April 8. 2020

Posted by Lana Samaroo on 4/8/2020

Dear PSD Community,

Following the Governor’s press conference from Wednesday, April 1, 2020, and following the recommendation from the Los Angeles County Superintendent, it is now clear that California’s schools will be engaged in distance learning for the remainder of the school year.

During the regular school board meeting on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, the Board of Trustees voted to extend school closures. The following is the action item, "That the Palmdale School District physically close all school-sites and continue instruction by long-distance learning methods and other methods through the end of the school year 2019-2020."

Our students’ learning will continue, and our teachers’ instruction is not ending. All Palmdale School District schools are now in the process of creating a long-term plan for distance learning, which will cover the remainder of the school year. Our campuses remain physically closed. Instruction matters, no matter whether it takes place in a classroom or in living rooms, there is no question this puts an even bigger burden and stress on families at a time when anxiety is already high. However, this action attempts to protect all of us in trying to stop the spread of COVID-19. We are asking all parents and caregivers to continue checking the PSD website for updates and assistance. Many of our wonderful staff members are already contacting their students. We miss not seeing our professionals teaching our children, not seeing our wonderful classified staff welcoming our parents, and not seeing our students roaming our school hallways.

Palmdale remains committed to placing the health and learning needs of our students’ front and center. Schools still play a vital role in our communities. Schools will continue working with our students using technology, webinars, Chromebooks, and regular phone calls. We are committed to helping all students get connected with their school and teachers.

We are asking for your understanding and patience. Currently, many parents are requesting devices for use at home, at this time devices are limited. We understand that many parents do not have internet and currently, we are working with local vendors to provide free Wi-Fi. Also, we are using work packets for instruction for many of our students. Many principals, teachers, and support staff have created video messages and contacted students. We will continue to provide distance learning, meals, and online instructional options.

We will continue to provide updates as often as warranted in these fast-changing days. Please refer to our website for the most updated information at https://www.palmdalesd.org.

Sincerely,
Raul Maldonado
Superintendent of Schools