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Secondary (grades 7-12) School Reopening Proposed Dates
Posted 10/22/20

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Earlier this month, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education took action to delay the secondary school (grades 7-12) transition to Level 2 - Hybrid in-person instruction in order to further assess the support structures for student learning while in-person and at-home within the Level 2 Hybrid model. This decision allowed an opportunity to review and enhance the instructional model to better support students under these challenging circumstances caused by the pandemic. 

PROPOSED DATES TO TRANSITION TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION 

At the upcoming board meeting on October 27, the District will recommend that all secondary schools (except Back Bay, Monte Vista and Early College High Schools) transition to Level 2 - Hybrid in-person instruction on November 9, 2020.  

The District will also recommend that Back Bay/Monte Vista High School transition to Level 2 - Hybrid in-person instruction one week earlier, on November 3, 2020. Early College High School will remain in distance learning due to the challenges related to the alignment with the Coastline Community College system.   

PROPOSED REVISED HYBRID MODEL 

In addition, a revised hybrid model for Level 2 will be recommended at the board meeting. Features of the revised hybrid model address concerns related to the frequency of student/teacher interaction, student support, and the ability to learn at-home while remaining at their current school. The recommended hybrid model will consist of:

  • Two cohorts to reduce the number of students on campus at one time by approximately 50%

  • Two days of in-person instruction, two days of at-home learning, and one half-day distance learning per week

  • During at-home learning days, students and teachers connect during the assigned period

  • At-home learning may include simultaneous, synchronous, asynchronous, and/or independent learning. This provides more frequent teacher-student contact focused on providing continuity of instruction. 

  • As needed, there will be an option to learn at-home every day while remaining at current school

  • Student support with teachers is included four days a week in the bell schedule 

  • One half-day per week will be dedicated to ongoing teacher professional development and/or meeting time including strategies and practices specific to hybrid instruction

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2020: NON-STUDENT INSTRUCTIONAL DAY  

If the start dates are approved as recommended, Friday, October 30, 2020 will be a non-instructional day for secondary students in order to allow teachers time for professional development as they make final preparations to transition to hybrid in-person instruction. No instruction will be provided on this day. (This excludes Early College High School, Special Day Classes (7-12), Elementary (PK-6) and Cloud Campus)  

HEPA AIR CLEANER FOR ALL ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY CLASSROOMS  

While High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) cleaners are not required for our classrooms, since we have fully functioning ventilation systems in our classrooms, the District will provide HEPA cleaners for all elementary and secondary classrooms. HEPA cleaners force air through a fine mesh that traps particles. This is an addition to our already enhanced ventilation practice that meets the state guidance, such as replacing and upgrading filters and increasing ventilation time before and after occupancy.