July 31, 2020
Dear Bonita Unified Community,
As shared in a letter on July 15, Bonita Unified will begin the 2020-21 school year with remote instruction/distance learning for all students. Although this is a new model of education for us, it is temporary. What is not temporary is our commitment to high quality teaching and learning, no matter where it takes place. As we prepare to kick off the school year, all BUSD teachers, classified staff, and administrators are hard at work and are committed to continuing to provide our students with the high-caliber instructional program that our communities deserve.
Given the complexities of implementing a distance learning program, Bonita Unified has moved the first day of the 2020-2021 instructional calendar by two (2) days. Thus, the first day of school for students will now be on Wednesday, August 26. Teachers will return on Wednesday, August 19, and will use the week to continue to collaborate and engage in professional development. Our school year will still end as planned on June 10, 2021, as indicated in the revised 2020-2021 Academic School Calendar provided to you with this letter.
The Bonita USD schedule for TK-12 Daily Distance Learning is also included. Please note that all students will receive live daily instruction. The daily schedules include a balance of whole group, small group, intervention, independent instruction, prep and professional development for teachers, etc. Additionally, we know that some students will require additional support beyond the daily schedule. We are in the process of developing plans for an after-school and weekend tutoring program. More information regarding these resources will be forthcoming.
Below is some additional information on important services Bonita Unified will offer while students are distance learning.
Meals: Food Services will continue to provide meals that can be picked up. The locations and times available for the pick up of meals will be determined soon.
Mental Health: School sites are ready and prepared to provide services for those in need of mental health support. Please contact your child’s school site if services are needed.
Daycare: We plan to offer a fee-based daycare program and will give details to parents in the upcoming weeks. Please note - there will be a limited number of daycare spaces available. Parents are encouraged to explore outside daycare options.
All students will be issued a Chromebook to access instruction if needed. Additionally, having a device that connects to the internet is crucial to your student’s education. Our technology department will provide support. Information about the distribution of Chromebooks will be sent home from your child’s school. If your household requires assistance with internet services, please call (909) 971-8377 x8880 or email at HelpDesk@bonita.k12.ca.us
School sites are looking forward to connecting with you to give specific details to the programs offered at each of our 13 school sites. Information regarding the distance learning schedule, school registration, supply pick-up dates, and much more will be coming soon. Please continue to check your emails for information updates. We will post information on the District’s webpage
and social media accounts.
On behalf of the Board of Education, thank you for your continued trust and support during these unprecedented times. Bonita Unified is looking forward to the first day of school, August 26, and the start of another incredible school year for continuing our mission to prepare every student to live their purpose.
Carl J. Coles