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Pleasanton Unified changes coronavirus plan, cancels classes on Monday too

Original post made on Mar 16, 2020

The Pleasanton Unified School District has opted to now cancel classes on Monday too, Superintendent David Haglund announced Sunday morning, citing changing dynamics with coronavirus response regionally.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, March 15, 2020, 10:50 AM

Comments (17)

Posted by Richie
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 16, 2020 at 10:00 am

And Pleasanton teachers have been told by Haglund they need to be in their classrooms everyday regardless in order to get paid and if the schools fully shut down they will need to use sick time until that runs out. Great leadership message from our half wit superintendent to a failing school district that cant retain teachers as it is....

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 16, 2020 at 10:43 am

I am honestly trying to understand why, once again, the school board members looked at the original staff proposal of bringing students back on campuses for one day (after they’ve been out and about for three days of possible exposure) and didn’t say, “ah, h e double matchsticks, no.”

Posted by Pleasanton
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 17, 2020 at 1:47 am

@ Richie - the teachers were still getting paid. why would they not work? i still intended to work until the shelter in order place came down.

Posted by urmomz
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2020 at 4:42 am

"@ Richie - the teachers were still getting paid. why would they not work? i still intended to work until the shelter in order place came down."

Maybe because there's no students to teach and needlessly bringing together dozens of teachers to spread the virus to each other would be idiotic?

Posted by @Richie
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Mar 17, 2020 at 12:06 pm

@ Richie....

Not accurate about Haglund. He was the one wanting to make sure teachers would get paid during this situation.

He allowed teachers to work remotely or be on site, whatever worked best for their family situation. So your characterization and facts about him are not fair and not correct.

Feel free to post an apology as quickly as you criticized.

Posted by True info
a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Mar 17, 2020 at 12:47 pm

Here's the real information about how the board and Haglund took care of the situation. Last Friday they voted to have teachers and students at school Monday and Tuesday of this week. Teachers would stay Wednesday through Friday. Thankfully, they were convinced the change their mind by APT leadership. Sunday the schedule changed and teachers were required to attend virtual training Monday, but had to be at school. Students were not asked to attend.

I'm very thankful for my APT leadership because they were the ones who looked out for teacher and student exposure. Not sure if Haglund was focused on getting teachers paid, but he might have been.

Posted by Pleasanton
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2020 at 2:19 pm


there are students to teach. i have three at home that waiting to hear from their teachers. how is working in an isolated classroom needlessly bringing teachers together?

Posted by A teacher
a resident of another community
on Mar 17, 2020 at 4:13 pm

Why bring us to school to collaborate instead of letting us work from home? I gained literally nothing by sitting in my classroom to attend a meeting when I could have done it from the isolation of my home. It was just silly, that’s all. Then they sent out an email midday telling us we had to leave anyway. Also, we have been directed that this week is non-instructional and we need time to prepare for remote instruction. I’m sorry if your children are waiting to hear from your teachers but we’re doing our best and we aren’t supposed to be sending out work anyway. Read the district emails, keep calm, and have some patience and understanding for your child’s educators. I’d like to think this community can come together in these awful circumstances, not fall apart immediately.

Posted by Karl
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 17, 2020 at 5:42 pm

I know teachers are doing their best to deal with this difficult situation, just as many of us have.

The big advantage I and many tech workers have are the abilities, technology and attitude to work from home. Or even work from anywhere in the world.

Maybe we are seeing where our educational system needs to make some changes: training of teachers, procurement of technology and development of classes / educational materials that enable remote instruction.

We recently declined to approve bond money to fix neglected facilities. Maybe the school district needs to move to a 21st century paradigm and come up with a plan to move to new technology and remote / online instruction.

I think today’s students would thrive in this type of environment and the quality of education would increase.

The big question is whether the school board has the ability to think outside the box.

And the other question is whether teachers (or their union) will make the jump to the 21st century.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 17, 2020 at 7:11 pm

I agree the situation has been difficult for everyone and has created need for flexibility. One question: if teachers have access to emails of their students/parents and lesson plans for at least some days in advance (assumptive), why are we waiting for five days that students cannot apparently get back?

I have met with and have confidence in Amy Nichols who heads up technology. There also is a plan for technology that doesn’t rely on bond funding. However, if the board can put together a bond with specific projects and the guarantee those projects will be accomplished, including specific tech, I would support it.

