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SRVUSD Fully Prepared for Hybrid In-Person Instruction
Posted 2/2/21

This week, we’ve met a couple of significant milestones in our goal towards reopening schools for hybrid in-person instruction that we’d like to share with you. We are proud to announce that we are fully prepared for this next step, once we meet the county adjusted case rate of 25 cases per 100,000 for five days, and are looking forward to being able to welcome even more students back to campus. 


Milestone 1: COVID-19 Safety Plan Submitted to Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) 

Last Thursday, we shared our COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP) with you prior to it being submitted to CCHS. In compliance with the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Learning Framework for K-12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year, the SRVUSD successfully completed and submitted the CSP by the February 1, 2021 deadline. This also included our COVID Prevention Plan (CPP), as well as the CDPH checklist.


We are confident that our CSP, CPP, and CDPH checklist accurately describe how we plan to keep students and staff members safe while delivering hybrid in-person instruction. Thank you to our staff who worked diligently to complete this task and our 230 staff, parents/guardians, and students who provided us with feedback to prepare our final version of the CSP.


Milestone 2: Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) Finalized 

We are pleased to share that after many hours of ongoing collaboration during the last several days, which culminated late last evening, the District has successfully negotiated three MOUs on its COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP) and the impacts of the state’s public health guidance released on January 14, 2021. These MOUs effectively wrap up negotiations for reopening of schools for hybrid in-person instruction when authorized under the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance. All signed MOUs will be posted on our website by the end of the day. 


We’d like to thank our staff and union partners for their hard work in completing this monumental task. This is an important milestone for our District that paves the way for a smooth transition to hybrid in-person instruction for our students. 


Meeting the Adjusted Case Rate Goal: 25 Cases/100,000 for Five Days

As shared during our recent Board meeting, SRVUSD will be reopening elementary schools, as well as Special Day classes, to hybrid in-person instruction when Contra Costa County meets 25 cases per 100,000 for a minimum of five days in a row. Many have asked for clarification on where they can monitor this metric. We wanted to be sure to provide you with clear information so you can see where we are accessing this data. 


Per CCHS, SRVUSD must follow the adjusted case rate that can be found here. In the case of using the county numbers to trigger a reopening to in-person instruction, the District must use the county adjusted case rate numbers of the previous 7 days, and not the most recent 7 days, because that data is still being reported.


As of today at 12 p.m., the adjusted case rate in Contra Costa County is at 29.9/100,000.


We encourage you to continue visiting the CCHS website for the most recent information. Once we meet the first day of 25 cases (at an adjusted case rate), we will notify our entire school community. 


We look forward to seeing the adjusted case rates drop so we can welcome more students back to in-person instruction. Please also remember that we will continue offering remote instruction for those families who chose that option. 


Update for 6th Grade Families 

We understand that many of our 6th grade families would like more opportunities for their students to come to school for in-person instruction while in the Purple Tier. We’d like to assure you that we are looking into solutions and will have information to report during our next Board of Education meeting on February 9, 2021. 


Learning Pods 

We are still exploring providing access to secondary students through learning pods while in the Purple Tier. We will provide an update at the next Board meeting. More to come.


Though it has been a long journey to get to this place in our District, I am pleased that we will soon be able to implement the choices that the Board committed to provide for our families. We are prepared to offer an effective hybrid in-person instructional model, as well as continue to provide an effective remote model for our students.