Palo Alto Unified School District campuses will not reopen this school year following recommendations from state education officials, Superintendent Don Austin announced Wednesday.

“Most people knew that reopening this year was unlikely given the challenges facing our nation and a virus still spreading rapidly,” Austin stated in a message to the PAUSD community. “At a minimum, I hope a definitive answer can provide a degree of relief.”

Austin had acknowledged that the closures would likely be extended yesterday at a Board of Education meeting Tuesday, and affirmed that campuses would continue essential services such as meal distribution.

PAUSD now prepares to move into Phase III of its distance learning plan, which will take effect after Spring Break.

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