COVID-19 Information and Resources
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Covid Update -- December 16, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff:
Salida Union School District is committed to providing an excellent educational experience and a safe environment for your children. As you know, Stanislaus County has experienced a significant surge in the number of positive COVID-19 cases following the Thanksgiving Holiday. Our public health experts predict we will most likely experience another significant increase in positive cases due to the upcoming holiday season. In anticipation of a surge in cases and the need to provide adequate staffing, the District has made the decision to transition back to Distance Learning for all students during the month of January.
The District will provide your child instruction through our Distance Learning Program from January 11th through January 29th. Beginning on February 1st, your child will resume In-Person instruction. Our teachers will send materials home with your child, including their chrome book, this Friday, December 18th.
If your child is currently enrolled in our Distance Learning program or the Special Education cohorts, there will be no change to their program and they will resume instruction on January 11th. Our middle school students will remain on Distance Learning until such time the County has moved to the Red Tier for two weeks.
We look forward to welcoming our Kindergarten through 5th grade students back for In-Person learning on February 1st. We can all do our part to lessen the spread by washing our hands frequently, avoid large gatherings, and wearing a mask.
December 3, 2020 -- Message from Superintendent Tosh
December 3, 2020
I hope that you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and weathering the pandemic as well as possible under these circumstances.
Today, the Governor announced a regional stay-at-home order similar to what we experienced in March, with certain exceptions around essential services. It is important to note, the orders will not impact schools. Guidance for school districts allows those that have already reopened the option to remain open even under a stay-at-home order. School districts will be allowed to conduct in-person and other previously allowed hybrid and small group instruction models without modification.
School districts will continue adhering to the "School Reopening Plans" and follow the safety protocols with guidance provided by the California Public Health Department and Stanislaus County Health Services Agency. These plans provide layers of protective measures, including face coverings, physical distancing, testing, contact tracing, health screenings, and regular cleaning and disinfection. As a result of these safety measures, schools in the county will continue to serve students on campus.
For 1st through 5th grades. the District is providing the opportunity to change the learning option for your child from In-Person Learning to Distance Learning or Distance Learning to In-Person Learning. If you are interested in changing the learning option for your child, please contact your school office no later than December 11th. This change will be reflected when students return after Winter Break on January 11, 2021.
COVID-19 has made 2020 a challenging time. However, we will get through this together.
November 25, 2020 - Thanksgiving Message from Superintendent Tosh
With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, I want to express my gratitude for your flexibility, resilience, and resourcefulness during an extremely difficult school year.
2020 has unleashed challenges on our families, educators, and school leaders that we never could have anticipated, and more await us in the weeks and months ahead. While I know this holiday will look different for all of us—the need to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe during the COVID-19 surge we’re experiencing will mean temporary sacrifices this year—I hope each of you will take the time to rest, reflect, and appreciate the things in our lives we can be grateful for.
With the holidays fast approaching, we would like to remind you of a few things. First, please make sure you are continuing to wash your hands often, wear a face covering when you are outside of your home and practice physical distancing of at least six feet when possible. If you plan to travel outside of the United States or even outside the state, per CDPH current guidelines, it is recommended you quarantine for 14 days upon your return before returning to work or school. If you or your Salida District student is experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms such as: Fever greater than 100.4, cough, runny nose/congestion, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, chills, sore throat, mild cold like symptoms, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, or body aches, stay home and contact your medical provider. If your child has tested positive or has the previously listed symptoms, please notify your child's school site.
I look forward to our continued partnership to provide a safe environment for your children, our students, as they return to our classrooms after the Thanksgiving Holiday break.
Con las vacaciones de Acción de Gracias sobre nosotros, quiero expresar mi gratitud por su flexibilidad, resistencia e ingenio durante un año escolar extremadamente difícil.
2020 ha desatado desafíos para nuestras familias, educadores y líderes escolares que nunca podríamos haber anticipado, y nos esperan más en las próximas semanas y meses. Si bien sé que este día festivo se verá diferente para todos nosotros, la necesidad de mantenernos seguros a nosotros mismos y a nuestros seres queridos durante el aumento de COVID-19 que estamos experimentando significará sacrificios temporales este año, espero que cada uno de ustedes se tome el tiempo para descansar, reflexionar y apreciar las cosas en nuestras vidas por las que podemos estar agradecidos.
