April 1, 2020
Dear Sweetwater Union High School District Community,
As many of you saw last night and this morning, Governor Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond released information that stated, “Due to the current safety concerns and needs
for ongoing social distancing, it currently appears that our students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the school year. This is in no way to suggest that school is over for the year, but rather we should put all efforts into strengthening our delivery of education through distance learning.” Superintendent Thurmond urged all school districts in California to move towards and/or continue to strengthen distance learning programs and opportunities for students at this time.
With this new information and with an abundance of caution, the Sweetwater Union High School District, along with school district superintendents from across the State of California, are taking a
safety-first approach and immediate action to extend the school facility closures through the end of the school year. However, in the future, if the stay-at-home order is lifted and the COVID-19 situation improves, we will certainly do our best to reopen school facilities.
To be clear, the 2019-20 school year is not over, it has just transitioned from classroom instruction into distance learning. As we have been sharing, the specific details on distance learning will be coming in the next few days.
We want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we are all quickly transitioning into a new way of teaching and learning to meet the health and safety needs of our community due to the impacts of COVID19.
It’s challenging to many educators, our students and families to learn and communicate in a very new world; however, working together we can and will meet this challenge.
We are also committed to supporting the social and emotional well-being of all of our students and staff are working on ways to stay connected, even at a distance. We are aware that our seniors were looking forward
to graduation ceremonies and, along with families, are very concerned about missing out on these momentous celebrations. Please know that district leaders will be planning how we might offer these experiences in
different formats and/or at a later date. In the coming days and weeks, we will provide families with information regarding how grades, graduation, transcripts, scholarships, summer school, and continued distance learning instruction will be handled.
While we recognize this extension of school facility closures poses challenges and hardships to many families in our community, the most effective way to slow and disrupt the transmission of COVID-19 is by continuing to implement stay at home orders and social distancing practices. We are grateful to our students, staff and families throughout our community for your tremendous prevention efforts during this unique and difficult time.