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Emergency Pleasanton school board meeting at noon to discuss coronavirus response plan

Original post made on Mar 13, 2020

The Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees has scheduled an emergency special meeting for noon Friday (March 13) to discuss coronavirus response plan.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 13, 2020, 10:12 AM

Comments (26)

Posted by Dianbo, Tim, Lei
a resident of Hacienda Gardens
on Mar 13, 2020 at 10:37 am

Please close the schools for a few weeks.
It would be too late if we keep watching and waiting for the confirmed case to show up.


Posted by Lily
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 13, 2020 at 10:49 am

I agree to close school until spring break. We need to take actions now that same things don’t happen here like happened in Italy .


Posted by TZ
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Mar 13, 2020 at 11:27 am

Please consider closing the schools. If we have to wait until we have a confirmed case at schools, it will be too late. We already have 8 confirmed cases in Alameda County and 16 cases in Contra Costa County. We all know it is underreported because of a lack of testing.

If schools are not ready to provide online education, perhaps we can make next week as spring break.


Posted by Jake
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 13, 2020 at 11:31 am

Most parents will keep kids home next week so its largely irrelevant what school board decrees...


Posted by TZ
a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Mar 13, 2020 at 11:34 am

A lesson learned from Italy: schools need to be closed sooner rather than later, or we will face an accelerating spread of Covid-19


Posted by Good lord
a resident of Amador Estates
on Mar 13, 2020 at 12:39 pm

They better not say we need to send our kids on Monday. I'll excuse mine, but I feel horrible for the staff that has to attend. Clearly the board does not care about safety.


Posted by Let me get this straight
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 13, 2020 at 12:59 pm

So let me get this straight. NJ, OH, and MD all closed schools because they have cases of Corona Virus. Their number of cases do not come close to what we have in California. Dublin and Livermore have already closed. Yet our brilliant board has decided to keep us open? Come on! If teachers need training, bring them in. If students need help getting online, bring them in. But don't have everyone come and possibly expose the entire community. Look at the Scientific data.


Posted by Chuck
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 13, 2020 at 1:05 pm

Easy for people to day "close the schools for a few weeks" when they don't have child care to worry about. Not my issue, but it is for many.

Clearly it would be prudent but it's not that simple.


Posted by Save The Community
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Mar 13, 2020 at 1:18 pm

I agree with other people commented here. Please close the schools until things stabilize.


Posted by Shahida Umer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2020 at 1:19 pm

I personally think that for the wellbeing of our children and community staff, the schools should be closed in order to contain the disease and stop it from being spread.


Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 13, 2020 at 1:49 pm

One vote for keeping the schools open here. For high schoolers, a disruption is likely to be significant to their educational careers. In the future, we will look back at this as an overreaction. IMO.


Posted by timbuk2
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 13, 2020 at 1:51 pm

@Chuck

Thats the trade off that all of us have to make for the safety of the children, staff and the community as a whole.
If the person needing child care is a frontline worker then employer/city/state has to make adequate arrangements for them. If not, we('community') will support them.


Posted by TK
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Mar 13, 2020 at 3:05 pm

Children’s safety comes before education and child care at this critical time.
Once there is a confirmed case it might be too late. Let’s learn from the lessons from Italy and other countries who have been effected.


Posted by Ridiculous
a resident of Verona
on Mar 13, 2020 at 3:19 pm

I'm a teacher in PUSD and I'm being forced to go to training next Tuesday through Friday so I can learn how to teach my students virtually. Never mind that I already have a system in place and am prepared. Our governor better step in because idiot leadership like the one we have at the Pleasanton District Office will encourage Corona to spread. I knew Haglund couldn't handle this. Look up Livermore, San Ramon Unified, and Dublin tonight to see how a district should help their employees during this time.


Posted by urmomz
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2020 at 3:19 pm

"Children’s safety comes before education and child care at this critical time."

Children infected with coronavirus have few or no symptoms and are at an extraordinarily low risk or serious effects. There is a strong argument to be made that closing the schools is the right decision to protect the community (mostly the elderly), but arguing this is about protecting the children is plain false.


Posted by Ridiculous
a resident of Verona
on Mar 13, 2020 at 3:22 pm

I'm a teacher in PUSD and I'm being forced to go to training next Tuesday through Friday so I can learn how to teach my students virtually. Never mind that I already have a system in place and am prepared. Our governor better step in because leadership like the one we have at the Pleasanton District Office will encourage Corona to spread. I knew Haglund couldn't handle this. Look up Livermore, San Ramon Unified, and Dublin tonight to see how a district should help their employees during this time.


