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Dear Families and Staff,
Yesterday afternoon, the Alameda County Public Health Department announced that we have officially entered the Red Tier after maintaining the required metrics according to the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy for a two-week period.
This is exciting news for our community and students, as it allows us to move forward with plans to welcome students back to the classroom for in-person learning on Wednesday, March 17th.
Returning to In-Person Instruction: We look forward to welcoming our students back in the hybrid model as listed below.
Phase 1/March 17 Grades TK/K (K-1 combo) Special Day Classes (SDC): K-5 Chabot, K-5 Proctor, 3-5 Vannoy
Phase 2/March 24 Grades 1&2 (2-3 combo) Special Day Classes (SDC): 3-5 Jensen Ranch, K-5 Marshall/ Stanton
Phase 3/March 29** Grades Preschool/3-5 Special Day Classes (SDC): Alma, Vannoy, Independent
Phase 4/Week of March 29*** Redwood High School Special Day Classes (SDC): 6-12 Mod/Severe, Roy Johnson Group A/B: CVHS 9th Orientation Group A/B: 6th Orientation Group A/B: 12th Welcome Back
Phase 5/April 12 Grades 6, 7 & 8 Grades 9, 10, 11, & 12 Special Day Classes (SDC): 6-8 Canyon, Creekside Mild/Mod, 9-12 CVHS Mild/Mod (Note: Mild/Mod students in Gen Ed Classes), Redwood CEC **finalizing teacher workdays. ***exact dates and times for grades 6, 9, &12 orientation are being finalized.
Student COVID-19 Testing: Testing site is open this week M-F from 12-6 p.m. at the Center For the Arts on Redwood Rd. COVID-19 student testing is open to all grades and is voluntary.
Plans for the 2021-2022 School Year: I understand that families are anxious to learn the status of the next school year. Our goal is to provide full in-person instruction every day as soon as possible following state and local health conditions and requirements. One of the current requirements for in-person instruction is to ensure six-foot distancing, which limits the number of students in classrooms. With the increased percentage of vaccination and improved health conditions, there are currently discussions at the state level related to easing some of the requirements that impede schools from fully reopening. Please know that we will do everything in our power to return CVUSD to the pre-pandemic schedule as soon as we are able to do so following Public Health guidelines. We will continue to update you as we have more information.
Vaccination: All CUVSD employees have had the opportunity to make appointments to be vaccinated. In partnership with FEMA, Alameda County Department of Public Health, Alameda County Office of Education, and La Familia, as of yesterday 78.95% of our employees have reported being vaccinated with one or two doses already. This is fantastic news creating an additional level of comfort for everyone.
Travel: As we all work together to reopen schools this month following significant planning for safety, we will depend on a strong partnership with our families and staff in terms of safety and decision-making. One such instance where we need our families and staff to exercise caution is in the area of non-essential travel. The Alameda County Public Health Department recommends against non-essential travel to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Current guidelines related to travel in which you traveled more than 120 miles from your home and you spent time with people you normally do not live with recommend that you self-impose a quarantine. For instance, if your family traveled out-of-state, did not maintain at least a 6-foot physical distance, did not properly wear a mask, and spent time with individuals outside of your immediate household it is recommended you stay home for 10-14 days. Another example is if you drive to another location with members of your immediate household and shelter in place without interacting with others while there (properly wore a face mask and maintained at least 6 feet of physical distance when around individuals who were not immediate members of our household), your child(ren) would not have to quarantine upon your family’s return to Castro Valley. Making continued progress toward reopening schools and the economy depends on all of us practicing extreme caution and trusting one another in following safety requirements. We deeply appreciate your patience and understanding. We are excited to welcome our students back and will do everything possible to make this transition as smooth as possible for them. With gratitude, Parvin Ahmadi Superintendent