The Alameda Unified School District has had to make a number of changes to its plans for delivering instruction this spring and this week made yet another when the Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to end the 2019-20 school year on May 29 rather than June 8 as originally scheduled.
The reason for the change is that due to the ongoing pandemic, we believe the AUSD will need to provide some combination of online and in-person instruction next year. As such, we think using the last six days of the school year to collaborate with teachers on best practices for online learning will provide more value than continuing with the current distance learning opportunities.
The AUSD Board of Education’s vote came after district staff worked with our labor partners and the district’s Calendar Committee to come up with a new schedule. The Alameda Education Association (AEA) — which represents the district’s teachers and counselors — voted last week to approve this change.
Plans for next year (2020-21) aren’t yet final, but we have created a task force to develop learning models and schedules. Factors that we are considering include health and safety protocols, the most effective curriculum for blended and online education, childcare needs and the best way to support students who are medically fragile, have learning differences or have suffered learning loss in the spring of 2020 due to sheltering in place.
A survey will go out to families next week to solicit their opinions about educational programs going forward. We are also working with our labor partners to determine the start date, end date and break times for the 2020-21 school year and expect to have information about that in the next several weeks. For more information and updates, please see our AUSD Coronavirus Hub page at www.alamedaunified.org/coronavirus.
Susan Davis is the Alameda Unified School District’s senior manager for community affairs. Reach her at 510-337-7175 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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