This is the introduction to the Loma Prieta Joint Union School District School Reopening Plan - Stage 2 Hybrid Learning Model of Spring 2021

Superintendent’s Message

The Loma Prieta Joint Union School District, along with districts across the country, have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mitigation of coronavirus transmission risks has been at the forefront of our planning for the 2020-2021 academic school year as the safety of our students, staff, and families is paramount.

Background

The District has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation since news of a novel coronavirus began in  January 2020. On March 17, shelter-in-place was mandated by the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health (SCCPHD). In less than 48 hours, our dedicated teachers and staff pivoted to distance-learning. Students attended class online with their teachers. Chromebooks and wireless hot-spots were deployed to students who needed them. Teachers and leadership teams collaborated during online professional development and Zoom became a household name.

As the end of the 2019-2020 school year approached, HSC volunteers and staff organized innovative online promotion ceremonies for our 5th and 8th graders.

During the summer, staff and the Board of Trustees planned for Hybrid and Distance Learning models for 2020-2021 and surveyed parents/staff. As it became clear in mid-July that county COVID-19 spread would not permit reopening of schools, the district again pivoted to full Distance Learning to start the 2020-2021 school year.        

                                                                                 

                         The Superintendent's Stage 2 School Reopening Task Force, Loma Prieta Classified Association (CSEA), and Loma Prieta Teachers Association (CTALP) were very supportive in the team effort to successfully launch Distance Learning on August 13, 2020. Preparation was truly a team effort. Staff went above and beyond during the busy weeks leading up to the first day of school. School opened in Full Distance Learning with both synchronous and asynchronous learning every day for all students.

In September 2020, the Superintendent's Stage 2 School Reopening Task Force was convened to collaboratively refine plans for a shift to hybrid in-person learning. The task force met from September through December 2020, resulting in Board-approved plans for a January 19, 2021 return to hybrid in-person learning. Due to an unanticipated surge in COVID-19 transmissions in Santa Clara County, health metrics prevented us from opening as planned.

On January 14, 2021, the California Public Health Department released new health metrics for school reopening which were outlined in the COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework and Public Health Guidance for K-12 SChool in California, 2020-2021 School Year. As such, our school reopening plans and timelines were adjusted to allow for a return to in-person hybrid instruction beginning  March 8, 2021.

We are proud of how Loma Prieta families and staff have come together during this extended time of stress and uncertainty. We’re profoundly grateful for the patience, resilience, professionalism, and kindness shown by our entire learning community. We remain committed to ensuring each and every student receives an outstanding educational experience to the safest extent possible.

Lisa Fraser, Superintendent

  1. Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework and Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools

The elements of our school reopening plan are  based upon the California Department of Public Health COVID-19 Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework and Public Health Guidance for K-12 SChools in California, 2020-2021 School Year. We will continue to consult with the CAlifornia Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD) and the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE), and will update our reopening plan as needed and as additional information becomes available. All district protocols will comply with and be responsive to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

Our district administration, school staff and Stage 2 School Reopening Task Force have carefully reviewed key conditions and  crucial criteria for school reopening, while also considering  feedback from a variety of perspectives in formulating our Stage 2 Hybrid Learning Model with the intent of safely opening our schools in March 2021.

LPJUSD would like to express our appreciation for the employees and parents  who helped to inform this plan through engaged participation on our Stage 2 School Reopening Task Force.  Their generosity in sharing their experiences and ideas is greatly appreciated.

On February 10, 2021, the Loma Prieta Joint Union School District Board of Trustees authorized reopening as outlined in this plan.

  1. Return to Campus Guidance

The  State released detailed guidelines that set the following metrics for reopening on January 14, 2021.   This guidance is a public health direction that applies to all public and private schools operating in California. It separates the District grade levels into two groups with a different metric for each group.

