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COVID-19 Safe Reopening Plan

August 7, 2020 Update:

We’ve provided important information below; we hope you find it useful. Topics include:

  1. Reminder about our annual registration and residency verification process

  2. Meal service information

  3. Materials and textbook distribution information

  4. Chromebook and wireless hotspot distribution information

  5. Timelines for teacher rosters being released / when to meet your teacher(s)

  6. Tips for supporting student learning at home

  7. Student expectations during distance learning

  8. Information about the current public health order and small group meetings and activities

  9. Updated information about when schools in San Diego County might be eligible to return to in-person instruction

Reminder about our annual registration and residency verification process

Our annual registration and residency verification process will be entirely online this year, via Parent Portal, from August 3 through 10. For more information: https://cusd-ca.schoolloop.com/registration 

All new and returning students will be required to complete the Mandatory Annual Registration & Residency Verification process by logging into your CUSD Parent Portal Account to complete Data Confirmation and provide two district-approved proof of residency documents listed on the Residency Verification Form and also on the district website.

Brand new students to CUSD: Those who completed Enrollment before summer break and those who plan to enroll in August are also required to complete the Data Confirmation and upload residency documents in the Parent Portal. 

Registration Instructions: English

Instrucciones de registro: Español

Meal service information

The last day of summer meal service at Carlsbad High School will be Friday, August 14. Community Meals will still be available through August 20 at the Boys & GIrls Club (3115 Roosevelt St, Carlsbad) from 12 to 1pm.

Food boxes will be available for pickup at Carlsbad High School on Friday, August 21 from 11:30 to 12:30.

Beginning on Tuesday, August 25, we’ll be serving meals to all students from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at two locations: Carlsbad High School and Aviara Oaks School. You will receive 2 days of meals on Tuesdays and 3

days of meals on Thursdays. Distribution will be in a drive-through format; the server will provide your meals by placing them in the trunk of your vehicle.

For more information: 
Grab and Go Meals Flyer in English and Spanish
Meal Service Update Flyer in English and Spanish

Materials and textbook distribution information

Materials and textbook distribution will be scheduled by each school principal and communicated to families via email no later than Friday, August 14. Middle and high school distribution will occur before the start of instruction, and will include the opportunity to pick up textbooks, take your ID photo, and retrieve any items left in lockers before the summer. Elementary distribution will occur after the start of the school year. Each principal will communicate the process and timeline for their specific campus; be on the lookout for more information from your principal.

Chromebook and wireless hotspot distribution information

Most students kept their District-issued Chromebook over the summer; if so, you do not need to do anything. For those students in need of a District-issued Chromebook, or for those students with a District-issued device in need of repair, please visit our Chromebook request webpage; we’ll also email this information directly to families based on information submitted during the registration process. For those families without reliable wifi access at home, you may request a District-issued wifi hotspot - please contact your principal directly, and they will submit the request on your behalf.

Timelines for teacher rosters being released

Middle school and high school: during materials and textbook distribution, students will receive a copy of their preliminary class schedule.    

Elementary school: teacher assignments will be available in Aeries Portal on Monday, August 24. 

Special Education: parent(s)/guardian(s) will receive an email from their child’s Special Education Case Manager/Related Service Provider(s) by Monday, August 24.

When will we meet our teachers?

On Monday, August 24, students will receive a welcome message from their teacher(s) with information about the first week of instruction, including the schedule for the week and all information needed for logging into their classes. On the first day of instruction (Tuesday, August 25) students will meet their teachers, virtually, and learn about classroom expectations and procedures as part of the first day of school. There will not be a scheduled “meet and greet” for students and families, either in-person or virtually, prior to the first day of school.

Tips for supporting student learning at home
Elementary School English Spanish
Middle School English Spanish
High School English Spanish

Student expectations during distance learning
Grades TK-2  English  Spanish
Grades 3-5  English  Spanish
Middle School  English  Spanish
High School  English  Spanish

Information about the current public health order and small group meetings and activities

A number of parents have asked about whether or not small groups of students can meet for activities, either on campus or off campus. According to the current public health order in San Diego County, effective July 30, 2020, “all public, charter and private schools shall not hold classes on the school campus.” Additionally, all public or private “gatherings” are prohibited; a gathering is defined as “any event or convening that brings together more than one person in a single room or single indoor or outdoor space at the same time” unless the participants are “members of a single family or household.

Please note that licenced childcare providers are governed by a different set of rules per the current public health order, which is why licenced childcare providers can operate in small group settings but schools cannot.

In compliance with the current public health order, at this time Carlsbad Unified will not host or facilitate any small group gatherings for academic, social or other purposes, either on our campuses or at an off-campus location. At both our brick and mortar schools and our virtual school at Carlsbad Seaside Academy, all individual and group activities will be held virtually until such time as the public health order changes.

