• AMENDED RESOLUTION 2021-14

    RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE PETALUMA CITY (ELEMENTARY) AND PETALUMA JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICTS OF THE COUNTY OF SONOMA, STATE OF CALIFORNIA ON CONDITIONS REQUIRED FOR INSTRUCTIONAL PLATFORM SHIFT FROM DISTANCE LEARNING TO DISTANCE LEARNING/ON-CAMPUS LEARNING HYBRID FOR BOTH STUDENTS AND STAFF

    WHEREAS the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted student access to on-campus instruction; and

    WHEREAS the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted social and emotional development of students by limiting social interaction, including activities that are traditionally offered by schools; and

    WHEREAS the interaction between students and staff in an instructional learning environment is valued and necessary; and

    WHEREAS on-campus instruction, extra-curricular participation and co-curricular activities supports student social, emotional, and academic development; and

    WHEREAS parents, PCS staff, and community groups are all eager to support movement towards a safe return to school operations; and

    WHEREAS distance learning has disproportionately impacted the academic achievement of identifiable groups of students, including English-language learners and special education students; and

    WHEREAS, student achievement, as measured by academic grades, have been negatively impacted during each grading period; and

    WHEREAS any successful hybrid delivery of instruction during the pandemic is contingent upon physical and behavioral adjustments at schools, including maintaining spacing between all individuals, wearing masks, cohorting students, frequent cleaning of shared spaces and materials, and responsive virus testing and contact tracing; and

    WHEREAS the smooth implementation of a hybrid delivery of instruction is facilitated by a phased return of students to on-campus instruction; and

    WHEREAS even then, some families will opt to remain in distance learning during the pandemic;

    NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Petaluma City Schools will utilize the following conditions as the criteria used to determine when PCS schools will make the instructional platform shift from distance learning to distance learning/on-campus learning hybrid:

    1. For grades 7-12, Sonoma County is identified as a Red Tier county (COVID -19 case rate between 1 and 7 per 100,000 people) as established under the Reopening In-Person Instructional Framework & Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California (January 14, 2021);
    2. For grades TK-6, Sonoma County has an identified COVID - 19 case rate below 25 individuals per 100,000 people as established by the Reopening In-Person Instructional Framework & Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California (January 14, 2021);
    3. Petaluma City Schools staff have had access and opportunity to receive a Food and Drug Administration approved COVID-19 vaccination series

    AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Petaluma City Schools would strive to implement the following reopening sequence if condition #3 listed above has been met;

    1. Establishment of instructional cohorts (CDPH cohort guidance, Sept. 4, 2020) for identified students with moderate to severe disabilities in pre-identified special education classes (preschool, elementary, & secondary) and English Language Learners in identified ELD coursework (secondary) (reopening date of April 12, 2021);

    AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Petaluma City Schools would strive to implement the following reopening sequence if conditions #1, #2, & #3 listed above have been met:

    1. Transitional Kindergarten through Second Grade (grades TK, K, 1, & 2): Students would shift to the hybrid instructional model no more than four (4) weeks following Sonoma County achieving a COVID-19 case rate below 25 per 100,000 people; (reopening date of April 12, 2021);
    2. Third grade through Sixth grade (grades 3, 4, 5, & 6): Students would shift to the hybrid instructional model no more than four (4) weeks following Sonoma County achieving a COVID-19 case rate below 25 per 100,000 people; (reopening date of April 12, 2021);
    3. Seventh grade through Twelfth grade (grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, & 12): Students would shift to the hybrid instructional model no more than six (6) weeks following Sonoma County achieving a COVID-19 case rate between 1 and 7 per 100,000 people; (reopening date of April 19, 2021);

    AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that each sequence may involve a staggered start and is dependent on a number of operational circumstances.

    AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Petaluma City Schools will work with all critical stakeholders, including but not limited to, the Petaluma Federation of Teachers, California School Employees Association, Petaluma City Schools administrators and Petaluma City Schools families to plan and coordinate matters associated with an instructional platform shift.

    The foregoing resolution was introduced by Board Member Webster who moved its adoption, seconded by Member Cloud and adopted on roll call by the following vote:

    CLOUD: Aye   QUINN: Nay   WEBSTER: Aye   GEN: Aye   PAUN: Aye

    WHEREUPON, the President declared the above resolution adopted and

    SO ORDERED this 23rd day of February, 2021