McClay provides update on status of TVUSD’s all-online return to school

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Jodi McClay, superintendent of Temecula Valley Unified School District, offered an update to school district board members, staff and the wider community regarding the status of online learning in the district as of the Tuesday, Aug. 18, governing board meeting.

McClay said teachers and staff returned for all online development sessions the week before, with more than 3,000 staff members engaging virtually in various meetings over Zoom.

As of the afternoon, Aug. 18, McClay said 27,614 students were enrolled in TVUSD, though she said the number remained in flux.

“We are still adding and dropping students – mostly adding,” McClay said. “Enrollment staff worked until 11 p.m. each night over almost the last 10 days.”

That number does, though, represent a drop of about 560 students since June 1.

“Not bad, but holding,” McClay said of the enrollment numbers.

McClay acknowledged that there had been technical difficulties, including with class attendance rosters, and that the district was still waiting on some iPads for students, which she expected to be in by Friday, Aug. 21.

She also reminded the community that TVUSD was not yet eligible for a waiver to reopen classes for K-6 in person.

“While we are following the Riverside County case numbers very, very closely, please be reminded that Riverside County Public Health will not accept any waivers until the county is less than twice the acceptable threshold set by the state,” McClay said. “That is less than 200 cases for every 100,000 residents. And it’s really important to note that this number is determined by the county, not the cities, so we truly are at the mercy of how we are doing countywide.”

The county had been above 300 cases per 100,000 residents the week prior, although McClay said that the board had received information Tuesday to indicate cases may be lower than that.

As San Diego County was taken off the state’s coronavirus watchlist Tuesday, meaning schools could potentially reopen in that county two weeks after that date, McClay said she was hopeful Riverside County would follow suit.

“I would just remind everyone, especially staff, to give yourselves grace,” McClay said. “This is all new … we’ve had two days in this approach, so there’s no way we’re going to be anywhere close to perfect.”

Will Fritz can be reached by email at wfritz@reedermedia.com.