Governor Newsom Update - 2020-2021 School Year

Governor Newsom Update - 2020-2021 School Year
Posted on 07/17/2020
Greetings all,  Today, Governor Newsom held a press conference outlining California’s plan for what education will look like this fall in light of COVID-19.  In his plan, he presented guidelines for when schools can conduct face-to-face learning and when schools need to resort to distance learning.  The plan is good news for Humboldt County as data has kept us off the State’s watch list. Below is a brief outline of the Governor’s direction:  In order to conduct face-to-face learning (Eureka City Schools Plan B):  Humboldt County must not be on the state’s watch list and if we go on the state’s watch list, we must be off the list for 14 consecutive days prior to starting face-to-face instruction.   All students above the second grade and all staff must wear face masks or face shields. All students in second grade and below are encouraged to wear face masks or face shields. All staff members must adhere to six feet of social distancing from others, including students. For students, priority is given to having a stable classroom of students rather than six feet of social distancing.  In-person learning should close when (Eureka City Schools Plan C)?  A classroom cohort has a confirmed case (assumedly for 14 day quarantine period). Multiple classroom cohorts have cases or when more than 5% of a school tests positive. A District goes home if 25% of their schools are closed within a 14 day period.   **Note, schools should consult with a public health official first. There will be much more information to come prior to school opening.  This information is a good preliminary indicator of Eureka City School’s ability to open for face-to-face instruction.  Given the current COVID statistics for Humboldt County, we will be able to open. Please keep in mind, this can change quickly, even after the school year begins.  The Governor reminded us to wear a mask, physically distance, wash our hands, and minimize mixing.    As a community, this gives us the ability to work together to control the spread of COVID and allow our children to receive face-to-face instruction, the delivery model our children need. Please stay tuned and we will continue to provide updates on what school will look like this fall.  Remember, the first day of school is August 24.  The Governor’s guidance has provided some optimism we will be able to bring our children and teachers back, but it is up to our community to keep the spread of COVID low.  Finally, even if we are able to open for face-to-face instruction, we will continue to provide a distance learning platform for students who choose this model.  If you are planning on keeping your student home regardless of whether or not we offer face-to-face instruction, please contact your school to make arrangements.    This message will be posted on the District Facebook page and our website. Stay well and stay strong.  Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D. Superintendent