RUSD Continues on Bridge Academy (as of 4/19/21)
At the Board of Education meeting on January 27, 2021, the decision was made to continue with Bridge Academy for the remainder of the current school year. The Board of Education and Rialto Unified School District staff continue to monitor COVID-19 data in our community as we make decisions in regards to reopening. Please continue reading for more information on our reopening plans.
Reopening: Instructional & Operational Plan
While the Rialto Unified School District currently remains in Bridge Academy, we have been working diligently to prepare schools for reopening.
In November 2020, the Rialto Unified School District developed a plan for reopening schools. You can view that document here.
The plan covers:
• Information on instructional models (Bridge Academy & Hybrid Model)
• Elementary and Secondary School Schedules
• Precautionary measures for schools
• Safety guidelines for students and staff
District Measures for COVID-19
The Rialto Unified School District has been working to be prepared for when schools reopen. Safety measures for school reopening include:
- All employees and students must wear a mask or face coverings.
- All employees and students practice social distancing of 6 feet or more
- We will implement reduced class sizes to no more than 12-16 students per class
- Shortened day in-person instruction
- Increased quality of filters in HVAC system (from MERV 8 to MERV 13 — hospital grade)
- Air purifiers for all classrooms
- Visitors are restricted to administrative buildings
- Frequent disinfecting of workstations and high traffic areas
- Temperature checks for all staff and students prior to entry through the use of handheld thermometers and scanners.
- Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) available for students and staff: masks, face shields, hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, and gloves.
- Portable hand washing stations available to promote frequent hand washing
Upon Reopening of Schools
- Maintenance & Operations would need all classified staff back to regular working schedules 10 working days prior to reopening.
- Transportation would need 10 working days prior to reopening to route and group students.
- Facilities Management would need 5 working days to update school site maps and capture isolation rooms.
- Nutrition Services would need 10 working days to order inventory, re-route partial staffing to service students in-person, while still serving students in Bridge Academy.
California Tier System
As of Wednesday, April 7, 2021, San Bernardino County is classified in Tier 3 (Moderate).
Blueprint for a Safer Economy
California has a blueprint known as the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, designed to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases in the State. Every county in California is assigned to a tier-based on the county’s test positivity rate. Tier assignment determines restrictions on activities.
The Blueprint for a Safer Economy is based on the tier system defined using the Case Rate (CR) which is the 7-day average of daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population, the test positivity in a county.
The Tiers are as follows:
Yellow (Tier 4/Minimal) less than 1 new case per 100,000 and less than 2% positivity rate
Orange (Tier 3/Moderate) 1 to 3.9 new cases per 100,000 and 2-4.9% testing positivity rate
Red (Tier 2/Substantial) 4 to 10 new cases per 100,000 and 5-8% testing positivity rate
Purple (Tier 1/Widespread) More than 10 new cases per 100,000 and more than 8% testing positivity rate
California Department of Public Health — School Framework
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) developed a framework to support schools and communities as they decide when and how to implement in-person instruction based on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
The Schools Framework uses an adjusted case rate for school districts that have not had the opportunity to reopen because they operate in a county that is in and remains in Tier 1 (Purple Tier). The adjusted case rate is: 25 cases per 100,000 population per day.
Updated March 20, 2021: School Districts within the Purple, Red, Orange, and Yellow Tiers, consistent with the July 17, 2020 Framework, may reopen for in-person instruction for all grades if they are located within a county with an adjusted case rate of less than 25 cases per 100,000 population per day.
To move to a less restrictive tier, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks.