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When and how will Palo Alto Unified's middle and high schools reopen?

Original post made on Oct 28, 2020

With Palo Alto Unified's youngest students returning to school this month, the school district is turning its focus to the more complex phase of reopening the middle and high schools early next year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, October 26, 2020, 4:58 PM

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Posted by kyrie robinson
a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 28, 2020 at 11:39 am

kyrie robinson is a registered user.

I took the survey and it was poorly designed. Too many binary choices where the answer should have been “it depends” or “I need more information.” I was practically choosing randomly. Two takeaways:
1. The data is likely not reliable for any serious analysis
2. We live in Palo Alto and surely there are people who can help design surveys with higher validity. If you are really stuck, call me next time.

Posted by Parent who talks w/other parents
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 28, 2020 at 2:31 pm

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This article should state the short window the survey was open. I received it via email Wednesday night and it closed at noon on Friday. It was cited as being for planning purposes. The questions were poorly designed, the options were not described, and there was no option for an open response. Now it's being used for making major decisions like removing live streaming from the table when nearly 3/4 respondents want live streaming.

Posted by Social Justice Issue
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2020 at 3:22 pm

Social Justice Issue is a registered user.

@ Lilian J. "I like online learning"

Thanks for participating. It's great that online learning is working for you and others. I'm guessing that's because you have a roof over your head and aren't one of the quarter-to-half a million CA students who are homeless who this is NOT working for. Keeping schools closed is a huge social justice issue. For students who are comfortable with their circumstances and like online learning, I recommend they step out of their privileged lives for a moment and consider what other students might be facing with online learning. Homelessness is surging, with schools being many kids' only safe place to go for meals and an education.

LA Times, 10/21/2020
"California’s homeless students could fill Dodger Stadium 5 times, study finds"
Web Link

Do teachers (unions) and students comfortable at home really believe homeless kids can zoom in all day? And actually learn under these circumstances? For the next year or two? From where? With what? Keeping schools closed is selfish as it only serves those with resources (a roof over their head, food, decent night's sleep, a laptop for each child in the family, reliable wifi, a quiet place to work or take tests, etc etc). Think about what it might be like to be living out of a suitcase and trying to do school. Not even a bed to call your own. Keeping schools closed is extremely UNHEALTHY and UNETHICAL for a large segment of the student population as verified by many medical and public health organizations, our own SCC Health Dtr, and our own PAUSD superintendent. The only group lobbying for continued closures in Calif is the teacher unions who don't care about the students they are harming.

Posted by LillianJ
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Oct 30, 2020 at 3:22 am

LillianJ is a registered user.

I don't think that it's reasonable to open schools now. I think that health is more important than the possibility to go to school. As for me, I like online learning. Actually, I like studying; I use a lot of resources such as this Web Link to find some help and do my assignments on the highest level. I often use different writing services (e.g. Paperell) to get good results. And I also like to read some interesting articles on this Yale Web Link , for example. Education can be engaging; it's necessary to provide all conditions to make it available and comfortable for everyone. And of course, it's a matter of self-motivation.

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