School Reopening Plan

Return to Learn

The health and safety of our students, staff and families is of utmost importance. School at Mountain View Whisman this year looks much different due to health and safety measures required by COVID-19. Our district reopening plan focuses on both academic instruction to enhance student learning, as well as the ability to keep students and staff safe while learning. 

MVWSD’s guidelines are based on recommendations from the California Department of Education, Santa Clara County Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control, the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the Sacramento County Office of Education.

The changes that we have been talking about to protect students and staff members are taking shape. You might notice signage, checklists and other visuals that show MVWSD looks different as we act differently to slow the spread of COVID-19.

checklist iconTo see our weekly progress on our COVID-19 District Reopening Checklist, please click here

Click here to see our In-Person Learning Readiness Dashboard

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To submit a question about our COVID-19 response, please click here

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 Link to MVWSD case numbers: COVID-19 Dashboard

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Reopening Update (updated Feb. 5, 2021)
Reopening Update- Spanish

Learning Options (updated Feb. 5, 2021)
Learning Options- Spanish

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Return to Learn: MVWSD’s school reopening plan (English)

Return to Learn: MVWSD's school reopening plan (Spanish)

MVWSD safety plan (Feb. 22, 2021)

Elementary Rhythm and Moves Fitness Classes Plan

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Return to Learn section links below

Health and Safety, What Families Can Expect, How MVWSD is Protecting Staff Members (Spanish)

Reopening Checklist (see our progress in the link above)

COVID Case Protocol, Illness Response, When to Close a Class/School/District 
(Spanish )

Academics in 2020-21

What Academics Will Look Like in 2020-21

In August, 100% Distance Learning

Due to the upward trend in COVID-19 infections in our community, students started school August 17, 2020 in Stage 4 - “Connected” - 100% Distance Learning .

This is the same stage that we were in when school ended in June. Although distance learning can never take the place of in-person learning, we have worked to make our distance learning program robust.

All students are provided a Chromebook, internet hotspot (if needed) and consumable materials. All teachers post assignments on Google classroom.

Later, if COVID-19 conditions improve

When we reopen in Stage 3, MVWSD will have two options for parents: Option "B" - Blended In-Person + Distance Learning and Connected - Option "C" - 100% Distance Learning at home with teacher support.

Here is an overview of each option
Click here for information about  academics during COVID-19 conditions. (en espanol/Spanish) 

For more detail, please see our Academics During COVID page here.  

Frequently asked questions

Comparison Charts and Videos- Connected & Blended Options

Click here to read more about the two options

Learning Options (updated Feb. 5, 2021)
Learning Options- Spanish

Learning Options video

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Spanish link to learning options video


Dr. Rudolph's Feb. 4, 2021 letter about Learning Options

Dear Parents, 

I want to update you about where we are with reopening our schools for in-person learning. 

As you can imagine, there are many factors that weigh on this decision; most importantly, the health of students, staff and families. We watch the COVID-19 data in our county closely. I am still a little concerned with the number of cases. I also am anxious for our staff members to receive COVID vaccinations as soon as possible.

However, I am very confident in the amount and quality of work done on our schools’ reopening plans and safety protocols. Recent research has confirmed that in-school COVID transmission rates are low.  I also think we are at the point of the school year in which we need to set a target date for reopening, while realizing that it could change if COVID cases spike.

For these reasons, I will be recommending that we reopen schools for in-person learning 14 days after Santa Clara County passes into the Red Tier. This gives us time to reschedule students, complete the items on our checklist, and to give our staff members two weeks’ notice. Of course, we don’t have the specific date Santa Clara County will pass into the Red Tier, but we are preparing as if it’s soon. Our county’s Adjusted Case Rate is currently at 21.5. The county will move into the Red Tier when that number reaches 7.

Here’s what’s coming and how you can help. 

  • In the next two weeks, you will get another survey by email to collect updated information on your preferences for your students’ learning options for the rest of the school year. You will still have the option to keep your children at home, or you may tell us you’d like them to return to campus. Please answer the survey with as much certainty as possible. 

  • This plan hinges on COVID cases continuing to drop. Please remain vigilant about wearing masks, avoiding gatherings and curtailing travel. 

  • If you are inclined, please encourage our state leaders to speed efforts for vaccination of teachers and staff members. Vaccinations will go a long way in ensuring staff members’ safety and increasing our ability to keep schools open. 

Thank you for all you have done this year, and continue to do, to support our students and schools.


Ayindé Rudolph, Ed.D.




Frequently Asked Questions About Learning Options (Feb 13, 2021)


Childcare will be provided on MVWSD campuses by the providers Right at School, Newton (Stevenson) and the YMCA. Admission priority will be given to children whose parents are essential workers. 

For more information and registration links, see

Older materials: MVWSD's COVID-19 Planning and Resources

Reopening Update Letter from Dr. Rudolph- Sept 18
Dr. Rudolph's Reopening Update letter - Oct. 2, 2020
Schools Reopening Update

Dear Parents,

As you know, I have pledged my commitment to all of our staff, students and families that our district won't reopen for in-person learning until we can do it safely. Our commitment to our families and students is that all students will have the instruction and services that they need, delivered in a safe manner during pandemic times.

