Families cautiously applaud first step to safely reopen
schools in West Contra Costa Unified School District
Jennifer Peck or Kelly Hardy
West Contra Costa Safe Open Schools
firstname.lastname@example.org or @openwcc
March 5, 2021, WEST CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA – Late last night, after a prolonged closed session, the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) board unanimously voted to direct district staff to begin reopening negotiations with the district’s 5 unions. This is a critical first step in creating an agreement for safely reopening schools.
West Contra Costa Safe Open Schools (WCCSOS) – a group of parents, caregivers, students, teachers, staff, and community members from across WCCUSD – is cautiously optimistic. WCCUSD Board President Phillips stated his support for in-person school for grades TK-6 for families who want it, and a limited number of students on campus for grades 7-12, by April 1. Trustee Gonzalez-Hoy said he wants the district to start by bringing students back in small cohorts, with teachers returning to the classroom on a voluntary basis.
“This is good news and a pivotal step towards reopening. However, there’s still a lot of work to do, and we will continue watching carefully and speaking up until there’s a specific and transparent plan that puts kids first,” said Jennifer Peck, parent advocate with WCCSOS.
The group is holding a rally today to continue to call for a limited spring reopening and a full fall opening of in-person classes. WCCUSD appears to be the only major district in the East Bay without a timeline or comprehensive plan for reopening.
“We simply can’t keep up with the demands of distance learning for our kindergartner and 1st grader much longer,” said Jesse Montano, WCCSOS advocate and dad of 2 students with IEPs. “I’m grateful that county leaders are working to offer vaccinations to teachers and staff, and that the board is responding to the needs of my kids and so many others.”
WHAT: Kids’ rally – reopening schools is an act of love!
WHO: West Contra Costa Safe Open Schools
WHEN: Friday, March 5, 2021, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
WHERE: All Corners of Cutting Blvd and San Pablo Avenue
(El Cerrito Del Norte BART Station)
NOTES: Parents/caregivers and students will be available to speak to the media.
Kids will be coloring signs that say “Reopening schools is an act of love.”