Shelter In Place Updates

MHUSD SCHOOL REOPENING PLAN - FALL 2020
Lanae Bays

As our families are kicking of their 4th of July weekend, we'd like to share our much anticipated reopening plan for Fall 2020. The attached plan has been developed after careful review and consideration of the guidance documents referenced at the end of the plan. 

Many individuals have given input in this plan including teachers, administrators, classified staff, employee group leaders and elected officials. Helpful conversations with individuals, including parents, students, representatives from other local districts, and officials in agencies throughout the State have helped us structure the Reopening Plan to this point. In addition, the Health & Safety Reopening Task Force and the Educational Plan for Reopening Committee are commended for their deep, meaningful, and professional discussions. Their many hours of hard work and ability to shift to the changing health orders and advisories over the last few months is admirable and appreciated. 

We know that today’s facts and advisories may be very different in the coming weeks. The shifting pandemic situation changes globally, nationally, and locally while research on its impact continues to inform all of us on the wavering conditions. It is very possible that new or changed health orders are issued between now and the first day of school, August 13th, which can force big changes in the Opening Plan. However, our compelling responsibility is to now move to action while giving the best consideration for all the current advisories in respect to the needs of our students and staff. 

We will remain in communication as the situation evolves. Thank you for your support and patience. 

MHUSD REOPENING PLAN FALL 2020

 

Estamos en un momento crítico en la planificación para el próximo año escolar. El plan adjunto se desarrolla después de una cuidadosa revisión y consideración de los documentos de orientación a los que se hace referencia al final del plan.

Muchas personas han contribuido en este plan, incluidos los maestros, administradores, personal clasificado, líderes de grupos de empleados y funcionarios electos. Conversaciones útiles con individuos, incluidos padres, estudiantes, representantes de otros distritos locales y funcionarios de agencias en todo el estado nos han ayudado a estructurar el Plan de Reapertura hasta este punto. Además, el Grupo de trabajo de reapertura de salud y seguridad y el Comité de reapertura grupo educativo son elogiados por sus discusiones profundas, significativas y profesionales. Sus muchas horas de arduo trabajo y su habilidad para cambiar a los continuos órdenes de salud y avisos en los últimos meses es admirable y apreciado.

Sabemos que los hechos y las advertencias de hoy pueden ser muy diferentes en las próximas semanas. La movediza situación pandémica cambia a nivel mundial, nacional y local, mientras que la investigación sobre su impacto continúa informándonos a todos sobre las condiciones vacilantes. Es muy posible que se emitan órdenes de salud nuevas o modificadas desde ahora y hasta el primer día de clases, el 13 de agosto, lo que puede forzar grandes cambios en el Plan de Apertura. Sin embargo, nuestra gran responsabilidad es ahora pasar a la acción mientras damos la mejor consideración a todos los avisos actuales con respecto a las necesidades de nuestros estudiantes y personal.

Por último, realmente creo que nunca ha habido un momento más importante en nuestra sociedad cuando el éxito depende de trabajar en colaboración y apoyo mutuo. Es irónico que el virus nos haya obligado a aislarnos físicamente. Sin embargo, a pesar de ese distanciamiento, nuestra lucha de regreso a nuestras formas de vida deseadas será la conexión cooperativa como un esfuerzo conjunto en el interés seguro de nuestros estudiantes.

 

Plan de Reapertura Otoño 2020

 

 

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Summer Athletics, Cheer, Band Practices and Camps
Lanae Bays

The following guidance for the allowance of MHUSD Summer Athletics, Cheer, Band Practices & Camps are in compliance with most recent Santa Clara County Public Health and California Department of Public Health Orders related to COVID-19 restrictions. 

While the guidance below welcomes District and community sports, cheer, and band practices & camps to begin on our campuses commencing with the issuance of this guidance below, each requested use must still be cleared through the athletic directors and approved through the District's Facilities Department to assure that the facilities themselves are ready and that safety protocols listed in the guidance can be met by the requesting teams/groups. 

MHUSD Summer Athletics, Cheer, Band Practices & Camps
COVID-19 MODIFICATION

Superintendent’s Guidelines
(amended June 10, 2020) 

The MHUSD recognizes that athletics is an integral part of the high school experience. Proper training and conditioning is essential to provide a safe environment. The Secondary Athletics and Band Departments have developed facility use recommendations for both outdoor and indoor workouts using the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) Guidance for Opening up Athletics and Activities as well as the Santa Clara County May 18, 2020 Order including Guide for Recreational Activities and Facilities, Guide for Summer Camps, and Guide for Outdoor Swimming Pools. In general, the guidelines that allow students to condition and develop skills while practicing social distancing. All athletic programs and camps must complete, share copies to students and coaches, provide a copy to the Facilities Department, and post in a visible location the Appendix A: Social Distancing Protocol prior to starting any activities.

