Why is Morgan hill school district online learning way more than other school districts nearby?
We provide the minimum instructional minutes (180-240) in elementary school and anywhere from 260-290 in MS and HS which is a bit over the minimum minutes of instruction of 240 per the California Department of Education.
How can parents be involved in this process of reopening or in deciding if schools will re-open?
Principals will have parent meetings and gather feedback and input from parents about in-person reopening of school. As a district we will continue to host community and employee forums and answer questions and suggestions emailed to us.
Will families have a choice to return or not? Will teachers have a choice?
It depends on the circumstances of virus. If the epidemic hasn't significantly subsided and not much improved effective screening or vaccine is available, then we will do all we can to continue to provide a virtual option. The challenge will be matching the virtual students to the virtual teachers/classes.
Can we give families with two working parents the opportunity to return to school first as a way to provide extra support?
There is no hierarchy or protocol for that, we treat each child equally when it comes to access to our programs. We'd have to review that type of need very carefully.
If a teacher tests positive for COVID-19 and has 5 classes a day with 30 students each, do all 150 of those students need to then stay home and quarantine for 14 days?
It depends on the criteria they meet for close contact and what information we find when we trace their close contacts. Depending on what the students' grade level is, we'd be able to determine who gets quarantined.
Do all 150 of those students now have to get tested? Who pays for those tests? Are the tests happening at school? How often? How are the parents being notified? Does everyone in each of those kids' families need to get tested?
The contact tracing would determine who needs to get tested. If all the students met the close contact criteria, we'd recommend they get tested. We might be able to partner with another agency to conduct testing at one of our sites. There are a lot of free options for testing, such as at the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce. There is a protocol for notifying employees, parents and students if they are a close contact. So close contacts would be advised to quarantine for 14 days. If they start having symptoms they would be advised by their medical provider to be tested. If they don't have symptoms then the advisement is to test within 7-10 days of the date of contact/exposure. If no symptoms, students could still continue with their education.
What if a student in your kid's class tests positive? What if your kid tests positive? Does every other students and teacher the have been around need to quarantine? Do we all get notified who is infected and when?
We have close contact letters and not a close contact letters that will go out. For parents, similar to a strep throat, chicken pox or head lice exposure notice. You won't be notified who the person is. We hope people will notify us if their student or someone in their family is positive so we may handle it appropriately. We are under advisement from County Public Health and will act according to their protocols as to what notification needs to take place either school-wide or district-wide.
When a vaccine is available, what policy will be in place to ensure students, teachers and staff will be vaccinated?
We will be under advisement by County Public Health what the recommendation is. It may be something like a flu shot, which is a recommendation. We can't predict at this time if it will be a requirement like a chicken pox vaccine.
What testing protocols will be in place to ensure students, teachers and staff are in a safe environment?
We encourage all staff to test regularly. Human Resources sends out a list of all the pop up testing sites. We do ask staff to notify us if they have tested positive, or if they are not feeling well or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive.
When schools reopen, will students be required to wear face coverings?
The Public Health Order has changed over time and the State and County orders haven't aligned. According to current State guidelines, anybody over 2 years old wears face coverings, unless a student has identified health conditions or emotional challenges related to the need to not wear a face covering. There may be an accommodation for a face shield as an example. Also, those who are hearing impaired would not be required to wear them, but all others at any grade level would wear a face covering. There is current consideration for changing that. In Santa Clara County, exemptions also include: Anyone who has trouble breathing, is incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance; anyone who has been advised by a medical professional not to wear a face-covering; any worker to the extent wearing a face-covering creates a safety hazard at work under established health and safety guidelines.
Will the schools be doing a hybrid system (part in-person/part online)?
What is MHUSD doing for employees who need childcare? What after school care options will there be for all students?
We currently have partnerships with YMCA and GoKids. Please see information on our Y Super Scholars program.
Why is it ok to have kids in childcare and not in school, what is the difference?
It was recommended to us and we wanted to provide an option for parents for first responders and healthcare workers to continue to do their important jobs during the pandemic when no form of in-person school or childcare was available. We put extra precautions and protocols in place and our district set the standards which were replicated among other districts. Now, under County guidelines, we are allowed to provide in-person programs. The program is voluntary. We have to consider if we have the capacity to do it and we have to consider if staff and families feel safe to do it.
Will students receive a pass/fail in the Fall?
Our students have returned to a regular A-F grading system for our older students; younger students continue to be on a standards-based report card system.
For students with an IEP in need of several services through Special Education, how will speech, occupational therapy, academic help, and behavioral services be addressed?
We are required to provide services to our students as identified in each student's IEP. Our case managers and Special Education department have been busy identifying services that were provided remotely during sheltering and services that will resume in-person. With all identified services, the District has an obligation to recruit staff or contract services to provide the services.
Will we see school sports soon?
The sports activities are planned to start in December and under the guidance of CCS and County Public Health. The Fall season has been pushed into the Winter and Spring season. Conditioning is taking place under the same protocols as our summer conditioning. Outdoors only with a limited amount of participants and approved by Public Health.
Besides face coverings and social distancing, what are plans to ensure staff and student safety, in regards to things like cleaning and lunchtime?
We will continue to drive home messaging about the importance of handwashing, sneezing etiquette, use of sanitizer when handwashing is not possible. We will ensure adequate supplies to support hygiene will be available. Staff and students will wear face coverings. Staff will conduct regular cleaning, daily and throughout the day of high touch surfaces. Also recommended is a limit on shared items such as playground equipment, sporting equipment, but where allowed it shall be cleaned in between uses by others. Proper ventilation of rooms, use of disinfectants approved for use for COVID-19. etc.
If a family has kids in multiple schools, will they be on the same schedule and in school on the same days?