Con las vacaciones acercándose rápidamente, nos gustaría recordarle algunas cosas. Primero, asegúrese de continuar lavándose las manos con frecuencia, use una cubierta facial cuando esté fuera de su casa y practique una distancia física de al menos seis pies cuando sea posible. Si planea viajar fuera de los Estados Unidos o incluso fuera del estado, según las pautas actuales de CDPH, se recomienda que se ponga en cuarentena durante 14 días a su regreso antes de regresar al trabajo o la escuela. Si usted o su estudiante del Distrito de Salida experimenta algún síntoma relacionado con COVID-19, como: Fiebre superior a 100.4, tos, secreción nasal/congestión, dificultad para respirar, pérdida del gusto o del olfato, escalofríos, dolor de garganta, síntomas de resfriado leve, vómitos, diarrea, dolor de cabeza o dolores corporales, quédese en casa y comuníquese con su proveedor médico. Si su hijo ha dado positivo en la prueba o tiene los síntomas enumerados anteriormente, notifique a la escuela de su hijo.
Espero nuestra asociación continua para proporcionar un ambiente seguro para sus hijos, nuestros estudiantes, cuando regresan a nuestros salones después de las vacaciones de Acción de Gracias.
Covid-19 Update - November 18, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians:
This week, our county has moved back into the Purple Tier which means greater restrictions on businesses and schools. The district is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our students and is cautiously proceeding with bringing back our Fourth and Fifth-grade students on November 30th. Our measured approach has been successful, to date we have only had one class quarantine for fourteen days, and one confirmed student positive Covid case while on distance learning. We appreciate the parents' open communication with our schools and letting us know if their family has experienced any Covid exposure and for keeping your children home if they are not feeling well.
During our Board meeting last night, we discussed the next steps in our district’s re-opening plan. We will welcome both our Fourth and Fifth-grade students on November 30th. Dena Boer will have approximately 229 students on campus, Mildred Perkins approximately 185 students, SES approximately 122 students, and Sisk approximately 135 students. Each of the site administrators are preparing letters with detailed information regarding entrance and exit procedures and the expected safety protocols our Fourth and Fifth-grade students will be required to follow. Fourth and Fifth-grade in-person teachers will schedule a Back-to-School type Zoom meeting for parents before your child(ren) return to school.
Our Kindergarten students will return after our Winter Break concludes. We will begin the process of finalizing details and communicating with parents as we get nearer the time to bring our Kindergarten students back.
Finally, an update on re-opening our middle school. The district waiver does not cover the reopening of the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Our county must be in the Red Tier to be able to open the SMS campus. After much discussion, the Board chose to welcome our middle school students back on November 30th. We began planning to ensure a safe return of our students to campus. However, the county has now slipped back into the more restrictive Purple Tier and we are not able to open the middle school campus at this time. Once the county moves back into the Red Tier and has remained in the Red Tier for two weeks, then we will welcome our middle school students back to in-person learning. In the meantime, we will work with the Principal of SMS, Gena King, and staff to put together some cohorts for those students who have the greatest challenges with the distance learning model. Those cohorts will be a maximum of sixteen people, including staff, and may come onto the campus for some in-person learning time. We will provide more information as we finalize which population of students would be best served by this model.
Thank you for your patience and your support as we all try and find our way through this pandemic. Our teachers, administrators, and support staff are committed and have been working diligently to provide an exceptional learning experience whether in-person or through distance learning. Our challenges are sometimes great due to the ever-changing landscape, but I know together we can persevere and be stronger for it.
Criteria for School Re-Openings
California has a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its rate of new cases and positivity. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier. Public health officials are constantly monitoring data and can step in if necessary. Learn more about the state and county tier system by clicking here or the CDPH website.
Californians are required to wear face coverings in public spaces - particularly indoors or when physical distancing is not possible. Read more on the state's face-covering mandate: covid19.ca.gov #YourActionsSaveLives
The Stanislaus County 2020-21 School Year Planning: A guide to address the challenges of COVID-19
School Waiver Process
Stanislaus County has been on the State Monitoring List since June 16, 2020. On July 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that if a county has been on the monitoring list within the prior 14 days, a school must conduct distance learning only, until the county has been off the monitoring list for at least 14 days.
In counties on the monitoring list, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance allows a district superintendent, private school principal/head of school, or executive director of a charter school to apply for a waiver from the Stanislaus County Health Officer to open an elementary school for in-person instruction. This waiver is applicable only for grades TK-6, even if the grade configuration at the school includes additional grades. The Stanislaus County Health Officer reviews the application and reopening plan (along with local community epidemiological data), and if the waiver application is complete submits to CDPH, for a decision to grant or deny the waiver. Elementary schools in counties on the monitoring list within the prior 14 days may not open for in-person instruction until they have received approval of the submitted waiver from the Stanislaus County Health Officer and CDPH.
Letter from the Superintendent Regarding Re-Opening Plan and Process
Letter from the Superintendent - July 14, 2020
Letter from the Superintendent - June 11, 2020