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Reopening Timeline

Here is a reverse chronology overview of the critical dates and the COVID-19 response efforts from MVLA, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, and the State of California.
 
 
March 2021
13
MVLA provides a Community Update with information about the return of students in stable groups and updated Safety Plans.
8
At its Regular Meeting, the MVLA Board of Trustees holds presentations on Senior Activities and School Safety Plans, both of which are influenced by ongoing COVID-19 mitigation protocols.
8
MVLA Board of Trustees holds a special Study Session, including an Update on Student Return.
4
California Governor Newsom announces the “Ending the Pandemic Through Equitable Vaccine Administration” program, setting aside 40% of vaccine doses for most impacted communities, including
1
The California Senate approves a $6.6 billion budget package to accelerate the safe return to in-person instruction across California and empower schools to immediately expand academic, mental health, and social-emotional supports, including over summer.
1
MVLA provides a Community Update on the phased-in implementation of the Stable Learning Groups model.
 
February 2021
4
The first day of the Spring Semester; Distance Learning continues.
5
MVLA provides a Community Update with information about phased-in athletics and an update on Health, Wellness and COVID-19 webinar.
6
MVLA’s Brown Bag webinar series related to reopening planning continues with Health, Wellness, and COVID-19 update. (Recording | Presentation)
8
MVLA Board of Trustees holds a Special Study Session, including presentations on the proposed Stable Learning Group Hub Model, a Pandemic Staffing and Safety Plan, and feedback from a Student Return Survey. (View board meeting recording here)
8
At its Regular Meeting, the MVLA Board of Trustees approves funding for the Pandemic Staffing and Safety Plan. Presentation | Recording (at approximately 1:28:57)
9
A presentation on the Phased-in Stable Learning Group model is provided to students as part of the Wednesday attendance activity.
12
California launches Safe Schools for All Hub to provide support and accountability as part of work to return to in-person instruction.
17
Santa Clara County Public Health announces expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include workers in education and childcare, emergency services, and food and agriculture sectors, effective February 28.
19
California Department of Public Health releases updated guidance for youth and recreational sports.
22
U.S. Department of Education offers flexibility with meeting federal assessment, accountability, and reporting systems. California’s State Board of Education votes to seek relief from these measures on February 24.
26
Santa Clara County Public Health issues revisions to Health Officer’s Mandatory Directives.
 
January 2021
4
The first day of the Spring Semester, distance learning continues.
6
MVLA’s Brown Bag webinar series related to reopening planning continues with Wellness, Health, and Safety topic.
7
Option B Orientation -  Video
9
MVLA provides a Community Update with budget update and information about COVID-19 testing partnership.
11
MVLA Board of Trustees includes MVLA Distance Learning/Reopening Planning Update at Regular Meeting. Presentation | Video (starts at 46:05)
12
Option B Orientation
14
15
Option B Parent Orientation - Video
22
MVLA provides a Community Update with an update on athletic activities during pandemic.
25
California Department of Public Health lifts regional stay-at-home orders for all regions. Santa Clara County Public Health issues revisions to Health Officers Mandatory Directives, subject to Purple Tier restrictions.
27
MVLA begins inviting parents and other adults to apply to become substitute employees and help bring back groups of students to be part of small “learning hubs.”
28
Santa Clara County Public Health revises Mandatory Directive for Programs Serving Children or Youth.
 
