Clayton Valley Charter begins hybrid learning schedule Mar. 29

Clayton Valley Charter High School to begin hybrid learning March 29, 2021. (Jay Bedecarré photo)

CONCORD, CA – Clayton Valley Charter High School Governing Board of Directors approved a hybrid learning agreement Tuesday evening with the Clayton Valley Education Association to return students to campus for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year beginning Monday, Mar. 29.

Next Monday is also the first day Mt. Diablo Unified School District will welcome back sixth through 12th graders to local campuses.

“Since schools were first required to engage in distance learning [last March], the CVCHS Board’s number one priority has been returning our students to in-person learning. Tonight’s agreement provides this  opportunity to our school community. The agreement also ensures the safety and well-being of our students, teachers and staff which are of utmost importance,” said Katie Dresdow, CVCHS Board chairperson.

Hybrid model

Under the new hybrid instruction model, teachers will be on campus daily allowing students to attend class for two in-person learning days, two distance learning days and one tutorial day. Students will adhere to a weekly bell schedule from 8:15 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. on each instructional day.

Clayton Valley Charter will also allow any student to elect to remain in 100% distance learning for the 2020- 21 school year. The new agreement provides students access to additional academic and social support services, including extended teacher office hours, counseling and tutorial resources.

Since September, CVCHS has welcomed students on campus each school day for in-person learning in cohorts. During this almost eight-month time frame, where hundreds of students are onsite daily, there have been no reported COVID-19 infections based on transmission on campus. CVCHS has also conducted over 600 COVID-19 tests since January and recorded only two positive cases for a positivity rate of 0.3%.

Transition process

As outlined in the new MOU, the Governing Board and CVEA agreed to the following conditions to begin and maintain the hybrid transitioning process:

  • All teaching staff and participating students are encouraged to receive baseline COVID-19 testing and begin the vaccination
  • To ensure health and safety expectations are clear, CVCHS will provide training for all teaching staff and an orientation for all
  • All teaching staff are encouraged to provide additional academic and social support services, both in-person and virtual, as outlined in the MOU
  • CVCHS will provide added compensation and support for teachers to serve our students’ academic and social needs.

“This agreement is a significant step towards the resocialization of the teachers and students,” said CVEA President Ervin Anderson. “We appreciate all the hard work by every stakeholder and are anxiously awaiting the time in the near future when we all can be on campus learning together. We are committed to continue creating positive outcomes for the students.”

Visit Clayton Valley Charter’s website here.