MVLA schools should start remotely, staff recommends to board

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Los Altos High School, above, has stood empty since campuses closed in mid-March.

Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District administrators are recommending a fully remote start to the upcoming school year.

The district’s board of trustees is set to review the staff recommendation at a meeting Thursday night (July 16).

Under the proposal, the school year would start online, but in-person learning opportunities would be added over the course of the semester as conditions allow. Parents would also be given the option to enroll their students in a distance learning program for the entire semester.

Families who choose the fully remote option wouldn’t be able to switch back until the semester break. Those choosing the option to start remote, with the chance for in-person learning over the course of the semester, could only switch to the fully remote program for medical reasons.

Regardless of the option chosen, the plan calls for grading students throughout the whole school year. That’s a change from the spring, when the district went to a credit/no-credit system.

In recent weeks, other local school districts have announced their plans for the fall. The Cupertino Union School District is also heading for a fully remote start. The Los Altos School District is preparing for a hybrid model, where students are on campus two days a week and home the remaining three.

Thursday night’s MVLA board meeting will be held over Zoom and the open session is slated to start at 6:30 p.m. To view the agenda, click here.

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