflect the ongoing focus of our work. We will continue efforts to strengthen and align our systems to support the objectives outlined in the Organizational Work Plan. The five Organizational Goals, as revised, are:
- Leverage personalized learning and growth assessments to close achievement and opportunity gaps
- Improve student interventions and support structures through both on-site and virtual strategies
- Continue to clarify and strengthen District policies and procedures
- Enhance employee recruitment, development and retention strategies
- Improve overall customer service and stakeholder engagement strategies
This is important and exciting work. Each member of our PUSD team plays a vital role in supporting the success of our students, more this year than ever before. I continue to be deeply grateful to each and every one of our incredible teachers and the members of our classified staff, for what and how they invest in our young people - and by extension their families and our community. The Board of Trustees, the executive leadership team and I are also ready to support the work that is ahead of us all.
Be healthy, stay safe, and take care of those around you.
Superintendent of Schools