May 26, 2021: 2021/22 School Year Updates
Those families interested in Alternative Education programs are encouraged to review the Virtual Academy & Homeschool/TISHS Matrix and complete the Learning Model Choices Form by clicking on the links below.
Update for March 26, 2021
At the March 25, 2021 school board meeting, a discussion was held regarding the recent CDC and CDPH update of the recommended physical distancing standards between students from 6 feet to 3 feet under certain conditions. See here.
This is a significant and positive development, and strengthens our confidence in achieving our plan of daily in-person school for next year. Further, Trustees directed that we look for any innovative ways that we might incrementally add opportunities for more in-person learning time at our schools this spring.
Planning is under way for a dynamic summer school program to support and benefit many of our students. More information to come shortly following Spring Break.
FYI, for those that volunteered to help as needed for 2021-22 planning, we'll be reaching out mid-April.
As we enter the home stretch of 2020-21, teachers are focused on finishing this year strong and administration is focused on starting next year even stronger!
Superintendent / Chief Business Officer
February 26, 2021
We are excited to be moving forward with a vision for fall 2021.
Last night the School Board committed to open all schools to the fullest extent possible in the fall, while following the guidelines of County and State regulatory agencies. Our vision and goal, to be specific, is to offer daily, in-person school opportunities for our students, with the full complement of activities that students typically enjoy. We also discussed a multi-dimensional view of safety and wellness for our students, with equal consideration of how to strengthen and protect physical health, social/emotional wellness and mental health.
In addition, we recognize the diverse needs and perspectives of families, and plan to provide daily in-person learning, distance learning, and homeschool/independent study options for K-12 in the fall.
As the district conducts its planning through the spring months, we will distribute surveys to garner additional insight from parents and staff. We will likely also host one or more informational community forums that will focus on ideas, workarounds and creative solutions.
The following are ways our community can support and help bring our vision to fruition.
Realistic, But Ambitious
There will doubtlessly be challenges throughout the planning process, and some elements of regulatory guidance outside of our control. Regardless, we will do everything within the bounds of these regulations to get students back to school and maximize their opportunities. Our commitment is to pursue our goals with optimism and determination.
Thank you for your love of community.
Aaron Asplund, Superintendent / Chief Business Officer
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!