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Full time, in-person classes planned for coming school year
Dear Parents, Guardians and Family Members,

As the public health situation continues to improve in the state and locally, the prospects for a 2021-2022 school year that is similar to our normal, traditional school experience appears more likely.

The recently approved state budget and corresponding TK-12 education trailer bill (SB130) calls for a return to Monday through Friday in-person instruction for students in the next school year.

Consequently, SMBSD is planning for full in-person learning in all our schools beginning on the first day of school on August 12.
On July 12, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released its guidance for the 2021-2022 school year.  Notably, all K-12 students are required to wear masks indoors, as are all adults.

While minimum physical distancing requirements (previously 6 feet) are no longer included in the guidelines, requirements for handwashing, ventilation and cleaning of sites are included in the CDPH school guidance.

We are in the process of updating the SMBSD COVID-19 Safety Plan to ensure adherence to the guidelines at all school sites in the new school year.

In addition to the call for a return to in-person instruction, SB130 allows for participation in independent study if a student’s health would be put at risk by a return to in-person instruction, as determined by the parent. This independent study requirement is in place for the 2021-2022 school year only, and must be initiated by a student/parent/educator conference prior to enrollment.

This week, through Parent Square, families were sent a link to a survey. The survey asks families if they intend to have their children attend full time, in-person instruction for the coming school year or if they intend to have their children participate in at-home independent study due to health concerns.

If you are the parent or a guardian of SMBSD students, please make sure you take the survey that was texted to you or that can be found on your Parent Square portal.
Published: Fri Jul 16 10:07:16 PDT 2021