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Planning for the 2020-2021 school year
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As we continue to navigate the uncertain and long-lasting effects of COVID-19, WUSD is fully committed to a thoughtful and inclusive approach to planning for a safe return to school in the 2020-2021 school year. 

At the forefront of this process is the continued health, safety, and security of our students, staff, and families. Reopening campuses requires specialized training and revising current practices to levels of disinfecting and sanitizing surfaces.

One thing remains clear; education will not be ‘business as usual.’ Until we are allowed to bring back ALL students at one time, we are planning for multiple options. Keep in mind that the current distance learning is not what we plan to implement in the regular school year - whether instruction is a blended model or full distance learning - depending on the guidelines of the CDC and Yolo Public Health. 

The best information we have today requires us to plan for student instruction both at school and virtual or online while retaining flexibility in all plans should we be required to adjust to new health guidelines. Also, our goal is to standardize the expectations of what and how our students learn and teachers teach while building a foundation and expectations to calibrate grading.

All final decisions about the reopening of schools in the 2020-2021 school year will be aligned to guidance from the Yolo County and State Department of Public Health. We expect to bring to the Board of Education final drafts of frameworks for opening school to the June 25th Board of Education meeting.

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Return to School Roadmap

Washington Unified School District has been working diligently across all levels to plan and prepare for a safe return to school in the 2020-2021 school year. Below is our roadmap listing out all the opportunities for collaboration, communications,s and meetings that have transpired involving district staff, teachers, students, families, and partners. 
  • April 24, 2020: Joint WSTA & WUSD Update About Distance Learning Sent to All Certificated Staff
  • May 1, 2020: Joint WSTA & WUSD Update About Distance Learning Sent to All Certificated Staff
  • May 8, 2020: Joint WSTA & WUSD Update About Distance Learning Sent to All Certificated Staff
  • May 14, 2020: Board Brief Communication Sent to All Families and Staff
  • May 15, 2020: Joint WSTA & WUSD Update About Distance Learning Sent to All Certificated Staff including Teacher Survey 1.0.
  • May 19, 2020: Joint WSTA & WUSD Update About Distance Learning Sent to All Certificated Staff
  • May 20, 2020: Parent Survey 1.0 Sent to All WUSD Families via Catapult Connect
  • May 22, 2020: Joint WSTA & WUSD Update About Distance Learning Sent to All Certificated Staff
  • May 22, 2020: Parent Survey 1.0 Sent to All WUSD Families via Catapult Connect
  • May 25, 2020: Message from the Superintendent About Planning for 2020-2021
  • May 26-June 2, 2020: COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Forums for WUSD Staff Only
  • May 28, 2020: Board of Education Meeting
  • May 29, 2020: Board Brief Communication Sent to All Families and Staff
  • May 29, 2020: WSTA/WUSD Parent Survey 2.0 meeting 
  • May 31, 2020: Joint WSTA & WUSD Update About Distance Learning Sent to All Certificated Staff
  • June 2, 2020: Joint Emergency Task Force meeting (WUSD & WSTA)
  • June 2, 2020: Parent Survey 2.0 Sent to All WUSD Families via Catapult Connect
  • June 3, 2020: WSTA/WUSD Negotiations
  • June 3, 2020: Student Survey Sent to all River City High School Students
  • June 4, 2020: Classified Survey Sent to All Classified Staff
  • June 5, 2020: Parent Advisory Committee Meeting
  • June 5, 2020: Parent Survey 2.0 Reminder Sent to All WUSD Families via Catapult Connect
  • June 8, 2020: Joint Emergency Task Force meeting
  • June 8, 2020: Joint WSTA & WUSD Update About Distance Learning Sent to All Certificated Staff
  • June 9, 2020: Administrative Advance End of the Year Recap for all Administrators
  • June 11, 2020: Board of Education Meeting
  • June 12, 2020: Board Brief Communication Sent to All Families and Staff
  • June 15-19, 2020: Return to School Forums
  • June 15, 2020: Westmore Oaks Parent Forum
  • June 15, 2020: Elkhorn Village Parent Forum
  • June 16, 2020: Stonegate Parent Forum
  • June 17-18, 2020: River City High School Parent Forum
  • June 17, 2020: Westfield Village Parent Forum
  • June 17, 2020: Yolo Education Center Parent Forum
  • June 17, 2020: Riverbank Parent Forum
  • June 17, 2020: Southport Parent Forum
  • June 17, 2020: Parent Survey 3.0 Sent to All WUSD Families via Catapult Connect
  • June 17, 2020: Teacher Survey 2.0 Sent to All Certificated Staff
  • June 17, 2020: WSTA/WUSD Return to School Survey Meeting
  • June 17, 2020: Message from the Superintendent About the Return to School and Input Surveys
  • June 18, 2020: Bridgeway Island Parent Forum
  • June 22, 2020: Joint Emergency Task Force meeting (WUSD & WSTA)

