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Palo Verde students head to temporary campus as school year starts

Original post made on Aug 11, 2022

Palo Verde's roughly 400 students are sharing a campus for the school year with Greendell School to enable the elementary campus to undergo swifter reconstruction.

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Posted by PA Community Advocate
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 11, 2022 at 8:14 pm

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One of the saddest things at school today was seeing parents unmasked (scientifically valid) with their kids masked (zero quality scientific evidence on benefit). Completely inexplicable. Let’s follow the science?

Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2022 at 11:38 am

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Portables surrounded by wire fencing, on a parking lot. Homey campus. Can we please see photos of that area that the older kids are in? What's the 4th and 5th grade experience like? Please ask at the end of next week.

Posted by Parent of Two
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 12, 2022 at 1:07 pm

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Most PV parents know that the buses are due to one parent - Shana Segal - who suggested, pushed hard for and won them from the district for the kids. Shana Segal is now running for School Board. She was rightfully concerned about very young children being asked to walk or bike an extended distance to school. Palo Verde students can live as far north as Oregon Expressway.

I wonder how many additional daily car trips to Cubberley will be reduced due to the buses secured by Shana's efforts.

Posted by D. Smith
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 12, 2022 at 1:38 pm

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Is it cost effective to move an entire school in order to rush the construction process? They didn't do that with some of the other schools in our district. Why Palo Verde? I sincerely hope that they don't do that to the children who go to the two schools in my neighborhood.
It's inconceivable to me that the staff actually made this happen for our children in such a short period of time. It's nothing short of miraculous and we need to give these amazing people our full support!!
I happened to be that parking lot yesterday and saw what I'm assuming was the 4th and 5th grade portables. These are still little children... Where do they "play?"
For the 5th graders, this is their last year at Palo Verde. What memories will they take away from this move?

Posted by Engaged PA parent
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 12, 2022 at 7:41 pm

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This looks like PR stunt being pushed by the school administration. Go to drop-off or pickup and ask parents how they truly feel about things. The Principal has a reputation for [portion removed] not being at all proactive in identifying/addressing any of their key needs. [Portion removed.] She is, however, excellent at giving high-level grandiose ‘word salad’ answers to questions that make it look like she is hard at work and moving heaven and earth for ‘the kids’.

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If you’re the superintendent and reading this, you might want to pay greater attention to how the school is truly run before this becomes a bigger problem for the district down the line.

Posted by Holiday gift boxes
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 2, 2022 at 11:02 am

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We are very concerned about the safety of the new campus - the playground is chopped up in a way the teachers can't see all of the children at recess and require more adult supervision to be safe. Kids are getting injured. The fences around the upper campus aren't high all the way around and don't have safe exits in the event of an emergency. There is only one bathroom at recess. We keep being told "it's better than having construction on your old campus". Yes, but that is a low bar. We need a safe campus.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 2, 2022 at 2:14 pm

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The one bathroom for how many students should be a concern. Is this one bathroom for all, or one for staff, boys, girls, visitors to campus, etc.? How many actual toilets to be used by how many people?

By 5th grade some girls are already menstruating.

If there is not enough monitoring of the playgrounds, how can there be any monitoring of the one bathroom?

Posted by Page Mill
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 2, 2022 at 5:19 pm

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@Holiday Gift Boxes - Cubberley was designed as a high school campus, but is being used for younger students, an inherent safety risk. It is on very busy roads The fences do not provide adequate safety for younger children. Cubberley now houses Special Education classrooms for secondary students with Autism and post high school students. Cubberley is not a small separate campus. It is unsafe, accessible from multiple sides and lacking protections to keep students from running out. It's not a quieter less chaotic campus. It houses many other schools: a preschool/Pre-K/Transitional K, Adult Education, new Autism classrooms, and now entire school campuses while home campuses are renovated.

Job announcements show Teachers run learning centers with multiple ability levels in a classroom. Teachers are more like center managers than teachers, writing educational plans and checking in with aides who teach. The district hired a large number of aides. Is this for Cubberley? It may save money, but it is not the way to teach disabled students.

Since Cubberley is not a high school, this violates district policy that disabled students attend regular campuses, not separate. The district will/may bus students to regular campuses for activities and classes, but it's questionable. More likely it will only transport for activities and times Special Education chooses.

This is the reason legal fees rose. Along with changing mental health from contractor to employees, Special Education claims it increased services so completely it now replaces all specialized services and schools: those for students who are a danger to themselves and others, County schools, therapeutic schools, hospital schools, residential schools.

Special Education's budget rose each of the last 3 years without public notification of where the money would go. It made dramatic changes to district policies with no public meetings or Board of Education approval.

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