December 2020
1
3
Option B Webinar -  Video
4
MVLA provides a Community Update  with Option B update and latest on County travel restrictions.
8
Option B Webinar -  Video
9
Option B Webinar -  Video
10
Option B Webinar - Video
10
MVLA Brown Bag Session – Reopening Planning
11
MVLA provides a Community Update with an Option B update and schedule for reopening planning webinars.
14
MVLA Brown Bag Session – Distance Learning and Special Education
14
MVLA Board of Trustees includes MVLA Distance Learning/Reopening Planning Update at Regular Meeting. Presentation | Tiered Response Model Video (starts at 1:35:55)
17
MVLA Brown Bag Session – Option B Update
17
 
November 2020
6
MVLA issues Community Update, with information about Board of Trustees election, and new student cohort groups.
6
California State Board of Education approves shorter standardized tests to provide flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic.
9
MVLA Board of Trustees includes MVLA Distance Learning/Reopening Planning Update at Regular Meeting. Presentation | Video (starts at 1:18:47)
13
MVLA provides a Community Update with information about focus groups, COVID-19 dashboard, and Option B update.
13
MVLA Brown Bag Session - Facility Preparedness
17
MVLA provides a Community Update with information about return to Purple Tier.
18
MVLA Brown Bag Session – Student Update and FAQs
19
MVLA provides a Community Update with information about the new stay-at-home order.
28
Santa Clara County Public Health issues revisions to Health Officer’s Mandatory Directives
30
MVLA Brown Bag Session – Cohorts and Return Models
 
October 2020
5
Santa Clara County Public Health issues Revised Risk Reduction Order allowing changes effective with Orange Tier’s move.
9
MVLA issues Community Update, with information about free COVID-19 testing for staff and students, and updated weekly slate.
9
College Application Webinar for Option B Seniors.
23
MVLA provides a Community Update with information about new student cohorts.
26
MVLA Board of Trustees includes MVLA Distance Learning Update at Regular Meeting. Presentation | Video (starts at 43:27)
29
Santa Clara County Public Health issues Mandatory Directive for Programs Serving Children or Youth
 
September 2020
4
California Department of Public Health updates guidance related to Providing Targeted, Specialized Support and Services at School.
5
MVLA provides a Community Update on Distance Learning.
10
Option B Parent Meeting
11
MVLA provides a Community Update with information about move from Purple Tier, and Wednesday Attendance Activities.
14
 MVLA Board of Trustees includes MVLA Distance Learning/Reopening Planning Update at Regular Meeting.     Presentation | Video (starts at 2:05:50)
25
MVLA provides Community Update on Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan and cohort supports.
30
Staff Check-in Webinar held to provide an update on Distance Learning.
30
California Department of Education announces efforts to provide more than 500,000 additional computing devices to students in need.
30
California Department of Education provides new Special Education Guidance for COVID-19.
 
August 2020
3
California Department of Public Health updates COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Schools and School-based Programs
5
California Department of Education announces partnership with Apple and T-Mobile to connect students in need and updates guidance for schools on applying for $5.3 billion in one-time funding to strengthen distance learning.
7
MVLA provides Community Update on Distance Learning options, school orientation days, and virtual tutorials.
7
Option B Informational Meeting -  Video
10
MVLA Board of Trustees includes MVLA Distance Learning/Reopening Planning Update at Regular Meeting: Presentation | Video (starts at 1:03:21) and an update on Distance Learning for First Quarter: Presentation | Video (starts at 2:46:06)
14
MVLA provides Community Update on Canvas Training for teachers to support distance learning.
17
Option B Student Orientation - Presentation
18
Option B Student Orientation - Presentation
20
Option B Student Orientation - Presentation
21
MVLA provides Community Update on El Camino partnership for COVID-19 testing
21
Option B Student Orientation - Presentation
24
California Department of Education releases Guidance on Best Practices for Distance Learning Instructional Planning to support educators implementing distance learning instruction.
25
MVLA provides Community Update on Distance Learning Framework and new State guidance.
 
July 2020
2
County Public Health issues order establishing mandatory risk reduction measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Newsom launches   in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases.
 
