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Possible Return to In-Person Instruction
Possible Return to In-Person Instruction
Spencer Holtom
Thursday, October 01, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

Wednesday, September 30 in our school board meeting, the Oroville City Elementary School District School Board recommended that we move forward with the reopening of schools in our district. The following is a statement from the Butte County Health Department that came out on Tuesday:

Butte County Moves to Tier 2 (Red – Less Restrictive)

 BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – Butte County has moved from Tier 1 (purple) to a less-restrictive Tier 2 (red) of the State’s COVID-19 guidelines.

 Moving into Tier 2 does not allow for the immediate reopening of schools. If Butte County remains in Tier 2 for two weeks, schools may choose to open for in-person instruction. The first possible date for this, if we remain in Tier 2, is Tuesday, October 13th.

 This means that we must remain in RED until Monday, October 12 for the possibility of reopening to be a reality. 

The data requirements to qualify for Tier 2 include a case rate less than 4-7 cases per 100,000 residents, with a test positivity rate of 5-8% or less. The current Butte County COVID-19 case rate is 5 cases per 100,000 residents, with a 2.6% test positivity rate.

The District's intention is to work toward reopening schools in a hybrid or blended model on Monday, October 19th. More details will follow for the hybrid/blended model, but the initial plan is to have an A/B schedule for in-person instruction. This means students will attend school on either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday with Friday being a distance learning day. Students who attend in person instruction will be doing teacher assigned work and activities assigned by their individual teacher on the days they work from home or their designated off days. Those activities will vary. More information will follow as we do preparation for the return to in person school.

The school day will follow the regular school day hours. Transportation will also be provided for those who need it. We are encouraging parents to transport students whenever possible because transportation room will be limited based on social distancing restraints for busing. The A/B schedule will help with the transportation concern.  

The district will still have a distance learning option for those parents who are concerned about sending their child back to school.

A parent survey asking parents to identify which school option they would like for their child can be found here: https://forms.gle/LMfw16aDmrnq...

We realize you may have additional questions and I will be developing a Question and Answer section which will be added to our website shortly.