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Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District

COVID-19 INFO & UPDATES

MVLA STUDENTS!

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THE CLOSURE OF ALL MVLA HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOLS HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that California's schools will remain physically closed for the remainder of the school year in an effort to keep students and schools safe and to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.  Until our campuses re-open, MVLA will follow its distance learning plan with the goal of providing meaningful, rigorous, and flexible learning options for all students and with equitable access to these learning options for all students.  The County of Santa Clara's Public Health Department has extended its shelter-in-place order, requiring essential businesses to implement social distancing protocols and clarifying and further limiting essential business activities. .
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DISTRICT UPDATES

Latest Updates Regarding COVID-19 and MVLA Schools and Operations
Communications sent to students, staff, families and our community will be posted here. While these communications are emailed directly, we encourage our community to check this site regularly.
 
DISTRICT UPDATES FROM SUPERINTENDENT Dr. Nellie Meyer
 
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For detailed information, click on one of the topics below.
 

- FAQs on MVLA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic:  English  |  Spanish 

DISTANCE LEARNING PLAN 

EVENT CANCELLATIONS/POSTPONEMENTS

    Latest Updates Regarding Cancellations and/or Postponements of District and Campus Events

CURRENT MVLA-UHSD POLICY

    Current District Guidance Related to COVID-19

COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE RESOURCES

    Additional Information and Resources for Your Family
 

DISTANCE LEARNING PLAN

 

Definition of MVLA Distance Learning

● Consistent with California Department of Education recommendations, distance learning means that students are completing and submitting assignments online and interacting with teachers and peers using the online tools recommended by the MVLA District.
 
Google Classroom is the platform for Distance Learning
● Teachers will use Google Classroom as their lesson management platform. Teachers will share calendars, assignments and feedback with students through Google Classroom.
● Students will use Google Classroom to submit assignments, ask questions, video conference and share feedback with teachers.
● Comment, post and question features provided by Google Classroom will be used for remote classroom discussions.
● An “Introduction to Google Classroom” is available for parents unfamiliar with the platform. VIEW PDF: English | Spanish
● Platforms such as “Zoom” will be available for live conferencing.
 
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Distance Learning Plan

The first phase of our Distance Learning Plan served as a bridge to Spring Break, allowing teachers and students to navigate remote learning together, reviewing previous instruction, and providing students meaningful feedback to improve performance. During this time, we were able to put Chromebooks and Wi-Fi hotspots in the hands of students who have lacked technology at home – helping to make sure we’re providing equitable access for all students to online learning. Teachers used Google Classroom to communicate with students and send and collect assignments.  Zoom and other video-conferencing technologies were used to bring students into virtual classrooms and engage.  The feedback provided by both teachers and students during this phase has been essential for the improvements planned for Phase Two.
 

Expectations of Phase Two Distance Learning (Monday - Friday)

During Phase Two, new content, more in-depth projects, and/or preparation for Advanced Placement (AP) tests will be the focus. Since we know schools will remain physically closed for the remainder of the school year, we will continue to use Google Classroom as our primary platform and system of delivery.  We will continue to tailor the Distance Learning Plan meet students’ needs, measure our growth, and in response to feedback from both teachers and students. We will continuously improve and encourage innovation as we provide rigorous coursework and more independent opportunities for students.
 
Phase Two will focus primarily on asynchronous delivery methods, with synchronous methods playing a supporting role. Synchronous learning refers to real-time instruction, where all students engage in a learning experience.  A live lecture is an example of a synchronous learning experience.  Asynchronous refers to learning experiences that do not occur at the same time or place.  Asynchronous learning provides more flexibility for students, especially those who are at jobs in the midday, though they need to meet course expectations and deadlines.  In an asynchronous learning environment, participation in courses is monitored through students submitting assignments online within the teacher designated timeframe.  
 
We will maintain our ABCBC “block” schedule going forward. Every Monday, teachers will complete a weekly “slate” for each class.  The slate will be sent electronically to students prior to 10:00 a.m.  The slate has assignments for the week, including work students begin on Monday. Teachers will also be scheduling virtual office hours - a concept new to our schedule that will prepare students for a similar college practice.
 
The schedule for students will be as follows:
 
Monday
A
Tuesday
B
Wednesday
C
Thursday
B
Friday
C
By 10 a.m., a weekly slate will be posted for student review.
 
