All posts by Jan Gerritsen

What You can Do

Dear PAUSD Parent,

The Palo Alto Council of Parent Teacher Association (PTAC) is working hard to communicate with our PTAs and PTA members. We are passing along information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) on what you can do to help slow the transmission of the virus in our local community. This is a collaborative effort. Feel free to share the message. 

Get Your Household Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): INTERIM GUIDANCE

Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Homes and Residential Communities: Interim Guidance

Resources for Households

This information was uploaded Thursday, March 5th, at approximately 5 pm.

Your Questions Answered

Dear PAUSD Parent,

The Palo Alto Council of Parent Teacher Association (PTAC) advocates for the health for all children in our community. We understand there are many questions and growing concerns about COVID-19 in our local community. The answers to some questions may be found in the FAQs from the PAUSD website. Also check out the most recent City Council presentation from last evening. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has timely information that is also translated. 

Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD):Will school events (field trips, sports, etc.) be canceled? Are schools going to close?

City of Palo Alto: Response To Coronavirus

Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): Interim Guidance for Businesses

This information was uploaded Tuesday, March 3rd, at approximately 7 pm.

COVID-19 What We Know

Dear PAUSD Parent,

The Palo Alto Council of Parent Teacher Association (PTAC) is in communications with the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD). Here is what we know. Over the weekend, all PAUSD school sites (public areas and bathrooms) were cleaned and wiped down. Teachers are receiving, will be receiving, or have already received cleaning supplies to wipe down their classrooms.

Palo Alto High School and JLS Middle School are open. No PAUSD school is closed. Please continue to send your children to school. Schools will remain open. Unless there is case confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and in consultation with Santa Clara County Health Department, our Superintendent shall make the announcement to do otherwise.

The CDC has provided guidance for school districts with and without identified COVID-19 cases. For more information please contact us at ( or (

Interim School District Guidance (COVID-19)

Guidance for schools which do not have COVID-19 identified in their community

Guidance for schools with identified cases of COVID-19 in their community

This information was uploaded Monday, March 2nd, at approximately 7 pm.