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No one to be left out of school sports because of need, officials say

Despite privacy concerns, donations will be accepted

Families that can't pay for the physicals required to play sports needn't be worried -- Pleasanton schools have money set aside so no one gets left out.

School official tread lightly about the issue, largely because of privacy concerns, but the new principal at Hart Middle School, Terry Conde said she knows who those children are.

"We were fully aware of the situation… (but) it's a student matter, we respect the confidentiality of the student family," Conde said. "It's very sensitive in nature. We don't like to expose or give any info about the family."

That was echoed by Pleasanton school Spokeswoman Myla Grasso.

"The schools are already pretty well aware of the students that are in need and they've already taken steps," Grasso said. "We will find a way for students to participate."

Recently, some Pleasanton Weekly readers learned about the situation with at least one student and volunteered to help out.

And while the schools must respect the privacy of students, Conde said Hart will take any donations that come its way.

"We always accept contributions from our community. We don't want to close the doors on it," she said. "We do run into situations where there is need. We respect their privacy and their needs (but) we do take care of our families on an ongoing basis."

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