Thursday, June 25, 2020
We know there are many questions and concerns about the possible reopening of our schools. Our School Board, Administration and District Staff are all committed to our community and the safety of our students and staff is the most important determining factor as to when and how our school facilities will open.
You may have seen that our first day of school will be August 24, 2020. On that day we will begin a new school year. With the current rate of the spread of COVID-19 in our community, our district will most likely begin the year with distance learning. We will open our school sites ONLY when we have determined it is safe to do so in consultation with the California Public Health Department and the Imperial County Public Health Officer.
When, and IF our school sites open this fall, we will be implementing numerous protocols to ensure the safety of our students and staff, following all federal, state and local guidance related to reopening. This includes configuring classrooms to allow for proper social distancing, the wearing of masks, providing access to hand washing and sanitizing of hands, along with increased disinfecting of all spaces throughout the school day. It also includes daily health screenings of all those entering our campuses, including students, parents and staff. With the social distancing requirements currently in place, when our school facilities open, it is likely that students will only attend two or three days per week on campus with additional instruction and activities through distance learning. We will only go back to full, five-day a week schedules when the State of California and local health authorities determine there is no longer a health threat present.
Currently, I have several committees finalizing a plan to ensure we are ready for all possibilities of student attendance, whether it be through distance learning, at a school site, or a combination of the two, known as hybrid learning. These committees are creating plans not only for our instructional program, but also to address health and safety concerns, transportation, child nutrition services and technology issues involved in distance learning. Our goal is to provide our students a great year of learning, whether through distance learning or eventually being back on campus.
We are also exploring options for parents who would like to have their students learn exclusively online throughout the year, even if our campuses eventually open. We are hoping to announce the details of that option by mid-July.
Should you have any questions going forward, I urge you to e-mail the District at firstname.lastname@example.org
so that we can properly address any issues and concerns you may have.
Jon K. LeDoux
Superintendent of Schools
El Centro Elementary School District