Grades K-6        

The adjusted case rate has been less than 25 cases per 100,000

population per day for at least 5 consecutive days which allows for K-6 schools to reopen in the current purple tier of the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Grades 7-12        

The adjusted case rate must be less than 7 cases per 100,000 population per day for at least 5 consecutive days for 7-12 schools to be eligible to reopen.

The adjusted case rate (cases per 100,000) is only updated weekly, and it can be found on the Santa Clara County Public Health Blueprint Dashboard. 

Based upon current health metrics, the following dates have been approved for a return to in-person instruction:

Loma Elementary School return date: March 8, 2021.        

C.T. English (6th grade only) return date: March 22, 2021.         C.T. English (7th and 8th grade) return date: Pending    

               

  1. Roomers and Zoomers

Roomers at School & Zoomers from Home

Instructional Flexibility

Our intention is to provide students with interactive and meaningful learning experiences. This model does not require students to be “on-screen” for the entire instructional day. However, students will still be using technology to access learning management systems (SeeSaw, Google, etc.). Roomers students may also use Zoom at the discretion of the classroom teacher.

We have highly qualified, professional, creative, and dedicated teachers.  Their strength in instructional planning and workshop/small group models will continue to serve our students in an In-person and Zoomer model.  Like previous school settings, teachers will use their professional discretion to plan for the learning activities each  school day.  Within each instructional block, teachers may present whole group lessons, small groups/breakout rooms, independent work time, and a variety of other learning scenarios that are developmentally appropriate for each grade.    

  1. Schedules

Kindergarten Schedule

This schedule outlines the instruction schedule for students participating in the hybrid learning model.

Kindergarten Schedule:

Monday through Friday from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m., all students participate in the morning meeting either in-person or via Zoom.

Monday and Thursday from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. (w/20 minute staggered break), cohort 1 in person students receive direct instruction while cohort 2 and distance learning students work asynchronously with tutorial access.

Tuesday and Friday from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. (w/20 minute staggered break), cohort 2 in person students receive direct instruction while cohort 1 and distance learning students work asynchronously with tutorial access.

Wednesdays from 9:00 - noon, all students participate in asynchronous learning and assigned special classes.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 11:30 a.m., all students are dismissed

Monday through Friday from noon to 1:00 p.m., all students enjoy lunch at home.

Monday through Friday from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., all students have access to teachers’ office hours.

Key Points of Kindergarten Schedule

1.         Wednesdays: All students will Zoom into Morning Meeting. The remainder of the day will be asynchronous/independent. Teachers will be available during office hours. Music and PE will occur virtually on Wednesday mornings, specific schedules will be shared by your child’s classroom teacher.

2.         Dismissal is at 11:30 a.m.

2.         Distance Learning and Asynchronous Zoomers will have access to Virtual Tutorial for instructional assistance at any time during the school day.

3.         All students will have access to their teacher during office hours daily from 1-2 p.m.

1st Grade Schedule

This schedule outlines first grade instruction for those students participating in hybrid learning.

      1st Grade Schedule

Monday through Friday from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m., all students participate in the morning meeting either in person or via Zoom.

Monday and Thursday from 9:00 - noon (w/20 minute staggered break), cohort 1 in person students receive direct instruction while cohort 2 and distance learning students work asynchronously with tutorial access.

Tuesday and Friday from 9:00 - noon (w/20 minute staggered break), cohort 2 in person students receive direct instruction while cohort 1 and distance learning students work asynchronously with tutorial access.

Wednesdays from 9:00 - noon, all students participate  in asynchronous learning and assigned special classes.

Monday through Friday at noon all students are dismissed.

Monday through Friday from 12:30  to 1:00 p.m., all students enjoy lunch at home.

Monday through Friday from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., all students have access to teachers’ office hours.

Key Points of 1st Grade Schedule

1.         Wednesdays: All students will Zoom into Morning Meeting. The remainder of the day will be asynchronous/independent. Teachers will be available during office hours.

