In a report last week, the California Department of Public Health said, "If current trends and best practices continue, the next school year can begin with offering full in-person instruction to all students."
DUSD spokesperson Chip Dehnert told the Weekly after the April 13 board meeting, "The plan is to return to full-time, five days a week classes starting in the fall. We are talking about normal school, no cohorts, but possibly with masks."
Families who wish to stay in distance learning next year may do so, as Moirao acknowledged, "There may still be some families who want to be cautious, and we're exploring options for those families, but it's our plan right now to fully open our schools in the fall."
State officials said "health regulations and guidance will remain operative, but will be revised to reflect changing conditions -- including any adjustments to respond to variants -- and in consultation with federal, state and local partners."
Schools can also make use of a "historic level of state and federal funds, including $4.6 billion to expand learning opportunities" made available last month.
Officials said summer programming, planning for full time in-person instruction, maximizing the amount or value of instructional time through measures such as extending the school year and expanding academic intervention and mental health services, and "communicating with and educating families who may be reluctant to return to in-person instruction" should be treated as priorities.
DUSD also shared plans to hold graduation and promotion ceremonies later next month. Dehnert confirmed the district is "looking at how to host some sort of in-person event."
"This would not be graduation ceremonies as normal, but maybe breaking the graduating class down into smaller groups and having multiple ceremonies with gaps that allow for time to sanitize the facilities/equipment being used," Dehnert said.
Last week, Moirao said the district is trying "to get to a different level of graduation rather than the drive-bys" done last year, and will need to follow mandatory guidelines including capacity caps, pre-registration and health screenings.
"Our principals at our middle schools and high schools are working with ed services right now to determine what is feasible and what can be done," Moirao said, and added that the district is anticipating additional guidance from the health department.
Valley High School will hold its graduation ceremony on May 26, and Dublin High's commencement ceremony is on May 28. Both ceremonies will be live streamed and recorded for viewing later.
Middle schools will notify families about the specific day and time for 8th-grade promotion ceremonies, which will be held May 26-28.
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