June 30, 2020
Dear MVROP Community,
As we officially close out the school year, none of us could have anticipated the drastic mitigation efforts that would be required to combat the transmission of COVID-19, nor that it would entirely reshape the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Despite no warning or virtual models to reference, all instruction for MVROP Career Technical Education (CTE) programs pivoted from in-person instruction to virtual learning models to ensure the health of students and staff. We quickly learned and adapted to support our school community’s overwhelming need for connection by collectively displaying inspiring levels of creativity, resilience, and dedication.
The ease in which COVID-19 transmits continues to thwart normal life regionally, nationally, and in a global capacity. It is a consistent presence in our daily lives and will continue to be one for the foreseeable future. Despite the cautions and protective best practices advised as California and local counties implement re-opening phases, we have seen a significant spike in positive cases and hospitalizations. Yesterday’s announcement regarding the pause of re-opening plans from multiple California counties is something all educational communities are watching closely. These numbers are cause for concern and caution, and serve as a reminder that we must remain agile and adaptable in our plans and mitigation efforts.
As MVROP continues planning for the 2020-2021 school year, we are factoring a need for multiple instructional models to respond accordingly to anticipated second and third wave surges of positive COVID-19 community cases. MVROP is evaluating and adapting the information and resources being provided on multiple levels. We continue to evaluate recommendations on a statewide capacity from Governor Newsom, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurman, and the California Department of Education (CDE). Additionally, we are also discussing guidance on a regional level provided by the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) and the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD). Finally, we are actively incorporating the methodologies of our JPA Districts (Newark, Fremont, and New Haven Unified School Districts) as they continue to develop instructional plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Different instructional scenarios being explored by each district, and MVROP, include hybrid models of in-person “pod” instruction/ virtual learning or sole virtual learning approaches. As we get closer to a final plan, we will share this information with the MVROP community.
To say that our schools as a whole are presented with a multifaceted set of challenges is an understatement. However, I have seen what is possible when a community comes together to accomplish unprecedented achievements. I expect the 2020-2021 school year to be yet another unique year, but with equal or surpassing levels of success in CTE. In the meantime, MVROP will continue its hard work planning while the community enjoys the summer break.