2.         Specialist classes will occur virtually on Wednesdays and on select afternoons during 1-2 p.m. Specific classroom schedules will be shared by your child’s teacher.

3.         Dismissal is at 12:00 p.m. Teachers may assign additional independent learning activities for Roomers throughout the week.

4.         Distance Learning and Asynchronous Zoomers will have daily access to Virtual Tutorial for instructional assistance at any time.

5.         All students will have access to teacher office hours daily from 1-2 p.m.

2nd Grade Schedule

This schedule outlines second grade instruction for those students participating in hybrid learning.

       2nd Grade Schedule

Monday through Friday from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m., all students participate in the morning meeting either in person or via Zoom.

Monday and Thursday from 9:00 - noon (w/20 minute staggered break), cohort 1 in person students receive direct instruction while cohort 2 and distance learning students work asynchronously with tutorial access.

Tuesday and Friday from 9:00 - noon (w/20 minute staggered break), cohort 2 in person students receive direct instruction while cohort 1 and distance learning students work asynchronously with tutorial access.

Wednesdays from 9:00 - noon, all students participate in asynchronous learning and assigned special classes.

Monday through Friday at noon all students are dismissed.

Monday through Friday from 12:30  to 1:00 p.m., all students enjoy lunch at home.

        Monday through Friday from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., all students have access to teachers’ office hours.

Key Points of 2nd Grade Schedule

1.         Wednesdays: All students will Zoom into Morning Meeting. The remainder of the day will be asynchronous/independent. Teachers will be available during office hours.

2.         Students in full distance learning (Zoomers) will have a dedicated distance learning teacher. This teacher will create the schedule and learning experiences for full distance learning students.

3.         Specialist classes will occur virtually throughout the week including afternoons during 1-2 p.m. Specific classroom schedules will be shared by your child’s teacher.

4.         Dismissal is at 12:00 p.m. Teachers may assign additional independent learning activities for Roomers throughout the week.

5.         All students will have access to teacher office hours daily from 1-2 p.m.

3rd-5th Grade Schedule

This schedule outlines third - fifth grade instruction for those students participating in hybrid learning.

        3rd-5th  Grade Schedule

Monday through Friday from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m., all students participate in the morning meeting either in person or via Zoom.

Monday and Thursday from 9:00 - noon (w/20 minute staggered break), cohort 1 in person students receive direct instruction while cohort 2 and distance learning students work asynchronously with tutorial access.

Tuesday and Friday from 9:00 - noon (w/20 minute staggered break), cohort 2 in person students receive direct instruction while cohort 1 and distance learning students work asynchronously with tutorial access.

Wednesdays from 9:00 - 12:30 p.m., all students participate in asynchronous learning and assigned special classes.

Monday through Friday at noon all students are dismissed.

Monday through Friday from 12:30  to 1:00 p.m., all students enjoy lunch at home.

         Monday through Friday from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., all students have access to teachers’ office hours.

This schedule outlines first grade instruction for those students participating in hybrid learning.Key Points of 3rd-5th Grade Schedule

1.         Wednesdays: All students will Zoom into Morning Meeting. The remainder of the day will be asynchronous/independent. Teachers will be available during office hours.

2.         Students in full distance learning (Zoomers) will connect with their classroom via Zoom as instructed by their classroom teacher. Your child’s classroom teacher will provide the specific schedule for your child.

3.        Specialist classes will occur virtually throughout the week including afternoons during 1-2 p.m. Specific classroom schedules will be shared by your child’s teacher.

4.        Dismissal is at 12:00 p.m. Teachers may assign additional independent learning activities for Roomers throughout the week.

5.         All students will have access to teacher office hours daily from 1-2 p.m.

6th through 8th Grade Schedule

This schedule outlines middle school instruction for those students participating in hybrid learning.

  6th - 8th  Grade Schedule

Monday and Thursday cohort 1 attend in person.  Tuesday and Friday cohort 2 attend in person.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday distance learning students attend via Zoom.

