Important Updates

This page will be used for important messages and policy updates.  It will also be used for updates for our parents, students, staff, and community in the event of an emergency situation.

School Opening Updates

Reopening Waiver/Operations

Secondary School Reopening Plan
Elementary School Reopening Waiver Application (Engl / Span)
Elementary Operations

School Reopening Plan: Guidelines for a Healthy and Safe Return to Our Schools

Week 1: Making Important Decisions For Your Children [Engl] [Span]
Week 2: Cleaning, Cohorting, Movement [Engl] [Span]
Week 3: Busing, Face Coverings, Hygiene [Engl] [Span]
Week 4: Health Screening and Distance Learning Triggers [Engl] [Span]

School Reopening Plan (Complete) [Engl] [Span]

WebEx Meetings for Parents

Superintendent Parent Meetings:

Link to Parent Meeting - School Reopening & Operations Update (3/30/21)
Link to Parent Meeting - Secondary School Reopening Update (3/10/21)
Parent Meeting - State Reopening Update (1/27/21)
Link to Reopening Plan Parent Webinar for K-2nd Grade Parents (11/19/20)
[Recording] Reopening Schools in the Era of COVID-19 (9/30/20)
[Grabacion]Reapertura De Escuelas En La Era Del COVID-19 (9/30/20)
Parent Meeting for School Reopening (8/13/20)
Parent Meeting for School Reopening (7/22/20)

Superintendent Messages to Parents:

May 11, 2021


Dear Parents and Guardians:

As you may be aware, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its recommendations on wearing face coverings outdoors.  These revisions are consistent with scientific research that has determined COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets and is generally spread indoors.  Transmission does not occur during transient passing of another person on a sidewalk, etc. Outdoor transmission may occur in crowded spaces. The California Department of Public Health has also updated its guidance in response to the CDC recommendations:

Consequently, as the weather is becoming warmer, many have asked if children need to continue wearing their face coverings outdoors while at school.  This will depend on the type of activities students are engaged in.Face coverings will continue to be required indoors.

Students may remove their masks outdoors if they are able to maintain social distancing.  

Examples of activities where students can safely socially distance include: 

  • Relaxing on benches or other forms of outdoor seating

  • Playing structured games with small groups 

  • Utilizing play equipment that has physical spacing (swing sets, jump ropes, agility structures)

  • Staggered running/walking or other forms of physical activity and exercise

Examples of activities where students can’t consistently maintain safe social distancing include:

  • Some team sports  

  • Passing periods between classes

  • Lining up for recess or lunch


May 11, 2021

Please allow our site principals, teachers, and support staff the rest of this week (May 10-May 14) to introduce and explain these revised guidelines with students so there is common understanding of when it is acceptable to remove a mask outdoors.

It is important for all of us to remember that the wearing of face coverings is just one strategy in a layered approach to mitigating the spread of COVID-19.  Other strategies include social distancing, practicing good hygiene, daily personal health checks, testing, and the administration of vaccines.

Our District continues to work collaboratively with the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency to monitor COVID-19 cases in our schools.  We have also assisted in the testing of students and the distribution of vaccines to District staff.

We are in the process of scheduling a school-based vaccination clinic for those students ages 12-15 who wish to receive the Pfizer vaccine here in Patterson.  Parental consent will be required, and the clinic will be open to other adult family members as well.

Once the date, time, and location of this clinic is finalized, we will send out information to all our families.

We are happy to have our students back in class and will continue to work with our public health officials to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment in all our classrooms and workplaces.


Philip M. Alfano, Ed.D


Parent Letter - Update on COVID-19 Mitigration Strategies (5/11/21) [Engl] [Span]

Mitigate the Spread Videos

Social Distancing
Self-Screening & Feeling Sick
Wear a Mask
Riding the Bus
Back to School Safety During COVID-19
5-Step Guide to Making Tough Decisions

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