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LVJUSD to Start the 2020-21 School Year with Distance Learning

July 17, 2020

Dear Livermore Families,

Today we heard Governor Newsom share criteria and provide clear direction regarding the return to in-person instruction and how it is directly connected to the health status of our community. As of this morning, there are 8,648 cases of COVID-19 in Alameda County. There are 349 confirmed cases in Livermore. We learned that until Alameda County is no longer on the “State Watch” Monitoring List, and stays off the list for 14 consecutive days, all schools within our county must provide education through rigorous distance learning. 

Based on current information and health professionals’ projections which indicate that these circumstances will not change markedly before our scheduled start of school, all LVJUSD schools will begin the 2020-21 school year with distance learning.  

Just a few days ago, we shared that we are fully prepared to launch distance learning, if that turned out to be the only viable option. We will move forward with our implementation of an exceptional distance learning program. Our more detailed plans will be shared over the next few weeks. We will also be reaching out to each family to verify that all students have what they need to connect online to their teachers and classmates.

Our earlier letter also indicated that families would, ideally, be given a choice between distance learning and hybrid learning. Although we will start the year with distance learning, we anticipate that we will phase in our hybrid program when local health data improves.

Our district is fully prepared to shift to a hybrid schedule as soon as State-established metrics allow schools in our County to do so. We will continue to actively develop our plans for transitioning. When we have that opportunity, we will ask you at that time to declare whether your child will participate in on-campus learning or remain in distance learning. 

We understand this is a challenging time. The fact is, we are all facing an uncertain and constantly evolving situation. As much as we want our community to be healthy and to welcome our children and staff  back to our campuses each day, we cannot predict, with any precision, when the conditions of the pandemic will allow that. We implore everyone to do their part by adhering to recommended protocols to slow the spread and keep our community healthy.

We appreciate that so many of you have shared your comments, concerns and suggestions. We will continue to communicate and provide updates on a regular basis. We are all working together to weather this unprecedented crisis. Thank you for your continued support.

Warm regards,

Superintendent Kelly Bowers & the LVJUSD Leadership Team