8:30 - 9:05 a.m. period 1.

9:10 - 9:45 a.m. period 2

9:50 - 10:25 a.m. period 3

10:35 - 11:10 a.m. period 4

11:15 - 11:50 a.m. period 5

11:55 - 12:30 p.m. period 6

12:30 dismissal

12:30 - 1:00 p.m. students enjoy lunch at home.

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. all students have access to teachers’ office hours.

Wednesday 8:30 - 9:05 a.m. all students Zoom with period 1 teacher.  Periods 2 - 6 all students participate  in asynchronous learning.

Key Points of 6-8 Schedule

  1. The Roomers and Zoomers Model will be used for all periods, 1-6.  
  2. Middle school students will remain in their currently assigned Cohort.  
  3. On Wednesdays, all students attend their 1st period class virtually from home. The remainder of the school day will be asynchronous/independent learning. Teachers will be available for office hours
  4. Students will need to wear workout clothes to school on their currently scheduled PE days.
  5. Transitions between periods is extended to prevent congregating of students
  1. Safety Measures for Employees

The safety of staff is of utmost importance in planning for reopening. Risk mitigation for teachers and other employees are similar to those recommended for other essential workers. Staff will follow all safety guidelines, including hand hygiene, disinfecting, and symptom monitoring. Stable cohorts, physical distancing, and face coverings continue to be the primary means to reduce the risk of transmission.

  1. Cohorting

The purpose of establishing cohorts is to reduce the number of participants in a class and to limit the mixing of students and staff so that if anyone develops an infection, the number of exposures is reduced.

  1. Testing 

We will be contracting with Curative to implement on-site testing for staff and students.  Frequency of testing is based upon local conditions.    

Case Rate

Staff and Students (as indicated)

<1/100K

Symptomatic & Response Testing

1-3.9/100K

Symptomatic & Response Testing

4-7/100K

Symptomatic & Response Testing

Every 2 Weeks Asymptomatic Testing

>7/100K

Symptomatic & Response Testing

Every 2 Weeks Asymptomatic Testing

>25/100K

Symptomatic & Response Testing

Weekly Asymptomatic Testing

  1. Community Supports & Commitments

To facilitate the reopening of schools and to keep them open, we ask that staff and the school community follow all Santa Clara County and State COVID health and safety guidelines and advisories.

All parents will be asked to review the health and safety provisions shared by the District and agree to them prior to returning to Inperson learning.

  1. Screening 

Screening is often done to prevent symptomatic individuals from entering a school or workplace. Typical screening includes taking temperature with a non-touch thermometer and using a questionnaire for symptoms or exposure.

In order to prevent the spread of infection, students, teachers and other employees who have signs/symptoms of COVID-19 are advised to stay home until they are symptom free and/or until they have a negative test for COVID-19. Decisions about testing and returning to school, including those who have had an exposure to COVID-19, will be guided by Public Health recommendations.

  1. Physical/Social Distancing 

The objective of physical distancing is to reduce the likelihood of contact that may lead to transmission. All staff and students must practice 6 feet social distancing at all times while on campus. Physical distancing will be a primary method used for implementing hybrid in-person learning for all grade levels.

Classrooms 

Parking Lot 

Large gatherings/assembly 

Recess/Break

  Snack 

Outdoor and other activities

 

If each of us wears a mask, everyone is protected.

  1. Face Coverings 

The current State guidelines require the use of face coverings. As long as this is the guideline, all staff and students will be expected to comply with face coverings.

  1. Hand Hygiene 

COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses are almost exclusively spread by respiratory droplet transmission. As a result, and because virus shedding may occur prior to symptom onset or in the absence of symptoms, routine, frequent and proper hand hygiene (soap and water or hand sanitizer) is critical to limit transmission. Hand hygiene is an effective strategy to prevent the spread of most respiratory viruses including the coronavirus, particularly during the pre- symptomatic phase of the illness.

