Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

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  • If COVID becomes manageable and the state gives the go-ahead for in-person teaching, will TK-8 be able to return to campuses? The FAQ seemed to indicate that only the high school students would have the option.  
    Based on all indicators, it is very unlikely that only high school would return.
  • Will siblings have the same school schedule either if the family chooses the main option (virtual first, then hybrid when allowed) or the alternative option of virtual full year, if one of them is in Elementary and the other one in middle school.  
    As the year starts with virtual learning in TK-12, all siblings will be virtual but may have different schedules during the day for their activities. When schools are allowed to have in person instruction and move to the hybrid model, siblings in elementary and secondary will not have the same schedule Siblings in the same level (elementary or secondary) will have the same schedule. 

  • Will there be less funding for Hybrid schools since CVVA/CVVPE is in place?
  • What is the name of the company that facilitates the Virtual academies?
    CVUSD will be facilitating, organizing, teaching, monitoring the Virtual Academies. Edgenuity is the organization that provides the platform for CVUSD to provide the alternative options (Castro Valley Virtual Pathway for Elementary and Castro Valley Virtual Academy).
  • Can a parent opt to join the CVVPE after the start of the year when we move to hybrid if they don't feel comfortable sending their child to school at that time?
    We will work with parents if there are special circumstances, but due to staffing ratios, we may not be able to automatically move students to CVVPE midyear. We ask that families make the decision before the start of the school year please. We are assigning  staff to CVVPE based on the number of students attending CVVPE.
  • Can a parent opt to pull their child from the hybrid model during the cold/flu season for a couple of weeks or more to do Independent Study or Virtual learning?  Especially if their child is more susceptible to colds, etc…   
    As always if students are ill or cannot attend school due to health issues, teachers will provide them work for the duration to complete at home and return to school when they are well. The teacher cannot provide virtual instruction to the child because they are teaching the rest of the children in the hybrid model.
  • How will CVUSD reopen schools?
    The board approved the reopening plan on July 9, 2020. Schools will open with virtual learning and move to a blended model when it is safe to do so. There is no set date for moving to the blended model at this time. Metrics to decide when it is safe to move to the blended model will be developed in collaboration with the Alameda County Department of Public Health for the Board to consider at a later date
  • How will students be allocated to classrooms? Especially given the disparity between classrooms that have updated (measure G) and classrooms that haven't?
    Measure G work has continued throughout the summer. Regardless, all classrooms are equipped with all necessary materials and equipment. 
  • Are district transfers not allowed this school year to keep numbers down on campus?
  • If  there are only a certain number of people per classroom, will the supporting staff and therapists be counted as a part of that number?
  • What school supplies are parents required to have available under the virtual or blended model for each grade level? 
    Schools will provide a list of required materials for families as information, but will provide students with all needed materials unless families would prefer to have their own. 
  • Will the AVID teaching model continue including the school supplies?
    Yes, the AVID model will continue at schools with AVID programs, as with previous years. All materials will be provided to students. 
  • What school supplies are parents required to have available under the 100% virtual  model? Internet and computer specs? ability to download apps? How will the district ensure the online safety of our students?
    Every student will be provided their personal Chromebook. Families will be provided Mifi if needed. Information on downloading apps will be shared with families when students receive their Chromebooks. Teachers and administrators will go over online expectations. 
  • Social Connection, Mental Health and Social Emotional Learning -- Will PBIS curriculum continue in the blended and and the 100% virtual  learning models?
    Yes, it will. Teacher and counselor workgroups have been working this summer to create virtual lesson plans to be ready for the 2020-21 school year.
  • How is physical education being taught and assessed under the blended and 100% virtual  models?
    Without question, physical education is an important instructional area. But, it is critical  to note that in June 2020, Senate Bill (SB) 98 suspended the minimum instructional minute requirements for physical education for this coming school year. Regardless, PE is important for our students, and it will be a part of the synchronous and asynchronous learning for both the virtual and blended models. In the virtual learning model, we currently have 40 minutes/week of live synchronous PE instruction for 1st- 5th and 40 minutes of TK-K asynchronous learning. For the AM/PM blended learning, physical education is mostly asynchronous lessons.
  • How are music and choir being taught and assessed under the blended model?
    We are currently planning with the music teachers on scheduling between the elementary and middle schools.
  • Will field trips be allowed once we move into the blended in-person model at the elementary level?
    We will have plenty of opportunities for virtual field trips, but there will be no in-person study trips for the foreseeable future.
  • For the 2020-2021 academic year, will the 6th grade science camp be deferred and offered to the students when they are in 7th grade (2021-2022), or 8th, if the pandemic continues, so they can still have this educational experience?
    It is unlikely that we will be able to fit it into the schedule during 7th or 8th grade.  However, there are many determining factors and a decision will be made when we have more information about the virus and reopening full time.
  • How much parent involvement (homeschooling, coordinating, etc) will be required at the elementary and middle school level under 100% virtual learning model?
    Parent involvement levels are going to be different for each family. We do know that we are asking our families to become deeper level partners with CVUSD. So, we are going to provide professional learning opportunities for our parents on the Google classroom, Meets, and docs. We are also going to explicitly explain our model structure to our families from the beginning of the school year so we are all aligned in the work.