Mondays will include work that students can start for classes 0-7, or to finish assignments from the previous week that are due Tuesday/Wednesday.
 
Teachers will indicate when and how they will be available for students for the week.
 
Weekly work will be collected and will account for class attendance.
 
Students should work on the coursework for each class during the designated period on block days.
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Period 1
 
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Period 3
 
11:30 - 12:3 0p.m.
Period 5
 
1:30 - 2:3 0p.m.
Period 7
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Period 0
 
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Period 2
 
11:30 - 12:30 a.m.
Period 4
 
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Period 6
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Period 7
 
10:30-11:3 0a.m.
Period 5
 
11:30-12:30 p.m.
Period 3
 
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Period 1
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Period 6
 
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Period 4
 
11:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Period 2
 
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Period 0
Teacher-Determined Virtual Office Hours for Students
  • Assignments for the week
    (can be posted later in the week, or changed, depending on student needs/mastery of material)
  • Additional activities for enrichment/support
  • Synchronous meeting time(s)/ format
  • Office hours for the week
Extended learning opportunities throughout the week may include:
  • Student community service projects
  • Counseling support
  • Study.com, Tutor.com, tutoring support
  • Teacher-posted supplemental activities
  • College Board tutorials
 
 
Students with IEPs and 504 Plans continue to receive accommodations and modifications appropriate to support their access to this unique learning platform and guaranteed to them through their individualized plans. 
 
It is expected that students will check in to their classes and participate in lessons.  Teachers have been and will continue to note when students are not accessing assignments or participating. They will contact students and families at home to check-in and see what circumstances may be preventing students from participating and offer supports as needed. Continued non-participation will be followed-up by school administrators.
 
MVLA will be deciding in early April about grades for this period and will share that with families at that time.
 
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How Parents Can Support Distance Learning

● The experience of remote learning is different from in-person learning in a physical classroom. Support your student by:
○     setting up a routine together
○     allowing for variation on how and when your student works
○     monitoring their stress level, participation in class check-ins, and ability to complete assignments
● Set a routine to distinguish “school time” from being at home time. This may include a quiet workspace where the student can use a textbook and complete writing assignments or use an electronic device such as a computer.
● As much as possible, minimize potential distractions such as a TV. Be sure to schedule time for your student to take a mental break, get a snack or some fresh air: we suggest a 15-minute break for every 1.5 to 2 hours of schoolwork.
● Create structure for your student to help them focus and use their time effectively.
● If there are other household members at home, establish expectations for protecting “school time” for your students and minimizing distractions or interruptions, when possible.
● Recognize that students are not used to learning in a completely online environment. Check in with your student about what they are finding challenging or confusing about their online work. Encourage them to reach out to teachers and counselors if they are struggling.
● Remember that school is about social interactions as well as academics. Encourage your student to reach out to friends by phone or online so they have opportunities to stay connected.
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CURRENT POLICY

In accordance with guidance from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and the County Office of Education, MVLA’s policy related to school operations is below, and will be updated as local, state, and federal guidelines and recommendations are revised.
 

SCHOOL CLOSURES

Santa Clara County’s Public Health Department and Office of Education, along with their counterparts in six other Bay Area counties, have jointly extended school closures through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus to the maximum extent possible. The decision to reopen schools for the subsequent weeks will be made closer to that time and will be dependent on present conditions along with directives or guidance from state and federal authorities.
 
The Public Health Department has issued an order directing all individuals in Santa Clara County to shelter-in-place at their place of residence, except to leave to provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain essential activities.
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LEARNING AND INSTRUCTION

While complying with the shelter-in-place order, we will implement a Distance Learning Plan. As part of this implementation, we will be:
 
  • Ensuring that we can provide accessible instruction to all students - specifically students with IEPs and students without WiFi.
  • Ensuring that our students receiving Free/Reduced help have access to breakfast and lunch. 
  • Collaborating with different groups to make sure that we are consistent with our expectations and how we are delivering instruction to our students.
  • Advocating with colleges, universities, College Board, and others as needed to support our students.
 
Students are asked to complete this form if a Chromebook and/or home internet access is needed while MVLA schools remain closed. MVLA will contact families once all items are ready to be distributed. We are pleased to share that MVLA has qualified for the T-Mobile EmpowerED program, aimed a bridging the digital "homework gap" for low-income students by providing Wi-Fi hotspot devices so they can have access to digital textbooks and other materials off-campus.  These hotspots are properly filtered and provide unlimited data. The monthly costs for the devices will be covered by the MVLA Foundation.
 
