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Dry Creek Transitioning to Full-Day Schedule April 12, 2021
Posted 3/11/21

Dear Dry Creek Families, 

It's hard to believe almost one year ago to the day, schools closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, and all Dry Creek students immediately transitioned to distance learning. What was thought to only be a 14-day school closure rapidly evolved and continued through the start of the 2020-21 school year via State Executive Orders and ever-changing health guidelines. Since March, Dry Creek immediately began developing a comprehensive plan to reopen schools safely. We methodically moved through Distance Learning, Hybrid, and Modified Day schedules. We opened Connections Academy, allowing families who wished to remain learning in a virtual environment the ability to do so. Dry Creek firmly believes it is in students' best interest socially, emotionally, and academically to be in school. This belief has been a guiding principle in our focus to reopen schools. At this time, I am pleased to announce that all Dry Creek schools will be transitioning to a full-day, five-day-a-week schedule on Monday, April 12, 2021.

Dry Creek was one of the first districts to reopen to in-person instruction in Placer County in early September and the only district open to in-person instruction in Sacramento County until recently. In February, we successfully transitioned from a 5-day a week AM/PM Hybrid schedule to a Modified Day schedule with all students attending school simultaneously, significantly increasing instructional time. 

Our comprehensive reopening guidelines and health mitigation measures have proven to be effective. Since safely reopening, we have maintained extremely low case rates in schools, as detailed in the Dry Creek COVID-19 Dashboard, with the vast majority of cases traced directly back to family and/or gatherings outside of school. We have prioritized staff safety through health protocols and practices, surveillance testing, and a concerted effort to advocate for and make vaccines available to all staff. In the last six weeks, there have been no positive COVID-19 staff cases at any of our schools, and there has been no evidence of student to staff transmission since reopening. Additionally, approximately 60% of Dry Creek staff have been vaccinated, and 100% of staff who have wanted to receive the vaccine have had the opportunity to do so. 

As we transition to a full-day schedule, it is imperative that students, staff, and families continue to be diligent about following all health guidelines and measures. It has truly taken all of us working in concert to have kept our schools safe and open. Please continue to facilitate daily health screenings and keep students home when ill, exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or while awaiting test results to ensure the continuity of successful in-person learning and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Additional information regarding bell schedules will be provided directly from schools soon. If anything unforeseeable should impact the ability to transition to a full-day schedule, we will notify families during the week of April 5th.

In closing, I want to again thank and acknowledge the Dry Creek staff for continuing to step forward and provide a world-class education to our students. Having recently visited numerous classrooms and programs at all of our schools, I have yet again witnessed the amazing job they do to meet our students' social, emotional, and academic needs.



Brad Tooker, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District