Weekly Reopening Update - March 19, 2021

Friday, March 19, 2021

This week, GGUSD reopened all remaining intermediate schools and Pacifica High School for in-person instruction and next week all remaining high schools will reopen. It’s clear that students are excited to be learning alongside their classmates and engaged in school activities. GGUSD schools are also welcoming back to campus any student who is currently on distance learning and decides to come back to school for the benefits of in-person instruction.

Across our communities, COVID-19 case rates continue to decline.  This week, Orange County case rates are 4 per 100,000 with positivity rates at 2.2%. Most likely, Orange County will transition from the red tier to the less restrictive orange tier within the next few weeks. 

On our campuses, positive cases of COVID-19 among staff and students remain extremely low and isolated. Health officials have affirmed that schools are effectively combatting COVID-19 due to our stringent health and safety protocols. 

We are grateful for the continued support and cooperation of our students, families and staff who are all working together to ensure that school is safe. Thousands of GGUSD staff members have already been vaccinated and we continue to provide resources to expedite the vaccination process for those who want it.  

 Important Health and Safety Resources and Reminders

  • All parents must complete the ParentSquare Daily Health Screening Form before sending their child to campus for in-person instruction. Schools are checking this data daily. We will follow up with those not completing the form.
  • In accordance with CDPH, GGUSD mask guidance prohibits masks with exhalation valves, gaiters or bandannas. 
  • Please follow the OCHCA Symptom Decision Tree and keep students home from school with COVID-19 related symptoms or exposure.
  • Currently, there is a state travel advisory in effect which recommends that Californians should avoid non-essential travel to more than 120 miles from one’s place of residence. Those who are returning to California from other states or countries should self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival. Please keep this advisory in mind as you make any plans around Spring Break March 29-April 2.

Summer Programs and Learning Loss
With schools reopened for in-person instruction, we are also planning for in-person summer school that includes targeted learning recovery across all grade levels as well as summer bridge programs at each school. We know that there is a want and need for students to continue their learning over the summer and we are pleased that our sites will be expanding opportunities for all students. More plans regarding summer school and summer bridge will be sent in the months to come.

As we plan for Fall of 2021, we are hopeful that state/county guidance will allow flexibility on physical distancing that makes possible 5 full days of in-person instruction for all students.

Curbside Meals
All Grab and Go meals are offered for free at the school site for students attending in-person instruction. Students on distance learning may take advantage of the Grab and Go curbside meal service offered at our seven comprehensive high schools. Beginning Monday, the new curbside hours are 10 to 11:30 a.m. 

Thank you for your continued patience and partnership as we work together to support our students.