April 30, 2020
Dear Livermore Families,
We are sending a district-wide update this afternoon to address questions you may have about Governor Newsom’s comments about a possible earlier start to the 2020-21 school year. On Tuesday, when Governor Newsom suggested the possibility of starting school in July or August, it was the first time our district or State Superintendent Tony Thurmond had heard about this idea. We have not yet received any direct information from the California Department of Education regarding the need to change our school calendar. At this time, we do not anticipate school starting in July in our district.
Our current academic calendar indicates that school will start on August 25, 2020. As you may recall, a great deal of planning and coordination went into the process of determining a start date that met the needs of our community and staff. Any changes to a start date could also have major fiscal implications. If guidance from local and state authorities necessitates any change to the planned start date, we will notify staff and the community immediately.
We are actively planning and preparing to offer distance learning summer school for eligible students and optional distance learning activities for all students through mid-July. More information about that program will be shared within the next few weeks.
Governor Newsom has provided an update on the State’s roadmap to reopen the economy and public services in a phase by phase approach: California’s Pandemic Roadmap. Under Stage 2, the Governor included schools and childcare facilities reopening in a modified manner to provide support for parents transitioning back to the workforce and to address any gaps in students’ education, provided that the following conditions have been met:
- Stable hospitalization and ICU trends
- Hospital surge capacity to meet demand
- Sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) supply to meet demand
- Sufficient testing capacity to meet demand
- Contact tracing capacity statewide
All schools will be required to implement a variety of measures to ensure the health and wellness of our students and staff prior to welcoming them back to our campuses. As we plan the process of reopening our schools for the next academic year, we anticipate modifying our pre-COVID practices in order to comply with guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and are preparing for any and all contingencies.
Our District Leadership Team will continue to monitor the most current information from all levels of government as well as public health advisories. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, our primary responsibility to all of our community is to ensure healthy, safe schools for our students and staff. We remain committed to keeping our families, staff, and community updated about any changes or modifications to the upcoming school year.
Stay healthy and safe,
Philomena Rambo and the LVJUSD Leadership Team