School Reopening FAQs
What enhanced health and safety best practices is the school district implementing at all schools for the incoming school year?
Are schools preparing to accommodate social distancing and what does that look like for my student’s class?
Answer: All schools will have physical distancing guidelines in place as required, but it’s important to remember even adults struggle to meet all guidelines. It is not reasonable to expect children to remain 6’ apart at all times. However, our guidelines will establish protocols to social distance and also include additional mitigation measures.
Will my child be required to wear a face covering at school?
I want my student back at school; HOWEVER, I am worried about my student’s health and the pandemic’s status. What are my options?
What if a second wave of COVID-19 comes during the cold/flu season. Will schools close again and will we all go back to distance learning?
Answer: SJUSD has been planning diligently to ensure we are prepared for whatever comes our way with regard to health restrictions or state/county mandates. There are many unknowns and we simply cannot predict what the new school year will bring. We will adhere to all county, state, and federal health orders issued regarding school closures should they occur again. Regardless, we will be better prepared to provide a high-quality education to all students.
My student receives free breakfast and lunch at school. If I choose a full virtual distance learning model, will I be able to get breakfast and school lunch for my student for each day?
I read the CDC Guidelines for schools. Will all these suggestions be implemented, and will my student be subjected to those strict conditions while at school?
Why isn’t SJUSD doing temperature checks?
Will schools be shut down if staff/students contract COVID19?
If there is a confirmed case of COVID19 at a school site, SJUSD will contact County Public Health officials immediately. Riverside County Public Health has been very clear it is not appropriate for SJUSD to implement public health protocols or make decisions on district, school, or classroom closures. SJUSD will follow and adhere to County Public Health directives.
What will contact tracing look like?
Riverside County Public Health has been very clear with education agencies, our role is not to perform contact tracing. SJUSD will follow and adhere to County Public Health directives.
Will the district still provide an electronic device, or do I have to provide my own?
Will the district still provide internet access for families in need?
What model of learning is the school district planning for the beginning of the school year which begins on Thursday, August 6, 2020?
Will the full distance learning and Mountain Heights Virtual Academy programs look like the same as the distance learning that was implemented this past Spring during the school closures?
How do families select full time distance learning and what does this learning option look like?
Answer: Please click here and complete the form if you are interested in choosing the full distance learning program. Please remember: full distance learning will be compulsory education meaning attendance will be taken and tracked, assignments will be graded, and participation is required. Students will be working virtually on standards based lessons and assignments with their teachers.
How do families select to attend Mountain Heights Virtual Academy and what does this learning option look like?
I am only interested in a traditional schedule for my student(s). Do I have to submit a pre-registration form to guarantee his/her placement?
Will Special Education services be provided for all three learning models (traditional schedule, full time distance learning, and hybrid through Mountain Heights Academy)?
Will my student be able to switch between the traditional schedule and full time distance learning options during the school year?
Answer: It is strongly recommended students remain in either a traditional or distance learning format to maintain instructional continuity. However, based on unique needs, some students may be able to transition from one model to another when approved on a case-by-case basis as space allows. If approved, changes will likely take place at the end of a grading period. It is important to remember the district will be allocating staff and providing services based on families choices for instructional models and it may not be possible to accommodate changes once selections have been made.
What happens if I don’t complete the survey to participate in Distance Learning?
Will there be sports in secondary?
Not at this time. CA Dept. of Public Health and County Public Health would likely decide. CIF has stated they will make a formal and public statement about the future of sports on July 20,2020.
Will class sizes be reduced?
What curriculum will be used for distance learning?
Is the school district planning on providing transportation services (buses) for the incoming school year?
Will the school district provide any enhanced disinfectant or sanitation practices?
What are the cleaning protocols for each school?
All restrooms are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily. All waste receptacles are emptied daily and liners replaced as needed. Classrooms are cleaned, vacuumed or mopped with disinfectant to remove any soil or liquid. Office areas are disinfected daily, countertops, doors, doorknobs and drinking fountains. All dispensers checked daily and re-filled as needed, including the front office or classroom hand sanitizer dispensers. Sinks disinfected and checked to ensure they are functional. Twice per week, we will utilize backpack electrostatic mist machines to sanitize all classrooms, offices, restrooms, and MPRs. We will also provide masks, gloves, cleaning and disinfecting materials when requested by schools.
How do we socially distance with 30+ kids in the room?
While social distancing is going to be a challenge, we intend to provide recommendations and guidance for social distancing protocols within and outside of the classroom environment. Each school will develop a Site Specific Protection Plan (SSPP) as required detailing procedures. It is also important to note, social distancing may not always be feasible. To help mitigate this, SJUSD is researching the possibility of student dividers and other mitigating options.
When is the San Jacinto Unified School District preparing to begin the 2020-21 school year?
Will distance learning be through Mt. Heights Virtual Academy (MHA) or each site?
Answer: If a family requests a blended learning model they will be referred to MHA, as this is our alternative school placement for blended learning options. It is not SJUSD’s intent to have teachers at individual school sites teach in a blended learning model. If a family is requesting full-time distance learning they will be assigned to the appropriate school site that is hosting the distance learning teacher at that particular grade level.
SJUSD recognizes that both the Edward Hyatt World Language Academy and the San Jacinto Leadership Academy are specialized programs and plans are still being developed that may offer a blended learning option at those two specific sites.
I work full-time, are schools still offering OASIS After School Program?
Answer: Yes, registration for OASIS 2020-21 began this past March. Please click here for more information.
Can students participate in CIF designated sports if they choose full time distance learning?