Return to School Parent Forums

Westmore Oaks Elementary School
  • Monday, June 15, 9-10am English, 10-11am Spanish
Elkhorn Village Elementary School   
  • Monday, June 15, 2020, 9-10am English, 10-11am Spanish
Stonegate Elementary School
  • Tuesday, June 16 5-6:30pm
River City High School 
  • 9th and 10th Grade:  June 17 9-10am or June 17 5-6pm
  • 11th and 12th Grade: June 18 9-10am or June 18 5-6pm
Westfield Village Elementary School
  • Wednesday, June 17 3-4pm
Yolo Education Center
  • Wednesday, June 17 5:30-6:30pm
Riverbank Elementary School
  • Wednesday, June 17 5:30-7:30pm
Southport Elementary School
  • Wednesday, June 17 6-8pm
Bridgeway Island Elementary School     
  • Thursday, June 18: 
    • Grades K-2, 9-10am
    • Grades 3-5, 10:30-11:30am
    • Grades 6-8, 12:00-1pm
    • Schoolwide, 6-7pm

Return to School FAQs

When will the 2020-21 school year begin?
School begins on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

Will students or staff be required to wear masks?
Governor Gavin Newsom announced June 18, 2020, that all Californians must now wear face coverings in public places. The action is meant to halt the spread of COVID-19 cases that have spiked in recent days throughout the state. All California counties join Yolo County in requiring face coverings, a health order mandate that has been in place in West Sacramento and other Yolo communities since April 24, 2020. 

 
When will WUSD implement a Learning Model for the next school year?
Making decisions about the re-opening of schools for the 2020-21 school year is a long process requiring collaboration across many levels including, students, teachers, classified staff, families, administrators, and community partners. We are prepared for a variety of scenarios based on ever-changing public health guidance and expect to bring to the Board of Education draft frameworks for opening school to the June 25th Board of Education meeting.
 
How will Blended Learning or Distance Learning models differ from this year?
With additional time for planning, WUSD will implement a more robust learning experience than what we experienced in Spring 2020. 
 
Does WUSD have an independent study program?
Yes. We’ve included an independent learning model in our 2020-21 Learning Model Options because we recognize that some parents may want an independent-designed program for their child. 

How will WUSD communicate with parents over the summer and how do I get my 
questions answered?
WUSD will continue to use our regular communication channels to share important information related to the re-opening of schools. Families and staff will always receive important information via email and we will post all important updates to our homepage Announcements Feed, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

Learning Model Options

Traditional Learning Model: Daily classroom attendance; *PLEASE NOTE* We will be unable to adhere to social distancing guidelines and there will be mandatory masks/face coverings for all students and staff while on campus.
 
Blended Learning Model: Modified Traditional Learning Model with 2 or 3 days per week classroom attendance; 2 or 3 days per week of independent/online extension work; *PLEASE NOTE* We will be better able to adhere to social distancing guidelines and masks/face coverings may be optional in class due to social distancing.
 
Virtual Learning Model: Daily scheduled interaction and teaching from classroom teacher through technology while student learns at home; *PLEASE NOTE* This will not be "distance learning" that your student participated in during the 2019-2020 school year.
 
Independent Learning Model: Weekly independent work materials with a weekly in person or online check in with certificated teacher; *PLEASE NOTE* This is through scheduled weekly interactions, not daily interactions.
 
Download the Learning Model Options infographic in English and Spanish.