July 28, 2020
Dear Thermalito Families,
Thank you for your continued patience with the changes we have experienced in education during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We received confirmation yesterday that Butte county will remain on the State’s Monitoring list. As a result, Butte County will be required to follow additional restrictions in addition to those already mandated by the State of California. For more information visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/
Based on the new restrictions Thermalito Union Elementary School District will begin school in a distance learning model. The online instruction will be vastly different than the transition to distance learning families experienced last spring. The online instruction during the 2020/2021 school year will be more rigorous, and curriculum content will be designed for a virtual learning environment.
Some details include:
● The first day of school for TUESD’s online distance learning will be August 12th.
● All students will be issued a chromebook. Distribution information will be coming soon.
● All grade levels will be using the Acellus Accelerated Learning program to provide direct instruction to students.
● Daily participation is required.
● Grades will be issued.
● We will continue to provide “grab and go” meals for our students.
● We will be working on developing options to provide WIFI access to students who do not have reliable internet access.
● Registration information regarding the upcoming school year will be sent to families very soon.
Starting the 20-21 school year in a distance learning model is not the news any of us wanted to hear. All of us in the school community (staff members, parents, guardians and students) wanted the campuses to reopen for in-person instruction. Unfortunately, this is not in our control at this time. We appreciate the feedback, cooperation and communication during the last few months and look forward to working together in the coming months to provide a quality educational experience for our students.
July 23, 2020
Dear Thermalito Families,
Thank you for your continued patience with the changes we have experienced in education during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You may have heard that last Friday, July 17 additional guidance was given to schools as we consider reopening school campuses. This guidance included that schools operating in the counties listed on the Monitoring List for three consecutive days will not reopen campuses. We have been carefully watching the Monitoring List and communicating with BCPH this week for a signal that we may be able to reopen campuses.
This is an excerpt from yesterday’s Butte County Public Health Press Release:
STATE PLACES BUTTE COUNTY ON MONITORING LIST DUE TO RISING COVID-19 CASES BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) notified Butte County today that the County is being added to the Monitoring List today, July 22, 2020. If the County remains on the list for three consecutive days, new restrictions are required to be implemented on Saturday, July 25, 2020. What this means is that if Butte County stays on the list through Saturday we will have to follow the new guidelines and begin school in a distance learning model. The following link shows the current information regarding county closures.
This is not the news any of us wanted to hear. All of us in the school community (staff members, parents, guardians and students) wanted the campuses to reopen for in-person instruction. Unfortunately, this may not be in our control at this time. We make our plans using the latest information. As you know, safety guidelines change often and we have to change with them. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-538-2900.
A message from Thermalito Schools Superintendent Greg Blake:
Dear Thermalito Families and Staff,
Thank you for your continued patience with the changes we have experienced in education during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please be assured that we stand firm in our commitment to provide a rigorous program designed to meet the needs of each and every student. Now that the 2019-2020 school year has ended, and based on our recent survey results, we are preparing to reopen our schools for students on August 12, 2020, with the following options for families as they consider the safety and well being of their students:
- Traditional Schedule: Our traditional learning program provides students the opportunity to come to school five days per week and participate in face-to-face instruction with their teachers designed to support their academic and social-emotional development. We also understand, however, based on health concerns related to the pandemic, we may all be required to wear masks and take other health precautions as outlined by state and local health officials. Some of these precautions may include the taking of your student’s temperature upon arrival at school, washing hands multiple times per day, social distancing to the greatest extent possible, and increased daily cleaning procedures.
- Full-Time Distance Learning: This is an online classroom environment with students attending virtually. This will be a more rigorous program than last spring, and students will be required to attend, participate, and engage in online learning with our approved curriculum.
- Independent Study Program: Families with unique needs that cannot be met by a traditional schedule or full-time distance learning may be interested in our Independent Study Program. Our Independent Study Program currently provides an online independent study environment with some in-person support. For more information regarding independent study, please visit this link.
- Transportation: We are working with Public Health to implement the latest guidance to the greatest extent possible by adding bus routes and accommodating more student spacing on buses. We will follow current guidelines regarding the wearing of face coverings.
- Registration: Registration Information for all of these options will be available soon. We continue to work out the details of this very comprehensive change to our school environment.
- Additional information: Our ReOpening Committee (ROC) is working to finalize the details surrounding the reopening of our schools in the safest way possible along with providing options for families that are not able to attend in the traditional school model. We will provide more information as soon as it is available. For now, we appreciate your patience.
Regardless of the choice families make, our district’s focus remains to provide equity and access to ensure each and every student achieves high levels of learning. We will fulfill this mission with a strong partnership with our students, staff, and families. We also want to stress our highest priority continues to be the safety and well being of the children who are entrusted to us.
We make our plans using the latest information, but safety guidelines change often, and we will have to change with them. As always, please stay up to date with our website at www.thermalito.org and our social media accounts. If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com or 530-538-2900.
A message from Thermalito Schools Superintendent Greg Blake:
Greetings Thermalito School Community:
I want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who have already completed the new Parent and Guardian Survey. If you haven’t completed the short survey please do so because your thoughts are important to us. We will stop gathering responses at 5:00pm Friday night. In addition to the survey, we have an email address of firstname.lastname@example.org for you to share your thoughts, questions and comments.
Our staff has organized a ReOpening Committee (ROC) and has been working hard to consider the health and safety of our students and staff as we make our way back to school in one of the three options I mentioned last week. We, along with the Butte County Public Health Department, Butte County Office of Education and other local school districts continue to examine and prepare reopening options within the guidelines set forth by the California Department of Public Health..
The ROC meets regularly and has divided into subcommittees to consider the following elements of reopening:
- Health and Safety
- Mental Health and Well-being (& Schoolwide SEL)
- Instructional Programs and Continuity of Learning (including Early Learning)
- School/District Services
- Communication, Coordination and Community Engagement
- Professional Learning and Continuity of Relationships and Learning
While we haven’t settled on exactly which version of on-campus instruction may take place, we do know that a fully distance learning option will be available for those students and families that want to pursue that educational model.
We will do our best to update you regularly and as always, please keep an eye on our website and social media platforms to learn the latest about what the fall will look like for our Thermalito schools and I encourage you to contact us if you have questions or suggestions.
Take Care and Stay Safe.
School reopening options
- Students attending school on campus 5 days per week with safety measures.
- Students attending school on campus fewer days per week with safety measures while completing on-line lessons off campus the remaining days of the week.
Students attending school through a distance learning program where all instruction takes place off campus.
COVID-19 Information Below
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