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Dear PAUSD Parent,

The Palo Alto Council of Parent Teacher Association (PTAC) is taking action. We are in communications with all PAUSD school PTAs and PTSAs, regional PTAs, State PTA, as well as local community based organizations to share information, develop coordinated family based plans, and collaboratively monitoring school specific community emergency response and related activities for pandemics. Our schools are being cleaned and surfaces being wiped down. More action is anticipated.

The PTAC fully supports the decisions of our Palo Alto Unified School District leadership. We applaud the district wide communication sent to all families and staff about the two (2) affected PAUSD students and two (2) schools. This was done in a timely, transparent, and respectful manner. We applaud the many teachers, staff, administrators, and district personnel who are working hard behind-the-scenes.

How COVID-19 Spreads (Transmission)?

Coronavirus is a respiratory virus that is highly contagious. COVID-19 is not specific to any race, nationality, or ethnicity. Similar to other school districts that have reported persons with possible transmission, PTAC advocates for safe space for reporting and that students and staff do not experience harassment or stigmatization as a result of concerns about the COVID-19 virus.

The Stigma Related to COVID-19

See below for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Frequently Asked Questions (COVID-19)

This information was uploaded Sunday, March 1st, at approximately 2 pm.


Dear PAUSD Parent,

The Palo Alto Parent Teacher Council (PTAC) is continuing to closely monitor the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) situation. Please find below a summary from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) as well as links to read the most up-to-date information. This information is provided to you so that you may make informed decisions for your student and family.

This information was uploaded Saturday, February 29th, at approximately 2 pm.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Situation Summary of COVID-19

Prevention & Treatment of COVID-19

Join the PAUSD Community for a Day of Learning!

The second Annual PAUSD Parent Leadership Summit is just around the block! Join us for a day filled with learning.

This year, our slogan is “Opening Doors to Student Success and Wellbeing,” and we aim to do just that! We have over 50 sessions to choose from, everything from “10 Tech Tips for Parents,” “From Anxiety to Resiliency: Family Solutions,” to “How to use Executive Functioning Strategies with your students to complete homework.” This year, our 60+ presenters come from local organizations like the Children’s Health Council, Stanford Medicine, REEL, Social Thinking, CAC, PTAC, PAUSD in many forms, and more!

Saturday February 22nd 8:30-2 at Gunn High School

Check-In starts at 8:30am, with breakfast and coffee.

Keynote Speaker Jonathan Mooney, author of “Normal Sucks” will begin at 9am

Session 1: 10-10:45am

Session 2: 11-11:45am

Full Lunch provided: 11:45-12:15pm

Session 3: 12:15-1pm

Session 4:1:15-2pm

Register Today! And check out the Sched for more sessions

We also need volunteers, if interested Sign-Up Here!

Summit Flyer – English (Online)
Summit Flyer – Mandarin (Online)
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