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    A MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT TOSH REGARDING

    2021-2022 K-12 COVID-19 SCHOOL GUIDANCE

    Dear SUSD Families,

    The 2021-22 school year is quickly approaching and we are looking forward to starting a new school year with some degree of normal compared to last school year. This past week, the district has received updated state guidance and legislation that will help inform both school districts and families regarding the status and plans for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.

    For the 2021-22 school year, the district will provide full-day in-person instruction to all students. To ensure the safety of students and staff, the district will be following the required “2021-22 K-12 COVID-19 School Guidance” issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The district will also offer an Independent Study Educational Option following the regulations in the new education trailer bill AB 130.

    2021-2022 K-12 COVID-19 School Guidance

    On July 12, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released its 2021-2022 K-12 COVID-19 School Guidance. Some of the key items in the guidance that will impact students and staff include:

    • No matter the vaccination status, CDPH requires mandatory face coverings for all K-12 students and adults in K-12 settings when sharing indoor spaces with students; masks are optional outdoors.
    • Minimal physical distancing will no longer be required since evidence indicates that in-person instruction can safely occur when other mitigation strategies (e.g. masking) are implemented.
    • Barriers on student desks will no longer be utilized.
    • Transportation will resume to normal capacity with face coverings required and increased ventilation.
    • Further guidance is expected from CDPH regarding sports, band, choir, etc.

    Education trailer bill AB 130 (Independent Study Option)

    Another important state action that will impact the upcoming school year is the passing of the education trailer bill AB 130, which changed the previous Independent Study regulations. Based upon this new law, school districts must offer an Independent Study Educational Option to students and families to be made available to students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian.

    Based on this new legislation, which drastically alters the previous Independent Study regulations, SUSD is developing new board policies and an Independent Study (IS) program that will be offered to families for the upcoming school year. More detailed information will be forthcoming, but in general the new Independent Study requirements will include:

    Transitional Kindergarten to 3rd Grade Students:

    • Asynchronous (Independent) Instruction: A portion of the student’s instructional time (up to 3 hours daily) will consist of “Asynchronous Instruction” which consists of assignments, tasks, and projects aligned to grade level standards that is assigned to the student by a classroom teacher to work on independently at home.
    • Daily “Synchronous Instruction'': Involves live, two-way communication between the teacher and student. The number of minutes per day and the type of lesson delivery are still being determined.
    • Independent Study students will need an adult in their home throughout their instructional day to help guide and assist them with the Independent Study program.

    4th and 5th Grade Students:

    • Asynchronous (Independent) Instruction: A portion of the student’s instructional time (up to 3 hours daily) will consist of “Asynchronous Instruction” which consists of assignments, tasks, and projects aligned to grade level standards that is assigned to the student by a classroom teacher to work on independently at home.
    • At least Weekly “Synchronous Instruction”: Involves live, two-way communication between the teacher and student. The number of minutes per day and the type of lesson delivery are still being determined.
    • Daily “Live interaction”: A school district employee will interact with the student daily for the purpose of maintaining school connectedness. The number of minutes and form of communication is still being determined.

    6th through 8th Grade Students:

    • Asynchronous (Independent) Instruction: The majority of the student’s instructional time (4 to 5 hours daily) will consist of “Asynchronous Instruction” which consists of assignments, tasks, and projects aligned to grade level standards that is assigned to the student by a classroom teacher to work on independently at home.
    • At least Weekly “Synchronous Instruction”: Involves live, two-way communication between the teacher and student. The number of minutes per day and the type of lesson delivery are still being determined.
    • Daily “Live interaction”: A school district employee will interact with the student daily for the purpose of maintaining school connectedness. The number of minutes and form of communication is still being determined.
    • Independent Study students will need an adult in their home throughout their instructional day to help guide and assist them with the Independent Study program.

    Hopefully, this information will assist families as you plan for the upcoming school year. Further information regarding the start of the new school year and the specific details regarding the Independent Study option will be provided to families in the near future. A commitment agreement to participate in the Independent Study program will be sent out next week via Aeries communication.

    In the meantime, please continue to enjoy the summer vacation with your family. We look forward to seeing your children in August.

    Regards,

    Twila Tosh

    Superintendent

     

     

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