  1. Ventilation 

Properly installed and maintained Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioner (HVAC) systems are key to ensuring healthy indoor air quality in school learning environments. Research continues to add to the evolving knowledge that environmental conditions and airflow influence the transmissibility of COVID-19.

  1. Cleaning and Sanitizing

Facilities and Maintenance will clean and sanitize school sites every day.  Cleaning involves wiping down high-touch surfaces to remove surface contaminants.  This process removes germs and dirt from surfaces, but does not kill germs.

Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces by physically removing or killing germs.  LPJUSD uses high-grade sprayers with an EPA approved sanitizing product for use against COVID-19.  All classrooms and offices and common areas will be sprayed on a standardized schedule.

  1. Student Services & Special Education

The Loma Prieta School District has developed a multi-tiered systems of support framework that is a universal support for all students which will continue to be implemented during our distance learning and hybrid-reopening plan. This framework includes the development of targeted interventions to support student learning in academics and provides integrated social emotional and behavioral interventions.  The 2020-21 school year marked the launch of our fully remote MTSS intervention framework. The strategies and interventions are designed to support the unique needs of all students in response to help mitigate impacts of school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic and potential learning loss.  If your child has been referred and is currently receiving early intervention service(s),  those services will continue to be provided remotely as deemed appropriate by the service providers and under the direction of the Student Services department.  At risk students receiving the above-mentioned services upon reopening will be notified of the modified school schedule commensurate with changes in the general education programs.  

English language learners will continue to be supported by EL specialists in collaboration with their assigned teacher. Student progress toward English Language Development will be monitored by formative assessments and the ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessment for CA). The ELPAC will be administered per CA State mandate. We have added an outreach liaison to work with our English learner families during distance learning to assist with remote translation services, technology support, etc. Expanded intervention supports will be available to all students with unique needs, including English learners, pupils with exceptional needs served across the full continuum of placements, pupils in foster care, students who are experiencing homelessness, low-income families, and/or students who are below grade level as these needs are identified.

Students with disabilities currently eligible under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and students currently eligible for Special Education services will continue to receive supports and related service(s) congruent with the general Roomers and Zoomers education plan outlined in this document (i.e., following the bell schedule for general education programs, zooming from home or on campus locations as appropriate or necessary).

This will continue to necessitate some adjustments to the current 504 plans and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) to ensure students receive services upon reopening with the modified school schedule commensurate with changes in the general education programs.

The district prioritizes a smooth transition upon returning to school, to support this transition students K-6th grade will not be pulled out of their general education classroom the first week of in-person instruction.  This will allow students the opportunity to acclimate to the modified environments and classroom/school routines, instead itinerant staff may provide remote synchronous/asynchronous and/or in-person support services as deemed appropriate by the service provider under the guidance of the Student Services and Special Education Department.  Parents and teachers will be notified in advance of changes that directly impact their child or student.  During the K-6th grade students’ first week back to school all assigned service providers will provide consultation services to support students and personnel the first week of school reopening.      

During the current state of emergency Loma Prieta will provide special education and related service(s) on or before March 22, 2021 in a manner that ensures that your child’s IEP can be executed in both the Stage 2 Hybrid Learning Model

and Stage 1 Distance Only Learning Model option.  Where possible and practicable, related services will be provided to individuals or to small groups in a specialized area of educational need, and throughout the full continuum of educational settings in accordance with your child’s IEP and emergency school closure Distance Learning plan.  You will be contacted by your child’s case manager and service provider(s) regarding implementation of their alternative Stage 2 Hybrid-in-person learning plan and/or their revised distance learning only plan schedule, and/or revised delivery of services on or before March 22, 2021.  Students who receive specialized services may continue to receive them, even if out of the cohort, with the provision of face coverings and social distancing in place.  Inclusion services may also be provided for segments of a student’s school day in order to safely implement an IEP or 504 plans to the greatest extent possible.  Students who receive their educational services primarily in a mainstream environment receive their services in a schedule similar to other students in the grade span model and will receive notification of the student’s schedule from the school in concert with the Student Services and Special Education Department. We will be monitoring class ratios to ensure that we have appropriate staffing for students who attend in person.  Whenever possible itinerant staff will be encouraged to work virtually and for those that work in person, the Student Services and Special Education staff will do their best to minimize the number of cohorts that each staff work with to be no more than three per day.

