NOTICE: The conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are continually evolving, and POUSD’s Safe Return to School plans will be constantly evaluated to adapt to the continuing trends of the COVID-19 virus, especially in Sonoma County.
POUSD Safe Return to School Frequently Asked Questions:
Below are questions asked by parents and vested guardians about the Piner-Olivet Union School District Safe Return To Schools plan. Below with questions is a form to fill out with your question if that question has not answered previously in the questions and answers below. Thank you for your help.
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Common Questions • Hybrid Learning Program Questions • Virtual Learning Program Questions • Before/After School Programs Questions • TK – First Grade Questions
Will families be given guidelines for safe behavior outside of school?
All families and staff are encouraged to follow CDC and Sonoma County Health Department guidelines for best practices when it comes to personal health and safety, even when outside of the school environment.
How will schools provide social-emotional support?
Students will continue to receive the support of teachers, principals, counselors, nurses, psychologists, and all POUSD staff. We will continue with our current Social Emotional Curriculum (Toolbox, Positive Behavior Systems of Support, Restorative Practices, Kindness) with an added component for COVID-19, trauma, and school closure.
HOW WILL IEPS BE ADDRESSED IN THE VIRTUAL MODEL?
Students who receive accommodations or specialized services will continue to receive these virtually in accordance with their IEPs.
Will breakfast and lunch still be available?
Students will continue to receive meals through Nutrition Services. Breakfast lunch services will be grab and go. Additional details about food service protocols can be found on the POUSD Safety Measures web page.
Will schools return to "normal" if pandemic eases or a vaccine is released?
POUSD will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC as well as the State of California and Sonoma County Health Department. Their recommendations for schools will depend on new and emerging trends in the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, the situation is too volatile to predict a timeline of returning to "normal." We will closely monitor the different stages that our county is in to adapt the school schedule.
Hybrid Learning Program Questions:
What will a week in POUSD’s Hybrid Learning Program look like?
Students will be in a cohort model (Cohort A or Cohort B). Cohort A will have in class learning Monday and Tuesday and Digital Learning Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Cohort B will have in class learning on Thursday and Friday and Digital Learning on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. In-class learning will be from 8:20am –1:00pm and from 1:00am – 2:40pm lunch and practice/homework time. Digital Learning will consist of about 2 hours of live instruction per day using POUSD curriculum. There will also be asynchronous learning and regularly scheduled breaks.
What platform will be used for POUSD’s Hybrid Learning Program?
POUSD teachers will use the Google Classroom or SeeSaw platforms for both in-class and digital learning instruction.
What training will there be for teachers delivering digital learning days instruction?
All teachers will participate in technology training to prepare for the digital learning days. Exclusively Virtual Learning teachers will receive additional, advanced training.
Why are there fewer hours of daily live instruction during the digital learning days of instruction?
The daily time available for live instruction during the digital learning days will be somewhat dependent on enrollment and staffing, which may fluctuate throughout the year. Teachers are instructing their in-class students on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, but will have office hours for students on digital learning days and will check in with students.
When can I enter and exit POUSD’s Hybrid Learning Program?
Families wishing to begin the year in the POUSD Hybrid Learning Program are asked to select this choice by July 30th through the enrollment link on our POUSD website. Once the Hybrid Learning Program is selected, students are enrolled on a trimester basis and/or based on new information provided by CDC, SCPH, and SCOE.
Will students have the same teacher when moving from the POUSD’s in-class to digital learning instruction?
Yes. The student will be enrolled in the classroom with a teacher who will be providing lessons and instruction for both the in-class and digital learning. However, during the digital learning days, other staff members will be supporting the student’s teacher.
How will Special Education services be delivered in the Hybrid Program?
Services will be provided as outlined in the student’s Individual Education Program (IEP). For families selecting the Virtual Learning Program, a student’s IEP team will meet to determine whether digital or in person services are necessary. The Virtual Learning Program may not be appropriate for all students with disabilities.
Will textbooks, workbooks and other print materials be provided to students while in digital learning and Virtual Learning mode?
Print materials (workbooks, independent reading books, etc) necessary to successfully learn at home will be available to take home from school to use during student’s digital learning days.
What type of laptops or other technology is best to use for the digital learning days?
POUSD's remote curriculum will be designed to work on a variety of devices, in order to be flexible for students and families. That said, a Chromebook, tablet, or other windows based laptop with a keyboard is ideal. A Chromebook will be provided at no cost, if needed.
