Good Morning Parents, Staff, and Community,
Based on the latest information and guidance from The Stanislaus County Public Health, Center for Disease Control, and State Health Department, Keyes Union School District will reopen all grades including Head Start and Preschool for modified in-person instruction on Monday, March 1, 2021.
The covid-19 infection case rate released and adjusted for Stanislaus County is 21.4 per 100,000. The reopening will adhere to all requirements having been met for reopening. Please keep in mind that this is a modified reopening for all grades with detailed and specific cohorts and is based on adhering to health and safety protocols.
Each site will be sharing with parents what the cohorts will look like and what days each will meet. This reopening will be specific to each site, and thus site administration will be sharing with parents and students. Each site will provide more detailed information on schedules and procedures tailored to the grade level and school site program. The after-school program will remain on distance learning only. The site-specific reopening plans are detailed and available on the website.
I know that reopening our schools is stressful and concerning for many. Please know that the district is committed to doing all possible to assure students and staff are provided with tools, supplies, and procedures to maintain the safety of students and staff. The reopening has been long-awaited, and a great deal of planning has taken place to do so. The health and safety of our students and staff remain the district priority. We realize that the virus has not been eradicated and remains a huge safety concern for all. Please continue to follow all health and safety protocols in place for protecting against infection. Face coverings, social distancing, and good hygiene practices remain the essential tools to prevent the spread and infection rates.
Those choosing to remain on distance learning and have registered for distance learning only will continue to do so. However, please keep in mind that schedule adjustments have been implemented to ensure the district can provide instruction to all students in both a distance learning environment and in person. Our teachers will be working extremely hard to serve both learning environments.
The transition to in-person will be challenging, and we will, without doubt, face some struggles as we make the transition. The staff and I ask that everyone work as a team to make sure things go as smoothly as possible for our students, staff, and parents. Keep in mind that flexibility and safety, along with compassion, will be the order of the day. Adjustment time will vary by grade level, and I am fully aware that the first day(s) will primarily be focused on establishing class rules, procedures, and expectations. I am also very cognizant that we are but weeks away from Easter Break and then the end of the year. The next two months will be focused on transitioning from distancing learning and on the administration of State Assessments, which are still required.
I am very proud of our students and our staff, and I know that we will experience success on this transition to in-person learning as a family team. I once again share with you that I know it will not be easy. It will not be easy for our parents, students, and staff. I urge you to remain positive and focused on a positive modified transition process and program. Keyes students are our focus and their safety while learning our mission.
Plans to extend the school year with a summer program are already being finalized. This will be for a limited number of students with learning deficits as we work to best prepare for the 2021-22 School Year. Learning loss will be the focus for the coming school year. The extended summer program will be a four-week program that will go through the end of June. It will be limited in enrollment due to staffing availability and logistics. It will be for students in TK-7 with the greatest academic need. This summer extension does not include the Charter School. The Charter administration and staff will communicate any summer programs to the Charter Families.
You have each been subjected to a stressful environment for what has almost been a full year of distance learning. I know this return to in-person will also be stressful, but we can get through this as a team.
I will continue to keep everyone updated in this process and all related to the Covid-19 Pandemic, including vaccines.
I wish you all the best as we embark on this reopening. Thank you for your patience, support, and faith. This past year has been by far the most difficult year for all. I am optimistic and thrilled to see Keyes Union reopen to serve all students. Please be safe and all the best as we move forward.