On July 12, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released an updated COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 Schools for the 2021-22 School Year which modifies previous guidance to create only one requirement for all schools for the 2021-2022 school year.
Beaumont USD is and has been following the health and safety protocols implemented by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, also known as Cal/OSHA, and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for K-12 schools.
These include the following:
- K-12 students masking indoors.
- Adults in K-12 settings masking when sharing indoor spaces with students. Regardless of vaccination status.
- Masks are optional outdoors for all in K-12 settings.
- Masks are optional for fully vaccinated employees when students are not present, and employees work in isolation.
The District’s goal is to make sure that our schools stay safe and open by mitigating the potential for transmission of the COVID-19 virus in our schools and workspaces. However, this requires personal and professional responsibility and cooperation from the entire school community, and it’s only through a cooperative effort that we can make sure our students' education is not interrupted.
The Beaumont Unified School District is committed to providing accurate and transparent information regarding COVID-19 cases at school sites. View the Dashboard.
We ask that all parents please self-screen their child at home for COVID-19 Symptoms every day prior to coming into our school campuses. It is important that you do not send your child to school sick. If your child is experiencing symptoms, get tested and/or consult a healthcare provider. View COVID-19 Symptoms Checklist.
The District has developed a face-covering document with four tiers of interventions. The interventions help educate, encourage, and support our students in understanding why CDPH requires face coverings indoors, why it’s important to their safety and the safety of others while at school, and how to access a face covering if they forget or lose their own. More Information on Interventions.
There are no physical distancing requirements for classrooms or schools, but staff will do so to the greatest extent possible if physical distancing is feasible. Barriers and desk shields are not required but are available upon request.
Quarantine and Close Contacts
When it comes to the length of necessary quarantines for people who test positive for COVID-19, we will follow the latest guidance. You can find more information regarding quarantine in our Safe Return to In-Person Instruction Plan.
Inform your site administrator if your student is demonstrating symptoms. If your student is specifically identified as close contact to an individual that tested positive for COVID-19, you will be notified by the District COVID Liaison.
Report any exposures to positive COVID-19 cases for your child or if your child has received a positive COVID-19 test to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once notified, school and district staff will walk you through any isolation or quarantine requirements
The District is offering COVID-19 testing kits for students exhibiting COVID-19 like symptoms and/or who are notified by the District COVID-19 Liaison that they were a close contact. Please find more information regarding the tests kits in our COVID-19 TEST KIT FAQ on our website.
Other Safety Strategies
- We will continue to replace and maintain our HVAC and ventilation systems.
- We will continue to teach and emphasize frequent and proper handwashing as well as provide hand sanitizer.
- We will continue to regularly clean frequently touched surfaces.
There are currently no guidelines issued for youth sports by the CDPH.
VIDEOS: ELEMENTARY IN-PERSON HYBRID INSTRUCTION
PARENT COMMUNICATION UPDATE: FEBRUARY 26, 2021
The District submitted its COVID-19 Safety Plan to the Riverside University Health System and the California Department of Public Health and received approval from both agencies to start in-person hybrid instruction.
PARENT COMMUNICATION UPDATE FEBRUARY 20, 2021
Beaumont USD will be holding a parent informational zoom meeting on our COVID-19 Safety Plan on Wednesday, February 24 at 6 p.m. and Thursday, February, 25 at 10 a.m. The information to join the zoom meeting was sent to parents directly through the ParentSquare communication platform. Please submit your questions prior to the meetings to ParentCovidInfo@beaumontusd.k12.ca.us
As promised in our February 12the parent video communication, we would like to provide the following update. As you may be aware, the rate of new coronavirus cases in Riverside County continues to show a steady downward trend.
Governor Newsom’s Safe Schools for All plan (in collaboration with the California Department of Public Health) allows stable groups of transitional kindergarten through fifth-grade (TK-5) students to return for in-person hybrid instruction as soon as the adjusted case rates -- the number of new cases per 100,000 people, with an adjustment for how many coronavirus tests people are taking -- has been below 25 cases for FIVE (5) DAYS in a row.
Middle school and high school students can return when the number of new coronavirus cases drops to 7 adjusted cases per 100,000 people for FIVE (5) DAYS in a row. Parents will still have the option to keep their children in virtual learning if they choose to.
In addition to Riverside County meeting the metrics to return to in-person hybrid instruction, districts, including Beaumont USD must follow local, state, and federal COVID-19 safety requirements. Those requirements include face coverings for ALL students and staff, physical distancing, hand hygiene, and cleaning and disinfecting procedures. School districts are also required to submit a COVID-19 Safety Plan that includes establishing the CAL/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Program; consultation with labor, parent, and community organizations regarding the reopening for in-person hybrid instruction; proper ventilation and a testing plan that includes symptomatic and surveillance testing for ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF. This testing is required. The plan must be submitted and approved by Riverside County health officials and the California Department of Public Health before school districts are allowed to reopen. Beaumont USD will be submitting its COVID-19 Safety Plan to Riverside County Health on February 26, 2021. The county has seven (7) business days to approve the plan. From there the plan is passed to the state who has seven (7) days to approve the plan.
