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School Reopening Plan Information

Message from our Superintendent

October 20, 2020

Dear TJUHSD Families,

We hope this message finds you and your family healthy. 

We would like to thank our families for your partnership during these first nine weeks of school. We understand that distance learning is not easy and much like our students, our staff misses the daily in-person interactions with their classes, as well as the many activities that give life to our high school campuses. We do appreciate that our students are attending the scheduled Zoom sessions and continuing to move forward with their learning. 

As we explained in our early August update, our district will not qualify for in-person instruction until our county meets the guidelines set forth by our state. 

Even though these guidelines have changed since we started school, our county is still identified as widespread risk or on the purple level. In order to be able to offer our families a choice in their instructional model, our county has to move to the substantial or red level, which consists of four to seven daily new cases per 100,000 residents and between five to eight percent of positive tests. The good news is that our positive test rate is within this range, while our daily new cases are slightly above the required level. Also, since we are a high school district, we do not qualify for the waiver to allow for in-person instruction. Waivers are only available to schools serving TK through sixth grade. Even though our current metrics are not at a level where we can provide in-person instruction, we continue to meet with our distance learning committee, composed of students, parents, and staff, to discuss how to best meet both the academic and socioemotional needs of our students. We are also working on the transition to a hybrid schedule so that we are ready to provide in-person instruction once our county moves into the red level. We have linked below resources explaining the requirements of a hybrid schedule, as well as the schedule. 

Once our county meets the criteria to move from the purple to red level, we will allow time for our staff and students to transition from distance learning to the hybrid model. In the hybrid model, students will attend school every day in person except for Mondays. Classes on Monday will continue to be on Zoom. We will assign students to a morning or afternoon cohort and will attend in person Tuesday through Friday during their scheduled cohort time. Students, who at the beginning of the school year opted to attend Sierra Vista Charter High School, will continue at Sierra Vista until the end of the fall semester. Sierra Vista is currently collecting information from their students in regards to their attendance preference for the spring semester. Once we transition to a hybrid model, we will only provide distance learning through Sierra Vista. Students not enrolled at Sierra Vista who want to continue on distance learning will need to contact their school counselor to make the necessary arrangements. 

We miss our students and look forward to welcoming them to campus as soon as possible.

You may also read this parent letter in Spanish.

Sincerely,

Tony Rodriguez

Tony Rodriguez
Superintendent