Over the past seven months, we all have been constantly thinking about how to safely reopen. My administrative team and I, our Board of Trustees, teachers and staff members have spent a lot of time reviewing data, making plans, and thinking through many different scenarios. 

Yesterday, I presented several distance-learning metrics that we are monitoring. Data shows that we still have challenges to address. We know that we need to work on reliable internet access for all students, middle school student engagement in some groups, and instructional support for special education and at-risk students. Our booming free meal pickup data tells us that the pandemic has been very, very difficult for a lot of families to make ends meet. We know that many families are struggling, both emotionally and financially. Distance learning has not been easy.

In addition to reviewing data, I have talked with many people. I have heard our teachers say they are worried about not being physically present in classrooms with their students. They are worried about their own health, and potentially exposing those they care for to COVID-19. I talk to my brother-in-law, both sisters and niece who are all teachers in Ohio. Everyone has talked about being anxious about not knowing whether school will open sooner or later and how different it might be. The greatest unspoken fear for us all is what if someone gets gravely ill with COVID-19 on our watch? 

The more we talk about reopening coming soon without a specific target date, the more stress we add to everyone’s lives. We have been so preoccupied with when we are reopening and who is coming back that is impeding our ability to focus on the remaining challenges.

For these reasons, it was my recommendation to the Board of Trustees at last night's meeting that we revisit in January a specific date for reopening for in-person learning at the end of the 2nd trimester.  (Meeting video here. Reopening starts at timestamp 4:52)

The bottom line is that I do not believe our community is in the best position now to reopen our schools. We will use this time to continue to refine distance learning, work to support students, and plan for our in-person reopening. It is my hope that the information about the timing will allow families to plan for the coming weeks with some kind of certainty, possibly reducing anxiety.

Thank you for talking with us over the last few months, and for continuing the conversation in the coming weeks at community check-ins and at the next Board meeting on Oct. 22. I am grateful for your support of our children and our schools.


Dr. Ayinde Rudolph

Oct. 1, 2020 - Return to Learn Progress Update
Sept 17, 2020 - "Getting to Reopen " presentation
July 23, 2020 - Reopening in Stages 3 and 4 presentation
July 2, 2020 - Reopening Plan Presentation
Click here for the reopening plan presented to the Board of Trustees on July 2, 2020
June 19, 2020 - Supt.'s Community Check In - Reopening Plan Preview
June 9, 2020 - State Guidelines

Planning for school reopening

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From Dr Ayindé Rudolph, Superintendent

Dear Parents,

Yesterday the California Department of Education (CDE) released its COVID-19 planning guidelines for reopening school districts in the fall.

As you know, we began our reopening planning process in April. We have been tracking and ordering supplies, refining distance learning instruction, and revisiting policies and procedures. I have talked with many of you at check-in and committee meetings. We recently completed a week’s worth of focus groups with parents, staff and students. This was a time for us to hear specifics about our own community’s expectations and concerns around reopening school amidst COVID-19. We will incorporate this feedback, as well as state and county guidelines in the MVWSD reopening plan.

While there is much more work to be done, I feel good about where we are in our preparation process. Our reopening plan will continue to be updated as state and county guidance adapts to the changing landscape of COVID-19.

We anticipate the first phase of our reopening plan will be complete on July 2 when we present it to our Board of Trustees. Here are recommendations from leading health and educational agencies, including the CDE and the CDC, that will very likely be part of our plan.

  • Due to social distancing, fewer students will be on campus at any one time. It is likely our students will do blended learning, meaning they will report to campus for certain designated days, and then learn remotely on the other school days.
  • Students and staff members will be screened daily for fever/symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Students and staff members will wear masks, with some exceptions.
  • Students and staff members will be washing or sanitizing hands as they enter campus and regularly throughout the day.
  • There will be very limited access to campus for parents and volunteers.
  • Classrooms and shared spaces will be disinfected regularly.
  • Class sizes will be smaller with a minimum of 6-foot social distancing between individual student seats.
  • Recess and lunch times will be staggered to limit interactions between students.

We will continue to keep you updated as the planning unfolds. Thank you for your support as we plan for a safe and productive return to school on Aug. 17 for our students and staff members.


May 18, 2020 - School reopening planning
Video presentation: Reopening for the 2020-21 school year

In this video, Dr. Rudolph presents the planning process for how MVWSD is preparing to reopen. There are many unknowns about the future, but we are working to be flexible and adaptable for the benefit of our students, whatever the status of COVID-19 may be.

These plans will cover 14 dimensions: Governance, Health and Wellness, Equity, Curriculum, Human Capital, Nutrition, Facilities, Operations, Instruction, Resurgence, Enrollment, Communication, Technology, Finance. We'll define operations under each stage of reopening: Schools closed, Targeted opening, Open with Restrictions, Full opening using guidance from Santa Clara County Public Health and the Santa Clara County Office of Education. We will continue to update you as planning progresses.

To view the presentation, click here

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