With this shift of instructional practice/delivery, we continue to make adjustments to refine our pedagogy and practices.  The information outlined on your child’s emergency school closure distance learning plan does not constitute a change to the District's offer of FAPE or the last agreed upon IEP preceding distance learning.  The IEP will be implemented to the maximum extent possible by alternative means as necessitated during the period of emergency conditions, only, and said implementation under the emergency circumstances will not constitute “stay put” pursuant to IDEA 20 USC 1415(j) and CEC 56505(d).

Loma Prieta will continue to maintain compliance with timelines established in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act related to the scheduling of IEP meetings.  Meetings will continue to be held virtually via teleconference.  At this time, if a student’s IEP is due for a triennial review you will be contacted following a review of records to determine if additional information is warranted to identify continuing eligibility.  With your consent assessment will continue to be available both virtually and in-person as appropriate for individual student needs.  Your team will work with you to address any concerns.

We recognize the impact of school closure will vary substantially among students, families, teachers and staff as well as the entire community.  Loma Prieta is committed to mitigating the impact of school closure on each student upon reopening.  The district plans are subject to update following the guidance we expect to receive from CDE.

We look forward to your continued partnership during this unprecedented time.  As you know, the parent/guardian of a child with a disability has certain rights and procedural safeguards.  If you need a copy of these procedural safeguards or additional assistance or information concerning these rights please contact Director of Student Services and Special Education, Staci Ljepava by email: s.ljepava@loma.k12.ca.us, main phone: 408-353-1101.

Please know that California’s compulsory education laws continue to apply during hybrid and distance learning.  Consequently, teachers will be taking attendance as well as documenting daily participation of each student during hybrid and distance only instruction.  Daily participation can include participation in online activities, completion of assignments and assessments, and contacts between Loma Prieta staff and students and/or parents/guardians.  A student that does not participate in distance learning on a school day will be marked absent.

The health and safety of students, staff and the community continue to be our top priority.

  1. Student Wellness 

A proactive approach is important to minimize the mental health impact for students related to the continued impacts of this global pandemic: the length of school closure, sheltering-in-place, and resuming or reopening in a modified manner. The District and each school site are committed to making every effort, wherever foreseeable and feasible, to address sources of distress and extend flexibility within existing and adjusted administrative processes.

LPJUSD also understands that students may return to school, virtually and in-person, at diverse academic and mental health levels. We will actively create opportunities upon reopening for early identification of learning needs and academic or mental health support needed to ensure that students neither become overwhelmed nor bored in the school setting, as these are frequent antecedents to school avoidance and other mental health concerns.

Because students may have experienced increased stress and anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic, our wellness team continues to respond to known distress and continues to anticipate an increase of students who may have mental health impacts, such as anxiety, depression and attention challenges, which may have been exacerbated by social distancing, including school closures, and these students may experience symptom escalation upon changes to the school program--both virtually and in-person.

Student Services and District Administration are working closely together to increase targeted student supports for academics, engagement/access, and social emotional learning.  These opportunities are being offered to students with input from teachers.  

The following guidelines will be in place to navigate this aspect of reopening:

  1. School Site Support and Visitor/Volunteers

In order to reduce the number of interactions at each campus, visitors will be strictly limited. Parents and caregivers will have limited access to the front office, but will be restricted from other parts of the buildings and campus.  Additionally, office staff will not accept items dropped off to deliver to students with the exception of medication for specific needs. 

