Hello Mustang Families,
As you are aware, the SVUSD Board of Education took action at the last board meeting on September 10 to allow a return to on-campus (in-person) instruction through a Hybrid Model beginning on Tuesday, September 29. Please see the Hybrid Schedule below:
We have determined the maximum capacity for each classroom to allow for social distancing. Unfortunately, we are not able to take requests to change between Group A and B for any reason, due to the need to maintain our balanced numbers and ensure social distancing. The only exception to this is if two or more students living in the same household with different last names need to go on the same schedule, in this case please email Kimberly Lindsay.
The instructional model that will be implemented beginning on September 29 is known as a “concurrent” class model or a “hyflex” model, as it is both a hybrid model in which some students attend school in-person part time and online part time, and it is flexible to include both in-person and online learning at the same time.
The defining characteristic of this model is that all students are attending class on the same schedule, with some in-seat and others online. On Mondays all students are in virtual classes. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Group A students will be in their classes on campus while Group B and DL students will engage in virtual learning activities on the same schedule. Similarly, on Thursdays and Fridays Group B students will be in their classes on campus while Group A and DL students will engage in virtual learning activities on the same schedule.
The teacher will decide how to best manage the learning environment for their students within their class period. One teaching strategy we expect some teachers to use is to do everything on the computer for all students to experience: introducing their lesson, showing their presentation or demonstrating a concept on their website, perhaps showing their document camera to show video of their hand solving a problem. During this time students in seats can hear the teacher speak in front of them and see everything on the large monitors or screen in the classroom and on their own devices, while students online can experience everything on their devices. During this time the teacher would be checking for understanding and taking questions from students in the class and online in the chatroom or however they choose. Other teachers may have separate activities for students in-seat and online and switch back and forth between them.
Each instructional model that the district considered presented benefits and challenges. An advantage of this hyflex model is that it allows all students to keep their same schedule and teachers regardless of whether they chose the hybrid or online option, which would not have been possible if we separated into distinct hybrid and online classes. It also allows teachers to move the curriculum forward each class period, instead of having to teach a lesson to Group A one day, then to Group B the next day, and DL students at a different time.
Please note that this hyflex model is new for both students and teachers. Our phenomenal teachers have been working tirelessly to provide the best possible educational experiences for our students during this challenging time. Words cannot express my appreciation and gratitude for all of our teachers’ hard work, dedication, and commitment. With that being said, we appreciate your patience and understanding while we launch and navigate through a new learning environment.
Safety Protocols & Expectations
Students will be required to abide by specific safety protocols and behavior expectations while on campus. Please review the document on our website with the protocols.
To maintain social distancing, lunch will be offered as a grab-&-go in the parking lot. All students will leave campus at lunch. The campus will be closed for cleaning following dismissal.
Academic support will continue to be offered online by teachers.
Personal Protective Equipment
Each classroom contains the following Personal Protective Equipment:
- Hand sanitizer
- Disinfecting wipes
- Wall Mount Thermometers
- Cloth & disposable masks
- Desk Dividers (optional)
- Directional walkways
- Messaging signs and floor stickers
- Air Purifier
Masks are required at all times on SVUSD schools, facilities, and District Offices, for all staff, students and visitors. Masks are to be secured to the head with ties or straps and cover the nose and mouth. Students are required to wear a mask when arriving on campus and departing campus. Masks must be worn anytime the child is in the classroom or walking around campus.
In accordance with the California Department of Public Health’s (CDHP) Guidance for Face Coverings:
- Students must utilize face masks:
- While in the classroom
- While waiting to enter campus
- While on school grounds (except with eating or drinking)
- While leaving school
- While on the bus
Face shields are not a substitute for face masks.
In order to maintain the health and safety of all students, lockers will not be assigned at this time.
Bring Your Own Device
Students will be asked to bring their own device to campus to access curriculum during in-person Hybrid instruction. Students can bring their own personal device, or a school issued Chromebook.
The comprehensive SVUSD Opening and Safety Plan is a great resource that provides detailed information on the many safety protocols and procedures that have been implemented across all school sites on svusd.org.
Thank you again for all of your support and flexibility during this transition from Distance Learning 2.0 to Hybrid Instruction. More information will be provided in the upcoming days leading up to the reopening of schools on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.
Our outstanding staff are preparing to engage with students and ensure this year is nothing short of AMA21NG!
We are all part of the Mustang family. I know this is a challenging start to the year, and I want everyone to make sure they take time this year to develop connections. If you are struggling reach out and we will find you the support you need!
While I may not be able to meet you in person yet, I invite you to join our PTSA, which holds monthly meetings. This is an excellent way to get connected to THHS. They have started a “Coffee with the Principal” program this year that will allow members of PTSA an opportunity to have a Q & A with me and other staff members each month.
I am committed to leading this school and working with an administrative team that develops innovative ideas to affect student achievement and prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century.