End of Year Message, June 12 2020
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June 12, 2020
Dear Staff and Parents,
On behalf of our Governing Board, directors and site leadership, I’d like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude for your patience, flexibility and perseverance. We know this time hasn’t been easy for anyone and yet all have pulled together to give their absolute best to our students. As a community, we have worked through the multiple daily challenges of this global pandemic and will continue to do so moving forward.
Today our graduates and families will experience a ceremony that has been designed with careful consideration by county leaders, administration, site teams and students to ensure state guidelines are followed. We congratulate our graduates for their accomplishments and wish them the absolute best as they venture into the future of new experiences and possibilities.
A big thank you to those who have been working on learning and preparing for the implementation of a robust distance learning program with the Canvas Learning Management System beginning in August, 2020. We will assess our progress and anticipated training needs as we plan for our return to school in August.
As many of you know, over the past four weeks, we have conducted four advisory committees: Return to School, Student Services (Health and Wellness), Learning Reimagined, and Budget. There will be additional meetings taking place over the next several weeks with the formation of sub-committees so the work will continue throughout the summer - more information will be shared next week.
We are prepared to work with our local health officials and union leadership to safely reopen schools as there have been several guidance documents released by state agencies over the past week. Over the summer break, we commit to each Thursday releasing weekly communication with staff and parents regarding updates from our multiple sub committees, Public Health, Environmental Health and from Governor Newsom. For our staff, please check your email for the latest information from PCOE/PUSD.
On Wednesday, June 17th we will provide our Governing Board a report on the content of our advisory committee meetings and will provide a document that will outline what we know at this time. Included in the report will be a list of multiple questions still needing consideration as we prepare to return to school. Please note, there has not been any decisions made as to what school will look like in the fall; however, at the Board Meeting on the 17th, we will share examples of potential options for consideration. The report will be available to the public on Thursday, June 18th.
Regarding our current budget challenges, we will provide our Governing Board with an update on June 17th, 24th, July 8th and August 12th with what we know at the time of each meeting. As of today, our plans for discussions related to staffing will take place in August when we know more about what stage we are in the Governors Roadmap to Recovery and what school will look like when we return in August.
I’m eager to participate in the changes that await all of us in the coming year. We are committed to students, staff and families as we look to design the very best options for kids in the 2020/21 school year.
May you each find comfort in the relationships that make us stronger together.
Terry R. Oestreich
PCOE & PUSD Superintendent