Updated information about when schools in San Diego County might be allowed to return to in-person instruction

As you know by now, San Diego County is one of 38 counties in California to be on the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list. The primary metric for inclusion on the monitoring list is the 14-day rolling case count; the State of California has indicated that counties must have an average of fewer than 100 cases per 100,000 residents for a 14-day period to be removed from the monitoring list. Schools located in counties on the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list are required to begin the year in a distance learning format.

In order to be removed from the state's monitoring list, San Diego County must average fewer than 100 cases per 100,000 residents over a rolling 14-day period. 

After removal from the monitoring list, the State of California has required that schools can only reopen for in-person instruction after 14 consecutive days of being removed from the monitoring list.

As you may know, the State of California has also developed a process for elementary schools to apply for a waiver of the requirement to conduct only distance learning while the county is on the state’s monitoring list. The process for applying for a waiver includes consultation with labor groups, parent representatives, and community organizations; the publication of comprehensive school reopening plans (including topics such as cleaning and disinfection; small, stable cohorting; entrance, egress, and movement within the school; face coverings and other essential protective gear; health screenings for students and staff; healthy hygiene practices; identification and tracing of contacts; physical distancing; staff training and family education; testing of students and staff; triggers for switching to distance learning; and communication plans); and submission of an application form created by the local public health officer.  As of this writing, San Diego County has not yet released an application form. District staff will continue to review local public health data and will make a recommendation to our Board of Trustees at a future date regarding this issue.


July 24, 2020 Update:

Carlsbad Unified School District staff have been working within and across departments to develop plans to safely and effectively return to instruction on August 25, 2020.

For the 2020-21 school year, Carlsbad Unified will provide a choice of two enrollment options for students and families:

  1. Enrollment in one of our “brick and mortar” schools (nine elementary schools, three middle schools, two comprehensive high schools and one continuation high school), OR
  2. Enrollment in our virtual independent study school for grades K through 12 (Carlsbad Seaside Academy)
     

Option 1: “Brick and mortar” schools

The ultimate goal for our fifteen “brick and mortar” schools is to return to daily in-person instruction when it is safe to do so.

The current San Diego County public health order (dated July 21, 2020) does not allow for in-person instruction. The Governor issued an order on July 17, 2020 that all schools in San Diego County (and at least 32 other counties) will begin the school year in a Distance Learning format; his order also included that in-person instruction will not be allowed until the county is removed from the state’s COVID-19 Monitoring List for 14 consecutive days. This applies to all schools in San Diego County, including public, charter, and private schools.

On July 22, our Board made the decision to commit to Distance Learning for the first four weeks of the school year. This decision is intended to provide certainty to students, parents and staff about what the beginning of the school year will look like. We are referring to the fall iteration of online learning as “Distance Learning 2.0.”

During the period of Distance Learning 2.0, middle and high schools will retain their pre-existing semester, trimester, and quarter schedule of classes. For all grade levels, daily, rigorous and engaging instruction will be provided by classroom teachers to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of our world class learners. 

Distance Learning 2.0 will adhere to a daily learning bell schedule, with letter grades and daily attendance, and significantly more teacher-facilitated interaction and direct teaching of rigorous standards-based content than during the emergency online learning conditions in the spring of 2020. Daily attendance on a fixed schedule will be required.

More detailed site specific plans are still being developed. Here are sample daily Distance Learning 2.0 schedules:

It is anticipated that, at some point in the academic year, schools will be allowed to reopen for in-person instruction. When we reopen our campuses we will follow California Department of Public Health and San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency requirements such as daily symptom screening, keeping ill students or staff at home until they are well, providing hand sanitizer stations in classrooms and located in common areas, required face coverings, good hygiene, and classroom physical distancing as possible. 

Based on local health conditions and the possibility of localized outbreaks of COVID-19, it is possible that students enrolled in our “brick and mortar” schools may need to cycle between Distance Learning and in-person learning at various points during the school year.

 

Option 2: Virtual independent study program at Carlsbad Seaside Academy

The program at Carlsbad Seaside Academy is designed for students who desire the certainty of a consistent instructional model for the duration of the 2020-2021 school year, as well as for students who are unable to physically return to in-person instruction for medical or family reasons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carlsbad Seaside Academy is an Independent Study School and will operate as such (see California Department of Education regulations regarding Independent Study). While independent study students follow the district-adopted curriculum and meet all district graduation requirements, independent study offers flexibility to meet individual student needs, interests, and styles of learning. Students at CSA will have increased flexibility to work at their own pace and to develop their own individual schedules for learning and completing schoolwork. Tailored instruction, small groups and 1:1 support will be provided to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of the students who select enrollment at Carlsbad Seaside Academy.

More detailed plans are still being developed. Here are sample daily Carlsbad Seaside Academy schedules:


 

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Links to all previous communications on our COVID-19 Updates page:

https://cusd-ca.schoolloop.com/covid-19 

Ways Families Can Support Learning At Home

Elementary School English Spanish

Middle School English Spanish

High School English Spanish