Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

The Lake Elsinore Unified School District announced Thursday, July 16, in an advisory notice that the district will begin the 2020-21 school year with a full distance learning format on Aug. 12.
“This plan of action has not been reached lightly,” the statement reads. “All possible options for opening our schools in a safe manner have been thoroughly considered. The only safe option at this time is a temporary full distance learning option. When it is safe to move into a hybrid model or full traditional instruction during the 2020-21 school year, that is our intent.”
The district said the reason for releasing the statement now was to give district families the opportunity to make plans ahead of the start date.
“We will also use this time to work with our teachers and staff to ensure that in the Phase One-Distance Learning model, all students shall receive instruction and content five days a week in a 100% virtual format,” the statement reads. “All content and instruction shall be mandatory, graded, and aligned to grade-level standards. Support for English learners, students with disabilities, foster students, and homeless youth shall be provided.
The district said that it believes the COVID-19 pandemic should not be taken lightly and will continue to work on its three-phase plan for the school year.
“These three phases are as follows: Phase One, full distance learning; Phase Two, hybrid model; and Phase Three, full traditional, which is our goal as soon as can be safely achieved,” the statement reads.
The LEUSD Board of Trustees are expected to monitor the situation and will reevaluate public health data to move forward with next steps.
“It continues to be our goal to return to full traditional instruction as soon as it is safe for our students, staff, and families to do so,” the statement reads. “We will update the community with additional details as we approach the 2020-21 school year.”
Read the full statement at https://www.leusd.k12.ca.us/apps/news/article/1256947.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.