October 16, 2020

  • Dear LVJUSD Families,

    We are working diligently to complete plans for the return to hybrid classroom learning at our elementary schools. Over the next three weeks, our task force, representing all members of our LVJUSD community, will continue to provide focused input to guide the development of our phased-in reopening plan. 

    We will share a specific hybrid plan that includes a schedule as well as health and safety information with our families as soon as finalized, ideally in the second week of November. At that time, we will send a survey asking for your commitment to the proposed elementary hybrid schedule, or your commitment to remain in distance learning. 

    We also recognize that the return to the classroom for secondary students is not feasible at this time, based on the guidelines of the Alameda County Public Health Director. Therefore, we will evaluate the success of our current middle and high school distance learning model and determine whether we need to modify it as we head into Trimester 2. Middle and high school students, parents, and staff members will be invited to share their input early next week so that we can affirm that our schedule and methods are working well and/or we can identify areas that need change so that our students are excelling academically while also maintaining social and emotional health.

    We will continue to provide information relative to all grade levels, as we are a TK-12 community and our work, even though specific to target grade levels, is shared. 

    Our task force has been considering elementary grade hybrid schedule options and will submit a recommendation to District leadership next week. At this point, they have narrowed hybrid schedules to two possible options. Both have a comparable number of in-person minutes, and continue with Wednesdays being asynchronous.

    • The AM/PM model that is similar to the draft version in the LVJUSD 2020-21 Handbook. One group of students attends school in the morning; a second group attends in the afternoon, 4 days per week.
    • A 2-day per week model. One group of students attends two days each week, while the other group attends two different days each week. (These days would be longer days than the AM/PM model.) Asynchronous learning happens on the days when students are not in the classroom.

    Both of these schedules are under consideration, and will be closely evaluated along with health and safety expertise shared by our school nurses and our Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities Department and with mealtime input from our Child Nutrition Director. We will share the task force recommendations with you after the next meeting. We want to be able to welcome students and teachers back to our classrooms - and we want this return to be as safe as possible, educationally sound, and equitable for all students. 

    Thank you for your continued support,

    LVJUSD Leadership Team