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November 16 COVID-19 Update: Alameda County Moves to Purple Tier
Posted 11/16/20

November 16, 2020

 

Dear Families,

 

In my community video tonight, I discuss today's announcement that due to the rapid recent increase in COVID-19 cases, 41 counties in our state (including Alameda County) are now in the purple, or most restrictive, tier. I also discuss what impact that could have on our school re-opening plans. 

 

A brief summary of the video is below, for those families who use Google's translation features.

 

Respectfully,

 

Pasquale Scuderi
Superintendent

 

Summary

 

Governor Newsom announced today that due to the rapid recent increase in COVID-19 cases, 41 counties in our state (including Alameda County) are now in the purple, or most restrictive, tier. As a result:

  • Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) has released a press release saying that no additional schools can open as long as Alameda County remains in the purple tier.
  • Although ACPHD has approved AUSD’s Re-Opening Plan, we may need to delay resuming in-class instruction until after the proposed date of January 7.

Moving forward:

  • Staff were already thinking about pushing the re-opening date to January 19 to provide a 14-day buffer between holiday travel/gatherings and bringing students back to campus. That consideration will continue.

  • Staff will give another update to the Board of Education on December 10. 

  • Staff will continue to work on preparing for a resumption of in-class instruction (including completing upgrades to indoor air quality in our facility and exploring options for staff testing).

I hope that AUSD families can find time to rest and connect with loved ones in a safe and responsible way during next week’s Fall Break. Please remember to wear masks, socially distance, and wash hands to reduce the spread of the virus. I know that this situation is challenging and disappointing, and I continue to thank you for your patience and understanding with each other and with us.