Dear Benicia Families.
I hope this communication finds all of you safe and well. In my previous update, I discussed the work we would be undertaking to develop educational models for the fall. As you can imagine, this is no small task in light of the many uncertainties related to COVID-19. The Design Team, comprised of teachers, parents, administrators, and a board trustee, has done an outstanding job reflecting deeply on the needs of our students, staff, and parents while also responding to state and local guidance measures specific to COVID-19.
I have included a link to the presentation made at last night’s school board meeting regarding our latest, best thinking for what school could look like in the fall. The presentation goes into great detail and I sincerely hope you are able to take time to view it, knowing we are doing our level best within the various limitations and constraints all school districts are having to address. (https://youtu.be/GhVzduSHb0E)
We will continue to communicate details throughout the summer as elements of the plans get worked through further, including any parts that may need to be bargained with our employee unions, shifts in the COVID-19 guidance, or how the state budget, that is required to be passed by the end of this month, will affect our planning.
In addition, we will be sending out a survey in the near future that we will need all families to complete in order to gather information to help us solidify plans for the fall.
We deeply appreciate your partnership and patience as we continue to dedicate our efforts to serving our students in the best manner possible.
Charles F. Young, Ed.D.