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 guardians about the Piner-Olivet Union School District Safe Return To Schools plan. Thank you for your help.
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Common Questions • Virtual Learning Program 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 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.
Virtual Learning Program Questions:
Will textbooks, workbooks and other print materials be provided to students while in Virtual Learning?
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 virtual learning.
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 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.
We will be adding additional FAQs as we receive them and will continue to update the webpage.
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