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Palo Alto Unified is canceling major events but no longer opting out of state exam due to coronavirus concerns

Parents and visitors no longer allowed on campuses during school hours

The Palo Alto school district announced on Monday more stringent precautions it's taking to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at its schools, including canceling large events and opting out of the state's standardized exam.

But within less than two hours, Superintendent Don Austin backtracked on two major decisions. After "personal consultation" with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools Mary Ann Dewan the district will now postpone the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) test until late April through May.

And instead of canceling prom at the two high schools, which he announced on Monday evening, a decision on the April events will be postponed out of a "desire is to find a way to protect a valued tradition without jeopardizing the health and safety of our students," Austin said.

In an initial message Monday evening Austin announced further precautions the district is taking to limit exposure at schools, including canceling all school dances, all field trips and other large school events with more than 100 people. High school athletic events and performances will also be limited to 100 people and "must be held in the largest venues on campus to accommodate guidance on increased social distancing," he wrote. All elementary and middle school performances have been canceled. Parents and visitors will no longer be allowed on campuses during the school day.

These and other changes —‌ a response to updated guidance from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department —‌ are effective Tuesday, March 10, through the end of the school year.

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Palo Alto Unified had appeared to be the first school district in California to decide against participating in the state exam in response to the spread of the coronavirus, which is prompting a range of responses at schools, colleges and universities across the state, from intensive cleaning to closing campuses.

Before reversing the decision, Austin said that it was clear the district would not hit the state's required 95% participation rate given lower-than-usual attendance at the elementary schools and would be penalized as a result.

"Given the disruptions we're already going to have with absences and potential closures, it just seemed like an easy place to start eliminating a distraction," Austin said on Monday morning.

By Monday evening, however, he said that the state and county education officials "now fully understand our concerns about maintaining high-level instruction and the potential for low participation rates. They are also aware that any school closures between now and the end of the school year could derail any testing efforts for PAUSD and school districts across California.

"If our conditions stabilize the postponed testing window could provide meaningful data," he said. "This is a rapidly evolving health situation and may take many turns before any potential test is administered."

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Austin said Thurmond and Dewan reached out to him together and were concerned about the district taking an "unprecedented" step. They asked and he agreed to instead push the testing back.

A spokesperson for the California Department of Education said that administering the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is required by federal law and that local school districts "do not have the authority" to opt out of the exam without local, state and federal approval.

"A waiver to not implement the CAASPP may be granted by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in severe or emergency circumstances," Information Officer Scott Roark said in a statement. "However, a process must be followed."

Districts must provide notice to the public of the need for the waiver and its justification. The district's governing board must then approve the waiver, Roark said, and submit it to the State Board of Education. The state board would consider in a public meeting whether to forward the waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education, which has final decision-making power over the request.

Austin said he was aware of the legal requirements before he made his initial decision.

"It's such a flawed system to start with that it's a pretty small leap to go from the fact that any parent can opt out -- Palo Alto already having one of the lowest participation rates in the entire state, and now being faced with the coronavirus emergency situation -- it wasn't a hard decision for me to move forward with the potential of not administering a test that will without question be invalidated this year for low participation rates across the entire state," he said.

Gunn High School juniors were set to take the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress next week, Palo Alto High juniors at the end of the month and students in third through eighth grades after spring break in April. Palo Alto Unified will still administer Advanced Placement exams for high school students given the tests are optional and "spacing guidelines can be easily accommodated," the district said.

Attendance is down at Palo Alto elementary schools but remains "steady" at the secondary schools, Austin said.

Last year, the district saw 93% overall participation on the state test, though both Palo Alto and Gunn high schools have struggled to meet the required participation threshold for several years. Administrators have made a concerted effort to communicate the importance of the test — comparing not only students' progress but also the district's to other districts' in the state — with high school students and parents.

The district notified Gov. Gavin Newsom's office of its decision on Monday morning.

Austin said he consulted with other superintendents and the Association of California School Administrators in making this decision.

"Every superintendent thought it was exactly what we should be doing," he said Monday morning.

In an interview on Monday evening, Austin said he quickly heard from students "expressing their disappointment" about losing prom, which led him to "believe that maybe there's an answer in there hat hadn't been considered.

"This does not mean prom is back on," he said. "This means we're going to be in a very short timeline ... for both schools to brainstorm and think about if there's a solution that they would like to propose that can also match the county guidelines."

He expected to have a decision set on prom by the end of this week.

"We're going to have a lot of disappointment around decisions that we had to make and we understand that. But if there's a way to save prom, I'm all in," Austin said.

Starting Tuesday, the schools will no longer have group assemblies with more than 100 people. Professional learning, parent education events, school open houses, a district career fair and staff leadership institute have all been canceled.

Parents with questions about participating in activities at their children's schools should contact their principals.

Outside rentals of district facilities will also be canceled until the end of the school year, with exceptions made on a case by case basis for groups that serve only district students.

Senior week events, graduations and summer school will proceed as planned; "however, these events may be canceled given the dynamic and rapidly evolving situation," Austin wrote.

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department is currently not recommending closing schools and people under 18 years old continue to be at low risk for the coronavirus, Austin noted.

"If a staff member or student in a specific school is confirmed to have COVID-19, the superintendent and local public health officials will consider, based on the specific facts and circumstances of that case, whether closure of that school is warranted," he wrote. "Should the Public Health Department determine a school closure is warranted, the duration is likely to be the length of time needed to conduct cleaning protocols and determine readmission criteria."

In the event of a school closure, the district would suspend all instructional and extracurricular activities.

"The rapid development of COVID-19 has created significant challenges and stresses for our district family. The 24-hour news and social media cycles have contributed to our collective stress and worry," Austin wrote. "Things are changing by the day. The district will make all attempts to keep you informed and updated."

Two weeks ago, the district sent home two students whose parent was exposed to the coronavirus. Austin has declined to state whether the two students have been tested for the coronavirus, citing their privacy, but said that the district was following direction from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

The K-8 Ravenswood City School District, whose schools are in East Palo Alto and east Menlo Park, announced on Monday that field trips have been canceled for the month and that nonessential volunteer programs coming into classrooms have been suspended until further notice "to adhere to the recommendation and to keep the well-being of volunteers who may be in higher risk groups for COVID-19 in mind," interim Superintendent Gina Sudaria wrote to staff and families. The district will make decisions about later events by the beginning of April, she said.