Screening Prior to Workout:

  • All coaches and students will be screened for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to a workout. 

  • Screening includes a temperature check. Responses to screening questions for each person should be recorded and stored so that there is a record of everyone present in case a student develops COVID-19. 

  • Any person with symptoms will not be allowed to take part in workouts and should contact his or her primary care provider or health-care professional. 

  • Individuals who have underlying conditions may  participate with authorization from their physician. “Vulnerable individuals” are defined by CDC as those with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune systems are compromised.  Any staff or student who has an underlying condition but would like to participate is advised to have their physician write a letter clearing the activity level  and  outlining any limitations to full participation.

Drop-off/Pick-up of Students, Duration and Place of Activity:

  • Each school would work with administration to designate drop off and pick up times appropriate to each school’s layout. 

  • Practice and Camp session hours are approved by Athletic Directors specific to the activities.

  • Activities will be segmented into time limits of 60 minute per session with 15 minutes of transition time to ensure no space shared by cohorts in short periods of time. 

Face Coverings

  • Face coverings must be worn by students while going to or coming from the activity, however, face coverings may be removed during physical exertion. Cloth face coverings may continue to be used when not engaging in vigorous activity, such as sitting on the bench during contests, in the locker room and in the athletic training room.

  • Coaches, officials and other contest personnel must wear cloth face coverings or face shields at all times.

Limitations on Gatherings: 

  • Workouts will be conducted in “cohorts.” The cohorts are groups of students (no more than 12 to a group) who will only work out within the group and not intermix with another workout group for a minimum of a 4 week period. This limits more limited exposure if someone contracts the virus . 

  • Maximum of 12 athletes and 1-3 coaches make up a cohort. 

  • Each group of students may be assigned to a coach(s). The adult coach may not rotate among the other units for the 4-week duration of the program. 

  • Several Cohorts may participate at the same time but never in the same space or within 15 minutes of one another in the same space. 

  • Cohorts must maintain at least 10 feet apart from any other cohort. 

  • There shall be NO physical contact between athletes during any workout.

  • Appropriate social distancing will need to be maintained on sidelines and benches during workouts 

Outdoor Swimming Pools 

  • Lap swimming must be limited to one person per lane, except that members of the same household or living unit may occupy a single lane.

  • Use of shared swimming areas must be limited to no more than one swimmer per 300 square feet of shared pool space. 

  • Except for members of the same household, swimmers shall remain at least 6 feet apart at all times.

  • At least one person, separate from a lifeguard, shall be on duty at all times to ensure that the social distancing protocol applicable to the facility and all limitations herein are followed.

  • Locker rooms shall be closed to the public, except for use as a restroom.

  • All gathering shall be prohibited outside the pool, such as on pool decks, except that members of a household may observe a child or other person swimming to ensure safety and supervision. 

Physical Activity and Equipment 

  • Sports equipment may be shared within the cohorts (i.e. football, basketball, tennis ball) All shared equipment shall be disinfected after use. Athletes who shared sports equipment must wash according to protocols or use hand sanitizer immediately after sharing equipment. 

  • Band instruments will not be shared and preferably be individually assigned. All band equipment will be disinfected after each individual has used it. 

Hydration 

  • All students shall bring their own water bottle and the bottles must be clearly identified so that no bottle is inadvertently shared. Hydration stations should not be utilized. 

Cleaning: 

  • Adequate cleaning schedules will be created and implemented for all athletic facilities to mitigate any communicable diseases. Athletic Directors will coordinate the cleaning schedules with the Director of Facilities for custodial responsibilities.

  • Individuals must wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with warm water and soap before touching any surfaces or participating in workouts. 

  • Hand sanitizer will be available to individuals as they transfer from place to place. 

  • Students are asked to shower and wash their workout clothes immediately upon returning  home. 

Future steps: 

Future steps may include allowing for larger gatherings and/or flexibility around teams and will likely have different guidance based on the type of contact that normally occurs in the sport.

You may contact MHUSD Facilities with questions. 

Thank you. 

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Reopening Letter from the County Superintendent of Schools
Lanae Bays

 

On Monday, Santa Clara County Public Health announced amendments to our local Shelter in Place Order which will go into effect this Friday, June 5th. The amendments allow for multiple sectors and activities to resume, subject to social distancing protocols and safety requirements.  The amendment:

  • Expands previously permitted business activity to include outdoor dining at restaurants and in-store shopping at retail locations.  

