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PGUSD Update Regarding Current COVID Guidelines and Distance Learning Options:

PGUSD Update Regarding Current COVID Guidelines and Distance Learning Options:

 
 
Dear PGUSD Families,
I hope that you all have had an opportunity to rest and recover a bit as we gear up for the start of a new school year. Please review the following message for important information regarding both the most current California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines (released July 13, 2021) and the Independent Studies options for families who are considering not returning to in-person instruction beginning August 5, 2021.
 
The key points of this email are:
  • Pacific Grove Unified School District will provide In-Person instruction at the school sites and follow the California Department of Public Health guidelines as part of the COVID Safety Plan.
  • Pacific Grove Unified School District will provide an Independent Study option for parents requiring distance learning due to safety concerns through Interdistrict Transfer to a local E-School.
  • The California Dept of Public Health has released new school guidelines for 2021-22.
 
In-Person Instruction, Independent Studies (Assembly Bill 130) and Distance Learning
Recently the California legislature passed Assembly Bill 130 which provides the option for parents:
  • For the 2021-22 school year, Local Education Agencies must offer In-Person instruction.
  • For the 2021-22 school year, Local Education Agencies must offer an independent study option to students and families to be made available to students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian.
LEAs may meet this requirement by contracting with a county office of education or by entering into an interdistrict transfer agreement with another school district.
Pacific Grove Unified School District will provide In-Person instruction at the school sites and follow the California Department of Public Health guidelines as part of the Covid Safety Plan
 
Per California law, all districts will be required to allow families the choice of not returning to in-person instruction this year if they feel (self-assessed) that there is a danger to their student's health. The state requires all districts to have an Independent Studies option available, which includes the option of Interdistrict Transfer to an out of district Independent Studies/E-School program.
 
As per AB130, PGUSD has been working closely with North Monterey County Unified School District (NMCUSD) to establish an Independent Studies (IS) program for those PGUSD families who opt for a learning environment out of the In-Person classroom. We have already been working with them for many years as they provide the current 9-12 grades IS program for us, which is managed at the PGUSD David Avenue facility. The program that they have now created is referred to as an E-School and will serve any families who wish to enroll. This will serve as the Distance Learning option for PGUSD families. The NMCUSD program follows all aspects of AB 130, and they are prepared to offer any information to our families, as needed. 
This NMCUSD E-School will require a family to:
  • Request an Inter-District Transfer from PGUSD to NMCUSD
  • Disenroll from PGUSD and then participate using the David Ave (Pacific Grove) office as the contact 
  • NMCUSD will take it from there 
 
This similar process is already in place for the current grades 9-12 IS program that we offer. As this is not the general short term independent student program, families must attend for at least 30 days, and they can withdraw from NMCUSD back to PGUSD anytime after if they wish to return to in-person instruction for the 21-22 year. I have attached the NMCUSD informational flyer to this email. You are welcome to make contact with their staff who will answer any specific questions you may have about the E-School program. Information will also be posted on our website (as per AB130).
 
Description of the NMCUSD K12 Virtual E-School structure:
PGUSD Update Regarding Current COVID Guidelines and Distance Learning Options PGUSD Update Regarding Current COVID Guidelines and Distance Learning Options Spanish
The following summary has been provided by North Monterey County Unified School District:
 
We will be offering daily distance learning classes for all grade levels.  The elementary grade spans will be self-contained and fully credentialed experienced teachers will be working with students as a whole class and individually daily and checking in with parents at least once per week, or more as needed.  Our elementary teachers support K-2 and 3-5 to ensure age appropriate instruction and enrichment activities.  The middle school level works with 6-8 grades.  Students are assigned a home room teacher who will meet with students as a class daily and will also provide individualized learning plans in coordination with other secondary teachers who also teach groups of students specialized subject matter content (Math, Science, ELA, Social Studies, etc).  Instrumental music, art and STEM enrichment lessons/activities, field trips and other activities will be provided to students.  High school students complete a full A-G course offerings which may include Dual Enrollment college level courses with Hartnell College and online Advanced Placement courses and each student has a "homeroom" teacher who works to coordinate their individualized learning plans with other experienced subject matter teachers who teach their courses. In addition, the school has an academic counselor/coordinator, mental health counselor, and access to wrap-around services for students and families. NMCUSD will provide all devices, hotspots, curriculum and related educational services and activities for each enrolled student
 
