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  • 2020-21 Teaching and Learning Models 

    What does MUSD mean by a “learning model”? 

    learning model is how we refer to and distinguish our educational plans. How students will learn during the instructional school day.  

    How many learning models are there and why? 

    The MUSD Board of Trustees authorized a plan consisting of three learning models to be phased based on allowable conditions of public health, and a fourth learning model to be offered as an option simultaneously:  

    • Phase 1: 100% Off-Campus Learning for students,  
    • Phase 2: Blended Learning 
    • Phase 3: On-Campus Learning 
    • Option: MUSD Online Academy, 100% Online Learning. 

    What do each of the models mean? 

    • 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. 
    • PHASE 2: Blended Learning — Hybrid 50% off campus and 50% on campus 
      • Blended learning models maintain small class sizes, maximize social distancing following reasonable CDC, CDPH, and SJCPHS guidelines, and provide 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.
    • PHASE 3: On-Campus Learning— Full-time, modified on-campus programming. Inclusive of all reasonable wellness practices and safeguards with regular class sizes. 
    • OPTION: MUSD Online Academy— New 100% online school, Manteca Unified School District Online Academy for K-12 public school at home. 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. 

     

    Screening and Testing 

    Will students and adults entering campuses be screened for symptoms? 

    Students will receive a temperature reading upon classroom/campus entry. Employees are required to conduct a daily home self-screening which includes a temperature reading and answering a set of questions related to COVID-19 signs and symptoms, before coming to campus each day. Families are encouraged to do the same.

    Anyone with a fever of 100.4 or higher, has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, pending a COVID-19 test result, and/or signs of COVID-19 must not come on an MUSD campus. If a temperature reading is of 100.4 or higher, the student will be directed to the health/isolation room for assistance from the school nurse or designee.

    Staff and students will be monitored throughout the day for signs of illness. Each classroom and office will be supplied with one contactless handheld thermometer.

     

    Face Coverings and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 

    Will students and adults wear face coverings? 

    Each employee will be supplied with gloves and four (4) cloth masks. In addition, teachers will receive two (2) face shields and can wear face shields to avoid potential barriers to phonological instruction. Students below 2nd grade are highly recommended, and students 3rd grade and above are required to wear cloth face coverings. All students will be supplied with two (2) cloth masks.

    MUSD employees are required to wear face coverings when:

    1. Interacting in-person with any member of the public
    2. Working in any space visited by the public, regardless whether anyone from the public is present at the time
    3. Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others
    4. Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, restrooms, and parking facilities
    5. In any room or enclosed area where other people are present when unable to physically distance
    6. While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from others is not feasible

    Having certain medical conditions accompanied by a doctor’s note and other circumstances may exempt individuals from wearing a face covering. The full list of exemptions is at https://bit.ly/2UVkihi. If one of these exemptions apply to you, please discuss it with your supervisor. Other mitigated measures may be necessary for employees unable to wear face masks.

    Members of the public in MUSD offices are required to wear face coverings in MUSD office buildings.

     

    What PPE and other supplies are needed for each campus? 

    MUSD will have an adequate supply of soap, disinfection, hand sanitizer, paper towels, and tissues. Employees will be supplied with gloves and other PPE. Each classroom and office will be supplied with one contactless handheld thermometer . 

     

    Physical Distancing and Limiting Contact 

    What is physical distancing? 

    Physical distancing, also called “social distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice physical or social distancing: 

    • Adults stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other adults 
    • Do not gather in groups 
    • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings  

    In addition to everyday steps to prevent COVID-19, keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to this virus and slowing its spread locally, nationally, and globally. Face coverings are most essential when physical distancing is not practicable.  

    What are the physical distancing protocols in classroom and non-classroom settings? 

    MUSD employees, students, parents, and visitors should practice physical distancing and eliminating contact with other adults when feasible. In the classroom, strategies such as small and consistent cohorts, minimizing movement, maximizing space between seating, isolating student belongings, ensuring adequate supplies to minimize sharing, and utilizing outdoor spaces when possible will be used.  

    In non-classroom spaces, strategies such as designated routes for entry and exit, staggered lunch periods held in classrooms or outdoor areas versus the cafeteria, minimizing congregate movement through hallways, implementing one-way traffic direction, holding recess in separated areas, and limiting the capacity onumber of employees in offices, conference rooms, and break rooms at one time.   

    Will class sizes be reduced?  

    In Phase 2: Blended Learning, class sizes will be smaller due to the alternating day model. In Phase 3: On-Campus Learning, class sizes will not be reduced. Teachers will assess classroom space and rearrange furniture and student seating to meet physical distancing objectives as best as practicable.  

     

    Reporting, Health Protocols, and Communication 

    What is the protocol for staff or students exhibiting symptoms while on campus? 

    If an employee or student becomes ill on campus/district, he/she will immediately report to the school’s dedicated health/isolation room and an incident/case form will be completed by a school nurse or designee. The nurse and others attending the ill person will wear personal protective equipment. The nurse will direct the symptomatic employee to leave work or call the parent of the symptomatic student to be picked up and go home. The nurse will determine if emergency services is to be called based on symptoms.  

