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Reopening of School Plan 2020-2021

Current status of our reopening of School Plan 2020-2021   Updated September 27, 2020
Hello Parents and students!
We are happy to announce that Desert Adventist Academy has been granted a waiver to reopen for in-class instruction by the Riverside County Department of Public Health.  Grades K-6th are a part of the reopening plan. Classes are scheduled to resume on Monday, October 5th, 2020 for those families that wish to return to in-class instruction. We will be open and following the reopening plan as agreed to by the County of Riverside DPH. 
For Grades 7th & 8th, DAA will be allowed to accept students for in-class instruction beginning on Tuesday, October 6th. The main reason for the difference is that the county has established a different set of guidelines for Grades 7 and above. Under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy as established by Governor Newsome, we will be following the identical plan, with a modification on what will be allowed in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The main difference for grades 7th & 8th is that the return for in-class instruction will be permitted based on the COUNTY Tier Assignments. The Tier assignments are Level-1 “Widespread-Purple”, Level-2 “Substantial-Red”, Level-3 “Moderate-Orange”, and Level 4 “Minimal-Yellow” when measuring the number of daily new cases and the percent positivity rate of COVID-19. When Riverside County is in Tier 2 or Higher, these guidelines will apply to all schools:
  • Schools in the Widespread (purple) tier aren’t permitted to reopen for in-person instruction, unless they receive a waiver from their local health department for TK-6 grades.
  • Schools can reopen for in-person instruction once their county has been in the Substantial (red) tier for at least two weeks. Schools must follow these guidelines when they reopen or if they have to close again.
As previously noted, many factors play a part in DAA being able to stay open for in-class instruction. Many efforts are being implemented to ensure the children are safe, including but not limited to; personal protective equipment, cohorts, social distancing and the use of masks. Desert Adventist is putting its full support behind re-opening, and is working hard to implement measures for student, and staff safety. Please find listed below the links to procedures and protocols Desert Adventist Academy is implementing for in-person education for students and staff on our campus. 
Anthony Ross, 
School Board Chairman
Covid-19 School Guidance for returning to In-School Instruction
California Department of Public Health Schools Guidance FAQs



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A private Christian school located in Palm Desert, CA

Our school is part of the world-wide Seventh-day Adventist school network.  The Seventh-day Adventist educational system includes elementary and high schools, colleges and universities in countries around the globe.