Updated on 10/28/2020
New Concurrent Instructional Model Maintains Learning Continuity and is Safe, Equitable and Responsive for Students and Staff
ELK GROVE, Calif. – October 26, 2020 – In a strong collaborative partnership with its Board of Education, labor partners and Sacramento County Public Health officials, the Elk Grove Unified School District will use the County’s Tier Metrics to help guide its decision-making for a phased-in approach to transition from a Full Distance Learning Model to a partial in-person Concurrent Instructional Model. As Sacramento County advances toward the orange tier, if the county turns orange by November 3rd 10th, the District will begin a phased-in approach to reopen schools in alignment with the academic calendar. Should this happen, the District will provide staff with two weeks to prepare for the reopening of schools.
Contingent Phase-In of Students If Sacramento County turns orange by November 3rd 10th:
- November 17, 2020 December 1, 2020 (Dec. 3 for A Track students): PreK-3 and Jesse Baker School (includes all respective Special Education programs and services);
- December 8 15, 2020 : Grades 4-6 (includes all self-contained Special Education programs and services from all grade levels, up to and including programs serving students who are age 22);
- January 7, 2021: Secondary (grades 7-12)
If the county does not meet the orange tier milestone in November, all Elk Grove Unified students will continue in full distance learning and the District will plan to reopen schools with the Concurrent Instructional Model at the start of the second term, which begins January 4, 2021. For now, parents do not need to take any action.
Christopher R. Hoffman, School Superintendent for the Elk Grove Unified School District stated, “Our first priority is student and staff safety. Our second priority is maintaining learning continuity and providing our students with the resources they need for their social, emotional and academic growth and development. We are addressing those two priorities now in our full distance learning model and with carefully planned small in-person cohorts. As health conditions permit, our partial in-person concurrent instructional model allows us to transition back to school with added flexibility to return, without disruption to student progress, to full distance learning should health conditions change. Ideally, we want all students to come back to school for unrestricted access to the full array of academic programs, student services, school events and extracurricular and cocurricular activities and I am confident that we will get there as our community continues to work together to stop the spread of COVID-19 with or without a vaccine.”
Details about the Concurrent Instructional Model and what parents will need to know and be ready for will be provided in a presentation to the Board scheduled for Wednesday, October 28, 2020 with the open session scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. A board agenda will be posted online by close of business Monday, October 26th, and public comment will close at 8:00 a.m. the day of the meeting. Information will be posted to the District’s website at: www.egusd.net.
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day to Prepare College, Career and Life Ready Graduates.