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 (now expired). 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 (now expired).
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!
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!