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School Reopening Resources

Below you will find resources and other information on our reopening planning for the 2020-2021 school year.  Please check back frequently as we will be adding new information and providing updates. 
 

Frequently Asked Questions     Respuestas A Preguntas Frecuentes

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REPORTS & PRESENTATIONS

  • October 5, 2020 – MVLA Update Fall 2020: Presentation | Video (starts at 1:16:15)
  • September 14, 2020 – Update on Fall 2020: Presentation | Video (starts at 2:05:50)
  • August 24, 2020 – MVLA Update Fall 2020: Presentation | Video (starts at 2:28:05)
  • August 10, 2020 – MVLA Reopening Update Fall 2020: Presentation | Video (starts at 1:03:21)
  • August 10, 2020 – Distance Learning for First Quarter: Presentation | Video (starts at 2:46:06)
  • July 27, 2020 – Virtual Learning Preparation: Presentation | Video (starts at 4:54)
  • July 27, 2020 – Board Update on Fall 2020 Reopening: Presentation | Video (starts at 59:27)
  • July 16, 2020 - Recommendation to the Board on Fall 2020 Reopening Modality: Presentation | Video  (starts at 2:44)
  • June 25, 2020 – Board Update on Fall 2020 Reopening: Presentation | Video (starts at 1:32:00)
  • June 15, 2020 – Board Update on Fall 2020 Reopening: Presentation | Video (starts at 17:29)
  • June 15, 2020 – Board Presentation on COVID-19 Operations Written Report: Presentation | Video (starts at 13:11)
  • May 18, 2020 – Board Update on Fall 2020 Reopening: Presentation | Video (starts at 1:54:05)
  • May 18, 2020 – Board Presentation on Learning Management Systems: Presentation | Video
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BLOCK SCHEDULE

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SOCIAL DISTANCING PROTOCOL

COVID-19 SITE-SPECIFIC PROTECTION PLANS

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FALL 2020 REOPENING TIMELINE

Here is an overview of the key dates and the COVID-19 response efforts from MVLA, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, and the State of California.
 

March 2020

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MVLA establishes Coronavirus Response webpage. The section was later renamed School Closure Resources to reflect directives from the State and County to close schools.
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Governor Gavin Newsom declares a State of Emergency to help California prepare for broader spread of COVID-19.
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Santa Clara County Public Health issues the order to cancel mass gatherings of 1,000+.
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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.
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County Public Health issues the order to Shelter in Place.
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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.
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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.
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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.
 
 

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.
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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.
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Governor Newsom signs Executive Order N-45-20 providing expanded access to childcare for essential workers during COVID-19 response.
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Governor Newsom issues Executive Order N-47-20 to expand support for older adults and vulnerable young children.
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Superintendent Thurmond establishes ad hoc committees to meet the most urgent needs for students: loss of learning, closing the achievement gap, and distance learning.
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Superintendent Thurmond requests a Federal Flexibility Waiver from the U.S. Department of Education. The request is approved April 21.
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MVLA launches Phase II of its Distance Learning Plan and sets the framework for the Reopening Task Force.
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CDE issues guidance and resources for addressing students’ mental health and wellness issues while school sites are closed.
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CDE issues Guidance and Resources for Distance Learning; includes initial considerations for getting started with distance learning procedures and environments.
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Superintendent Thurmond establishes a reopening schools task force comprised of educational partners, labor and union leaders, legislative partners, and educators.
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.
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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.
 


May 2020

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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 at Board of Trustees meeting.
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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 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.
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CDE issues resources for schools regarding federal funding flexibility waiver.
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State Superintendent Thurmond calls for new technology investments to accelerate ability of California students to access technology needed to support distance learning.
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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.
 