  • After starting blended, could we pivot back to virtual?
    Yes, if needed based on health conditions. 
  • What amount of time will students in elementary school spend on PE?
    Elementary students will spend 40 minutes per week on PE with opportunities to extend activity through asynchronous plans.   
  • Will there be PE at CVHS?  Will there be sports at CVHS?
    There will be PE at middle and high school.  Sports have not been determined yet.
  • If all of the current budget is spent on modifications for COVID safety precautions, where will the funding come from for other education expenses?
    The General Fund. 
  • Will there be consistency between what is taught in the blended and online classes?
    The instruction will be standards-based, engaging, welcoming, rigorous, and calibrated. The pacing is different between in-person and virtual learning. Virtual learning takes longer to implement, carry out, and assess.
  • What  is the plan for the Adult School?
    Castro Valley Adult and Career Education will be returning this Fall on our approved instructional calendar with a combination of distance learning and blended classes based on program needs.  The STRIDES program will have a combination of small group face to face classes in a cohort and online distance learning.  We anticipate most likely starting with online classes only for Adult Basic and Secondary Education and English as a Second Language, and Community Education.  Career Technical Education is going to have a combination of small group face to face classes and distance learning.  There is one cohort of Clinical Medical Assisting currently underway.  GED testing has resumed face to face with additional safety measurements in place.  All reopening plans will be based on current guidance from the Alameda County Public Health Department, as is the case with the rest of CVUSD.  A more detailed reopening plan will be issued in the coming weeks as we finalize details.
  • Our neighborhood school is impacted. Is there a risk that our children could lose their spot at their current school, if we enroll in the 100% virtual learning  option for the 2020-2021 school year?
    We will do everything in our power to enable kids to return to their home school after 100% virtual  learning ends.
  • Will onsite instruction be held outside?
  • Will all schools follow the same guidelines or could the guidelines change based on the grade levels of the students?
    As children are developmentally at different stages, the protocols will be age appropriate.
  • What is the rationale for delaying on site instruction until mid-September?
    To give schools and teachers time to develop their digital instruction to ensure high quality and safety procedures are in place. Please note there is no set date for returning to on site instruction at this point. 
  • Can families request their kids be moved into the same cohort and class to create small bubbles for pooling childcare resources?
    Schools will be sending out parent surveys to try to discern this information before school starts.  Best efforts will be made to keep families together.

The board approved the reopening plan on July 9, 2020. Schools will open with virtual learning and move to a blended model (AM/PM for elementary  and A/B for secondary) when it is safe to do so. There is no set date for moving to the blended model at this time. Metrics to decide when it is safe to move to the blended model will be developed in collaboration with the Alameda County Department of Public Health for the Board to consider at a later date.  

  • Our children will be signed up for the hybrid option. School becomes in person again, and we decide to wait for a couple weeks before we make a decision. What happens? Are we going to court for truancy issues? Can we access similar curriculum to what our children were working on before? What consequences will we encounter?
    We encourage you to have your child attend so that they are starting in person with their classmates. Students not in school will be marked absent. Children who are absent because of illness are NOT considered truant. If the absence is not due to illness, please work with your site principal at that time to discuss options. If you decide to have your child not attend in person for the rest of the year, you may ask to attend CVVPE.
  • Some of us have read that we can switch TO the virtual academy only at the trimester mark. Is this true? Some of us have read that you cannot switch TO the virtual academy, only OUT of the virtual academy. We need clarity.
    Staffing will be allocated based on enrollment at each school and grade level at the beginning of the year. Moving from one program to the next is similar to transferring to another class or school mid year. Switching would be permitted if there is space available at the school/grade level.
  • If in-person school starts due to recommendations of the county but if we should not feel comfortable with the degree of safety (community spread) it was mentioned on the call tonight that the school district will ‘work with us’; would that be a transfer into the 100% virtual school (‘alternative option’) or would some children get the option to continue virtual school under supervision of their teachers?
    You would be permitted to transfer to the 100% virtual option depending on space. If there is no space, it may take a bit of work to add space but we will do our best to support you. 
  • For elementary and middle will there be recess and lunch when students return to school? If yes for lunch where do they eat? If yes for recess do they access the playground?How will staff regulate social distancing in these two areas?
    There is time allotted for either breakfast or lunch with the AM/PM model.  Students will grab meals in the cafeteria and eat in the classroom or designated outside space.  Students will have access to the playground but not the play structure.  There will be 6 ft markings on the ground for social distancing that staff will regulate.  Lunch is included in the A/B model and students can eat in the classroom or designated outside space.
  • For the AM/PM option in the Elementary School level, what is the district's plan to ensure the campus is truly and appropriately disinfected of all surfaces prior to the PM group coming in? It doesn't seem realistic for our existing one custodian to effectively get it done in the 90 minutes. 
    Within the 90 minute allotted, custodial staff will disinfect each classroom and high touch surfaces.  Custodial staff have done this application to ensure there is enough time in between AM and PM.  
