Jun 9 2020

Piedmont School Board Meeting Wednesday, June 10

The Black Student Union created a film where students share their experiences of being black at Piedmont and Millennium High Schools and the greater Piedmont community. Members from the BSU will introduce and share a clip of their film. 

  Recording of June 10, 2020 School Board Meeting  https://piedmont.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=2167

Click the link below for details on watching and participating via Zoom. 

https://agendaonline.net/public/Meeting.aspx?AgencyID=1241&MeetingID=78651&AgencyTypeID=1&IsArchived=False

Jun 9 2020

The Piedmont Unified School District has reopened Witter Field for community use. Individuals can access Witter Field from the Wildwood Avenue steps, Piedmont Middle School’s “PE Hill,” or the El Cerrito pedestrian gate. The Windsor Avenue gate, Wildwood Elementary School playground, baseball and softball fields, batting cages, and Witter Field House restrooms will remain closed until the District develops plans and schedules to sanitize facilities for safe use. Under the recent orders, individuals must wear face coverings when outdoors, including when engaging in physical activities such as walking and running, when within 30 feet of people outside of their household.

According to the County’s press release:

  • Everyone in all settings must wear a face covering where the public is present or likely to be, and at any time when others are nearby.
  • Children aged 12 and younger are not required to wear a face covering, and any child two years old or younger should not wear a face covering.
  • A person engaged in walking, hiking, bicycling, running, and other physical activities is not required to wear a face covering during the entire duration of their activity, but that person must carry a face covering that is easy to access so they can wear it once they are within 30 feet of other people.

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

Click below for the full press release.

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Jun 2 2020
From the Piedmont Unified School District Board of Education

To our Piedmont community—

On a regular basis, terrible incidents take place that leave us feeling sorrow and dismay. As with so many across our country, we have been outraged and heartbroken by the ongoing losses and acts of injustice in the last weeks: Mr. Floyd, Mr. Auberey, Ms. Taylor, Mr. Cooper. They are reminders of systemic oppression that still occurs based on race, religion, culture, gender, orientation, identity. And as mothers who have sent our children out into the world with a lot of faith and no small amount of worry, it is unfathomable and heart wrenching to even imagine how much more frightening it must be for parents whose children are identified somehow as other and have to have some version of “The Talk” because oppression and injustice still occur.

Our educational community stands for equity, justice, dignity, respect, and empathy. We reaffirm our dedication to honoring and celebrating what makes us similar and different. We recognize, too, that while we teach and serve in this community with good intent, we each must continue to recognize and address our own implicit biases, using that work to have and to elevate our discussions and actions.

To all our community, but especially to our students, teachers, and staff of color, we stand with you. Who you are is important to us and we support you.

With respect,

Amal Smith
Cory Smegal
Megan Pillsbury
Andrea Swenson
Sarah Pearson
Jun 2 2020
From the PUSD Superintendent:

Dear PUSD Students, Staff, Families, and Community,

I write to you today shattered as we have witnessed a senseless killing of yet another black person, George Floyd, at the hands of those who were charged to serve and protect him in Minneapolis.  Once again, a spotlight on racially motivated violence reveals the deep divide in our country and across communities, from San Francisco to Washington D.C..

Over the past several years, I have reached out to our community to express our unshakable condemnation of racially motivated bias, hatred, and violence–wherever it may rise, whether here in Piedmont or in any city across our country.  Over the past several months, we’ve heard that “we’re in this together” as our nation has grappled with more than 100,000 deaths due to COVID-19.  Forty million Americans have lost their jobs, and so many more spend every day in fear of the health and economic consequences.  While it can feel as if hope is in short supply, now is the time for us to demonstrate that we are truly “in this together” by condemning racial injustice in any form and showing our children and community that we:

  • Stand united to promote acceptance and kindness.

  • Stand up to bigotry, hatred, intolerance, and violence.

  • Stand up for each individual in our diverse community.

