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January 23, 2021

Greenfield schools continue with in-person instruction

New state orders maintain small group instruction practices

GREENFIELD — New orders from the state have not modified existing guidance for the operation of in-person instruction at elementary schools, so Greenfield Union School District has continued with small-group instruction since receiving waiver approval in November.

“We continue to meet with our Reopening Task Force as needed to monitor in-person small groups and to refine our distance learning practices,” said Superintendent Zandra Jo Galvan in a Dec. 4 announcement. “Our 50-plus member task force representing teachers, classified, administration and community members meet regularly to ensure all health, safety, instruction, nutrition, family engagement and social-emotional wellness support continues to be our focus.”

Galvan said the district continues to monitor the performance of small group instruction.

“At this time, small group instructional methods will continue per the California Executive Order, while all other GUSD students will remain in distance learning,” she said.

Last week marked the district’s return to instruction after the Thanksgiving break. The district food service department handed out 5,305 meals to youth ages 1 to 18.

Anyone visiting a Greenfield elementary campus is asked to call first and to enter through a campus Wellness Station to have their temperature checked by school personnel before conducting school business. All visitors are asked to maintain physical distancing, wear a mask and sanitize their hands upon entry.

“The only way we will get back to school safely is if we all do our part,” Galvan said.

As of Saturday, there is a total of 17,546 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Monterey County, including 4,923 in South Monterey County. In Greenfield, there are 1,244 cases, with 948 of those having already recovered.

To help bring down infection numbers, Galvan reminded the community to follow state and county health guidelines.

“I urge you to stay at home, wear a mask, wash your hands, and physically distance from others as much as possible,” Galvan said. “I know this is difficult and I empathize with you; however, the only way we will slow the spread and one day resume in-person instruction for our precious scholars, depends on all of us.”

Sean Roney
Sean Roney
Sean Roney is the reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers education, government and general news for the Salinas Valley communities in South Monterey County.

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