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Phase Two Reopening Update from Dr. Mucetti
Posted 9/11/20

As we near completion of almost four weeks of distance learning, I know many of our families have questions and concerns about what is ahead for student learning options. As you have likely seen in the news and social media, Napa County remains in the “red” category, meaning we are cleared to begin school reopening after September 14, however, this will take some time in order for us to ensure a safe, orderly return.  As was outlined in our last newsletter, we are currently in Phase One of our reopening plan, all distance learning. A move to Phase Two introduces the in-person hybrid model with in-person learning two days per week and the remaining days in distance learning.

Our entire district team is planning for reopening, requiring a massive lift for all our departments. A crucial element is knowing how many students will return for hybrid in-person learning and how many will remain in 100 percent distance learning. To capture this information, please look for a letter and learning option enrollment form arriving via Parent Square on Monday, September 14. If the county's health conditions remain consistent, we anticipate being ready to open for hybrid in-person learning in early October. 

I want to emphasize that distance learning is a core component of our plan during Phase Two, as all students will be learning virtually during some or all of the school week. We will also potentially rely on distance learning while in Phase Two and Three in case we are required to close a campus or the district again due to public health trends. As such, we want both parents, staff, and students to complete our distance learning survey below to learn, grow, and improve on this new approach to learning. Being a former teacher, I have been inspired and impressed by our teachers' dedication, creativity, and commitment to engaging students in a whole new way. I was lucky to observe virtual classes via Zoom at the elementary, middle and high school levels and in both general education and special education settings. I’ve been so impressed by both our teachers and students who continue to embrace the new approach. I observed relationship building, technology integration, implementation of our new digital tools, routines being established, and a laser like focus on new content as classes get launched for the semester/trimester.  

Many thanks to all our families, staff, and students as we continue to evolve and move forward. Your continued support is acknowledged and appreciated.