  • How was the decision regarding Cohort A for AM and Cohort B for PM made? Did the parent survey reflect that this is the most popular choice?
    The Elementary Planning team participated in a great deal of research, review of survey data, discussion and planning to select the AM/PM model. The parent survey reflected the AM/PM model as the second most selected choice. The team recommended the AM/PM model for the following reasons:
      • It provides more frequent in-person instructional time between teacher/student than any other model
      • It offers a consistent schedule for families (four days in a row)
      • It supports elementary students to be successful and safe on campus for a limited amount of time.
      • It follows the CDC safety guidelines re: zero/light use of cafeteria and common spaces (bag/boxed meals are eaten in classrooms and taken home.
      • It supports the cleaning schedule to occur between both sets (AM/PM) of students.
      • Facilitates the County’s guidance re:  physical distancing.
  • Can students/families request to switch from AM to PM, or from Cohort A to B?
    Site administrators will work to ensure that siblings are in the same student cohort.
  • If a child is assigned cohort A in the A/B model, and a school/federal holiday falls on a Monday, what happens to that lost instruction time for cohort A;  based on the school calendar they will have up to 5 days less of in-person instruction than cohort B?
    Between the start of school and Winter Break there is 1 Monday holiday and 1 Wednesday holiday and 1 Friday holiday so that would mean that 1 for cohort A and 1 for cohort B would miss instruction.  If we continue into January we will come up with a plan to ensure equal access to learning.
  • How are absences recorded and reported for students as they interact with synchronous and asynchronous requirements?
    Attendance can include participating in video-conferencing, virtual pre-recorded instruction, use of instructional tech platforms (google classroom, flipgrid), individual virtual check ins, virtual interventions, and other activities assigned by school staff.  Families should expect clear communication from their teacher and principal about what required tasks will constitute attendance for a given day if there are no synchronous activities planned.  If a student is not able to meet the requested activities to constitute attendance on a given day, appropriate reporting along with the reason for absence should be made. 
  • In the 6-12 blended model, how will cleaning protocols work as students rotate classes and classes won't be cleaned between periods?  Will teachers use teaching time to have students wipe desks and wash hands before starting the lesson?
    The District will designate a student desk for different periods.  Hand sanitizers will be available in every classroom.
  • Will there be a 10/4 option for elementary students?
    No, there will not be a 10/4 elementary option.
  • What is the plan for students entering TK?
    TK classrooms will follow the elementary Phase 1 and Phase 2  reopening models (virtual  learning and then transition to AM/PM) when it is safe to do so.
  • What is the maximum number of students on a synchronous learning "call"?
    At the elementary level, the average maximum is 25 for TK-3 and 32 for 4-12th. 
  • Will subs be designated to specific schools to minimize spread to different pods/bubbles, or designated across the district?
    If there are ample substitutes available, they can be clustered to one or a few school sites. However, there will not be enough substitutes to designate one per classroom/cohort. All substitutes will be required to adhere to our safety guidelines.
  • Can parents build virtual learning cohorts/bubbles and request the same teacher?
    We are working to ensure  that siblings are in the same student cohort; however, teacher requests are not taken. 
  • What happens if a teacher on-site is absent and there is no sub available? Will class be canceled? Made up later in the year?
    Learning will be provided.  We will have subs who are trained in distance/virtual learning.
  • What is the Phase 2 plan for TK?
    TK classrooms will follow the Phase 2 AM/PM model.
  • How many students will be in a classroom?
    12-15 with the cap set by the Health department at 20.
  • Will the classrooms be cleaned in between classes at the secondary level?
    We will designate a student desk for different periods.  Additional focused disinfecting throughout the day will be done as needed.  Disinfecting and wipe-down, with focus on high-touch, high-traffic areas and surfaces, will occur on days that students are not present.
  • How will AM/PM cohorts be determined for elementary students? Will siblings be able to be on the same schedule?
    Siblings will absolutely be on the same schedule.  Parent surveys will go out from each school.
  • Can families who already share social bubbles request that their kids get the same teacher or AM/PM shift?
  • The FAQ state that 100% virtual learners (does this mean CVVPE?) will get 50 minutes of live PE instruction per week.  How many hours of live other specialists will they get who are CVUSD teachers?  If none, why not since PE is being provided live?
    The state has waived the PE minutes requirement for this year. All of the specialists, (science, music and PE) will be supporting all elementary students in the district. Each student will receive up to 30 min of live instruction in these areas.
  • When the time comes, can families request to transfer to the alternative option (CVVPE) if they do not wish to transition to the AM/PM blended learning model.
    Yes, we will do our best to accommodate these requests based on available space.
  • What is the exact time synchronous learning will be held if I elect for the Elementary Virtual Academy. 8-11 am is listed under distance learning model but no specific times are listed in the Virtual Academy section. The time frame of synchronous learning is listed at about 1.5 hours in the virtual academy section.
    For CVVPE, the synchronous timeframe is from 8-10 each morning and, just like in the main option, the teachers will decide the design organization of the live instruction. I also wanted to let you know that the daily instructional minutes for kindergarten are 180, and that includes both synchronous and asynchronous learning. Finally, there will be much more flexibility with the CVVPE option, and communication with the classroom teacher will be key. We are here to work with our families to create a program/schedule that will best meet the needs of the class.