I grieve for the families who have lost loved ones and for those who are suffering. It is simply not enough to try to imagine what others are going through. We must have the respect and resolve to do something about it.  Racial bias, hatred, and violence are wrong and unjust.  It must stop and I plea that our nation can take actions that bring us together, to talk, and to heal.

More than 50 years ago, as this country was significantly polarized, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the National Cathedral about the “appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, ‘Wait on time.’”  It is once again time to say something.

I encourage all of us to show our support for students, colleagues, and our neighbors of color who are surely feeling the weight of these tragedies.  Injustice is dependent on indifference.  Leadership is about showing up, standing up, and speaking up for what is right.  Join me in reaching out to the people who are hurting and let them know they are not alone.

Today, I ask you to stand united with us again for our students, staff, and community here in Piedmont and for everyone across the U.S. who has experienced racial bias, hatred, and violence.

Sincerely,

Randall Booker
Superintendent, Piedmont Unified School District
Chair, North Region SELPA
President, Northern Alameda Adult Education Collective

“If we create a culture where every educator believes they need to improve, not because they are not good enough but because they can be even better, there is no limit to what we can achieve.”
– Dylan Wiliam
May 17 2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 5 P.M.

II.A. Reopening Schools; Goals, Assumptions, and Considerations

CLICK  AGENDA BELOW FOR DETAILS.

https://agendaonline.net/public/Meeting.aspxAgencyID=1241&MeetingID=78377&AgencyTypeID=1&IsArchived=False

May 12 2020

SCHOOL BOARD CONSIDERATION IS ON MAY 13TH OF WHETHER TO PROCEED WITH CONSTRUCTION OF THE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER/NEW ALAN HARVEY THEATER OR WAIT.  FUNDING IS IN QUESTION.

 There has been some discussion of deferring for at least one year the second phase of the construction program — demolishing the 10s building and constructing a Performing Arts Center/New Alan Harvey Theater on the 10s site. The reasons for considering a delay include concerns over the sufficiency of contingency funds ($1.96 million), an interest in redesign to reduce overall cost, and, mostly recently, preserving the 10s building for increased social distancing.

Committee recommends moving ahead with the second phase and demolishing the 10s building.

A Measure H1 Facilities Program Update is linked here for your review.

READ the full staff report linked below:

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READ the agenda for the May 13 School Board meeting HERE.

Apr 28 2020

Sue Smegal, former Piedmont Middle School teacher, two-term Board of Education member, and long-time volunteer in the schools and community, will be honored with this year’s Arthur Hecht Volunteer of the Year Award. The award is presented each year to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the community and to Piedmont’s youth through volunteer service over a period of many years. The Board of Education will present the award at its meeting on May 13th .

Read the full Press Release below:

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Apr 20 2020

The Piedmont School District is once more faced with a shortage of  teachers and professionals in various categories.

Piedmont Unified School Board will consider on April 22, 2020 Emergency Declaration of Need.

School Board action will allow the District to apply for and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to issue Emergency Crosscultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD), Bilingual Crosscultural Language and Academic Development (BCLAD), Resource Specialist, Teacher Librarian Services, Clinical Rehabilitative Services, or Limited Term Assignments for teachers. 

See the agenda, procedures to participate, and staff reports linked below:

https://agendaonline.net/public/Meeting.aspx?AgencyID=1241&MeetingID=77883&AgencyTypeID=1&IsArchived=False

Background – Declaration of Need

Declaration of Need for Fully Qualified Educators

Apr 10 2020

What is required of Piedmont teachers when distant learning is in place?

Memorandum of Understanding with Piedmont School District teachers, APT, is linked below:

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Apr 10 2020

On April 13, the Piedmont School Board will have a virtual meeting to approve an agreement with Piedmont District classified employees on  work conditions arising from the closure of schools due to COVID-19.

READ THE TENTATIVE  AGREEMENT BELOW:

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Below is a link to the full meeting agenda and method to participate in the meeting.

https://agendaonline.net/public/Meeting.aspx?AgencyID=1241&MeetingID=77892&AgencyTypeID=1&IsArchived=False