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CDPH Order Prevents Transition to Modified Day
Posted 1/21/21

Dear Dry Creek Families, 

On January 14, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued updated directives through the release of new Guidance for K-12 Schools, preventing us from moving forward into a Modified Day schedule as planned. All Dry Creek schools will remain in Hybrid Learning status at this time.

Specifically, CDPH’s directive on distancing between student chairs mandates “under no circumstances should distance between student chairs be less than 4 feet.” This is problematic not just for our classrooms but for classrooms throughout the State. After thoroughly analyzing class sizes and floor plans, we currently cannot meet this new requirement in many classrooms across the District. It is disheartening and frustrating that despite Dry Creek schools operating safely in-person since September, we cannot currently expand our services to students and families.

CDPH guidance is a public health directive that applies to all public and private schools operating in California. Under operative executive orders and provisions of the California Health and Safety Code, schools must comply with orders and guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health and relevant local health departments (CDPH 1/14/21).

As of now, there is nothing that indicates CDPH will update guidance anytime soon. However, if anything changes, and we can expand in-person instruction, we will notify families immediately. Until then, we will continue working diligently toward a full reopening of our schools and delivering high-quality, in-person education to our students via our hybrid format. Thank you for your ongoing flexibility as we continue to navigate evolving health conditions, State directives, and public health orders.


Brad Tooker, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District