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Reopening Communication
Reopening Communication
Heather Becksted & Tim Grimmett
Tuesday, October 06, 2020

South Bay Union Elementary School District continues to monitor updated guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the California Department of Education (CDE), and Humboldt County Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) to support and promote emerging best practices to share with our Pine Hill and South Bay community. These best practices are aligned with local, state and federal guidelines in coordination with our county’s Public Health Officer.

This hybrid learning plan will serve as guidance for students, staff, and families. This plan will serve as a model for our campus to meet the guidelines set forth by the above agencies to bring our students back together and provide site-based classroom instruction as safely as possible. The hybrid learning plan will incorporate both site-based classroom instruction and distance learning.

Approved South Bay Learning Instructional Options

On September 24, the school board approved providing parents two learning options for their children:

  • on-site instruction blended with additional independent learning (hybrid), or

  • complete distance learning. 

Distance Learning

Distance learning will look very similar to the current distance learning model, however live instruction through Zoom will be limited to 2 hours, 45 minutes to align with the hybrid learning schedule referenced below. Live Zoom instruction will continue to focus on math, reading, language arts, and social-emotional learning. Independent learning will vary according to grade level based on required instructional minutes from the state of California.

South Bay Union School District’s Hybrid Learning Plan

Students participating in hybrid learning will attend school four days per week, Tuesday-Friday. All students will participate in distance learning on Mondays, meeting with their teacher via Zoom for the first 45 minutes of their normally scheduled cohort.

The school schedule will be an AM/PM shift model, coupled with daily home assignments for all grades. 

Cohort 1 will be on campus at Pine Hill 8:15 - 11:00 & South Bay 8:30-11:15 Tuesday through Friday.

Cohort 2 will be on campus at Pine Hill 12:00 - 2:45 & South Bay 12:15-3:00 Tuesday through Friday.

  • For grades 1st – 3rd, 80 minutes of daily home assignments will supplement site-based instruction.

  • For grades 4th – 6th, 90 minutes of daily home assignments will supplement site-based instruction.

  • Classrooms will be thoroughly disinfected daily from 11:00 – 12:00 between cohorts, and after 3:00.

  • Each site’s Psychologist, Psychologist Intern or Counselors will be available to support teachers in addressing the social-emotional needs of students.

  • Cohorts of students will stay with their teachers and/or classroom aides throughout their learning day.

  • Classroom aides will supervise their cohorts during recess times. Playgrounds will be divided into zones to separate cohorts when they are out at the same time.

  • Siblings will be given priority to be in the same cohort track.

  • Students that receive specialized services were prioritized to ensure that they receive those services.

Classroom Spaces and Social Distancing

  • Classrooms will be arranged with six-foot distance between desks and students will be instructed on how to be safe in their classroom environment.

  • Teachers will arrange their lessons and choice time activities to facilitate space between students.

  • Teachers will instruct students to turn assignments in as they leave the classroom, or place their assignments in a turn-in box one at a time. 

  • Supplies will be provided to students for individual use and kept in a labeled tub or bag, or collected by the teacher/aide and disinfected after each use.

  • Students in all grades will continue to have access to assigned Chromebooks or iPads in order to limit sharing.

  • Per state and county guidelines, face coverings must be worn by all adults and students.

  • Increased cleaning and sanitizing of school facilities will occur on a regular basis.

Non-Classroom Spaces and Social Distancing

All outside Facilities Use Permits, even when these activities would take place after school hours,

are suspended.

  • All program volunteers, other than student teachers, have been suspended. 

  • Classes will have access to outdoor spaces during non-recess times. These areas can also be used as outdoor learning spaces as seen fit by the classroom teacher.

  • Break time will be with their aide and class cohort.

  • Hallways will have clear entry and exit spaces to encourage students to move through them with safe social distancing.

  • Students will enter and exit the campus through different points to help avoid group congregation.

  • See masking guidelines in the previous section.

Personal Items

  • Students will not be allowed to bring personal items such as toys from home.

  • Students will have personal supply tubs for classroom use. These will contain items such as pencils,

crayons, glue, scissors, and basic Math/ELA manipulatives. 

  • Students will have assigned hooks/cubbies in their classrooms for their jacket/sweatshirt and lunchbox only.

