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TUSD Families,

At the school board meeting on Thursday, November 19th, Trustees voted to use recently-approved county waivers to allow the hybrid learning option to begin on November 30 for Templeton Elementary and Vineyard Elementary schools.

PLEASE NOTE:  For any TES and VES families who recently chose hybrid learning for their child on the Declaration of Education Model form but now wish to opt out of this choice because the county changed to the purple tier, you may do so via the Hybrid Opt Out form.  This form only needs to be filled out if you want to opt out of hybrid learning at TES or VES.  If you are not seeking a change to your recent choice for your TES or VES child, you do not need to complete this form.  The deadline for TES and VES families to fill this out is midnight on Monday, November 23.    The form can be found here: OPT OUT FORM

For Templeton Middle School and Templeton High School, the start of hybrid learning remains January 5.  However, please note that because middle and high schools cannot operate in-person while their county is in the purple tier of the state's COVID monitoring system, if SLO County remains in the purple tier on January 5th, TMS and THS will have to stay in distance learning until the county returns to the red tier.  Unlike elementary schools, California does not have a waiver option for middle and high schools.

Additional details will be sent to you by your school principals.  For TES and VES families, final details will be communicated very soon via email from your principal- please watch for these.  For TMS and THS families, further specific details can be expected shortly after the end of the Thanksgiving break.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times.  We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Regards,

Aaron Asplund, TUSD Superintendent

Frequently Asked Questions for Reopening Schools | October 28, 2020

October 30, 2020

Wonderful TUSD Community,

Preparations for adding the hybrid school option are advancing steadily.  We recognize that the decisions we make have big ramifications for all involved, and that you all are impacted in one way or another.  We value your input – even when this input occasionally includes criticism.  The conversations about Templeton schools out in community circles and on social media are also an important part of how we all collectively process and work through the challenges that we face as a result of the disruption to our way of life over the last several months.  Throughout these various community conversations, we are reminded of the diversity of opinion and perspective that exists in our community.  We all enjoy the cherished right to freely express our views, including disagreeing – even passionately – on the issues affecting our lives.  As we pass through these trying times, and interact one with another, let us not forget that at the end of the day, we are a community.  For better or for worse, we're all in this together, and will be for years to come.  Therefore, how we engage, how we treat one another, and how we conduct ourselves matters, and will largely dictate how we come out on the back end of this season.  Someday our current struggles will be behind us, and we hope that these difficulties don't unduly divide us.  Might we therefore consider the value of respect, civility, restraint, and decency toward one another?

In working through these challenging times, a goal of ours as a school district is to model these attributes in our interactions. I feel satisfied that throughout our recent planning for hybrid learning, there has been a tremendous amount of collaboration and a united effort from our dedicated staff, administration, and school board.  These partnerships between all groups within our organization reflect that TUSD is indeed unified in the pursuit of a common goal: providing the best possible opportunities that current circumstances will allow for our students.

It is my hope that our district and community, after navigating these turbulent waters, will come out better than before, stronger than before, and not having lost the connections that make Templeton the special place we all love so much.

Aaron Asplund, Superintendent

Templeton Unified School District



TUSD Update - July 30, 2020

Letter from Aaron Asplund, TUSD Superintendent

Hello TUSD Community,

On the evening of Wednesday, July 22, our Board of Trustees made an official decision regarding how we will begin the 2020-21 school year, which begins on August 25.  After extensive consideration of public and staff input, mandates from the state of California, and public health conditions, the Board unanimously approved the reopening of our schools in Distance Learning format for all grade levels.  They specified that Distance Learning will be in place through at least the first trimester for our elementary schools and through at least the first semester at our middle and high schools.  They also expressed their intent that we eventually transition to the hybrid model (part-time in-person school combined with distance learning) when safe and when possible (as defined by California's mandate for SLO County to be off the state's COVID-19 monitoring list for at least 14 days).  This will be reviewed as the trimester and/or semester milestones approach.

During the upcoming month, we will pour our collective energy into preparing a robust, improved, and enhanced version of Distance Learning.

We recognize that our new, enhanced version of Distance Learning may not be the best option for every family.  As such, Templeton's Alternative Education schools, including Templeton Home School (grades TK-8) and Templeton Independent Study High School (grades 9-12), may be requested for TUSD students (subject to availability) seeking an alternative to Distance Learning.  This matrix, Distance Learning/Alternative Ed, offers parents a side-by-side overview of the upcoming, enhanced Distance Learning program and Home School/TISHS options.  We hope it helps in considering which program best matches your student's and family's needs and interests.  If you decide to request that your student change from their current school within TUSD, you must complete the Request for Home School or Independent Study High School by the end of the day on Monday, August 3 (revised date).  If you have already made an inquiry recently about moving to Alternative Education, we ask that you still complete this form.  

While we all sincerely desire to be back together in-person experiencing all the wonderful aspects of our schools, our challenge now is to embrace the circumstances and opportunities ahead of us.  The District and our school principals will continue to communicate updates as we approach the start of the school year.  May we do so as a united TUSD family!

Sincerely,
Aaron Asplund
TUSD Superintendent 

Athletic Return to Practice Plan

The TUSD Board of Trustees approved the THS Return to Practice Athletics Plan on June 25.
When authorization is given by the SLO County Department of Public Health to begin, we will implement this Athletics Plan.

View TUSD COVID-19 Return to Activities Plan

Re-Opening Committee Information

Process Committee Members Re-Opening Decisions Timeline

 

Re-Opening Planning Built on Guidance From:

Federal: CDC

State: Governor Public Health CDE

Local: SLO County Reopening Roadmap