Dear Rialto Unified School District Colleagues & Parents/Guardians:
It is my hope that you find yourselves in good health and high spirits in the company of loved ones.
The District recently considered opening schools for the 2020-2021 school year using a Hybrid Model, where some students attend school in-person, combined with some learning online, and a Distance Learning Model, where other students receive all instruction online. However, the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in San Bernardino County, and specifically in the City of Rialto, the threat this poses to the health and wellbeing of the community, input from stakeholders, and support from local health officials, has made us reconsider a change of plans to open schools with all students participating in a Distance Learning Instructional Model. Also taken into consideration, in making this decision, were compliance with Senate Bill 98 and COVID-19 related guidelines/recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.
Below are some of the data that guided the proposed plan to open the upcoming school year with 100% Distance Learning.
COVID-19 Community Cases
June 23, 2020 = 514
July 16, 2020 = 1,582
Confirmed Cases in School-Aged Children (5-19)
June 23, 2020 = 44
July 16, 2020 = 119
School Site Staff Preferred Instructional Model to Open School Year
Hybrid and Distance Learning 17.3%
Distance Learning 54%
I am cognizant that Distant Learning may not be the best option for everyone. I also am empathetic to the challenges this instructional model may bring you. However, the plan is being proposed out of extreme care for everyone’s health and safety. Also, please know that Distance Learning is only to start the school year. Students will be phased into school when it becomes safe to do so, until all students are attending school in person.
The Rialto Unified School District Board of Education will hold a Special Board Meeting (tomorrow), Friday, July 17, 2020, at 3:00 p.m., to formally consider the proposed plan. This meeting will stream live. I appreciate your continued patience and support. Please be assured that our sense of the community will help get us through these very complex and difficult times.
Please stay safe, healthy, and strong.
Dr. Cuauhtémoc Avila, RUSD Superintendent