She noted that if a Ravenswood school or schools were to close, it would be at the direction of San Mateo County Health in consultation with the county office of education.

"This is new territory for us and every other school district in our county, and we are already looking into what it might entail," Sudaria wrote.

The California Department of Public Health released over the weekend new guidelines for how districts, colleges and universities should prepare for the potential spread of the coronavirus, including the possibility of school closures.

Also on Monday, in the wake of Santa Clara County's first coronavirus death and a rising number of confirmed cases, the county issued a mandatory ban of all events of 1,000 people or more starting this Wednesday, March 11, at midnight. County officials "strongly urge postponing or canceling gatherings and community events where large numbers of people are within arm's length of one another."

Read our latest updates on local coronavirus cases here.

Find comprehensive coverage on the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by the Almanac, Mountain View Voice and Palo Alto Online here.

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Palo Alto Unified is canceling major events but no longer opting out of state exam due to coronavirus concerns

Parents and visitors no longer allowed on campuses during school hours

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Mon, Mar 9, 2020, 11:34 am
Updated: Mon, Mar 9, 2020, 6:52 pm

The Palo Alto school district announced on Monday more stringent precautions it's taking to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at its schools, including canceling large events and opting out of the state's standardized exam.

But within less than two hours, Superintendent Don Austin backtracked on two major decisions. After "personal consultation" with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools Mary Ann Dewan the district will now postpone the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) test until late April through May.

And instead of canceling prom at the two high schools, which he announced on Monday evening, a decision on the April events will be postponed out of a "desire is to find a way to protect a valued tradition without jeopardizing the health and safety of our students," Austin said.

In an initial message Monday evening Austin announced further precautions the district is taking to limit exposure at schools, including canceling all school dances, all field trips and other large school events with more than 100 people. High school athletic events and performances will also be limited to 100 people and "must be held in the largest venues on campus to accommodate guidance on increased social distancing," he wrote. All elementary and middle school performances have been canceled. Parents and visitors will no longer be allowed on campuses during the school day.

These and other changes —‌ a response to updated guidance from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department —‌ are effective Tuesday, March 10, through the end of the school year.

Palo Alto Unified had appeared to be the first school district in California to decide against participating in the state exam in response to the spread of the coronavirus, which is prompting a range of responses at schools, colleges and universities across the state, from intensive cleaning to closing campuses.

Before reversing the decision, Austin said that it was clear the district would not hit the state's required 95% participation rate given lower-than-usual attendance at the elementary schools and would be penalized as a result.

"Given the disruptions we're already going to have with absences and potential closures, it just seemed like an easy place to start eliminating a distraction," Austin said on Monday morning.

By Monday evening, however, he said that the state and county education officials "now fully understand our concerns about maintaining high-level instruction and the potential for low participation rates. They are also aware that any school closures between now and the end of the school year could derail any testing efforts for PAUSD and school districts across California.

"If our conditions stabilize the postponed testing window could provide meaningful data," he said. "This is a rapidly evolving health situation and may take many turns before any potential test is administered."

Austin said Thurmond and Dewan reached out to him together and were concerned about the district taking an "unprecedented" step. They asked and he agreed to instead push the testing back.

A spokesperson for the California Department of Education said that administering the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is required by federal law and that local school districts "do not have the authority" to opt out of the exam without local, state and federal approval.

"A waiver to not implement the CAASPP may be granted by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in severe or emergency circumstances," Information Officer Scott Roark said in a statement. "However, a process must be followed."

Districts must provide notice to the public of the need for the waiver and its justification. The district's governing board must then approve the waiver, Roark said, and submit it to the State Board of Education. The state board would consider in a public meeting whether to forward the waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education, which has final decision-making power over the request.

Austin said he was aware of the legal requirements before he made his initial decision.

"It's such a flawed system to start with that it's a pretty small leap to go from the fact that any parent can opt out -- Palo Alto already having one of the lowest participation rates in the entire state, and now being faced with the coronavirus emergency situation -- it wasn't a hard decision for me to move forward with the potential of not administering a test that will without question be invalidated this year for low participation rates across the entire state," he said.

Gunn High School juniors were set to take the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress next week, Palo Alto High juniors at the end of the month and students in third through eighth grades after spring break in April. Palo Alto Unified will still administer Advanced Placement exams for high school students given the tests are optional and "spacing guidelines can be easily accommodated," the district said.

Attendance is down at Palo Alto elementary schools but remains "steady" at the secondary schools, Austin said.

Last year, the district saw 93% overall participation on the state test, though both Palo Alto and Gunn high schools have struggled to meet the required participation threshold for several years. Administrators have made a concerted effort to communicate the importance of the test — comparing not only students' progress but also the district's to other districts' in the state — with high school students and parents.

The district notified Gov. Gavin Newsom's office of its decision on Monday morning.

Austin said he consulted with other superintendents and the Association of California School Administrators in making this decision.

"Every superintendent thought it was exactly what we should be doing," he said Monday morning.

In an interview on Monday evening, Austin said he quickly heard from students "expressing their disappointment" about losing prom, which led him to "believe that maybe there's an answer in there hat hadn't been considered.

"This does not mean prom is back on," he said. "This means we're going to be in a very short timeline ... for both schools to brainstorm and think about if there's a solution that they would like to propose that can also match the county guidelines."

He expected to have a decision set on prom by the end of this week.

"We're going to have a lot of disappointment around decisions that we had to make and we understand that. But if there's a way to save prom, I'm all in," Austin said.

Starting Tuesday, the schools will no longer have group assemblies with more than 100 people. Professional learning, parent education events, school open houses, a district career fair and staff leadership institute have all been canceled.

Parents with questions about participating in activities at their children's schools should contact their principals.

Outside rentals of district facilities will also be canceled until the end of the school year, with exceptions made on a case by case basis for groups that serve only district students.

Senior week events, graduations and summer school will proceed as planned; "however, these events may be canceled given the dynamic and rapidly evolving situation," Austin wrote.

