The Claremont Unified School District Board of Supervisors has rescheduled and restructured tomorrow’s virtual community meetings in an effort to assuage working parents who had voiced concern over their timing.
The meetings are now being combined into two identical presentations and Q and A sessions—the first from 9 to 11 a.m. and the second session from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 30. Parents and caregivers of all CUSD students from PK through 12th grades are invited to attend either meeting.
With Claremont Unified School District officially going to online school in the fall, parents and caregivers are readying for their new role as de-facto homeschool teachers and those who work outside the home are balancing this responsibility with full-time employment. Adjusting to the new, ever-changing normal has forced parents and caregivers to delve into a whole host of new skill sets. And, like most issues these days, the reviews are mixed.
The Claremont Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday that all students will attend online school when classes begin September 2.
Each of the five board members sited public health as the overriding reason for supporting the move.
Claremont High School Principal Brett O’Connor announced on Thursday that due to the recent spike in coronavirus cases the school is cancelling its in-person graduation ceremony scheduled for July 30. In its place they will have a drive up commencement at the school on July 28 and 29 between the hours of 2 and 8 p.m. COUREIR photo/Steven Felschundneff
Already facing unprecedented pressure and looming financial setbacks from a worldwide pandemic and California’s spiking COVID numbers, the schools were rocked last week by President Donald Trump’s announcement that the US Department of Homeland Security would pull visas from international college students and order to return to their home countries if they did not attend at least some classes in person, on college campuses.
The Claremont Unified School District Board of Education tomorrow will decide whether to reverse course, when it votes on a recommendation “to open the 2020-2021 school year in Phase One of CUSD's ‘COVID-19 2020-21 Return To School Continuum Plan,’ and to remain in this phase until further notice.”
If it passes, all students will be attend online school when classes begin September 2.
Claremont Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to implement a “blended learning program” for 2020-2021, and to open up each of its 10 campuses for in-person learning beginning September 2.
In approving the recommendation from the district’s reopening task force it mandated the following steps.
Charles Jiang and Salma Mohideen recently started Claremont Fresh, a free service connecting volunteers with Claremont residents who are in need of assistance with grocery shopping or running errands The pair are still looking for more Claremonters in need of a hand and those who want to be errand runners.
A line of Claremont High School seniors receive congratulations on their graduation from parents and former teachers as they walk past Sycamore Elementary School on Monday in Claremont. The parade served as a coronavirus-era stand in for the “senior day” tradition where graduates return to their grade schools to greet the current elementary students. COURIER photo Steven Felschundneff
Claremont High School graduate Hannah Gransden poses for a picture in front of the school on Saturday with her sister CHS alumni Abigail Gransden. The class of 2020 was on campus to retrieve their caps and gowns, but also to have a formal picture taken and give a brief video testimonial. The commencement ceremony scheduled for this week has been put off until July 31, however, it remains unclear what exactly that graduation will look like. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont High School juniors Charles Jiang, right, and Salma Mohideen, center, with the assistance of Angie Gushue, launched a new free online technology school called Easy Code 4 Kids. The organization currently offers three classes, coding for kids under 13 coding for teens and coding for kids with autism. In addition to Angie they have recruited two more friends, Lucas Rival and Lily Widrig, to be coding tutors. A complete story will be in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Long serving director of Claremont High School theater Krista Elhai had intended to retire at the end of the spring semester, however the coronavirus shut down has put those plans on hold for a year. There will be some interesting challenges when school begins in fall like what do you do with a team of theater students when you can’t hold theatrical shows. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
With the popular Youth and Tracks activities centers closed, the City of Claremont announced that it was opening a Virtual Activities Center beginning Monday. “The Human Services Department has launched a Virtual Activity Center (VAC) on the Claremont City website that offers fun and interactive virtual activities in an effort to promote community involvement from the safety of one’s own home,” the city said in a statement.
Chaparral Elementary School teachers line Chaparral Drive and wave to their students as they pass by in a series of automobiles on Wednesday in Claremont. The event, called a “social distancing parade to show our love and support,” was conceived as a way for Chaparral parents, teachers and students to reconnect after weeks of distance learning. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff