At this assembly, Crabtree was in full settlement with Christenson. He mentioned he wished to get college students again to high school full time a minimum of by the autumn, however hopefully sooner.
“They’ve suffered far too lengthy and I’m impressed with what number of mother and father have stepped up and prepared to convey this battle a minimum of to us,” Crabtree mentioned. “They really feel we’re the one ones who will help them, however in actuality this goes all the best way as much as Sacramento, and we’re continually coping with them.”
Board member Pleasure Naylor requested if the district’s purpose was nonetheless to return all college students to a full schedule in fall. Ravalin mentioned that has at all times been the purpose, however the district should proceed to supply full-time distancing studying for college students within the fall beneath Meeting Invoice 86. The invoice was signed by the governor on March 5 and included billions for districts to reopen colleges to in-person instruction, a minimum of a hybrid mannequin, by Might 15 but in addition required districts to supply expanded studying alternatives, comparable to prolonged tutorial time and assist for credit score poor college students in addition to persevering with to supply distance studying for many who nonetheless don’t really feel comfy returning to high school.
Ravalin mentioned there are others hurdles to reopening full time, together with transportation and diet. At present campuses can’t accommodate sufficient social distancing for college students to eat lunch on website. At present faculty websites present grab-n-go lunches when college students depart campus for the day. College students aren’t allowed to eat on campus and should convey their very own water bottles from dwelling.
Megan Casebeer Soleno requested if administration may need an replace on the three-foot distancing on the board’s April assembly after college students return from spring break on April 6.
“There will probably be an replace, however I can’t say will probably be 100% solved by then,” Ravalin mentioned.
Essentially the most socially inclusive information Ravalin supplied to the board was that the district will probably be permitting as much as 10 folks per household to attend a walk-up commencement at VUSD stadiums. She mentioned small teams college students will probably be scheduled for particular time slots and may stroll alongside the monitor as much as the rostrum with their household for picture alternatives in entrance of shows alongside the best way. She mentioned the graduation ceremonies will probably be ticketed with the scholar’s title, time and date, and will probably be numbered by the district to make sure the 10-person restrict.
“The tickets will probably be on thick, shiny silver paper and can act as a souvenir memento,” Ravalin mentioned.
Board member Christopher Pope requested why the district couldn’t use extra of the stadium seating and the sector to permit for a extra conventional ceremony however restrict the variety of members of the family to 2 or three. He mentioned college students on distance studying won’t need to attend an in-person commencement in any respect, which might get the district nearer to having all college students and fogeys at a single ceremony.
“College students have been very excited to convey as much as 10 members of the family,” Ravalin mentioned. “There are commerce offs … and it could be exhausting for households to decide on two or three as an alternative of 10.”
The CDC’s ruling didn’t enhance issues for pupil musicians both.
Ravalin mentioned band and refrain are nonetheless high-risk actions and are require to have 10 toes of house between them. As of March 12, the California Division of Public Well being’s steering for using brass and woodwind devices was that they “continues to be particularly not suggested…” however promised to offer expanded steering for band and drumline within the coming weeks.
Father or mother Dorise Fiera mentioned the final two weeks have been “fairly unbelievable” for VUSD band college students who’re continually combating to recapture the waning moments of their faculty 12 months. Visible and performing arts (VAPA) packages have been hit particularly exhausting by the pandemic as guidelines have prohibited band and choir from performing in teams and have tried to piece collectively on-line movies and stay streamed performances with out in-person practices.
Fiera mentioned Tulare County Public Well being had left the choice as much as the districts and band mother and father needed to battle them to permit them to have band, to cut back the gap from 30 toes to 10 toes and now to make use of private protecting gear (PPE) already bought for the band.
“All of these have been lengthy fought battles,” Fiera mentioned. “Why is every thing a battle for some youngsters? It’s time for VUSD to deal with VAPA with the identical respect different pupil teams have obtained.”
The PPE for band she is referring to are bell covers, a skinny material that slips over the place sound exits from brass and woodwinds the place air is pressured by the instrument. The duvet stop saliva droplets, the place the virus lives, from leaving the instrument. Ravalin mentioned there isn’t a proof that bell covers work on devices as there have solely been preliminary research on their effectiveness.
“What we do know is that they change into saturated with saliva, and saliva carries the COVID virus and turns into a bio-hazardous waste and requires particular sanitation, gloves, disposals and issues like that,” Ravalin mentioned.
She mentioned sustaining the ten toes rule permits for greater than 6 toes of spray from devices in order that bell covers wouldn’t be wanted. VUSD Director Well being Providers Susie Skadan, a registered nurse, mentioned there are instrumental masks with a slit for the mouth to blow into the instrument however they don’t cease the saliva from spraying from the instrument.
“It’s not confirmed to be efficient and we don’t need to make one thing that could be extra hazardous,” Skadan mentioned.
When Board member John Crabtree requested how a lot spit comes out of a tuba throughout a efficiency, Skadan mentioned she didn’t know.
“Most likely no one does,” Crabtree scoffed. “This entire issues sounds so ridiculous to me. Give me a break!”