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department is currently not recommending closing schools and people under 18 years old continue to be at low risk for the coronavirus, Austin noted.

"If a staff member or student in a specific school is confirmed to have COVID-19, the superintendent and local public health officials will consider, based on the specific facts and circumstances of that case, whether closure of that school is warranted," he wrote. "Should the Public Health Department determine a school closure is warranted, the duration is likely to be the length of time needed to conduct cleaning protocols and determine readmission criteria."

In the event of a school closure, the district would suspend all instructional and extracurricular activities.

"The rapid development of COVID-19 has created significant challenges and stresses for our district family. The 24-hour news and social media cycles have contributed to our collective stress and worry," Austin wrote. "Things are changing by the day. The district will make all attempts to keep you informed and updated."

Two weeks ago, the district sent home two students whose parent was exposed to the coronavirus. Austin has declined to state whether the two students have been tested for the coronavirus, citing their privacy, but said that the district was following direction from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

The K-8 Ravenswood City School District, whose schools are in East Palo Alto and east Menlo Park, announced on Monday that field trips have been canceled for the month and that nonessential volunteer programs coming into classrooms have been suspended until further notice "to adhere to the recommendation and to keep the well-being of volunteers who may be in higher risk groups for COVID-19 in mind," interim Superintendent Gina Sudaria wrote to staff and families. The district will make decisions about later events by the beginning of April, she said.

She noted that if a Ravenswood school or schools were to close, it would be at the direction of San Mateo County Health in consultation with the county office of education.

"This is new territory for us and every other school district in our county, and we are already looking into what it might entail," Sudaria wrote.

The California Department of Public Health released over the weekend new guidelines for how districts, colleges and universities should prepare for the potential spread of the coronavirus, including the possibility of school closures.

Also on Monday, in the wake of Santa Clara County's first coronavirus death and a rising number of confirmed cases, the county issued a mandatory ban of all events of 1,000 people or more starting this Wednesday, March 11, at midnight. County officials "strongly urge postponing or canceling gatherings and community events where large numbers of people are within arm's length of one another."

Read our latest updates on local coronavirus cases here.

Find comprehensive coverage on the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by the Almanac, Mountain View Voice and Palo Alto Online here.

Comments

Teacher
Downtown North
on Mar 9, 2020 at 12:08 pm
Teacher, Downtown North
on Mar 9, 2020 at 12:08 pm
31 people like this

[Portion removed.] Same classrooms, same seating scenarios. BUT THAT 95% PARTICIPATION RATE THO!!


Samuel L.
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 9, 2020 at 12:24 pm
Samuel L., Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 9, 2020 at 12:24 pm
61 people like this

Does anyone need more proof that PAUSD is more concerned with appearances than with student health and safety? This is not the district taking a "step in response to the spread of the coronavirus." This is a way for the district to try to avoid being penalized for poor attendance during the CAASP.

Austin says that "Every superintendent thought it was exactly what we should be doing," yet PAUSD is the only one that has done it. I find that hard to believe.

Austin sounds like the type of person that if they know they can't win, they just don't even try and use it as an excuse for failure.

This is what qualifies as leadership in PAUSD


Used car
Juana Briones School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 12:39 pm
Used car, Juana Briones School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 12:39 pm
20 people like this

Don Austin is doing the right thing for the wrong reason. The CAASPP is a terrible battery of tests, but the coronavirus and possible school closures (they should actually close up shop all this week) have nothing to do with the CAASPP. Austin is a manager and that is going to have to okay for now. A leader would have the guts and communication skills to opt out of the test because it does not do enough for PAUSD when compared to the disruption it causes.


Lily
Charleston Gardens
on Mar 9, 2020 at 1:19 pm
Lily, Charleston Gardens
on Mar 9, 2020 at 1:19 pm
17 people like this

Hey Austin got any students in your district whose parents work at NASA's Moffet Field? Employee just tested POSITIVE.Workers told to stay home.Better search your gut and do the right thing!


Another teacher
Palo Alto High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 1:32 pm
Another teacher, Palo Alto High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 1:32 pm
51 people like this

Yet again school staff learns about district developments from the local newspaper, not from the district office. I wish the superintendent and his cabinet would show teachers and site staff more respect by telling us news directly. Guess who will be refreshing PA Online instead of checking their email for tonight’s big announcement from Dr. Austin?


Resident
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 9, 2020 at 1:38 pm
Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 9, 2020 at 1:38 pm
11 people like this

Is this the test that is in fact testing the schools rather than the students?

I believe many don't turn up for the tests anyway.


Independent
Esther Clark Park
on Mar 9, 2020 at 2:11 pm
Independent, Esther Clark Park
on Mar 9, 2020 at 2:11 pm
31 people like this

This is very self serving for PAUSD and Don Austin. Since PAUSD can't hit the CAASPP participation rate, due to scheduling 11th graders to take the CAASPP tests at the same time as classes, at Paly, Don Austin is lobbying for all districts to shut down the CASSPP and save himself and PAUSD, and it's shot at getting the money. And not get dinged on its academic performance.

Hahahaha

Of course Pausd wouldnt mind hiding it's poor results either, for economically disadvantaged students. Bailing on the CASSPP kills two birds w one stone.


Independent
Esther Clark Park
on Mar 9, 2020 at 2:14 pm
Independent, Esther Clark Park
on Mar 9, 2020 at 2:14 pm
39 people like this

If Don Austin was a leader, he would not have sent 180 Greene MSers on buses to Disneyland to sleep 6 to a room and eat together, this past weekend. Great job spreading the coronavirus Don Austin.


Anonymous
another community
on Mar 9, 2020 at 2:27 pm
Anonymous, another community
on Mar 9, 2020 at 2:27 pm
20 people like this

Independent


Well they took every kids temperature.. ISNT that good enough for you? Lol for sure.

Also sent Gunn band to New York

Also sent robotic team to Utah

Must not be that worried. If health dept recommendations were ignored this weekend .

They must at least keep kids on campus during school day at paly . No plan.


Independent
Esther Clark Park
on Mar 9, 2020 at 3:21 pm
Independent, Esther Clark Park
on Mar 9, 2020 at 3:21 pm
25 people like this

Leading the way in not taking a test that makes Pausd look bad (low participation rate, bad academic performance for economically disadvantaged). What leadership!


