Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency, Woodside Elementary School District (“District”) has begun the 2020-2021 school year in a distance learning model, under which students are presently remotely participating in educational programming. However, as District leaders have communicated, once there is legal authority to do so and programmatic and logistical issues have been addressed, the District intends to provide in-person instruction and supervision, targeted support services and facilitation of distance learning on the Woodside Elementary School campus for certain students.
Specifically, the District intends to establish small learning cohorts on campus for certain students who have special needs, who have been identified as being at heightened risk of falling behind academically, or who otherwise require targeted specialized support services, as well as students who are the children of District employees, or whose parents are employed in certain critical areas involved in emergency response.
The District has been informed that guidance from State and local health authorities now allows for the targeted in-person programming that the District seeks to provide. Therefore, the District leadership team has begun work to develop small, in-person cohorts on campus and certain identified students will be offered the opportunity to join these cohorts in a phased manner, as resources become available and as a measure can be put in place to protect the health of students and staff. The District leadership team will coordinate with parents to identify students to participate in this in-person programming as cohort space becomes available.
The District will conduct the in-person programming in compliance with guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on August 25, 2020. Among other things, students will be grouped into stable cohorts that are as small as possible but, in no event will there be more than fourteen children and two adults assigned to each cohort. Further, the District will apply the safety measures described in the District’s School Reopening Task Force Guidelines for 2020-2021 School Year (which is available on the District’s website) to minimize COVID-19 transmission, including, for example, social distancing, use of face coverings, frequent hand washing, and use of outdoor space.
Participation in this in-person programming will be voluntary and will only be implemented upon the written consent of the parents of students who are identified to participate.
The school will communicate with specific families of select students over the next week as the final plans are made to safely bring back those students. If you have any questions, please reach out to an administrator — Lower School Principal Melissa Bowdoin, Upper School Principal Pedersen or Student Services Director Marta Batlle.