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2020-21 South Bay Union Elementary School District Re-Opening Plans
Gary Storts
Friday, July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020

RE: 2020-21 South Bay Union Elementary School District Reopening Plans

Dear Pine Hill and South Bay Community, Our new COVID-19 normal has impacted the most fundamental aspects of how we experience life, including school. Yesterday evening, the South Bay Board of Trustees held a Special Board Meeting and announced that the South Bay Union Elementary School District will begin our school year with a distance learninginstructional model.

One factor unique to the South Bay Union Elementary School District the past several years is the way our students, families, staff, and the community rallies around our schools during difficult times. The district fully understands that reopening with a distance learning instructional model will not be popular with every parent. Some families will feel angry and disappointed in this decision – and those feelings are acknowledged and understood. What I can promise is that I will coordinate the best possible distance learning plan for your children and mine – built on the foundational premise of meeting the learning needs of every student.  Additionally, at board direction, our principals and I will explore ways to give our youngest students, our TK and K students, the opportunity to receive some in-person, on-campus learning time. The board has also asked that the district explore the possibility of providing on-site child care for working families. Details for the distance learning plan, as well as TK and K in-person learning time, and child-care will be presented during the August 13, South Bay School Board Meeting. I trust our school community understands that the decision to open the 2020-21 school year with a distance learning instructional model was made out of the concern for the health and safety of our students and staff. We also understand the burden distance learning places on working families. One thing we can all agree on is our collective desire to return to a sense of normalcy. Simply put, the more we wash our hands, cover our coughs and sneezes, avoid close contact with others outside our family unit, and wear a mask in public, the sooner we will return to in-person, on-campus learning. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, I'd be happy to speak with you at your convenience. I can be reached at 707-267-9174 or at

My Very Best, 

Gary Storts Superintendent
South Bay Union Elementary School District