Mom
Palo Alto High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 4:59 pm
Mom, Palo Alto High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 4:59 pm
24 people like this

For an "intellectual" community, these posters are showing no class in their disrespectful wording. Are you all reading TMZ comments too much? Don't stoop to their level, such statements lose all credibility when the person sounds unhinged. Why not threaten physical harm like Chuck Shumer, your Senate Minority leader?

I think this hysteria is a result of the media. Every time I turn on the TV, the subject is coronavirus. Influenza has already killed 50,000 Americans since October and no one cares. All viruses have incubation periods where the person is contagious prior to symptoms. These viruses are not airborne unless someone sneezes or coughs and everyone knows to keep their children home if they have these symptoms.

If anything, this should be a learning experience for everyone to wash their hands when they enter their homes at any time of the year (use a knuckle to turn on the faucet). And use hand sanitizer after returning to your car. This is the best way to avoid getting sick.

We should wait until there are more reports of coronavirus before locking down our high schools. Catching up on work will be more stressful for them unless the teachers simply disregard the missed work in their grading. The middle schools and elementary, preschools could lock down with no grading issues or much loss of learning.


Anonymous
Gunn High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 5:20 pm
Anonymous , Gunn High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 5:20 pm
11 people like this

[Post removed.]


Samuel L.
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 9, 2020 at 5:30 pm
Samuel L., Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 9, 2020 at 5:30 pm
23 people like this

Here's the latest.
Web Link

Wonder where the 100 person limit came from.

From the memo: "As you may be aware, on March 5, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department made statements in a press release that signaled a change in approach from previous communications. They recommended that communities, governments, businesses, and schools postpone or cancel mass gatherings and large community events where large numbers of people are within arm’s length of one another."

Wouldn't that include school?!?!?!?


Student
Gunn High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 5:39 pm
Student, Gunn High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 5:39 pm
68 people like this

It seems very hypocritical to cancel any large event or trip while not cancelling school. Are 2000 people in close proximity to each other not a risk, while any sporting event with more than 100 people is? It really doesn't seem like the district is taking anything into account in their decisions—not like they ever have though.


Gunn Parent
Barron Park
on Mar 9, 2020 at 5:52 pm
Gunn Parent, Barron Park
on Mar 9, 2020 at 5:52 pm
18 people like this

Superintendent is hiding behind official numbers again, which are based on lack/availability of testing. The pattern of those who test positive and death rate from Corona shows that the true rate of infected is much higher, so they are just waiting for the cases at the school and deaths. In the meantime, the virus is given the opportunity to infect students, their parents and grandparents and creating overload in hospitals in a few weeks time and the need for more drastic actions like that had to be taken in China and Italy. It is so predictable. The only time the district is proactive is when they risk reaching their goal of 95% participation. Students and parents do not come first. Over 2,300 petitions from concerned parents already on Change.org to close the Palo Alto schools: Web Link


GRT member
Gunn High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 6:07 pm
GRT member, Gunn High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 6:07 pm
6 people like this

[Post removed at request of poster.]


Anonymous
another community
on Mar 9, 2020 at 6:10 pm
Anonymous, another community
on Mar 9, 2020 at 6:10 pm
10 people like this

Paly sent the whole robotic team this weekend. Do you think that was a good call? What adult decided to take risks with kids?


gunn robot
Gunn High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 6:12 pm
gunn robot, Gunn High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 6:12 pm
22 people like this

About 12 members out of 50 signed this email we sent to Don Austin.
Subject: Gunn Robotics Team Wisconsin Trip

Hello Dr. Austin,

We hope you are enjoying your weekend. We are a group of students from the Gunn Robotics Team who would like to express our opinions about the potential cancellation of field trips. We understand that PAUSD will be issuing a decision regarding field trips on Monday. Since this is a decision that may affect our ability to compete in the Wisconsin Regional Robotics Competition (March 19-22), we would like to take just a few minutes to express our own opinion — one that is unique and not just parents complaining or asking about the safety of their children. We are simply a few students expressing their opinions, and this letter may not be reflective of what the entire team thinks.

This competition is not only the culmination of our last two months of work, but for many of us, this is the last — maybe only — time we will get to experience anything similar. Collectively, we have spent more than 7000 hours working on the robot, with many long nights and early mornings. We are really proud of the robot that we have designed, manufactured, and programmed. Frankly, it would be frustrating to see this time and effort go to waste. While we are grateful for all we have learned throughout the build process, competitions offer a whole other learning opportunity. At competitions, we collaborate with other teams, work under high pressure and time constraints, and present our work to judges. Above all, we would just like to see our robot perform.

We urge you to uphold the district’s current policy of allowing domestic field trips to continue as planned. We share the same priorities; none of us want to get sick and spread illnesses. Thus, we will take all the necessary precautions, such as frequently washing our hands and following good respiratory hygiene. Furthermore, FIRST Robotics has already canceled regional competitions in areas such as Washington and New York. If they conclude that the Wisconsin competition is too dangerous to hold, they will cancel the event and we will respect their decision.

If you are uncomfortable with sending fifty students and around five adults to the competition, please let us send a smaller group of five to ten members and a younger mentor/supervisor who is less vulnerable. Even if limited in scale, this plan would be vastly preferable to outright cancellation because it would allow us to compete and the rest of us who are not going would still be able to watch the robotics matches from home.

We understand the risks of going to Wisconsin, but this competition means a lot to us. It’s an experience that the fifty of us will remember in the years to come, and we would be grateful for an opportunity to watch our hard work pay off. Thank you for your time and consideration.


Sincerely,
Members of the Gunn Robotics Team


parent
Community Center
on Mar 9, 2020 at 6:21 pm
parent, Community Center
on Mar 9, 2020 at 6:21 pm
26 people like this

So the logic is ridiculous-

From the PAUSD email today:

"The Public Health Department is not recommending school closures at this time because individuals under 18 years of age have not been shown to be a high-risk group for serious illness from this virus."

But what about anyone else? parents? grand parents..? I guess the under 18 year olds NEVER come near anyone else?

