July 13. 2020

Posted by Lana Samaroo on 7/13/2020

Dear Palmdale School District Staff, Parents and Community Members,

As we get closer to the start of the new school year, we are carefully examining the increase of COVID-19 cases throughout Los Angeles County. The Palmdale School district is monitoring the data and is in regular communication with the Los Angeles County Office of Education and the Los Angeles County Health Department. We are in consultation with local county health officers in developing comprehensive plans for resuming and accelerating learning in Fall 2020.

As educators, we are all frustrated with our new reality, and normally we would have the answers to provide direction to staff, parents, and community. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 situation is very fluid, and at this time we do not have all the answers to your questions. We ask for your patience as we wait for directions, guidance, and resources from state, county, and local officials. We have been expecting and should be receiving, anytime now, critical school reopening guidelines from the Los Angeles County Health Department.

As schools are the best place for children our primary goal is to reopen. Students need to reconnect with their friends, their caring teachers, and the school staff. Additionally, schools are a vital component to allow our parents to return to work. We are currently planning how to best provide services to all of our students. The School Board of Trustees has approved three learning models: hybrid, distance learning, and our Innovations Academy option. They will continue to monitor the number of increased cases of COVID-19 to determine the best course of action.  

The reopening discussion changes daily, and we do apologize for the lack of communication. However, state and county direction on how best to reopen our schools has been inconsistent. Please continue to monitor our website for the most updated information, and continue to be safe. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Respectfully,
Raul Maldonado
Superintendent of Schools