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Alta Loma School District COVID School Reopening Update

Alta Loma School District COVID School Reopening Update

 

After much thoughtful reflection and deliberation, the Alta Loma School District Board of Trustees will apply for a waiver from the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health for students to return to school campuses for in-person instruction.

Before submitting the waiver application, it was reviewed by the superintendent’s parent leader group and the ALSD teachers’ association.

While San Bernardino County remains within the most restrictive “purple” Tier 1 category for the risk level for community disease transmission from the Covid-19 pandemic, numbers continue to improve. However, the daily new cases incidence rate is in the lower “orange” range in the Alta Loma School District attendance area, which allows us to apply for a waiver.

Under the waiver program, schools will be allowed to open with modified, smaller class sizes for in-person instruction at grades TK-6. Junior high schools are not eligible for the waiver and must remain entirely in distance learning.

The date for the return to in-person instruction will not be set until after we receive approval for our waiver application. We hope that disease transmission rates continue to improve throughout San Bernardino County and will allow for our junior high schools to also resume in-person instruction.

Regardless of the waiver application outcome,  some of our special education students will be our first students to attend school for in-person instruction in smaller groups, hopefully in mid-October. Distance learning will continue to be an option for students in our special education program.

Our schools will distribute a program selection questionnaire via email to parents in early October. Parents will be asked to commit their child(ren) to either distance learning or in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. Details regarding the choices will be provided and ample time will be given to return the questionnaire. 

As we all know, any number of unforeseen circumstances could alter our plans, and we ask for your understanding should conditions call for an alternate instructional path. ALSD is committed to the health and safety of all of our students, families and staff.

Again, thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to bring students back to schools in a safe and timely manner.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

James Moore

Superintendent