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COVID-19 Updates

Guajome Schools' campus is currently closed.  The 20/21 school year will begin on August 17 with a distance learning model for all students; the campus will remain closed. Guajome Schools continues to closely monitor the situation regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) while working with expert partner agencies to ensure we are providing our community with accurate and timely information. This resource page includes the most recent school information, links to expert health agencies, and resources for families. Guajome Schools will continue to update stakeholders as we have new information. 

More information about COVID-19 is available on the CDC website at cdc.gov/covid19.

 


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CAMPUS STATUS UPDATES

Friday, July 31
I hope this message finds you well.  I just wanted to provide you with an update on where we currently stand as it relates to returning to campus.  As stated in our last communication, the governor, and the state of California, has developed criteria that will be used to determine when students will be able to make a return to campus. (CDPH criteria) This criteria includes staying off of the state watch list for 14 straight days before considering a return. San Diego County is currently firmly entrenched on this watch list.   As many of you know, the country, the state of California, the county of San Diego, and in particular the city of Vista,  have been hard hit by COVID 19.  Based upon the health data that continues to be released daily, and taking a look at the long term trends, it is safe to determine that we will not be coming off the watch list anytime soon, and as a result, we will also not be able to make a return to campus for the start of this school year based upon the criteria that have been established by the Governor and the California Department of Health.

Our goal remains to return to campus as soon as it is safe and healthy to do so, but in an effort to help provide some stability when it comes to planning what the beginning of the school year will look like for families and staff, we have determined that the safest and most pragmatic approach will be to move the first nine weeks of the school year to the virtual learning platform. This will encompass the first grading period, and it will last from August 17th through October 16th. We will not be returning to on-campus learning during this time period, and there is still a strong possibility, based upon the health situation in October, that we will be unable to make our on-campus return after the 16th of October. We will continue to monitor the health situation throughout the first nine weeks and we will provide updates on the next steps when more information is available.

In the meantime, we will continue to consult with our leadership team, as well as our faculty and staff, to develop strategies to support our students and families.  We will be presenting a virtual update for our families on Friday, August 7th regarding these new strategies.  The update will include how we will be improving our distance learning model and will describe other services that Guajome will be working to provide.  We are providing you with an opportunity to submit your questions ahead of time and we will answer the most frequently asked questions throughout the presentation.

Additionally, we are finalizing our schedule for a virtual orientation as well as a material and technology pick-up for our families. Information on this will be provided at the beginning of next week so please continue to check our website and look for the ParentSquare notifications.

In the end, this was a very difficult decision. A decision that we most definitely wanted to avoid. We miss our students and we know that this is a very trying time for our stakeholders. We want them to be back on our campus enjoying their educational experience as soon as possible. It is just not the same without them. Throughout this process, safety has been our number one priority, and this will remain the case. We look forward to seeing you as soon as possible and we will continue to work hard to meet your needs in any way that we can.


June 22, 2020
As a means to help provide some clarity regarding the upcoming school year, we want to update you on where we are with preparations for the re-opening of Guajome's campus. As we have been wrapping up the past school year, our team has been working diligently putting together a plan for 2020-2021. We have been looking at multiple scenarios based upon feedback from our stakeholders. We are developing health and safety protocols to make our campus safer and cleaner upon our stakeholders’ return as well.

First and foremost, our goal will be to have everyone back on campus resuming a normal class schedule by the time we are scheduled to return to school on August 17th. With that being said, and as a result of county health orders that have been released last week, while also taking into account the logistical aspects of our campus (space, classroom size, staffing needs, etc.), it is evident that we need to plan for alternative circumstances in case we are unable to make a full return.
Our team is in the process of developing different models for what a return to campus would look like if we are not able to bring back everyone at the same time while developing protocols to ensure staff and student safety.
The current model that we are working on would include the following:

1. All students in grades K-12 would engage in a distance learning start to the school year for the first two weeks starting on August 17th. The first two weeks would focus on assessing students’ social-emotional needs, relationship building strategies with classmates and staff, assessing academic needs, and learning about how to navigate the new safety protocols that will be installed on campus. There is the potential that we may be using some of that two weeks to meet with the students in a smaller setting on campus to help them re-engage with their learning. The transition back into the classroom will be a difficult one to navigate for students and staff after so much time away from the classroom. These two weeks will allow us to focus on properly preparing all of our stakeholders for a smoother return.

2. After the two weeks of distance learning, students in grades K-5 would have the option to return to campus Monday through Thursday or remain in a distance learning model full time. We are looking into additional opportunities to help support our families on Friday who may need additional child care support.

3. After the two weeks of distance learning, students in grades 6-12 will have the option to return to campus following a hybrid learning model that would allow for students to attend class two days a week based upon their grade level. For example, middle school students could attend class on Monday and Wednesday of the week, while high school students would attend on Tuesday and Thursday. Students may also continue with full-time distance learning if they choose to go that route as well.

Our goal is to be able to transition from this learning model back to a full campus learning model as soon as health and safety guidelines allow for us to be able to do so. Please keep in mind that the situation remains fluid, and if health restrictions ease, we may be able to facilitate a full campus return sooner rather than later. If health restrictions become more stringent, we may have to return to full-time distance learning.

We will continue to work through these models throughout the month of July as we are presented with more information regarding the current health crisis. Our goal is to provide you with as much information as we can to help you make plans for your family. Please continue to monitor our website and ParentSquare for further updates, especially as we near our August return.


March 30, 2020
Unfortunately, we will be unable to return on April 6th like we originally planned. Public officials and medical experts have made it clear that it is not yet safe to return to the school setting. Our goal will be to return as soon as possible, as long as it is completely safe for everyone to do so. We are currently unsure when this will be, but we will continue to monitor the situation with the above-mentioned goal in mind.
In the meantime, we will continue to move forward with our distance learning model when classes resume on April 6th.
Please stay safe and continue to monitor ParentSquare regarding announcements as it relates to food services and other school updates.
Thank you for all that you do!


March 16, 2020

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March 13, 2020

As many of you are aware, in an effort to ensure the safety of all of our stakeholders, Guajome Schools campus will be closing as a result of the Coronavirus effective Monday, March 16th until public health officials allow students to return to the school setting. To ensure that we continue to meet the needs of our students, we have been working with our stakeholders to prepare to move classroom instruction to a virtual setting. Additionally, we are making preparations to support our students who do not have access to the internet, as well as setting up a process for students who are food insecure. Additional, and more detailed instructions regarding these processes will be sent to our families throughout the day. Thank you for your continued support.