All posts by Jan Gerritsen

Town Halls

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope you can join us for the town hall hosted by The Palo Alto Council of PTAs (PTAC), in collaboration with the School PTAs. Superintendent Dr. Don Austin will be our guest speaker with members of his Cabinet Leadership. We will have two separate town halls to address the specific needs for the elementary schools and the secondary schools.  

Elementary School Town Hall will be held Monday, August 3rd at 5:30PM. Please tune in here:

Secondary School Town Hall will be held on Tuesday, August 4th at 5:30PM. Please tune in here:

Thank you,

Palo Alto Council of PTAs

Every Child, One Voice


Open Letter to the PAUSD Board of Ed, Dr. Austin,& Ms.Hendricks from the Palo Alto Educators Association (PAEA)

We, the PAEA Executive Board and PAEA Negotiations Team, are writing at the urging of PAUSD educators regarding the PAUSD reopening plan. We know that reopening our schools in person is what everybody would prefer to do under normal circumstances, but the time we are living in with this pandemic is anything but normal. While we have been negotiating since May in good faith about how to structure a return to school, we have increasing concerns whether this can be done while maintaining the health and safety of our students and staff as this pandemic shows no signs of going away. (