On May 13, 2021 the SJUSD Board of Trustees voted to instruct Superintendent Ryan Holman to pursue ways of bringing all students receiving in-person learning into the classroom four days a week. The change would bring A and B groups into the classroom in the mornings on the four days students are currently attending, with Wednesdays staying a remote day. For students who stayed on distance learning full-time, they will attend classes virtually in the afternoon. Currently, a third of students have remained in distance learning.
On April 21, a special board meeting was called where teachers, parents, and students largely voiced disapproval of the district’s direction. Some concerns were about how to keep students socially distanced if the classroom is full and about why such a big change is taking place with only limited days left in the school year.
Despite those concerns, the Board inevitably voted to continue the same course, even ignoring the Board’s President, Marcus Hernandez’s cautions against such a decision. The change to four days of in-person learning is scheduled to begin May 10, 2021.