First of small group parent advisory panels held. Check-in webinar held for staff to provide an update on reopening progress.
3
MVLA provides a Community Update on the school reopening process.
6
6
California Department of Public Health releases the latest statewide COVID-19 statistics.
7
13
MVLA provides a Community Update on the appointment of a new Distance Learning Administrator, Canvas Training for teachers, and a ThoughtExchange on Reopening Planning for Fall 2020.
16
MVLA Board of Trustees holds a Special Meeting, which includes agenda items on the MVLA Reopening Plan and a Reopening Professional Learning Plan and budget. The recommendation for a virtual start for Fall 2020 is approved. Another staff check-in webinar is held.
16
MVLA provides a Community Update on the Board of Trustees’ recommendation to open the 2020-2021 school year with Distance Learning.
20
Professional development for all staff begins on the Canvas Learning Management System.
24
MVLA provides a Community Update on Options A and B for Fall 2020, and information for students about virtual return.
27
The MVLA Board of Trustees holds Special Meeting with reports on Virtual Learning Preparation and the Fall 2020 Reopening Plan.
31
MVLA provides a Community Update on virtual school orientations, and series of student webinars on reopening planning.
 
 June 2020
1
 
MVLA issues a special year-end edition of the Update Newsletter to provide information about reopening and the graduation activities that can proceed with current public health guidelines.
5
County Public Health issues Guidance for Graduation/Recognition of GraduatesGuidance for Summer Camps, Summer School Programs, and Other Children’s Activities and a set of Frequently Asked Questions on Caretaking and Education. Updated County of Santa Clara Health Officer Order keeps key restrictions in place, requiring people to stay in their homes except when engaging in essential or now-allowed activities; list of other businesses permitted to re-open is expanded.
8
10
State Superintendent Thurmond calls on counseling groups to strengthen mental health supports for students due to emotional strains caused by the pandemic.
11
MVLA holds the first in a series of small group parent advisory meetings.
15
Special MVLA Board Meeting to present COVID-19 Operations Written Report and report on Reopening and Redesign Framework.
County Public Health issues an order requiring certain healthcare facilities to offer COVID-19 testing to specific groups.
16
17
MVLA holds the first webinar on Reopening and Redesign for Fall 2020 and issues a special Update Newsletter to share information about the Reopening Task Force and graduation activities.
CDE launches a free online suicide prevention training program to address emotional and mental health challenges students may be experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
25
MVLA provides an update on Fall 2020 Reopening and Redesign.
Governor Newsom unveils California COVID Assessment Tool that allows the public to access latest COVID-19 data and model future scenarios.
26
The California Department of Education issues updated School and Child and Adult Day Care Meals guidance as schools transition to the 2020-2021 school year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issues waivers to provide states, schools, and childcare providers flexibility in serving meals in the fall.
County Public Health identifies the next steps for COVID-19 risk reduction to protect the community in advance of planned order to mark the new phase for reopening businesses and activities.
27
MVLA provides a Community Update on technology support for new learning management system, plans for graduation viewing, and summer school options.
30
Santa Clara County Public Health releases “COVID-19 PREPARED: Reopening of Santa Clara County K-12 Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year as guidance for districts in planning for fall reopening. The report specifically states Whether schools can move forward with reopening for in-person instruction in the fall will depend on the containment of COVID-19 in the weeks  .
 
May 2020
2
MVLA formally establishes the Reopening and Redesign Task Force, including content-specific sub-groups to identify needs associated with the three potential school opening scenarios and to develop a set of recommendations for the task force.
The advisory groups begin meeting weekly.
MVLA provides a report on distance learning the at Board of Trustees meeting.
7
County Public Health extends the Bay Area Health Orders
18
County Public Health amends the Santa Clara County Health Officer Order allowing retail business to open for curbside pick-up.
MVLA provides a report on district considerations for reopening school for Fall 2020 and an update on efforts to adopt a Learning Management System to support ongoing distance learning.
26
CDE issues resources for schools regarding federal funding flexibility waiver.
27
State Superintendent Thurmond calls for new technology investments to accelerate ability of California students to access technology needed to support distance learning.
29
Governor Newsom issues Executive Order N-66-20 allowing those enrolled in teacher preparation programs to obtain their preliminary credential without a teaching performance assessment if the individual was unable to complete that requirement due to a COVID-19 school closure.
 
