On April 1, California Governor Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced that all public schools will remain closed to students through the end of the 2019-2020 school year due to the safety concerns surrounding COVID-19. Moreover, local, state and federal health agencies continue to advise everyone to maintain social distancing as the best preventative measure against COVID-19.
As such, the Broadoaks remote learning program will continue until the end of the 2019-2020 academic school year, which is June 9 for preschool and June 10 for K-8. We are exploring options for our 8th-grade graduation and will email parents once we have more information. As of right now, we hope to continue our Summer Program, but will inform you if this changes. Should recommendations change sooner and we are able to have our students back on campus safely, we will definitely reopen our doors earlier. There is nothing we want more than to see our classrooms filled with students again.
Broadoaks will incorporate real-time virtual instruction (via Zoom) into our day beginning Monday, April 13. We have tried to be thoughtful and systematic in the roll out of this emergency remote learning program and real-time virtual instruction. It took many years to develop the on-campus Broadoaks educational program, and with that learning format we continually refine our instruction, curriculum, communication skills, learning platforms, community-building efforts, staff training, etc. With remote learning it is no different.
Broadoaks teachers have been working tirelessly to develop an appropriate remote learning plan for our students. We find it appropriate to incorporate real-time instruction at this time due to the extension of remote learning. It is necessary not only to address academics, but also the social and emotional development of our students, which is just as important, if not more important, during this stressful time to keep the children socially connected to one another and their teachers.
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