As you know, we’ve been working throughout the summer on reopening plans based on the most recent guidelines and directives. In June, we prepared for higher restrictions for our reopening plans, given the current guidance at that time. At the end of June, we were told to work toward returning with medium restrictions. The survey we sent out Wednesday, July 15th, provided us good information regarding families preferring full time distance instruction or partial in-person instruction. Last Friday, July 17th, Governor Newsom announced additional and updated criteria for the reopening of schools, which would require us to prepare to shift again. An important directive that he gave was that no school can re-open for in-person instruction if the County has been on the State Watchlist within the prior 14 days. We have been informed that this week Santa Cruz County is going to be placed on the State Watchlist. Therefore, we are being asked to prepare for the start of the school year with fully remote instruction.
I apologize for the back-and-forth messaging regarding the reopening of school, but please know we are responding to each new set of guidelines and directives provided as quickly as possible. We are continuing to assess survey results, and will use the feedback to help us plan for the possibility of students returning in person. However, our focus now has to be on preparing for the high probability of the start of school with fully remote instruction.