  • Will there be instrumental music instruction in CVVPE?  (My child will be entering 5th grade; we filled out the sign up form for instrumental music which is taught in 5th grade)
    We are still finalizing the music focus and schedule at this time between the middle and elementary schools, as our music teachers cover both levels.  More information will be available within the next week or so.
  • Are the teacher playlists referenced during the presentation applicable to CVVPE?  (Ie. Will CVUSD teacher playlists be used in CVVPE?)
    The Playlists are part of the asynchronous work that students will work on in the Main Option for Distance learning. They were specifically created with the Main Option schedule in mind. The asynchronous work for students in CVVPE is carried out through the Edgenuity platform. Of course, all Castro Valley teachers will have access to the Playlist lessons and can certainly use them with the students in their classrooms for supplemental instruction, intervention or extension.
  • What is asynchronous learning for students in CVVPE? Is it videos from Edgenuity?  
    The asynchronous learning happens through the PathBlazer platform by Edgenuity. The format follows the following pattern: 1) A Learn About It video, 2) Practice it materials, and 3) Evidence of Learning (the student shows what they have learned). There is more asynchronous work time in the alternative CVVPE option than in the Main Option.
  • Will CVVPE students only get live instruction of daily check-in?  If not, what other live CVUSD teacher instruction will they get?
    CVUSD teachers who are teaching in CVVPE will monitor student progress in PathBlazer and use the CVUSD-adopted curriculum to provide additional support/intervention or extension. They will also provide social-emotional Instruction/Check-ins to all enrolled students, as well as English Language Development lessons for English Learners. When we have final student numbers confirmed to attend CVVPE, we will be able to determine which single grade levels or grade spans our teachers will be teaching. Teachers will supplement the PathBlazer social studies and science lessons.
  • What are the criteria by which teachers will be judged to be qualified for CVVPE?
    Teacher selection will be based on a variety of criteria, some of it which is subject to negotiations with the teachers union. Teachers selected will be expected to meet the qualifications outlined in the job description.
  • For the 100% virtual learners (CVVPE?) -- will synchronous learning occur with CVUSD teachers? 
    Students meet with their CVUSD teacher daily through CVVPE for synchronous learning and check ins.
  • How many maximum students will there be in a classroom for 100% virtual learners (CVVPE?), and is this number different than the maximum students on a synchronous learning call?  If they are, what is the max for each?
    Class size is subject to negotiations. Currently our staffing ratios range from 25:1 to 40:1 in the secondary virtual academy.
  • Will students who pick the hybrid model be allowed to switch to CVVPE  when the in person hybrid AM/PM schedule is implemented?  What are the reasons why they would not be allowed to make the switch at that time?
    Adjusting enrollment and staffing mid-year would be extremely disruptive to everyone in the academy as well as in traditional school. Staff are assigned to students. If this is constantly shifting, we would be unable to provide a consistent teacher to students for the entire year.
  • Will you have a separate admin structure for CVVPE-- including principal, etc?
    Staffing will be determined by enrollment. Once we know the number of students enrolled, we will determine the staffing structure.
  • What’s the point of applying 100% virtual learning through Castro Valley Virtual Pathway Elementary (CVVPE) if school will start everyone on virtual learning anyways?  Will the two virtual learning be taught by teachers from the child's homeschool.
    We are beginning school virtually in the main option, but at some point the goal is to return to in person instruction when the indicators announced by the Governor and the Health Department allow schools to have in person instruction. CVVPE is an option for families who wish to have their children not attend school in- person for the year. This may be  because their children are health compromised, family members are health compromised, or they feel it is not safe to return to in person instruction for the  year for other reasons. Castro Valley teachers will be teaching both programs. Depending on the number of students attending CVVPE, teachers in the program may or may not be from the student’s home school, but they are all CVUSD elementary teachers. 
  • How will the schedule the look for the 100% virtual learning through CVVPE?
    A sample schedule for CVVPE will be shared at the information meeting on Thursday. 

  • How will teachers of full year virtual learners (or CVVPE) teach via live instruction if everyone is at their own level, going at a different pace, and may include students across multiple grades (per the FAQ)?
    CVUSD teachers who are teaching in CVVPE will monitor student progress in PathBlazer and use the CVUSD-adopted curriculum to provide additional support/intervention or extension. They will also provide social-emotional Instruction/Check-ins to all enrolled students, as well as English Language Development lessons for English Learners. When we have final student numbers confirmed to attend CVVPE, we will be able to determine which single grade levels or grade spans our teachers will be teaching. Teachers will supplement the PathBlazer social studies and science lessons. 
  • Is there no live instruction as a class for the 100% virtual learners (CVVPE) and only intervention for them based on what Edgenuity is showing a child may be having issues with?
