Moving Forward Together: The 2020-21 School Year
Alameda County Red Tier Status: What This Means for PUSD Schools as we Move Forward Together
On September 22, California upgraded the Tier status for Alameda County from Purple to Red in the State’s monitoring system.
In our most recent Bulletin to the Board, a weekly public communication to our Board of Trustees in which our PUSD divisions illustrate our ongoing efforts to support our staff and families, I shared the following update to help build understanding of the relationship between the State’s new tiered monitoring system and our ongoing work in PUSD.
*Allowable School Operations: Aligned with Alameda County Public Health guidelines following the District’s reopening plan approved by the Board of Trustees on July 14, 2020.
Please keep in mind that even in the Red Tier, the risk level remains “substantial” and warrants continued focus on preventing community spread of the virus. During our September 24th meeting of the Board of Trustees, we will discuss the color tiered system and what each shift could mean in terms of impact to students, staff and the community.
Our team is working diligently to determine PUSD’s readiness to meet reopening standards and requirements. The Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) clarified in their update that schools must continue distance learning until such time that local conditions support in-person learning. The ACPHD has the authority to take a more incremental approach to re-opening in an effort to minimize significant increases in disease transmission, even as the County meets the State’s less restrictive criteria. They will use the next two weeks (through October 6) to ensure our county metrics remain stable, and will release a phased plan for reopening that includes schools at that point.
The current requirements and guidelines districts must meet to physically reopen schools are significant, and involve careful planning and collaborative efforts with stakeholders to help ensure the safety and health of our students, staff, families and broader community. Given the current reality, there are no realistic scenarios under which we can assure the implementation of the State and ACPHD guidelines that would enable a full reopening of our campuses.
At the point these requirements can be met, we will plan on following our school reopening plan approved by our Board of Trustees on July 14, 2020. Our reopening plan follows state and county guidance for a phased approach beginning with our youngest students and those struggling to access remote learning.
A return to in-person learning, in any capacity, will be facilitated when families and staff can be ensured of a safe, stable, and high quality learning environment. To that end, staff is working diligently to prepare for implementation of the County’s current safety protocols. Please understand that a return to on-campus instruction represents a significant shift for staff, students and families who have shown amazing perseverance and resilience in the face of numerous changes and challenges over the past several months. Your continued patience and understanding is much appreciated.
We are also working toward providing support to students who are having difficulty accessing remote learning. We know this pandemic has exacerbated structural inequities and achievement gaps, and many students and families have struggled with remote learning. This is especially true for emerging readers, English learners, homeless and foster youth, students with special needs, and those at-promise students requiring significant intervention who are best served by in-person learning. Recent guidance allows for small groups of students, in stable cohorts, with additional restrictions relating to size and distancing. More details will follow, as our plans are solidified.
We will continue to discuss our plans with labor partners, Board Trustees, site leaders, staff and community stakeholders. You have our continued commitment to approaching any return to on-campus learning with a “safety first” mindset.
As always, we will continue to keep you informed and engaged as we learn more and move forward to best serve and support our community. We are and continue to be in this together.
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Board Unanimously Approves Plan to Begin the 2020-21 School Year Together with Remote Learning Districtwide
In a letter to the community, Superintendent David Haglund shares the PUSD's recommendation to begin the 2020-21 school year together through remote learning Districtwide. The remote start applies for all TK-12 schools as well as Harvest Park Preschool. Read the full letter: English I Spanish I Chinese
Beginning the 2020-21 School Year Together: Educational Options
The following will be true for all PUSD students regardless of the option chosen:
- Special Education students will have access to all available learning models, as facilitated by their IEP team and process
- There will be regular, scheduled check-ins by teachers
- All classes will maintain consistent grading practices and daily/weekly schedules
- There will be a consistent delivery of online instruction through similar online tools
- All students will be assigned a ChromeBook at the start of the school year
- Our IT Help Desk will be available by phone or email for any technology issues
- We will increase our cleaning procedures at all PUSD facilities
- Meals will be distributed and details provided by the August 11 school start date
Important Next Steps
By Wednesday, July 22nd & no later than Friday, July 24th families can submit a final commitment form for each of their students, selecting the educational model of their preference (again, for each student).
July 20 - August 6: Bell/daily schedules prepared and shared with families.
August 11: First day of instruction
TK-2 Hybrid Schedule
Grades 3-5 Remote Learning Schedule
Grades 3-5 Hybrid Schedule - when possible for in-person learning
Elementary At-Home Distance Learning Model Schedule
Grades 6 - 12 Hybrid Model (Pending Future Conditions)
Virtual Town Hall Recordings
We have held a number of Virtual Town Halls to discuss current information and thinking as well as engage our community in conversation around questions and input. Please find recordings of these public discussions below:
- August 26 Virtual Special Education Community Meeting
- July 13 Virtual Town Hall on Students with 504 Plans & IEPs
- July 8 Virtual Town Hall on Full-Time Distance Learning Options
- June 22 Virtual Community Town Hall
- June 16 Virtual Town Hall with Spanish Translation
- June 4 Virtual Student Town Hall
- June 3 Virtual Town Hall with Chinese Community
- May 27 Virtual Community Town Hall