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Los Altos School District applies for a waiver to reopen schools early

Original post made on Aug 31, 2020

The Los Altos School District is seeking to reopen its schools for in-person instruction early, filing for a waiver that would allow young children and disadvantaged students to return to campus.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 31, 2020, 1:48 PM


Posted by Christopher Chiang
a resident of North Bayshore
on Aug 31, 2020 at 2:23 pm

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LASD is taking the right approach (need and age based in a way that recognizes and balances both health and developmental factors). As opposed to MVWSD K-8 reopening all at once at some undefined future date (which ignores both health and developmental differences). Superintendent Jeff Baier said it best.

From the article:
[Superintendent Jeff Baier] said the goal is to start by providing in-person instruction for special education and other disadvantaged students, later ramping up to transitional kindergarten up to third grade. "Those are the grade levels that do have the greatest challenge in the distance learning format, and they make sense to be the ones to focus on," Baier said.

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 1, 2020 at 3:37 pm

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I read (think it was in the Los Altos Town Crier, Zoe Morgan reporter) that Los Altos also has carefully stockpiled tens of thousands of the paper (limited reuse) face masks and cleaning supplies. Credit to that Board (and LASD Bd. President Johnson) for helping bring the leadership oversight so Superintendent Baier and his staff understand 'what the community wants'. And 'was is possible' to at least try!

Posted by LongResident
a resident of another community
on Sep 1, 2020 at 5:49 pm

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Good idea to dip a toe in the water of this new world. To gamble it all at once on the whole thing at once doesn't seem very prudent.