Chaffey District parents and families… welcome back to the 2021-22 school year!
Please know we are ready and eager to welcome back students, staff, and families on Monday, August 9th, as all schools in the Chaffey District will reopen, in-person, in compliance with State and County health orders.
We realize that parents and students may have numerous questions about safety expectations, academic and extra-curricular programs, technology, additional academic and mental health support, and much more, and we further realize that this correspondence cannot address all questions; however, please know we are committed to providing you with frequent communication over time to ensure that your student has a safe and successful experience.
For this to occur, our schools will follow K-12 requirements and health orders from the California Department of Public Health and our local County guidance. At this time, State and local agencies require universal mask-wearing while indoors when school starts. That is, all students and staff will be required to wear masks when indoors, regardless of vaccination status, although it is not mandated that masks be worn outside. It has been communicated to us that this universal mask requirement minimizes the need for other layers of precaution, like physical distancing, daily screening, or installing protective barriers on student desks. The District will continue to disinfect and promote hand-washing as a means to avoid infection.
We expect safety protocols will continue to be reexamined and evolve over time depending on the COVID-19 data reported by health agencies. More detailed and specific reopening safety protocols are published on our website in the District’s School Reopening and Safety Plan. Additionally, our District will proactively continue to collaborate with local health and governmental agencies to ensure students and families in our communities have access to vaccinations.
We realize students may return with a variety of academic, social, and mental health challenges still confronting them. Some of their academic setbacks were resolved during our extensive summer school programs; however, moving forward, the District's comprehensive plan will provide students and families with an array of programs to support students, which include expanded learning opportunities, daily tutoring and ongoing access to PAPER, SEL staffing and support, additional mental health resources, mentors, and access to technology. As students return, the District will continue to distribute a Chromebook device to every student, provide support with connectivity when available, and continue to use the Canvas learning platform to support teaching and learning.
Our survey data shows that 98% of our students have chosen to return to in-person instruction, and we are ready to accommodate them safely and effectively. However, we recognize that some students may need access to alternative and virtual programs to serve their needs. If you would like information on our Chaffey District Online High School, Independent Study Program, or other alternative educational options, please contact your school’s counselor or administrator.
Finally, I want to thank you for your patience and support as we navigated the difficulties presented by the COVID-19 global pandemic. While conditions have improved, and we can return to school safely, the pandemic is not over. As a community, we must commit to all safety protocols and be ready to adjust accordingly as the situation or recommendations demand. The pandemic tested our District and our community, and our hearts go out to our staff and our families who suffered from illness, economic hardship, and loss.
Your school’s principal and I will continue to communicate with you in the coming days through automated calls, email, social media, and our District website. We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns. Until then, we will continue to look forward to the 2021-22 school year!
Mathew Holton, Ed.D.
Chaffey Joint Union High School District