The San Ramon Valley Unified School District plans to review its efforts to return students to in-person learning during a special meeting on Wednesday, where district staff will also discuss the current spring term and upcoming fall semester as well as end-of-the-year activities such as graduation.
District staff say that during the meeting they will be looking for guidance from the board on how to prepare for the upcoming fall semester and the start of the 2021-22 school year, while also providing the community with an update on how the district has been handling hybrid in-person instruction so far.
"The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is currently in phase 3 of our plan to return students to hybrid in-person learning … We continue to provide a remote option for those families who were not ready to return to campus," Superintendent John Malloy said in a staff report. "We look forward to being able to welcome back our students in grades 7-12 as soon as the county enters the red tier."
Staff members will also strategize for end-of-year programs such as graduation, prom and summer school, reviewing how the district can best provide safe programming for students.
Students in preschool, special day classes and in grades kindergarten through sixth have already been allowed to return to in-person instruction after months of remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic; however, district staff say county and state health regulations currently prevent the district from allowing secondary school students to return to in-person learning.
According to state guidelines, secondary school students may not return to in-person learning until Contra Costa County moves out of the most-restrictive purple tier into the less-restrictive red tier -- which is achieved when the county averages no more than seven new cases a day per 100,000 residents for five consecutive days.
The SRVUSD is closing in on red tier status according to Contra Costa Health Services, which as of Monday recorded an average of 10.4 new cases a day per 100,000 residents in Contra Costa County.
Residents can learn more about the SRVUSD's path to reopening during the Board of Education's special meeting on Wednesday (March 3) at 4 p.m. Interested residents can view the meeting live on the SRVUSD's YouTube channel.
Residents can provide public comment live at meetings by logging in or dialing into the district's Zoom meeting, which can be accessed on the district's Quicklinks on the SRVUSD homepage.
Learn more about public comment online at www.srvusd.net/virtualpubliccomment.