UPDATE TO THE CVUSD COMMUNITY REGARDING IN-PERSON BLENDED LEARNING INSTRUCTION
OCTOBER 16, 2020
Dear CVUSD Parents and Guardians:
Last night the Board of Education voted on several items regarding in-person learning for grades TK-6; special education cohorts; and school-based sports conditioning. Below are the results of their votes and a summary of the steps to follow.
Elementary School Waiver Application
The Board of Education voted 3-2 to support my recommendation to not apply for Elementary School Waivers.
Last month, my recommendation to the Board of Education was to wait until at a minimum, all the cities that CVUSD serves are in the Red Tier for two consecutive weeks, before our schools apply for an elementary school waiver to transition to in-person Blended Learning. Being in the Red Tier will ensure that the virus is not widespread in our communities when we return to school. Also, returning to school when our cities are in Red Tier will give us more of a realistic chance at keeping schools open because the virus will be more under control.
The Board of Education voted 3-2 to approve small cohort in-person instruction and services for students with disabilities pursuant to the California Department of Public Health guidelines.
The District will move forward with evaluating each special education class and determine which classes can come back to in-person learning and services. Only the classes that are able to meet the cohort criteria established by California Department of Public Health will be eligible for return. Students and their families who have selected into the Distance Learning program will not be brought back for in-person learning. Students who are eligible to return for in-person learning and services will be notified.
Given this timeline, small cohort in-person instruction and services for students with disabilities will begin no earlier than November 9, 2020.
Sports and Physical Conditioning
The Board of Education voted 5-0 to approve school-based sports conditioning programs pursuant to the California Department of Public Health guidelines. Individual sport teams must submit their phase 1 conditioning safety plan and receive approval by their school Athletic Director and the District’s Risk Management Department. Additionally, all coaches must have received the training necessary to implement their phase 1 sports conditioning safety plan.
Given this timeline, school-based sports conditioning programs will begin approximately on October 26, 2020, contingent on each individual team submitting and receiving approval of their phase 1 conditioning safety plan.
Thank you for your patience and partnership as we navigate the reopening of our schools while also putting the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff at the forefront. Our District continues to monitor the County health statistics and is in regular communications with the County Department of Public Health. We will keep you updated with any developments.
Norm Enfield, Ed.D.