MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
December 16, 2020
After much deliberation, research, and careful consideration, the Board of Education took unanimous action on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 to provide instructional continuity by extending full distance learning through June 4, 2021. Furthermore, the Board took action to initiate small cohort in-person learning should the county of Riverside exit the purple tier.
This recommendation was informed by the following factors: first, Riverside County officially dropped to zero percent capacity for available intensive care units, marking a clear need for residents to stay home. Second, Riverside County currently has the eleventh highest infection rate in the country. Third, the desire to provide continuity of the current instructional program and finally, the potential impact of major holidays on positivity rates.
The Reopening Schools Task Force continues to meet frequently to tackle the latest guidance documents, COVID-19 positivity data, and receive input from our broader community through the use of social media streaming services.
This decision was made with the health and safety of students, staff, and families as a primary consideration. When our students do return, we want it to be in the safest environment possible.
Val Verde has always prided itself on being a Future Ready District. COVID-19 has put those words to the test. We are confident in our ability to continue delivering quality education to our communities in this digital landscape. We sincerely thank all stakeholders for their valuable input, and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this very trying time.
Michael R. McCormick