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JUHSD and Governor Newsom's Address on School Closures

July 17, 2020

Este mensaje está en español a continuación.

Dear JUHSD Staff, Students, and Families,

I hope that this message finds you and your family safe and healthy. Please remember to wash your hands, wear a face covering when you leave home, and avoid crowds.

Today, Governor Newsom announced that the California Department of Public Health released updated Guidance for Schools and School-Based Programs. The governor also shared metrics that all schools (public and private) and county public health officials must use to determine whether to reopen schools for in-person instruction. This guidance addresses the wearing of face coverings, social distancing, increased hygiene practices and cleaning, as well as rules for operating transportation and sports programming. You can find the Guidance for Schools and School-Based Programs at the COVID-19 website at covid19.ca.gov, clicking on the “Industry Guidance” section, and scrolling down to the Schools tab.

Here is an overview of the criteria schools must use in determining whether to resume in-school instruction:

  • School districts cannot reopen if their county has been on the monitoring list for three days. After that, schools can only reopen after the county has been off of the monitoring list for 14 days.
  • Schools must remain closed when at least five percent of the total number of teachers/student/staff are cases within a 14-day-period; OR when the Local Health Officer determines classroom/school closure is warranted for other reasons, including local factors and public health investigation.
  • A superintendent should close a school district if 25 percent or more of schools in a district have closed due to COVID-19 within 14 days, in consultation with the local public health department.

California Department of Public Health Officials placed San Mateo County on the COVID-19 County Data Monitoring Project watch list today in response to elevated disease transmission as indicated by San Mateo County exceeding the state’s threshold for percent change in three-day average COVID-19 hospitalizations. If the county stays on the monitoring list for three days, schools will not be allowed to reopen until the county meets the above criteria.

At this time, Jefferson Union High School District is planning to resume the 2020-2021 school year in At-Home Learning, regardless of the county status on the monitoring list. The health and safety of our students, staff and community are my top priority. As the COVID situation improves, the JUHSD will follow the phasing-in framework developed by the JUHSD Return to School Committee. I will cover this framework during a Return to School Update, which will take place on July 30 at 5 pm in English and 6 pm in Spanish. Please stay tuned for registration instructions.  

For parents/families who work as essential workers and others who are in need of childcare, please visit San Mateo County’s 4C’s website at https://bit.ly/30ninnS.

We recognize the significant impact school closures have on our entire community, students, families, and staff. The Jefferson Union High School District will continue to work diligently and collaboratively towards a safe reopening of schools to in-person instruction when health conditions allow.

In the meantime, please exercise an abundance of caution to ensure that you and your families remain safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Dr. D

Terry A. Deloria
Superintendent

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Estimados estudiantes, familias y personal,

El gobernador Gavin Newsom dio a conocer hoy una guía de los lineamientos que las escuelas deberán seguir para poder ofrecer clases presenciales durante la pandemia.

La guía indica que todo el personal de la escuela y todos los estudiantes en tercer y doceavo grados deberán usar cubiertas faciales. Se alentará a los estudiantes más jóvenes a utilizar cubiertas faciales, sin embargo, no se les exigirá.

Las escuelas públicas en los condados de California que están en la lista de monitoreo por el aumento de las infecciones por coronavirus no puedan ofrecer clases en persona y deberán cumplir con criterios estrictos para la reapertura.

En este momento, Jefferson Union High School District planea reanudar el año escolar 2020-2021 en el aprendizaje en el hogar, independientemente de si el condado de San Mateo está en la lista de monitoreo. La salud y la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, personal y comunidad son mi principal prioridad. A medida que la situación COVID mejore, el JUHSD seguirá el marco de introducción gradual desarrollado por el Comité de Regreso a la Escuela del JUHSD. Cubriré este marco durante una Actualización de Regreso a la Escuela, que tendrá lugar el 30 de julio a las 5 pm en inglés y a las 6 pm en español. Estén atentos para las instrucciones de registro.

Para padres / familias que trabajan como trabajadores esenciales y otras personas que necesitan cuidado de niños, visite el sitio web de 4C del condado de San Mateo en https://bit.ly/30ninnS.

Reconocemos el impacto significativo que tienen los cierres de escuelas en toda nuestra comunidad, estudiantes, familias y personal. El Distrito de Escuelas Secundarias Jefferson Union continuará trabajando diligentemente y en colaboración para una reapertura segura de las escuelas a la instrucción en persona cuando las condiciones de salud lo permitan.

Sinceramente,

Dr. D

Terry A. Deloria
Superintendent