Visalia Unified delays reopening elementary schools

Visalia Unified School District will delay reopening its elementary school sites by one week.

VUSD will reopen elementary sites one week later than the November 30, 2020, planned date. Students in preschool -Grade 2 will return on December 7, 2020, and students in Grades 3-6 will return on December 14, 2020. Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency and the California Department of Public Health approved the elementary school waiver for in-person instruction. However, due to teacher and parent concerns about the increased rates of COVID-19 cases in Tulare County and potential increased exposure over the Thanksgiving holiday, VUSD believes the safest option is to delay the reopening by one week.

Middle and high school schedules will remain the same. VUSD is not able to return to in-person learning for Grades 7-12 until Tulare County moves to and remains in the red tier for 14 days.

VUSD has extensive safety and sanitation procedures in place to protect the health of students and staff. Information on those procedures can be found under the Health and Wellness section of the homepage of the VUSD website at Information regarding return to school plans is located in the 2020-2021 Return to School Planning Guide, which is also available on the homepage of the Visalia Unified School District website.

The health and well-being of students, teachers, support staff, and the community is the District’s top priority. Visalia Unified is committed to returning to in-person instruction in a safe and responsible manner.

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