Thank you for your hard work, patience, and perseverance as our district navigates a once in a lifetime global pandemic and all of the challenges it has presented to our schools and our community. We know that there is a lot of confusion now that we are beginning our transition from 100% distance learning to the hybrid learning model. We apologize for any confusion that we have caused. This communication is part of our continued attempts to bring clarity to this ever-evolving and complex situation.
First and foremost, the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. This is why our school board approved the “ResponsiveModel” (click blue hyperlink to read the full plan), but in essence it says that we will move from Distance Learning to Hybrid learning (part time at home, part time in school) and eventually to full time in-person learning as health conditions change in San Mateo County (SMC).
The good news is that conditions in SMC are improving and with continued access to vaccinations and our continued commitment to the FourPillars, we hope that this trend will continue. As of the morning of February 24, 2021, SMC has been officially placed in the red tier, which means that districts may bring students back to in person instruction following county and state guidelines. Since the beginning of COVID, we have been preparing for this moment. Plexi glass has been purchased and installed in our schools, personal protective equipment (PPE) including individual sneeze guards for students is plentiful and ready for staff, disinfecting plans have been created and vetted by staff. We are ready for students to come back. The district plan has been activated.
Our goal is to maintain a focus on academics while ensuring our students have social emotional support. Please reach out to your school site if you have concerns with either academics or social emotional support for your child. As we transition we ask for continued collaboration and understanding to ensure that our focus remains on supporting our student's academic and social emotional needs. We understand that our plan is not perfect and will not work perfectly for every family or staff member in our community. Consistent with our "Responsive Model" we will continue to adjust our plan to align to tier guidance with the goal of increasing time within in person instruction until we reach a full traditional in person setting.
1. Principals and school staff are currently working on verifying cohort numbers. This is one of our most important steps as student numbers in each cohort will determine the details of what we can offer.
School Site Responsibilities:
1. Ensure that school sites and all classrooms have been set up with safety protocols that help mitigate covid spread (ongoing since Fall).
2. Create an in person schedule taking site specific needs into account and strive to maximize the time students are in person (Board adopted Responsive Model)
3. Communicate site specific issues and changes with the school community (ongoing).
We know that this is challenging for everyone and we know that no model will be able to accommodate everyone’s needs equally. What we commit to you is our efforts to deliver the most accurate information available to us at the time and to focus on the academic and social emotional support of all our students. Please understand that direction from the county, state and federal government changes rapidly and this information is current as of February 26, 2021, 3:00pm. You should expect high level communication from our district office and site specific information from your school sites. We hope to “see” you on Tuesday. Please continue to follow safety protocols so that we can all get back to