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School Reopening Update
Posted 9/25/20

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REMINDER: In-person instruction begins Tuesday, September 29 for TK-2 and Special Day Classes (TK-12), and Thursday, October 1 for grades 3-6

Monday, September 28, 2020 - Non-student day/ No instruction (PK-6 and SDC PK-12 grades only)

(Excludes Cloud Campus staff and students)

In order to allow our elementary and Special Day Class (SDC) teachers additional time to make final preparations for in-person instruction, Monday, September 28, 2020 will be a non-student day at all elementary schools and for all SDC classes Districtwide. Therefore no distance learning instruction will take place on this day. To make up this instructional day, January 11, 2021 will be a student instructional day in lieu of the scheduled professional development day. 

Secondary schools are not affected by this change and will continue with distance learning on this day, as usual. 

Change to Face Covering Requirement

We updated our requirements related to face covering for students. Based on input from the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers, face coverings will be required for all students over the age of two. This requirement now includes students in preschool programs, TK to grade 2. Face mask exemptions are available for students with a verified medical or mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. 

Please view the School Reopening Plan (updated 9/25/2020) to see updated face covering requirements and  other updates (updates noted on the table of contents in red font).

Preparations for Level 2 - Hybrid In-Person Instruction on Staggered Timeline

Our school site and District level staff continue to work diligently to prepare and now implement the guidelines and layers of health and safety procedures for students and staff to transition to Hybrid In-Person Instruction. Schools are preparing their classrooms with plastic screens, arranging desks, visual reminders of healthy hygiene and social distancing, and making hand sanitizers and face masks available. 

District staff has completed the deep cleaning process and is prepared to implement the enhanced custodial services during the school day as well as in the evening. District staff also is finalizing the installation of enhanced filters in all ventilation systems prior to the reopening of our schools.

Elementary school principals have met with staff regarding the new procedures and expectations and are in the process of communicating procedures to parents prior to the first day back on campus. When your child arrives, new routines will be present. It is important that we support students in this transition and hold high expectations for their cooperation. To assist you, here are a few resources to help transition your child back to in-person school: 

The District continues to negotiate and meet regularly with employee associations, Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers (NMFT) and Classified School Employees Association (CSEA), on the transition to reopening schools, and supporting their work as employees of the District. These efforts will continue as we adapt our efforts to support the best possible learning and working environment.  

Stay Safe and Healthy

We look forward to the return of our students to our schools and thank you for your commitment to safety. Students can and will rise to our expectations with support and encouragement from all of us.