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Students return to campus for new school year

Original post made on Aug 12, 2021

Students at Palo Alto Unified School District's five middle and high schools started a new year on Wednesday, the first relatively normal back-to-school day since 2019. Elementary school students begin their year on Thursday.

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Posted by Paly Teacher
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 12, 2021 at 10:21 pm

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I am so happy to report that everyone is ecstatic to be back on campus. In my class, every single student was energized and engaged in the icebreaker activity I planned for them, even ones who I would have guessed are shy or reserved. We all need to work together to stay safe so we can keep teaching and learning on campus!


Posted by Stelios Karoulis
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 13, 2021 at 9:51 am

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School is starting too early these days.

Whatever happened to the traditional September opening with a short break for Labor Day?

Mid-June through early September should be retained as the tradition summer vacation for school kids.

They are being robbed of optimum time off for summer activities.


Posted by Leo
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 13, 2021 at 2:26 pm

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It's too bad we've yet again been let down by a complacent supervisor and board that doesn't take heed of the Delta variant. We would love nothing more than to have our kids back in the classroom with their teachers and friends, but the district claims that less masking and no student testing will somehow prevent a Delta outbreak.

Other nearby districts have all-day masking rules and so could PAUSD.


Posted by Facts please!
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 16, 2021 at 10:11 am

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We are so grateful for the Board, teachers, and Don Austin's leadership in reopening schools. A few parents are still super afraid and trying to push for more angst amongst parents and kids - and saying schools shouldn't reopen yet. Please look at the data - Palo Alto has a super high vaccination rate and very low covid cases (including variant). There are many many parents who are fed up with the rhetoric of a few stressed out parents; but can't say so publicly, by fear of coming off as disrespectful. I understand some parents are still stressed but the situation but the virus is here to stay so let's all look at the numbers and do the best we can to adapt to this new normal.


Posted by Facts please!
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 16, 2021 at 10:12 am

Facts please! is a registered user.

We are so grateful for the Board, teachers, and Don Austin's leadership in reopening schools. Please look at the data - Palo Alto has a super high vaccination rate and very low covid cases (including variant). There are many many parents who are fed up with the rhetoric of a few stressed out parents; but can't say so publicly, by fear of coming off as disrespectful. I understand some parents are still stressed but the situation but the virus is here to stay so let's all look at the numbers and do the best we can to adapt to this new normal.


Posted by The Voice of Palo Alto
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 16, 2021 at 1:22 pm

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“There are many many parents who are fed up with the rhetoric of a few stressed out parents; but can't say so publicly, by fear of coming off as disrespectful.“

No need to publicly admonish the “stressed out parents” because they have a divergent view point from yours. Generally, this is a stressful and dangerous time so have some compassion. Guess what? Schools are open and your children are attending. Who cares if a “few stressed out” parents disagree with your take on overall safety? They are welcome to their opinions and you are welcome to yours. You feel comfortable sending your children and they don’t feel comfortable sending theirs. No one cares if you are “fed up.” They have the right to make their parenting decisions and do what they think is best for their children just as you do. Maybe in reverse they are tired of your ilk saying something to the effect of “everything is safe.” Finally, guess what? You may be wrong, those parents may be correct and only time will tell. I will present that you are already advocating for “adapting to a new normal,” when we are still in the outbreak phase, dealing with a more transmissible variant, and no vaccine has been approved for children under 12. As an aside, major companies with at least vaccine eligible, if not fully vaccinated adults working there are pushing their in person return dates back to February, 2022. Again, children aren’t even eligible for vaccination yet, so you know, you are the one that could be wrong about safety. [Portion removed.]


Posted by Gustavo Woltmann
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Sep 13, 2021 at 11:32 pm

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