In just under a month, students in the Woodland Joint Unified School District around the world will be wondering where the time has passed this summer as they prepare for a full year of face-to-face teaching and some normalcy. to start the year.
At a board meeting on Thursday evening, district administrators provided board members with an update on the district’s current status regarding its five-phase plan, changes to guidelines and procedures, a summer school update and more.
According to Superintendent Tom Pritchard, the plan for the fall is still full in-person instruction, five days a week with regular schedules, as the district is in phase four of its five-phase plan to bring students back in full. campus security.
Phase four is still defined as face-to-face learning with restrictions.
Right now, Pritchard expects the vast majority of students to return to teaching in person. About 70 to 80 students have enrolled in the FLEX program, which will be the district’s virtual education option available to students and families who still don’t feel safe returning.
Face coverings will continue to be mandatory indoors, regardless of the immunization status of students and teachers. However, once outside, they will be optional as students and staff can remove them when they leave the classroom.
Pritchard mentioned that the filters in HVAC systems have been improved. Classrooms will also have at least two air filtration systems to ensure better indoor air circulation.
In terms of social distancing, the rigid guidelines that imposed a three to six foot distance between students have been removed by the California Department of Public Health. However, the district will continue to use its best practices to mitigate opportunities for large groups.
Last year’s quarantine guidelines have also changed.
According to Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources, Leanee Estada, the CRPD has issued new quarantine guidelines that depend on masking status and vaccination status and whether the person identified as close contact is a student or an adult.
In the spring, the district demanded the quarantine of all people who were close contacts of a student who tested positive. That’s still the case this semester, but now the CDPH and Yolo County Health Unit are now focused on keeping students in class as much as possible, according to Estrada.
There will be variables focused on masking to determine whether a person will be asked to quarantine. For example, if a person is exposed to someone and was wearing the masks and did not feel symptomatic, they will be in modified quarantine and will have to test weekly for the 10 days of quarantine.
Theresa Dunlop, District Human Resources Director, also mentioned that the district is now partnering with Healthy Yolo Together. According to Dunlop, the district tested for COVID-19 at all summer school sites this summer. In July, around 300 students and staff were tested.
By August 9, the district hopes to begin rotating testing with six teams testing at each testing site between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. These six teams will then split into three groups and begin community testing of 4 to 3. 7 pm The test is open to anyone in the community and will take place at Beamer and Sci-Tech Elementary with the district adult education building.
The tests will be carried out without an appointment. Saliva and rapid tests will also be available on site for students who are asked to self-quarantine and test.
Next, Assistant Superintendent Elodia Ortega Lampkin walked the administrators through a brief summer school update and attendance information.
At the primary level, the average daily attendance was 70%. Of the initial 690 students enrolled, 633 are still enrolled and active.
At the college level, the average daily attendance is 43%. The district mentioned that although it was weak, there was no need to worry.
“Now that may sound weak, but it’s the best we’ve ever had for college,” Lampkin said. “We are very proud of the work that has been done in our college because it is a huge improvement. Don’t let this information scare you. A lot of work has been done in our colleges and we are very impressed.
At the secondary level, the average daily attendance is highest in the district, reaching 75%. In addition, the extended school year special education program has an average daily attendance of 40%.
The district will soon begin preparing teachers for the fall semester. Teacher orientation is scheduled for August 6, while summer staff development days are scheduled for August 10-13 and again on August 16.