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In August, 100% Distance Learning

Due to the upward trend in COVID-19 infections in our community, we intend to start school on August 17 in Stage 4 - “Connected” - 100% Distance Learning for students.

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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 can and we will work to make our distance learning program more robust. Just as in the spring, all students will be provided a Chromebook, internet hotspot (if needed) and consumable materials. All schools will have a Dashboard that is updated weekly, and teachers will post assignments on Google classroom.

However, there are two main differences from this spring:
1. We’ve worked hard to provide a more rigorous and robust learning experience for all students in our district including:
* Assigned teacher will provide daily/weekly instruction either in real time or as previously recorded lessons
* Teachers will provide small group instruction
* Daily attendance and assignment completion is required
* Feedback and grading will be given by assigned teacher
* Elementary:  standards-based grading on scale of 1 - 4
* Middle School:  letter grades
* Students and teachers will follow a daily schedule
 
2. Childcare will be provided on MVWSD campuses by Right at School and the YMCA for children of essential workers.  The admission guidelines are in development, but priority will be given to parents working in healthcare, public safety, and school employees who must work in-person.

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. There is an overview of each option below.

As presented on July 2nd, our approach has been informed by studying international schools, reviewing medical research, and listening to local, state, and federal guidelines.
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1. Option "B" - Blended In-Person + Distance Learning

Students will start the school year in two groups. Each will come to campus for in-person instruction for two out of five days a week.  
Distance learning will take place the other three days out of the week.  

Students will be required to check in daily with their teachers

Feedback will be provided, and grades will be assigned

Students will view lessons online that are either previously recorded or presented in real time. 

The curriculum will cover California State Standards

For the safety of our students and staff, we will adhere to 6-ft social distance guidelines, as set forth by the California Department of Education (CDE).   This will limit the number of children in a class to 15-16 students.

During the school day, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (ie. face masks) will be required for students and staff members, with a few exceptions.

We will limit mixing of student groups to reduce the chance of virus transmission.


2. Option "C" - Connected - 100% Distance Learning

Students will view lessons online that are either previously recorded or presented in real time. 

Students will check in daily with their teachers, and small group instruction and daily activities will be offered

Feedback will be provided, and grades will be assigned

The curriculum will cover California State Standards and will be the same as is provided in Option "B" - Blended In-Person + Distance Learning

Depending on the size of the distance learning group, students will either be assigned to their home school teacher or a virtual teacher.

Families that opt for this model are committing to it for at least a trimester.
Students will be introduced to stable student cohorts after an extended break (I.e. Thanksgiving).

If you later opt out of the Connected option while we are in the hybrid model (stage 3), due to social distancing requirements, we cannot guarantee that you will return to your home/choice school for the 2020-21 school year.  You will not lose your placement at your assigned school for the 2021-22 school year.

Residency within MVWSD boundaries must be maintained; distance learning is only available to students whose guardian(s) reside within MVWSD boundaries.
 

Access to Technology

We believe that access to technology and the internet are essential tools for our students. Considering the diverse needs of our students, we are committed to tackling the digital disparities between households. This is why we are expanding our 1:1 device program, and children grades TK–8 will have take-home devices with the tools needed to work from home.  Regardless of whether you select the Hybrid In-Person Blended Learning model or MVWSD Digital Academy, every enrolled student will be issued a device from MVWSD.

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