On August 28, Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health launched a new four-tiered system to track COVID-19 progress by county. IUSD leadership worked throughout the weekend with the Orange County Health Care Agency and the Orange County Department of Education to clarify the impact of this new framework on IUSD. Last night, the Orange County Health Care Agency announced that although county coronavirus rates continue to drop, the California Department of Public Health has moved the September 8 start date so that OC schools could be in a position to reopen for in-person instruction starting September 22, as long as the downward trend in coronavirus rates continues or remains stable.
The District will provide a detailed update, with IUSD’s start date for in-person instruction for students who selected an in-person academic model, when more information is available. As a reminder, IVA students will remain 100% online. Click here to read more about Orange County’s status and the new state framework as it relates to schools.
In the meantime, IUSD will monitor the data, while continuing our opening and safety planning to welcome students back to campus. In addition to keeping our community informed, the District also posts updates in the Latest News section on our COVID-19 resource page. For detailed information about the District’s safety planning, visit our Opening and Safety Planning webpage.
Since the onset of this pandemic, we have been operating in an ever-changing landscape in which guidelines and timelines evolve. Our District will continue to work with the California Department of Public Health, the Orange County Healthcare Agency and the Orange County Department of Education as we work toward a smooth transition to in-person instruction.
Thank you for your partnership and patience.