MPUSD Updates Hybrid and Distance Learning Instruction Models

 
 
Sent March 19, 2021 to families via ParentSquare.
 
MPUSD Elementary School Families:

Following up last night’s communication, this message includes a survey to update family commitment’s to either the updated Hybrid In-Person Learning model or full Distance Learning model for elementary school-aged child(ren). The reason for a new survey is because this new schedule for elementary schools to four days a week in-person between 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. may have an impact on families’ schedules.

It is also important to note the updated in-person return date for those elementary school students choosing the Hybrid In-Person Learning model - Monday, April 12, 2021. During the week of April 5 - 9, students will continue in the current Distance Learning model with slight modifications to check-in times with teachers.

This only applies for our elementary school families. If you have a child in middle or high school, the schedule and start times have not changed and you do not have to do anything at this time.

The two options are:
  • Updated Hybrid Model for Elementary Schools: In-person instruction four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) between 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. for ALL elementary students opting into the Hybrid Learning model. Wednesdays will not change and remain the same with teacher instruction online (synchronous) from 8 a.m - 9:40 a.m. and follow up asynchronous work for all elementary students.
  • Updated Distance Learning Only Model for Elementary Schools: Distance Only Learning elementary students will still have synchronous instruction (live interaction on screen) with their teacher from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and will receive additional support from 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Students will also be assigned asynchronous work every day to be completed at home.
English schedule sample
Distance Learning Example
 
Please complete the updated survey in this ParentSquare post no later than Friday, March 26, so we may plan accordingly. If you need assistance, please contact your school site principal or reply to this ParentSquare message.

NOTE: Special Education Schedule: Phase 1 and 2 groups will return on April 5th with their current cohort schedule (A/B groups). Starting April 12th, Elementary Special Day Class (SDC) (Phase 1 and 2) will begin starting four (4) days a week from 8 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is to ensure that our offer of Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) is equivalent to general education. Students will be assigned asynchronous work for the remainder of the Specialized Academic Instruction minutes as noted on the student’s IEP. Starting April 12th, Phase 1 and 2 secondary groups will begin the four (4) days a week.

Transportation: Due to social social distancing guidelines and bus rider capacity, bus transportation will be limited to Special Education programs and very few general education routes.

After School Care: Similar to transportation, after school care options will be limited due to capacity. We encourage families to check with their school site leader on options and possible wait lists through our programs.
 
 
March 19, 2021 Message (Posted to ParentSquare)
 
MPUSD Families:

BREAKING NEWS! The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance on March 19 adjusting the current guidance of students maintaining 6 feet apart down to 3 feet apart. Students and staff will still be required to wear masks.

This is good news for the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District and its elementary schools as we will expand the number of days to four (4) that students can return to school under the Hybrid Learning model. Additionally, for our elementary students, we will increase the number of hours they are on campus from approximately two hours (2) per day to approximately five hours (5) per day Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Additionally, we will move the start date of April 8th and 9th for elementary to April 12th. Middle and high school start dates remain the same.

What this means for MPUSD’s April Return

UPDATED RETURN DATE: April 12, 2021 (Elementary Schools Only): The return date for elementary schools has moved to April 12, 2021 (we will no longer start on April 8 and 9 in A/B cohorts). All elementary students will come to school four days a week under this model.

Middle and High Schools: At this time, there is no change to the middle and high school schedule, or start dates.

Updated Hybrid In-Person Model for Elementary Schools: For students who opt in to the Hybrid Model, In-person instruction will be four (4) days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) between 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Wednesdays will not change, including all students logging on synchronously with their class and teacher from 8:00-9:40 a.m. with follow-up asynchronous assignments for ALL elementary school students.

Updated Distance Learning Only Model for Elementary Schools: 
For students who opt for the Distance Only Learning Model, students will still have synchronous instruction with their teacher from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and will receive additional support from 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Students will also be assigned asynchronous work every day to be completed at home. Wednesdays will not change, including all students logging on synchronously with their class and teacher from 8:00 - 9:40 a.m. with follow-up asynchronous assignments for ALL elementary school students.

Special Education Schedule: Phase 1 and 2 groups will return on April 5th with their current cohort schedule (A/B groups). Starting April 12th, Elementary Special Day Class (SDC) (Phase 1 and 2) will begin starting four (4) days a week from 8 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is to ensure that our offer of Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) is equivalent to general education. Students will be assigned asynchronous work for the remainder of the Specialized Academic Instruction minutes as noted on the student’s IEP. Starting April 12th, Phase 1 and 2 secondary groups will begin the four (4) days a week.

We realize families just completed a survey with their model preference; however, with this new update to four days a week, we understand families may want to change their preference. The two options are:

  • Updated Hybrid In-Person Model for Elementary Schools: In-person instruction four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) between 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. for ALL students opting into the Hybrid Learning model. Wednesdays will not change and remain the same as an asynchronous day for all students.
  • Updated Distance Learning Only Model for Elementary Schools: Distance Only Learning students will still have synchronous instruction with their teacher from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and will have the opportunity to receive individualized support from 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Students will also be assigned asynchronous work every day to be completed at home.
A survey will follow this weekend, but we wanted to let families know as soon as possible so they have time to process and make a decision on another survey no later than Friday, March 26th so we may update our classroom rosters.

Transportation
Due to social social distancing guidelines and bus rider capacity, bus transportation will be limited to Special Education programs and very few general education routes.