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UPDATE (Nov. 16, 2020): On Monday, November 16, California Governor Gavin Newsom presented new data regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with dozens of other counties, Governor Newsom placed Orange County back into the state’s most restrictive “purple tier” due to an increase in the local widespread transmission of COVID-19. This is according to California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy which outlines a four-tiered, color-coded system to show the status of COVID-19 infections based on three metrics—the rate of new cases per 100,000 residents, the testing positivity percentage, and a health equality metric.

So now that the county is back in the purple tier, what does this mean for our Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) schools? State guidelines say that if a county falls back into the purple tier from a less restrictive tier, schools that have already resumed in-person hybrid instruction can remain open with the necessary precautions in place. It is important to keep in mind that this guidance is subject to change based on future state directives from Governor Newsom. 

As such, under current state guidance, our PYLUSD campuses will remain open for hybrid instruction with a continued commitment to reducing the transmission and other adverse effects related to COVID-19. We are confident in the stringent health and safety procedures our Return to School Steering Committee and various work groups have prepared and implemented across all of our campuses.

To read the district's full announcement from Nov. 16, please click here or visit www.pylusd.org/news.

Overview
 
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to guide the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District's (PYLUSD) weekly, daily, and even hourly conversations and planning. District leaders and stakeholder groups have worked diligently with state, county, and local partners to implement a return to in-person instruction at all levels during the 2020-2021 school year.

To spearhead these efforts, the district convened a “PYLUSD Return to School Steering Committee” made up of various stakeholders including parents, teachers, staff, association representatives, administrators, and more from around the district. Together, the group reviewed plans for a safe return to school. This committee took into consideration all guidelines set forth by state and local agencies including the California Department of Public Health and Orange County Department of Education. 

Read more information about the Steering Committee below. 
 
 
About Steering Committee
The purpose of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) Return to School Steering Committee is to provide a coordinated location for the Focus Area Teams to report, receive feedback, and communicate our collective efforts in the common goal of safely returning to school.
 

Weekly Updates
In alignment with The PYLUSD Advantage Focus Area 3.0, Engaged Community, the district recognizes that stakeholders play a vital role in the educational process. As such, the district provided weekly updates to families, students, and employees regarding the discussions and actions of the Return to School Steering Committee. Stakeholders were notified via email and text message when new updates were available. *Please note, the Steering Committee has adjourned to begin the school year; however, they may be reconvened in the future.

Click here to view the steering committee's weekly update.

 
Steering Committee Members
Facilitators
Dr. Linda Adamson, Director of K-12 Assessment and Accountability
Rick Lopez, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

Members
Nancy Blade, Director of Human Resources
Michelle DeHaven, Lead School Nurse
Dr. Alison DeMark, Principal of Golden Elementary School
Courtney Fenstermaker, Teacher at Valencia High School
David Giordano, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services
Renee Gray, Executive Director of Special Education/SELPA
Alyssa Griffiths, Public and Media Relations Specialist 
Dr. Cary Johnson, Director of High School Education
Linda Manion, APLE President
Richard McAlindin, Executive Director of Instructional Support
Sue Puch, CSEA Board Member and Special Education Aide II
Cara Robinson, Director of Human Resources
Bradd Runge, Director of Maintenance and Facilities
Mika Sernaque, PTA Representative and Parent
Paula Sitar, Director of Expanded Learning
Job Suarez, CSEA President and Senior Maintenance Worker
Eddie Tabata, STEM/Special Projects Coordinator 
Stacey Wong, PTA President and Parent
Olivia Yaung, Principal of Valencia High School
Michael Young, Principal of Kraemer Middle School
Mayra Zuleta, DELAC President and Parent