Governor Newsom's Safe Schools for All plan continues to be reviewed by the California legislature and has not been passed into law. On Friday, February 12th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (known as the CDC) released its Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools Through Phased Mitigation for the safe return to in-person instruction. At this time, the California Department of Public Health has not updated its guidelines based on what was released by the CDC.
Thank you for your continued support and we encourage you to attend one of the parent information meetings to view and discuss the District’S COVID 19 Safety Plan.
Dr. Maureen Latham
PARENT COMMUNICATION UPDATE FEBRUARY 12, 2021
PARENT COMMUNICATION UPDATE DECEMBER 18, 2020
Dear Beaumont USD Parents and Guardians,
As you are aware, the number of positive cases for COVID-19 in Riverside County is at an alarmingly high rate. The county remains in the deep purple widespread tier and, as of December 5, 2020, we were put on a three-week Regional Stay at Home order that has the potential to be extended if ICU beds remain below 15%.
As communicated to you on October 30, 2020, the Beaumont USD Board of Trustees approved a plan to provide an afternoon, in-person hybrid schedule as an option for our students. The District had the goal for students to begin the in-person hybrid schedule on January 19, 2021. However, as of Tuesday, December 22, 2020, Riverside County remains in the purple widespread tier, thus pushing back the start date for the in-person hybrid schedule. Given the fluidity and current state of the COVID 19 pandemic, we are not able to set a firm start date for the in-person hybrid schedule.
Please be assured, we are monitoring the number of cases every day and will continue to receive, review, and discuss information from local, state, and federal health officials and educational agencies. We want to reiterate, the deep driving force for the reopening of our schools is the health and safety of our students and staff.
As a reminder, students will continue the virtual learning schedule when we return from the Winter Break on January 11, 2021. We understand the challenges this continues to present for our students, our families, and our staff. Nothing about this pandemic has been normal, and it has been deeply frustrating. Seeing our schools empty for the past 9 months has not been normal. We miss hearing the sounds and laughter of our students on campus!
Thank you for your continued support and shared commitment to providing our students with high-quality educational opportunities. Most importantly, thank you for believing in and trusting us to make the best possible decisions for our students, families, and staff, given the circumstances this past year.
Yours in student success,
PARENT COMMUNICATION UPDATE OCTOBER 30, 2020
On Tuesday, October 27, 2020, the Beaumont USD Board of Trustees approved a plan to provide an afternoon in-person hybrid schedule as an OPTION for our students in the District.
The plan follows four guiding principles:
- Provide Instruction That Maximizes Teacher/Student Interaction.
- Provide a Safe Learning Environment for Students and Staff.
- Provide a Period of In-person Time to Connect Students Socially and Emotionally.
- Provide Options for Parents.
In addition to approving the plan for an in-person hybrid schedule, the Board of Trustees also gave direction for students to start the in-person hybrid schedule following the guidelines when Riverside County returns to the Substantial Red Tier. Based on these guidelines the earliest anticipated start date for the in-person hybrid schedule would be Monday, December 7, 2020. If Riverside County's COVID-19 metrics continue to stay in the purple tier, the start date for the in-person hybrid schedule will be pushed back. The District will communicate this information with our families.
On Wednesday, November 4, 2020, you will receive a form from your child’s school site via ParentSquare to select whether you would like your child to stay completely virtual or if you would like your child to participate in the afternoon in-person hybrid schedule. Please note, parents who select virtual WILL remain enrolled in their current school. The school site will use that information for logistical planning. Families that select the in-person hybrid schedule will receive follow-up information regarding the cohort their child has been assigned to and will include whether they will attend in the afternoon on Mondays and Tuesdays OR in the afternoon on Thursday and Fridays.
We understand you may have a lot of questions regarding the hybrid in-person schedule. For Frequently Asked Questions, please visit our FAQ page. For any further questions or concerns, please directly contact your child’s school site principal.
In addition to the presentation and discussion regarding an in-person hybrid schedule, Beaumont USD Board President, Susie Lara, issued a message for our school community.
You can listen to her audio message below.
Thank you for your patience, trust, and collaboration in providing our students with a high-quality educational experience through these uncertain times.
PARENT COMMUNICATION UPDATE OCTOBER 16, 2020
The Beaumont USD Board of Trustees will be reviewing the in-person instruction plan at the October 27, 2020, Board meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. To virtually attend the Board meeting, please click HERE.
On Tuesday, October 13, 2020, Dr. Amy Nguyen-Hernandez, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Student Services, provided the Beaumont USD Board of Trustees a detailed presentation on the District’s proposed plan to reopen schools for in-person learning in January 2021.
More than 370 parents, staff, and community members virtually attended the Board meeting and submitted comments, questions, and concerns in regards to safely returning our students to school.
Return-to-School Parent Survey:
The District provided parents with a survey via ParentSquare following the Board meeting to help complete the logistical planning process. It is extremely important for parents to note that in-person instruction will look very different than it did before COVID-19. In-person instruction will NOT be the previous five-days a week six hours a day learning model.
For a detailed explanation of the hybrid model we are allowed to offer based on federal, state, and county health guidelines, please review Dr. Amy Nguyen-Hernandez’s video presentation below.
SLIDE PRESENTATION: RETURN TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION OCTOBER 13, 2020