Carpinteria High School and Carpinteria Middle School are preparing for the return of their students for the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year, according to Carpinteria Unified School District Superintendent Diana Rigby.
According to Rigby, who spoke at the district’s board meeting on Nov. 10, the schools’ in-person model will split students into three cohorts; two cohorts, Cohorts A and B, will switch off days for in-person instruction, while Cohort C will remain entirely remote. Cohort A will have in-person classes on Monday and Tuesday, while Cohort B will learn in-person on Thursday and Friday. On Wednesdays, all students will learn remotely between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Rigby said.
On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, all students will have classes between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., with a 35-minute break for lunch. On Wednesday afternoons, when students are not in class, teachers will “participate in professional learning communities, department collaboration, and professional development,” Rigby said.
“CMS and CHS Principals and staff are planning the site safety measures, protocols, and instructional models based on the Board Adopted District Reopening Plan and current
SB County Public Health Guidance,” said Rigby.
The district also approved the $7,000 purchase of iPads and iPad cases for CHS and CMS, for simulcasting instruction when the schools resume the hybrid-learning model in January.
Canalino portables to be removed
The district will remove three portable classrooms and restrooms at Canalino Elementary School over the district’s winter break, according to Rigby.
After the three portable classrooms are removed, the only portable classrooms that will remain on campus will be the computer lab and the library.
CHS Student Success Center near completion
Construction on the previous CHS administration building—which will be used as the new CHS Student Success Center—is done. Upgrades for the gym are also now 50% complete, according to Rigby. The project will be completed in February 2021.
Elementary school teachers reach out to parents
According to Rigby, last week the districts’ elementary school teachers met with elementary school parents over Zoom to discuss students’ progress, and how “parents can specifically support remote learning to ensure that their parents make progress toward mastery of grade level students.”
The elementary schools currently follow a hybrid-learning based program, unlike the middle and high schools, which will remain on a remote learning schedule until January.
“We all know the success of the hybrid schedule is dependent upon parent support and guidance and we appreciate their increased involvement,” said Rigby.
She added that all students should be reading a “minimum of 30 minutes per night and practicing their math facts to increase automaticity and fluency.”
Remarks on recent School Board elections
Craig Cook, who ran for a seat in the recent school board election and lost, spoke during public comment of the board’s Nov. 10 meeting. He expressed his gratitude to those who supported him and congratulated the winners of the election.
“A self-funded campaign, from someone who has lived in this community for just a little over eight years, to lose by 102 votes out of 1,200 cast, is something I’m very proud of,” Cook said.
He added that he wanted to thank board member Rogelio Delgado, who lost his seat in the November election, for his “representation of our community, especially our 72% Latinx majority community, with great pride and grace for the past four years.”
“We appreciate your time and your commitment. I hope the board keeps our diverse non-white population communities’ interests and needs in mind at all future decisions as well.”
He also asked the board to consider opening up the CMS basketball courts to the community during the pandemic, as there aren’t any other available community basketball courts for children to practice.
The board’s next meeting will take place on Nov. 24 at 5:30 p.m. over Zoom. Newly elected board members Jaime Diamond and Aaron Smith will join at the board’s next meeting.