March 27. 2020

Posted by Lana Samaroo on 3/27/2020

Dear PSD Families,

We hope you are safe and healthy. These are unprecedented times – please continue to practice empathy, patience, and kindness as we implement distance learning and keep Palmdale School District up and running. I want to thank our wonderful classified staff, support staff, teachers and administrators for helping our students, parents, and community during this crisis. Here are updates from each district department.

Chief Academic Officer Update:
Principals and Teachers will continue to communicate, check-in and connect with their families - students and parents via videos, emails and school messenger. 

Parents – please check for School Messenger calls, check the PSD website often and check class Dojo. Please know students and parents are all part of the PSD family. We care about you, your safety and your health. Stay strong – we will get through this. PSD is
distributing meals at six sites.  The pick-up time is 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Two additional sites will be added – Chaparral and Joshua Hills starting Monday, March 23, 2020.

School offices are closed. You may call the office for assistance during the designated time at the school site. To slow the spread of COVID-19, PSD is encouraging all staff to work from home. Based on need, some employees working on site. Principals and Assistant
Principals may work on-site or from home. Anyone in a “high risk” category will work from home. Teachers may work from home or on-site in their classroom practicing social distancing. Each teacher will establish contact with their students.

Business Services Update:
We are excited to announce that Palmdale School District will be opening two more serving sites for our students and families to alleviate the traffic at some of our school sites. Starting Monday, March 30th, lunch will be served at Chaparral and Joshua Hills School sites in addition to the seven locations that are currently in operation. The parents will go through a drive-through line to pick up their lunch and breakfast for the next day. Meal distribution is Monday through Friday from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. We encourage our
parents to say thank you to our wonderful cafeteria staff who have been out there every day serving our students. They are our heroes. Please be cordial and abide by the procedures. Remember to be safe and continue to practice self-care and social distancing.

Educational Services Update:
Your child’s safety and learning are our primary concern. Due to the current Covid-19 situation, while our school buildings are closed to students the Palmdale School District will begin online Distance Learning beginning Monday, April 6, for all students. Instruction will be provided by the teachers via Google Classroom and other learning platforms. If your child does not have access to a device, please
communicate with your child’s school or teacher. We will be able to check out student devices to parents at each site. If access to Wi-Fi is a problem, we will provide you information on the free resource Spectrum is currently providing. Teachers will be contacting you by phone or through Google. Students will receive work as designated by their teachers, using the online platforms to assign, collect, and support students. Each teacher will establish “office hours” support where students and families can connect with teachers. More information will be coming next week. Please continue to check our website for more information. Updates will be posted again soon. Some teachers are already contacting their students and parents.

Student Services Department Update:

Student Services
1. Welcome Center is closed to the public for enrollment
2. Online enrollment options are being developed
3. School Resource Officers will be visible at all school sites

Health Services
1. Immunization Clinic is closed to the public at this time
2. School RNs and LVNs will maintain contact with parents of students who receive Health Services at school to check-in and see how they are doing.

Special Education
1. A Special Education Plan was developed with guidelines from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and the California Department of Education, and shared with Palmdale School District staff. We will continue to provide Special Education services to our students in a practical and feasible manner, to the best of our ability. We miss all of you and hope you stay safe and healthy! Continue to practice self-care and social distancing protocols.

Respectfully,
Raul Maldonado
Superintendent of Schools