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Commonly Asked Questions

What is hybrid learning? Is it one, two, three, four days a week in person? 

Hybrid instruction is part in-person, part online. Classes will be divided into A/B cohorts who alternate coming into the classroom with their teacher part of the week, and working independently when at home and/or completing online class check-ins, depending upon grade level. The following proposed daily academic schedules were presented to the board:

How will I know if my child is returning to school for Special Education services? 

Students in Preschool through Grade 5 who participate in preschool classes, moderate/severe classes or social emotional and academic support (SEAS) classes, will be returning on November 2, 2020.  All other students will return with their grade level counterparts. Families returning  November 2, 2020 will be contacted beginning the week of October 5, 2020 through email, text and/or phone. 

What about students being evaluated for Special Education for the first time?

Initial evaluations for special education are currently being conducted using a combination of virtual and in-person methods. If your child is going to be evaluated, you should have received an Assessment Plan that outlines the proposed assessments. Your assessment team will contact you for information and for scheduling any in-person assessment that may be necessary. 

What is the purpose of SpEd assessments?  Are these initial assessments for children to get an IEP?  Are these assessments to see which students should be allowed to reenter early?

The assessments being conducted include initial assessments for special education, triennial review assessments and any additional assessments that have been agreed upon. The assessments are used primarily to determine (initial) or reestablish (triennial review) eligibility for special education and related services. The assessments are not used to determine start dates for students.

When giving the return dates for SpEd students, are these students who are in a full-time SpED program or also those that receive pull out SpEd services like extra instruction, speech, etc?

Students who participate in moderate/severe service delivery models, social emotional and academic support (SEAS) classes and special education preschool classes will be returning on Nov. 2, 2020. All other students will return with their grade level.

If the early return for SpEd is also for students with pull out services, will they be missing their regular classroom instruction on the days they are going to school in-person?

Special education services will be provided in a variety of ways which will include serving students in a separate classroom (pull out), serving students in the general education classroom (push in) and through the use of virtual platforms.  

Where/when will I receive information about my student’s school and return in hybrid?

Your school site principal will be sharing specific information with you about which schedule you are on for in-person learning (Monday/Tuesday “A” or Thursday/Friday “B”) on October 5.

What if I want my scholar(s) to continue in a remote learning environment?

There are some spaces left in our remote learning programs. A survey is open for parents until October 5, 2020 to express desire to remain in virtual learning for the remainder of the 2020-21 year. Attempts to accommodate family preference will be made. This is the third opportunity families have had to request the remote learning option for 2020-2021 school year. In the case that more families want remote learning than we can accommodate, a random system will be used to assign as many students as possible per their request. 

Are there important dates I should be aware of?

October 5 - Window closes to express interest in remote learning through Surfside Academy

November 2 - At-promise student cohorts return to hybrid in-person instruction

November 9 - Elementary TK-5 return to hybrid in-person instruction with cohort A or B

January 11 - Secondary 6-8th return to hybrid in-person instruction

Why is middle and high school return delayed until January?

Because our secondary students are assigned to multiple classes and teachers for various subjects and extracurricular activities, there are many challenges to keeping these students in small cohorts while maintaining their regular academic schedule in a hybrid model. Secondary hybrid instruction will begin in January at the start of spring semester in order to avoid disruptions to current student schedules, maintain grading, and because we believe that waiting is the safest option for these students and staff. 

What are some examples of health and safety protocols that will be implemented?

  • Signage will indicate social distancing, directional pathways and face mask requirements for all staff and all students

  • All staff and scholars must wear face coverings

  • Personal protective equipment available to staff and students

  • All classrooms and offices are provided with hand sanitizer, spray bottles with cleaning solution, paper towels, gloves and facial tissues 

  • Regular handwashing and/or hand sanitizer use with sanitation and handwashing stations around campuses are available

  • Parents/Guardians are encouraged to complete a self-check and symptom screen for their child at home prior to coming to school

  • Touchless temperature screenings before entering campus or boarding the school bus will occur prior to entering campus. Scholars with temperature at 100 degrees or higher will be escorted to the health office or will not be allowed to enter the school bus, and parents/guardians will be contacted to return home by an authorized adult

  • Classrooms will be disinfected daily using safe electrostatic backpack sprayers, and buses disinfected between groups 

  • Student belongings will be kept separate and taken home each day to be cleaned

  • No visitors to school offices, except by appointment

  • Parents / guardians picking up child early from school may call the office ahead of time so they may make arrangements

  • Plexiglass barriers have been installed in front offices and health offices

  • One additional custodial support for each school site for campus sanitization

  • Isolation spaces, outside of health offices with ventilation and supervision, will be available at each campus for students who are presenting with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. 

What is personal protective equipment? What will be used on campuses?

Personal protective equipment is gear designed to prevent the spread of germs. Face coverings and optional face shields will be available for staff. Face coverings for students who need them or may have forgotten to bring one to school will also be available. Other gear such as gloves for cleaning or food preparation will be provided to staff, and sanitation stations including handwashing stations and hand sanitizer will be available throughout campus. 

