Apr 6 2020

What are teachers and parents saying about distant learning?

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Apr 3 2020

The Piedmont Unified School District has determined that the work on the new STEAM building at Piedmont High School is an essential government function and work will continue on this project, over which the City has no jurisdiction.

April 6, 2020,  Sara Lillevand, City Administrator
Report on the Impacts of the COVID 19 Emergency on the City of Piedmont

Apr 3 2020
April 3, 2020
Dear PCA,
Thanks for your inquiry.  We appreciate the opportunity to address your questions, and our responses follow:
  • What is the School District doing to inform construction workers of requirements for social distancing and other COVID – 19 practices?

Overaa Construction, the District’s general contractor, issued detailed protocols to all workers for individual and community health and safety, posted information at each entrance to the job site, and provides reminders at each staff meeting.

At this phase of the STEAM project, workers are dispersed across the roof and the interior floors, and there is abundant space for proper distancing while working.  Workers wear personal protective equipment, including gloves, and avoid sharing equipment, tools, and other items. The jobsite is stocked at all times with hand sanitizer, hand soap, diluted bleach in spray bottles, paper towels, and disinfecting wipes, and workers regularly wipe down communal surfaces as well as tools and equipment.  Also, the jobsite trailers are now single-occupancy.

On April 2, it was brought to the District’s attention that several workers were on a break and congregating on Magnolia Avenue without proper social distancing.  Overaa’s foreman immediately halted all work and called an emergency meeting for all workers, spaced at least six feet apart from each other. The foreman again reviewed the protocols and told workers that there would be no warnings — that any failure to comply would result in immediate dismissal.  Overaa followed up with an email to all workers to reiterate the protocols and consequences for noncompliance.

Given the indefinite school closure, the District is enlarging the fenced area around the jobsite, to provide more space for workers to meet and have lunch and breaks outside.

The School District and Overaa are committed to keeping the workforce and jobsite healthy, and it is evident that the great majority of workers take these protocols seriously and earnestly comply.

  • What is the School District doing to enforce construction workers’ social distancing, smoking, and parking in the residential neighborhoods?

Enforcement of the health and safety protocols is addressed above.  In addition, security cameras at various locations on the jobsite make it possible for Overaa and the District to monitor compliance.

The District is not aware of any illegal parking by the workers.  With the closure of schools, most workers are parking in the School District’s Permit A spaces near the jobsite.  Those who do not park in Permit A spaces typically park at Zion Lutheran Church on Park Boulevard, and take a worker shuttle to and from the jobsite.  Workers have been instructed that, if they do park in neighborhoods, they must follow the posted restrictions. If you are aware of any illegal parking, please snap a photo and send it to us so we can follow up.

Similarly, the District is not aware of any illegal smoking by workers.  Smoking is not permitted on School District property and this rule is strictly enforced.  Nonetheless, smoking is legal elsewhere. If you are aware of problems, such as workers discarding cigarette butts, please snap a photo and send it to us so we can follow up.

  • Is the School District asking the Piedmont Police Department to enforce orders?

As noted above, Overaa will enforce the health and safety protocols with its workers.  The School District and Piedmont Police Department are in frequent communication about enforcing the shelter–in-place order, primarily concerning groups of people who trespass at Witter Field (which is closed) and do not follow social distancing directives.

  • While construction workers attend to their work tasks, are they wearing protective masks at all times?

The advice on masks is evolving quickly.  Each worker has an N95 mask but is not currently required to wear it at all times.  If public health mandates change, Overaa and the District will ensure full compliance.

