Starting Monday, Palo Alto Unified Superintendent Don Austin will host a live weekly webinar series during which he'll talk about the district's school closures and take questions from community members.
Called "Backstage with the Superintendent," the webinars will take place every Monday at 5:30 p.m. through Zoom and YouTube Live while district schools remain closed during the coronavirus crisis.
"The amount and pace of information coming your direction is overwhelming. Lost in all of this is the opportunity to hear the stories that provide context for decisions. It is also impossible to adequately articulate the nuances of complex situations through email or websites," Austin wrote in an announcement.
Future webinars will have focused topics and guests. This Monday's webinar will cover distance learning, high school graduation dates, mental health support, grading, "ideas and opportunities heading to reopening" and the budget implications of the coronavirus on the school district. (The school board will also be discussing these topics at its virtual meeting on Tuesday, April 21.)
For people who would like to submit questions and comments during the webinar, go to go.pausd.org/backstage-webinar.
Those who want to view the webinar live and do not want to submit questions or comments can watch via YouTube live. There is no need to register ahead of time. Both options will go live promptly at 5:30 p.m.
Find comprehensive coverage on the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by Palo Alto Online, the Mountain View Voice and the Almanac here.