Palm Springs Unified School District
On behalf of our Board of Education, administration and staff, it is an honor and pleasure to welcome you to Palm Springs Unified School District’s launch of our 2020-21 school year, which begins on Wednesday, Aug. 5. I hope you and your families are healthy and safe. Of course, this is a school year kick-off different from any in the past. Despite the differences and unique challenges associated with not being able to bring our students into their classrooms physically, there is still an air of excitement and anticipation, and I am confident that it is going to be great year! While we can grieve for what we imagined the year would be, we can also refuse to allow the situation to prevent us from moving forward, and that’s exactly what we are doing here in PSUSD.
Our team of dedicated and professional administrators, teachers and support staff are ready to begin a robust distance learning program aimed at having each of our students engaged and learning. Our teachers spent part of their time off enhancing their skills, only this year it was honing their online platform delivery skills and preparing lessons. That training is continuing through the first several weeks of the new school year, and our teachers are communicating with their students and their parents about expectations and what our families can do to help their children be successful. The beginning of the school year will have a heavy focus on assessing where our students are in terms of grade-level and course skills, and our teachers will be working with their students to make sure they have all they need in or