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June 8, 2020
Community Feedback Opportunities
We Want to Hear From You
Dear Oakland Community,
On Monday June 1, almost 100 staff, parents, and community members joined OUSD’s online community meeting to share ideas, concerns, and questions regarding distance learning this past spring, and plans for next year. On June 4, almost 200 community members joined us for an English Language Learner family meeting held in Spanish (with English translation).
I am writing to share some brief reflections and results from those meetings, some additional opportunities to share your thoughts, and some information about our action team and working groups.

Reflections from the Community Meetings. 
First, we wanted to share a video of the Community meeting presentation, translated versions of the presentation, and the compiled notes from our breakout sessions.
It is evident that everyone has a deep desire to do what is right for our children and staff, and that we all want more clarity on plans for this fall. Our planning must be guided by science and safety as we create the systems of support for our staff and our students. We will follow the latest guidance from our state and county public health experts and craft plans that serve our students given Oakland's specific assets and resources. We are preparing recommendations for distance and blended models of instruction for the 2020-21 school year because we anticipate that public health guidance will continue to evolve in response to new information over the summer and into next year.
More opportunities to share your thoughts.
Host your own feedback session:
Before June 15, we invite you to host a session with your own school communities to generate additional ideas and feedback about this past semester and next year.  To support you, we have created this facilitators guide which includes the presentation video, translated presentations, and an agenda. Please send any feedback notes to to
3-5th Grader Experience Survey: We encourage students who just finished 3rd-5th grades to share their feedback about distance learning by completing this survey
Thought Exchange: Click here to try an online platform, in multiple languages, which allows you to share your own thoughts and rate the thoughts shared by others. Over 400 people have shared more than 600 thoughts on these two questions:
Gratitude for our COVID-19 Action Team and Working Groups.
I want to share a sincere appreciation for our many Action Team members, who have been going above and beyond to research recommendations for our scenario planning this fall. I appreciate our labor partners for nominating members to serve on the action team. It is so challenging to manage all that is going on at the end of the school year, balance our home lives and professional responsibilities, and do the deep research and investigation needed to develop recommendations for multiple scenarios next year. Our Action Team members are rising up and pushing forward with a tremendous amount of grace, dedication, and innovation. Thank you for all that you are doing. 
We will continue to update you as we learn about new information and guidance from the state and the county and as we craft plans for the new year. We are continually grateful for your honest feedback and deep care for our young people and their futures.
Please share your thoughts

Sailaja Suresh

COVID-19 Action Team Coordinator
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