On January 14, 2021, Governor Newsom announced the most updated COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework & Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year, which schools must use as they decide when and how to implement in-person instruction for the 2020-21 school year. Within the new framework are additional guidance, key mitigation strategies, which greatly reduce the prevention of widespread transmission of COVID-19 and allow for safe in-person
    instruction based on the latest information and scientific data.

    Under the latest framework, schools serving grades K-6 not already open, may reopen for in-person instruction if the Local Educational Agency (LEA) completes and posts a Covid-19 Safe Schools Plan (CSP) to its website homepage and submits the CSP to their Local Health Department and the State Safe Schools for All Team and does not receive notification of a finding that the CSP is deficient within 7 business days of submission. Under these circumstances, schools serving grades K-6 may only reopen for their K-6 grade students, even if their school serves non-K-6 grade students (e.g., a 6-8 school). While developing and prior to submitting a CSP, the LEA must consult with labor, parent, and community organizations. Examples of community organizations include school-based non-profit organizations and local organizations that support student enrichment, recreation, after-school programs, health services, early childhood services or provide family support.

    Redlands Unified School District has made ongoing efforts to engage and consult with, and communicate our plans to Reopen for In-Person Instruction with our various stakeholder groups, which include our labor, parent and community organizations as evidenced below;

    • February 15, 2021  – Letter to Families and Staff
    • February 18, 2021 – Redlands Council of PTAs (parent organization)
    • February 19, 2021 – Teacher Survey
    • March 2, 2021 – Redlands Kiwanis (community organization), Letter to Families, Parent Survey 
    • March 4, 2021 – Local Control and Accountability Plan Advisory Committee (student, staff, parent and community member representatives), Redlands Rotary (community organization)
    • March 5, 2021 – Redlands Chamber of Commerce (community organization), District English Learner Advisory Committee (parent organization)
    • March 8, 2021 – Memorandum of Understanding: Redlands Unified School District Redlands Teachers Association
    • March 9, 2021 – Highland Chamber of Commerce (community organization), Board of Education Meeting
    • March 10, 2021 - Letter to Families

    Schools serving grades K-6 may not reopen for in-person instruction in jurisdictions with Case Rates above 25 cases per 100,000 population per day.

    As of February 12, 2021, the adjusted case rate for San Bernardino County is 16.05 cases per 100,000.

    All schools that have not yet reopened for in-person instruction are able to continue to serve small cohorts of students (e.g., students with disabilities) following CDPH Guidance. Through the CDPH Guidance for small cohorts, our middle schools are operating Learning Hubs to provide students on-campus support while they are accessing classes via Distance Learning.

    *NEW* Following the March 9th Meeting of the Board of Education, all required documents have been submitted to the State Safe Schools For All Team, San Bernardino County Department of Public Health and San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools on March 10, 2021.

    Should our request to reopen to In-Person Instruction for our elementary school sites be approved by these agencies, our first day of reopening will be on April 5, 2021.