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'Uncharted territory': How 10 local school districts are tackling the transition to distance learning

Schools are shut down for at least three weeks, likely the rest of the school year. What will distance learning look like...

Original post made on Mar. 18, 2020
Last comment by Alice, on May 27, 2020 at 4:47 pm | 48 comments | 57260 Views


Finding normalcy in the unknown: How students, families are coping with school closures

With the campuses closed and families across Palo Alto under a shelter-at-home order for three weeks, school activities can...

Original post made on Mar. 20, 2020
Last comment by Bradley Dawson, on May 15, 2020 at 1:29 am | 6 comments | 8336 Views


Coronavirus will impact school budgets for years to come. Trustees are urging 'aggressive' financial conservatism.

Facing the likelihood of the coronavirus impacting the school district's budget for several years, trustees on Tuesday urged...

Original post made on May. 13, 2020
Last comment by Taxpayer, on May 14, 2020 at 10:22 pm | 24 comments | 7557 Views


'I didn't get to say goodbye': Graduating seniors grapple with unexpected ending to their high school careers

In interviews, Midpeninsula seniors expressed disappointment -- but also acceptance -- of how the coronavirus has upended...

Original post made on May. 8, 2020
Last comment by musical, on May 12, 2020 at 9:14 am | 9 comments | 9842 Views


To grade or not to grade? For some local schools, that's been a divisive question

Up and down the Midpeninsula, while some students, parents and teachers breathed a sigh of relief that their schools would...

Original post made on Apr. 23, 2020
Last comment by Fact Checker, on May 9, 2020 at 1:29 pm | 49 comments | 21565 Views


What does preschool look like during a pandemic? Socially distant play, temperature checks and virtual storytime.

HeadsUp is among the local preschools that have been allowed to stay open to provide child care to parents who are essential...

Original post made on May. 6, 2020
Last comment by Fact Checker, on May 6, 2020 at 3:01 pm | 1 comment | 36835 Views


Midpeninsula students aid community in quests for food donations, face masks

While school is online and many extracurriculars are canceled, some Midpeninsula students are reporting they have more time...

Original post made on Apr. 28, 2020
Last comment by Gunn Parent, on Apr 28, 2020 at 5:47 pm | 2 comments | 5301 Views


Palo Alto prepares for service cuts as economy sputters

Palo Alto will consider closing library branches, scrapping its shuttle program and suspending its plan to spur housing production...

Original post made on Apr. 21, 2020
Last comment by chris, on Apr 28, 2020 at 12:51 pm | 53 comments | 13131 Views


'We're doing crisis learning': Superintendent addresses hot-button closure issues during live webinar

On Monday, Superintendent Don Austin addressed the realities facing a district that has moved instruction for 12,000 students...

Original post made on Apr. 21, 2020
Last comment by Silver lining, on Apr 28, 2020 at 9:57 am | 52 comments | 10568 Views


State superintendent: Schools likely won't reopen this academic year

In a letter to county superintendents across California on Tuesday, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond...

Original post made on Mar. 31, 2020
Last comment by RalphJStinson, on Apr 28, 2020 at 1:36 am | 35 comments | 78466 Views


Jordan Hall carries the name of Stanford's controversial founding president. A new committee will consider requests to remove it.

A Stanford University committee will consider faculty and student requests to rename Jordan Hall, named for the university's...

Original post made on Apr. 21, 2020
Last comment by Resident, on Apr 24, 2020 at 12:51 am | 21 comments | 6881 Views


Urge PA School Board to Address Feedback Regarding Grading Policies at April 21st School Board Meeting

On March 25th, Palo Alto School District Superintendent Don Austin made a decision to sign a Memorandum of Understanding...

Original post made by Steve Toteda on Apr. 18, 2020
Last comment by Parent, on Apr 20, 2020 at 9:44 pm | 9 comments | 2090 Views


Have a question or concern about school closures? Ask Palo Alto's superintendent during new live webinars

Starting this Monday, Superintendent Don Austin will start a live weekly webinar series during which he'll talk about the...

Original post made on Apr. 19, 2020
Last comment by Whew, on Apr 20, 2020 at 9:36 pm | 13 comments | 6508 Views


School closures heighten low-income families' fears that their students will be left behind

For local low-income families, the coronavirus is exacerbating the economic, educational and technological inequities that...

Original post made on Apr. 2, 2020
Last comment by Samuel L., on Apr 6, 2020 at 1:37 pm | 7 comments | 8216 Views


No more A's and F's? Teachers experiment with 'standards based' grading

Reaction to the organic spread of standards-based grading that emphasizes mastery of skills over letter grades in Palo Alto...

Original post made on Jan. 31, 2020
Last comment by Anonymous, on Apr 2, 2020 at 1:20 pm | 37 comments | 19246 Views


As Newsom cautions longer school closures, Palo Alto Unified passes emergency resolution in response to COVID-19 pandemic

In the wake of Gov. Gavin Newsom's comments that schools will likely remain closed for the remainder of this academic year,...

Original post made on Mar. 18, 2020
Last comment by Resident, on Mar 29, 2020 at 9:38 am | 36 comments | 23130 Views


Palo Alto schools to remain closed through May 1

Hundreds of public schools in six Bay Area counties, including in Santa Clara County, will remain closed through May 1, county...

Original post made on Mar. 25, 2020
Last comment by Independent, on Mar 28, 2020 at 8:02 am | 68 comments | 15748 Views


Families want Palo Alto schools to offer Hindi as a foreign language. The school district says it's complicated.

Palo Alto Unified parents are eager to work with the school district to offer Hindi as a world language at its two high schools. Read...

Original post made on Jan. 16, 2020
Last comment by Shachi Chotia, on Mar 24, 2020 at 2:29 am | 86 comments | 14431 Views


March Sadness continues for collegiate athletic programs

This is not the way the Stanford women's tennis, lightweight rowing, men's golf and men's gymnastics wanted to defend their...

Original post made on Mar. 20, 2020
Last comment by Confused, on Mar 20, 2020 at 6:06 pm | 1 comment | 4023 Views


Stanford creates new coronavirus test that produces fast results

Stanford Health Care has invented a new test for the COVID-19 disease and is using it to verify suspected cases of the illness...

Original post made on Mar. 6, 2020
Last comment by Jano, on Mar 20, 2020 at 4:17 pm | 16 comments | 50925 Views
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