Durham families,

We realize these are very challenging times for all of us, and especially uncomfortable for parents trying to make the best educational decisions for their children. We assure you the Durham Unified School District is working hard to build the best plan possible to keep our students and staff safe while providing the best possible education for all of our students.

Guidance from state and local authorities changes often. The most recent guidance was released from the state on Friday, July 17. This guidance requires schools in a county on the state’s watch list to open in Distance Learning only. A press release on July 20, 2020 suggested Butte County could be on the state’s watchlist by July 25.

DUSD created a Planning Committee to help plan for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. The team has been meeting weekly in an attempt to design a plan that is best for Durham.

Currently, we are developing plans based on the stages in California’s Pandemic Roadmap. The attached documents will show how the district intends to implement safety guidelines, planned educational models based on the stage we are in, and procedures we will follow in the event of a positive COVID-19 test or contact with a person who tested positive.

We are getting this information out now in order to allow parents to ask questions and plan for the unique needs of their children and families. There is much work to be done, but we will have all of our plans in place for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

As the Superintendent, I am always looking for input and ideas for how we can best support our students. Please feel free to reach out to me! I can be reached via email at jbohannon@durhamunified.org of by phone at 895-4675, ext. 227.

Thank you,
John Bohannon