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Palo Alto elementary schools begin new year by jump-starting on goals

Original post made on Aug 14, 2019

Palo Alto Unified's 13 elementary schools returned to class on Wednesday, kicking off both new priorities and continued focus on existing goals.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 14, 2019 at 5:35 pm

Always seems to happen, the schools go back and then we have temps reach 100F (according to my phone).

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Posted by Grinch
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 14, 2019 at 10:02 pm

How surprising! 100F you say? In August? Unheard of. Move the first day of school to after labor day, when it should be. Problem solved. Kids should be enjoying summer break for few more weeks, not toiling in schools in 100F temperatures. Whichever genius came up with idea to have school start this early...

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Posted by Equity - Unequal Access
a resident of Greene Middle School
on Aug 15, 2019 at 1:22 am

Equity - Unequal Access is a registered user.

There is big hole in the District's handling of disabled students. The District categorizes some students it sends to NPS and NPA schools as not being District students. If the NPS schools do not offer meals, the students cannot qualify for free or reduced priced lunch. This matters because it completely blocks disabled students from qualifying from other benefits that require receiving free or reduced price lunch to qualify. The District uses legal agreements to claim they are not students. They are prohibited from registering in PAUSD, and thus PAUSD does not have to submit them for free or reduced price meal benefits, or any other benefits the student may need.

A Board member said students at NPS and NPA schools should have the opportunity to participate in some of the public school services, to see if they can improve and come back to the public school. This includes District summer school, access to tutoring, and preparing for college and ensuring graduation on time.

These are some of the most disadvantaged students there are. It does not make a lot of sense to use legal agreements to say students are not students, and to block out disabled students from receiving services PAUSD already offers and the students need. The District's lawyers and their adversarial legal culture created this problem. It is unfair to the disabled. It does not have to exist.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 22, 2019 at 11:37 am

Yeah, it's a bit rough to have to go to school in nearly 100 degree weather (for the few days it's that hot). The classrooms don't have A/C unless they're "permanent portables."

Thankfully, we don't have that many super hot days. But as global warming takes hold, that may change. At some point if we have more hot days, it might affect the kids' learning ability.

Other than the heat in August, it's been a good start to the school year. Many thanks to the dedicated teachers and faculty at Escondido and all of PAUSD who help our kids. It's a great community and we should always strive to improve.

It's especially important to bridge the equity gap as mentioned by another commenter. I know we are trying, but it can always get better.

But yes, what happened to starting school in September and ending in June!? Here's the silver lining though... since we end in May, you can plan summer vacations for right after school ends. It'll be cheaper and less crowded, because most kids don't get off until June :).

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Escondido School
on Sep 3, 2019 at 7:58 pm

I do not know, Escondido is not the same school. It does not feel as welcoming and the community does feel the same!

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