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Bear Valley Schools 

Monday August 3rd

 

Friday, July 17, 2020

Dear Bear Valley Unified School District Families and Staff,

This afternoon Governor Newsom announced that California counties which have been identified on the watch and monitor list are mandated to begin the school year with distant learning. Although we have made every attempt to safely bring our students back to our campuses for the beginning of the school year, the cases in San Bernardino County continue to rise. This impacts the availability of COVID 19 tests and hospital beds. Local data is still relatively low yet is increasing daily.

We hope our community is spared the extreme spikes we are observing in other areas of the county; however, until our county data shows improvement, we will adhere to the Governor’s mandate to begin the year with full distance learning on August 3rd. 

Distance Learning for the 2020-2021 year will offer online daily interactive lessons, rigorous curriculum, and consistent feedback from the classroom teacher. Assignments will be graded and attendance will be taken daily. At the end of the 2019-2020 school year, we transitioned quickly to distant learning in a hold harmless environment, which did not have the same requirements as our current model.

This new model of distance learning will provide an increased level of interaction and accountability to support student achievement. When it is safe to return, we will make every attempt to bring our students back in the classroom for the hybrid model and if possible, our lower grade students in K-3rd for five days a week. If there is a time in the upcoming year that it is deemed safe for all students to return to 100% full time, we will make that transition. 

Your school site principals will be communicating with you in the next two weeks to provide the necessary information to begin the school year. If you have not registered your child for the 2020-2021 school year, please complete the online registration on the District website to ensure your child is enrolled. 

At this time, we are hopeful that our community continues to stay safe and healthy and that we are able to return to our school sites at some point in the near future. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Mary Suzuki,

Superintendent of Schools

Bear Valley Unified School District