On Thursday, February 21, the PUSD Board of Trustees unanimously approved Staff’s recommendation for the phased reopening of our school sites in alignment with current State and Alameda County Public Health Department guidance. The approved reopening plan for hybrid learning will be based on the following timeline:
- Students in Preschool through Grade 2 will be invited to return in a hybrid AM/PM model (Preschool SDC return in a 2-1-2 hybrid model)
- Students in Grade 3 through Grade 5 will be invited to return in an AM/PM model
- If in the Red Tier for 5 days, students in Grades 6-8 will be invited to return to campus in a 2-1-2 hybrid model (Moderate/Severe SDC attend with both Group A and B)
- If in the Red Tier for 5 days, students in Grades 9-12 will be invited to return to campus in a 2-1-2 hybrid model (Moderate/Severe SDC attend with both Group A and B)
As noted above and per State guidelines, the reopening of secondary schools is dependent on Alameda County being in the Red Tier for five days. We are encouraged by the continued downward trend in COVID-19 cases in our County. Our ability to welcome back more students to our schools and classrooms continues to depend on our collective efforts to remain vigilant in mask wearing, washing of hands and physical distancing. We continue to be in this together for our students and employees.
Each step in our phased reopening will be preceded by an orientation and transition period for our employees. During the orientation and transition period, instruction will meet the SB 98 required minutes by following the Wednesday schedule, which includes one synchronous session combined with asynchronous learning activities. Also, families who choose to remain remote will be provided the opportunity to continue in that format.
As with previous shifts in instruction, we ask for your patience and grace. Our teachers and staff must continue to work to meet the needs of our students, while taking appropriate care for themselves and their loved ones. We will continue to deliver ongoing professional to our teachers and classified staff to support them into, through, and beyond our reopening process. While the work and preparation to ready our schools and classrooms for the return of our students has been extensive, there will undoubtedly be bumps in the road and room for improvement, as we continue to align our campuses to State and County Health Department guidelines.
While beginning to welcome back our students and teachers is an important step in the right direction, it is also important to acknowledge that this has been, and will continue to be, a stressful time for families, students, and our team members. I implore all stakeholders in the community to act with empathy, to speak with kindness, and to reach out if you need support.
As a community member stated last evening, we are all working with imperfect and nonideal conditions. I am incredibly grateful to each of our parents and students for their grit and resilience. Your partnership over these past 11 months has been a critical component of our collective success. For that, and many other reasons, I continue to be proud of the US in PUSD.
To learn more about the extensive preparations and safety measures being taken to prepare for a safe reopening of our campuses, please review the PUSD COVID-19 Safety Plan, which is available on the PUSD website.
Superintendent of Schools