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REOPENING TIMELINE PER FOUR TIERED COLOR-CODED SYSTEM
 
Riverside County's Current Color Tier Start Date
Orange Tier
The Beaumont USD Board of Trustees approved in-person hybrid instruction for (TK-5) to start on March 22, 2021, and April 1, 2021, for secondary students.
 
Parents have the option to keep their children in virtual learning for the remainder of the school year if they choose to.
 
 
BEAUMONT USD: WHAT TO EXPECT FOR SECONDARY IN-PERSON HYBRID INSTRUCTION
 
FIRST DAY OF IN-PERSON HYBRID LEARNING FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS
 
 
ELEMENTARY HYBRID INSTRUCTION: WHAT TO EXPECT
 
Thank you to our parents that attended the Beaumont USD parent informational zoom meetings on the District's COVID-19 Safety Plan on February 24th and 25th. We had more than 500 parents join the two meetings! We truly value your interest, time, and feedback. Below is the slide presentation that was shared with our parents during the meetings. In addition, school sites sent out a survey to parents via ParentSquare regarding in-person hybrid instruction. The survey has been closed.
 

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.

  

IMPORTANCE ANNOUNCEMENT

 

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

Interim Superintendent

 

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,


Maureen Latham

Interim Superintendent

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.
 
VIEW VIDEO PRESENTATION BELOW
 
 

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. 

 

Respectfully, 

 

Maureen Latham

Interim Superintendent

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.