October 24, 2020
Welcome to the first edition of the Wiseburn COVID-19 Dashboard!
Twice a month, you'll receive these Dashboards packed with information on the state's most recent COVID-19 data, context about what that means for schools, and resources relevant to our Wiseburn community.
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7.0 New COVID-19 positive cases per day per 100K
3.3% Positivity rate
Los Angeles County metrics
10.1 New COVID-19 cases per day per 100K
7.6 Adjusted case rate for tier assignment
3.4% Positivity rate
Los Angeles County Tier:
What this tier means for schools:
Schools may not reopen fully for in-person instruction until the county has been in the Substantial (red) tier for two weeks. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier's criteria for two consecutive weeks.
Tiers are assigned on Tuesdays and take effect the next day. For example, if — after two consecutive weeks meeting the criteria to advance — Los Angeles County moves to the Substantial (red) tier on a Tuesday, and stays there for two weeks, schools may open on the Wednesday two weeks later, pending a decision by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
All told, this means it would take at least one month from the beginning of the county meeting the criteria for the Substantial (red) tier to the point where we could potentially reopen for in-person instruction.
(Source for all the above data and information)
What this all means for Wiseburn
Our goal remains to bring students back to campuses as soon as it is safe to do so. We have a framework with a flexible, five-stage reopening plan that we will invoke as the COVID-19 outlook improves.
However, we must follow all directives from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the state of California as explained above. Because of this, we are unable to fully reopen for in-person learning for general education (meaning, a fully in-person instruction plan for all students) since we are in the Widespread (purple) tier and have been since the beginning of the year.
However, as we announced yesterday, beginning on November 2, we will launch the first phase of our plan to bring in some students with specialized learning needs for in-person assessments. Pending approval of the proposed timeline, affected families and caregivers can expect more information in the weeks to come.
If you missed the virtual board meeting on October 15, you can catch an explanation of this news from Superintendent Blake Silvers here. (You're also welcome to tune into our upcoming board meeting on October 29! Learn more via BoardDocs.)
What we're reading
Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools
In this frequently updated document, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health continues to develop guidelines for school reopenings.
California Dept. of Education Weekly COVID-19 Update
In these weekly updates, the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction shares updates from State Superintendent Tony Thurmond.
LA County Schools: Rising to the COVID-19 Challenge
This planning framework was developed by the Los Angeles County Office of Education with input from Wiseburn Superintendent Blake Silvers. This framework informed the development of the Wiseburn reopening plan.
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