2020-21 TEACHING AND LEARNING MODELS FOR RETURN TO SCHOOL
At the June 16, 2020 Board meeting, the MUSD Board of Trustees approved a plan to offer students different learning models. The 2020-21 fall semester resumed on Thursday, August 6, 2020. As current conditions allow and San Joaquin County Public Health Services authorizes, local governing Board will vet and Administration will implement a learning model meeting Federal, State and Local directives. Manteca Unified School District has developed four Return to School options for families based on the most current health conditions in San Joaquin County:
PHASE 1- Off-Campus Learning 100% - Off-campus learning is aligned to current base programming and ensures seamless transition from in person to virtual learning as needed.
- Students learn from home (no in-person)
- Teachers and students connect virtually
- Combination of live instruction, assignments and recorded lessons
NEW! PHASE 1.5 - Small Cohorts for specialized in-person services
New California Department of Public Health Guidelines allow for specialized, in-person service.
- The guidance on cohorts released by CDPH authorizes small-group, in-person services in controlled, supervised, and indoor environments.
- A cohort is a stable group of no more than 14 children or youth and no more than two supervising adults (or a configuration of no more than 16 individuals total in the cohort) in a supervised environment in which supervising adults and children stay together for all activities (e.g., meals, recreation, etc.), and avoid contact with people outside of their group in the setting. The goal of these cohorts is to provide specialized and targeted services for identifified students with needs.
- The intent is NOT for in-person instruction for all students, but to establish parameters for providing specialized and targeted services for identifified students with needs. This new guidance is only a component of Phase 1; NOT Phase 2.
- Students invited to participate in a cohort will receive an email or letter in the mail. Currently, we do not know which specialized and targeted instruction cohorts will participate; determinations will be based on need.
Prior to receiving any students on campus, school sites must create and submit a mitigation plan to the Senior Director. Administration is responsible for creating a mitigation plan with approval from the Senior Director.
- Mitigation plans must include the following:
- Student protocol for health checks
- Health isolation room plan for supervision
- Checklist to show each room and space on campus has what is needed to receive students.
- PPE provided to staff and students
- Maps to include:
- Locations of hand sanitizer and hand washing stations, shich are placed outside of classrooms and in shared spaces
- Directional walking routes for students and staff
- Entry and exit routes for student
Nutrition Education Department Update for Phase 1.5
- Nutrition Education will deliver breakfast and lunch to the classrooms. Breakfast will be delivered for consumption during the first 15 minutes of school and lunch will be delivered during the designated meal period.
- In some cases, students will be on campus for designated support periods. Students can pick up their meals at any time during the 11:00am-12:30pm meal service period from the walk up/drive through location for consumption at home.
For more information regarding Phase 1.5, please view our Frequently Asked Questions page.
PHASE 2- Blended Learning - Hybrid 50% off campus and 50% on campus.
Blended learning models maintaining small class sizes maximizing social distancing following reasonable CDC, CDPH, and SJCPHS guidelines with optional opportunities for childcare and learning supports through Give Every Child a Chance, City of Manteca Kid Zone, City of Lathrop Parks and Recreation, etc.
- Part day on-site resident learning (180 minutes a day Kindergarten, 230 minutes/day grades 1-3, and 240 minutes/day grades 4-12) with alternating days
- Small on-site resident class sizes (12-17)
- Redefined roles for on-site administrative and support staff to maximize student tiered intervention supports
PHASE 3- On-Campus Learning - Full-time, modified on-campus programming.
- Inclusive of all reasonable wellness practices and safeguards
- Full day with certificated teacher
- Teacher preparation and collaboration time daily
OPTION- MUSD Online Academy - New 100% online school, Manteca Unified School District Online Academy for K-12 public school at home.
With a robust, standards-based curriculum at every grade level, students take core classes in math, science, English language arts, and social studies. Additionally, electives meeting A-G requirements are offered to high school students. The OA has a unique modular student learning platform designed for an online (at home) learning environment and requires a year-long commitment from a family. This is for students who feel online learning meets their needs.
- Personalized Learning
- MUSD Certificated Teachers
- Engaging and interactive curriculum
- A supportive school community
- Live instruction and teacher led with support from caring adults at home
Special Education/Individualized Education Program (IEP)
- During Phase 1, Special Education (SPED) students will participate in off-campus learning.
- In Phase 1.5, 2, and 3, students receiving special education services based on their individualized education program (IEP) will receive in-person full day instruction PK-12+.
This plan is subject to change and updates will be made based on latest information provided by the officials and other applicable federal, state, and local agencies as well as negotiations.
Each learning model offers meal services to all students, technology support when needed, resources for emotional and social support, and extra/co-curricular activities available through school of enrollment.
*Sample schedules of each learning model will be available in the next week and bell schedules will be available in the next two weeks.