Triggers for Transitioning to Distance Learning
The school will reopen only upon approval of the site reopening plan by the San Mateo County Office of Education. The instructional schedule that will be used is one that can accommodate a switch from in-person hybrid instruction to complete distance learning. The school will follow the directives from the County and State regarding the need to transition from in-person instruction to a distance learning model. All students have been assigned personal computers and internet access assistance is available for all families.
Below is the guidance from the California Department Public Health that will be followed by the school and District.
What are the criteria for closing a school to in-person learning?
Individual school closure, in which all students and staff are not on campus, is recommended based on the number of cases and stable groups impacted, which suggest that active in-school transmission is occurring. Closure should be done in consultation with the San Mateo County Health. Situations that may indicate the need for school closure:
- Within a 14-day period, an outbreak has occurred in 25% or more stable groups in the school.
- Within a 14-day period, at least three outbreaks have occurred in the school AND more than 5% of the school population is infected.
- The San Mateo County Health may also determine school closure is warranted for other reasons, including results from public health investigation or other local epidemiological data.
Length of closure: 14 days, or according to a decision made in consultation with the San Mateo County Health.
The State Safe Schools for All Technical Assistance teams (TA teams), comprised of experts across multiple state agencies, will be available to assist schools with disease investigation for those with outbreaks that cannot find resources to investigate the outbreaks. The TA teams will also be available to help schools that close in order to identify and address any remediable safety issues.
If a school is closed, when may it reopen?
Schools may typically reopen after 14 days and if the following have occurred:
- Cleaning and disinfection
- Public health investigation
- Consultation with the San Mateo County Health