April 2020
1
CDE releases guidance on graduation and grading requirements, advising that students can and should be “held harmless” in grading.  Superintendent Thurmond announces Senate Bill (SB) 117 funding is available to school districts.
2
The California State Board of Education, CDE, California State University, University of California, California Community Colleges, and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities issue a joint statement on college entrance requirements.
3
MVLA distributes Wi-Fi ‘hotspots’ to more than 100 students; the hotspots were purchased with funds from the MVLA High School Foundation to help support distance learning and close the digital divide.
California Department of Education issues first in a series of updates to help support English Learners during the COVID-19 crisis.
MVLA approves resolution designating the district’s public works projects as an essential governmental function, ensuring continuation of campus modernization and classroom construction projects.
4
Governor Newsom signs Executive Order N-45-20 providing expanded access to childcare for essential workers during COVID-19 response.
7
Governor Newsom issues Executive Order N-47-20 to expand support for older adults and vulnerable young children.
9
Superintendent Thurmond establishes ad hoc committees to meet students’ most urgent needs: loss of learning, closing the achievement gap, and distance learning.
10
Superintendent Thurmond requests a Federal Flexibility Waiver from the U.S. Department of Education. The request is approved on April 21.
13
MVLA launches Phase II of its Distance Learning Plan and sets the framework for the Reopening Task Force.
15
CDE issues guidance and resources for addressing students’ mental health and wellness issues while school sites are closed.
17
CDE issues Guidance and Resources for Distance Learning; includes initial considerations for getting started with distance learning procedures and environments.
20
22
Superintendent Thurmond establishes a reopening schools task force comprised of educational partners, labor and union leaders, legislative partners, and educators to address issues for reopening schools.
CDE issues Executive Order (EO) N-56-20 requiring Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to adopt a COVID-19 Written Report to explain to its community the changes to programs made by the LEA in response to school closures to address the COVID-19 emergency.
County Public Health revises Shelter in Place guidance and issues an extension through May 31, 2020.
23
Governor Newsom issues Executive Order N-56-20 to empower schools to focus on responding to COVID-19 and to provide transparency to their communities.
 
March 2020
3
MVLA establishes Coronavirus Response webpage. The section was later renamed School Closure Resources to reflect directives from the State and County to close schools.
4
Governor Gavin Newsom declares a State of Emergency to help California prepare for broader spread of COVID-19.
9
Santa Clara County Public Health issues the order to cancel mass gatherings of 1,000+.
13
MVLA holds special board meeting to discuss the temporary suspension of onsite classes, events, and meetings due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
County Public Health issues the order cancelling gatherings of 100+ and conditional moratorium on gatherings of between 35-100 persons.
Governor Gavin Newsom issues Executive Order N-26-20, ensuring state funding for schools even in the event of physical closure.
16
County Public Health issues the order to Shelter in Place.
17
In coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services, the California Department of Education (CDE) releases guidance on distance learning, child nutrition, and childcare. The State also issued guidance for childcare and student supervision in the event of a school closure.
18
Governor Newsome issues Executive Order N-30-20 to suspend standardized testing for students in response to COVID-19 outbreak.
19
Governor Newsom issues a stay-at-home order for the entire state.
MVLA adopts emergency resolution delegating authority to take necessary action to protect students and staff from the spread of the coronavirus, and provides a report on the impact of the pandemic on schools and instruction.
20
CDE releases special education guidance to support students with disabilities
23
MVLA launches Phase I of its Distance Learning Plan, serving as a bridge to Spring Break.  All students without laptops are provided Chromebooks; arrangements are made with internet providers to provide free internet for families without access at home. Hotspots are ordered.
31
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond asks all schools in California to consider closing physical campuses through the end of the 2019-2020 school year to ensure the safety of students and staff.
County Public Health issues the order to continue Sheltering in Place.