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Dry Creek Transitioning to Modified Day Schedule
Posted 2/2/21

Dear Dry Creek Families, 

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we paused our transition to Modified Day until all Dry Creek schools could meet the latest California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Guidance for K-12 Schools (released January 14, 2021). As stated in our January 20, 2021 message to families, CDPH’s directive on maintaining no less than four feet of distancing between student chairs posed a significant challenge for multiple classrooms throughout the District. Since receiving CDPH’s new guidance, our team has worked tirelessly to solve this problem. Below are key areas that were addressed:

  • Creating a plan to reconfigure available facility areas and classrooms as needed to allow maximum space between students and staff
  • Securing additional staff or extending staff hours
  • Districtwide reallocation of furniture
  • Seeking and receiving clarification from CDPH on distancing guidance
  • Identifying schedule changes and rebalancing classes where appropriate

I am pleased to announce that Dry Creek is now able to meet the latest CDPH guidance. At this time, Dry Creek schools will transition to a Modified Day schedule on the following dates:

February 16, 2021
Antelope Meadows Elementary, Barrett Ranch Elementary, Coyote Ridge Elementary, Creekview Ranch School (all grades), Heritage Oak Elementary, Olive Grove Elementary, and Quail Glen Elementary

February 22, 2021 
Antelope Crossing and Silverado Middle Schools
(Please note that February 22 is the beginning of the trimester and was identified as the least disruptive time for both students and staff to make any necessary schedule changes.)

Combined (Placer and Sacramento County) survey data indicated over 80% of families believe in-person instruction should be increased. Expanding in-person instruction has been our goal since reopening our schools in September. We are excited to offer students valuable, additional in-person instructional minutes and do not anticipate any further delays. However, for our schools to stay safe and stay open, we must continue working together for our layers of mitigation strategies to be effective and keep school transmission rates low. Overwhelmingly, the three most important things you can do to help keep schools safe and open are to conduct daily health screenings (see checklist below), ensure your student wears a mask to school, and keep students home if they are ill, or if someone at home has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Further Modified Day information, including schedules, will be sent to families directly from schools in the coming days. Thank you again for your patience and understanding. We look forward to starting our Modified Day schedule on February 16 and 22, respectively.