The Galt Joint Union High School District (GJUHSD) Board approved the staff recommendation to acquire 1,050 Chromebooks for student use at the May 14 teleconference meeting. Staff recommended the measure to gain “flexibility to support traditional instruction, hybrid transitional instruction, hybrid and remote learning,” according to the agenda.

Superintendent William Spalding said board and staff are preparing for the coming year during the COVID-19 pandemic so every student would have access to a Chromebook.

“Chromebooks were approved for a not-to-exceed figure of just over $400,000 to either lease or buy depending on which was more advantageous,” Spalding said. “(There’s the) possibility of a federal reimbursement if purchased.”

Spalding said the board also had a lengthy discussion on what school may look like come August. Options discussed included a “normal opening” compared to distance learning or a hybrid model of both onsite part time and at home part time.

“Internally, we are looking at five possible scenarios and preparing for each,” Spalding said. “Nothing is definitive yet, and a lot could change over the summer. Our calendar has us starting school for the new year on Aug. 10.”

Spalding has been keeping in touch with students through social media and on the district’s website. His last video message encouraged students through the crisis.

“I wanted to tell you how proud I am of all your efforts during this difficult time,” said Spalding in the video. “My message to seniors is to keep checking Facebook for updates … Finish strong. Get all your items in to get the credits you need.”

During the past months of the crisis, the district has gone to a “credit/no credit” grading policy. Grades for the current term will not be included in students’ overall grade point average (GPA). All work must be turned in by the last day of school on May 29.

According to the policy document, the decision to move to a Credit/No Credit system was chosen carefully by school and district administration. They consulted with teachers, counselors and staff. They also followed guidance provided by the California Department of Education and our college and university systems.

Spalding said a tentative date for graduation is scheduled for Aug. 22 and a reverse parade to homes on June 2.