Posted by urdadz
a resident of Foothill Place
on Mar 13, 2020 at 3:24 pm

Is the district providing day care for all of the teachers sitting in empty classrooms while their kids are home from school next week?


Posted by Eric
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Mar 13, 2020 at 3:30 pm

@anonymous, if we look back at this and say we overreacted that is the best possible outcome. It means it worked. That is the whole point .


Posted by To urmomz
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Mar 13, 2020 at 4:03 pm

“Children infected with coronavirus have few or no symptoms and are at an extraordinarily low risk or serious effects.”

Agree that there are no serious effects for children. However, the point is to stop the spreading, the children come home to families.

Affected countries are running low on bed spaces in hospitals. Which means intensive/hospital care is probably needed for parents. Who
will take care of the children then?


Posted by JC
a resident of Pleasanton Village
on Mar 13, 2020 at 4:08 pm

Does anyone know the outcome of the meeting?


Posted by Propplayer
a resident of Hacienda Gardens
on Mar 13, 2020 at 4:18 pm

Protecting the spread throughout our community is protecting the children as they need the grownups to stay healthy to care for them efficiently. There is nothing anyone is learning in any school tk to 12 worth more than someone’s life even if it is not your own. In state’s where there is missed school due to inclement weather they makeup the missed days during other breaks and shorten summer if necessary—and that’s if there’s ice in the road not a known deadly virus. Truth be told I work in a casino whom refuses workers to wear masks or gloves. I’m within six inches of players faces constantly. I have an impeccable immune system which has never shown signs to any illness I might have contracted being streptococcus or flu with direct contact in all of it. With that being said there are people with poor hygiene being sloppy and it will eventually arrive at our front door. They know very little factual scientific studies on corona because she’s new. Not worth the risk.


Posted by Follow our neighbors
a resident of Amador Estates
on Mar 13, 2020 at 4:48 pm

San Ramon Valley School District closed their schools to students effective immediately. I believe Dublin as well. Why aren't we following?


Posted by Member
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm

shut up, get some toilet paper and food for you and your neighbor, stay home, its a pandemic, none of you have lived through one, you can't assess what will/won't happen and you obviously can't determine the severity because there are NO TESTS. thankfully you aren't experts we depend on for scientific backed evidence. no one really cares about your silly little opinions, who will watch the kids, who won't watch the kids, who will eat, who won't, what was your plan if you got sick? why not offer to watch your neighbors kids. that's what good neighbors do. what was your plan for an earthquake? or a fire? or a major disaster? go with one of those plan as they should work. if you haven't had time in the last 50 years to come up with a plan now is your opportunity. if you don't care about the health of your neighbors/community join your friends downtown for the brew crawl that i think is cancelled but i'm sure the businesses would appreciate your patronage. or invite your friends over for a dance, just keep the sneezing between friends and keep our families out of it. and to the teacher who already knows how to work online but are being forced to go in, help another teacher out who doesn't know how to go online. i'm sure the district could use all the support available to them. as you so kindly pointed out haglund is inept. step up, give a hand, you are being paid and you were hired to teach, no?


Posted by Me
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2020 at 8:13 pm

@ urmomz
The children may not get symptoms, which makes the likelihood of virus spread more likely.
Remember there are teachers, yard duty, custodians, counselors and administrators that are not afforded the same treatment by the virus; In addition there are elderly family and community members one or two degrees of separation away. Those infections will result in some death. This is just unconscionable.

True lack of leadership, from the governor, from the superintendent both trying to prove the idiot in the White House is not an anomaly.




Posted by Olorin
a resident of Val Vista
on Mar 13, 2020 at 9:27 pm

Nice remark "Me"..."the idiot in the White House"....That really helps.


Posted by Me
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2020 at 10:16 pm

@Olorin - the idiot basically disbanded the infectious disease branch of the CDC, he came in contact with a known infected Covid-19 carrier and does not lead by following the CDC guidance: He said there would be 4million test kits available today, we all know this is false, Ted Cruise showed greater leadership by self quarantine, Odd you did not object to my labeling the governor the same way, Leadership needs to come from the top, The idiot is not capable costing thousands of outer fellow citizens their lives, just wait and see,


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