It has been a long summer for the more than 11,000 students in the San Jacinto Unified School District due to the coronavirus pandemic that closed all schools in March.
Now, the district plans to reopen schools Thursday, Aug. 6, with several different learning options in keeping with state and county health orders.
The district’s announcement can be viewed at http://www.sanjacinto.k12.ca.us/reopening/. The reopening plans give students a choice of two options as of Monday, July 13, either a traditional schedule or full-time distance learning.
Families seeking a blended virtual and in-person program will be invited to participate through the district’s existing program at Mountain Heights Virtual Academy.
The SJUSD board said, “Please be assured that we stand firm in our commitment to provide a rigorous standards-based instructional programs designed to meet the needs of each and every student.”
The distance learning program provides an online daily schedule offered through the school of residence with required participation. It will include traditional grading and full-time virtual instruction. Parents were invited to registered for this program by Friday, July 10, on a pre-registration form.
The traditional schedule offers students in-class instruction on a traditional calendar and bell schedule. It will include extracurricular activities and school-based activities. This registration option was offered until July 13.
The Mountain Heights Virtual Academy offers virtual daily instruction, in-person support based on student need and requires participation. It will include traditional grading with flexible scheduling options for individual students. More information is available through the district, which assured families of its continuing efforts to reopen schools safely.
“On behalf of the San Jacinto Unified School District, we would like to thank you for your continued patience and resilience during these unprecedented times. As the 2019-2020 school year comes to a close, our administrators have been preparing for how we may safely reopen our classrooms in August 2020. Our path to reopening SJUSD will be driven by our student-centered approach to maintain a caring and supportive educational environment for our students while being diligent of everyone’s health, wellness and safety. We will also work in conjunction with local health agencies, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Education to be compliant with their guidelines,” the district said in the announcement.
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