COVID-19 Timeline of Events

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COVID-19 Timeline of Events

The COVID pandemic has led to rapidly changing rules, mandates and restrictions for schools across California.
  • March 19, 2020:  The Governor of California issues Executive Order N-33-20 which leads to cancellation of in-person instruction in California public schools.
  • March 30 – June 4, 2020:  Chico Unified provides distance learning only per State mandated school closures.   
  • June 4, 2020:  Last day of school for Chico Unified. Summer vacation begins for students and most teaching staff.
  • June 4 - July 15, 2020:  Chico Unified district and site staff research instructional models and curriculum for both distance-learning and safe in-person instruction for the fall. A group of approximately seventy administrators and teaching staff meet weekly via Zoom to provide input into the models. Three models are finally selected to be presented to the CUSD Board of Education.
  • July 15, 2020:  The Chico Unified School District Board of Education adopts instructional models to match each stage of the Governor’s reopening plan. (At this point, Butte County was in Stage 2, which allowed for Chico Unified schools to begin the school year with a modified traditional in-person AM/PM instructional model.)
  • July 17, 2020:  Governor Gavin Newsom announces all counties on the COVID-19 State Monitoring List must begin the school year with distance learning only. Counties are told they must remain off the monitoring list for 14 days to qualify for in-person instructional models.
  • July 25, 2020:  The California Department of Public Health placed Butte County on the COVID-19 State Monitoring list. 
  • July 27, 2020:  Three weeks prior to the start of school, Chico Unified School District begins the mandated move from the Board adopted Modified Traditional in-person school day to a distance learning only model.
  • August 3, 2020:  California Department of Public Health announces an Elementary Waiver process for grades K-6.  
  • August 5, 2020:  Butte County Public Health Department (BCPH) releases the Elementary Waiver application and criteria.
  • August 13, 2020:  Teachers return from summer break.
    • Certificated Staff Development Day focused on on-line learning.
  • August 13, 2020:  BCPH holds press conference to state Butte County has officially surpassed the 200 COVID cases per 100,000 population threshold.  BCPH announces Elementary Waivers will continue to be accepted but no Elementary Waivers will be approved until COVID numbers decrease.  
  • August 17, 2020:  First day 2020-2021 school year for all Chico Unified Schools.  Per state mandate, instruction must be in a distance learning format.
  • August 19, 2020:  The Chico Unified School District Board of Education directs Chico Unified administration to poll elementary families, teachers and staff to gauge stakeholder interest in applying for an elementary school waiver.
  • August 25, 2020:  California Department of Public Health releases “Guidance for Small Cohorts/Groups of Children and Youth” with a priority to provide targeted support to students with disabilities. 
  • August 26, 2020:  Chico Unified survey was sent to all elementary school families, teachers and staff. 
  • August 28, 2020:  Governor Newsom Unveils new “Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a Statewide, Stringent and Slow Plan for Living with COVID-19.”
  • September 4, 2020:  Deadline for staff and families to provide Elementary Waiver survey feedback.
  • September 16, 2020:  CUSD Regular Board of Education meeting. Chico Unified administrators will present the survey information to the Board of Education and discuss the next steps.
Elementary School Waiver Information & Application

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Elementary School Waiver Information & Application

The Butte County Public Health Department has provided guidance materials for schools regarding the process for submitting an elementary school waiver.
The guidance documents include:
Current Status Regarding the Elementary School Waiver

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Current Status Regarding the Elementary School Waiver

The Board of Education unanimously approved taking the first step of sending a survey to parents, teachers and staff to see how each school felt regarding the submission of an elementary school waiver. The survey responses were due on Friday, September 4, 2020. View the survey results.
The information will be shared at the Board of Education Meeting on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
The Board of Education voted to allow individual elementary schools to bring forward a site-specific elementary school waiver. All elementary school waivers will be submitted to the Board of Education for review.