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The school year began August 4 with remote learning for all students. Remote learning will continue until it is safe to transition to modified in-person learning and ultimately in-person learning.

What can families expect while learning in a modified in-person environment? Students will alternate between in-person learning and structured, remote learning throughout the week. Students will be assigned to an "A" or "B" schedule based on their last names and will attend school on alternating days (ex: Mondays/Thursdays or Tuesdays/Fridays) to ensure fewer students are on campus to maximize physical distancing. An effort will be made to keep families/households together.

On Wednesdays, all students will participate in self-guided remote learning, and teachers will use their time for small group work, office hours, and participating in professional learning communities and teacher planning.

On remote days, students will participate in teacher-led instruction through the Canvas learning management system, using district-adopted curriculum and supplemental resources.

Students new to the district will first need to register at one of our 82 schools and then may opt-in for this choice when available. All students are welcome in this model, even those who reside outside of our district boundaries, following the completion of our open enrollment process.

The opt-in process for modified in-person learning will be communicated with families when available.

Please note, elements of our plan may be subject to change based on new information and guidance from the state and health agency partners. We will continue to share relevant updates with our community.

The modified student experience

ON THE BUS

  • To provide a safer environment for our bus riders, drivers, monitors and students, everyone will be required to wear a mask during transport.
  • Each bus will be equipped with extra personal protection equipment (PPE) and cleaning equipment.
  • Daily inspection requirements will include sanitizing procedures after each school run and at the end of the day.
  • Buses will be loaded from back to front and unloaded from front to back when possible. Members of the same household will be asked to sit together, with kindergartners remaining in front.
  • Seating charts are required for all routes once ridership is established.
  • Air conditioners will be used with a few windows slightly open to allow airflow. Air conditioners will be turned to the fresh-air cycle when possible. This will result in an increase in the temperature on the bus on hot days.

ELEMENTARY (K-6)

  • Students will alternate between in-person learning and structured, remote learning throughout the week. Students will be assigned to an "A" or "B" group typically based on their last names and will attend school in-person two days a week (Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday) to reduce the number of students on campus. The other three days will be remote.
  • On Wednesdays, all students will participate in self-guided remote learning, and teachers will use their time for small group work, office hours, and participating in professional learning communities and teacher planning.
  • Students will have a district-provided laptop to take home and back to school.
  • On days when students are on campus, the student will be marked present when they arrive at class daily and on time. On their remote learning days, students will be marked present when the student logs in to Canvas for learning each day.
  • On in-person days, students will participate in typical classroom learning with enhanced health and safety measures, including wearing face masks and practicing physical distancing.
  • On remote days, students will participate in teacher-led instruction through the Canvas learning management system, using district-adopted curriculum and supplemental resources.
  • Specials courses such as music, art and PE will be available to students during the modified in-person learning model following safety guidelines.
  • The emphasis of remote learning will be on completing assignments and mastery of concepts, and not on the time students spend online.
  • Training is available for students and parents on the Canvas learning management platform.
  • Teachers will provide ongoing feedback and district grading practices will be used.
  • Parents are encouraged to actively participate in student learning to assist school with ensuring student participation and completion of courses.
  • Students will be able to participate in extracurricular activities following health and safety guidelines when available.
  • Field trips have been canceled for fall semester.
  • School events (assemblies, concerts, etc.) will be modified or rescheduled. Virtual events will be held whenever possible.
  • Information on state testing will be shared with students and families after the start of the school year.
  • Supports for special education students.

JUNIOR HIGH (7-8)

  • Students will alternate between in-person learning and structured, remote learning throughout the week. Students will be assigned to an "A" or "B" group typically based on their last names and will attend school in-person two days a week (Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday) to reduce the number of students on campus. The other three days will be remote.
  • On Wednesdays, all students will participate in self-guided remote learning, and teachers will use their time for small group work, office hours, and participating in professional learning communities and teacher planning.
  • Students will have a district-provided laptop to take home and back to school.
  • On days when students are on campus, the student will be marked present when they arrive at class daily and on time. On their remote learning days, students will be marked present when they log in to Canvas for learning and complete assignments.
  • On in-person days, students will participate in typical classroom learning with enhanced health and safety measures, including wearing face masks and practicing physical distancing.
  • On remote days, students will participate in teacher-led instruction through the Canvas learning management system, using district-adopted curriculum and supplemental resources.
  • All courses offered during in-person learning will be available remotely. However, should a family continue remote learning for an extended period of time, some courses may not be available due to lab and equipment resources and hands-on assessment requirements, such as welding and ceramics.
  • Although students must log on to each class period daily to be marked present, the emphasis will be on completing assignments and mastery of concepts, not on the time students spend online.
  • When remote, self-guided and live learning will occur with a focus on competency of standards and units of instruction.
  • Teachers will provide ongoing feedback and district grading practices will be used.
  • Training is available for students and parents on the Canvas learning management platform.
  • Parents are encouraged to actively participate in student learning to assist school with ensuring student participation and completion of courses.
  • Students will be able to participate in extracurricular activities such as band, following health and safety guidelines when available. Junior high athletics will not be offered first quarter.
  • Field trips have been canceled for fall semester.
  • School events (assemblies, concerts, etc.) will be modified or rescheduled. Virtual events will be held whenever possible.
  • Information on state testing will be shared with students and families after the start of the school year.
  • Supports for special education students.

