Superintendent's Message to the Community 1-4-2020

Superintendent's Message to the Community 1-4-2020

Last Wednesday, the Governor announced the Safe Schools for All plan, California’s framework to support schools to continue operating safely in-person and to expand the number of schools safely resuming in-person instruction. This new plan includes four major components: funding, safety & mitigation, oversight & assistance, and transparency & accountability.  As Del Norte is already engaged in in-person learning, we will be closely following the details of this proposal over the next few weeks.  You may also hear about an emergency bill in the CA legislature, AB 10.  This bill would require schools not already in person to move to in-person as soon as possible.  As our district is already in person, this bill should have little, if any, impact on us.

Remember, too, that Del Norte is not currently under the modified stay at home order.  Any potential stay at home order is based on whether the regional ICU capacity falls below 15%.  As of yesterday, our regional capacity is just over 35%.

As of today, there are three reasons that our schools would close - executive or public health order, staff or student infection rates within schools, or quarantines so widespread that we do not have enough staff to allow our schools to function.  

To help avoid transmission and quarantines, we continue to encourage families to consider requesting an independent study contract for up to two weeks of in-person learning following out of area travel or hosting visitors from out of the area.  This would still allow your child to participate with their teacher and other classmates virtually but would also allow time for families to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms or to be tested for COVID prior to returning to school. We are asking everyone to take universal precautions of handwashing, masking, and physical distancing, and staying home if you are sick.

We have also had some very preliminary conversations with public health regarding COVID vaccines for educational staff.  The State has committed to putting educators near the top of the priority list for vaccines.  We will continue to work with public health and our staff to get vaccines to staff as soon as possible.

For more information on all of the steps you can take to help ensure that classrooms and schools remain open, please visit our website at dnusd.org/familyresources or the California Department of Public Health at cdph.ca.gov.

Finally, I’d like to end with some great news about a new resource that we have available to our community.  For the past several months, we have been working on a new website, Connect Del Norte.  Connect Del Norte is an all in one portal to assist everyone in our community.  The website is arranged around four basic areas: education, families, health, and careers, and includes information and contacts for over 200 community partners.  The site is searchable and will be especially helpful to those new to our community or those facing new challenges brought on by our current situation. 

 
For more information on all of the steps you can take to help ensure that classrooms and schools remain open, please visit our website at dnusd.org/familyresources or the California Department of Public Health at cdph.ca.gov