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At press time, AUSD Superintendent Denise R. Jaramillo is indicating that the 2020-21 school year, beginning Aug.12, will involve a phased reopening to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff. The final decision will follow K-12 public school L.A. County health orders and will also ensure the social emotional health of all students and staff and a quality learning program for all students.
“As of July 16, 2020, we are likely to begin the new school year with Distance Learning for all students,” said Ms. Jaramillo. “This first phase will be followed, as permitted by health orders, by a fully articulated hybrid of in-class and online learning for the 46% of AUSD parents who opted for such a choice for their student in the Parent Preference Poll. Distance Learning will continue for the 54% of parents who chose Distance Learning.” Over 13,000 parents participated in the AUSD Parent Preference Poll, selecting the type of program they wanted for their student.
Ms. Jaramillo added, “A phased reopening will allow time to make sure all safety protocols are in place and that everyone — parents, teachers, students — fully understand the Distance Learning program.” The superintendent emphasized that because pandemic health guidelines change rapidly, “The district will remain flexible and is preparing for many scenarios.”
The final reopening details are to be posted in late July on all school homepages and on AUSD social media and be sent by Blackboard Connect to every parent or guardian. Additional resources for parents and students will also be sent.
“One of the amazing silver linings of the pandemic is the outpouring of help and offers of assistance for students, families, and staff from our parents, teachers, neighbors, non-profits, businesses, civic leaders, and our four feeder cities,” Ms. Jaramillo noted. “We are truly in this crisis together, and it is heart-opening to be connected to such generosity.”
According to Ms. Jaramillo, two other positive effects of the pandemic have been the astonishing level of parent engagement and the opportunity for the district to use the crisis to look ahead to update and redesign the school system to better meet 21st century student needs.
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