Important Updates from EUSD

September 11, 2020

Thank you for your continued support and patience as we adjust schedules and look forward to the return of students the week of September 21st. We are sending some important documents for your review. It is imperative that every family spend time discussing and understanding the procedures and protocols that are in place for the safety of students and staff.


Please review the Health & Safety Agreement for In Person Instruction (linked below) which outlines important information about expectations for returning students to campus, including the need for at-home symptom screenings, the use of face masks for all students and links to each site’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan. Please print (or obtain a copy from your child’s site), sign and return this form for each of your children as soon as possible. We need all families to do their part to support the safest return possible for our students.


This coming week, your child’s teacher will have special assignments to push out to students on Thursday and Friday. These will include important lessons regarding safety protocols to be used on campus. Additionally, a narrated video showing important aspects of the new procedures on campus will be included for family viewing. Helping your child anticipate what school will be like will support a smoother transition back to school. School site teachers will be holding the live, beginning of the day meetings on Thursday and Friday, and will provide student work for the required minutes but they will not be doing small groups or other live lessons in order to prepare the classrooms for students return. The lessons discussed above will be provided via Seesaw, Google Classroom or PowerSchool.


As you prepare your child for the return to campus, please consider having your child wear a mask during the day this next week to allow them to slowly acclimate to wearing a mask for longer amounts of time. I want to give a shout out to Flora Vista PTA Co-President Jeff Ladman for sharing with me with how he is doing this at home, which inspired me to include this here. You may also begin to discuss what drop off will look like. Parents and visitors will not be allowed past the gates, so sharing with your child your new morning routine will help them begin to picture this new scenario. You can also share how wonderful it will be to see their friends in person again!


Please click here to review the presentation slides discussed at the September 8th Board Meeting. Slides include information regarding current guidance, staff testing, closures and next steps.


We would also like to invite all families to a special return to school presentation presented by Dr. Michele Ritter of the UCSD Medical team on Wednesday, September 16 at 6:00 p.m. We are happy to be able to hear from a medical expert to inform the process of returning students to school and ways to help at home. Additional information on accessing this important presentation is provided below.


Warmly,


Andrée Grey, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Health & Safety Agreement - For Review & Signature

Please click the following link to view the Parent/Guardian Health & Safety Agreement for In Person Instruction. This document outlines important information about expectations for returning students to campus, including the need for at-home symptom screenings, the use of face masks for all students and links to each site’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan.


Please print (or obtain a copy from your child’s site), sign and return this form for each of your children as soon as possible but no later than their first day of in person learning.

Child Nutrition Services Update

When school reopens for the hybrid in-person instructional model on Monday, September 21, Child Nutrition Services will be offering Free meals to all students. This includes the following:


  • Free Lunch during the school day for hybrid learners and childcare students at all 9 schools
  • Free Breakfast before school at Paul Ecke Central and Ocean Knoll Elementary
  • Free “To-Go” Meal Bags to feed students on days when they are distance learning at home: Offered Monday -Thursday at all 9 school sites for students to take home as they are leaving campus (includes Breakfast & Lunch).
  • Free Bulk “To-Go” Meal bags for Full Distance Learners (Cloud Campus): this includes 5 days of breakfasts and lunches to be picked up one day a week at El Camino Creek Elementary.


Next week, Paul Ecke Central and Ocean Knoll Elementary will continue to serve free meal bags for children ages 2-18 years on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:30 am -12:30 pm. The last day of meal service will be Wednesday, September 16 (3-day meal bag served) in preparation for return to school on Monday, September 21.

UCSD Medical Expert Presentation on COVID-19

We invite all families to join us for a special return to school presentation from a UCSD medical expert on Wednesday, September 16 at 6:00 p.m. Dr. Michele Ritter will share information on the process of returning students to school and ways to help at home.


Dr. Ritter is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of California, San Diego. She graduated from medical school at Georgetown University and then remained at Georgetown University Medical Center for her internal medicine residency. She then completed her Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Albert Einstein University/Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx in New York. She came to UCSD in 2010, and has served as the Director of the Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy Program. She has also served as the co-chair of the Antimicrobial Utilization Committee, and currently serves as the Clinic Medical Director for the Division of Infectious Diseases at UCSD. Since March, she also has been the Director of the COVID-19 Infectious Diseases Clinic. She is also the mother of three children - a kindergartner, 3rd grader and 5th grader.


RSVP here by Tuesday, September 15 to attend the presentation and submit questions for Dr. Ritter as well. Webinar details will be emailed on the morning of Wednesday, September 16.

UPDATED - School Reopening Plan for 2020-21

Click here to view the EUSD School Reopening Plan for 2020-21. The document covers the Guidelines, Resources, and Best Practices for the Safe Reopening of Encinitas Union School District Schools In COVID-19 Conditions. Updates include the EUSD COVID-19 Symptom Guidance Decision Tree to Students/Parents on Page 13.