For Immediate Release: March 17, 2021
Contact: Johanna Villareal, (408) 270-6800
Evergreen School District Students to Return to In-Person Learning April 19th
(San Jose, CA) On Wednesday, March 17, 2021, the Evergreen Elementary School District (EESD) Board of Trustees unanimously approved a phased return to in-person learning of all students starting the week of April 19. The phased return to in-person learning for EESD students is scheduled as follows, pending approval by the California Department of Public Health and Santa Clara County Department of Public Health:
Week of April 19: Special Day Class Pre-school, Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2, 7, and 8
Week of April 26: Grades 3, 4, 5, 6
Families still have the option to continue distance learning for their child. The hybrid and distance learning models will be in place through the end of the 2020-21 school year.
The Board of Trustees also approved an agreement to launch a pilot hybrid in-person learning program that will commence the week of March 22 with a small group of teachers who have agreed to be a part of this early return to in-person learning project. This pilot will help inform best practices with approaches to instruction and scheduling as the district prepares for more students to return to in-person learning on April 19. "EESD stands to learn valuable lessons about what works and what does not work from the early returners," said Dr. Emy Flores, Superintendent of EESD. Students whose teachers are participating in this program will be contacted directly by their school with further details.
"As we thoughtfully approach returning students to our school campuses to in-person learning, we recognize our teachers and staff and thank them for their care, professionalism, flexibility and commitment throughout this historic and challenging time in our district," said Dr. Flores. "As always, we are committed to providing all students with high quality and engaging instruction, while also supporting their social and emotional needs, especially through this transition," she continued.
In order to allow for social distancing, students learning in-person will be in the hybrid learning schedule, students will be assigned to one of two cohorts that attend school in-person on campus two days per week. The hybrid learning model is a blend of distance education and in-person, on-campus, classroom instruction, to achieve having fewer students on campus in order to implement the recommended six feet of social distancing in the classroom and on campus.
Declining COVID-19 cases in our county, EESD's safety mitigation strategies, student social-emotional health, learning loss mitigation and the availability of COVID-19 vaccines to education workers, among other factors, were among the main reasons why the Board of Trustees voted to offer in-person learning to its students.
In encouraging the return to school, district staff also pointed to national findings that K-12 in-person schools are not a primary driver of COVID-19 transmission, improvements being made to all district ventilation systems and increased access to COVID-19 testing for staff.
Soon families should expect to receive more information about school schedules, instructional approaches and confirming their learning model selection for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.
- Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.eesd.org/page.cfm?p=5719
- ESD COVID-19 Safety Plan and School Guidance Checklist: https://www.eesd.org/page.cfm?p=4863
- The Evergreen School District Safe Together In-Person Learning Plan will be available on the district's website in the near future, and district families will be notified when this is available