I think the first sentence of the email sent to us speaks volumes about PAUSD priorities during this crisis-
"The core mission of the Palo Alto Unified School District is to provide a high-quality education for all students."

...forget about anything else.


pausd
Crescent Park
on Mar 9, 2020 at 6:24 pm
pausd, Crescent Park
on Mar 9, 2020 at 6:24 pm
26 people like this

Its only 2 weeks until spring break, why not close for the next 2 weeks and then you get 3 whole weeks to limit the spread in the area??!
I guess grades> anything else...typical PAUSD


Resident
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 9, 2020 at 6:29 pm
Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 9, 2020 at 6:29 pm
27 people like this

Things are being canceled all the time every day, from the St. Patrick's Day Parade in San Francisco, to church services, to birthday parties and group meetings.

Canceling prom is not a big surprise. It will be remembered as "the year prom was canceled". Sports may be taking place without spectators. Olympics might be canceled.

Yes it is hard for those who look forward to Prom, but everyone gets to go to Prom twice. Yes it is hard for any fun activity to be canceled. But as adults we know that safety is the important thing.

Canceling school is a different scenario. The weighing of the pros and cons, childcare concerns, teachers and students safety, those who will lose wages if the schools are closed (janitors, etc.) those who depend on free school meals for a nutritious meal each day, etc. etc. etc. It is not a simple thing.

I personally would like to know about guarantees of soap and paper towels in bathrooms as well as hand sanitizers in each classroom.


Insider/Outsider
Old Palo Alto
on Mar 9, 2020 at 6:48 pm
Insider/Outsider, Old Palo Alto
on Mar 9, 2020 at 6:48 pm
36 people like this

The Superintendents message does not take into account the fact that while students may not get severely ill, they can infect the teachers and staff.


Alum
Palo Alto High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 6:58 pm
Alum, Palo Alto High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 6:58 pm
6 people like this

Away games for sports aren’t cancelled yet so robotics and debate are probably following suit (debate had a tournament last Friday). Obviously no guarantee this won’t change.


Alum
Palo Alto High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Alum, Palo Alto High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm
25 people like this

On the other hand if they really want to halt the spread of sicknesses then closing schools is the only true option. Otherwise in a given classroom 7 period of ~20 kids may touch the same desks each day...


Really?..
another community
on Mar 9, 2020 at 7:19 pm
Really?.., another community
on Mar 9, 2020 at 7:19 pm
12 people like this

Given the ever-changing developments with the Coronavirus, it is understandable that Dr. Austin’s message will change as well. Why not close the schools-implement a closer Spring Break tagged onto the four days of instruction this week and include the four days in June. This will give all more time to assess the situation without risking exposure to students and staff.


Face Palm
Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 9, 2020 at 7:38 pm
Face Palm, Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 9, 2020 at 7:38 pm
1 person likes this

State testing is back on....


Samuel L.
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 9, 2020 at 7:43 pm
Samuel L., Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 9, 2020 at 7:43 pm
29 people like this

If PAUSD was making truly informed decisions, the guidelines sent out at 5pm would not have changed at 6:45pm after talking to the State and County Superintendents. Who did they confer with when they made the initial decision?


Wow
Charleston Gardens
on Mar 9, 2020 at 8:26 pm
Wow, Charleston Gardens
on Mar 9, 2020 at 8:26 pm
3 people like this

State testing is back on? Oooh Nelly
think of all those stiff ones teaching who can't "wing it". Their planners ate all messed up now!
Lol


Prombackon
Barron Park
on Mar 9, 2020 at 8:26 pm
Prombackon, Barron Park
on Mar 9, 2020 at 8:26 pm
3 people like this

Per Don's letter, prom is back on and has a strikethrough over the word


Senior Parent
Gunn High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 8:30 pm
Senior Parent, Gunn High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 8:30 pm
23 people like this

We live in the tech capital of the country - online classes should be feasible, at least for high schoolers. The high schoolers all have school issued computers and don’t need babysitters. How embarrassing and irresponsible.

We live in the CA county with the most Coronavirus cases. That alone is a reason to close the schools. I don’t care what the rest of California is doing. .

Every class period should begin with a desk and doorknob wipe down. Teachers should be encouraged to ask sick students to leave the classroom. Cleanliness has always been an issue, especially at Gunn. Now it needs to be taken seriously. Now.


Student
Palo Alto High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 8:42 pm
Student, Palo Alto High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 8:42 pm
24 people like this

As multiple other students have said, Paly seems to think 2000+ students interacting with each other is less dangerous than a team field trip or small gathering.

Think about it — 7 classes a day, 25 students per class (non-overlapping), the few hundred people we come into close proximity with on our way to class, at lunch, etc. in addition to the four or five other class periods that share the same room with us in a single day — it's the best way to spread a virus.

Doesn't matter that we are a "low-risk" group. A lot of us have family and friends who are old and/or have health issues, and yet PAUSD's first step is to cancel prom and testing.

Come on....


parent
another community
on Mar 9, 2020 at 9:30 pm
parent, another community
on Mar 9, 2020 at 9:30 pm
10 people like this

PAUSD apparently doesn't have the resources to put classes online which is a prime motivation for keeping schools open. Since some students would be left out (no laptop, etc.), it seems to be a nonstarter even if the tech exists. So, if the Feds shut things down, which is very possible if Santa Clara County cases increase, the students are really going to be out of luck. Maybe someone in the community can find a solution because PAUSD is incapable.


parent
Barron Park
on Mar 9, 2020 at 9:40 pm
parent, Barron Park
on Mar 9, 2020 at 9:40 pm
11 people like this

I am glad PAUSD is finally stopping outside organizations from using school facilities. Has anyone ever been to Gunn on a Saturday afternoon near the N classrooms? It is another world.

Also, I don't think it is fair that the Gunn gyms are rented out to non-PAUSD student organizations. Those gyms should be opened for Gunn students on the week ends on a drop in basis to play basketball, volleyball or badminton.


