District to open elementary grades by April 5

District to open elementary grades by April 5We are eager to see our elementary students back on campus on April 5.  While our faculty and staff have worked tirelessly on ensuring the very best educational service during pandemic, we know we are able to do so much more when students and teachers are in the classroom.  When it comes to meeting all the needs of the “whole child” we are much better equipped to do that successfully when interpersonal relationships are at the foundation of education said Dr. David Ostash

“I want to thank our teachers, staff and parents for their part of enduring a very disruptive and challenging time. Our students deserve acknowledgement for their ability to persevere, as well. Hang in there. We are finally seeing a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel.” said Ostash

The following message was sent to the district on Wednesday, March 10.

Pending district and association collective bargaining agreement, the district is in the process of negotiating a return to in-person instruction to begin no later than Monday, April 5. The schedule is a “hybrid” model which allows for smaller cohort sizes, social distancing, and appropriate safety measures within a school day. The hybrid schedule supports in-person, direct instruction with a teacher in a morning session or an afternoon session, five (5) days a week, Monday through Friday.

Group A students would attend school in-person for up to 2.5 hours in the morning and learn at home through asynchronous instruction/assignments for up to 2.5 hours in the afternoon. Group B students would learn at home through asynchronous instruction/assignments for up to 2.5 hours in the morning and attend school in-person for up to 2.5 hours in the afternoon. The proposed schedule is below.

Families may also choose to remain in the Distance Learning model for the remainder of this school year. Scheduling will be based on prioritized student groups reflected in the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and the Learning Continuity Plan (LCP).

Parents will receive a registration call this week.

The District requests that they be permitted to contact parents in order to be as efficient as possible.

FAQs have been posted on the school website.

Pictured: Christian Speredelozzi, Librarian at Richmond Elementary School, prepares to receive students as the district gears up to reopen classrooms. — Photo By Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2021-03-12