Background: NMCCIS and NMCUSD K12 Virtual E-School offer personalized learning experiences tailored to the needs of each student.  Additionally, families can choose a home-schooling option with guidance and support from teachers, or elect to continue distance learning with other classmates and teachers. The school's WASC accredited college preparation curriculum is accepted by the NCAA, UCs, CSUs, private, military and technical colleges. Students who enroll at NMCCIS and the NMCUSD K12 Virtual E-School have access to a wide spectrum of learning services and are provided with a blended learning educational program that includes one-on-one meetings with teachers, distance learning (both online learning and personalized instructional lessons), small group instruction, and enrichment activities.  
 
Process to Enroll:  Parents would request an inter-district transfer from Pacific Grove USD to NMCUSD.  Students would be enrolled into the NMC Center for Independent Study-NMCUSD K12 E-School program. Should a student require specialized services via an IEP, we will review the IEP and work with Pacific Grove USD to determine best means to deliver the required services.
 
We will have any additional information regarding this option in the coming days prior to the start of the school year.
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This section contains a pertinent AB130 Summary
The highly-anticipated language for independent study has been released as part of the education trailer bill, . Below, you will find highlighted details of the changes.
 
Program Offering Requirements 
 
      • For the 2021-22 school year, Local Education Agencies must offer an independent study option to students and families to be made available to students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian.
      • LEAs may meet this requirement by contracting with a county office of education or by entering into an interdistrict transfer agreement with another school district.
      • The requirement to offer independent study for the 2021-22 school year may be waived if an LEA can demonstrate both of the following:
        • Offering independent study would create an unreasonable fiscal burden on the school district or county office of education due to low numbers of students participating or other extenuating circumstances.
        • The governing board of the school district or county office of education does not have the option to enter into an interdistrict transfer agreement with another school district or to contract with a county office of education to provide an independent study option.
 
Notice of Option
 
For the 2021–22 school year only, LEAs shall notify parents and guardians of their options to enroll their child in in-person instruction or independent study.
  • This notice shall include the right to request a student-parent-educator conference meeting before enrollment; students’ rights regarding procedures for enrolling, disenrolling and re-enrolling in independent study; and the synchronous and asynchronous instructional time that a student will have access to as part of independent study.
 
Board Policies
 
Specific policy revisions for the 2021-22 school year only will be brought to the Board.
 
Daily Live and Synchronous Instruction for Independent Studies (applies to the E-School option)
 
  • Kindergarten to grade 3 — daily synchronous instruction for all students throughout the school year.
  • Grades 4 to 8 — both daily live interaction and at least weekly synchronous instruction for all students throughout the school year.
  • Grades 9 to 12 — at least weekly synchronous instruction for all students throughout the school year.
  • “Live interaction” means interaction between the student and local educational agency classified or certificated staff, and may include peers, provided for the purpose of maintaining school connectedness, including but not limited to: wellness checks, progress monitoring, provision of services and instruction. This interaction may take place in person or in the form of internet or telephonic communication.
  • “Synchronous instruction” means classroom-style instruction or designated small group or one-on-one instruction delivered in person, or in the form of internet or telephonic communications and involving live, two-way communication between the teacher and student. Synchronous instruction shall be provided by the teacher of record for that student.
 
Written Learning Agreements with the IS provider
 
Written learning agreements must be signed before a student commences an independent study course. Electronic signatures are allowable for auditing purposes. Written learning agreements must include:
  • Confirmation or providing access to all students to the connectivity and devices adequate to participate in the educational program and complete assigned work.
  • A statement detailing the academic and other supports that will be provided to address the needs of students who are not performing at grade level, or need support.
  • A statement that enrollment in a course is an optional educational alternative in which no student may be required to participate.
  • The manner, time, frequency, and place for submitting a student’s assignments, for reporting the student’s academic progress and for communicating with a student’s parent or guardian regarding a student’s academic progress.
 
