News & Announcements

Shooting at a Texas Elementary School

Dear Families of Santa Cruz County,
Our hearts are broken as we learn of the loss of 18 children and a teacher in a devastating act of violence today at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. As educators and parents, we grieve with the families
of the victims and the Uvalde community. Please see the joint letter from all Santa Cruz County school districts.

Appreciating our Staff

This week, we are celebrating Staff Appreciation. At our April Board meeting, the BDUESD Board of Trustees passed a resolution recognizing the work we strive to accomplish with our students and community.

Governor Announces New Masking Guidance After March 11, 2022: Joint Communication from all SC County School Districts

With declining case rates and hospitalizations, today Governor Newsom announced that after 11:59 p.m. on March 11 masking indoors for schools and childcare facilities will transition from being required to being highly recommended. Until after March 11, schools of Santa Cruz
County will continue to require students and staff to mask while indoors. After this date, masks will remain “highly recommended” for all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status.

No matter our disagreements, teachers deserve to be treated with respect--Dr. Sabbah's Community Article

One of the first lessons we teach our children is to respect others – to treat each other as we would want to be treated even when we may disagree. Unfortunately, in recent weeks some in our community have fallen short of that mark. We’ve been dismayed to witness as teachers and staff in our county have been cursed at by parents while children are present over disagreements around COVID-19 mitigation policies.

Updated Outdoor Masking Policy

Thank you to the roughly 80% of our families who responded to our survey regarding our outdoor masking policy. Ninety percent of survey respondents support changing the outdoor masking policy to optional and
encouraged.

Updated Guidance for Sports & Extracurricular Activities

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been committed to protecting our school community by closely adhering to guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Under operative executive orders, State Public Health Officer Orders, Cal/OSHA Workplace Safety and Health Regulations, and provisions of the California Health and Safety
Code, schools must comply with orders and guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health and relevant local health departments to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health.

Most recently, following this guidance has been challenging when on January 12, CDPH produced two contradictory models for notification, contact tracing, testing, and quarantine.
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