PSUSD COVID - 19 Information
Keeping PSUSD families informed, connected, safe & learning!
Dear PSUSD Families,
"I hope you and your family members and friends remain healthy and safe as we continue to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. I wanted to take this opportunity to provide an update on our current status and our proposed plans moving forward given the current situation here in Riverside County and the Coachella Valley.
Our county recently moved from the purple to red tier established by the state, which means that some of our businesses have been able to partially open. This is great news. According to the guidelines set forth by the state and county, schools are able to reopen with a limited number of students on campus once we remain in the red tier for two weeks. While that would mean we could conceivably open next week if county numbers are maintained or decrease in numbers of cases and positivity rates, there are other factors we need to consider as we continue our plans to bring students back to school. One of those considerations is the fact that our positivity rate here in the Coachella Valley is substantially higher than the rest of Riverside County. The state has also established an equity requirement that larger counties such as ours meet specific positivity rates in the areas where their hardest-hit populations of poor, Black, Latinos and Pacific Islanders reside. Add to that the forecast for a spike in cases in combination with flu cases in late fall. And there are many logistical pieces that need to be thoroughly in place as we begin to bring staff and students back to their campuses. Erring on the side of caution and health predictions, our administration proposed to the Board of Education last week that we continue planning for a gradual move toward a hybrid program. The board gave us direction to move toward bringing back students at up to 50 percent capacity in a combination in-person and distance learning program after winter break at the beginning of January. In the next two board meetings we will be bringing these proposals forward for discussion/action." (Please read full article below or at www.psusd.us) - Dr. Lyon, Superintendent of Schools
Distance Learning Sign Up Under Way - Due September 30
Learn about how you can support your child during Distance Learning. Visit bit.ly/familycenteryoutube to view video tutorials in both English and Spanish.
Think Together partners with schools to provide students with academic support and life skills. Due to guidelines around COVID-19 our program will be operating in a distance learning platform and hours will vary by student needs.
See here for contact information and schedules for local agencies providing food, health care and financial support.
Information regarding mental health tips and services for students during this difficult time.
We know that every family has different needs at this time and the Family Center wants to know what we can do to help. Despite the distance, we are here for you and want to continue providing support and resources.
Here are some online resources to help you and your family continue learning and having fun while at home.
The tools that teachers will be using will vary by classroom and school sites so please find out from your child's teacher about what technology tools your child should be utilizing for instruction.
SEL Resources during COVID-19 (CASEL)
Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Common Sense Media)
Reducing Student Anxiety During Difficult Times (Common Sense Education)
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute)
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