Reopening School Update - July 2, 2020
July 2, 2020
Dear Los Gatos Union School District Community,
Thank you for your patience as we navigate the changing options for the 2020-21 school year. LGUSD is committed to doing what is best for all children, with our top priority the health of our students, staff, and community. After careful consideration, we are currently moving forward with resuming some form of in-person instruction for the 2020-2021 school year. This is in alignment with California Education Code section 43504: schools in California “shall offer in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible during the 2020-2021 school year”. Additionally, in-person instruction is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
This week, the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health and the Santa Clara County Office of Education released guidelines for reopening of schools. The full guidance from the county is available at sccgov.org/cov19schools. The contingency plans developed by the LGUSD School Reopening Task Force and staff workgroups will now be revisited in light of county and AAP guidance and a plan presented to the school board on July 14, 2020. Following this presentation, all LGUSD families will receive detailed planning information for next year.
In finalizing the plan, staff workgroups will consider the requirements and recommendations outlined by the Santa Clara County Department of Health and guidance provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics focusing on prevention measures around the following key strategies:
- Minimizing the number of people who come into contact with each other.
- Maximizing the physical distance between people, when appropriate.
- Reducing the time that people spend in close proximity to others.
- Measures to minimize the dispersion of droplets and aerosols.
While we understand that school will not look like it has in the past, we are working to provide a vibrant and enriching educational environment. The focus on core content, math, science, reading and writing will help address any gaps from the previous school year. Electives and enrichment will provide opportunities for students and staff to build school spirit and community. It is our hope that these efforts will support students' academic development and their social-emotional needs.
It must be noted that all plans are dependent upon the containment of COVID-19 in the county as determined by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.
Specific details regarding school day procedures and ways to help prepare for the upcoming school year will be available on July 15.
Yours in education,
Los Gatos Union School District Administration