    What are the communication guidelines for when a confirmed case is self-reported? 

    If a confirmed case of COVID-19 has been self-reported from an individual within a school/district community, the District’s internal Health Services department will work to identify any close contacts (any individual within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) of the confirmed case and assess the risk of exposure. A notice will be sent via email or phone informing close contacts of the known exposure. If there is an identified cluster, three or more individuals from different households, MUSD will notify San Joaquin County Health Services as advised. Unless required by the local health authority, confidentiality will be maintained as directed by State/Federal HIPAA compliance laws to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge. FERPA laws will be guiding in addition to protect privacy of educational records. 

    When can staff or students return to school after they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19? 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for determining when a person who was recently in close contact with a person with COVID-19 or a person with COVID-19 can return to work or school include: 

    Recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19: 

    • Stay home until 14 days after your last exposure 
    • Check your temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19 
    • If possible, stay away from people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 

    Have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are waiting for test results, or have cough, fever, or shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19: 

    • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); and 
    • You have improved in respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, etc.); and 
    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first occurred. Or, if asymptomatic, 10 days since your positive test result. If you are tested again, you may return to campus or be around others when no symptoms are present and have tested negative on two consecutive respiratory specimens collected at least 24 hours apart.  

     

    Healthy Hygiene Practices 

    How will healthy hygiene practices be supported at schools? 

    Schools will reinforce healthy hygiene practices among students and staff such as washing hands with soap for 20 seconds, avoiding contact with one’s eyes, nose, and mouth, and covering coughs and sneezes. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout campus containing at least 60% ethyl alcohol. There will be easy-to-understand signage and illustrations throughout campus that empower students to be careful, cautious, and respectful of themselves and to each other.  

     

    Facilities- Safety and Sanitation Considerations 

    What supplies should be included in every classroom and general area (e.g., office, multipurpose room, bathroom) for use by students and staff? 

    MUSD will ensure adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors, including soap, tissues, no-touch trash cans, and hand sanitizing stations. All sinks will have soap available and hand sanitizing stations containing at least 60% ethyl alcohol will be made available in or near classrooms.   

    Where will physical barriers be installed at school sites and offices to promote staff safety? 

    Office spaces will have plastic screening as a safety precaution at reception windows or countertops as necessary to protect both the employee and campus visitor.  

    What is the recommendation for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to identify optimal working conditions to support health and safety? 

    MUSD Facilities and Operations Department ensure that our HVAC systems are functioning properly and maintained according to the manufacturer’s recommendations with frequent filter replacements to promote cleaner air.  

    What are the guidelines for cleaning and sanitation? 

    Custodial staff will be cleaning and sanitizing high touch points daily, at minimum, as was implemented during the initial concern of the virus. High touch points include door handles, light switches, sink handle/faucets, bathroom surfaces, tables, student desks, chairs. Employees are encouraged to disinfect their own personal workspace (teacher desk, phone, etc.) throughout the day, giving special attention to commonly touched surfaces. 

    Operations department will ensure only EPA “N” label approved sanitizing products are used. MUSD will exclude any sodium hypochlorite (bleach) based product as these are asthma inducing.  

    Will extensive cleaning be performed if a student or employee is diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19? 

    Deep cleaning is triggered when an active employee or student is identified with a confirmed or assessed likely case of COVID-19. After a 24-hour vacancy, disinfecting of the area will begin as per public health guidelines.  

     

    General Safety Concerns 

    Will campuses be required to close again?  

    Individual school closure is recommended based on the number of cases, the percentage of the teacher/students/staff that are positive for COVID-19, and following consultation with the San Joaquin Public Health Officer. Individual school closure may be appropriate when there are multiple cases in multiple cohorts at a school or when at least 5 percent of the total number of teachers/student/staff are cases within a 14-day period, depending on the size and physical layout of the school. The Local Health Officer may also determine school closure is warranted for other reasons, including results from public health investigation or other local epidemiological data. If a partial or total school closure is warranted, families will be contacted and a swift transition to Phase 1: Off-Campus Learning will occur for the students of the school(s) affected.

    I do not feel comfortable enrolling my child in on-campus learning. Is there another option? 

    Yes! The Manteca Unified School District Online Academy is K-12 public school at home available to all MUSD students. It is nearly 100% online learning, a learning model vastly different from our crisis distance learning response. This is a robust, state standards adopted curriculum which will require direct teaching and much support from families to ensure their student's academic success. Learn more here: www.mantecausd.net/onlineacademy 

    How can I stay informed of the latest news, updates, and general information from Manteca Unified?  

    Our website is a great source of information (www.mantecausd.net) as well as our social media channels (FB @proudtobemusd, Twitter @MUSD). We also have a mobile application which can be found in your mobile app store by searching, “Manteca USD.”  

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