Principal’s Message for March 31, 2021
With the steady reduction in the number of new daily COVID-19 cases in Kern County, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has allowed the Kern High School District to reduce many restrictions that were in place and allowing students to return on campus. Most outdoor sports and activities have begun including cheerleading and pep band, with indoor sports expected to return on April 12th. All of these still have safety protocols in place, are limited in size, and have shortened seasons, but it’s wonderful to see the students back on campus!
In the coming weeks, students who wish to return to campus for in-person instruction will be able to do so. Those who wish to remain in distance learning will also be able to do so since all teachers will return to school on April 12th and teach simultaneously to both distance learners and students in class. IHS will continue with the same Maroon and Silver Day block schedules, and the dates for returning each grade level to campus is listed below. Within the next week, we will post further details on our website so you can make an educated decision as to whether you wish for your student to return to school or learn online from home.
Tuesday, April 6th: Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Monday, April 12th: Seniors
Wednesday, April 21st: Freshmen
Wednesday, April 28th: Sophomores and Juniors
We are scheduled to have the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021 in Falcon Stadium on Wednesday, June 9th, starting at 6:30 pm. Unless the CDPH and Kern County Public Health guidance changes, it will look similar to last year’s graduation with 2 guests sitting next to each graduate on the field, separated by 6 feet from the next group, while wearing masks and having the event live-streamed so others may watch from home.
As always, this is the current plan for the district as of this writing. More restrictions could be lifted down the road, or if the infection rates go in the wrong direction, we could be required to go back to a more restrictive environment.
We look forward to meeting more of our students and hope your family continues to stay safe.
Dean Juola, Principal