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Transition to In-Person Instruction
Posted 9/11/20

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At the special board meeting on September 10, 2020 the board approved the start dates to reopen Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) schools and transition to modified in-person instruction (level 2). The staggered reopening of schools starts with elementary and students with special needs (TK-12), followed by middle and high schools. See below for the start dates and instructional models for modified in-person instruction (Level 2).

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 

Transitional Kindergarten – Grade 2 

and

Special needs students receiving Special Day Class (SDC) services (TK-12)

Thursday, October 1, 2020 

Grades 3 - 6 

Monday, October 12, 2020 

Grades 7 – 12  

School Reopening Plan (Updated 9/11/2020) 

Elementary: Transitional Kindergarten - 6th Grade  

The instructional model for elementary optimizes safety and in-person instruction by reducing the number of students on campus.  

  • INSTRUCTIONAL MODEL: Half Day Daily Hybrid – 2 Cohort (AM/PM) Model (page 4 of School Reopening Plan)

    • Each cohort meets for in-person instruction, either in the morning or afternoon, for half day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

    • Each cohort meets in-person in the morning for half day, every other Wednesday

    • For half day when not on campus for in-person instruction, students participate from home via asynchronous learning from their teachers and independent learning

    • Other half day instruction, such as physical education, music, science, intervention, enrichment support and/or special education services (if eligible) is currently being planned (additional information about this instruction will be shared by your child’s school)

    • Extended learning sessions on campus will not be provided at this time

    • Effort will be made to keep families in the same AM/PM cohort

    • Students in SDC will attend full days, except Wednesday half day

    • School bus transportation services including bus stops will be limited

    • Students receiving school bus transportation will be assigned to the AM cohort

    • Face coverings are required for all bus passengers. Learn more about transportation services at the transportation website.

Secondary: 7 - 12th Grade 

The instructional model for middle and high schools optimizes safety and full day in-person instruction two days a week, while also reducing the number of students on campus and minimizing the number of transitions from class to class.

  • INSTRUCTIONAL MODEL: Full Day Hybrid – 2 Cohort Model* (page 7 of School Reopening Plan)

    • Each cohort meets for in-person instruction 2 full days a week on either Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday

    • On days when not in in-person instruction, secondary students will participate in Distance Learning with asynchronous learning from their teachers, intervention, enrichment, and/or special education services (if eligible)

    • On Wednesdays, both cohorts will meet via Distance Learning in the morning for half day 

    • Students will be assigned to a cohort (M & Th or T & F) that best aligns to their current classes

    • Students receiving SDC services will be full days, except Wednesday half day

    • School bus transportation services including bus stops will be limited

    • Students receiving school bus transportation services will be assigned to a cohort that best balances the riders per day. Face coverings are required for all bus passengers. Learn more about transportation services at the transportation website

*Exceptions (previously approved): Estancia High School – Level 2 with the 4 x 4 model; Early College High School – Level 2 full day hybrid; Back Bay/Monte Vista High Schools – Level 2 full day traditional schedule.

Safety Guidelines

NMUSD will adhere and implement the most recent updated safety guidelines per the California Department of Public Health including but not limited to:

  • Limit number of students on campus at one time 

  • Social distancing in the classroom and throughout the school, including recess and lunch

  • Minimize transitions and person to person contact

  • Signage and directional traffic patterns on campus

  • Clear plastic barriers (elementary classrooms) 

  • Maintain student cohorts (elementary) 

  • Increase cleaning and disinfecting (page 15 of School Reopening Plan)

  • Require face covering (page 17 of School Reopening Plan) for students grades 3 and up; Strongly recommended for students grades 2 and below. All staff are required to wear face coverings. (Except for reasons allowable under the state guidance) 

  • Daily staff wellness screenings; and student visual wellness check (page 18 of School Reopening Plan)

  • Process for COVID-19 cases (page 19 of School Reopening Plan)

  • Promote healthy habits such as hand-washing and staying home when sick (page 20 of School Reopening Plan)

  • Limit non-essential visitors

  • Meet Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) standards

School Closures after Reopening 

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) established criteria for the closure of classrooms, school(s), or the District based on COVID-19 infection rates. We work with the Orange County Health Care Agency health officer to determine closures (page 19 of the School Reopening Plan).

Elementary School Waiver

While an elementary school waiver would not likely provide for the reopening of elementary schools earlier than the currently planned dates, the NMUSD Board of Education approved for the District to pursue a TK-6 elementary waiver for reopening of all elementary schools. Additional information about this process will be provided next week.