We wish you a safe, happy summer and we are grateful for all your support during this most challenging and unprecedented spring semester. Your partnership during the school closure and online learning was critical to your child’s success and we appreciate how hard you worked to support your children while managing your home during this pandemic. We also appreciate the CUSD staff and students who quickly and effectively transitioned classrooms and learning to online learning at home—no easy task!
The District Leadership Team is working with California Department of Education Guidelines and Santa Barbara County Public Health required checklists and attestation process to determine the school reopening process for Aug. 24, 2020.
Essentially, all facets of the school day will need to be altered for the reopening of school. Each principal is soliciting feedback from staff, students and parents on safety, school schedules, instructional spaces and transportation that meet the Santa Barbara County Public Health requirements.
Our goal is to present a draft reopening plan to the CUSD School Board at the July 28 meeting, and we will distribute copies for families to provide feedback. Meanwhile, we encourage all parents and staff to review the Santa Barbara County Public Health Order No. 20230-12, effective June 12, and guidance for schools, and submit ideas and suggestions to your school principal.
During the nine weeks of summer, we expect all children to read at least 30 minutes per day and practice math facts. Santa Barbara Public Library is offering a summer reading program online. Visit the library’s webpage to learn more and access the library’s YouTube channel.
Each CUSD student has been provided their own computer for the summer with access to a variety of district software programs to enhance their academic progress in reading and math. Please encourage your children to engage in daily academic activities to better prepare them for returning to school in late August. Please contact your principal or my office at (805) 684-4511, ext. 509, if you have any concerns or questions. Be safe and take care.
Diana Rigby is the current superintendent of Carpinteria Unified School District. She is focused on improving teaching and learning for all CUSD students and welcomes parent and community input and feedback. For more information about CUSD, log on to cusd.net, or contact Diana at email@example.com or (805) 684-4511x222.