Student
Gunn High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 9:54 pm
Student , Gunn High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 9:54 pm
16 people like this

It is very confusing to me that PAUSD isn’t doing anything. I get it, we need education. But I could care less about my education, i am always going to put my health first. I saw the Santa Clara county press conference and they had said that the virus is most definitely going to increase. The superintendent said there is no risk for the 18 and younger group of people, but what they don’t know is that there is a lot of students who have respiratory problems and have weak immune systems(not everyone). I just hope the PAUSD stops thinking about their appearances and For once starts thinking About us the students. We have had enough.


casey
Midtown
on Mar 9, 2020 at 10:15 pm
casey, Midtown
on Mar 9, 2020 at 10:15 pm
2 people like this

"Has anyone ever been to Gunn on a Saturday afternoon near the N classrooms? It is another world."

You must be referring to the Stanford Chinese School. How is it another world?


Anon
Gunn High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 10:48 pm
Anon, Gunn High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 10:48 pm
11 people like this

@Resident, Another resident of palo alto

The soap supplies in bathrooms is laughable, at least at gunn. Tissues are non-existent. Those that do exist are purchased out of pocket by sometimes cash-strapped teachers who shouldn't need to spent money on such things, at least in my opinion. Hand sanitizer, I'm not too sure about, but I don't really see any...


Anon
Gunn High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 10:50 pm
Anon, Gunn High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 10:50 pm
22 people like this

Also, I just wanted to spend a moment to thank PA online for letting us use this website for free. It is ridiculous that I'm getting my information from a local newspaper instead of the district, but at least the local newspaper is being an upstanding community leader in a time of crisis. THANK YOU PA ONLINE!


ex pausd
Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 9, 2020 at 11:52 pm
ex pausd, Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 9, 2020 at 11:52 pm
10 people like this

So I guess gatherings of 2000-3000 high school students 5 days a week for 6 hours a day is just fine then!!??


Resident
Community Center
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:28 am
Resident, Community Center
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:28 am
26 people like this

Come on folks, think about it...

The county health department is TELLING all schools to stay open and TELLING them to cancel other events and trips. The PAUSD admins are not public health experts - they are educators. So they defer to public health experts on how to handle a pandemic - so for now, schools stay open, other activities canceled.

Every other school district in the county is doing the same thing. Do you seriously think a local school district should just defy the public health department and do whatever they want? "Go with their gut" like Pres. Trump?

Also, no other district is moving to online classes. No school district has the capability; neither the teachers or students has trained or practiced. If they try to slap something together, it will be a mess - as a result, kids will miss out on a decent education, especially the ones who need it the most. If the schools end up closing, better to just close, and add time on later, like in June.


C
Palo Verde
on Mar 10, 2020 at 4:12 am
C, Palo Verde
on Mar 10, 2020 at 4:12 am
9 people like this

Kids pick up a virus in school and pass it onto their parents. Parents go to work and pass it onto their co-workers. Co-workers come home and pass it onto their families. This happens *every* flu season, especially with tech having adults with young children. Tech companies are already trying to break this chain with working from home. Keep the kids at home and give them a long-term project, like a book report, or even research on some aspect of the CoVid virus (eg. how different countries are trying to contain it). Heck, teenagers can learn TurboTax as a long-term school project. Might as well learn something that they'll need as an adult... :/


Gunn student
Gunn High School
on Mar 10, 2020 at 5:45 am
Gunn student, Gunn High School
on Mar 10, 2020 at 5:45 am
21 people like this

Admin cancel everything, but still don’t restock soap in the Gunn bathrooms. Pure incompetence.


DP
Palo Alto High School
on Mar 10, 2020 at 8:17 am
DP, Palo Alto High School
on Mar 10, 2020 at 8:17 am
20 people like this

I would like to remind my fellow high school parents that we ALL have responsibility over our own children and can apply abundant common sense to adjust to the evolution of this unprecedented situation. Maybe, just maybe, too many of us parents have gotten way too comfortable letting the schools do all the parenting that now all we know how to do is complain.
I would invite any and all parents to read the note from the Robotics Team, you will see far more balanced and insightful words in there than what I have been reading from, what it looks like, a mass of grossly entitled "parents".
It seems clear that our children know their own school environment much better than we do... I would love to hear more from them.


David
Barron Park
on Mar 10, 2020 at 9:03 am
David, Barron Park
on Mar 10, 2020 at 9:03 am
16 people like this

There is zero reason for schools to remain open. The schools are spreading the virus right now as I am typing this, without a shadow of a doubt. Look at South Korea.


Teacher
Palo Alto High School
on Mar 10, 2020 at 11:05 am
Teacher, Palo Alto High School
on Mar 10, 2020 at 11:05 am
11 people like this

@David: "There is zero reason for schools to remain open."

I understand there are good reasons to close schools but they don't eliminate the good reasons for continuing school such as learning (which is much more effective in person compare to online) and providing a place for children to go if they can't be cared for at home.

Rather than present just one side of this issue, let's discuss both sides and weigh arguments from each.


Curious
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 10, 2020 at 11:30 am
Curious, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 10, 2020 at 11:30 am
10 people like this

If the District is making these new rules out of real medical concern for the safety of students and the community, can someone please explain to me the double standard with regards to sports? Trips are cancelled but the sports teams still play and get to travel to away games/competitions?

Also, student athletes are more likely to have physical contact with other student athletes in the course of their games. They also touch the same stuff - like balls! Why are sports allowed to continue while other programs are shut down? I can't think of any medical reason that makes any sense.

And yes, students in the other programs put as many hours into preparation for competitions as any of the student athletes. And yes, the cancellations of their competitions impacts their college apps too.

Can we have clear rules that treat all students fairly and do not blatantly favor one group over others? No need to wonder why so many of our students feel disconnected from their own school communities. They get the message they are second class loud and clear, from the District leadership no less.


Parent
College Terrace
on Mar 10, 2020 at 11:56 am
Parent, College Terrace
on Mar 10, 2020 at 11:56 am
4 people like this

Field trips are one-off events, related to instruction. These are cancelled. Overnight travel for all events is cancelled.

Sports are an after-school activity. School-based after-school activities continue. If an after-school activity doesn't meet a guideline (too many people in an enclosed space, etc.), it has to adjust to meet the guideline or it is cancelled. Most spring sports have an advantage here, since they are played outdoors (with a couple of exceptions). Drama performances have the same standard - they continue, but must meet guidelines in terms of audience size, etc.

I don't see the double standard here.


