Tri-Valley will be bringing students back to school in the fall if families are willing to send their kids, otherwise, a remote learning option will be made available.
Dr. David Mouser is the District Superintendent and indicates their plan came together thanks to the collaboration with his peers in communities around them and also because of the input from the community. He points out, Tri-Valley is at an advantage because they are starting the year later due to a construction project at their high school.
According to Dr. Mouser, teachers want to be with the kids of the Tri-Valley district but there, as expected, apprehension. He says teachers stressed guidance to be followed, like masking and social distancing.
When staff and students enter the building there will be temperature checks and health surveys. Dr. Mouser says they are hyper-focused on social distancing, making lunch safe and many of the day-to-day procedures that are generally not thought about in a regular year. He adds they are asking the community to step up and help where possible.
In the event a positive case arises among the staff or student population, the health department will be the guiding agency for how to handle that scenario. Dr. Mouser says while they hope it is a situation that does not come about, it would be naive to think it can't happen.
Dr. Mouser is the father of two students in the district and will be sending his kids back to school because it is what is best for them. He indicates his kids want to get back to school and to be with their friends.
It will be the goal of teachers to make things as normal as possible but that will be a huge challenge. Dr. Mouser asks the community to keep the students and the district in their prayers as everyone faces an uncertain time.