School Year Truncated

On Monday, May 18, the Alameda Unified Board of Education announced that online instruction would be shortened by six days. The new official last day of instruction will be May 29 instead of June 8.

The decision was made after 79.8 percent of Alameda teachers voted in favor of ending the school year earlier than planned.

“Given the circumstances, I think it was a fair decision,” said Joshua Linville, who teaches English at Encinal High School. “Virtual attendance and work completion was down. Sadly, very few students were actually fully participating in distance learning.”

By ending instruction early, the school district can use the additional six days to plan and prepare for school in the fall, which still may involve classes primarily being online.