April 2, 2021
Dear EGUSD Students, Families and Staff,
We gained momentum this week with reopening schools. Current data shows that an average of 39 percent of elementary students and 24 percent of secondary students enrolled for in-person learning with the balance remaining in full distance learning. We anticipate these numbers to shift once the 4-day per week in-person learning option commences. Yesterday and today, we welcomed our secondary school students back to school and many were wide-eyed and in awe walking through the gates of their middle or high school campus for the very first time. Moving forward, we want to avoid any further COVID-19 exposure or transmission and will remain vigilant about encouraging face mask wearing, avoidance of large gatherings, physical distancing and healthy hand hygiene by all in our community.
Graduation plans are underway and preparations for at least three graduation options are being worked on whereby each will align with state and local public health guidance. More details and instructions will be forthcoming to help families make arrangements should the graduation event be offered in-doors, outdoors and/or virtually. In essence, our graduation plans must adhere to attendance or capacity limitations. We are ensuring that for those students who may not be comfortable attending an in-person graduation, a virtual alternative will also be available.
Looking ahead, the development of the ‘21-22 school year is rapidly moving forward. We appreciate the 17,753 students, 9,497 parents and 2,438 staff members who immediately responded to the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) needs analysis survey. This level of response and input demonstrates the high value education has within our community. The survey results help District staff in constructing budgets for the next school year and for sustaining programs.
The next survey to be shared with our community will be the Learning Model Preference Survey for ‘21-22. The data for this survey will be gathered through ParentVue which also enables school staff and District support staff to identify and assist parents with the survey. Current trends in virus spread and changes to health guidance strongly point to our ability to offer a full day five day a week model for the ‘21-22 school year and this will be an option in the survey. We also want to know how many families may still be interested in a virtual learning option for next year. Based on parent interest in such an option, we may need to expand current offerings to meet this need. With regard to involvement in the planning process for the ‘21-22 school year, a public invitation will go out to our community seeking parent participation in the design of next year’s learning recovery, pedagogy, logistics and public safety plans for our schools.
In summary, parents please check your ParentVue account next week for the Learning Model Preference Survey (LMPS) for ‘21-22. A short notification will also go out once the survey is live. Also, below is the link to the parent involvement invitation for planning the ‘21-22 school year.
- Parent Input for ‘21-22 Invitation: We are seeking parent input in the planning process for the 2021-2022 school year! A Zoom meeting is planned for April 21, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A health and education update will be provided and then parent input will be gathered specific to how we can successfully return all students back to school and how we can continue to improve upon our virtual learning options. Please access the link below if you would like to attend the meeting and share your valued ideas and perspectives. Parent voice is a critical part of our planning efforts. Parent Advisory Team Invitation 2021-2022
Thank you for your commitment to public education. Stay safe and stay healthy!