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07/28/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/28/2021 11:42

Dry Creek COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidance for the 2021-22 School Year

*Click HERE to view email sent to families & staff on 7/27/21 in your browser.

Dry Creek is excited to welcome students back to school on Wednesday, August 4. We are thrilled to safely reinstate many school events and activities absent from the previous school year and provide our students with as engaging a school experience as possible for the 2021-22 school year.

On July 12, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued new school guidance and mandates for the 2021-22 school year. Dry Creek wishes to thank our learning community in advance for keeping our schools safe and open by following the guidance.

New guidance mandates include:

  • Face masks are optional when outdoors on campuses for all individuals. This includes participating in outdoor P.E. activities.
  • CDPH, regardless of vaccination status, mandates all students wear a face mask while indoors at school and on school transportation unless exempted per CDPH face mask guidance.
  • CDPH, regardless of vaccination status, mandates all adults wear a face mask while sharing indoor spaces with students at school and on school transportation.

The new guidance allows for the following:

  • Physical distancing is no longer a requirement. However, Dry Creek will still maximize indoor spaces and have hired additional staff to lower class sizes.
  • New quarantine guidelines allow students identified as close contacts to remain in class if asymptomatic and following CDPH requirements.
  • Schools can plan for extracurricular activities such as assemblies, field trips, and rallies as much as possible under CDPH guidance.
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in band, performing arts, and middle school athletics.
  • Meals will be prepared and served on site for students attending in-person instruction.
  • Increased interaction during recesses.
  • Visitors and volunteers are welcome on campuses on a limited basis (all visitors and volunteers must wear a face mask while indoors and when students are present, regardless of vaccination status).

Attached is an infographic highlighting Dry Creek's updated COVID-19 health and safety protocols for the 2021-22 school year, aligning with CDPH's mandates and recommendations. Dry Creek's full COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines can be accessed here.

Over the next few days, schools will be sending out specific information on their sites. However, we would like to call your attention to two particular items; Dry Creek's plan to satisfy AB 130 (long-term independent study option for students) and our More than Meals program.

AB 130, which the State passed on July 9, 2021, requires school districts to offer a long-term independent study option to all enrolled students for the 2021-22 school year. Dry Creek Connections Academy exceeds all State AB 130 program requirements and will serve as our long-term independent study option for the 2021-22 school year. Any family who wishes to have a non, in-person learning alternative for their student(s) can enroll in this program at any point during the 2021-22 school year. A formal notice to families on this subject will be sent out later this week. In the meantime, to learn more about Dry Creek Connections Academy, please visit www.drycreekschools.us/connections.

All students will be provided free breakfast and lunches throughout the 2021-22 school year. Meals will be prepared and served onsite*. Though meals are free, we are urging families to fill out an online Annual Household Eligibility form to ensure grant funding for vital programs remains in place. The attached graphic highlights just a few of the programs that this application helps fund. Please consider filling out an application today at https://dcjesd-ca.schoolloop.com/mealapps.

*Students attending Dry Creek Connections Academy will be provided a free 'grab and go' style breakfast and lunch combo meal. Meals can be picked up in the designated distribution location at any of the following middle schools during school days: Silverado, Antelope Crossing, Eich, or Buljan. These meals are also available to anyone in the community age 18 and under.

Thank you for trusting and partnering with Dry Creek to provide for your student's education. Dry Creek is committed to providing a safe and enriching experience for all students in our learning community, and we are looking forward to an exciting school year.

Respectfully,
Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District