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Parent organization to host two town hall webinars this week

Original post made on Aug 3, 2020

The Palo Alto Council of PTAs is hosting two town hall webinars on Monday and Tuesday to give families an opportunity to discuss and ask questions about reopening schools.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 3, 2020, 9:21 AM

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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Aug 3, 2020 at 10:24 am

Hope that PTAC will ask --- if San Jose Unified, San Mateo Union HSD, and Dublin Unified, among others, can provide live streamed teacher instruction to students, why can't PAUSD and the teacher's union?

Also, hope PTAC will ask about PAUSD's obligation to serve medically fragile and at risk students via distance learning, as well as trying to 'force' families into 'selecting' distance learning for a full year, when circumstances might change.

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Posted by JLS mom
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Aug 3, 2020 at 11:34 am

Was PTAC MIA the entire spring? I forgot they exist.

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Posted by Facts and Figures
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 3, 2020 at 12:14 pm

Why does our District follow some rules and not others? Let's look at SB 98. It requires

1. Live instruction
2. A lower amount of instruction than pre-pandemic
3. Paying teachers 100% (no layoffs/no cuts)
4. Letting families choose distance learning for health regardless of having a doctors note
5. Distance learning of a challenge and quality substantially equivalent to in person

But our District:

1. Won't apply for a waiver for elementary, letting families who can afford it pay for pods and just offering help for 10% of students who need it through PAUSD plus. There are almost 6K students in elementary who would benefit from in person with social distance rules.

2. Is setting a date by which it will consider LIVE INSTRUCTION. If the County says we can open. We should open. When Santa Clara County clears the Watchlist, why won't PAUSD open?

3. Takes advantage of the lowered instruction when it is paying teachers 100%. We should give students 100% of instruction, not the 2/3 minimum.

4. Is paying teachers and all its administrators 100%. No pay cuts, even when almost the entire community has less income our administrators and Board decided not to cut pay. I guess SB 98 allows it for teachers, so why not administrators too. It's not like we need the money for wireless for kids or PPE or instructional leads at the high schools. Nope.

5. Is requiring doctor's notes and contracts for distance learning. How can that be possible?

6. Is not getting commitments to teach a full year of curriculum, stream or record. What is going on here?

PAUSD, You serve the community. You are paying the teachers 100%, offer teachers unpaid leave or ensure they give 100% of instruction for students live and distance.

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Posted by Susan Usman
a resident of Triple El
on Aug 4, 2020 at 7:39 am

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Well done Christina! This is the presence and leadership the PTA Council should have.

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Posted by Equality for Students
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 4, 2020 at 4:58 pm

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Any help with families of disabled kids at NPS and NPA schools who:

-Cannot get free or reduced price lunch because PAUSD does not enter eligible kids in County database if PAUSD sends the kid to an NPA/NPS
-Could not get notice of this meeting or permission to submit questions because PAUSD removed kid from student registration database when it sent them to NPS or NPA schools?

If PAUSD sends and pays for a school for a disabled child, doesn’t that make the disabled child a PAUSD student?
Aren’t they equal to non-disabled students?

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Posted by Paly Teacher
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 5, 2020 at 3:28 pm

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@Kathy who said "Hope that PTAC will ask --- if San Jose Unified, San Mateo Union HSD, and Dublin Unified, among others, can provide live streamed teacher instruction to students, why can't PAUSD and the teacher's union?"

I love how Kathy thinks those district can provide something even though the school year hasn't even started yet. Sure, they can promise a service, but how can she be so sure they'll deliver? The answer is she can't and she's just instigating strife and discord in our community without offering any real solutions as usual.

If you think your ideas are so great, file papers and run for school board. You have until August 12.

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Posted by Facts and Figures
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 5, 2020 at 8:20 pm

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@Paly Teacher:

Kathy speaking up is appreciated by many. Many parents have been asking why cameras have not been installed in classrooms over the summer. Why does someone have to run for school board to speak up?

I thought we could all use a healthy dose of facts:

San Jose "For example, every student will receive an iPad or Chromebook and hotspots will be provided to families who do not have high-speed internet; video-conferencing cameras have been ordered for every classroom to enable teachers to provide live instruction." Mercury News article Web Link

San Mateo "I’ve received a lot of questions about what synchronous learning is and what it will look like. The best way I have heard it described is that, no matter where you are, the instruction is happening in real time and all students are receiving it together. The District is committed to providing synchronous learning for all students almost every day, regardless of what phase of opening we are in." Skelly Post. See Web Link

And wow Dublin. I had not seen this, but found it by a google search. Dublin's plan which clarifies how it meets the requirements of SB98. Web Link

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Posted by Paly Teacher
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 5, 2020 at 10:51 pm

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@Facts and Figures: Regarding cameras, I don't know what the definitive reason for not having them is but one potential reason it's possible many teachers don't need them. For example, I plan to just use my laptop's camera. Plus, I hope to give students activities that reduce how much they'll have to look at their screens. Thus, the money that would be spent on cameras might help students in other ways.

Regarding the school board, Kathy has run for school board before so she's more uniquely situated than most to run in November. I wouldn't suggest a stranger to run for school board because they speak passionately about schools. Further, she has a history of making claims based on twisting of words or without sources (e.g. previous posts by her about schools providing synchronous learning) as well as harassing and demanding to speak with students she had no business interacting with.

I appreciate that you provided facts with sources. I'm not sure classroom cameras are necessary. SJUSD says they're being installed to enable teachers to provide live instruction, but PAUSD and PAEA have a tentative agreement that says daily synchronous instruction will be provided. Given that, does it matter if teachers use laptop cameras instead of classroom ones? Please tell me because I could be missing something.

What San Mateo described is what PAUSD will be providing as I described in the previous paragraph.

The Dublin document was long so I wasn't sure which part of it you were referring to. SB 98 only requires daily live instruction, which could include phone calls instead of synchronous instruction. PAUSD will provide the latter.

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