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PUSD board to consider tentative plan for reopening local schools

Original post made on Jul 14, 2020

When classes start next month, PUSD families will either choose an online-based learning option, or take the plunge and send their student for in-person instruction as re-visioned for the COVID era, under the proposed reopening plan.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, July 13, 2020, 8:42 PM

Comments (13)

Posted by puzzled
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2020 at 1:04 am

I'm surprised that PUSD is even thinking of re-opening in any learning mode other than distance learning given that due to last week's spikes in new COVID cases and deaths, Stanislaus Web Link and San Joaquin Web Link counties in conjunction with the county health officer both sent out letters today indicating they were recommending distance learning only. Also many Alameda County and Contra Costa County school districts have also decided to switch from the hybrid model to remote distance learning in the last week.

Posted by Backtoclass
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2020 at 7:39 am

@puzzled, Pleasanton has only had 156 cases and recoveries in 6 months out of 82,300 residents. That is why. And as an added precaution, they are requiring masks and many other new sanitizing protocols.

Posted by jo
a resident of Foothill High School
on Jul 14, 2020 at 7:53 am

Still have my doubts they will open with anything but distance learning... look at Oakland, Fremont...already announcing full distance learning to start. I dont mind distance learning but they better step up their game big time compared to last qtr.

Posted by Mt Diablo Unified and Berkeley Unified remote learning only
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2020 at 8:13 am

The East Bay Times article this morning announced the MDUSD Board voted last night for distance learning only. Web Link Mt Diablo includes many Contra Costa cities and towns.

The home page for SFGATE says Berkeley Unified is doing the same. Web Link

Not sure why Pleasanton Unified would endanger the teachers and students in the crisis situation with surging COVID-19 cases and lack of hospital beds. It seems that Pleasanton Unified is out of step with the rest of the school districts.

Posted by anon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2020 at 8:26 am

Take a look at Israel. They had everything under control until they opened up schools.

Posted by Actually Read the Proposal
a resident of another community
on Jul 14, 2020 at 8:28 am

The agenda is linked but I don’t know if the author read the actual proposal? The recommendation is to begin school with TK-2 with an AM/PM model and other grade levels begin remote. There are also specific schedules and instructions for the remote learning. I know many parents and students thought spring instruction was rubbish, but they ignore/don’t know that teachers were only allowed to ask students to participate in a certain amount of hours each week, high school maxed at 3 hours a week/period and less hours for lower grade levels. That means if you had virtual class only one hour a week, you couldn’t even assign much outside of that. Also, teachers saw extremely low participation since if any student was fine with their grade at quarter 3, the grade couldn’t be lowered. Anyway, we all agree Spring semester was a last-minute mess, but Fall remote learning will have MUCH more structure and teachers have a lot more time to prepare and be ready for what remote learning will be. No matter what, some people will be angry but again I really recommend you watch the board meeting and/or go through the linked presentation thoroughly.

Posted by Incorrect Reporting
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Jul 14, 2020 at 9:03 am

This reporter got it all wrong. If you read the proposal slides, the recommended options for grades 3 - 12 is to start remote learning in Hybrid for the forseeable future.

Pleasanton Weekly - can you please present factual and quality reporting? This article is a mess.

Posted by PapaDan
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jul 14, 2020 at 9:14 am

I strongly disapprove of any plans to re-open "in-person" classroom activities under the current COVID reality. I do not understand why PUSD would even consider subjecting students, teachers, and parents to such uncertainty and risk. I support 100% distance-learning activities as have already been tried in some Pleasanton schools. I am not impressed by those who say "it hasn't worked out so good." My response: "It's a new idea!! Like any new practice it will require trial and error and experience before we can call it a roaring success." In-person class activities under the current circumstances are irresponsible. It sends a terrible message to students ("your health doesn't matter"), to teachers ("we don't value you"), and to parents ("we are willing to risk the lives of your families"). When the election arrives, my votes for city offices and school board memberships will be strongly influenced by public support for this position. Silence on this topic will not get my vote.

a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 14, 2020 at 9:19 am

[Portion removed for disrespectful language/name-calling] Before commenting about how PUSD is recommending going back in person, PLEASE read the slide deck. Agenda item #6, slides at bottome of the agenda item. PUSD is recommending ALL REMOTE for 3 - 12 (even in Hybrid until conditions change).

Web Link

Posted by PapaDan
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jul 14, 2020 at 9:58 am

Whether the reporter got the story right or not is irrelevant. It is still incumbent on Pleasanton residents to express their views on the proper way to conduct education in this city as public officials meet to make decisions. However, calling the reporter, or anyone else, [names] is not helpful and diminishes the value of other comments a person may make.

Posted by Naveed Khan
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Jul 14, 2020 at 2:42 pm

PUSD should have a clear policy on educating our children. Putting the onus and responsibility on stressed out parents is not correct. PUSD should have only one option, that is On-Line learning. They should strengthen their skills to impart on-line learning. Do not place parents in such difficult situation to chose one option over the other. PUSD did a poor job in Spring Term in informing families and conducting on-line classes. They need a lot of improvement. A lot!

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 14, 2020 at 5:55 pm

We need choices to support the community, not all children learn the same. Provide in class options for those that want it.

Posted by DoneDeal
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jul 15, 2020 at 8:46 am

From board meeting vote last night 5-0 vote.

Parents have three choices for school in the Fall:

1. Remote learning start with chance of moving to hybrid with with some in school if conditions change and can be done safely.

2. Flex Academy : 100% remote learning all year

3. Independent Study/Home School

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