What events can my child participate in, while in POUSD’s Hybrid learning Program?
Hybrid Learning Programs students are welcome to participate in school events, clubs, sports and events at their school of enrollment. However, large in-person events are canceled until further notice from CDC, SCPH and SCOE.
Is there a student:teacher ratio estimate for each class?
Capacity for all classes is determined by CDC, SCPH and SCOE Roadmap for Re-Opening. Specifically, at this time following the 6ft. distance guidelines, thus, reducing class sizes around 50%. We will keep you updated with current health guidelines as we receive information.
Virtual Learning Program Questions:
Will textbooks, workbooks and other print materials be available? At what cost?
Yes, print materials will be available to POUSD Virtual Learning Program students at no cost.
WHAT TYPE OF DEVICE OR OTHER TECHNOLOGY IS BEST TO USE FOR THE DIGITAL LEARNING DAYS?
POUSD's remote curriculum will be designed to work on a variety of devices, in order to be flexible for students and families. That said, a Chromebook, tablet, or other windows based laptop with a keyboard is ideal. A Chromebook will be provided at no cost, if needed for grades 2nd - 12th. Ipads will be provided at no cost, if needed, for Kindergarten and 1st Grade.
IS THERE A STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO ESTIMATE FOR EACH CLASS?
We will keep our current student:teacher ratios for POUSD's virtual learning program.
What will a day in the POUSD Virtual Learning look like?
Students in POUSD Virtual Learning Program can expect:
What platform will be used in the POUSD Virtual Learning?
POUSD teachers will use the Google Classroom or SeeSaw platforms for Virtual Learning Program instruction.
Will there be an enrollment cap? What will digital classroom ratios be?
Capacity for all schools is determined by enrollment. Staffing decisions are being made with the understanding that digital classrooms may be slightly larger than their in-person comparisons.
Will teachers be subject-based, or will students always be with same teacher?
Students in grades TK-6 will be assigned to one teacher. 7th through 12th students will be assigned subject based teachers.
What training will there be for teachers?
POUSD teachers will complete training to prepare to teach online. This training will occur prior to the start of the new school year, with additional hours of training during the school year.
How will the POUSD Virtual Learning Program deliver Special Education services?
There will be a resource teacher on staff who will facilitate IEP meetings and provide services. Services will be provided as outlined in the student’s Individual Education Program (IEP). A student’s IEP team will meet to determine whether digital or in person services are necessary. The Virtual Learning Program may not be appropriate for all students with disabilities.
If I enroll in the POUSD Virtual learning, will my child lose their open enrollment spot in our current school?
Students who have nonresident or resident transfer status in 2020-21 who wish to return to in-person enrollment for 2021-22 will maintain their standing and be placed the same as any open-enrolled student who remains at the in-person school this year.
Before/After School Programs
What safety protocols will be in place for before/after-school programs?
YMCA will be implementing safety protocols in alignment with school day plans, and with modifications, as appropriate.
Are face coverings required for before/after-school programs?
According to the SIP order masks are encouraged but not required. When outside we are not requiring masks to be worn. Our kids and staff will stay away from all other people on campus. When inside even though the SIP does not require it, but the YMCA is asking that masks be worn.
How will social distancing be managed in before/after-school programs?
The YMCA will be grouped into static grade level cohorts (K-2, 3-5, 6-8) and separated into multiple classroom spaces as appropriate to limit large groupings of students.
Students will report directly to the YMCA when they arrive at school. Click here for more information on the YMCA protocols..
To limit exposure to other students, cohorts will stay together throughout the program time including eating snacks and participating in active games/playground time. Yes, print materials will be available to POUSD Virtual Learning Program students at no cost.
TK – First Grade
What safety protocols will be in place for TK-Kindergarteners?
YMCA will be implementing safety protocols in alignment with school day plans, with modifications, as appropriate. For all POUSD protocols, visit the Safety Measures page.
Program staff will increase cleaning and sanitization during program hours of high touch areas and reinforcing strict hand washing routines for students and staff.
POUSD will follow the CDC's "No Sharing" guidelines with all food, drinks, and personal belongings, to the extent possible. Program materials will be sanitized as appropriate.
Are face coverings required for lower grades (TK-1st)?
In alignment with SCOE’s Roadmap to a Safe Reopening, face coverings are not required for students under 12. However, the governor announced that all students are required to use whenever social distancing is not possible. We are getting more clarification about this and will keep you informed.
We will be adding additional FAQs as we receive them and will continue to update the webpage.
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