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Alameda County Likely to Move into Red Tier Next Week, Triggering Return to Campus for 7-12th graders
On Tuesday Covid case rates in Alameda County dropped below 6.3 per 100,000 residents for the first time in many months. If case rates stay below 7 per 100,000 residents for one more week, Alameda County will re-enter the Red Tier the week of March 8, and 7th-12th graders will return to school according to this timeline:
March 9: Site tours for 9th graders & students new to Piedmont High School
March 10: Teacher workday. Asynchronous day for students grades 9-12
March 11: Teacher workday. Asynchronous day for students grades 9-12
March 12: PUSD School Holiday. Schools closed
March 15: PUSD School Holiday. Schools closed
March 16: 7th graders in Cohort A return; 9th & 10th graders return
March 17: 8th graders in Cohort A return
March 18: 7th graders in Cohort B return
March 19: 8th graders in Cohort B return
March 23: 11th and 12th graders return
California Legislature Passes School Re-Opening Bill
- Covid-19 testing
- Cleaning and disinfection
- Personal and protective equipment
- Ventilation and other school site upgrades necessary for health and safety
- Salaries for certificated or classified employees providing in-person instruction or services
- Social and mental health support services
The bill also includes $4.56 billion to implement a learning recovery program that provides supplemental instruction, support for social and emotional well-being and meals and snacks for students who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, English learners, foster youth, homeless students, and students with a variety of special needs.
You can find details about the bill in this EdSource article.
Please Take Pandemic Response Survey -- Closes Friday, March 12
What is the district doing to plan for fall re-opening?
We understand that the community wants to know how we are preparing for a full re-opening if we find ourselves in the best-case scenario, and our contingency plans if we are not in the best case scenario. Superintendent Booker, the Board and administrative leaders are currently deep in the process of planning for several possible scenarios for the fall, including:
- Scenario 1: The U.S. attains herd immunity and the Alameda County Public Health Department allows us to bring all students at all grade levels back on campus with no restrictions.
- Scenario 2: Covid-19 is still circulating but at low enough levels that the Alameda County Public Health Department allows us to bring all students at all grade levels back on campus with minimal restrictions such as mask wearing and disinfecting protocols.
- Scenario 3: Covid-19 is circulating at higher levels and Alameda County Public Health Department allows us to bring students back, but requires 4-feet of social distancing.
- Scenario 4: Covid-19 is circulating at higher levels and Alameda County Public Health Department allows us to bring students back, but requires 6-feet of social distancing.
- Scenario 5: New variants of Covid-19 that are resistant to current vaccines or have a higher health risk to children circulate at high enough levels that Alameda County Public Health Department does not allow us to provide in-person learning.
On March 24, the Board will have a discussion about the contingencies required under each of these scenarios. We encourage the community to attend this meeting to hear the discussion on what each scenario means for our fall plans.