Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Regarding the Reopening of School
Kerman Unified School District, with guidance from local, state and national government and health officials, has been monitoring the developments of COVID-19 and its impact on California and around the world. In these unprecedented times, we are coming together to implement practices that minimize the spread of COVID-19, while staying committed to providing limited essential services to children and families to the extent possible.
On Friday, July 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a new mandate that school districts in counties on California’s “COVID Watchlist” must remain online only until they meet a series of requirements related to testing and numbers of new cases. Because Fresno County is on the watchlist, we will need to meet this mandate before being allowed to offer on-site instruction as an option to families.
We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more about the most recent mandates for schools. Our original decision to provide families two choices: to bring their children back to campus or access online learning was made after weighing our ability to deliver all of the current health and safety practices, and the essential need of our students to receive the academic, emotional and physical benefits of being at school. Our employees also had an important role in guiding our decision-making as they are the key to serving our students; as did surveys of parents and staff showing support for a return to campus.
We continue to respond to changes from Sacramento while working to save our students from the intrinsic harm they have suffered as they have been kept from our school campuses. We will also regularly assess COVID conditions in the hopes that they have improved because our community is practicing the needed safety measures.