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Messages from the Superintendent

Mr. Kuhlman discusses the return to campus on March 29 here.

Good Evening Hart District Families,

At our Governing Board Meeting this Wednesday we discussed a number of issues related to reopening for in-person learning.  The Governing Board heard updates on the following topics:

                Criteria for Reopening

                Adjusted Case Rate Trends

                CDC Recommendation

                Santa Clarita In-Person Learning

                Case Studies

                Reopening Timeline

Please note that it is looking increasingly likely that March 29 will be a date for a potential return to in-person blended learning. We also shared an overview of what Blended Learning will look like when we return.

If you are interested in hearing more about reopening for in-person learning, click HERE (the presentation begins at 1:18:50)

 

Details of the Blended Learning Plan can be found here. Details of the Online Only Plan can be found here.

 

Best regards,

Mike Kuhlman

Superintendent

Good Morning Hart District Families,
At our Governing Board Meeting last Wednesday we discussed a number of issues related to COVID-19 and school reopening.  The Governing Board heard updates on the following topics:
Criteria for Reopening
Reopening Criteria for Different Grade Levels
Case Rate Trends in LA County
Potential Reopening Timelines
Vaccinations for Educators
Graduation

If you are interested in hearing the latest on these issues, you can view the presentation here. If you would like to review the entire Board Meeting you can go here.

At our next Governing Board Meeting, we will be revisiting the reopening plan that we finalized last fall.  We hope you can join us.

Best regards,
Mike Kuhlman
Superintendent

Good evening Hart District families,

I’m writing tonight to provide an update on our plans for graduation this school year.  Those of us charged with preparing this annual right-of-passage fully recognize the importance of this special event for students and families.  We are committed to pursuing some form of an in-person graduation ceremony IF we are allowed to do so under State and County health guidelines. 

To that end, we have reached out to the County Health Department to ask for guidance on what will be allowed for graduation.  Three separate times we have been told that, “it depends upon COVID rates as we approach graduation.”  This lack of specificity has hampered our ability to communicate effectively with families.

Because we don’t want to sit back passively and wait, we have convened a committee of District leaders to prepare a proposed list of "acceptable" activities that could be tied to the colored tier levels on the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.  Once we complete the plan, we will propose our ideas to the Health Department.  Our hope is that – if these proposals are accepted – we can communicate what options parents can realistically expect within each colored tier. 

While we are still hoping for an in-person event, we have authorized our video programs to begin planning a virtual graduation video.  The start of this process should not be interpreted as an indication that we have abandoned an in-person graduation.  Rather, we are starting now because it takes time to put-together a high-quality video remembrance. 

Please stay tuned for more information about graduation options in the coming weeks.  I’m optimistic that if COVID rates continue to fall, we will be able to offer some form of in-person option for students and families.

Sincerely,

Mike Kuhlman
Superintendent

Mr. Kuhlman discusses county recommendations for a temporary pause to in-person instruction and activities for the month of January here.

Good afternoon Hart District families,

I hope you all had a safe and restful Holiday season. 

I’m writing today to share news about the start of the second semester.  As you are all aware, we are in the midst of a surge in COVID transmissions throughout the Southern California community.  We’ve been monitoring this situation closely over the Holiday break to ensure that we adhere closely to the requirements of State and County health orders.  Because of this concern, we recently empowered our District Administration to allow increased flexibility for staff to work remotely - when it is possible to do so - during the period of the expanded stay at home order.  This accommodation was not made because we believe it is inherently unsafe to step foot onto our sites, but rather as an added measure to increase social distancing and to reduce the total number of people personally interacting on a daily basis.

Yesterday I participated in a teleconference with Dr. Robert Gilchick from the LA County Department of Public Health and the superintendents of over 80 Districts through LA County to discuss the start of instruction in the midst of this surge.  Dr. Gilchick, who is Dr. Barbara Ferrer’s associate, shared that the requirements of the county safer at home order have not significantly changed as they apply to schools.  This means that in-person instruction with small cohorts of students - and athletic conditioning - are allowed to continue at this time.  Having said that, Dr. Gilchick shared that they are recommending that Districts take action to limit in-person activity on campus to those students who need specialized support.  Examples would include Special Education students, homeless/foster students and English Learners.   Dr. Ferrer was quoted in an LA Times article Thursday saying the same thing.

With that in mind, I’m writing to confirm that we will proceed as scheduled for Monday, January 11, with our plan to provide support to our small cohorts of students throughout the District.  It’s worth noting that this course of action is consistent with the plans for our four feeder Districts who are all scheduled to continue in-person with their neediest students.  However, we have made the decision to temporarily halt all in-person athletic conditioning as recommended by Dr. Ferrer/Dr. Gilchick.

I understand the pressure our public health officials are under in their efforts to keep people safe.  Having said that, I would have preferred if this recommendation could have been shared with us earlier than the last day of winter break.  Nevertheless, I understand and can appreciate the importance of these issues for students, staff and families.  Therefore, we will be scheduling a Special Board Meeting next Wednesday, January 13, at 7:00 pm to provide time for the Governing Board to consider the question of whether additional temporary restrictions to in-person instruction are called for.  This will provide time for the Governing Board to carefully monitor conditions on our campuses and in our community and make appropriate decisions based upon that information.

In the meantime, I can’t overemphasize how important it is for us all to wear a face-covering at all times, remain six-feet away from others when feasible, and to wash your hands frequently throughout the day.  Doing so will help us dampen this surge and hasten our ability to return to school safely with students in classrooms. 

Thank you,

Mike Kuhlman
Superintendent
Mr. Kuhlman and Assistant Superintendent Kathy Hunter discuss what to expect for the start of school on Tuesday, August 11. Watch the SCVTV Community Corner interview here.
 
Today Governor Newsom announced new expectations for the reopening of schools.  The Governor's statement indicates that the Hart District should begin classes on August 11 in an online format.
 
While today's announcements will necessitate time to digest the specifics, I want to be clear that the Board's decision on Wednesday is consistent with these latest guidelines from the State - at least in terms of our immediate next steps for online learning.
 
Stay tuned for more information.  We will push out specific clarifications next week.  
 
Mr. Kuhlman discusses opening District schools on August 11 with five-weeks of online learning before transitioning to the Blended Learning model. See the SCVTV Community Corner interview here.