In a letter to families, the Greenfield Union School District announced they were planning on starting the school year with full distance learning.
"The decision to provide in-person instruction or distance learning is directly connected with the county’s health status. Since Kern County is included on the state monitoring list, Greenfield is mandated to provide distance learning instruction for all students," said the letter.
The Board of Trustees approved a 4-phase plan for reopening starting on August 12th.
Phase One involves full distance learning where "students will participate through Google Classroom five days a week following an instructional schedule with required attendance."
Once Kern County is off the state's monitoring list, the district will have the option to switch to Phase Two, a Hybrid Model. Students will attend school two days per week and participate in Distance Learning for the other three days of the week. Parents will have the option of keeping their children on Full Distance Learning.
The district will move into Phase Three if "conditions are appropriate." Students will report to school five days per week with "restrictions/protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of students, staff, and parents." Again, parents will have the option to keep their students in Full Distance Learning.
Phase Four will be a return to the traditional model with no restrictions.
The school district plans to provide Chromebooks to all students, as well as training for parents on the different technology applications such as Google Classroom and Aeries Communication.
The letter went on to read: "Our goal is to return to in-person instruction as soon as we can provide a safe and healthy learning environment for students, staff, and families. Greenfield will continue working with Kern County Health Department, Kern County Superintendent of Schools, and other agencies to provide for the safe operation of our schools. To ensure the safety of staff and students, we are following CDPH (California Department of Public Health) and CDC (Center for Disease Control) guidelines."
You can read the full letter from Superintendent Ramon Hendrix on the Greenfield Union School District website.