January 8 2021

January 8, 2021

Dear EGUSD Students, Families and Staff,

2021 is here and our district and school teams are ready and excited to keep student learning and support moving forward. Thank you to the many parents, students and staff who participated in our fall distance learning survey. The feedback helps to inform continuous improvement. The results from this survey will be available soon. Although current public health conditions remain fluid and very dynamic, district and school staff continue to work with public health and labor partners on how to reopen schools. We all want to bring students back to school safely. We understand the level of frustration felt by many and ask everyone to stay focused on learning, and to stay vigilant about hand washing, wearing face masks and keep social distancing, especially by avoiding social gatherings. 

Due to the current high positivity rate currently in the community, the paused all in-person only activities involving the following three programs and services effective Monday, December 14, 2020 has been extended through January 19, 2021.

  • 17 ASES (After School Education and Safety) on-site in-person day camps
  • All in-person secondary athletic and/or extracurricular in-person activities
  • All in-person assessments

A ray of hope we are following are the recent public announcements that those who work in education will be in the county’s 1b group to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. This is very promising and positive news for all of our staff. Based on recent District data, the threat of COVID-19 impacts not only our teaching staff, but also all of the essential workers who are critical for the operation of our schools and District. 

The following chart speaks to our concern for all staff safety. To date, the positive cases and close contacts have overwhelmingly been contracted and/or occurred outside of the workplace. Current district safety protocols continue to mitigate and prevent outbreaks in the workplace among employees, many of whom are working remotely or have made workplace space adjustments to ensure social distancing.

EGUSD Case Count*

Month Positive Cases Close Contacts
January (as of 1/6/21) 25 24
December 53 48
November 30 58
October 9 12
September 12 25
August 25 26
July 4 16

*Employee-confirmed cases

Currently, we are reviewing the details of the reopening proposal the Governor proposed during the winter break. Today, Governor Newson introduced his proposed state budget for fiscal year 2021-2022 and district staff will pore over the details of the Governor’s budget to prepare our future budget presentations. 

In closing, please note that on December 15, 2020, the EGUSD Board of Education announced its intention to begin the process of provisionally appointing an interested candidate to fill Trustee Area 4 and interested candidates are invited to check their eligibility and complete the application process by visiting the District’s website: www.egusd.net/about/leadership/board-of-education/board-members/trustee-area-4 

Please stay safe and stay healthy.

EGUSD Leadership