Dear Year Round Families,
As we head into the final months of the 2020-21 school year, the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) has begun initial planning for the 2021-22 school year based on current state and local public health guidelines for K-12 schools and projections for how the situation could evolve prior to the start of the new school year. Key factors for future planning include new or updated state and local guidelines for schools, which are not anticipated until this summer and statewide COVID-19 vaccination efforts.
In the absence of more information related to these key factors and given the evolving situation, in which much can change between now and July, year round schools will remain on the traditional calendar for the 2021-22 school year with the intention to return to the year round schedule for the 2022-23 school year. Please know that we understand this change may be disruptive. We are sympathetic to this reality and our schools will work with families and staff, who may have plans or prior commitments aligned with the year round calendar. In the meantime, if you have immediate questions or concerns, please contact your school directly.
When year round schools start on August 19, they will benefit from the most recent health and safety guidelines and have access to the same resources and opportunities as our traditional schools.
2021-22 Academic Models
IUSD is also considering academic models for the fall. However, it is too soon to determine what those will look like under the current conditions but we do know there will be options for both in-person instruction and a distance learning option through the IUSD Virtual Academy.
The evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges to public education, as guidance from the local and state agencies has shifted over the course of the last year. The District will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to our community as we have them.
In the meantime, please continue to visit IUSD’s COVID-19 resource webpage, our Opening and Safety Planning webpage and our News Center for ongoing updates, information and resources. Thank you for your understanding, partnership and support as we continue to navigate these uncharted waters together.