    CVUSD teachers who are teaching in CVVPE will monitor student progress in PathBlazer and use the CVUSD-adopted curriculum to provide additional support/intervention or extension. They will also provide social-emotional Instruction/Check-ins to all enrolled students, as well as English Language Development lessons for English Learners. When we have final student numbers confirmed to attend CVVPE, we will be able to determine which single grade levels or grade spans our teachers will be teaching. Teachers will supplement the PathBlazer social studies and science lessons.
  • Will there be an orientation for the 100% virtual learning through CVVA and CVVPE?
    Please see information on CVVA for high school and middle school and CVVPE. There will be an orientation for both programs before the start of school.
  • For elementary, will the full year virtual  learning platform be the same for both blended and 100% virtual learners?
    No, the Castro Valley Virtual Pathway for Elementary will be predominantly using PathBlazer by Edgenuity. The AM/PM Blended Learning model will be predominantly using Google Classroom. Click to view the one-page information sheet on CVVPE here.
  • What technology platform will be used during the Phase 1 Main Option virtual learning. More about teaching platforms for the elementary students please
    We are currently considering an option for teachers to choose between two  different learning management systems to support online virtual  learning (Google Classroom, Seesaw - will be piloting).
  • How much teacher/student interaction would be expected for middle school students?
    3 x 55 minute periods + advisory time on Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri and 25 minutes on Wednesday.  For CVVA 50 mins per day.
  • Will there be an orientation for the 100% virtual learning through CVVA and CVVPE?
    Please see information on CVVA for high school and middle school and CVVPE. There will be an orientation for both programs before the start of school.
  • Can students return to CVHS from CVVA in the middle of the year?  
    Students may switch from one to the other program at the end of the semester. 
  • Will students be able to participate in sports?  
    There are no fall sports and we will not be resuming sports until winter or spring. 
  • Why can’t all AP classes be offered at CVVA? 
    If we had enough students wanting to take a specific AP course, it could be offered.  We currently have the dual enrollment option for courses that are not currently offered at CVVA.
  • What is the plan for the High School students that are in a specific pathway, such as HABIT?
    High School students can dual enroll in order to meet the requirements for a pathway so that any classes not offered at CVVA can be taken at CVHS.

    Will there be an orientation for the 100% virtual learning through CVVA and CVVPE?
    Please see information on CVVA for high school and middle school and CVVPE. There will be an orientation for both programs before the start of school.
  • Will the District be expanding the course offerings at CVVA or is it dependent on the number of students enrolling in CVVA F/T?
    Yes, the high school course offerings at CVVA may be expanded depending on the enrollment, staffing and needs of students and courses that CVVA has successfully applied for and have been approved to teach by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP). Students who wish to be dual enrolled at CVVA and CVHS in order to take specific courses not offered at CVVA may do so in consultation and approval from their guidance counselor.
  • If CVVA is expecting to expand course offerings, does it expect to provide any advanced or honors courses? 
    CVVA may offer Honors and/or AP courses at the high school level depending on enrollment, staffing and needs of students and courses that CVVA has successfully applied for and have been approved to teach by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP).
  • If CVVA is not expecting to expand the course offerings, does CVUSD have any arrangements with local community colleges such that students will realistically be able to dual enroll for more advanced courses or other elective courses (ie. cs, engineering courses which are not currently offered via CVVA)?
    Students may enroll concurrently at community colleges and CVHS in accord with CVUSD school board policies and California Education code. CVUSD works with Chabot College to offer dual enrollment courses at the Castro Valley Adult and Continuing Education (CVACE) campus. Spaces are limited and typically, high school students are given lower priority than high school graduates for community college courses.
  • Will the full array of course offerings at CVVA be published before the application deadline?
    A list of courses that are presently offered through CVVA is available here for middle school and high school. Additional courses may be offered in response to enrollment and student needs. Courses not offered through CVVA may be taken through dual enrollment at Castro Valley High School and/or community colleges.
  • What is the name of the company that facilitates the Virtual academies?
  • And if COVID becomes manageable and the state gives the go-ahead for in-person teaching, will TK-8 be able to return to campuses? The FAQ seemed to indicate that only the high school students would have the option. 
    Any students may return at the semester, if there is enough staffing.
  • How will the virtual learning teachers be hired/selected?
    CVUSD teachers interested in teaching in this program will need to apply, there is a job description and an interview process.
  • For CVVA  at the high school and middle school levels the curriculum is not the same, it is all standards based and provided by Edgenuity.  Students are tested through Edgenuity when they first start CVVA and the curriculum is tailored to their specific needs.
    All high school courses offered meet the A-G requirements for college and math is on pace with CVUSD math offerings.  The Phase I curriculum is the standard CVUSD curriculum, is standards based and meets A-G requirements but is taught by CVUSD teachers through google classroom and does not use Edgenuity curriculum.

The curriculum will not be the same between the AM/PM blended model and CVVPE.

    • Teachers in the AM/PM blended model will use the CVUSD adopted curriculum.
    • CVVPE teachers will be monitoring how students are doing, providing intervention, leveraging the technology, and inserting additional content from the CVUSD adopted curriculum where a student needs it for additional support or extension above and beyond what PathBlazer curriculum/program provides.
  • What happens to high school students that decide to do 100% virtual  learning but have (science) lab requirements?
