Alameda County’s Return to the Purple Tier
Yesterday, Governor Newsom announced that Alameda County, along with 27 other counties, will move back into the Purple Tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy plan. This goes into effect on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at 12:01 AM. Shortly after the Governor’s announcement, the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) and Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) issued statements as well.
In its announcement, ACPHD stated, “Effective November 18, no additional schools may open for in-person instruction, and Alameda County is not offering a waiver process for elementary schools. Schools that are not open are encouraged to utilize the State’s school-based small cohort guidance (State’s FAQ). Alameda County Health Care Services Agency in partnership with the Alameda County Office of Education will continue to support local schools with guidance and technical expertise.”
Hearing this can be disheartening, however, this will not slow down our reopening planning process. As we’ve shared before, our optimistic goal is to move into a hybrid model in a staggered format in early 2021, and as early as January 19 for elementary schools. Although our timeline is now dependent on the county moving out of the purple tier, we are hopeful that if we continue to keep our preparation in high gear, we will be ready to move forward with our hybrid-learning plans once that is a possibility.
We’ve been living in a whirlwind and I understand how stressful it is to know that everything is subject to change. Uncertainty weighs heavily on all of us. I feel the anxiety from all of our staff, students, and families and want to let you know we will be ok. No matter how tough this has been, we are tougher. We will make it through this unpredictable time - together and as one community.
A gentle reminder to fill in this form by tomorrow to aid us in our planning process. We will be sure to email confirmations indicating what you have selected for your child/children. If you have changed your mind, you are welcome to re-fill out the form online.
We will continue to keep you informed.
Daniel R. Moirao, Ed.D.
Dublin Unified School District