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Nov 12 - Return to Learn Community Message

Good Evening JLS Families, 

I hope you and your family are healthy and doing well.  As we prepare for the holiday season, families and schools are making decisions regarding our reopening plans in January. Please read the following information regarding PAUSD’s reopening plans, families choosing between Distance Learning or Hybrid Learning options, supporting learning at home, holiday travel guidance, and an opportunity from the Gunn Theatre Department. 

PAUSD Board Meeting Update: If you haven't heard already, on Tuesday night, the PAUSD School Board approved the proposal to reopen secondary schools in January by providing students and families with the choice between Distance Learning or Hybrid Learning options.  

PAUSD Board Meeting Video: Item 5A - Reopening Secondary Schools begins at 1:34:22 - 4:50:00.  This video includes staff recommendations of secondary schedules, public comments, Board questions, and approval. 

PAUSD families received an email yesterday that explained the options and directed families to commit to either Distance Learning or Hybrid Learning options no later than Wednesday, November 18 at 5:00 PM.  For your review, here is a link to the instructional models proposed.  

One idea for your consideration, if you/your student is considering the Hybrid option: Have your student wear a mask for their class period(s) to feel what it is like to wear a mask for an extended length of time.  Everyone on campus must wear a mask at all times. 

JLS Parent Network/Principal Coffee Slide Deck: This morning, we had about 165 parents join our Principal Coffee.  While the JLS Admin Team and I work with our PTA leaders to create a FAQ sheet, please refer to today’s slide deck to see the information that was presented.  Our next scheduled Parent Network/Principals Coffee is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18 at 8:30 AM.  

Questions? If you have questions regarding reopening, please submit them via this Google Form or reach out to your student’s counselor or administrator.  Their contact information is below.  

Supporting Learning at Home: Resource for Parents, Guardians and Caregivers: Earlier this fall a short-term Parent Education/Advisory Committee engaged in dialogue around what would be helpful to parents for supporting learning and wellness at home.  The committee, which included parents and teachers on special assignment (TOSAs), discussed the following guiding questions:

  • What support is needed for families to use Schoology, Seesaw, and Zoom?
  • What support is needed to help your student in distance learning?
  • What support is needed to help students become independent learners?

The parent group provided feedback and recommendations that informed the development of a new resource for parents, the Supporting Learning at Home website. The website houses videos, articles and information related to educational technology “how-tos”; instruction; affective impacts of learning; social and emotional resources; and strategies for fostering independence. Resources on the website are aligned with the professional learning provided to teachers, the SEL summer course for students, and ongoing work to support parents with educational technology.  Feel free to explore the website and watch for information about each section in future newsletters!

Holiday Travel Guidance - from the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health, as of November 12, 2020.  Thank you for considering the following information as you make potential travel plans: 

  • Do I need to quarantine or get tested when I return from traveling outside of the County? Currently, there is no legal requirement that you get tested or quarantine just because you traveled outside the state or country. But the COVID-19 virus is still circulating across the region, country, and globe, and if you are returning to Santa Clara County after travel, you should ask yourself the following questions:
    • In the areas you visited, were the COVID-19 case rates higher than in Santa Clara County?
    • Did you engage in any activities that would increase your risk of exposure? (examples include attending events with people outside your household, having contact with people who are not wearing face coverings, or attending large in person events.)
  • If you answered yes to either question, you are strongly encouraged to protect yourself and others in the Santa Clara county community by:
    • Reducing your contact with people outside your household for 14 days after returning;
    • Getting tested during this 14 day period, ideally sometime between four and seven days after your return; 
    • Taking extra care to always wear your face covering when you’re in public.

On Monday November 9, Health Officers from 10 Bay Area counties issued joint recommendations for staying safe during the holidays. Their recommendations cover gatherings and travel, with recommended steps to reduce risk including:

  • Keeping gatherings small, short, stable, and outdoors
  • Choosing not to travel if Nonessential
  • For those who are traveling outside the Bay Area, tips are provided to help avoid catching COVID-19 or spreading it to fellow travelers
  • A 14 day self-quarantine is strongly recommended after a return from traveling, if your activities while traveling put you at higher risk of COVID-19

For more information, please visit this link.

Now Showing: The Laramie Project!  Gunn Theatre is proud and excited to invite you to our powerful fall show, The Laramie Project, which opened Friday, November 6th, and runs for two weekends. You can access links to the first-ever live-streamed production at; thanks to the generosity of the Gunn Theatre Boosters we've decided that each performance of The Laramie Project is completely free to the public!  Upcoming Performances: Thursday 11/12 at 7pm (followed by a talkback with the cast), Friday 11/13 at @7pm, and Saturday 11/14 @ 7:30pm. Again, access to all performance links are at  See poster for more info. 

Thank you for your continued partnership with JLS, and for reading these weekly messages.  We are here for you and our students, so please reach out to any of us if you have questions, concerns, or ideas to share.   

Stay safe and healthy, 

Chris Grierson, JLS Principal (


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