PUSD Board of Trustees Vote on Return to School After Two Weeks of County Being in the Red Tier

On Thursday, January 28th, the Board of Trustees voted to begin returning students to school, in a hybrid model, once Alameda County has been in the Red Tier for two weeks. This process will follow a phased approach, beginning with preschool through grade 2 and continuing through high school over the course of a few weeks in line with previously approved plans presented by staff in July and reaffirmed on December 15th. As stated in the plans and required by SB 98, families who wish to remain in remote learning will be provided the opportunity to do so.

As required, PUSD will submit the COVID-19 Safety Plan and COVID-19 Protection Plan to the County and State health departments for approval. Those agencies will have 7 days to provide feedback, and absent feedback, the plans are considered approved on the 8th day following submission. These plans will soon be available on the District website.

We will post more specific details relating to reopening later this week here. For now, we wanted to provide a quick breakdown of the approved phased reopening timeline for implementing our hybrid learning program.

First Phase: Students in preschool through grade 2 will return in an AM/PM hybrid model, once Alameda County has been in the Red Tier for two weeks

Second Phase: The next week, students in grades 3-5 will return, also in an AM/PM hybrid model

Third Phase: Secondary students will begin returning to campus the following week. Specific details for secondary return will be discussed at the February 11th Board meeting.

As we progress through our phased reopening, we will continue to provide access to our small cohort program for students who are having difficulty accessing remote instruction. In addition, secondary students will continue to have access to sports and co- curricular camps. Please review the recent State and CIF tier-based guidelines, which will guide our competitive sport programs.

In the coming week, PUSD middle and high school families will receive a survey that will help us understand intentions with regards to returning to school or continuing with remote learning options. It is important that families complete these surveys as soon as possible, so we can incorporate their feedback into our ongoing planning processes.

Read more about PUSD's efforts to return students to school.