Schools in CVUSD will remain in distance learning until at least January, as was decided by the CVUSD School Board on Oct. 14. After listening to several parents, community members, and teachers speak, the board members ultimately decided to wait to reconsider reopening until their first meeting in January.
In an email sent out to families on Oct. 15, Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi wrote that the number one priority was the safety and health of all students and staff.
“Working closely with the Alameda County Public Health Department, we will monitor developments related to COVID and continue our discussions with our bargaining units to ensure a successful school reopening,” Ahmadi wrote.
This decision was not met with happy responses from all sides, as several parents voiced their concerns about online learning.
“Daycares are open and so are parks, malls, barbers, gyms and stores … open the schools!” parent Hilda Zuniga commented.
“Open up the schools! Make it a choice if some people are fearful of sending their kids. Those parents can teach their kids from home,” said grandparent Alicia Villa. “Not all parents can afford to stay home with their children. I’m especially concerned for lower income parents who had to quit their jobs or depend on others to teach their kids because they have to go to work. Please give parents more choices. This is not working for every household!”
In the meantime, the Alameda County Health Department has allowed CVUSD to create support hubs, which are groups of 14 students and two adults which stay together to help with students struggling with distance learning.
“The hubs are basically there so that students that have huge challenges accessing distance learning could actually do that in school because we have excellent internet and there are also adults who can support them,” Ahmadi explained. “We want to make sure that students who really need support and can’t do that at home are supported in school.”
When the time does come for schools to reopen, the first to do so will be elementary schools, followed by the middle schools and CVHS if everything goes smoothly.
“The possibility of younger children versus older children carrying and transmitting is a lot less and that’s why the county health department said we can open elementary school. They have not allowed any other school districts to open even middle or high schools,” explained Ahmadi.
The reopening process won’t be easy but hopefully we will all be together again soon, once it is safe to do so.
“I know that as a community at large we have resources and it’s been amazing to see lunches available and corner pantries open up, but there are so many families that are still hurting and students that are not having their basic needs met,” said social studies teacher Jacqueline Stone. “I know that I’m a better teacher in a classroom and I want to do my job well.”