    We are currently working with Castro Valley Virtual Academy (CVVA)  on developing courses that will satisfy science requirements for admission to colleges and universities. Presently, students also have the option of being dual enrolled in a lab science course at Castro Valley High School (CVHS) and/or dual enrollment (if space is available) through a community college.
  • Will 100% virtual learning be grouped with any CVUSD students, or only students from their school?
    It depends on the numbers from each school.
  • To reduce the amount of screen time for elementary 100% virtual learners, can parents be given lessons that they can teach?
    There will be a combination of paper/pencil tasks and online tasks. You will be able to communicate with your child’s teacher on a regular basis if you need additional support or have questions. Your child’s principal will be available for questions and to provide support. 
  • Can students who start the year in the 100% virtual learning environment switch back to the blended/in class model if the virtual model does not work for them?  Will students be able to return to their home school?
    We will make every effort to accommodate students back at their home school if the virtual model does not work out for them. This will need to be done at the end of the trimester for elementary students and semester for secondary students. 
  • If families choose 100% virtual learning for the year, will their kids be placed in cohorts that include peers from their home schools?
    Wherever possible we will try to keep kids in cohorts from their schools.
  • If a student completes the online program for their grade before the end of the year, can they begin work on the curriculum for the next grade?
    In high school, students may be able to complete their courses in an accelerated manner (students who plan to do so, should consult with their counselor beforehand to ensure that they will receive appropriate credit). Elementary and middle school students do not have this option.
  • Can a student continue with virtual learning if full time classes resume?
    Students can continue virtual learning all year if they are participating in CVVPE or CVVA. 
  • Will students’ virtual learning be like last spring? How has it been improved? Will students be given tips on appropriate behavior and protocol during virtual learning?
    Teachers are participating in professional development this summer to enhance virtual learning skills. The virtual learning this fall will cover state standards and include daily live instruction/interaction, assessment, and social-emotional curriculum. Teachers will discuss expectations with students as they begin the school year. 
  • Will the 100% virtual classes be live taught or given via pre-recorded instruction?
  • What platform will virtual learning use?
    Pathblazer by Edgenuity for elementary and  Edgenuity for secondary.
  • If WiFi drops mid-class, and a student is unable to get back online will that count as an absence?
  • For families who choose the 100% virtual class option will there be a virtual option for the family orientation and student assessment?
  • In 100% virtual  learning, how many hours would the students be expected to sit in front of computers? 
    It will vary according to the grade level and developmental age. Middle and High school students are expected to do a minimum of 240 minutes of instructional activities per day many, but not all,  of which  will be on the computer.  Some on the synchronous time, while in front of a screen is more interactive.  Some assignments for elementary aged children will be paper and pencil tasks and some will be outside activities.
  • Will 100% virtual learning  be associated with their home school? And will their physical spot be replaced?
    They will remain associated with their home school and their spot will not be given away.
  • Who will teach the virtual  learning classes?
    CVUSD teachers
  • It's difficult to make a decision about which option is best for kids who need special education, but are not in Special Day Classes without input from resource teachers.
    If parents of students with IEPs have questions about a good match with the options, they can contact their case manager to discuss.
  • Are IEP students going to be getting their needs met? Online or in person?
    All IEP services will continue to be provided to the greatest extent possible, based on current county health guidelines. Our goal will be for services to be in person. In instances where they cannot they will be structured and consistent.
  • Will there be transportation for special needs kids?
    Yes, for students who have transportation as a service in their IEP.  Transportation information will be sent out next week.
  • What will Roy Johnson be doing?
    Roy Johnson students will return along with other SDC students based on the selected secondary schedule.  Specific information about the program will be forthcoming related to community based instruction and vocational experience.
  • Your special needs children may not understand social distancing. What is the plan with them?
    We know that for some students with disabilities social distancing is not possible or safe.  In those instances we will be following health guidelines and additional PPE will be provided in those classrooms for staff.
  • How will pull-out services be provided on-site? Speech? RTI? Etc?
    Some will be provided on line through one on one video calls and some will be provided in person at the school site.
  • What if a parent does not want a student in Special Education to attend in person instruction? 
    For parents who elect a virtual program the student will receive special education  services and support in a consistent manner via a Distance Learning Plan.
  • Can staff remove the guest login from the Chromebooks so that kids stop having access to everything on the web?
    CVUSD is committed to filter Internet content  on all school sites, however, home WiFi filtering is the responsibility of the household.  We are investigating content filtering for newly distributed Chromebooks for 2020-2021 school year.
  • My child does not have a device at home, will I be required to purchase one or will the District provide me with a device?
    We are pleased to announce that starting this year, CVUSD will be assigning new and updated Chromebook devices to each student(TK-12)!  Our 1:1 device deployment will allow flexibility for staff and parents to utilize any learning model and support all virtual  learning  options.   Chromebooks will be distributed by school sites.  You will be able to find more detailed information closer to the beginning of the school year from your child’s school.  All prior COVID loaner Chromebooks will be collected and exchanged for newer models.
  • My child has their own device at home, do I have to take a CVUSD issued Chromebook?
