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School Reopening Update - Secondary School Update
Posted 10/2/20

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The following information is for secondary schools only. Elementary schools are not affected by these changes and will continue as scheduled. 


In order to allow our secondary teachers additional time to make final preparations for the transition to hybrid in-person instruction on October 12, 2020, the following modifications will be made to secondary (grades 7-12) student instructional days. 

(The following dates exclude Cloud Campus, Estancia High School, Special Day Class students and staff who have already begun in-person instruction. See further below for information for Estancia and Early College High School.)

  • Tuesday, October 6 and Thursday, October 8, 2020

Half day Morning Instruction Only (grades 7-12 only)

Distance learning on October 6 and 8 will only occur in the morning. The afternoon will be reserved for teachers to make final preparations for the transition to hybrid in-person instruction on October 12. As a reminder, Wednesdays are already scheduled as a half day so there is no instruction in the afternoon as usual.

  • Friday, October 9, 2020

Non-student day/ No instruction (grades 7-12 only)

Friday, October 9, 2020 will be a non-student day at all secondary schools. (see exceptions above) Therefore no Distance Learning instruction will take place on this day. To make up this instructional day, January 11, 2021 will be a student instructional day in lieu of the scheduled professional development day. 


ESTANCIA HIGH SCHOOL - New start date for hybrid in-person instruction: October 19, 2020 

Due to the end of semester and timing of final exams (the week of October 12) under the 4 X 4 instructional model at Estancia High School (EHS), the new start date for hybrid in-person instruction will be October 19.

In order to allow EHS teachers additional time to make final preparations for the transition to hybrid in-person instruction on October 19, the following modifications will be made to instructional days:

  • Tuesday, October 13 and Thursday, October 15, 2020

Half day Morning Instruction Only

Distance learning on October 13 and 15 will only occur in the morning. The afternoon will be reserved for teachers to make final preparations for the transition to hybrid in-person instruction. As a reminder, Wednesdays are already scheduled as a half day so there is no instruction in the afternoon as usual.

  • Friday, October 16, 2020

Non-student day/ No instruction 

Friday, October 15, 2020 will be a non-student day. Therefore no Distance Learning instruction will take place on this day. To make up this instructional day, January 11, 2021 will be a student instructional day in lieu of the scheduled professional development day. 


EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL -  Hybrid in-person instruction begins October 12, 2020 

Early College High School (ECHS) will transition to hybrid in-person instruction on October 12, 2020. ECHS will share specific information related to changes to the distance learning schedule to prepare for the transition to hybrid in-person instruction.


COSTA MESA AND NEWPORT BEACH REMAIN BELOW THE COUNTY COVID-19 AVERAGES

The cities of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach continue to decrease and remain well below the county averages on both new COVID-19 case rate (per 100,000 population) and positivity rate measures. For Costa Mesa the new case and positivity rates are 1.73 and 1.2% and for Newport Beach .82 and .80%. However, with this encouraging news we must remain vigilant in continuing to follow health and safety measures and take COVID-19 tests when needed (accessible through your healthcare provider or county test sites - OC Health Care Agency COVID-19 Testing Sites). Through our collective efforts, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach have continued to trend in the right direction and remain at lower than county average levels.

PREPARATIONS FOR HYBRID IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION 

As communicated in previous updates, our school and District staff continue to implement layers of health and safety procedures for students and staff to transition to Hybrid In-Person Instruction. Schools will be finalizing these new protocols and adding visual reminders throughout the campus to promote social distancing, directional patterns on campus, and healthy hygiene. Hand sanitizers will be available and face masks will be provided if needed. 

Principals are continuing to meet, train and prepare staff regarding the new procedures and expectations. Principals will communicate specific school procedures to parents prior to the first day back on campus. We ask that you help us in supporting students during this transition, as school will look different this year.

We are excited to welcome students back on campus and thank you for your shared commitment to safety and quality education. Please visit the School Reopening Webpage for more information.