Based on recommendations from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and in light of surging coronavirus numbers across the region, CCUSD will be entering a period of closure for small group cohorts including in-person instruction, connectivity, and athletic pods through at least February 1, 2021. CCUSD will continue to provide grab-and-go meal service for students as well as one-on-one in-person assessments, as necessary. We will also continue to operate our Office of Child Development’s preschool and school-age care programs.
This decision is based on recommendations from Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer who, yesterday, called for all K-12 campuses to shut down through January amid the rapidly increasing number of cases throughout Southern California. “I’m strongly recommending that schools not reopen for in-person instruction,” Dr. Ferrer said on a call with districts throughout the county. “I’m recommending this for three weeks until the end of January.”
I know this is a difficult time for everyone. The COVID situation is fluid, and conflicting reports make it difficult to determine the best course of action, but we certainly want to err on the side of protecting our students, staff and families.
Dr. Ferrer indicated that COVID has rarely been spread from student to teacher and is much more commonly spread from staff to staff in break rooms and during out-of-school activities. In fact, in the Los Angeles County on-campus cohorts, more than four times the number of staff have tested positive versus the number of students who have tested positive -- 349 staff vs 75 students (LA County data). The bottom line is that protocols work – hand washing, social distancing, mask-wearing and other guidelines have been very effective in stopping the spread.
I am confident that by working together and remaining flexible during this very fluid situation, we can both stay safe and continue to provide a high-caliber learning experience for our students. I know this has been a difficult and often frustrating situation for everyone, but I am so proud of our incredible CCUSD Family and how we have held our heads high, pivoted when necessary and always focused on the job at hand. For that, I want to thank each and every one of you, and I look forward to being able to deliver better news in the coming days and weeks.