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NEW! Relief Fund Benefiting PAUSD Families Financially Impacted by COVID-19

Many in our school and local community have asked how to help PAUSD families who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 shelter in place order. The Palo Alto Community Fund (PACF) launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund specifically aimed at supporting urgent need in our nearby community, with a specific focus on PAUSD families. PACF launched the fund with a $100,000 investment, of which a sizable portion was designated to help meet basic life needs for families of students attending PAUSD schools.  As PACF’s fund grows, so will the support to the PAUSD community. Please donate using this link if you are able to support this effort.

For more information about Palo Alto Community Fund or the COVID-19 Relief Fund contact Cammie Vail, Executive director at PACF, or 650-690-0370.


Dear PAUSD Parent,

The Palo Alto Council of Parent Teacher Association (PTAC) reminds you to help enforce social distancing with young people in your household. The CDC has provided new guidelines to promote children’s health and wellness. Check out our webinars. Meals for students can be accessed county wide. See the list of meal pick up locations here. Thank you to all of you who have stepped up to help a neighbor, a friend, and others. Bravo! We want to hear your stories. Email stories and one photo to

This information was uploaded Wednesday, March 25th, at approximately 8 am.

CDC: Children and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Tips to keep children healthy while school’s out

Based on the available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date. You can learn more about who is most at risk for health problems if they have COVID-19 infection on Are you at higher risk for severe illness.

Steps to protect children from getting sick

  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)
  • Launder items including washable plush toys as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.

Remember, if children meet outside of school in bigger groups, it can put everyone at risk.

Information about COVID-19 in children is somewhat limited, but current data suggest children with COVID-19 may only have mild symptoms. However, they can still pass the virus onto others who may be at higher risk, including older adults and people who have serious underlying medical conditions.

Help children continue learning

Create a schedule and routine for learning at home, but remain flexible.

  • Have consistent bedtimes and get up at the same time, Monday through Friday.
  • Structure the day for learning, free time, healthy meals and snacks, and physical activity.
  • Allow flexibility in the schedule—it’s okay to adapt based on your day.

School meal services

Check with your school on plans to continue meal services during the school dismissal. Many schools are keeping school facilities open to allow families to pick up meals or are providing grab-and-go meals at a central location. Click the download button below to see the list of meal pick up locations county wide.

Webinar: Stress Management in the Age of COVID-19

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 3:30 – 4:30pm

This is a stressful time, with continual news updates, the fear of the unknown, and the unpredictable nature of the lockdown. It is understandable to feel overwhelmed and stressed. Most PAUSD families are facing similar worries and challenges.

This webinar will detail and demonstrate some practices that have been proven to reduce stress; such as deep breathing, positive visualization, and mindfulness. Our speakers will also share some best practices on how families in our community are coping with stress, followed by a Q & A session.

The Palo Alto PTA Council Health & Wellness Committee invites you to hear our panelists: 

Gayathri Narayanan: certified MIndfulness and Meditation Teacher

Sumita Vasudeva: certified Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and Yoga Teacher

Please CLICK ON the following link to see a recording of this seminar:

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