Dear Students,

We have spent the past months researching and monitoring the rapidly changing COVID-19 Coronavirus health issue in our county and California. Every step we have taken over the past months to provide education, has been taken only after thoughtful consideration and deep discussions with many who are invested in both the education and well-being of Lytle’s students.

On Friday August 7, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom and the CDC delivered guidance on re-opening higher education. While that brought excitement to the Lytle’s staff, here is what we learned in the days to follow, the County of Sonoma’s health ordinance is not in alignment with the state’s health ordinance and guidance for higher education to reopen at any capacity.  Additionally, by attending town hall meetings and receiving information from our county, it may be several months before higher education will be authorized to open at any capacity in Sonoma County, beyond the distance education model we have been providing.

While we are pleased with the outcome of distance education, we are eager to educate our students in a hybrid model. After careful consideration and discussion, as of Saturday August 29, 2020, we have decided to temporarily postpone classes until we can resume in person classes in a hybrid model of education, consisting of distance education and education in our physical location. Upon returning in a hybrid model, it is our intention to have small groups of students attend class on specific days at our physical location on a rotating schedule, while the remaining student population attends rotating education online, each grouping would have the opportunity for both online and in person training. The staff has worked vigorously to create a hybrid curriculum, and we are excited with the outcome.

Great care and research went into this decision; however, we do regret the hardships this may cause for some of our students. At this time, we believe that is the right step to take for the student’s education.

It was our intention to be able to outline exactly what this looks like for all our students. However, we have been given conflicting information. We have worked diligently trying to get clarification before notifying you. Unfortunately, we have not been given the answers as of today but felt it necessary to inform you of the impending change. Before the end of the week we will reach out to the student body with the remaining details for the temporary class suspension. We are working with our accrediting commission and the Department of Education on whether students should be placed on a Leave of Absence or not. (See Scenario 1 and Scenario 2 Below)

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you all for your loyalty throughout these challenging times, and we are looking forward to re-opening. Please take care of yourselves and stay healthy.


Kathleen Lytle, Owner
Amanda Keith, Director
Deb Prolo, Business Manager

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