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Statement from Board of Trustees - July 30th, 2020
On July 28, 2020, the Cinnabar Board of Trustees met to discuss the reopening of Cinnabar School. First and foremost, we want to reiterate that the safety and well-being of our Cinnabar community, including our students, staff, teachers and families, are our utmost concern. After discussing the many issues related to reopening, the Board is of the opinion that it is in the best interest of our community to have our students physically present at school. In-person learning is critical to the academic and social development of the students, and the effects of social-isolation are quite detrimental. Remote learning also places additional stress on our students and families, many of whom have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 situation. We believe that school is the best place for our students and that in-person instruction can be provided in a way that provides for the safety of our students, teachers, and staff. Thus, the Board is committed to reopening Cinnabar School to in-person learning, five days a week, as soon as possible.
At this time however, the State of California is forbidding schools from providing in-person instruction unless the county in which the school is located has been off the State’s COVID-19 “Monitoring List” for 14 consecutive days. While there is a procedure for requesting a waiver to the in-person instruction restriction, Cinnabar does not qualify for the waiver at this time. Since Sonoma County is currently on the Monitoring List, it is likely that Cinnabar will have to begin the academic year with a remote, distance learning program. Nevertheless, we will continue to evaluate the waiver requirements and will apply for a waiver if and when Cinnabar becomes able to meet the criteria for approval.
When Cinnabar is permitted to return to in-person instruction, it is possible that restrictions by the state and county may prevent Cinnabar from offering in-person instruction 5-days per week. In that case Cinnabar will transition to a hybrid-model of instruction with two days of in-person learning per week and three days of remote, distance learning. Again, the Board is committed to returning to in-person learning five days per week as soon as reasonably possible.
Additional information will be shared by Superintendent/Principal Arcuri as it becomes available. In the meantime, we invite you to check Cinnabar’s website and Facebook page frequently for updates on Cinnabar School’s reopening plan for Fall 2020.