Dear Wonderful ECP Families,
I hope this letter finds you and your family safe and well. Thank you for your unwavering commitment to support your student’s learning during this challenging time.
As of last week, we had an average of 92% of students attend class daily! This achievement is due to your hard work and active involvement in distance learning. We are excited to continue this online journey with our students where we will all connect, learn, and grow along the way.
STATE GUIDELINES FOR RE-OPENING SCHOOLS
As of 8/28/20, Governor Newsom replaced the State’s County Monitoring list with a new tiered framework, a ‘blueprint for a safer economy,’ that continues to monitor County movement and lays out the process for tightening or loosening restrictions on activities and businesses.
The State will observe a 7-day average of a daily case rate and test positivity within each county as the leading indicators, reassessing the tiers every Tuesday:
- Tier 4: Minimal (Yellow) – Less than 1 new coronavirus case per 100,000 people, and a test positivity rate under 2%.
- Tier 3: Moderate (Orange) – Between 1 and 3.9 new cases per 100,000 people and a positivity rate between 2 and 4.9%.
- Tier 2: Substantial (Red) – 4-7 new cases per 100,000 people, and a positivity rate between 5 and 8%.
- Tier 1: Widespread (Purple) – More than 7 daily new cases per 100,000 people, and a positivity rate above 8%.
Important to note that counties can only move one tier at a time, have to wait 21 days before they can do so, and have to meet metrics for the next tier for 2 straight weeks before they can shift tiers. The State has set guidelines that will allow, but not require schools to physically re-open for in-person instruction once the county has reached the ‘Red’ Tier 2 for at least (2) weeks.
SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ENDEAVOR COLLEGE PREP?
Health and safety for our entire community continues to be our top priority. Earlier this summer, Endeavor College Prep announced that we will not return to in-person learning until it is safe to do so. While the health data in Los Angeles County has generally improved, our county remains in the “widespread” tier – the most dangerous level for transmission of the disease. This means that schools, including Endeavor College Prep, are not authorized to open for in-person learning. We have also previously communicated that we will not return to any potential in-person learning until the end of the fall.
Given where Los Angeles County currently stands on the statewide tiered framework, we can now say that we will NOT be returning to in-person learning before October 14, and have made the decision to remain in distance learning until we break for winter vacation on December 18th. Health experts are predicting that counties will fluctuate between these tiers, especially with the likelihood of a second wave of infection this fall. We believe our students’ health and academic interests will be best served through a stable, high-quality distance learning program, rather than an unpredictable cycle of opening and closing.
We will be using the next three months to continue to strengthen the delivery of our online programming and to prepare for a safe and strategic in-person return. We wanted to provide context for how we are currently evaluating the situation, and how we will make decisions moving forward, if and when local health data improves.
Our incredible team continues to monitor health guidelines and prepare for all scenarios, ensuring that appropriate systems are in place before any potential return to in-person learning. Rest assured, we will not return to in-person learning until it is safe and ECP is ready to do so. If and when it’s safe to return to school in-person, we are committed to giving at least two weeks’ notice before we resume. As well, if and when it is safe to return in-person, ECP will give families the option to have their own children continue with 100% distance learning, when the rest of the school begins in-person instruction.
As we work diligently to finalize guidelines for a safe learning environment at all our schools for our community, please see the latest measures we are taking to minimize health risks to students, staff and families, if and when we do return to campus this school year, centered around the following systems:
- Intensified Cleaning, Disinfecting, Ventilation & Facility Upgrades
- Physical Distancing Routines, Protocols & Procedures
- General COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures
Of course, we will continue to keep you informed of our reopening plans as local health conditions evolve. We appreciate your patience and partnership as we continue to navigate this unique season of learning.
Head of School