As we anticipate the reopening of schools in California, we were encouraged by the update regarding Riverside County’s most recent COVID-19 Adjusted Case Rate. As of February 16, 2021, Riverside County’s case rate stands at 28.8 per 100,000, bringing the District one step closer to reopening elementary schools. As outlined previously, current State guidelines require a case rate of 25 per 100,00 or below for five (5) consecutive days to bring back elementary students.
These updated numbers indicate the District is on track to reopen elementary schools using a grade-level phased-in approach. The District, however, must still wait for official approval from the Riverside University Health System (RUHS) to reopen. Due to the case rate continuing to fall over the last four weeks, we anticipate finalizing reopening start dates in early March and promptly communicating these dates to all stakeholders.
COVID-19 Checklist and Safety Plan
The District’s draft School Reopening & Safety Plan is currently being aligned to meet the State’s requirement of each school district providing each county health department the State’s updated COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist and the District’s COVID-19 Safety Plan (CPP).
Current Board-approved Cohort Schedule
As outlined in the School Reopening & Safety Plan, students whose families have chosen in-person learning will be returning to a cohort model that will operate at a 50% capacity. Over the last two months, staff has taken steps to assign elementary students to a morning or afternoon cohort schedule allowing those students attending in-person instruction to attend school each day. To view the cohort schedule, please follow the link below:
For those families who have chosen to remain in Distance Learning for the remainder of the school year, staff has also taken steps to assign elementary students to a teacher who shall also remain in Distance Learning for the remainder of the school year.
When may Elementary In-person Instruction Begin?
If the Riverside County’s COVID-19 Adjust Case Rate falls below a case rate at 25 per 100,000 or below for (5) consecutive days and the District’s COVID-19 Checklist and Safety Plan are approved by the RUHS we may begin the reopening process for elementary schools in early March following a special Board meeting.
When may Secondary In-person Instruction begin?
Currently, Riverside County’s Adjusted Case Rate has not reached the necessary threshold (currently at 7 or below) to reopen secondary schools. District staff will continue to monitor County statistics weekly and provide this information at upcoming board meetings.
Thank you for your patience as we anticipate the return of elementary students whose families have chosen in-person learning. We look forward to welcoming students back as soon as we can! If families have questions, please contact the site principal.