  • Permits all children to take part in childcare, summer camps, summer school, or other educational and recreational programs, so long as groups are limited to 12 or fewer.

  • Allows outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people for religious services and cultural ceremonies.

  • Allows outdoor recreational activities that do not involve physical contact, such as swimming, to resume.

  • Permits car-based gatherings, including drive-in theaters.

While the amendment allows for children to take part in summer school, MHUSD is going to continue with our plan for virtual summer school that will start June 15 for all students who qualify or require credit recovery.

The District will continue to monitor the ever-changing situation as we prioritize the health and safety of our employees, students and our school community. More information about the amended order may be found here. 

Please see the letter from the County Superintendent of Schools which addresses the reopening of the districts in Santa Clara County. 

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COVID-19

April 29, 2020

Good Afternoon Morgan Hill Unified Families,

Today, Governor of Californa Gavin Newsom and California State Superintendent Tony Thurmond have stated that school buildings in California will remain closed for the remainder of the school year due to needed action to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

It is disheartening for all of us to know our students will not be back together in their classrooms. Learning in the presence of each other and their teachers has strong instructional, social, and civic advantages. The experience of school and a classroom community is so much more than assignments and individual academic work. We miss the many ways that a school community typically interacts and supports one another. However, we are experiencing an unprecedented time where we must continue to physically distance ourselves from one another.  We are learning new ways to stay in contact and check-in, and we look forward to a future time when we can safely gather again.

Thank you for your immense support and flexibility. Though our school buildings are not open for classes, the school year is not over. We are committed to working with our staff, parents and the community to continually improve upon our distance learning process. We are also working on acceptable ways that we can celebrate the end of the year. We will provide more information as updates become available. Stay safe and be well.

Sincerely,

Steve Betando
Superintendent

 

Abril 29, 2020

Esperamos que este correo electrónico los encuentre bien de salud. Como han podid saber, ayer el gobernador de California, Gavin Newsom, comentó durante su actualización diaria, sobre un posible comienzo del año escolar 2020-2021 antes de lo estipulado. El Gobernador Newsom comentó acerca de un posible inicio temprano para la escuela en el año escolar 2020-2021. Según él, este podría comenzar a partir del mes de julio de 2020. Sin embargo, en este momento no hay un plan actual para enmendar el calendario escolar. La declaración del Gobernador no fue una directiva ni hay promulgación para esta orden. El Departamento de Educación de California y la Junta de Educación del Estado reconocen que la declaración del gobernador fue solo una idea actual, pero no una determinación. Como dijo el superintendente estatal, Tony Thurmond, en un comunicado el día de hoy: "Todos escuchamos por primera vez hoy la idea de que las escuelas reabran en julio o agosto".

Es importante que usted y el resto de la comunidad de Morgan Hill sepan que la fecha de inicio para el año escolar 2020-2021 del Distrito Unificado de Morgan Hill no ha cambiado. La pandemia ha creado situaciones fluidas y nosotros continuaremos monitoreando la dinámica en todos los niveles del gobierno. MHUSD sigue comprometido a mantener actualizado a nuestro personal y la comunidad en general sobre cualquier cambio o modificación que se tenga que hacer para el próximo año escolar en caso de que esto pueda ocurrir.

Nosotros no podremos pedirles a los estudiantes que regresen a los edificios de nuestras escuelas hasta que tengamos la certeza de que la pandemia ha disminuido a un nivel aceptable para el Departamento de Salud Pública. Así mismo, estamos de acuerdo con las  prácticas sociales que se están ordenando para mantener la salud y la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y de nuestro personal educativo.

Hoy, el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Clara emitió una orden revisada a partir del lunes 4 de mayo. Cómo puede ver, la orden del Estado y la orden del Condado son muy similares. Donde hay diferencias, prevalece el orden más restrictivo. Puede hacer clic aquí  para leer la orde revisada de Refugio en Casa del condado de Santa Clara.

Sabemos que este es un momento difícil y todos deseamos respuestas definitivas con respecto a la educación escolar. Le aseguramos que nos comunicaremos con ustedes apenas se tomen decisiones de planes futuros para el año escolar 2020-21. Gracias por su continuo apoyo.

