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Important information about reopening schools this fall

July 17, 2020

Dear TTUSD Community,

Today, Governor Newsom announced the California Department of Public Health has released updated Guidance for Schools and School-Based Programs and he also set the metrics that all schools (public and private) and county public health officials must use to determine whether to reopen schools to in-person instruction. This guidance addresses the wearing of face coverings, social distancing, increased hygiene practices and cleaning, as well as rules for operating home to school transportation.

You can find the Guidance for Schools and School-Based Programs here (it’s part of the covid19.ca.gov website).

The specific metrics schools must meet to open to in-person instruction as well as metrics to remain open include:

  • Schools and school districts can reopen only when their county has been off of the monitoring list for 14 days.
  • Criteria for closing a classroom and/or school: “When there is one person confirmed with COVID19, the classroom cohort goes home for a 14-day quarantine period. A school goes home when multiple cohorts have cases or more than 5% of school tests positive.”
  • Criteria for closing a district: “A superintendent should close a school district if 25% or more of schools in a district have closed due to COVID-19 within 14 days, in consultation with the local public health department.”

Placer County was placed on the California County Monitoring List on July 9 and remains there as of today, July 17. If we were starting school in August, all Placer County schools would be unable to open to in-person learning and would resume the 2020-2021 school year in Distance Learning until we are off the watch list. Since we don’t start school until September 1, we have time before a decision is finalized. We will let all TTUSD families know by August 5 or before, our plans for school in the fall. 

We recognize the significant impact school closures have on our entire community, students, families, and staff. We will continue to work diligently and collaboratively towards a safe reopening of our schools when health conditions allow. As Governor Newsom reiterated today, safety (for our students, staff, and families) is non-negotiable. 

We will continue to keep you updated as we know more and once a decision is made. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely, 

Robert J. Leri, Ed.D.
Superintendent Chief Learning Officer