July 14, 2021
I hope you have had a wonderful summer vacation thus far and continue to spend the next few weeks relaxing and rejuvenating. Please take a few minutes to read these important updates.
The 2021-2022 school year begins on August 10, 2021 with all schools fully open for in person instruction. We are very excited to see our students.
The California Department of Public Health released its guidance for schools on July 12, 2021. CDPH is requiring universal masking for staff and students while indoors in all K-12 schools, noting that “masks are one of the most effective and simplest safety mitigation layers to prevent in-school transmission of COVID-19 infections and to support full-time in-person instruction.” Masks may be removed outdoors and during lunch. CDPH will continue to assess conditions on an ongoing basis, and will determine no later than November 1, 2021, whether to update mask requirements or recommendations.
As outlined in the Assembly Bill and Senate Bill 130, the expectation is for all students in CA to attend the 2021-2022 school year fully in person. However, recognizing that there may be students in each district whose families deem them unable to attend school physically due to medical/health concerns, AB/SB 130 allows these students to participate in an independent study online program in the District. In Castro Valley, that would be in the Castro Valley Virtual Academy (CVVA). Once a student is enrolled in the online program, if requested by parents to be moved back to in-person instruction during the year, we will do so as expeditiously as possible with the understanding that if there is no space at the student’s home school, they will be placed at another school in the district for the remainder of the school year.
Please note the following:
For students in Grades TK-8- In May we surveyed families to gauge interest in the Castro Valley Virtual Academy (CVVA). Although you may have shared your interest in the survey, we now need you to fill out this form to confirm that you are requesting enrollment in the Virtual Academy due to health/medical concerns no later than July 23, 2021.
For students in grades 9-12- If the student is already enrolled in the Castro Valley Virtual Academy (CVVA) for this upcoming year, you will not need to take any further action. The student’s placement in the classes they selected has already been taken care of. If your student was not previously registered at CVVA and you would like them to do so now, due to health/medical concerns, please contact Vivienne Paratore, Director of Secondary Instruction at email@example.com to register no later than July 23, 2021.
As always, all families will receive additional details from their site principals as we approach the beginning of the year. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and stay safe.