PUSD announces school reopening delay

Julie Reichle

Havens Elementary in May 2020.

In an email sent to parents Friday morning, PUSD Superintendent Randy Booker said he is recommending a delay to an elementary return to in-person/hybrid learning that was originally scheduled to start on Nov. 3. (TK-2nd) and Nov. 10 (3rd – 5th). Booker cited problems in developing a “master schedule” and “timely development and communications regarding site procedures and logistics” as reasons for the delay. A special school board meeting to discuss the change in plans is now scheduled for Monday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. (Agenda and Zoom link HERE.)

According to the email, managing teacher assignments around distance learning vs. in-person teaching has been challenging, “especially with a desire to minimize involuntary transfers of our educators from one site to another, or even from grade level to grade level.”

“We are recognizing that due to teacher placements (DL and/or In-Person/Hybrid), it most likely would require that we transfer students from one school to another for in-person learning.  This is something we’ve historically avoided, especially in the middle of a school year.  It is counter to our culture of community-building.”

Booker also notes that staff COVID testing and the daily student/staff symptom screener application need more time to develop.

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