AIK and Girls Program Updates (June 29, 2020)

As you may know, last Tuesday, June 23, the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) School Board voted on the 2020-21 new school schedules. There will be two elementary options next year: a remote learning program and a flexible learning program. From the district’s website, this is the definition of the flexible learning program:

“What is the elementary school schedule for the Flexible Learning Program?
Under the approved schedule, small groups (maximum of 12) of elementary school students will be assigned to attend school in either the morning or afternoon on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesdays, students will do ‘asynchronous’ (independent) work, while teachers prepare their lessons and collaborate and custodians clean the campuses.”

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We have had many inquiries as to when we are going to begin enrolling for our Alameda Island Kids (AIK) school-based program and our Girls Inc. center-based program now that this new schedule is confirmed. Our staff is currently working on plans for how we can safely reopen our programs for the school year while supporting AUSD’s new schedule and complying with the Alameda County Public Health guidelines.

However, before we confirm our Girls Inc. and AIK program plans, we need additional information from AUSD such as confirmed times for Group A and Group B. Additionally, and most importantly for AIK, we need confirmation that we can rent our usual classroom and multi-purpose room locations at our AIK sites (Bay Farm, Earhart, Edison, Franklin, and Otis) before we can enroll any families. For AIK, we also need to know if we would be allowed on school campuses on Wednesdays. Lastly, for both programs, we need to know when parents will be informed if their child(ren) are in Group A or Group B, which may impact their decision to enroll in either of our programs.

Our goal is to have our program plans in place by July 17. Then we will work on determining program fees and creating new enrollment forms. We will aim to begin program enrollment by the end of July. We understand that parents are anxious to enroll in our programs and secure childcare for their child(ren). Please know that this is our wish as well. However, we need many details answered before we can make any concrete decisions.

Please continue to check back here on our website and our Girls Inc. of the Island City Facebook page, as well as your inbox, for updates. You can always reach out to me directly at cchilcott@girlsincislandcity.org with any questions as well.

Respectfully,
Christine Chilcott
Chief Executive Officer
Girls Inc. of the Island City


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