Documentation 
 
  • Documentation of live and synchronous instruction is required for each school day, in whole or in part, that independent study is provided. 
  • Any student who does not participate in independent study on a school day must be documented as non-participatory for that day.
  • LEAs are required to maintain either written or computer-based evidence of student engagement. This includes but is not limited to a grade book or summary document for each class that lists all assignments, assessments and associated grades.
  • Beginning in the 2021-22 fiscal year, the State Audit Guide shall incorporate compliance with the above.
 
Short-term Independent Study
 
The tiered re-engagement strategies, daily live and synchronous instruction requirements and plan to transition back to in-person instruction do not apply to students participating in an independent study program for fewer than 15 school days in a school year.
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Ca Dept of Public Health Guidelines
 
As some of you may know, there was a subsequent flurry of activity and a revised version of the guidelines were released earlier today. Every indication shows that the newest revisions are going to remain as is for the immediate future. If not, I will let you know. In summary, California is focused on reopening schools safely for in person learning and is doing so in line with guidance from the CDC. As many of California's school facilities can't fully accommodate physical distancing, California will align with the CDC’s guidance on school reopening by layering multiple prevention strategies, including:
 
Continued masking guidance: California will continue to require that masks be worn indoors in school settings, which will also ensure that all kids are treated the same.
Robust COVID testing program: Every California school has access to free COVID testing through the robust state testing program for schools.
 
Mask enforcement will continue to be handled by local schools as the state recognizes the unique needs of each district and child. Over the next couple weeks, PGUSD will continue to work on how this enforcement will be put into practice. 
 
The follow summary from School Service of California provides some detail:
 
The COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year (CDPH Guidance) is aligned with updated recommendations released on July 9, 2021, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The safety measures included in the CDPH Guidance were crafted with the foundational principle that “all students must have access to safe and full in-person instruction and to as much instructional time as possible.” For this reason, the CDPH Guidance does not include any requirement nor recommendation for minimum physical distancing, but rather it requires universal masking in schools.
Masks are required for all students indoors and for staff when sharing indoor spaces with students, and are optional for all individuals when outdoors in K–12 school settings. Exceptions are permitted to accommodate medical conditions or developmental reasons that make wearing a mask difficult. The reliance on masks as a core mitigation strategy is a trade off for physical distancing standards that would have hampered efforts to return all students to full in-person instruction. In addition, the CDPH believes requiring masks for all students and associated staff removes the operational barriers for local educational agencies (LEAs) to track vaccination status and any potential detrimental effects that may otherwise result from differentiated mask policies, such as bullying or stigmas.
 
The CDPH Guidance also provides quarantine recommendations with different actions depending on details, such as the vaccination status of the impacted individuals, whether masks were worn, and if the individual is asymptomatic. The document also touches on other safety measures such as screening testing, ventilation, and cleaning, and it provides suggestions for food service operations.
 
Again, we will get more details about protocols and policy to you as soon as available.
 
To read the full press release from the California Department of Public Health on COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year please click here
 
We will continue to keep you posted with updated information in the coming days.  In the meantime, please continue to take time for yourselves and your family.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Ralph G. Porras
Superintendent 
MOnterey County schools reopening plans:

MOnterey County schools reopening plans:

Here is a list on MCOE's website of current plans for reopening throught the Monterey County
PGUSD Hybrid Re-Opening Dates 2020-2021

PGUSD Hybrid Re-Opening Dates 2020-2021

Please refer to the follow document for all site and grade level re-opening dates. 
COVID Safety Plan (CSP)

COVID Safety Plan (CSP)

Site Full Distance Learning Models

Site Full Distance Learning Models

PGUSD - Reopening  Townhalls Recordings

PGUSD - Reopening  Townhalls Recordings

Please take a look of the recordings of the different townhalls held in PGUSD regarding reopening:
Site Blended/Hybrid Learning Models

Site Blended/Hybrid Learning Models