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PAUSD board drafts re-opening plans for fall


The Palo Alto Unified School District administration released a draft of possible schedules for when the schools reopen in the fall of 2020.

The school board is creating plans for three different ways of reopening the schools: full distance learning mode, blended or modified format, and reopening with no restrictions.

A draft of the remote learning schedule for secondary schools has been released, and consists of students attending scheduled Zoom classes from 8:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays, students have independent work time and can attend virtual clubs.

The secondary school’s blended schedule splits the student body in two, with half attending school on Monday and Tuesday, and the others attending Thursday and Friday. On days when students are not on campus, they will distance learn, and all students will distance learn on Wednesdays.

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A proposed blended learning schedule has also been released for the elementary schools.

The elementary schools’ proposed schedule splits the student body into two groups, with one group attending school in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Under this arrangement, all elementary students would attend school Monday to Friday with room cleanings in between each group.

If in-person learning takes place in the fall, the district plans to take essential actions to keep the students and staff safe. Students and staff would wear appropriate personal protective equipment, their temperatures would be checked daily, and disinfecting and cleaning protocols would be increased. These are just a few of many safety precautions that the board has planned to take.

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