Newsletter for Jan. 10, 2021: Invite to first monthly forum and board update

I am excited to be the new Oakland Unified School Board Director for District 1.

I want to start by inviting you to an info session I am hosting with the district, teachers, families and staff on Planning for a Safe Return to Schools, which will be on Zoom on Thursday, January 21 at 5:30 pm. You can RSVP at this link and then we will send you the Zoom link closer to the date.

This is the first in a series of forums I plan to host on a monthly basis on the issues confronting the district. I will share my thoughts on reopening schools further down, but first want to give a few updates:

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Dec. 15, 2020

I am excited for my new role as Oakland School Board Director for District 1, and will be sworn in on January 4th. But this is a sobering time to be taking office—like so many, I am mourning friends I have lost this year, and am grateful for essential workers, including all those who have supported the transition to distance learning, which would have been unimaginable a year ago.

 

Reopening Schools

The pandemic has been very hard on students—my own son is struggling with distance learning, and many families are stretched incredibly thin supporting their children while also handling jobs, economic stress, and the health risks, illness or even loss of family members. Everyone wants to reopen schools as soon as it is safe to do so, but people differ on what is safe depending on their experience and perspective.

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