Parents/guardians/visitors are not permitted on campus.

If you require your child leave early during the school day, you will need to phone or email the school office prior to your arrival to make arrangements for your child to be picked up.  

Volunteers will be considered for specific and limited situations that are outside of the classroom cohorts (i.e. picture day, materials distribution, etc.)  All volunteers will need to have up to date TB Risk Assessments on file and adhere to all COVID safety protocols.

  1. Transportation 

We are not providing transportation at this time. We will be assessing the need for transportation services at a later date. In the meantime, we will continue to monitor and assess our health and safety protocols and make changes to our practices and training in accordance with health and safety guidelines. More information will be provided as circumstances regarding transportation services change.

  1. Communication 

Clear, age-appropriate information about COVID-19 will be available to staff, students, and parents/caregivers upon school resuming. Schools will incorporate regular updates to their school communities throughout the school year.

  1. What if? 

Returning to in-person, on-campus learning experiences raises questions about staff responses to a variety of possible events.  The District will continue to develop FAQ tools to support communication about questions as new information is available.  The following address initial questions about health and safety responses when students and staff are on-campus.

What if health conditions deteriorate after implementing our Reopening Plan?

Should health conditions deteriorate further, the state and/or county may impose additional restrictions, including the closure of schools and a return to shelter in place. Likewise, should the trajectory improve significantly through increased vaccine distribution, the district will respond accordingly to county guidelines.

Once school reopens for in-person instruction, what criteria will be used to decide when to close a school? (TK-12)

If the county case rates increase to greater than 25/100K, schools in Santa Clara County do not automatically close.

Situations that may indicate the need for school closure:

However, the State’s guidance also recognizes that individual school closures and school district closures should be made in consultation with the local health officer. The local health officer may determine school closure is warranted for other reasons, including results from public health investigation or other local epidemiological data.

Factors that the County of Santa Clara Health Officer may consider in school closure decisions include, but are not limited to:

What if my child tests expectations, such as refusing to wear a mask or remaining 6 feet apart?

We are committed to providing a relevant education experience when school reopens.  However, we recognize that we are not returning to school as “normal.” Things will be very different when we return to in-person learning and we fully understand that some students will test boundaries, expectations, and routines. We will carefully take into consideration the health and safety requirements of our inperson staff and learners and where necessary will follow these guidelines, for example with mask expectations:

  1. All families returning to in-person learning will review our health and safety agreements.
  2. First Offense: Student counseling session and parent notification.
  3. Second Offense: A behavior plan will be created for the student, parent conference.
  4. Third Offense: Student will be assigned to full distance learning.

A detailed review of behavior expectations and associated consequences will be provided to families prior to in-person instruction.

Suspected COVID Case Response

Confirmed COVID-19 Case(s) Response

Stable Cohort (presumes additional interactions)

Not Stable Cohort (requires physical distancing)

Close Contacts

Summary 

This document provides guidance about the District’s plan for reopening schools and measures to mitigate risks related to the spread of COVID-19. Although research is still being completed about the experience of COVID-19 infection and transmission in children, our sources along with staff and community members discuss and urge the consideration for the impact school closure has on the educational progress, content pacing, and the physical and mental well-being of students. As schools reopen, the District is also mindful of the physical and mental well-being of our staff, and the importance that regular schooling has on each household.

Upon our students’ return to school, the setting and environment will not be as it was prior to the outbreak. Due to the safety measures, social interactions among children will be limited and the classroom community will look quite different. Our children's social-emotional well-being depends upon adjustment to our new classroom experience.

Teacher preparation and instructional time will be more cumbersome considering the classroom configuration and need to convey expectations for and monitor hygiene and respiratory etiquette. It is predictable that instructional time to focus on standards will be impacted.

Finally, it is important to note that these recommendations reflect the evidence available at the present time and may evolve as new evidence emerges and as information is gathered from other jurisdictions that have opened schools already.

Sources Consulted: