January 29, 2021
The Return to In-Person Instruction Metrics and Timeline chart below is part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) collaboratively created between District Administration and the Santa Paula Federation of Teachers (SPFT) Leadership Team and is based upon the California Department of Public Health's Blueprint for a Safer Economy Tiered Matrix. The MOU was signed by both parties on December 18, 2020. The Return to In-Person Instruction chart provides an outline for parents and staff to have an idea of when schools may reopen after the District has met the number of required weeks in each colored tier.
If the metrics are changed by Ventura County Public Health, to determine when schools reopen, District Administration and SPFT Leadership will meet to discuss the changes within one week of the change. As the District optimistically waits for the positive COVID cases to decline to a safe level, we will continue to follow the guidelines of the Ventura County Public Health Department.
On January 14, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its K-12 reopening guidance for schools. New guidelines stipulate that schools serving students in grades Kindergarten through sixth may not reopen for in-person instruction in counties with an adjusted positive COVID case rate above 25 cases per 100,000 population per day. At this time, Ventura County is currently not within the safety metrics to begin the timeline of reopening our schools. Therefore, students will continue to receive instruction via distance learning. In the meantime, we will continue to work with our certificated and classified leadership teams to plan for a safe reopening of our schools.