Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (GJUESD) Superintendent Karen Schauer informed parents and teachers of the district’s plans to provide in-person instruction after Governor Gavin Newsom announced he wants to see schools re-open as soon as possible.

Currently, Sacramento County remains in the Purple Tier, which prohibits school re-opening with the exception of small cohort classes. The county must reach the Red Tier and remain in that tier for two weeks to open campuses.

“At this time, GJUESD reopening with a blended learning, in person instruction model could occur in February depending on pandemic conditions and other factors,” said Schauer in a letter to employees. “Last Friday, Governor Newsom announced a budget proposal with new information being released. We are examining this proposal along with additional guidance coming from state or county public health officials concerning COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.”

Once allowed to open campuses, the district plans on having a morning and afternoon schedule with the restricted maximum of half the students on campus at one time.

Plans for the morning schedule for elementary students in first through sixth grades and full-time kindergarteners has half the students arriving at 7:55 a.m. for in-person instruction with dismissal at 10:40 a.m. Morning students will be assigned work at home, virtual PE and music.

The afternoon session will begin at 12:10 p.m. with dismissal at 2:55 p.m. Afternoon students will be assigned work at home, virtual PE and music for their morning instructions.

Employees and parents of students will have to sign a commitment to a daily self-screening and that they will adhere to the social protocols.

“We are also working with various agencies to prepare for more efficient COVID-19 testing and support with local vaccination administration efforts,” Schauer said. “Also, we are preparing for daily student prescreening through parent use of phone applications. More information will be provided to families as this effort is finalized. Please continue to watch school or district websites, email and social media for additional updates.”

Schauer’s letter to parents included, “Families who confirmed their request to continue distance learning through the GLEE (Galt Learning Equity & Excellence) 2.0 program will be provided a home learning program.”

According to the GLEE program brochure, parents work with their students as a coach. The district provides direction, guidance, technology and materials with a credentialed teacher preparing the lesson plans and monitoring progress. Programs such as music, PE, library and other electives are made available to home learning students, as well as school assemblies, field trips and other special events.

More information may be found on the district’s website using the link “Reopening Schools.”