The Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (GJUESD) continues its plans to reopen schools once Sacramento County COVID-19 numbers improve into the Red Tier. The latest numbers for the county averages just over 43 new COVID cases each day while the state requires below 25 new cases each day per 100,000 residents before schools will be allowed to open.

The Jan. 27 Zoom meeting of the trustees focused on providing students with a safe reentry onto campuses. Superintendent Karen Schauer said staff and trustees remain steadfast in a smooth and safe reopening while waiting on additional state funding for reopening proposed by the Governor.

“We have worked hard to prepare for reopening schools safely in the Red Tier on an a.m./p.m. blended learning schedule,” Schauer said. “Pending Red Tier status, GJUESD could be reopening on Feb. 22 or March 1. Our efforts include attention to safety and blended learning schedules. We also will provide distance learning for families who finalized requests in November for GLEE 2.0.”

Currently, 2,929 students plan to transition to the in-person blended a.m./p.m. model when pandemic conditions improve to the Red Tier, and 373 students will remain in distance learning.

Schauer said providing for the needs of students during the distance learning is also a priority.

“One of the biggest challenges the district faces is developing programs and additional support for students who are having challenges with distance learning,” Schauer said. “While we currently serve over 40 small cohorts to provide in person support beyond distance learning, more learning support is needed. The Governor’s proposal includes possible additional funding to support expanded learning and intervention resources.”

The district continues to work closely with both unions, classified and certificated staff, which the state requires for reopening. The state also mandates wearing a mask, social distancing and that staff are well trained for dealing with the needed safety measures. Testing must be provided for anyone who may have been exposed or has symptoms of the virus.