July 21. 2020

Posted by Lana Samaroo on 7/21/2020

July 21. 2020

Dear Palmdale School District Community,

In the Palmdale School District, we respect everyone's differences and cultures.  Racism or any such behaviors will not be tolerated in our Palmdale School District.  In light of all of the changes that have taken place around the world and our local community, we want to assure you that we stand together as a united front for our children's care and safety.

For the past five years, we have been able to implement our strategic plan called the Palmdale PROMISE, which reflects our values.  I want to share the following school values and beliefs:

  • HIGH INTELLECTUAL PERFORMANCE that prepares every student to graduate ready for college, career, and the global 21st-century world.
  • EQUITY for all our students, schools, and communities as reflected in outcomes and opportunities.
  • Facilitating and supporting every student’s achievement by BUILDING ON THEIR STRENGTHS, CULTURES, LANGUAGES, and experiences to create new successes.
  • MULTILINGUALISM and MULTICULTURALISM as individual, community, national, and global assets in the 21st century.
  • INTEGRITY AND COMMUNITY based on trust and the common purpose that empower individuals and communities.

COVID-19 Update:

On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, the Palmdale School District Board of Trustees held a Special Board meeting to discuss long-distance learning. The Palmdale School District Board of Trustees voted to start the new school year 2020-21 entirely on distance learning.  The primary reason for the decision is out of safety concerns and the well-being of the entire school community.

Traditionally, the opening of schools provides everyone with an opportunity to celebrate the beginning of a new school year.  However, with the rise of COVID-19 cases, reopening schools will not be possible at this moment.   Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all school campuses to remain physically closed in counties on the state’s monitoring list due to spiking COVID-19 cases. This includes Los Angeles County. Schools cannot re-open until their county has come off the state’s monitoring list for 14 consecutive days.

In summary, I want to thank all of our parents, students, staff, and community members for being understanding, patient, and cooperative as we continue to plan for distance learning as we open the new school year 2020-21.  Palmdale School District has a strong commitment to our families, students, and community.  I want to thank our teachers, staff, and administrators for all the work during the pandemic.  Have a great school year!

Raul Maldonado
Superintendent of Schools