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PUSD: Superintendent addresses governor's plans for reopening schools

Original post made on May 6, 2020

PUSD Superintendent David Haglund penned a detailed response this week to address Gov. Gavin Newsom's recent announcement for plans to possibly start the 2020-21 school year in July or August. Read the full letter:

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 5:50 PM

Comments (12)

Posted by Disgusted
a resident of Birdland
on May 6, 2020 at 9:28 am

Hagland is amazing in his ability to write long letters and to talk for extended periods of time and say absolutely nothing. Sick of hearing him pontificate without doing anything.

Posted by Teacher
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 6, 2020 at 10:13 am


Out of curiosity, what is it he should be "doing" right now. If you have a plan to implement, I would love to hear when and how we should reopen Pleasanton schools.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 6, 2020 at 11:19 am

Well for one, how about plans to start in July vs August as Newsom requested?

For two - why would we apply statewide statistics to local schools? i.e. we are (fortunately) not in a hotbed breakout area, schools are extremely localized, why would you wait for the state to hit levels that are going to be primarily driven by areas not by us?

Posted by Ken
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 6, 2020 at 1:49 pm

The last thing our kids need is to start school in July. Oh wait, you are the one who said your kids are better than ours. I’m just wondering how you parent at all when you spend all day needlessly spamming this forum with negative and fake expert opinions about EVERY SINGLE TOPIC and ALL DAY LONG. We see you and it’s annoying AF. It’s clear people in your real life don’t want to hear it so you sink into anonymous internet trolling.

Posted by Union rules
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 6, 2020 at 2:42 pm

PUSD is run by the teacher's union. They are the ones that determine the start date. Unless the union wants to open in July, there is no way PUSD will open in July.

The union rules the PUSD.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 6, 2020 at 2:58 pm

We are a well-educated community and deserve concrete information. It would be helpful for ideas to be announced long before the legal requirement for posting information for a board study session (usually 72 hours). There is time for vetting any ideas so the board doesn’t discuss, and give direction to staff, in a vacuum absent the sentiments of parents.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 6, 2020 at 4:50 pm we get to pick and choose what mandates we accept from Gavin? I'm confused.

If he says stay at home, we're supposed to stay at home.
If he says non-essential business, stop working.
If he says wear masks, we're supposed to wear masks.
If he says start school in July, "oh way we can do that"


Posted by Big Facts
a resident of Downtown
on May 6, 2020 at 5:20 pm

Pleasanton Parent may want to rethink how much better his/her kids are right now if the apple truly doesn’t fal far from the tree.

Did the governor state that the upcoming school year start in July? No he did not. He suggested maybe it should to narrow any learning gap that has occurred.

Can the governor mandate when schools start? No he cannot. That is determined by each district.

I have been critical of the PUSD more often than not, but during this pandemic, I think Haglund has been decisive and effective at each opportunity.

Posted by Pleasanter Parent
a resident of Ironwood
on May 6, 2020 at 5:22 pm

Pleasanton Parent, it seems that you really want everything to be simple, but this situation is not. Negotiating a school calendar is a hugely complex undertaking and requires months of planning—months we don’t have right now. Also, Newsom’s suggestion was not an order, nor does such authority rest in California’s governor. We don’t have kings in America; we have laws and powers distributed on many various levels for a reason. You might want to read up on the state’s Ed Code and something called LEAs. Those that really understand the vast complexities had to get a Ph.D In education. You have a lot of catching up to do.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 6, 2020 at 5:48 pm

P-Er P, incorrect on so many levels. Calendars are not that complex. 180. days of instruction, X number of days for professional development, grading releases, conferences, and holidays. Pretty well has had the same pattern for years. However, calendars are held hostage to negotiations with the teachers’ union. I can leave negotiations as is—also have a pattern and any organization or company with a union has to negotiate and there are gives and holds on both sides. LEAs don’t make things more complex (Local Education Agency). There was a time when neighboring districts didn’t try to coordinate calendars. EdCode does not require a Ph.D.—most union leadership members do not have a Ph.D.; a squadron of lawyers, certainly.

The topic brought me to this thread; not Ken; not PP. SWMNBN. Given I am one of the few who actually uses my name, that’s a big Harr”h”.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 6, 2020 at 6:19 pm

Come on, listen to the experts, figure out how to start school on July as requested.

Start school, save minds

Posted by 2020gradmom
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 7, 2020 at 2:11 pm

There can be no definitive plans at this point of the virus. Unless someone can truly read the future, and unless we wish to expose our families to the virus, the district cannot make absolute plans for reopening schools. This would be foolish. Don't know about you but I do not want to return to quarantine because someone wanted to rush to reopen school too early. We must follow what the true field experts recommend. Alot of us parents have already lost alot from this school year closure. My son's last baseball season abruptly ended and his senior year memories are of staying home with his parents. Let's not let another school year repeat the class of 2020 school year. As much as we all want to get back into our routine, which will not be the same routine as before, we must think smartly. I think the school district is doing the best they can given the current environment. This is something new to everyone!! Yes, they could have done things differently, but they did the best they could in a short time frame. Things have been learned from this and may be done differently should we need to return to quarantine.
Let's be safe and not rush back into opening school too soon. We will get there but need to do it smartly for the safety of all.

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