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Principal's Message

John Baldwin Families,

The last two weeks of school are upon us. As we enter this home stretch, we wanted to bring back the Cougar Weekly to provide you with some important updates from our school, as well as our parent organizations, including our PTA, CEF, and SSC. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank our parent leadership groups for their unwavering commitment during these unprecedented times. They have been working hard behind the scenes to recruit new members, revise budgets, and carry on the typical duties of their positions/organizations. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read the important updates that they have provided below.

I have been fielding a lot of questions. In particular, what will next year look like? That is the big question. Things continue to evolve and change daily. The district is in the process of developing a vision for next year as we await guidelines from numerous government officials and agencies, including: Governor Newsom, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond, California Department of Education, Contra Costa County Office of Education, and the County Department of Health and Human Services. A number of items are being considered by our district as we begin the preliminary planning for the next year. Recently, our superintendent and ed services department shared some of these considerations with members of our PTA and Ed Fund leadership teams. Some of the considerations include:  Stepped up health & hygiene requirements,  Reduced staff to student ratio, Staggered bell schedules, flexible start and end times, Emphasis on more in-person instruction especially for primary grades, Flexible school calendars, Revised laws and flexibility around both attendance and instructional minutes, Improved and expanded remote learning, Increased social-emotional support for students, staff and parents, and Preparation of a formal report that will lay out multiple learning options for families during the 2020-21 year, and must also detail specific plans to respond to a rebound / spike in COVID cases including a potential response to more school closures.

Another popular question: When will families be able to pick up their belongings from school, or return items to school (such as classroom materials, classroom or school library books, etc.). I am pleased to share that we are in the process of finalizing this plan and you can anticipate the opportunity to participate in a contactless pick up/drop off next week. We will be communicating the specifics before the end of this week.

Take care,

Joe Romagna