Planning Considerations for 2020-2021 Note that Each District is Responsible for Creating Its Own Plan
ELK GROVE, Calif . – June 2, 2020 – The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), in collaboration with its 13 local school districts, of which included the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD), released a document of guiding principles and planning considerations schools and districts should consider when making plans for opening the 2020-2021 school year. It is important to note each district is responsible for creating its own reopening plan.
The document, “School Year Planning: A Guide to Address the Challenges of COVID-19,” is the work of a committee comprised of representatives from local school districts and describes considerations and options for districts in the following areas:
- Health and safety protocols that must be followed to keep students, families, and school staff safe and healthy.
- Schools will maintain a continuum of options that include in person and remote learning.
- Because of the need for social distancing, every child cannot be on campus at the same time.
- Attending to the social emotional well-being of students must be a top priority as they return to school.
- To provide for social distancing, activities that require students to congregate will not be permitted or will need to be greatly limited.
The document begins with a special section titled “What Families Can Expect When Schools Reopen,” which explains in plain terms how schools will likely look different when campuses reopen. This document is based heavily on recommended health and safety guidance from Sacramento County Public Health based on current protocols and restrictions.
As the COVID-19 situation evolves, and as additional guidance from the State and Sacramento County Public Health is issued during the summer, local school districts will adjust as needed. It is also important to note that opening schools successfully will depend on adequate funding to support needed safety and scheduling. Various state waivers will also be needed to afford flexibility from traditional compliance requirements.
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.
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