Tam District Family Newsletter
Message for the Class of 2020
Fall 2020 planning
Dear TUHSD Community,
We are an institution of learning, so we do our utmost to approach every situation, every challenge, as an opportunity to learn. Distance learning in response to a global pandemic has, quite arguably, been the biggest challenge and the most intense “teachable moment” in the lives of many of our staff and students.
Although there remains a high degree of uncertainty about the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it will affect our return for the 2020-2021 school year, we will be prepared to welcome all TUHSD students in some fashion on August 19th. Working closely with Public Health, we will capture what has worked well this spring and learn from the feedback about what has not worked well as we plan for opening day.
In collaboration with our Teacher's Union, the District has implemented a process for crafting our reopening plan and instructional model for the fall semester. As part of this process, we are asking for feedback from returning students and parents via the survey linked here.
Multidisciplinary District teams are currently working to draft both an instructional plan as well as a safety plan for re-opening our schools. Once these plans have been drafted, they will be shared with three focus groups for feedback. The three focus groups are: staff, parents and students.
Our task is complicated, but our goal is simple: to have a reopening plan completed by the end of June in order to help our families prepare for the fall semester. Ideally, we would like to welcome students back to our campuses without any restrictions. However, the most current health projections indicate a return to normal by August 19th is not likely to be the case. At this point in time, we strongly believe we will be compelled to have a hybrid learning system in place wherein students will be on campus a few days a week, with social-distancing, face coverings and strict sanitation guidelines required. The balance of student instructional time will be done remotely, with the flexibility to move into a full distance-learning model for periods of time if the situation demands.
All of us at TUHSD extend our sincerest thanks to our parents and guardians, our community partners, and to our students, especially our amazing Class of 2020, for showing tremendous support and resilience in the face of this crisis.
Tam District Leadership Team