What an emotional roller coaster the last few weeks have been! As we wait on the edge of our seats for both local (last check, measure UU was still too close to call) and national election results, I am thrilled to welcome the new Piedmont School Board members, Veronica Anderson-Thigpen and Hilary Cooper, and incumbent Cory Smegal. The School Board is made up of elected volunteers who give their time, energy, and expertise to help maintain our incredible schools. They have put in countless hours over the past eight months in an effort to help guide PUSD through these unprecedented times. And, undoubtedly, they will have many important decisions to make in the coming weeks and months as we transition to a hybrid learning and/or new distance learning cohorts. Thank you to all five of the candidates who stepped up and ran formidable campaigns. We are incredibly fortunate to have such generous, intelligent, willing community members. 

As we prepare for the changes ahead, I urge you to consider donating to the Giving Campaign in whatever amount is comfortable for your family. The funds raised by the Giving Campaign are more important now than ever as we retrofit classrooms and schools for the new learning environment, hire staff to allow families to choose between distance and hybrid learning classrooms, and do the many, many things that are required of our district to provide an education to our children during these challenging times. As I currently have a front row seat to the countless plans, decisions, and logistics that go into providing both a DL and soon a hybrid education to our children, I am amazed by both the human and financial resources required. The only reason our schools are able to reopen is because of generous community donations that bridge the gap between state funding and the cost of educating our students. Please help fund that gap by giving to the Giving Campaign.

As Anne mentioned, the tri-school Presidents along with school board members, school nurses, and administrators have been working on the Community Care Agreement (CCA)  that we will share next week. The document is based on current public health guidance and will help to provide a clear set of expectations for our community as we transition to hybrid learning. We will present the CCA at the November 10th School Board meeting and school nurse Amy Jo Goldfarb will be on hand to answer any specific questions you may have.

Finally, we will be holding our November HPC meeting + hybrid learning orientation on Tuesday, November 17th. The HPC meeting will be at 6:30 immediately followed by orientation at 7pm. Links are in the Haven’s Calendar. Our December HPC meeting will be held on Friday, December 4th at 9am. The link for that meeting will be in the Havens Calendar as well. I hope you can join us!

Many thanks,

Lindsay Thomasson

HPC President


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