2020-2021 Reopening » School Reopening FAQs

School Reopening FAQs

Updated July 1, 2020
Health and Wellness
Answer: Enhancing the health and safety of our schools in the advent of COVID-19 is a joint effort between parents, school sites, district staff, and students. Classrooms will be provided with hand sanitizing stations when sinks for handwashing are not available in the classroom.  Our district and school site maintenance and custodial crews have installed sanitizing stations at each school. There will be scheduled restock of sanitizers, bathroom soap, and other personal hygiene products available. Additionally, we have increased the cleaning and sanitizing schedules of restrooms, classrooms, multi-purpose rooms, lunch areas, and high traffic areas such as school offices, health rooms, and libraries. Parents/Guardians can help by teaching their students how to properly wash their hands as well as keeping your student home when he/she shows any signs of any illness.

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.

Answer: While the State mandatory face-covering order does allow for some exemptions,  we will require face coverings for all students and staff as long as the order remains in place to mitigate the potential transmission of the virus.
Answer: The health of our students and staff is important to us and we understand the health concerns for both. We know that we alone cannot eliminate COVID-19. What we can do is mitigate the risk as best as we can and provide families with a choice of learning models that meets their family’s unique needs. Therefore, families who do not wish to participate in our traditional learning model may choose full-time distance learning.  An independent study program with some online and some in-person instruction is also available at Mountain Heights Virtual Academy.

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.

Answer:  School meals are largely governed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).   Currently, a waiver exists allowing schools to feed students even while not physically attending.  The waiver currently expires at the end of the 2020-21 school year.  We will offer a meal service to our distance learning students for as long as we are allowed under the USDA guidelines.
Answer: The CDC guidelines are recommendations for schools and are not mandates.  It’s important to remember, these national guidelines may not be feasible and practical in every region of our country.  Over the summer, we will be developing a site specific protection plan for each school that will incorporate some of these guidelines, as well as any others provided by our local public health agency provided they are practical and realistic.
Like most districts around us, we are going to ask parents to self screen before they come to school.  This includes screening temperatures daily before going to school. Anyone with a fever of 100.4 or higher should not go to a school site. This also includes screening children for respiratory concerns such as cough and shortness of breath prior to coming to school each day. Students experiencing any of these symptoms should not attend school.  SJUSD does not believe it’s feasible to temperature check every student who comes into our schools.  We have purchased some thermometers for families in need. Furthermore, it is important that we adhere to HIPAA laws and protect the confidentiality of our students and their medical diagnosis from other students.

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.

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.

Technology

Answer: Yes, the district will continue to provide electronic devices (Chromebooks) to those students enrolled in SJUSD.   The online learning form includes information for families who may need assistance.
Answer: Yes, the district has partnered with several “hot spot” providers and will continue to try and meet the needs of families without access at home.  The online learning form includes information for families who may need assistance.  
Instruction
Answer: Families may choose to participate in our traditional learning model or may choose full-time distance learning. An independent study program with some online and some in-person instruction is also available at Mountain Heights Virtual Academy.
Answer: No, our full-time distance learning program will be required education and may include live instruction using platforms that protect student privacy and safety. Teachers will be provided professional development in order to facilitate online instruction for the full virtual distance learning program. Instruction offered as a part of the virtual model supports a high-quality personalized learning environment our families are accustomed to in the San Jacinto Unified School District.

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.

Answer: If you are interested in learning more about the Mountain Heights Virtual Academy please please click here and complete the form.  Students attending Mountain Heights will primarily learn at home in an online format with scheduled in-person or virtual appointments based on need.
Answer: No, you will only need to participate in the SJUSD re-registration process, which will begin July 13, 2020.
Answer: Yes, the district is prepared to be flexible and creative to ensure high-quality instruction, services, and supports for students with individual education and 504 plans to the extent possible.  IEP services will be provided to our students.  Our Special Education Department is working diligently to put plans in place to ensure students with special needs are met in all models.

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.

 

Answer: Families who do not complete the form by June 30 to participate in Distance Learning, will be enrolled in the District’s traditional learning model during registration.

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.

There is no formal initiative to lower class sizes.  However, many families are choosing to participate in distance learning, which should lower some class sizes overall. 
Students in grades K - 8 will use our adopted curriculum materials.  Students in grades 9 - 12 will use our adopted curriculum materials or Edmentum, depending on the specific course they are enrolled in.
Facilities
Answer: Yes, SJUSD will continue to provide bus transportation for students as we have done so in previous years, however, it is important to note while physical distancing guidelines will extend to bus riders, it isn’t possible for students to remain 6’ apart at all times while accessing services.   Some families may voluntarily choose to opt-out of participation if they have concerns.
Answer: Classrooms will be provided with hand sanitizing stations when sinks for handwashing are not available in the classroom.  Our district and school site maintenance and custodial crews have installed sanitizing stations at each school. There will be scheduled restock of sanitizers, bathroom soap, and other personal hygiene products available. Additionally, we have increased the cleaning and sanitizing schedules of restrooms, classrooms, multi-purpose rooms, lunch areas, and high traffic areas such as school offices, health rooms, and libraries. Parents/Guardians can help by teaching their students how to properly wash their hands as well as keeping your student home when he/she shows any signs of any illness.

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.

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.

Communication 
Answer: Our district’s plan is for all students to return to school on the regularly scheduled date of Thursday, August 6, 2020.

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.

Answer: Yes, registration for OASIS 2020-21 began this past March.   Please click here for more information.

Answer: If CIF sports are permitted by public health to operate, yes students enrolled in full distance learning at San Jacinto High School may participate in school CIF athletics. Per CIF regulations, all student athletes must complete a minimum of 20 credits per semester at their school of enrollment and have proper transfer paperwork on file if necessary. Student athletes can contact their school’s athletic director for further assistance. Please note: Participation in CIF sports is not an option for students enrolled in Mountain Heights Academy.