Superintendent update regarding reopening plan – Sept. 30

on September 30, 2020

Dear M-W parent/guardian,

I want to acknowledge how respectful and compliant our students have been since returning to the buildings. There is nothing we want more than to have all our children back in school and we are grateful for our families’ partnership in these efforts.

I am writing to provide an update regarding some key topics.

Live Stream Instruction to begin on Tuesday, October 6

There was a recurring request from families for more structured live instruction and the school district is committed to providing this for our students. Beginning Tuesday, October 6, all K-12 teachers will be providing live, synchronous instruction, two weeks earlier than outlined in the original reopening pla

n. Please bear in mind that there will be a learning curve for everyone as we navigate through this new way of instruction.

All fully remote and hybrid students will be expected to log in and “attend” class live each week Tuesday – Friday. Attendance will be taken for all students, both those who are physically in school and those participating remotely. The expectation is that students will log on at their scheduled time and remain logged on for the entire period or class. Principals will be providing clarification on what families should expect.

Please Note: Monday, October 5 is an exception to the norm and will now be a remote asynchronous instruction day for students. This will allow teachers time to prepare for full implementation of live instruction. More information will be forthcoming from your building principal.

Next Phase of Reopening: Kindergarten – 5th Grade

The school district will proceed on schedule with welcoming all K-5 students with an A letter designation to their buildings on Tuesday, October 6. Students with a B letter designation will attend school in-person beginning on Wednesday, October 7. In-person learning will proceed in this way with letter groups alternating days (A = Tuesdays/Thursdays; B = Wednesdays/Fridays).

Next Phase of Reopening: 6th – 12 Grade

Since high school and middle school students have returned to the buildings, we have identified several issues that need to be addressed before we can safely double our student population. After consultation with District COVID Health Coordinator Dr. Lisa Sassi, the school district has decided to extend grades 6-12 hybrid student attendance in subgroups – A1, B1, A2, B2 – for one more week to allow time for building staff to resolve these issues.

Primary among these concerns is ensuring that all students adhere to lunch room protocols, are comfortable navigating the new traffic patterns and complete their COVID screening before coming to school.

While the goal remains to welcome full A/B groups to the high school and middle school beginning Tuesday, October 13, we need to be sure we can do so safely and efficiently. A safe reopening of schools the size of MWMS (800+ individuals) and MWHS (1,000+ individuals) can only happen with the full cooperation and support of families, students and staff. I will provide a plan update at the end of next week.

Revised student calendar - October 2020

Social Emotional Support

Please contact your building administrator if your child is anxious or feeling stressed about the return to school buildings, class assignments or other school-related concerns. Current circumstances can be challenging on many levels and M-W counselors are available to support your child.

Please keep in mind that these plans will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and are subject to change based on guidance from the Orange County Department of Health. I will keep you updated as reopening continues.

Sincerely,

Elsie Rodriguez
Superintendent of Schools