Wiseburn Unified School District
Superintendent's Update | July 21, 2021
Planning for a full return to school
Wiseburn families and friends,
We hope you all have been happily and safely enjoying your summer. Here at Wiseburn, we’ve been planning for the upcoming school year, and as we reach the midpoint of our summer break, we wanted to briefly share updates on the upcoming year so our families can begin to plan for the year ahead.
Full return to school
Our priority for the coming year remains maintaining the safety of our students, staff, and community while fulfilling our educational mission. Following public health recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the state, Wiseburn intends to safely bring all students back on campus for full-time, in-person instruction.
All students will be opted into in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year. However, families who are unable to or do not wish to return to in-person learning in the fall will have an online option for the coming school year (see information below).
Masks required for K-12 schools
For our in-person return, our classroom environment will still maintain pandemic safety measures. As children under 12 are still unable to receive vaccinations and the spread of the Delta variant represents an evolving threat, the state of California has mandated that masks must be required inside K-12 schools.
At Wiseburn, we will require masks in our schools for both students and teachers and will adhere to other state and county directives as required. We will maintain some of our other health and safety protocols such as our enhanced cleaning, but as the state and county directives are likely to evolve, we will notify our families of the expectations and policies closer to the beginning of the school year.
Information forthcoming in August
Before the beginning of the school year, we will be sending out a back-to-school newsletter for families packed with information, including district safety policies and expectations, introductions to new faces in our district, our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, and more. If you have any particular requests of coverage or questions you’d like to see covered in the newsletter, you can submit them here.
We look forward to seeing all of our students again in the fall and to our community’s continued collaboration in the coming year.
Have a great rest of summer break,
Blake Silvers, Ed.D.
Wiseburn Online Independent Study Option
Wiseburn will be open to all students for full-time, in-person instruction during the 2021-22 school year. However, based on recent changes in California law, WUSD will also offer an independent study option available to students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian.
Under this model, students would receive their primary instruction via a digital curriculum monitored by a credentialed teacher. Students would remain enrolled in their home school; however, the teacher may not be a teacher from your student’s home school. Families enrolling in this program would be asked to commit for full semesters during the school year to allow for appropriate staffing by the school district. It is important to note that this option is self-paced and operated through a full service online curriculum.
The independent study program will offer students:
- Brief daily morning meeting online
- Assigned independent work in the Personalized Learning Program (PLP) platform
- Feedback and check in by a teacher or instructional aide to ensure progress
Additional information about this program will be provided later this summer, as the state is currently still finalizing guidelines and requirements.