Mike
Gunn High School
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:20 pm
Mike, Gunn High School
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:20 pm
14 people like this

Overreacting now is better than regretting later. Otherwise, yesterday's Wuhan will be tomorrow's Palo Alto.

All schools in Palo Alto should be closed immediately and have all the classes online.

The School district is acting too slow and sloppy.


Curious
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:35 pm
Curious, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:35 pm
4 people like this

@parent - the double standard is that the sports teams still travel for their games/competitions while the other competitive teams are not allowed to travel under the current rules. That makes no sense. The fact they travel more often is not a great reason to allow it versus for other non-athletic competitive teams at Paly and Gunn that travel less, like Robotics, Debate, Science Olympiad, etc...

Student athletes are in close proximity to each other on a bus, in locker rooms, etc.. even if they play outside. And as I stated above, they are much more likely to have physical contact and share equipment.






student
Gunn High School
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:38 pm
student, Gunn High School
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:38 pm
6 people like this

>Since some students would be left out (no laptop, etc.)

Every high schooler is issued a Chromebook. If they don't have one it's because they opted to use their own laptop. Shouldn't be an issue as long as the solution is browser-based.

No point in telling us to wash our hands if we can't even get soap in the bathrooms. Lunch itself is a gathering of 1000+ students... can't forget about every class having 30+ students.


Alum
Palo Alto High School
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:42 pm
Alum, Palo Alto High School
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:42 pm
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@Parent the double standard arises depending on how you interpret the announcement. As of now field trips are cancelled but away trips for sports continue, where other after-school teams and their tournaments fall is in question. It seems reasonable they follow suit with sports in the meantime.


Dan
Midtown
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:50 pm
Dan, Midtown
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:50 pm
8 people like this

Lets keep some proper perspective #1. Chance of getting the virus is currently extremely low. #2. If you get the virus, its not likely to be serious health trouble ... particularly for school age kids. #3. There are currently no large infection clusters in California schools and local communities. So, taking some prudent steps such as canceling or postponing things that aren't essential make sense (for example ...do the state standardized tests really have much value for students?... juniors are already taking all kinds of tests for college admissions). Some field trips are once in a lifetime opportunities so I really feel bad for the robotics team and others. Chances of kids biking to school getting hit by a car and killed are higher than a fatal corona virus infection... should we not allow kids to bike to school? Should I not drive to work because I have far higher chance of dying in a car accident on any given day? Fear and paranoia in the drivers' seat right now. There is zero reason to close schools based upon the situation on the ground. How long would you people propose putting life on hold?


Conona
Charleston Meadows
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:52 pm
Conona, Charleston Meadows
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:52 pm
1 person likes this

I'm pretty that some parents will take legal action against the school district if something bad happens down the road. I will, for sure.


Alum
Palo Alto High School
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:54 pm
Alum, Palo Alto High School
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:54 pm
10 people like this

The logistical nightmare associated with closing all PAUSD schools probably makes it infeasible... what do you do with elementary schoolers who don’t have supervision at home? Students on reduced / free lunches? Lab activities? PE (req’d for graduation)?

There’s a lot more to moving online than meets the eye... colleges have a much easier time than a public school district would, which is probably why we haven’t seen it in any other district yet.

Don’t get me wrong, as long as schools are open, the risk of the virus spreading among kids is still present. But at a certain point one has to wonder whether containment is worth the cost of everything that gets shut down or halted in the process.


I'm Calm
Charleston Meadows
on Mar 10, 2020 at 1:00 pm
I'm Calm, Charleston Meadows
on Mar 10, 2020 at 1:00 pm
7 people like this

@Dan,

Are you are a doctor or healthcare provider?

#1. The chance of getting the virus is currently extremely HIGH (not low). Otherwise, CDC wouldn't advise people over 60 stays at home.
#2. If you get the virus, it's likely to be serious health trouble ... maybe not for school-age kids, but for the whole family!!
#3. There are currently no large infection clusters in California schools and local communities. It will be too late if "large infection clusters" happen!!!


Resident
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 10, 2020 at 1:12 pm
Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 10, 2020 at 1:12 pm
1 person likes this

Serious question.

Should we closing our libraries?

Our libraries are heavily used by seniors and school children as well as the homeless. With so many people working from home, the likelihood is that many will go to libraries for better internet. As schools are possibly closing various activities after school and other activities are being cancelled, the likelihood is that the libraries will have an influx of people. Some will be bored, some may not be healthy. Are they going to clean and sanitize every computer terminal, every periodical, every work surface, every chair, and will the restrooms have plenty of soap and water. If they remain open, how are they going to remain clean and hygienic? Books can be harbingers of many germs.


Parent
College Terrace
on Mar 10, 2020 at 1:15 pm
Parent, College Terrace
on Mar 10, 2020 at 1:15 pm
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@Curious, "the double standard is that ... other competitive teams are not allowed to travel under the current rules."

Where did you read this? I do not see that rule in the Superintendents Update from yesterday (Web Link). If there is a local competition with less than 100 people attending in a reasonably-sized indoor space, that sounds like something that would be permitted.


Alum
Palo Alto High School
on Mar 10, 2020 at 1:18 pm
Alum, Palo Alto High School
on Mar 10, 2020 at 1:18 pm
2 people like this

The virus is quite contagious, but the statistical chance someone will contract it is low based on the current infection rate. So both are right...

Think about everything each of us touches and comes into contact with on a daily basis. It extends far beyond the reach of PAUSD schools. Unless everyone in the Bay Area puts life on hold and camps out in their house, closing PAUSD will only make a negligible dent in changing the rate at which the virus spreads through the entire community. Maybe it won’t spread from kid to kid at school, but it will spread many other ways.

The virus is going to s


Alum
Palo Alto High School
on Mar 10, 2020 at 1:21 pm
Alum, Palo Alto High School
on Mar 10, 2020 at 1:21 pm
6 people like this

[ugh typing is hard]

The virus is going to spread one way or another, so kids might as well go to school. Admittedly, it’s not fun to think about.


