MVLA admin recommend remote learning through first quarter

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Students wouldn't return to local high school campuses until at least mid-October, under a recommendation district administrators are bringing to the board.

Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District administrators are recommending that schools don’t reopen for in-person learning until at least the end of the first quarter.

The district’s board of trustees is set to review the recommendation at a meeting Monday (Aug. 10).

MVLA has already been planning to start the school year entirely remotely, but the staff recommendation is the first time the district has publicly set a date for students’ earliest possible return to campus.

The recommendation acknowledges that the health conditions are unlikely to improve enough for an in-person return before the end of first quarter, said Teri Faught, the district’s distance learning administrator.

Currently, state guidelines prohibit campuses in Santa Clara County from reopening. Last month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that schools can only reopen once their county is off the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. Santa Clara County is currently on the monitoring list.

According to Faught, by deciding now to stay remote for the entire quarter, the district can provide more consistency for students, teachers and families.

“It gives everybody a little bit of peace of mind, knowing there’s a schedule, and a routine, and a plan that takes them through the first quarter,” Faught said.

The first quarter ends Oct. 9. Under the staff recommendation, school wouldn’t return in person before that date. However, depending on the state of the pandemic, an in-person return could be pushed out further.

Families are still being asked to select between one of two learning options for the entire first semester. Students enrolled in Option A will have a normal slate of classes, taught by teachers at their home school. Although it will start online, learning may ultimately transition back on campus.

In Option B, students are guaranteed to stay fully remote and will take classes through Edgenuity and UC Scout, both online content providers, with MVLA teachers overseeing the students’ progress.

Student kick-off activities are set to begin Wednesday (Aug. 12), with classes starting Aug. 17.

Monday night’s board meeting will be held over Zoom, and the open session is slated to start at 7 p.m. To view the agenda, click here.

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