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SCHOOLS & KIDS

As Newsom cautions longer school closures, Palo Alto Unified passes emergency resolution in response to COVID-19 pandemic

In the wake of Gov. Gavin Newsom's comments that schools will likely remain closed for the remainder of this academic year,...

Original post made on Mar. 18, 2020
Last comment by Resident, 5 hours ago | 36 comments | 18521 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Palo Alto schools to remain closed through May 1

Hundreds of public schools in six Bay Area counties, including in Santa Clara County, will remain closed through May 1, county...

Original post made on Mar. 25, 2020
Last comment by Independent, on Mar 28, 2020 at 8:02 am | 68 comments | 10453 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

'Uncharted territory': How 10 local school districts are tackling the transition to distance learning

Schools are shut down for at least three weeks, likely the rest of the school year. What will distance learning look like...

Original post made on Mar. 18, 2020
Last comment by anonymous, on Mar 25, 2020 at 11:44 am | 40 comments | 21191 Views

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Families want Palo Alto schools to offer Hindi as a foreign language. The school district says it's complicated.

Palo Alto Unified parents are eager to work with the school district to offer Hindi as a world language at its two high schools. Read...

Original post made on Jan. 16, 2020
Last comment by Shachi Chotia, on Mar 24, 2020 at 2:29 am | 86 comments | 8991 Views

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Finding normalcy in the unknown: How students, families are coping with school closures

With the campuses closed and families across Palo Alto under a shelter-at-home order for three weeks, school activities can...

Original post made on Mar. 20, 2020
Last comment by Derek, on Mar 21, 2020 at 10:21 am | 5 comments | 5410 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

March Sadness continues for collegiate athletic programs

This is not the way the Stanford women's tennis, lightweight rowing, men's golf and men's gymnastics wanted to defend their...

Original post made on Mar. 20, 2020
Last comment by Confused, on Mar 20, 2020 at 6:06 pm | 1 comment | 1902 Views

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Stanford creates new coronavirus test that produces fast results

Stanford Health Care has invented a new test for the COVID-19 disease and is using it to verify suspected cases of the illness...

Original post made on Mar. 6, 2020
Last comment by Jano, on Mar 20, 2020 at 4:17 pm | 16 comments | 43790 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

New principals announced for Gunn and Palo Alto high schools

A current Palo Alto High School assistant principal has been tapped to lead Gunn High School and a Santa Cruz High School...

Original post made on Mar. 13, 2020
Last comment by Teacher, on Mar 19, 2020 at 1:55 pm | 11 comments | 7795 Views

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Have an opinion on Ravenswood school district's superintendent pick? Here's how you can make your voice heard.

The Ravenswood school district is seeking feedback to inform the hiring of its next superintendent through two meetings and...

Original post made on Mar. 9, 2020
Last comment by Not Sudaria, on Mar 18, 2020 at 6:50 pm | 9 comments | 2719 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

First Palo Alto student tests positive for coronavirus

A Fletcher Middle School student has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Palo Alto school district said on Tuesday. Read...

Original post made on Mar. 17, 2020
Last comment by Anonymous, on Mar 18, 2020 at 12:51 pm | 69 comments | 29780 Views

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Editorial: The growing coronavirus crisis demands more consistent, aggressive response

As anxiety levels rise in the region over the rapidly escalating coronavirus crisis, an alarming lack of coordinated and...

Original post made on Mar. 13, 2020
Last comment by Anon, on Mar 18, 2020 at 10:36 am | 15 comments | 4610 Views

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Schools are closed. That doesn't mean students in need will go hungry.

While schools are closed temporarily, students and families in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto will still have access to free...

Original post made on Mar. 16, 2020
Last comment by Anon, on Mar 17, 2020 at 4:45 pm | 6 comments | 6260 Views

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'It's a question of when – not if – some California public schools will face closure.' State issues coronavirus guidance for schools, universities

California health leaders have released new guidance for school districts, colleges and universities on how to respond to...

Original post made on Mar. 9, 2020
Last comment by Parent, on Mar 17, 2020 at 2:08 pm | 17 comments | 22457 Views

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At one Palo Alto school, long troubled by sexual misconduct, a new student advocacy group is born

A group of Palo Alto High students is working to educate their peers about sexual assault, consent and relationships -- education...

Original post made on Feb. 7, 2020
Last comment by parent, on Mar 14, 2020 at 9:08 pm | 19 comments | 7732 Views

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Palo Alto school district leaders: No schools will close

Palo Alto Unified School District leaders are not electing to close schools in the face of the coronavirus but instead offering...

Original post made on Mar. 12, 2020
Last comment by Historian, on Mar 13, 2020 at 12:15 pm | 234 comments | 24191 Views

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As public health officials emphasize 'social distancing,' more private schools move classes online in response to coronavirus

Castilleja School will be closing its campus and moving all classes online out of an "abundance of caution" -- a step that...

Original post made on Mar. 12, 2020
Last comment by Family Friendly, on Mar 13, 2020 at 6:32 am | 25 comments | 13882 Views

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Coronavirus - PAUSD Needs to Close Schools Now

PAUSD needs to follow Stanford University's good example and close the schools down now. Only social distancing can slow...

Original post made by Gunn/Fletcher Parent on Mar. 11, 2020
Last comment by Anon, on Mar 12, 2020 at 5:14 pm | 14 comments | 1679 Views

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Palo Alto Unified to opt out of state exam due to coronavirus concerns, becoming first district in state to do so

The Palo Alto school district announced Monday that it will be opting out of state testing due to concerns about the spread...

Original post made on Mar. 9, 2020
Last comment by Johanan, on Mar 12, 2020 at 9:37 am | 74 comments | 23494 Views

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Anonymous Confessions pages are surging in popularity on high school and college campuses. Why?

Anonymous Confessions pages offer young people a place for unfiltered expression. But they also raise questions about censorship,...

Original post made on Mar. 6, 2020
Last comment by Jon Keeling, on Mar 11, 2020 at 1:32 pm | 11 comments | 5865 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Errors in federal reimbursement, employee ratios to cost Ravenswood $24K

The Ravenswood City School District will pay just over $24,000 for financial errors uncovered in an annual audit in part...

Original post made on Feb. 25, 2020
Last comment by Concerned Mom., on Mar 10, 2020 at 10:43 pm | 19 comments | 2608 Views
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The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by April 10, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

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