Curious
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 10, 2020 at 1:33 pm
Curious, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 10, 2020 at 1:33 pm
3 people like this

@parent - yes, other competitive teams should be able to go to competitions but thus far, they have been told no because their trips fall technically under field trips (those are the permission forms used for those trips). That is the point, it is very unclear why certain competitions are being allowed and others are not except the way the school does the administration for certain teams versus others. There is no medical or health reason for the difference. AsI stated earlier, the sports students are at even more risk given physical contact during games and competitions

So right now, the non-sports teams are not allowed to go to their competitions but the sports teams are. There is no good reason for the difference. That is my point - be clear for all students and make a rule that applies fairly to all students - yes or no.


Alum
Palo Alto High School
on Mar 10, 2020 at 1:53 pm
Alum, Palo Alto High School
on Mar 10, 2020 at 1:53 pm
5 people like this

As an example, maybe everyone washing hands cuts the infection rate in half. Tech giants keeping people home from work reduces it a bit more. Bay Area school districts cancelling field trips, conventions cancelled, etc etc. But there’s still a risk, and the virus will still spread. Eventually all the easy stuff has been done, and we turn towards closing schools and similar. The problem is that we will never eliminate the risk of the virus spreading, because that’s just not realistic... every new precaution has a greater cost. Eventually we have to ask the question of whether further measures are worthwhile compared to what we are giving up... and there are some things that society is just not willing to do (cough cancel pro sports cough)...

I don’t mean to doom us all with this, but also threatening to file lawsuits against PAUSD isn’t really helpful.


School Guidance on COVID-19
another community
on Mar 10, 2020 at 4:16 pm
School Guidance on COVID-19, another community
on Mar 10, 2020 at 4:16 pm
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Joint guidance from the California Department of Education and the California Department of Public Health regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19) on March 7

Web Link


parent
Fairmeadow
on Mar 10, 2020 at 4:35 pm
parent, Fairmeadow
on Mar 10, 2020 at 4:35 pm
5 people like this

90 schools closed in SF, San Mateo and Marin after a student tests positive. How soon till PA has a case? Close the schools!


Web Link


Samuel L.
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 10, 2020 at 4:51 pm
Samuel L., Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 10, 2020 at 4:51 pm
6 people like this

District will hold out as long as possible to try to get closer to spring break. I would guess they'll close the week before or after spring break giving them two weeks to see how things progress.
Not sure they'll be able to hold out that long though especially if one student or relation to a student can close em down


CoCo
Midtown
on Mar 10, 2020 at 5:01 pm
CoCo, Midtown
on Mar 10, 2020 at 5:01 pm
12 people like this

I work in a local elementary school - I'd love to say there is an concerted effort to practice good hygiene and teach the kids what to do - but that is NOT what is happening. OSHA required the removal of clorox wipes and Purell from classrooms a few years back, so those supplies are not commonly found in classrooms. I am currently bringing my own, but I do not have enough to supply the whole classroom. There are reminder announcements prior to recess to wash hands - but kids are kids and are more concerned with going out to play than spending 20 seconds doing a thorough wash - plus 20 seconds per kid x 23-25 kids means approx 8 minutes EVERY time you do a hand wash (which should be 4-6 times per day). Teachers are not being given adequate information or supplies. So PARENTS - HEADS UP - teach your kids a song to sing (there are great ones on You Tube that they will love to watch) send them with wipes/hand sanitizer if you have it, and remind them not to touch their faces and to sneeze/cough into their elbow. Eventually once widespread testing happens and the true reach of the virus is determined, the schools will likely be closed. But until then, the best we can do is try to protect our kids and the community through simple, but effective measures.


anonymous
Fairmeadow
on Mar 10, 2020 at 6:30 pm
anonymous, Fairmeadow
on Mar 10, 2020 at 6:30 pm
5 people like this

Hey teachers who went out of state and to Disneyland this weekend. Wait 2 weeks before bragging that no one got sick. Taking temps of all the kids before the trip was an embarrassment. Was that done for liability later? Why? Did you take temps of everyone at every rest stop and everyone at Disney? You can be contagious and have no fever. making light of a pandemic is not wise. There were 5 more cases in Orange county. They are shutting down UC Irvine and UCLA and others. .1 percent mortality rate is quite a bit different than 2. You should try to be quiet about expanding instead of limiting exposure and hide your trophies. Also there is something wrong with acting like it is nothing when so many have passed away worldwide.

Perhaps the people taking temps of kids think it is a difference of 1.


Potato
Midtown
on Mar 10, 2020 at 9:22 pm
Potato, Midtown
on Mar 10, 2020 at 9:22 pm
7 people like this

I just don't feel like going to school, please cancel it.


Grandparent
Midtown
on Mar 11, 2020 at 6:52 pm
Grandparent, Midtown
on Mar 11, 2020 at 6:52 pm
8 people like this

We must close the schools - containment is necessary to slow down the curve. We live in a multigenerational family with a young child who attends elementary school. It would be safer for us - healthy and in our 60s if we weren’t exposed. I work in a travel agency and all school groups have cancelled trips to Disney, Washington ,and Israel. It was very irresponsible of PAUSD to let these kids travel.


Student
Greene Middle School
on Mar 11, 2020 at 9:19 pm
Student , Greene Middle School
on Mar 11, 2020 at 9:19 pm
7 people like this

Wow.
PAUSD can afford to spend tons of money on reconstructing our schools but they can't buy hand sanitizers, tissues, decent soaps, and disinfectant wipes that lower the risk of getting sick?

I am a student and I noticed that only ONE of my teachers was able to disinfect the classroom and put hand sanitizer out for students to use. I bet the soaps in the bathroom don't even kill the germs on our filthy hands.

Education is important to me, but so is my health.

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Best School District in the WORLD
Greene Middle School
on Mar 11, 2020 at 9:22 pm
Best School District in the WORLD, Greene Middle School
on Mar 11, 2020 at 9:22 pm
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Student
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 11, 2020 at 9:27 pm
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A student smarter than DON AUSTIN
Greene Middle School
on Mar 11, 2020 at 9:32 pm
A student smarter than DON AUSTIN, Greene Middle School
on Mar 11, 2020 at 9:32 pm
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EOS
Barron Park
on Mar 11, 2020 at 9:34 pm
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on Mar 11, 2020 at 9:34 pm
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another community
on Mar 11, 2020 at 9:40 pm
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