I agree with Karl that students are ready; many teachers are likely ready as well (and I believe the union knows it is time for changes). And the board needs to think for themselves and not just rely on the administration to bring the future to them.

Posted by A teacher
a resident of another community
on Mar 17, 2020 at 8:02 pm

Hey I totally get that students are ready. Personally I am also ready and a few days ago thought it was dumb I couldn’t just keep my class rolling. But I am very tech savvy and turning my class into online instruction is not a huge struggle- for many teachers, they aren’t prepared at all and they need time to prep without students/parents expecting immediate results. When we begin the school year we have several days of PD and a teacher work day. At the beginning of the spring semester we also have a teacher work day. This is similar to that, except we know when the first day of the semester is, and none of us saw this coming (maybe for a week we suspected, but it wasn’t exactly on all our calendars!). I’m not exactly a defender of the DO (trust me on that) but I definitely see need for the district to be consistent with its expectations for teachers and students and for us to present our plans as a team. In addition to asking for a little bit of grace, I also ask that we keep in mind what is important here. Yes, education of course is important, but also family, health. Many of these kids have lost dances, games, performances, national competitions... We have no idea what other big things the kids will miss out on this year, and that is devastating. This has all happened extremely quickly and let’s just take a breath. Let your kids take a breath. If you believe pushing them into instruction immediately is important, you are welcome to use the resources the district has posted, or the many other resources available online.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 17, 2020 at 8:15 pm

A teacher, I appreciate your perspective and very much that you are prepared. I can speak for three students I know, all of whom, at various ages, are already bored. This is like summer and not like summer. Students think this will be fun, except they can’t actually go anywhere or do anything—they can’t even earn a few dollars working. Some teens are killing time, unproductive in my mind, on social media. Younger kids are squabbling with siblings or lonely if they are “onlys”. Sometimes, a sense of some normalcy is just what they need when everything else is turned upside down—like school would provide.

I don’t want to diminish the cause for the chaos, but if teachers are ready, let’s let them start. Holding all students back for what I hope are the few teachers who need help (and that’s perfectly fine) makes no sense, especially for middle and high school. Suggesting busy work to these young people is not going to work.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 17, 2020 at 8:35 pm

Ae the after school tutoring facilities still engaged with "laid off" students?

Posted by Ellen
a resident of another community
on Mar 18, 2020 at 10:30 am

Wow. Get a grip. PEOPLE ARE DYING. This is a new experience for our entire world. Blaming others for our frustrations is ridiculous. Expecting anyone to know how to handle this perfectly is foolish. Be grateful the state has sent our children home to the safest place possible. I am sorry your children are bored. Read a book. I work at the school as a classified employee and will not be paid. Still believe they are doing the best they can in a new world.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 18, 2020 at 11:29 am

The governor is making statements that school may be out until fall, which is sobering news, if not frightening, if It should happen. We can acknowledge that families, while safer at home, are worried about their child’s (ren’s) education. Reading a book only goes so far. What do we do for the weeks and months that follow? I don’t think anyone wants to see children promoted to the next grade with an asterisk after their “passing grade.”

Yes, and very sadly, people are dying. While society grapples with the difficult current realities, one of the things we must do is continue to protect the vulnerable (both health-wise and economically). We also need to protect providing as much normalcy as possible, including educating students of every age.

I am sorry and confused about why you would be at work (and likely essential as so many classified employees are) and not getting paid. Thank you for being there to help staff and families.

Posted by Ellen
a resident of another community
on Mar 18, 2020 at 11:47 am

Kathleen, I am not working. At home, following the rules. I simply ask that we give the district time to implement new educational methods of teaching. It’s day 3......

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 18, 2020 at 12:17 pm

Ellen, of course I don’t know your circumstances, but there is a waiver for collecting unemployment immediately (no one week wait). AVHS has staff around; students picking up materials from carts. Didn’t know if you were part of something like that.

I was reacting to A Teacher who indicated his/her readiness to start. My hope is this unfortunate event will create new opportunities in the future. Maybe something as simple as students who miss class due to illness or other circumstances will be able to participate online or pick up recorded content while home. I’m sure there are many ideas.

I hope you and those you care about are well and safe.

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