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have further questions.
Regards,
Pete 

Pete Palmer 

ppalmer@piedmont.k12.ca.us

PUSD, Director of Facilities/Construction Manager
Piedmont Unified School District
           760 Magnolia Avenue
           Piedmont, CA 94611    510-594-2877 office
           www.piedmont.k12.ca.us
Apr 1 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom announced the closure of California schools.

 https://abc7news.com/governor-newsom-today-california-schools-closed-superintendent-tony-thurmond-ca/6068754/

Mar 29 2020

The Public is invited to make comments to items on the agenda before the Board adjourns to Virtual Closed Session:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/139610657?pwd=QU1wai9Kb1dLOWpqRmVrazJUV0MyZz09

Meeting ID: 139 610 657
Password: 583881

Meeting begins at 4:30 pm, March 30, 2020

Closed Session 4:35 pm

III.A. Conference with District Labor Negotiator Randall Booker regarding Negotiations with Association of Piedmont Teachers (APT) (Government Code 54956.6)
III.B. Conference with District Labor Negotiator Randall Booker regarding Negotiations with California School Employees Association (CSEA) (Government Code 54956.6)
IV. REGULAR OPEN SESSION

Time Certain:
6:28 PM
IV.A. Report of Action Taken in Closed Session

Full detailed agenda linked below:

https://agendaonline.net/public/Meeting.aspx?AgencyID=1241&MeetingID=77743&AgencyTypeID=1&IsArchived=False

Mar 25 2020

March 25, 2020

The Alameda County Office of Education announced today that they are closing schools through May 1, 2020:

“Seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their county superintendents, have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to the maximum extent. The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community are the highest priorities of all schools and districts in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.”

You can read ACOE’s press release here.

The Piedmont Unified School District will comply with this directive and extend its school facilities closure and student dismissal through May 1, 2020.

There has been a question around if we’re required to add days at the end of the year to help meet the normal 180 instructional day requirement.  According to the California Department of Education, the answer is no. We are NOT required and we will NOT add additional days to our instructional calendar for the 19-20 school year

As we progress over the next several weeks, District leadership, in consultation with the Governor’s Office, Alameda County Public Health Department, Alameda County Office of Education, and the Piedmont Unified School District Board of Education, will determine if the school facilities closure and student dismissal will be extended past May 1, 2020.

Randall Booker PUSD Superintendent

For questions, please contact Randall Booker, PUSD Superintendent at rbooker@piedmont.k12.ca.us

Mar 20 2020

March 20, 2020

The District held a special Board of Education meeting (click here to watch the recording), Thursday, March 19th – 3:00pm where they unanimously passed Resolution 20-2019-20 – Emergency Actions by the Superintendent of Schools.

With this authorization, the superintendent has extended  the Piedmont Unified School District Site Facilities Closure and Student Dismissal through April 7, 2020 (to coincide with the current shelter-in-place).

As we progress over the next several weeks, District leadership, in consultation with the Governor’s Office, Alameda County Public Health Department, Alameda County Office of Education, and the Piedmont Unified School District Board of Education, will determine if the school facilities closure and student dismissal will be extended past April 7, 2020.  If so, it may affect our scheduled Spring Break (April 13th-17th). The District will communicate if changes to Spring Break dates occur.

March 25, 2020 Regularly Scheduled Board of Education Meeting is Canceled.

The Piedmont Unified School District Board of Education, during its March 19, 2020 Special Board Meeting, unanimously decided to cancel their March 25, 2020 regularly scheduled Board of Education Meeting.

Distance-Learning Update

PUSD educators are working to develop and deliver distance learning opportunities for students.  It was just a few days ago when the Board of Education voted to close schools and dismiss students, and much has changed since then.  At first the District planned for a 2-week closure. Now we are shifting for a closure that may last for an extended period of time.

Educators will use this extended closure to collaborate (virtually) and build-out virtual lessons and learning experiences in order to grow in our ability to provide a continuance of education.  These experiences will vary greatly from elementary to middle to our high schools. PUSD is committed to supporting our educators during this unique time of curriculum development and delivery. Patience and flexibility will be required as teachers and staff balance family and work responsibilities during this time of crisis.

