COVID-19 GHC Update on 2020-21 School Year


Friday, July 10, 2020

Dear Parents and Staff,

As we conclude another week, I am writing to provide additional updates for the 2020-21 school year and recent survey results from our TK-12 families and staff. With classes for all students set to resume on Monday, August 17, the Granada Hills Charter team continues to meet and engage in challenging, productive, and in-depth discussions about how best to serve our students, staff, and families.

As we have communicated before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety and well-being of our students and staff drive the decisions our team makes as we work tirelessly to design an educational plan that addresses the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students. 

Earlier this month, I communicated the learning programs we are planning to offer during the 2020-21 school year. We will open the school year (August 17) with a full distance on-line learning program for all grades TK-12 students as well as the iGranada independent study program for grades 9-12 students. Given this week’s recommendations from the Los Angeles County Public Health Director along with other factors, our plan is to offer the hybrid learning program after the school year begins when public health conditions improve.

As you are keenly aware, these plans can change and can do so rapidly. Our commitment is to provide you with timely updates, especially when local and state conditions and mandates impact the operations of our School. 

During the last two to three weeks, our families and faculty at the grades TK-8 and 9-12 programs were asked several questions related to our return in August for the 2020-21 school year. We received unique responses from 225 faculty members and 2,439 family members. According to those responses based on available information at that time, the survey shows:

  • More than 30 percent of our TK-12 families prefer the distance on-line learning model and more than 60 percent prefer the hybrid learning model.
  • A very small percentage of grades TK-8 (four percent) and 9-12 (two percent) families prefer the traditional, 100 percent return to campus learning model (not available per state and local public health directives).
  • More than 40 percent of our grades TK-8 faculty and 65 percent of grades 9-12 faculty prefer to work in the distance learning program.








In the coming weeks, the School will provide you with details about the safety measures we are taking and our learning plans, including the weekly schedule for our distance learning and hybrid learning programs. Both models continue to be discussed and designed to best meet the needs of our students and our staff.

As always, thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we engage in this important work. 

Stay safe, healthy, and strong.

Brian Bauer, Executive Director Source: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates