Alameda County has been approved to allow elementary schools, who have implemented safety protocols and a published reopening plan, the choice to open for in-person instruction. Since VMS has been open this year for our toddler and primary programs, as well as for elementary and middle school childcare, our Covid-19 safety procedures are in practice and proven to be effective.
The final step in the reopening process is to submit our plan for returning to in-person instruction in the elementary program, which includes all safety protocols, to the ACPHD/ACOE for final approval. Though our goal is to eventually bring all students back to campus, we are approaching the full school reopening plan in a very thoughtful and measured way. This gradual approach will allow us to enhance the learning for the on-campus students by including in-person teacher lessons while maintaining the integrity of the distance learning programs for those students who are continuing to learn from home.
As our reopening plan unfolds, we will keep you informed of next steps and timelines. All decisions will take into account our greatest priority, keeping our students, staff and families safe and healthy. Our commitment to this includes the ongoing staff Covid testing that we started this month as recommended by Alameda County Guidance.
As we move forward, it will be important that we collectively own responsibility to keep our students safe. The more carefully we implement health and safety protocols at home and when we are in the community, the safer students and staff will be when at school. We understand that many of you are eager to get your children back on campus and appreciate your patience as we execute an intentionally phased reopening plan.