Teachers and administrators’ email inboxes are overwhelmed with an abundance of suggestions and products for distance-learning solutions, both from the private and public sector.  PUSD will progress in its development and delivery of distance-learning plans by researching appropriate technology tools and delivery strategies, provide the needed training and professional learning to teachers and staff, and collaborate with our educational professionals on how best to help students and families during this challenging time.  School site administrators and teachers will provide families with progress updates along the way.

Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20

March 19, 2020

“The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the  federal critical infrastructure sectors.” 

Read a summary of the Executive Order here (CA.gov website) or the full Executive Order here (pdf).

California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond stated in a follow-up email last night, that “the order does NOT change or impact our role, considered essential, and our duty to carry out the following essential services …”

Additionally, “the Education Facilities Subsector covers pre-kindergarten through grade 12 schools, institutions of higher education, and business and trade schools. The sub-sector includes facilities that are owned by both government and private sector entities.”

While PUSD educators will continue to develop distance-learning opportunities for students, PUSD implores those families with middle and/or high school students to share this information with them and restrict their outings to only essential tasks/trips.

PUSD will continue to provide updates as it learns more from the Alameda County Public Health Department and the Alameda County Office of Education.

For questions, please contact Randall Booker, PUSD Superintendent at rbooker@piedmont.k12.ca.us

Mar 18 2020

The Piedmont Unified School Board will hold a Remote Meeting to discuss emergency actions.  For Agenda details, participation, and observation opportunities go to:

https://agendaonline.net/public/Meeting.aspx?AgencyID=1241&MeetingID=77619&AgencyTypeID=1&IsArchived=False

Read Emergency Measures Agenda item below :

V_A_Resolution20201920EmergencyActionsByTheSuperintendentOfSchools_0

Mar 17 2020

March 17, 2020

To help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Piedmont Unified School District has temporarily closed school facilities, including the Witter Field Complex. No access will be permitted to the field house, track, or football, baseball and softball fields until further notice. During this unprecedented health crisis, the District’s custodial staff is not available to clean and maintain these facilities for safe use. The District will continue to work with County and State health officials to determine when to reopen its facilities.

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Questions or comments? Please contact Superintendent Booker at rbooker@piedmont.k12.ca.us or Director of Facilities Pete Palmer at ppalmer@piedmont.k12.ca.us

Mar 13 2020

“Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order ensuring California public school districts retain state funding even in the event of physical closure.”

MARCH 13, 2020: This afternoon, the Piedmont Unified School District Board of Education unanimously passed the following motion: “PUSD Board of Education moves to close school facilities for non-essential functions, suspend in-classroom instruction, and dismiss all PUSD students beginning March 16 through March 27, 2020 in order to:

  • 1. Slow the spread of COVID-19 across the state and in our community, reduce the number of people infected, and protect those who are most vulnerable to severe illness.
  • 2. Plan and prepare for continuity of educational services during a pandemic that may last for an extended period of time. With the expectation that teachers continue to provide a continuity of education through distance learning, actively engage in communications with administration, colleagues, families, and students; and that staff necessary for essential district-wide services/operations continue with their responsibilities either at a school site/district office or virtually (if applicable).

” With this decision, beginning March 16, 2020 all school site facilities are closed to students and the general public. All extra-curricular activities, including athletics, instrumental, vocal, dance, and dramatic productions are also cancelled. Additionally, all school site facilities rentals by the public are cancelled.

During this time, district leaders will coordinate with county health officials, the Alameda County Public Health Department, and California Department of Education to determine if returning on March 30th is advisable.

Continuity of Education School site educators are developing plans to deliver a continuity of education for students district-wide. Distance learning will be utilized, so we expect students and families to monitor email, Infinite Campus, and Schoology regularly for homework/learning activities, important updates, and messages from teachers and the administration.

Our goal is to begin communicating distance learning opportunities in the afternoon on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. These communications, including expectations and specific learning opportunities will arrive directly from site educators and the administration.

READ FULL PRESS RELEASE BY CLICKING BELOW:

Press Release – SCHOOL FACILITY CLOSURE 03-16- TO 3-27-20

Randall Booker, School Superintendent