San Rafael Elementary Classes Begin

14 Apr

Students in PreK-2 grades begin returning April 13.
Students in Grades 3-5 and 6-12 begin returning April 20

Welcome Back!

Photos by Robin Salzer

A Message from Superintendent

Brian McDonald

Dear PUSD Community,

It has been nearly a year since PUSD campuses closed and the world changed. The events of the last year tested our strength, our imagination, and our ability to adjust — all during a time of constant change and uncertainty. Every step of the way, our district community responded with thought and care. Because of all that we have been through together, because of your choices and actions to keep our community safe and strong, we are emerging forever changed. We are stronger and more determined to do the very best for students, schools, and community.

Robin Salzer, SRES Principle, Rudy Ramirez, and Scott Phelps, PUSD District 7 Representative

With COVID-19 case rates down and health and safety measures in place, at a special meeting on Thursday, March 4, 2021, the PUSD Board of Education will discuss possible reopening dates. [UPDATE: In-person instruction will begin phasing in April 13 for elementary (Preschool – 5th grade) The District and UTP have agreed to return to the table on March 26 about middle and high schools]

We have said from the beginning that we would not reopen schools until it was safe to do so. I believe that it is now safe for students and staff to return to in-person learning.

Health and safety protocols are being implemented, and we have worked diligently in collaboration with our labor partners. All of our employees will have had the opportunity to be vaccinated prior to the start of in-person learning. By the end of this week, nearly half of our 2,400 employees will be vaccinated. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about PUSD’s return to school plans are included below. We will continue to update these and keep you informed in the coming weeks. This information is also posted at


Brian McDonald, Ed.D.


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