Update: Retired administrator Frank "Pancho" Rodriguez" has been appointed to serve as acting principal during Diorio's absence. Read the story here.
Palo Alto High School Principal Kim Diorio is taking a medical leave effective immediately, she announced in a message to staff on Friday.
"As many of you are aware, the past few months I've been hit hard with health problems," Diorio wrote. "Effective immediately, I will be taking a medical leave and expect to return to work later this spring."
Diorio did not return requests for comment.
Interim Superintendent Karen Hendricks told the Weekly Tuesday that the district has met with the Paly administration to discuss providing additional administrative support and is looking for a "retired, veteran" administrator to serve as interim principal.
In a message to Paly parents late Tuesday morning, Hendricks said that Diorio notified the district of her leave on Friday afternoon.
"In striving to get this information to you, it was also important that we knew the timeline and had initial steps in preparation for additional leadership support to the site," Hendricks wrote.
Diorio has been Paly's principal since 2013, when she replaced Phil Winston following his resignation. She had previously worked as an assistant principal and counselor.
Diorio has faced criticism over the last year for her administration's handling of student sexual assault cases, even as Paly remained under federal investigation for many years for Title IX violations. She did not link her health issues to that pressure in her message.