Open Forums for Parents & Staff & Board Meeting Discussion via Zoom The School Board met with parents on Tuesday, September 22 at 6:30pm (Zoom link below) and with the staff on Wednesday, September 23 at 2:45pm. The waiver to return to school will be addressed at the September 29 Board meeting. If you missed the Parent Open Forum discussion, the recorded meeting can be found below:
New Statewide Tiered Program for Monitoring COVID-19 Spread by County The state of California recently changed its system for monitoring county spread throughout the state. Please visit California’s Blueprint for Reducing COVID for detailed information. The new color tier system uses two metrics to evaluate COVID-19 in a county:
New cases per 100k populations
Rate of positive cases per tests conducted
Counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks.
To move forward a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks.
Tracking of the new tier system began on 8/31/20.
Metrics are tracked based on a 7 day average, for the previous 7 days
Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays.
What does this mean to us? On Tuesday, September 22, it was announced that San Mateo County moved to the Red Tier (widespread COVID-19), which provides less restrictions on communities, as predicted due to our county's current positivity rate. Moving to a less restrictive tier requires four weeks of consistently improved daily case rates and two weeks staying within the red tier requirements to then allow schools to reopen according to our Returning to Learning Plans.
Where you can find San Mateo County COVID-19 Data:
County Positive Rate: Lab Testing Data Note: This will help you see the trends and may not exactly match the State data.
Elementary District Waiver to Return to School
Many local public elementary school districts are in the process of either exploring or requesting a waiver for various elementary grade levels to return to in-person instruction through the granting of the waiver process.
The Woodside School District is exploring the option for a waiver to return to school, and as part of that process, stakeholder feedback is very important. I will be outlining the waiver application process at the Tuesday, September 15 School Board meeting. In addition, I will report that the School Board and administration will engage stakeholders (e.g., parents, staff, labor groups, etc.) and seek their input through Board Forums.