Return to Campus Update (March 2021)
Dear Granada Hills Charter Community,
I trust this communication finds you and your family safe and healthy. The purpose of this communication is to update you on our plans to serve more students on campus given recent changes in local and state public health conditions.
Earlier this week, we learned the good news that Los Angeles County’s adjusted Covid-19 case rate had dropped below seven (7) positive cases for every one hundred thousand (100,000) individuals (7/100K). The new case rate is 5.2/100K. As a result, The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health anticipates qualifying for the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy less restrictive Red tier as early as Monday, March 15. This threshold marker will allow for greater in-person learning on school campuses.
As such, we are moving closer to welcoming more students back on campus.
When will more students return to campus? We are aiming for the week of May 3, 2021, to offer more in-person learning to a greater number of our students. Although there are differing messages from local and state agencies about when greater numbers of students may be on campus for in-person learning, the launch of our hybrid learning program to serve a greater number of students on campus is based on the following factors:
- Los Angeles County is operating in the Red, Orange, or Yellow tier.
- All GHC teachers and staff have been offered the opportunity to be fully vaccinated.
- All required and recommended Covid-19 safety measures, including cleaning, PPE, and social distancing are in place.
- The continuity and integrity of the instructional program is maintained for those students who select the hybrid instructional learning model as well as for those who opt to remain in the distance on-line learning model for the remainder of the school year.
- Campus capacity and readiness with on-going construction and modernization projects allows for the safe accommodation of more students.
What will in-person learning on campus look like? Our aim is to provide a hybrid learning program that allows for partial on-campus learning along with the distance on-line learning model. More information about the hybrid learning program, including a parent/student survey, for the elementary, middle and high school grades will be provided by the end of the month.
Will the hybrid in-person learning program be required? Participation in the hybrid learning program for the remainder of the school year will be optional. Students and families may choose to continue with the GHC distance on-line learning program for the remainder of the school year. Information about our 2021 summer programs will be provided in April, and plans for the 2021-22 school year will be communicated at a later date.
Will the small groups of students that have been on both the Zelzah and Devonshire campuses since November continue to be served? We plan to continue serving existing students on both campuses in March and April with new groups being added to the TK-8 in March and to the high school in March and April. Updates will continue to be provided.
Accordingly, in the near future, we will be communicating additional information about learning options for our elementary, middle and high school grades, as we work with our teachers and staff to further develop plans that allow for a meaningful and safe return to campus for more students and staff.
As we have communicated before, Granada Hills Charter has taken important steps to ensure a safe and secure learning and work environment for our students and staff:
- Significant resources have been invested to upgrade air-filtration systems, procure adequate stocks of PPE and disinfecting supplies, and add additional staff.
- Staff and students already on campus will continue to participate in our weekly Covid-19 testing surveillance program. All students and staff new to campus will be tested prior to their return to campus.
- Masks and social distancing protocols are in place for students, staff, and visitors on our campuses.
- Outdoor learning environments will be utilized where appropriate to ensure safety.
Reacting to regularly changing guidelines and regulations along with constantly changing data and criteria has been one of the most significant challenges for Granada Hills Charter and all schools during the Covid-19 pandemic. As we have communicated consistently, we remain committed to a safe and secure environment for all students and staff. We plan to provide you with updated information about our TK-8 and high school programs by the end of March. Your patience and support are greatly appreciated.
Brian Bauer, Executive Director