What is Expanded Enrichment? Can I put my child in this program the days they are not in class, or after school? What is a Secondary Learning Center? What does “enrichment” mean?

The Expanded Enrichment Programs offers in-person academic support and enrichment opportunities for our at-promise students in grades TK-5 and children of essential worker families. We are currently developing an Expanded Enrichment Program option to reflect a hybrid learning environment. The Secondary Learning Center will offer in-person academic support and enrichment opportunities to students in grades 6-12. The purpose of enrichment is to provide students the opportunity to study concepts with greater depth and to pursue their interests and strengths.

Is Nutrition currently being provided for all scholars? 

Meals are currently free for all scholars with to-go pickup Tuesdays and Thursdays at all school sites from 12:00-1:30 p.m. More info is on our Nutrition Services website

What are the protocols if a staff or student tests positive for COVID-19? 

We will be following these general protocols for when a staff member, child, or visitor becomes sick. We will follow incident response guidance from the San Diego County Office of Education, and collaborate with local education and health partners in the case of spread between class cohorts or staff on campus. 

  • Identify an isolation room or area to separate anyone who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19

  • Any person exhibiting symptoms should immediately be required to wait in isolation

  • Close off areas used by any sick person and do not use before cleaning and disinfection. Wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting. If it is not possible to clean, wait 24 hours.

  • Advise sick staff and students not to return to school until they have met CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation 

  • Ensure that students, including students with disabilities, have access to instruction when out of class, as required by federal and state law

  • Provide students, teachers and staff from higher transmission areas opportunities for telework, virtual learning, independent study and other options as feasible

What are the face mask requirements? Are face shields are other alternatives an option?

Here is information on the use of face coverings or, in limited instances, face shields. Students and staff need to remember not to touch the face covering and to wash their hands frequently. Also provided, information for staff and families in the school community on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings. Staff or students who believe they are exempt from these policies need to confirm the process for safety with their principal.  

For ages 2 and younger, face coverings are not required. For students 3 years old through high school and all staff, face coverings are mandatory unless exempt per CDPH guidelines.

  • Persons two years old or younger, anyone who has trouble breathing, anyone who is unconscious or incapacitated, and anyone who is otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance are exempt from wearing a face covering. Staff will be referred to Human Resources if they believe they are exempt from wearing a face covering for support. Students who may be exempt from wearing a face covering will go through a 504 or IEP process.

  • A cloth face covering or face shield should be removed for meals, snacks, naptime, or outdoor recreation, or when it needs to be replaced. 

  • Schools must exclude students from campus if they are not exempt from wearing a face covering under CDPH guidelines and refuse to wear one provided by the school. Should a student forget their mask they may request one from their teacher or the health office. Schools should offer alternative educational opportunities for students who are excluded from campus.

Face mask requirements for staff:

  • All staff must wear face coverings indoors in accordance with CDPH guidelines unless Cal/OSHA standards require respiratory protection

  • Workers or other persons handling or serving food must use gloves in addition to face coverings. Disposable glove use may be helpful to supplement frequent handwashing or use of hand sanitizer; examples - workers who are screening others for symptoms or handling commonly touched items 

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): All OUSD staff and scholars are required to wear cloth face coverings when entering and while in the building where chance of interaction and exchange with another person is possible.  Staff must wear face coverings outdoors when others may come within six feet of them. Staff are encouraged to provide their own personal face coverings. Face shields will be available for students and staff. Gloves will be provided for those staff members responsible for cleaning or food preparation.

What should parents do who have two-plus children in grades K-5, and one is a full-day SpEd and who needs to be dropped off / picked up early, while the other children are expected to be in class at the same time?

Please work with your case manager to find a plan to address this concern.

Will all parents be required to hand deliver their children to school? Who will be answering children’s screening questions, such as have you been exposed, sick, or been given any medication to reduce a fever?

The same procedures for students coming to school prior to COVID-19 will be in place. Students who walk or ride the bus will still be able to do so. Preschool students will need to be checked in to the class. 

If a student/teacher/bus driver tests COVID-positive, are all the students who rode the bus with that child or in a classroom with that child required to be at home quarantine for 14 days? If so, then will there be an active Zoom going in their assigned classroom so they can still "attend" class?

We will follow the County Health Guidance on how to address a COVID-19 positive case in a school setting. If an entire classroom or school is required to quarantine, active Virtual Learning including daily meetings will be available for students who are able to virtually attend class during the self-isolation period. If only one student is required to self-isolate, regular virtual classroom meetings will not be available, but that student may access Google Classroom or SeeSaw, and our Virtual Support Teachers from 1:30-7:30 pm each day. Only scholars that have been in close contact with the individual who tested positive will be required to home quarantine for 14 days. The instructional delivery would be based on the model being utilized.