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July 23, 2020 | Community Update

Dear Union School District Community,

As we shared last Friday, Governor Newsom announced that districts in counties on the state’s monitoring list will reopen in a Distance Learning format and cannot consider reopening until the county is off the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. This aligns with our plan for reopening in five stages which begins with Distance Learning.

We will continue to consult with the Public Health Department about the trends and impacts of COVID-19, continue to plan with staff and focus groups, and provide timely updates to our community should conditions indicate that we may progress to the next stage of reopening.

What will USD’s Distance Learning program look like?

Our teachers, staff, and administrators have been working diligently to create an enhanced and comprehensive virtual learning model that will include:

  • A consistent schedule (Elementary: daily live class check-ins and dedicated time for live content area instruction; Middle School: An extended day Block Schedule that includes per period live instructional time throughout the week)

  • Attendance and standards-based report cards (elementary) and grades (middle school)

  • Daily interaction with teachers through a combination of live class meetings, small group sessions, teacher screencasts, recorded videos and regular feedback on assignments

  • Additional outreach for students who need supports during distance learning

Principals will be sharing their specific school schedules and more information about distance learning next week.

When schools reopen, can our family continue with Distance Learning?

Yes, a distance learning only option is available to any student.

How will we meet our student’s teacher and principal?

In a virtual format, it will be more important than ever for our schools to build community and connection for students, families and staff. Our principals will be sharing information about the first week of school and each school’s plan for orientations, materials pick-up, and a fun-filled back-to-school experience.

Will USD apply for a waiver from the county health department to bring students back to campus before districts are authorized to reopen?

County health departments shared this week that a district could apply for a waiver of the school reopening restrictions for elementary schools in order to support students on campus in certain limited cases. We are exploring a waiver as it relates to stage 2 of our reopening plan in order to support our elementary students and families who are most in need and may benefit from small-group, in-person instruction.

How can we communicate our family’s plans for the new school year?

We are at a pivotal moment where we will need updated feedback from our families about their plans for the 2020-21 school year so that we may finalize plans to align with our community’s needs.

surveyA Family School Survey will be sent to parents and guardians via email by Friday, July 24. Please submit a form for each student in your household no later than Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

If you have not received a survey by noon on Friday, please send an email to unionsd@unionsd.org with your school and student information, and we will help you get access.


Denise Coleman