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
People driving past Claremont High School on Tuesday no doubt saw a smattering of homemade signs planted in front of the school with messages like “CHS best teachers ever,” “happy teacher day,” and “thank you,” The signs, which popped up sometime the previous night, were apparently placed to show support for our local instructors during National Teacher Appreciation Week which runs through Friday. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
With the recent decision to make online learning mandatory and issue grades for the remainder of the 2020 academic year, Claremont Unified School District has sparked a debate among students and parents that touches on issues of privilege, and whether academic normalcy is appropriate during this extraordinarily abnormal time.
“Distance learning,” had been optional since CUSD schools were closed March 14.
Claremont public school students will not be returning to in-person classes for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year following actions last week from the governor on down to our local superintendent. In a letter to “parents, guardians and students” sent on April 1, Claremont Unified School District Superintendent Jim Elsasser expressed his regret in making the difficult decision to extend the school closures, but believes it is the correct decision to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
During a special meeting on Tuesday of the Claremont Unified School District’s Board of Education, former member Mary Caenepeel was appointed to fill the board seat left vacant when Beth Bingham resigned last month. Ms. Caenepeel, who served on the board from 2005 until 2013, will complete the remaining months of Ms. Bingham’s term, which is set to expire at the end of November 2020.
Board member Beth Bingham stepped down from the Claremont Unified School District board of education at last Thursday’s meeting because she has moved out of the area for work.
Ms. Bingham was first elected to the school board in 2007, but decided to not re-run in 2011 to devote more time to her husband, who was facing health issues.
Claremont is known for PhDs and trees. And, apparently, for its active book clubs.
There are 45 book clubs that meet in Claremont. The groups range from eight to 12 book lovers, convening monthly to share their thoughts and reflections on whichever book their group has collectively agreed to read.