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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! 

Aaron Asplund
Superintendent / Chief Business Officer


February 26, 2021

Eagle Families,

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.  

What’s Next

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.  

Get Involved

The following are ways our community can support and help bring our vision to fruition.

  • Workgroups: We are looking for solutions-oriented community members to participate in future workgroups.  If you are interested, please complete this form.
  • Wish List: As material needs arise throughout the process, we will create a Wish List to share with the community in hopes that together we can leverage relationships and connections.
  • Stay Informed: Please continue to visit Templeton’s Reopen Templeton Schools website.
  • Questions/Ideas?: Email us.
  • Advocate: Our state leaders have a major influence over what the guidelines and options for schools will be.  Please share your views with them.

o   Governor Gavin Newsom

o   Senator John Laird

o   Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham

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

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