By Jane Northrop
San Mateo County hit the state’s watch list for new Covid cases last week, joining all other Bay Area counties.
”San Mateo County is experiencing an elevated case rate that exceeds the state threshold. The county sees roots of community transmission related to social gatherings without sufficient physical distancing and wearing of facial coverings, as well as higher exposure for residents performing work that involves person-to-person contact and crowded housing conditions that make home isolation difficult,” state officials wrote.
Because of that status, Pacifica schools will not open in August for live classes, except for Good Shepherd School. Elementary schools may apply for a waiver.
Pacific Bay Christian School will be on the school’s “code red” schedule, which means students and staff will not be on campus as it would present a danger to their safety. There are two other codes – yellow and green – that will be used when they become appropriate.
Dr. Michael Chen, the head of school for Pacific Bay, wrote in an email to parents that no on-campus gatherings can be held until after the county is off the watch list for 14 days.
“We remain committed to attending to our students’ holistic development academically, socially, spiritually and physically. With our learnings from the spring and our planning during the summer, we are ready for a phased-in and adaptive approach to bring students back on campus when public health conditions improve,” he said.
The Jefferson Union High School District (JUHSD) board decided to conduct 100 percent distance learning for the fall semester beginning Aug. 10. Dr. Terry Deloria, JUHSD superintendent, held a webinar last week to update parents about how students can log into their Google classrooms and complete assignments and how parents can keep in touch.
Dr. Heather Olsen, superintendent of the Pacifica School District, said she will begin the year with Full Year Distance Learning and the Continuum model.
“We are starting in distance learning. When it is safe for school to reopen and we are able to meet all of the requirements for health and safety, the students and staff in the continuum model will return to school in the hybrid learning phase. Hybrid learning includes two days of in school instruction and three days of at home work connected to the two days of instruction,” she said.
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