Dear Saklan Community,
As I wrote last Friday, Governor Newsom announced that “Schools and school districts may reopen for in-person instruction at any time if they are located in a local health jurisdiction (LHJ) that has not been on the county monitoring list within the prior 14 days. If the LHJ has been on the monitoring list within the last 14 days, the school must conduct distance learning only, until their LHJ has been off the monitoring list for at least 14 days.”
What this means in plain English is that until Contra Costa County can get “checks” in all five categories of this monitoring list for 14 consecutive days, CCC can not open K-12 schools. Public or independent.
The state has offered individual schools and districts an opportunity to apply for a waiver, with each county determining its process. Saklan has worked hard at making the appropriate safety and health modifications to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus. We have therefore applied for a waiver through the Contra Costa Health Department. The process and timeline for waiver approval is unclear at this time. We do not see the infection rate drastically diminishing or the waiver process preceding quickly and, therefore will be starting the year with distance learning.
While we have been working hard on preparing the campus for the return of students this August, we shifted gears last week and are now hyper-focusing on providing a robust distance learning experience. While we feel good about what we accomplished last Spring, we also know that there is room for improvement. We are incorporating your suggestions from the survey and have also evaluated it ourselves. We will be communicating details soon regarding the schedule, program, and expectations.
Although our focus has pivoted to getting ready for creating an energetic and engaging distance learning program, we are simultaneously continuing to work towards getting the campus prepared for in-person learning. Our goal is to have our school and systems ready to move to in-person learning as soon as it is safe.
Thank you for your continued support,
P.S. All the above pertains to our K-8 program. Because COVID-19 is much less prevalent in younger children and they are not known to be “viral vectors,” the state is not mandating that ECE programs close. We will be evaluating the situation early next week and will let our ECE families know our plans.
Please visit our COVID-19 and FAQ pages for past communications and information.