ACUSD protest

Protesters held up signs outside the ACUSD office on July 2 calling for the return of on-campus learning.

A group of protesters concerned with the current state of education due to the COVID-19 pandemic gathered outside the Amador County Unified School District office on Thursday, July 2 to express their concerns about the possible continuation of distance learning for the 2020-21 school year.

In response to the peaceful protest, ACUSD Superintendent Amy Slavensky reiterated that the district’s ultimate goal is to return to “business as usual” on all school campuses, but added that based on the latest information from Amador County Health Officer Dr. Rita Kerr that “this is not possible right now.”

ACUSD plans on making an official decision about the start of the new school year, based on recommendations from various stakeholder committees, by July 20, which will allow a few weeks to prepare and make necessary adjustments before the first day of school on August 12. Families will be informed of the decision by a phone call or email.

“We ask that you continue to work with us, be as patient as possible, and believe with us that we will be able to open school with options for families so everyone is safe and students are learning,” Slavensky said.