Atentamente,

Steve Betando 
Superintendente

 

April 1, 2020

Good Afternoon Morgan Hill Unified Families,

Today, Governor of Californa Gavin Newsom and California State Superintendent Tony Thurmond have stated that school buildings in California will remain closed for the remainder of the school year due to needed action to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

It is disheartening for all of us to know our students will not be back together in their classrooms. Learning in the presence of each other and their teachers has strong instructional, social, and civic advantages. The experience of school and a classroom community is so much more than assignments and individual academic work. We miss the many ways that a school community typically interacts and supports one another. However, we are experiencing an unprecedented time where we must continue to physically distance ourselves from one another.  We are learning new ways to stay in contact and check-in, and we look forward to a future time when we can safely gather again.

Thank you for your immense support and flexibility. Though our school buildings are not open for classes, the school year is not over. We are committed to working with our staff, parents and the community to continually improve upon our distance learning process. We are also working on acceptable ways that we can celebrate the end of the year. We will provide more information as updates become available. Stay safe and be well.

Sincerely,

Steve Betando
Superintendent

 

1 de abril de 2020

Buenas tardes familias del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Morgan Hill,

Hoy, el gobernador de California Gavin Newsom y el superintendente del estado de California Tony Thurmond declararon que los edificios escolares en California permanecerán cerrados por el resto del año escolar debido a las medidas necesarias para evitar la propagación de COVID-19.

Es desalentador para todos nosotros saber que nuestros estudiantes no volverán a estar juntos en sus salones. Aprender en presencia de los demás y de sus maestros tiene fuertes ventajas educativas, sociales y cívicas. La experiencia de la escuela y la comunidad del salon es mucho más que tareas y trabajo académico individual. Echamos de menos las muchas formas en que una comunidad escolar generalmente interactúa y se apoya entre sí. Sin embargo, estamos experimentando un momento sin precedentes en el que debemos seguir distanciandonos físicamente el uno del otro. Estamos aprendiendo nuevas formas de mantenernos en contacto y registrarnos, y esperamos un momento futuro en el que podamos reunirnos de manera segura.

Gracias por su inmenso apoyo y flexibilidad. Aunque nuestros edificios escolares no están abiertos para clases, el año escolar no ha terminado. Estamos comprometidos a trabajar con nuestro personal, los padres y la comunidad para mejorar continuamente nuestro proceso de aprendizaje a distancia. También estamos trabajando en formas aceptables para que podamos celebrar el fin de año. Proporcionaremos más información a medida que las actualizaciones estén disponibles. Manténgase a salvo y que esté bien.

Sinceramente,

Steve Betando
Superintendente

Good Afternoon Morgan Hill Unified Families: 

Today, 03/16/2020, it was announced that Santa Clara County is under order to “shelter in place” beginning at midnight tonight. Shelter in place is a term typically used in a public safety context in which residents, workers, and students are urged to stay indoors.

Order of the Health Officer of the County of Santa Clara

ORDER OF THE HEALTH OFFICER OF THE COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA DIRECTING ALL INDIVIDUALS LIVING IN THE COUNTY TO SHELTER AT THEIR PLACE OF RESIDENCE EXCEPT THAT THEY MAY LEAVE TO PROVIDE OR RECEIVE CERTAIN ESSENTIAL SERVICES OR ENGAGE IN CERTAIN ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES AND WORK FOR ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AND GOVERNMENTAL SERVICES; EXEMPTING INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS FROM THE SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER BUT URGING THEM TO FIND SHELTER AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO PROVIDE IT; DIRECTING ALL BUSINESSES AND GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES TO CEASE NON-ESSENTIAL OPERATIONS AT PHYSICAL LOCATIONS IN THE COUNTY; PROHIBITING ALL NON­ ESSENTIAL GATHERINGS OF ANY NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS, AND ORDERING CESSATION OF ALL NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL

DATE OF ORDER: MARCH 16, 2020

You may view the full 7-page order here

The impact to our schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and we must navigate our response to the situation. Our highest priority is the health and safety of our employees, students, and families. 

The earliest our schools could be expected to return is on April 14, 2020. 

Flexible Learning  

In collaboration with school teams, the Educational Services Department (ESD) will post a comprehensive list of multiple online academic enrichment resources for parents and students by Wednesday, 3/18/2020 on the district website. In addition, ESD will post information on internet service providers offering free or reduce internet service. Principals will communicate with their school community on flexible learning enrichment activities by Friday, March 20, 2020. Teachers will also be in communication with their individual students and families. At this time, there is no indication that the school year will be extended due to the current school closure and shelter in place order.

