Student Records To Be Released – What Can You Do?

You may have heard that a federal judge has ordered the CA Department of Education to release personal information for all students enrolled in CA public schools since Jan. 1, 2008 as part of a lawsuit to ensure that students with special needs are provided with appropriate services. Records include names, some Social Security numbers, disciplinary records, medical information and progress reports.

Here’s what you can do about it:

Students cannot “opt out” of a court order, but an objection can be filed by filling out and mailing in a form.

If your child is a current public school student under 18 years old, then the parent can fill out the form.

If your child is 18 years or older, then they need to send in the form themselves.

Each student needs a separate form in a separate envelope.

Deadline to submit an objection is April 1.

Here is a link to the California PTA site with more directions and a link to the form:
http://capta.org/resource/your-childs-personal-information-is-being-released-voice-your-concerns-now/

Chinese New Year Fair

Sunday Feb. 21, 2 – 5 PM
Mitchell Park Community Center (3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto)

PaloAltoChineseNewYearFair

This festive event will showcase Chinese art, culture and foods through performances and exhibition booths, including Chinese music and dance, brush painting, calligraphy, dumpling making and more. Organized by the Palo Alto Neighborhood WeChat group and the Palo Alto Chinese Parents’ Club, the event aims to facilitate communication and friendship among Palo Alto residents. Free admission. Food tasting tickets sold at the door

Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of High Performing Students

Wednesday, Feb 10, 6 – 8 PM
25 Churchill (District Board Room), Palo Alto 
Social and emotional learning is critical to the success of youth. It a process through which youth acquire and effectively apply knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and handle emotions, set and accomplish goals, feel and demonstrate empathy for others, and develop and maintain positive relationships. This discussion will be led by nationally renowned Dr. Tracy L. Cross and will help parents deepen their understanding of: How to communicate with their youth, How to develop home environment in which youth feel genuinely supported and accepted, How to help students develop a healthy work/life balance.  Light refreshments and childcare (5 yr and older) available. Sponsored by PAUSD Student Service Office. Info: gdasilva@pausd.org or 650-833-4208