Orange school board to vote on reopening plan this morning

Saturday, 18 Jul, 2020

Superintendent Dr. Stacey Cole determined that kindergarten through 2nd-grade students would be the most at-risk if students were to miss another ten weeks of school.

Responding to significant concern among parents throughout the emergency implementation of distance learning this spring, Frisella said the district's educators have designed solutions to several technology-specific issues.

High school students would probably only take one face-to-face course at a time for four weeks, and would take another course online for that amount of time.

The full plan presentation is here. The Canyons School District told fact-checking website Snopes that the template, which is not unusual for crisis planning, was part of a planning document and has been removed from the final draft.

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School District ran a survey asking parents, teachers and students whether they would want to return to campus, and the results show the community was deeply divided.

The plan was presented during Monday's school board meeting where over 500 people attended virtually.

These concerns and others make the two employees wonder if any number of guidelines will allow for students and teachers to return safely to in-person classes.

More will be known when the district releases plans for the fall and begins sharing updates with the community on a weekly basis.

Traditional learning: Students and staff will report to school for face-to-face instruction. The largest school districts in the state, including Los Angeles Unified and San Diego, are all keeping schools closed, and it would be unusual to buck the trend as a smaller suburban district, he said. The task force contacted teachers in Germany and China, and shared information from a teacher in Finland and a school system in Austria, where schools shuttered in February and March due to the pandemic had reopened successfully. And with Canby schools already projecting a budget shortfall - it's unlikely the district will be able to bring on more teachers. Ten battery-powered sprayers have been ordered for each school and plans are in place to add an additional temporary custodians at each of the school buildings during the daytime when students are in attendance.

Dr. Jana Shaw, associate professor of Pediatrics and clinical associate professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, told that schools should still plan on reopening if coronavirus infections are kept below Gov. Andrew Cuomo's threshold of a 5% positivity rate. "Not everyone feels comfortable with everyone coming back at the same time".

Palo Alto teachers have also made a similar plea not to return to classrooms in the fall. All these schedules include the option of online-only learning for any student. The district does benefit from parent fundraisers and donations to the Eureka Schools Foundation, which has helped provide programs and other necessities for the district.

The district will also offer a full virtual learning option for families with children who can not return to any in-person schooling in August, according to a letter signed by Superintendent Monique Mawhinney.