March 18. 2020

Posted by Lana Samaroo on 3/18/2020

Hello Everyone,

First, I would like to acknowledge the challenges that exist within our community at this time. 

Thank you for your patience and support during this extraordinary time of uncertainty as we navigate our response to the COVID-19 situation.  We have been receiving daily updates from Governor Gavin Newsom, the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and the California Department of Education. 

The following information is being provided to you as guidance for how we will be proceeding over the next few weeks. 

Wednesday, March 18 – Friday, March 20
All schools/offices are closed.  Only identified essential staff should report to work.  These individuals have/will be notified by their supervising administrators.  If you have been identified as essential staff, and fall into one of the following categories referenced by Governor Newsom’s recommendations, we encourage you to isolate and notify your supervisor:

  • Individuals over 65 years of age
  • Individuals who have serious chronic medical conditions such as: heart disease, diabetes, lung disease
  • Individuals who have compromised immune systems

Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27 (Spring Break)
All schools/offices are closed to the public.  Regularly scheduled staff should report to their assigned work locations.  Those employees who fall into one of the categories referenced by Governor Newsom’s recommendations (listed above), are encouraged to isolate and notify your supervisor.

Monday, March 30 – Friday, April 3
All schools/offices are closed to the public.  No students on campus.  Regularly scheduled staff should report to their assigned work locations.  Expectations for this week will be forthcoming, as updates are received from LACOE, CDE, and the Department of Public Health.  Please continue to monitor your email, and check the PSD Website on a regular basis to receive updates.

Continuity of Learning
The Palmdale School District’s website has a current link to resources for students and families to use at home.  We are working diligently creating a plan for distance learning, taking guidance from both the CDE and LACOE.  This plan is inclusive of necessary professional learning for all staff delivering instruction online, device rollouts, as well as the necessary creation of standards-based packets for students without access to wifi or devices.  More information will be forthcoming.

Meal Service Update
All children 18 years and under can receive a take-home breakfast from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. at the following school sites:  Yucca, Tamarisk, Manzanita, Mesquite, Summerwind, Quail Valley, and McAdams Park.

Beginning Monday, March 23, breakfast and lunch service will be combined and served once per day from 11:30 – 1:00 pm, at the same locations listed above.

In closing, please do not forget to follow these procedures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you have any questions about the strategies that are being implemented, please contact your supervisor.  I appreciate your patience and commitment during this trying time.  Please take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Respectfully,
Raul Maldonado
Superintendent of Schools