Although we do not have a return date set for in-person learning, we updated our community on Thursday, December 3 of our progress and plans for reopening. Our webinar recording is available for you to watch at your convenience. We have also written out and answered all of your questions asking during the event. Don't forget to check out our School Reopening Document for additional detail and information.
What is the date of return?
We currently do not have a set date of return. At the earliest, Alameda County must move off the purple tier followed by two consecutive weeks in the red tier before we are allowed to consider the return to in person classes.
[1/21 UPDATE: Alameda County now states that we must be in the red tier for five consecutive days before we are allowed the possibility of returning to in person classes.]
Why will desks be placed 4-6 feet and not 6 feet apart?
Our goal is to place desks 6 feet apart in classrooms. Based on the number of students in each class/classroom during Hybrid mode, Alameda County Public Health Department states that it is permissible to relax the 6 feet recommendation if it ensures all students receive classroom instructions. In addition all desks will be faced forward only.
How will lunch be handled?
Students will eat lunch outside. While they are actively eating or drinking they can remove their masks. Our lunch provider will be operating and lunches served in individual containers will be available for purchase.
Are the sophomore, junior, and senior classes split up alphabetically?
Students will be split up alphabetically, not by grade level.
How many days on campus will students have?
Everyone will get two days on campus. The Blue group is the first half of the alphabet (A-Le), all students. The Orange group is the second half (Li-Z).
Why are teachers only getting testing once every two months?
State and Alameda County recommendations suggest testing of all school employees “periodically” as testing capacity permits and as practicable. We work under the guidance of the Diocese of Oakland as well and they currently “require” that all employees working on campus (including teachers) be tested once every two months on a rolling basis, and that 25% of all employees working on campus are tested every 2 weeks. This guidance may change.
So if someone at school comes down with covid, it is not necessarily mandatory for you to notify the entire school? Even without disclosing names?
Currently communication to the SJND community is not required upon receiving notification of a Covid positive case, although we will immediately notify Alameda County as required. Beginning January 1, 2021 all employees who were at the school (i.e. worksite) during the infectious period who may have been exposed to Covid-19 will receive communication. In addition all “close contacts” will receive a separate communication to tell them to quarantine.
Will distance learning classes follow the same schedule that we currently have? Or will the second semester begin with that hybrid schedule you shared?
The Hybrid schedule will only go into effect when we are in Hybrid (in person) learning.
Will all teachers return to in person instruction? How will you handle teachers who may opt out of returning to teach in person due to health or other issues?
If a teacher cannot work in person and has received prior authorization to work remotely a permanent substitute/proctor will be present in the physical classroom to supervise and assist students in person.
Are there classes during the transition weeks?
There will be no classes during the transition weeks.
What is your contact tracing protocol?
Are you adding contact tracers?
Are you training the kids to disclose close contacts?
Principal Julie Guevara is Covid Site Liaison, Kris Venturini is Covid Liaison with Alameda County and Dessiree Lozano as Contract Tracer assisting Ms. Guevara and Ms. Venturini. We will inform Alameda County of all “close contacts” of any Covid positive individuals and assist the County as they ask. During onsite Orientation we will inform students and all employees that should they become Covid positive to fill out the SJND Covid Form which includes listing all close contacts.
What is the plan in band class for students who play a wind or brass instrument?
All band and choir classes will be held outdoors weather permitting. SJND has purchased additional fask masks, bell covers, filters and sanitizing equipment for each band student. Brass and woodwind instruments will use special instrument covers.
Could those classes that can’t fit 6’ be moved to larger classes or reduce how many on campus student can attend.
Yes, we will be utilizing all spaces and moving classes into larger rooms such as Notre Dame Hall and Chestnut Street as necessary. Exact locations depend upon how many students choose to do in-person learning.
Will school bus transportation be available in Hybrid mode?
Whether or not we will have bus transportation is still being determined and we will have a clearer understanding closer to our return date.
How long after Alameda county turns to red will the school begin sending out the survey and begin the hybrid model process?
As Alameda County case numbers decrease and we are in the red tier the school will consider the option for our hybrid model or continued distance learning. The school will send out a survey for families to choose to opt-in for in-person instruction or continue with distance learning when we feel the data is needed to move forward with our reopening plan.