    For the purposes of standardization and support, student use of a district-issued device for use during “at-school” sessions is preferable.  CVUSD discourages the use of personal devices for instructional purposes at school.  Students are welcome to use their preferred device at home.  CVUSD cannot be responsible for theft or breakage of personal devices at school. 
  • What about the Internet or MiFi, will the district be providing this to my child to support online learning?
    If you do not have Internet access in your home, CVUSD will be providing Internet access via Hotspot MiFi.  Families  can apply through a link and will be approved by their child’s site principal.  There are a limited number of MiFi’s and due to costs, families with demonstrated need will be prioritized for a MiFi device.  We appreciate your understanding.   Upon approval, MiFi will be distributed through the school site.
  • How are you going to meet the needs of people who have to pay double the cost of childcare because parents still have to go to work?
    The District has been working with child care providers we have on school sites in an effort to support families and staff. Given the child care providers’ current restrictions due to COVID, we have given them extra rooms to expand their capacity.  We understand that childcare adds a huge burden on families during COVID, but we do not have funding to cover the cost of childcare for families. 

  • Has the district explored partnering with local agencies (HARD, AT, Bee Best, churches, etc) to coordinate virtual learning childcare?
    The District has been working with child care providers on CVUSD campuses.  In an effort to support them and given their restrictions, we are pausing the annual increase rentals for 2020-21 as well as give them extra rooms to expand their capacity. 

  • What support will teachers with school aged children who are not on the same schedule have for daycare?
    There is increased daycare capacity on school sites and staff are given priority during COVID.
  • Is the current metric -- 14 days free of the state watchlist -- safe? Alameda County is surrounded by other counties on the watchlist, and the fact that we are not currently on the watchlist, as California is setting record numbers of new cases, is extremely concerning. 
    In addition to not being on the watch list, there are 5 other indicators that must be met by the district and county. The decision to reopen will not be made in isolation.We will work directly with the ACDPH beforehand.
  • What happens when a child refuses to wear mask during class time or constantly keeps taking it off? I know there will be signs posted everywhere but how effective are signs?
    Wearing masks would be  no different than other instances of expected student behavior.  We will have a tiered system of response to correct the student behavior including interventions, alternatives to discipline, and an escalating disciplinary process.
  • For elementary students who are going back on campus when hybrid begins, how will social distance be practiced before class and during class? Will the kids remain at their desk the entire time? Usually before class starts kids would be visiting their classmates at their desk to chat. Can that still happen this school year?
    In common areas outside of class time, ingress, egress, movement on campus, and spacing will all be defined with a combination of signage, visual prompts, staff supervision, and tangible items.  In class, spacing will continue to be expected at all times which could mean students sitting at desks throughout. Teachers will review and remind students of procedures on a regular basis and as appropriate.  We will follow guidelines from the Alameda County Department of Public Health (ACDPH) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH).  Student desks will be placed 6 ft apart and arranged in a way that minimizes face-to-face contact.  Face covering is required for all students and staff.  Per CDPH, the use of face covering can limit the release of infected droplets when talking, coughing, and/or sneezing.  We are also disinfecting classrooms in between cohorts using a Center for Disease Control (CDC) approved products against COVID-19 as well as ensure that ventilation systems increase circulation of outdoor air.
    Clarification on the exact cleaning procedures Is needed. Specifics about what will be cleaned and how they will be cleaned and for how long they will be cleaned and who will be doing the cleaning.
    Within the 90 minute allotted, custodial staff will disinfect each classroom and high touch surfaces (i.e., desks, tables, door knobs/handles, etc.) using Education Protection Agency (EPA) approved products against COVID-19.  Custodial staff have done this application to ensure there is enough time in between AM and PM.  Disinfecting is in accordance with CDC and California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR). Sites will designate  other areas/locations for students if they are not picked up on time.
  • Will COVID-19 testing be a part of the return to onsite learning for either students,  teachers, or staff?
    Testing of students and staff is only a requirement based on exposure or suspected illness at this point.  It is not currently a standard requirement but the Governor may give schools a different direction and  additional support.
  • How/when will face coverings be distributed? 
    All PPE equipment will be distributed when  teachers and staff return to work the first time . 
  • CA Dept of Ed, requires students & staff wear face masks. If a student forgets their facemask, will the school provide one? We face a national PPE shortage, how will CVUSD secure supplies of PPE for all schools?
    There will be additional masks for anyone who forgets their mask. We have been provided some PPE supplies by the State already, and we have also acquired cloth masks and disposable masks for all staff and students.  We are working with vendors to ensure we have additional PPE if needed. 
  • Will students be allowed off campus?
    To avoid cross contamination, we will need to have closed campus at the secondary sites.
  • What support is available to families if a child is exposed to COVID? If parents miss out on work because their child has been exposed while at school?The ACPHD has a resource page for families with information and materials in the several areas including food resources, housing, and financial help:
  • SCENARIO 1: A student or staff member either exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, answers “yes” to a health screening question, or has a temperature of 100.00 or above.
