Who: The Pleasanton Unified School District is planning to vote to dramatically change the school calendar for your child. It would mean starting school in early August, have a week vacation in October, and they haven’t quite figured out the rest of the year.
Why: The top 1% academic elite high school students and their parents have complained that because finals are held in the third week of January that they are being forced to study over the Christmas break and they feel “stressed”.
What: The school board feels that a radical change to the school calendar is necessary so that there can be a balanced number of days in each school semester and that finals can be held before the Christmas break to take the “stress” off the academic elite high school juniors and seniors. The radical schedule will mean that the remaining 99% of the students in the district will be thrown under the bus and lose a big chuck of their summer vacation and family time. In addition, you will be sending your child to school in the hottest month of the year – how stressful will this be to the remaining 99%?
Where: This is a district wide policy and will affect all students from Kindergarten to Seniors in High School. This is not a joke.
When: This will start in the 2015/2016 school year. The board is voting on the matter the week after school gets out. The board has used “unusual” communication techniques because they don’t want opposition or the word to get out. You may be receiving a “survey” in the mail or by email. This will be a sideshow and they will make it complex so that most people won’t bother filling it out. Vote to keep the existing calendar.
How: The school board has unfortunately lost touch with what the parents (“Customers”) want. They seem to feel that because they spent a lot of time on this issue they need to force it through the system. We thank the school board for their hard work and sacrifices, but they are coming up on the wrong side of history here.
Please call, text and email the board members below and let them know that a radical school schedule isn’t what is best for your family and child. They announced at the board meeting tonight that they want to hear from you – please let them have it.
Name Title Phone email
Jamie Yee Hintzke Board President 925-846-0185 firstname.lastname@example.org
Joan Laursen Board VP 925-399-1763 email@example.com
Chris Grant Board 510-701-1000 ChrisMGrant@gmail.com
Jeff Bowser Board 925-858-0480 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vallerie Arkin Board 925-417-1969 email@example.com
There is no political agenda here just the need to rise up and let your voice be heard, whatever that may be.
If you want to help spread the word please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org