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Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District

School Reopening Resources

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

Link to Choice Form for Learning Option B for Fall 2020 

(Accepted through August 17, 2020)

Frequently Asked Questions     Respuestas A Preguntas Frecuentes

Reports & Presentations

  • 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

Communications & Information  

Updates are posted in this section frequently.

MVLA Update Newsletters


Superintendent's Updates

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.


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.


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.