The Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (GJUESD) trustees and administration met at Greer School following COVID-19 protocols and invited the public to join them via teleconference. Superintendent Karen Schauer said the district’s plan is to open schools to on campus learning on Nov. 30, “if systems are ready for safe and efficient learning services.”

The board tabled an action item on an agreement with the certificated union to reopen schools for on-campus instruction through a blended learning program. Schauer said they are making progress and hope to have an agreement by the next board meeting on Nov. 18.

Some of the public comments during the meeting included elementary school teachers asking to wait on the reopen until January when the pandemic may have improved. Middle school teachers also expressed concerns on safety and rigor with the blended middle school schedule.

The superintendent reported to the board next steps on reopening with a potential timeline:

• Transition Week of Nov. 16: All teachers and support staff work on the school campus throughout the transition week that includes employee training for safety procedures and classroom preparation needs. Distance learning continues for students.

• Small cohorts through Nov. 20: Small cohorts of high needs learners will continue instructional support on campus. Distance learning continues for all other students.

• Reopen Launch Week of Nov. 30: All TK-8 schools launch in-person learning with a.m./p.m. schedule. Preschool will reopen following state guidelines for five-day instruction for the full day program and a two-day program for part-time students.

Principals Jennifer Porter and Ron Rammer gave examples of the blended learning schedules.

According to Porter and Rammer’s example, the elementary blended schedule begins on Monday with students working from home. The teacher begins the morning by preparing them for the learning week. The remainder of the day, students work independently on assignments. Tuesday through Friday, elementary students participate at school for in-person instruction in the morning or the afternoon.

The middle school blended schedule includes: Student groups attending in-person instruction on campus four days of the week, either morning or afternoon schedules. Students also work independently at home one day on assignments provided by teachers. Classroom cleaning and sanitization will be done between morning and afternoon sessions. The day includes grab-n-go lunch and breakfast.

Small cohorts with high needs learners will continue instructional support on campus through Nov. 16, which begins the transition week with teachers and support staff working on campuses for training on safety protocols and preparing classrooms. Distance learning will continue during this week.

Lois Yount, Director of Business Services, reported a middle school scholarship award by Derivi Castellanos Architects (DCA) to a McCaffrey Middle School student. Joanna Nelson, McCaffrey Middle School teacher, nominated seventh grade student Kassidy Harmon, based on her teacher’s recommendation to receive an annual student scholarship in the form of a technology device.

“Kassidy is a hard-working and dedicated seventh grader in my AVID college readiness class,” Nelson’s recommendation read. “Kassidy is an active participant in the YES 2020 Census Club and is working on a public speaking Census promotion project to present at the April GJUESD board meeting. She has future aspirations to become a special education teacher; therefore, she helps and assists the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) special needs class on Fridays during her lunchtime. Kassidy is an extraordinarily driven young lady with a bright future ahead.”