  • We encourage students to bring water bottles from home. They may fill the water bottles in the classroom. Students must drink from the water bottles outside, as it is necessary to remove their mask.  Proper social distancing must be kept when they have temporarily removed their mask to drink from their water bottle. Water bottles will be left in the classroom with the option to take home every week for cleaning. They must be disinfected before being returned to the classroom.

Breakfast and Lunch Program

  • No meals will be served to students on campus.  Meals must be eaten at home prior to attending school.  Students may bring a snack to eat during their 15 minute recess break. 

  • Breakfast and lunch will be available during our weekly food distribution schedule.

  • All cafeteria/food service staff will be trained according to CDC and CDPH COVID-19 food handling Guidelines.

  • Food will be distributed twice weekly, Tuesday and Friday, from 11:00-1:00.

Enrichment Classes- Music/Art/PE 

  • Music and Art classes will be taught using a remote learning model.

  • PE will be taught at South Bay using a remote learning model.

Support Services

  • Instructional aides will continue to support student learning through a remote learning model.

  • Students with IEPs will be supported through direct instruction, using a remote learning model or small group pull-outs that allow them to remain with their cohorted peers.

  • Enhanced safety precautions will be taken, including limiting student group sizes, plexiglass dividers, disinfecting between learning sessions, and assigning materials to individual students.

School Arrival and Departure

  • Students may arrive no more than 15 minutes before their cohort start time and must be picked up promptly at dismissal time.

  • The Explore After School Program will be limited to students in the PM cohort, based upon the acceptance guidelines outlined in the Explore Application.

  • Parents/Guardians will be required to complete health screenings at home and submit results through a data collection app called Qualtrics.  Look for more information on Qualtrics later this week.  

  • Students who arrive at school without health screening results submitted must be screened upon entry onto the campus.

  • The District will only provide limited bus service based on identified transportation hardships.

  • Parents/Guardians will not walk their children to class. Rather, they will walk them to identified entry points.

  • See masking guidelines above in the section on Classroom Spaces and Social Distancing.

Signs or Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Students who are symptomatic or medically fragile will not be penalized for staying home and engaging in distance learning.

  • As students and staff enter campus, they will be required to complete a COVID-19 symptoms screening, if this was not completed prior to arrival and submitted via the data collection app.

  • Any allergies and/or health history of students who are at risk of being exposed or who have temperatures above 100.4 will be communicated immediately to the front office.

  • School staff will monitor students visually throughout the day to ensure that they do not develop fevers or other COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Upon entering their classroom or any other building on campus, students will wash their hands with soap and water and/or have access to hand sanitizer.

  • Students will be sent home if it is determined that they display COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Administration will work with Humboldt County Public Health to notify families and staff of potential exposure.

If a Student or Staff Member Becomes Sick

  • If students or staff members display COVID-19 symptoms while on campus, they will be directed to continue to wear their masks and be isolated in a designated area under direct staff supervision.

  • If students display symptoms, the school will notify parents/guardians immediately for mandatory pick-up. If the symptoms become severe, they will be transported to the hospital. If symptoms are not severe Parents/Guardians will be encouraged to contact their medical health provider for guidance. The front office will report symptomatic cases to Humboldt County Public Health.

  • If an adult becomes symptomatic, they will be directed to leave campus and either go home or seek medical treatment. If the symptoms become severe, they will be transported to the hospital. The front office will report symptomatic cases to Humboldt County Public Health.

  • Areas that have been used by a symptomatic person will not be used again until the space has had full disinfection. Custodial staff will use proper disinfection procedures and PPE while cleaning the area, waiting 24 hours before entering, if at all possible.

  • Cohorts of students will be given an alternative learning space if practicable.

  • Students and staff who display symptoms will be instructed not to return to school until their symptoms have been resolved, without the use of fever reducing medication for 24 hours.

  • Cohorts exposed to a student or staff member that tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow the County Health Officers guidance. This may require up to a 14 days quarantine.

  • We will provide all students with access to distance learning when they are out of class due to COVID-19 related illnesses.

On-Going Support and Resources:

South Bay Union School District Website

Humboldt County Office of Education

Guidance from California Department of Education

Guidance from the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services

Guidance from the California Department of Public Health

Center for Disease Control and Prevention