Leading toward a supportive learning environment.

George S. Sziraki, Jr., Ed.D.

PUHSD Superintendent

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Executive Assistant to Dr. Sziraki & the PUHSD Board of Trustees 
Desirée Atkins

Mission Statement:

"Committed to student learning through teaching excellence in a supportive environment."


Dr. Sziraki began his service to Placer Union on July 1, 2013. He brings to the Placer Union team extensive experience in teaching, coaching and administering in a high school setting. 

He became Assistant Superintendent of the Merced Union High School District in 2008. While in that position---instituting and directing new initiatives in instructional improvement---the MUHSD showed strong growth in the areas most often cited when measuring quality of school districts. 
Dr. Sziraki loves the high school environment, looks forward to the challenges ahead, and will forge forward in addressing the district commitment to student learning by creating supportive environments for students and staff. 

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

Thank you for your resilience and patience with the changes we have experienced in education in response to the COVID-19 crisis. We are committed to continue providing a rigorous standards-based instructional program.

As you are likely aware, on July 17, 2020, Governor Newsom announced new guidelines for all schools reopening. His guidelines mandate that schools located in counties on the County Data Monitoring List must not be physically open for in-person instruction until their county has come off the Monitoring List (3 consecutive days below thresholds) and remain below thresholds for 14 additional consecutive days. Placer County is currently on the Monitoring List. 

Therefore, all schools in Placer Union High School District will start the school year with remote learning. Our remote learning plan follows a bell schedule as if instruction were face-to-face, and teachers will deliver live instructional interaction with students. We will regularly evaluate the reopening plan against the monitoring criteria established by State Public Health Officials.

We recognize there must be a phased approach to manage the ever-changing guidelines to reopen our schools. Our administrators, teachers and support staff understand that parents desire a remote learning experience that provides the rigor and connectedness of traditional classrooms. Please be assured that our remote learning plan will ensure consistent delivery, daily academic support, rigor in all subject areas, and more connectedness. Here is our Phasing Plan.  We look forward to a time, in the near future, when we have students on campus!

Additionally, when schools are in session, it has become increasingly apparent with recent world news, we still have work to do with equity and inclusivity.  We have made strides in the right direction, but also know it is not enough.   Students regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender identification, sexual orientation and socio-economic status should feel safe and supported.

Our start date for school is Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Please continue to monitor our PUHSD Reopening Plan as the school year progresses to stay up to date with all new information.

Please feel free to provide feedback or ask for more information at gsziraki@puhsd.k12.ca.us.

Together in Education, 

Dr. George Sziraki
PUHSD Superintendent


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