An otherwise quiet, gated community on Bay Farm Island became the site of a festive Teacher Appreciation Week parade on May 7. The home of Ms. Kelly, a longtime kindergarten teacher at Earhart Elementary School, saw families from her class pass by one at time with balloons, signs and the general message that she is missed. This year marks Kelly’s last at Earhart, so the kids represented her last class, their year together cut short by the COVID-19.

Mindful of the loss of senior year celebrations this spring, a group of families and high school staff from across the district have planned “Alameda Senior Signing Day,” tomorrow, Friday, May 1. 

Personalized yard signs will be delivered to every senior across the district this week. From 10 to 10:44 a.m., the Mayor, Superintendent, president of the Board of Education, Alameda’s four high school principals and other special guests will speak live on KJTZ (96.1 FM or to congratulate the Class of 2020. 

As Encinal High School’s publication design instructor Joshua Linville thought about all that the class of 2020 would miss out on, he realized their was one time-honored tradition they could still celebrate: the yearbook. With the Horizon staff completing the book and sending it off for publication, Linville reached out to the Alameda community.

“I thought that some families have been hit hard by this virus and may not be able to afford a book,” said Linville. “In such a unique year, every senior should be able to have a yearbook.” 

At a special public meeting held April  9, the Board of Education for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) voted unanimously to extend the suspension of in-class instruction through the end of the 2019-20 school year. Distance learning opportunities will continue through Monday, June 8. 

Sun Staff Reports
The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) realizes that most parents and guardians have not been trained as teachers; many may not be comfortable using online tools. Others may be trying to figure out how to also fulfill their own professional responsibilities at a time when most workers are being asked to telecommute.