On Tuesday, November 3, all Salida school campuses went back to in-person programming. According to Superintendent David Blackburn, community case counts are trending down and the risks within the student body are the lowest they have seen since August.
The district says it continues to see no evidence of transmission within the school programming. The conditions, therefore, support the district making it to Thanksgiving break with in-person learning. The district says it will continue to monitor every case to determine if risks increase.
Blackburn thanked the families who participated in quarantining and noted that this is one of their key strategies to return to in-person learning as quickly as possible. In the summer they had theorized that a hybrid solution might help get back to in-person learning as quickly as possible, but the past weeks have shown that quarantining and a pause to in-person instruction is the fastest way to resume business as usual.
The district will continue to pause for the time necessary in the future to evaluate the COVID-19 case scenario to determine the least amount of quarantining as possible. Blackburn wrote “This will not last forever. We have to take one step at a time. Let’s take the next step together.”