MVLA continues to work with local internet and WiFi providers to identify resources to provide free and/or low-cost services so students can have equitable access to online learning resources. Comcast has already offered to provide their Internet Essentials plan to low-income families at no cost for 60 days. They are also increasing internet speeds for existing customers to help accommodate the anticipated greater demand at home. 
 
To sign up, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
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STUDENT NUTRITION

In partnership with the Mountain View-Whisman School District (MVWSD), MVLA will be providing free meals to all students age 18 and younger. The “grab-and-go” meals will include lunch and a breakfast for the following day. 
 
The meals may be picked up each weekday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at:
Gabriela Mistral Elementary
505 Escuela Ave., Mountain View
 
The meal program will not be open on Friday, April 10.  Meals for that day will be given to families on April 9.
 
No IDs will be required. We will add additional locations as needed.
 
VIEW FLYER (PDF): ENGLISH  |  SPANISH
 
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EVENT CANCELLATIONS

All MVLA events are canceled during this school closure period, and a determination on post-closure events will be made in alignment with the guidelines current at that time. Please monitor our Event Cancellations/Postponements page for updates closer to the reopening of schools.
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TRAVEL

Depending upon when schools will reopen, travel and events planned for the remainder of the school year will be subject to restrictions recommended by the county and state health departments. All non-essential activities have already been cancelled.
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CAMPUS CLEANING AND HYGIENE

 
During the first week of the school closures, custodial teams thoroughly cleaned and sanitized our campuses.
 
Although backordered from stores and supply sites across the county, we have been successful in ordering several hundred bottle of hand sanitizer to replenish existing supplies. Orders of rubbing alcohol and wipes are also due for delivery at the end of the month; this is also a product in extreme demand across the country and in heavy backorder.
 
Prior to the closures, custodial and maintenance staff placed extra orders of supplies (toilet paper, paper towels, soap, cleaning supplies) now so that we have available quantities on site, pending backorders, for the reopening of schools.
 
We continue to review online training modules for custodial staff to confirm completed training and identify additional training modules that would be of benefit.  
 
Only essential staff are being permitted into the district office and campuses in order to maintain safety and cleanliness.     
 

RESOURCES

 
Community Assistance Resources
Click on a PDF below to view a list of resources.
 
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The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department continues to work closely with healthcare providers, hospitals, and its partners to address novel coronavirus. The department is taking numerous steps to protect the public and keep the community informed. Updates will be posted to this site, also available in the following languages:
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CSA has been designated an essential service provider for Mountain View, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills, and will be operational during these difficult times, providing rental assistance, and advice for people economically impacted by COVID-19.  All CSA services have been modified in some way as a result of the shelter-in-place order. The front office is closed to the public, and staff ask that people call the office at 650-968-0836 and leave a voicemail message. Due to the volume of calls, please allow CSA staff 48 hours to return the call.  Please monitor CSA’s Facebook page for regular updates.
 
CSA Services Update:  English | Spanish
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Inclusion Support WarmLine Services
As our community navigates through the impact of COVID-19 and the rapidly changing guidance from the Public Health Department and the Center for Disease Control, Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Inclusion Collaborative has expanded its Inclusion Support WarmLine Services.  This service is available 16 hours per day and has the following language capabilities: Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, and Korean. 
 
Support will be provided by answering questions, addressing concerns and providing social stories to support children’s understanding of ‘social distancing’, etc.  Also available will be alternative educational resources, support for flexible learning (media, etc.) and addressing individual needs for children with IEPs. Visual Support, individual schedules, etc. are also available. Call (408) 453-6651 or email WarmLineRemoteLearning@sccoe.org.
 
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California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
California is issuing daily updates on COVID-19.  See the most recent updates on the CDPH News Release page.  Additional news is available from the California Office of Emergency Services.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC continues to respond to the ongoing outbreak of  
 
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Santa Clara County Office of Education
The County Office of Education continues to work closely with the Public Health Department in providing guidance for schools and childcare organizations.
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California Department of Education
The CDE is monitoring the COVID-19 situation and providing information and resources for response by schools and school districts. 
 
 

 

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