June 26, 2020
Dear Elk Grove Unified Students, Parents and Families,
We appreciate everyone’s effort to reach our goal of achieving 100 percent on our response rate for the “Parent Input and Preference Information Survey”. We grew in responses by 19 percent building from 37 to 56 percent within a week. We also improved our outreach approach to now be able to only target those who have either started but not “finished” the survey and those who have not started it. So, thank you for your patience to those who’ve received multiple emails. While there have been a few growing pains, we are learning and adjusting constantly.
Athletics started phase one and we received approval from public health yesterday on the EGUSD Activities Plan 2020-2021 for extra-curricular and co-curricular activities (e.g. band, dance, flag teams, etc.) Like athletics, the activities plan will roll-out in phases starting with training, pre-screening, social distancing, face coverings and limited types of activities per public health recommendations.
After receiving vital feedback from our Board of Education on the parameters we must consider in order to reopen schools safely, equitably and responsively, next week, the District’s strategic and tactical teams will present detailed educational plans at the June 30, 2020 Board Meeting with a 5:00 p.m. start time. These plans layout the direction the District will take in order to reopen schools and start the new school year better than before. As educators, we have always understood that our young and developing population needs social and emotional connections and schools help formulate and mold those relationships. The importance of our public schools is now obvious to everyone around the world. As social beings, the lack of in-person opportunities to support each other as we work through these tremendous challenges is as concerning and perhaps more so than the technical work needed to find educational programming solutions.
In the building of a better than before educational plan, multiple teams grappled and worked together to devise sound and safe solutions in consideration of several factors such as appropriate staffing, physical capacity, confines of instructional minutes, access to technology, scheduling complexity for the youngest and the oldest, teacher prep to a transitional model of both distance and in-class learning, transportation and daily increased cleaning between student traffic. Furthermore, the uncertainty of Budget unknowns has resulted in many budget scenarios to be calculated and considered.
In closing, as we enter the summer break and until August 3rd, we ask our Elk Grove Unified community to continue taking the necessary health precautions to continue physical distancing, using face coverings as often as possible when out and about and to continue with proper hand hygiene to keep positive cases low to none.
Please stay safe and stay healthy,