HIGH SCHOOL (9-12)

  • Students will alternate between in-person learning and structured, remote learning throughout the week. Students will be assigned to an "A" or "B" group typically based on their last names and will attend school in-person two days a week (Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday) to reduce the number of students on campus. The other three days will be remote.
  • On Wednesdays, all students will participate in self-guided remote learning, and teachers will use their time for small group work, office hours, and participating in professional learning communities and teacher planning.
  • On days when students are on campus, the student will be marked present when they arrive at class daily and on time. On their remote learning days, students will be marked present when they log in to Canvas for learning and complete assignments.
  • Students will have a district-provided laptop to take home and back to school.
  • On in-person days, students will participate in typical classroom learning with enhanced health and safety measures, including wearing face masks and practicing physical distancing.
  • On remote days, students will participate in teacher-led instruction through the Canvas learning management system, using district-adopted curriculum and supplemental resources.
  • Although students must log on to each class period daily to be marked present, the emphasis will be on completing assignments and mastery of concepts, not on the time students spend online.
  • When remote, self-guided and live learning will occur with a focus on competency of standards and units of instruction.
  • Teachers will provide ongoing feedback and district grading practices will be used.
  • Training is available for students and parents on the Canvas learning management platform.
  • Parents are encouraged to actively participate in student learning to assist school with ensuring student participation and completion of courses.
  • Students will be able to participate in extracurricular activities such as band and high school athletics, following health and safety guidelines when available.
  • Field trips have been canceled for fall semester.
  • School events (assemblies, concerts, etc.) will be modified or rescheduled. Virtual events will be held whenever possible.
  • Information on state testing will be shared with students and families after the start of the school year.
  • Supports for special education students.

Face mask policy

All K-12 students and staff must wear masks that fully cover the face. Masks with holes or vents are not acceptable.

Health & safety protocols

COVID-19 parent acknowledgment and disclosure

Required form to attend in-person learning

Acuerdo de reconocimiento y divulgación de padres para COVID-19

Forma requerida para atender a clases en persona

Remote learning support

Parent and student trainings and tutorials

ENROLLMENT

CALENDAR

  • Every Wednesday during first semester will be early release (two hours earlier than normal release).

MEAL SERVICE

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VISITORS ON CAMPUS

  • No outside visitors or volunteers will be allowed on campus, except for the safety and well-being of students.
  • Parents will report to the front office and not go beyond unless it is for the safety or well-being of their child.
  • Essential visitors to facilities will be required to wear face coverings and will be restricted in their access to campuses as a whole.
  • Visitors must follow all safety protocols.

FAMILY SUPPORT

  • Daily and weekly social-emotional learning lessons will be embedded in the curriculum to support the unique needs students are facing during this pandemic.
  • Each school will have an identified outreach team to support family needs including technology, food security, supplies, and mental and behavioral health. Families may submit needs via a "Help" button on their school's website.
  • Counselors and social workers are available to directly support families' social and emotional wellness.
  • The MercyCare Behavioral Health referral system will continue for families requiring additional support.
  • Students will have access to teachers and staff for technical support, office hours, small group or individual instruction and more. Videos and tutorials will also be available,
  • Parents will have access to teachers and staff for technical support and professional learning, including boot camps, videos, phone help, in-person appointments as needed for device set-up and WebEx video conferencing.

TRANSITIONING TO IN-PERSON OR REMOTE LEARNING

More information and instructions about transitioning to another learning option will be communicated when available.

Supports for special education students

Technology information

Device distribution, internet options and more.

Expectations

for students and parents