Important Announcement from GGUSD
Dear GGUSD students, families, and staff,
As our nation and community confront the challenges presented by COVID-19, school and district leaders in GGUSD have been working diligently to create a school reopening plan that will meet the educational needs of our community and adhere to county and state health guidelines published in June.
On July 17, the state and Governor updated direction for school reopening, indicating that school districts cannot open for in-person instruction until their respective counties remain off of the state’s monitoring list for rising COVID-19 infections for 14 consecutive days. Monday, August 24th is the scheduled first day of classes in GGUSD. With Orange County currently on the monitoring list and with the recent surge of coronavirus cases, the district finds it necessary to begin the 2020-2021 school year with online instruction only. The superintendent and district leaders have been planning for this contingency and are prepared to pivot entirely to online-only distance learning.
The Board and district leadership team understands that for many of our families – distance learning is not easy – with challenges like childcare, work schedules, and access to technology. There is absolutely no replacement for the classroom experience where teachers are face to face with students, ensuring that their unique learning needs are met through tried and true instructional strategies. But rest assured, district leaders are working around the clock to ensure that distance learning will look and feel different than it did in the spring when COVID-19 first shuttered our schools.
We cannot predict when COVID-19 conditions will improve in Orange County, but we are committed to keeping our community informed every step of the way. We will re-survey families and staff about reopening again once the county is off of the monitoring list for the required 14 days and keep you in the loop every step of the way.
Once we are clear to re-open for the 2020-2021 school year and through the span of the COVID-19 pandemic, GGUSD will offer three learning options
1. students attend in-person class (all of some of the day/week, depending on each site’s capacity and ability to implement given required physical distancing);
2. a hybrid model of some in-person class and distance learning; and
3. a Virtual Academy which will include online learning led by a teacher through virtual lessons with opportunities for tutoring on campus if needed.
We want to provide you with our plans for reopening so that once we are cleared you know what to expect! GGUSD’s reopening plans, which will be shared later this week, are based on health and safety guidelines from the Orange County Health Care Agency and the California Department of Public Health as well as the Orange County Department of Education and California Department of Education. Guidance may change based on the status of the pandemic and GGUSD will remain flexible. If at any time after reopening, the county or state COVID-19 conditions call for another cancellation of classes and return to distance learning for all, we will be prepared to do so.
GGUSD’s reopening plans were developed with feedback from those we serve, including more than 23,000 family surveys, 2,000 employee surveys, and feedback from our stakeholder task force which met throughout late June and July and included nearly 200 students, parents, and staff members. We realize that in a district of 41,000 students and 67 schools, we serve a diverse community with a wide range of needs. There is no one-size-fits-all plan for our 67 schools and each school has developed a site-specific reopening plan based on feedback from its own students, families, and staff.
It is our hope that the district reopening plans and the plans presented by our 67 schools help families make the best educational choice for their needs. We will continue to offer the same high-quality education our families know and expect and we know that extra wellness supports and learning interventions will be more important than ever.
We want to sincerely thank you for your trust and patience during this unprecedented time in education. As always, we remain committed to equipping all students with the academic and personal skills for lifelong success. That’s the Garden Grove Way!