Student Meals

We have communicated with Santa Clara County Public Health and have determined that providing meals for students continues to be an essential function. Food will continue to be provided as a pick-up and take-away basis only. Please view our pick up locations and schedule here

Resilience

“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it's less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you've lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that's good.” ― Elizabeth Edwards

Resources for at-home activities

During this time of shelter in place and social distancing, parents may be looking for additional resources and activities for their kids to manage the anxiety of the circumstances to stay engaged. Here are a few to get started:

Fred Rogers Center 

Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams

Virtual Museum Tours 

Enrichment Learning Resources 

National Geographic

The District Office will be closed during the shelter-in-place. Any questions may be directed to info@mhusd.org or by leaving a message at (408) 201-6000. Please allow two business days for a response. 

 

Buenas tardes familias de Morgan Hill:

El dia de hoy, 16 de Marzo del 2020, se anunció que el Condado de Santa Clara está bajo una orden de “refugiarse en un solo lugar” que empezará a la medianoche el día de hoy. El refugiarse en un solo lugar (Shelter in Place) es un término que se usa típicamente en contexto con seguridad pública en la cual se urge que residentes, trabajadores, y estudiantes se queden en interiores. 

Orden del Oficial del Condado de Santa Clara

La orden del Oficial de Salud del Condado de Santa Clara está dando la orden a todos los individuos que viven en el condado que se refugien en un su lugar de residencia con excepción si tienen que salir para proveer o recibir ciertos servicios esenciales o para tomar parte en actividades esenciales y para trabajar para negocios y servicios de gobierno esenciales; exentos a es4ta orden están los que no tienen hogar pero se les urgen que encuentren refugio y a las agencias del gobierno que lo proveen; se da la orden a todos los negocios y agencias del gobierno que suspenden operaciones no esenciales en localidades físicas en el condado; se prohíben todas las juntas que no sean esenciales con cualquier número de individuos, y se ordena que se suspenda todo viaje que no sea esencial.

FECHA DE LA ORDEN: 16 DE MARZO DEL 2020

Usted puede ver la orden de 7 páginas, en ingles aqui.

El impacto a nuestras escuelas debido a la pandemia COVID-19 continúa desarrollándose y debemos navegar nuestra respuesta a la situación. Nuestra prioridad más alta es la salud y la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, familias y empleados. 

La fecha más temprana que nuestras escuelas podrian reasumir clases sería el 14 de Abril del 2020.. 

Aprendizaje Flexible  

En colaboración con los equipos de las escuelas, el Departamento de Servicios Educacionales estará publicando una lista completa de recursos múltiples de enriquecimiento académico para los padres de familia y los estudiantes para el Miércoles, 18 de Marzo del 2020 en la página de internet del Distrito. Asimismo, el Departamento de Servicios Educacionales publicará información sobre proveedores de servicio de internet que ofrecen servicio de internet gratis o a un precio reducido. Los Directores se comunicaran con su propia comunidad escolar sobre actividades de enriquecimiento de aprendizaje flexible para el Viernes, 20 de Marzo del 2020. Los maestros también estarán en comunicación con sus estudiantes individuales y familiares. Por el momento, no existe indicación alguna de que se extenderá el año escolar debido a las clausuras escolares y debido a la orden de refugio en un solo lugar.

Comidas para Estudiantes

Nos hemos comunicado con la Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Cruz y hemos determinado que proveyendo comidas para estudiantes continúa siendo una función esencial. La comida continuará siendo proveída solamente para recogerse y llevarse a casa. Por favor vea las localidades y el horario para recoger comidas aqui.

Capacidad de recuperación

“La capacidad de recuperación es aceptar nuestra nueva realidad, aunque no sea mejor que lo que teníamos antes. Si puedes pelear, no puedes hacer nada más que gritar lo que perdiste, pero si lo aceptas puedes intentar poner algo junto que sea bueno.” ― Elizabeth Edwards

Actividades para hacer en casa

Durante este tiempo de refugiarse en un solo lugar, los padres de familia podrán estan buscando recursos y actividades que sus hijos pueden hacer para manejar la ansiedad de las circunstancias para que estén entretenidos. Aqui estan algunos para empezar:

Fred Rogers Center  Centro Fred Rogers

Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams Cámaras en vivo del Acuario de la Bahía de Monterey

Virtual Museum Tours Viajes de visita virtuales a Museos

Enrichment Learning Resources  Recursos de Enriquecimiento de Aprendizaje

National Geographic Geografia Nacional

El Distrito estará cerrado durante la ordenanza del refugio en un lugar. Cualquier pregunta puede ser dirigida a info@mhusd.org o pueden dejar un mensaje al (408) 201-6000. Por favor permita 2 días para recibir una respuesta.

 

Superintendent Update

Important Message from District Nurse

Wash Your Hands

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School Safety Plan

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