Evergreen School District
Hear how Evergreen School District schools will reopen August 19 with online distance learning in the 2020-2021 school year.
Updated August 2, 2020
At a special board meeting on July 15, 2020, the Evergreen School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a full online distance learning model to commence the 2020-21 school year, which begins on August 19, 2020.
Following the Board’s decision, on July 17, 2020, the California Department of Public Health mandated school closures for schools located in counties on the COVID-19 Watch List, which includes Santa Clara County. Schools and school districts may reopen for in-person instruction only if they are located in a county that has not been on a county monitoring list within the prior 14 days. Schools are to remain physically closed and may only provide distance learning until they have been off the monitoring list for at least 14 days.
The County of Santa Clara Office of Public Health followed with an order on July 17, 2020, for the “closure of all in-person operations at schools in counties on the State’s monitoring list except for elementary schools that obtain a waiver from the local health officer”. The order included all public, private, and charter schools. This order states that “schools may not open for any in-person instruction, athletic or extracurricular activities, or other related functions, including hybrid learning models at this time." Once Santa Clara County has been off of the State’s monitoring list for 14 days, schools should resume in-person instruction and activities consistent with health and safety requirements. Public Health offers waivers as a pathway for in-person instruction at elementary schools. At this time, because the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths are still on the rise, Evergreen School District will not be applying for this waiver.
The plan approved by the Evergreen Board of Trustees also directs staff to develop a hybrid learning model, which is tentatively scheduled to be implemented in January 2021, when students return from Winter Break, depending on whether Santa Clara County is off the monitoring list at that time. "We will re-evaluate our ability to safeguard schools and keep students and staff healthy and safe at the end of the third week in December so that, if we can change to the Hybrid Learning Model, we will do so in January, when students return from Winter break," said Dr. Flores, who also emphasized that parents will still be provided choices for learning model options for their children at that time.
Details regarding distance learning--including the Preschool-sixth grade schedules, platform, and student and staff expectations and requirements resources for parents, and mental, social, emotional wellness supports that will be provided for students and staff later this month. The plan will also follow the distance learning requirements outlined in SB98. More information can be found on the Distance Learning webpage.
Update: At a special board meeting on July 31, 2020, the Board of Trustees approved the adoption of the 2020-21 school year plans.
- Read about what you can expect during this school year.
- Watch the video recording - July 31, 2020 Special Board Meeting.
- View presentation to Board of Trustees.
The Evergreen School District is committed to providing a high quality of education to students throughout the school year. Through professional development, our teachers and staff will be prepared for delivering engaging and quality education in the distance learning format, and the District will also identify additional ways that students can be supported so that they can be successful and have an enriching educational experience.
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