COVID-19 Communication - April 3, 2020
Home Learning Extended Through School Year
Dear BHUSD Students, Staff and Parents,
Earlier this week Governor Newsom announced that families and educators should operate “with the expectation now that schools will not reopen, but classes are in” for the rest of the school year. In addition, the 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 information BHUSD is taking a safety first approach and action to extend the District physical shutdown and Home Learning through the end of the school year. To be clear, the 2019-20 school year is not over, it has just transitioned from classroom instruction into Home Learning. Home Learning is taking place in different ways throughout our District and we are so grateful to our teachers for their innovative approach in this time. We ask for patience and understanding as we are all quickly transitioning into a new way of teaching and learning to meet the health and safety impacts of COVID-19.
We are also extremely concerned about the social and emotional well-being of all of our students and are working on ways to stay connected even at a distance. We know that many students, especially our seniors, are looking forward to celebrating promotion and graduation ceremonies and are very concerned about missing out on these momentous celebrations. Please know that district and school 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 you with information regarding how grades, graduation, transcripts, summer school, and continued Home Learning instruction will be handled.
While we recognize this extension of physical shutdown creates hardships for many families and staff in BHUSD, the most effective way to slow and disrupt the transmission of this pandemic is by continuing to implement social distancing practices. We are grateful to community members throughout Beverly Hills for their tremendous prevention efforts during this uncertain time.