EUSD: Phase 3 Reopening Plans

February 23, 2021

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Updates in this communication include:


  • Phase 3 Reopening Preparations & Timeline Update
  • ASPIRE Update

Dear Families,


We are sending this week’s update out early to provide information as soon as possible. First, I would like to thank our families and staff for your patience as we have worked with the latest guidance, science, data and research to implement Phase 3. We have worked as a community to collaboratively plan all phases of reopening and closures since March 2020 and this next Phase has been no different. I appreciate the input from families, staff and our Reopening committee to finalize our timeline. Our goal has continued to be to bring students back for 5 days as soon as safely possible.


As mentioned in previous communications, the case rates and county indicators have been increasingly optimistic as they have demonstrated a dramatic reduction in transmissions in the last few weeks. It seems evident that the red tier is imminent and rather than waiting for that particular marker, we felt strongly that all trends and data point to a safe return to 5 days per week when all necessary adjustments for changes in guidance for 4 feet distancing between student desks are met.


The Phase 3 return date for all students will be the first day after the two-week Spring Break on Monday, April 12th. Reviewing the calendar for completion of classroom moves, changes and deliveries of furniture, hiring and other logistical needs was the first necessity in planning due to public health requirements. We also considered the natural instructional transition at the end of the quarter beginning with Spring Beak. This will allow all parents to have virtual parent/teacher conferences the week of March 22nd as planned and new classes and new schedules will begin regardless of tier the first day after spring break on April 12. All students K-6 will begin the 5 day schedule on that date. The schedule will be Monday through Friday for all students from 8:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., with a Grab n’ Go lunch. Additional details including staggered drop off and pickup times will be sent directly from your site principal. We will share additional information for families who choose to travel during Spring Break, in accordance with CDC guidance at that time. We know having this information as soon as possible will allow families to make necessary changes for childcare and work.


As mentioned previously, everyone can support these changes by understanding the need to adjust some classes and locations of classrooms. Each of these moves are necessary for us to expand our in person learning to 5 days per week.


I recognize this will not be soon enough for some and may seem too much of a change from our previous plans for others. Together, we have ensured the safest possible facilities and protocols and I am confident each of those strategies will continue to be successful with fidelity and accountability for implementation as we expand to 5 days beginning immediately following Spring Break.


Warmly,


Andrée Grey, Ed.D.

Superintendent

ASPIRE Update

We are very excited to welcome our students back 5 days per week, beginning on April 12, 2021! While this school year has proven to be like none other, we sincerely hope the support of ASPIRE has, and will continue to be, a support for families.


As we move into Phase 3, it is our ultimate goal to support as many students as safely possible. All currently enrolled ASPIRE families have been given priority enrollment for Phase 3. There is no need to re-register for ASPIRE. Families that chose to continue with ASPIRE into Phase 3 will be automatically enrolled and will receive a confirmation email later this week.


Enrollment for new ASPIRE students will open on March 1, 2021 at 10:00 AM. Due to health guidelines and space limitations on campus, our capacity is extremely limited. However, after enrolling all current and interested ASPIRE students, we do have some openings across the district. A waitlist will be established, if interest exceeds the capacity we are able to support.


During Phase 3, ASPIRE is able to offer a selection of programs. To view the full details, please click here.