Sun, Jan 9 8:21pm
What a start to 2022!
Just when we were hoping we were past the dramas of 2020 and 2021, we begin our year with more uncertainty.
I would like to take a moment to thank you all for your patience and understanding as we once again roll with the ever changing guidelines and regulations.
Today, District Superintendent Don Austin and Deputy Superintendent Trent Bahadursingh, held a zoom meeting with all Palo Alto PTA Presidents. Here are some of the takeaways from this meeting :
- Our schools will remain open, the only reason for closure would be if there is an operational issue eg. lack of personnel or a closure is mandated by the State or County.
- District is asking PTA’s to help our Principals coordinate fully vaccinated parent volunteers on campus to help keep our schools open and operating safely and effectively. More information will be sent out in the next day or so.
- Should you choose the Independent Study - online program (Note : This requires parents/guardians to be the learning coach for your child), this will be a commitment until the end of the school year, with no choice to change back to in-person.
- There is an update to the message sent by Mr.Austin on Friday with regard to individuals with symptoms having to complete a negative antigen or PCR test before returning to campus. A photo of your At-home test will now be accepted.
- At this time no further test kits will be distributed, but testing will be available every Thursday at our Fairmeadow site for our students and also daily at the Cubberley site.
- Govenor Newsom advised that the State will provide all staff AND students with a 10 day supply of KN95 masks - Mr.Austin does not know at this time when those supplies will be available.
I know there is a lot of concern among our community as we navigate through this latest wave. Hang in there! Our amazing Staff are continuing to do all they can to keep our students engaged and as safe as possible.
How can parents help:
1. Please provide your child with a well fitted (not cloth) mask going to school.
2. Should your child have any symptoms no matter how mild, please do not send them to school until they have tested negative.
***Should you have any other questions you can add them to this google doc called 2022 Covid and we will work with our Principal to answer all your questions and concerns.***
If you have any other questions please email us at: fairmeadowPTA@gmail.com
Thank you as always for being so supportive of our community,
Collette & Team