    • Student/staff sent home
    • Student/staff instructed to get tested
  • SCENARIO 2: When a  family member or someone in close contact with a student or staff member (outside the school community) tests positive for COVID-19, how will containment be managed?
    • Student/staff sent home
    • Student/staff instructed to get tested
    • Student/staff instructed to quarantine, even if they test negative, for a full 14 days after (1) date of last exposure to COVID-19 positive non-household contact or (2) COVID-19 positive household member completes their isolation
    • Staff Member / School administration notified
  • SCENARIO 3:WHEN a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19,  how will containment be managed?  What are the family and school site notification requirements?
    • Student/staff sent home if not already quarantined
    • Student/staff instructed to isolate for 14 days after symptom onset OR 7 days after resolution of symptoms, whichever is longer. (If never symptomatic, isolate for 14 days after a positive test.)
    • School-based close contacts identified and instructed to test & quarantine for 14 days
    • In stable elementary classroom cohorts: entire cohort
    • In other settings: use seating chart, consult with teacher/staff
    • Families / School administration notified
    • Public Health Department notified
  • If that teacher/substitute teacher has 4-5 classes/day with up to 15 – 20 students each, do all 100 students stay home and quarantine for up to 14 days? 
    We will work directly with the ACPHD and follow their orders in regards to quarantining and tracking cases. The maximum number of classes per day in secondary is three.
  • Will calibrated thermometers be distributed to families?
    We have entered into a partnership with an organization to be able to offer “Smart” Thermometers to every single Elementary family this year.  Registrations/requests for these free resources will take place during the first part of the year with thermometers scheduled to be delivered by the end of October.  The Kinsa “Quick Care” thermometer specifications and information can be found here:
  • What is the status of upgrades to ventilation/HVAC systems?
    Planned HVAC upgrades at many sites have been completed and the rest of the sites will be completed this summer.  
  • In the blended/live taught model, if a teacher gets sick, will both classes of students end up quarantined?
    Most likely.  We will work directly with the AC Public Health Department and follow their orders strictly  with any and  all positive cases.
  • What will be the criteria for opening and closing schools?
    We are currently in conversation with the ACPHD to identify the best measures which we will share with the board for consideration. We will update the community when we have more information. We will not return to the blended model until it is deemed safe based on that determined criteria.
  • Can the CVUSD test students without parent permission ?
    No. We do not test students or staff for COVID. There is a screener for staff to fill out everyday before coming to work. Parents are to screen for COVID before sending their children to school. More information will be sent home prior to moving to the blended model when it is safe.
  •  Will ACPHD  provide contract tracing for the schools to help identify risk?
    Absolutely. They will work closely with us on all positive cases.
  • How will instruction in the classroom change during the winter months to provide appropriate ventilation thereby reducing viral contagion?
    When it is safe to return to school, ventilation systems will be adjusted to introduce fresh outside air.  We will also increase servicing of air filters.
    Will students and staff wear masks or face shields or both?
    All students and staff are required to wear face covering at all times while on campus so the District will provide masks to students and staff.  Face shields will be provided to teachers, counselors and other staff working directly with students. 
  • Are face shields an option for children?
    The ACPHD allows for face shields to be an option but they must have a piece of cloth or some other design where cloth spans from the bottom of the face shield and is tucked into the student’s shirt or tied around the back of their neck (to eliminate the open space under the shield).
  • Will teachers be given an option not to return to in-class instruction if they don’t feel safe doing so?
    The district will work with teachers requesting accommodations. There are a variety of statutory leave options open to teachers with a medical condition.
  • What will the district do to ensure staff safety?
    The District will comply with CDC guidelines and recommendations regarding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Physical Distancing, Cleaning and Disinfecting.
  • If a teacher/substitute teacher tests positive for COVID-19, are they required to quarantine for 2-3 weeks? Is their sick leave covered, paid?
    In the event that an employee tests positive, they will be required to remain quarantined at home for 14 days. In addition, close contacts, including classroom cohorts of students will be notified. The County Health Department will also be notified.
  • Will the custodians be transferred according to seniority? Or will they stay at their school? My niece and nephew love the custodians at their schools! Just wondering?
    We are not planning on any transfers at this time.
  • Will you hire more custodians to wipe doorknobs?
    Regularly assigned Custodians will be disinfecting door knobs. 
  • There are classified and certified staff. Regarding the budget, no layoff of all across the district. Will there be training or a list or priority needs for classified employees?
    All Custodial staff have been and will continue to receive training on the newest products, equipment, ppe and techniques. Priorities will continue to be a safe, sanitary learning environment for our students.
  • How is this going to work with substitutes, especially with virtual learning?
    Substitutes will receive training on the tools and materials used by our teachers.
  • Will there be a different teacher in AM than PM for elementary when we move to blended?
  • How are the custodians going to deal with this epidemic?
    Custodial staff have received training on the Social Distancing Protocols, proper cleaning and disinfecting methods, best practices to maintain a clean and disinfected environment. The Maintenance, Operations and Transportation department is continuously reviewing the latest directives and requirements for the health and safety of our Castro Valley Unified Community.
  • How often will staff and bus drivers be tested?
    Students/families and staff are required to self-screen at home or before entering the building.