 

June 2020

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MVLA issues special year-end edition of the Update Newsletter to provide information about reopening and the graduation activities that are able to proceed with current public health guidelines.
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County Public Health issues Guidance for Graduation/Recognition of Graduates, Guidance 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 additional businesses permitted to re-open is expanded.
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State Superintendent Thurmond calls on counseling groups to strengthen mental health supports for students due to emotional strains caused by the pandemic.
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MVLA holds the first in a series of small group parent advisory meetings.
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Special MVLA Board Meeting to present COVID-19 Operations Written Report and report on Reopening and Redesign Framework.
County Public Health issues order requiring certain healthcare facilities to offer COVID-19 testing to specific groups.
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MVLA holds first webinar on Reopening and Redesign for Fall 2020 and issues special Update Newsletter to share information about the Reopening Task Force and graduation activities.
CDE launches free online suicide prevention training program to address emotional and mental health challenges students may be experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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MVLA provides 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.
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California Department of Education issues updated guidance on School and Child and Adult Day Care Meals as schools transition to 2020-2021 school year, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture issues waivers to provide states, schools, and childcare providers flexibility in how they will serve meals in the fall.
County Public Health issues statement regarding next steps for COVID-19 risk reduction to protect the community in advance of planned order to mark new phase for reopening of businesses and activities.
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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 ahead.
 
 

July 2020

2
County Public Health issues order establishing mandatory risk reduction measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Newsom launches Wear a Mask” public awareness campaign in response to surge in COVID-19 cases.
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California Department of Public Health releases latest statewide COVID-19 statistics.
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SUPERINTENDENT'S UPDATES

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COMMUNICATIONS & INFORMATION

Updates are posted in this section frequently.
 

MVLA District Newsletters

 

Webinars

 

Guidelines for Learning and Safe Schools from Governor Newsom

On July 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued his plan for learning and safe schools reopening for the 2020-2021 school year. Under his plan, counties on the state’s Monitoring List would not be allowed to offer in-person instruction until they have been off the Monitoring List for 14 consecutive days. Santa Clara County is one of the counties on the Monitoring List.
 

Guidance for Schools and School-Based Programs from the California Department of Public Health

On July 17, 2020, the California Department of Public Health issued its COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Schools and School-based Programs, to be implemented only with county health officer approval following their review of local epidemiological data.
 

Guidance for Reopening Schools for 2020-2021 from Santa Clara County Public Health

On June 30, 2020, Santa Clara County Public Health released “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. 
 

Guidance from the California Department of Education (CDE)

The CDE released its “Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools” on June 8, 2020. The guidance was created through the statewide reopening schools task force, along with technical assistance and advice from many health and safety organizations including the Centers for Disease Control, California Department of Public Health, California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
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FALL 2020 REOPENING

 
As schools closed down this spring and distance learning began, MVLA began to concurrently start planning for the reopening of schools for the Fall of 2020, exploring and preparing for a variety of scenarios:
  • Full distance learning, ensuring instructional and academic equivalence with a traditional in-person education experience
  • Blended model combining distance learning with in-school experiences
  • Return to campus for in-person instruction, adhering to all restrictions and directives in place at the time
 
In its detailed guidance for school administrators released on June 30, 2020, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department encourages in-person instruction following numerous requirements but is clear that whether schools can move forward with reopening for in-person instruction at any point in the fall will depend on the containment of COVID-19 in the weeks ahead.
 
 

REOPENING TASK FORCE

 
MVLA established a Reopening Task Force to develop and plan for these scenarios. The Task Force began meeting in May, and moved quickly to establish Advisory Teams to begin working with a variety of stakeholders to brainstorm the answers to three key questions:
  • What worked well in our Spring 2020 experiences for students and staff?
  • What needs improvement?
  • How do we measure the impact of our work?
 
The stakeholders included teachers, administrators, and staff representing numerous district and school operational areas:
  • Facilities
  • Curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  • Student support and training
  • Teacher support and training
  • Counseling and therapeutic services
  • Technology
  • Health and safety
  • Adult and alternative education
  • Special education
  • Administrative support
 
The reopening plan recommendations were influenced, in part, by the feedback provided by stakeholders in our recent ThoughtExchange forum, asking for information about preferences for the school reopening scenarios. We thank these many stakeholders for their participation.