March 13. 2020

Posted by Lana Samaroo on 3/13/2020

To Palmdale School District Families:

The purpose of this message is to provide Palmdale School District families with an update regarding district actions to address COVID-19. As of yesterday, March 12, 2020, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed new cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. As a result of this declaration, and on the recommendation from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, in the best interest of the health of our community, the Palmdale School District will close all of our schools beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20. Schools will also be closed for Spring Break from Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27. During the closure, it is strongly recommended that students stay home as much as possible, do not gather in public places, and practice social distancing measures. All school events and meetings are canceled. A decision to reopen schools will be made in close consultation with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and the Los Angeles County Office of Education during the closure. We hope to reopen on Monday, March 30, but that decision will depend on the circumstances at the time. Please continue to check for updates and resources on our website http://palmdalesd.org.

We are aware that this closure will result in a loss of instructional time in the classroom. We have carefully considered options for providing education remotely during the closure, but have determined that it is not feasible at this point. One of the primary responsibilities of public schools is to provide equitable learning opportunities for all students, and not everyone has home internet access and the necessary devices for online learning.

In an effort to maintain some sense of normalcy, the Palmdale School District will continue to provide breakfast and lunch for all students, with pre-packaged meals distributed from designated sites. More information on the plans for distribution will be available on the district’s website.

We understand that school closures have significant impacts on our students and families, and we hope to resume normal operations as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience, trust, and understanding as we work together during this challenging time.

Respectfully,
Raul Maldonado
Superintendent of Schools