MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Friday, October 16, 2020
After much deliberation, research, and careful consideration, the Board of Education took unanimous action on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, to provide instructional continuity by extending full distance learning through December 18, 2020. This recommendation was informed by the following factors: first, local COVID-19 positivity rates for the cities of Perris and Moreno Valley and the unincorporated area of Mead Valley. Second, the desire to provide continuity of the current instructional program and finally, the potential impact of major holidays on positivity rates.
The Board of Education is asked to reconvene no later than the end of the calendar year to review COVID-19 positivity data and related factors to determine the best instructional design for the second semester. Assisting the Board of Education and district administration with research will be the Reopening Schools Task Force. The 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.
Many people are wondering how long it will be until students return to school for in-person instruction. Unfortunately, that is a difficult question to answer. Our Re-Opening Schools Task Force made up of multiple stakeholders has been meeting regularly since May to fully understand all of our options and to put the safety of our students at the forefront of every decision. We are continually monitoring the COVID-19 statistics in our community and Riverside County. In the end, we will rely on many factors including guidelines from health officials, laws, and regulations. The most important consideration will be the health and safety of our students and staff. The administration will continue to provide updates to the Board of Education so they can determine the prudent time to offer in-person instruction.
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.
More details will continue to be provided as information becomes available.
We sincerely thank all stakeholders for their valuable input and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this very trying time.