COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What about PPE:
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.
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.
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 distance only option for the 2020-2021 school year?
We will do everything in our power to enable kids to return to their home school after distance learning ends.
The Speech Language Pathologist at Proctor left at the end of the school?
Is she going to be replaced before school,starts again We have hired a new Speech Pathologist who will be serving Proctor and will be available at the beginning of the school year.

Will kids and teachers be required to wear masks when onsite?
Yes, face covering is required while on campus.

Will onsite instruction be held outside?
Will the 100% virtual classes be live taught or given via pre-recorded instruction?

Will 100% Virtual Learning be associated to their homeschool? And will their physical spot be replaced?
Students will remain associated with their home school, their spot will not be given away.

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.

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.

Can the CVUSD test students without parent permission ?

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.
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.
If families choose 100% distance 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.

Well 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 so ensure high quality and safety procedures are in place.

How often will on site persons be tested. And can you test students?
At this time we will not be testing anyone. There is a screener for staff to fill out everyday before coming to work.
What platform will the distance learning use?
Edgenuity for secondary.
Can families who already share social bubbles request that their kids get the same teacher or AM/PM shift?
Who will teach the distance learning classes?
CVUSD teachers

Why can't we opt out of distance learning halfway through if you can change the onsite option according to covid guidance?
Yes as long as the staffing can be adjusted

If WiFi drops mid-class, and student is unable to get back online will that count as an absence?
For elementary, will the distance learning platform be the same for both hybrid and 100% distance learners?

For families who choose the 100% virtual class option will there be a virtual option for the family orientation and student assessment?

In 100% distance 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.
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 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 will CVUSD handle grades for the remainder of the school year?

We are converting the grading system for middle and high school to Credit/No Credit for the second semester in order to hold students harmless during distance learning. This decision follows guidelines from the CA State Department of Education and is in line with what UC (University of California) and CSU (California State University) systems are accepting due the Pandemic. 

We want to ensure that students preserve the progress they made prior to school closures and enable them to demonstrate further learning, as appropriate. We recognize that despite all efforts to support students during distance learning, grading their overall or cumulative performance as we have always done in the past  does not align with the promise of holding them harmless. Middle and high school students’ first through third quarter grades will remain as letter grades in Aeries. However, on their transcripts they will have letter grades for the first semester and Credit or No Credit marks for the second semester. 

For elementary grades, students’ report cards for the trimester will include marks reflecting their efforts and comments focused on what students have worked on, how they are doing, any areas of improvement, and suggestions for what to work on during the summer. 

More details about expectations for the last few weeks of schools will be forthcoming from your child’s principal.


What about graduation?
Graduation and award ceremonies are important milestones in a student's life. We know that the prospect of not having a traditional graduation ceremony is disappointing, but we will find a way to recognize their accomplishments and graduation from high school. There will be opportunities to share ideas as we seek options.
What is the status of other previously scheduled events, even the ones that are planned for after the current expiration date of Alameda County’s “stay at home” order?
All upcoming district and school events are cancelled. These events typically take weeks to months of planning, and without knowing when social distancing restrictions may be lifted, the district cannot proceed with such events. However, we will still find ways to celebrate student and staff accomplishments between now and the end of the year.
Will CVUSD continue to provide free meals to students?

We will continue to provide meals to students until the end of the school year as we have done the past few weeks, except during spring break, April 13th - April 17th. 


If the Alameda County Public Health Department’s (ACPHD) order to shelter in place is only in effect until May 3, why close school facilities for the remainder of the year?
School facilities will be closed for the remainder of the year for a variety of reasons. First, ACPHD’s order is in place until at least May 3. With the Governor noting the pandemic is not expected to reach its peak in California until mid-May, it seems unlikely that all social distancing restrictions will be immediately lifted after May 3. The safety and health of our students and staff are our highest priority and we do not want to put anyone in a position to have to return to school until we know for sure there is not a public health risk. Additionally, by not making any further changes, students, families, and staff can now fully prepare for the next two months of distance learning with more certainty.
As has become very clear over the past few weeks, this is a very fluid situation. If the Governor or the State Superintendent of Public Instruction provide different guidance, we will be prepared to adjust accordingly.
Will students be held back?
will not be held back because they are not at school since this is something they have no control over. 
Concerns about Governor Newsoms statement of the possibility of schools being closed until summer.
The Governor was referring to his own family and how he is preparing his family for the possibility of the schools being closed longer than expected. Superintendent Tony Thurmond stated that the actions we are taking now will help flatten the curve and we need to listen to the guidance from the Public Health Department. 
Will events being cancelled like prom, etc.?
At this time, it is unclear if these events will be cancelled. 
Will Spring Break be moved/cancelled
At this point, our spring break remains the same, April 13-17. At this point, based on the directive from the County Health Department, students are scheduled to return on April 7th, We will update families as soon as possible if there is any change. 


How will the online instruction work and when will it start?
Online instruction has started, please have your student check their CVUSD email if they have not done so yet. Parents do not receive the emails about online classes, students do.

Will the school year be extended due to the COVID-19 shelter in place?
At this point, the school year will not be extended. The last day of school is Friday, May 29, 2020. Please understand that all information is changing at a rapid rate and we will be following all state requirements.

My concern is we were only given packets for two weeks as I have a kindergartner so trying to figure out how long this closure will actually be in if we will be receiving more information and more homework for the children or other resources that we can use?
Your teachers will continue distance learning. If the packet was for two weeks and we are out longer, you can be certain to receive instruction for the remainder of the time. Our teachers are doing an amazing job planning and providing distance learning. They want more than anything for their students to continue learning. Please email teachers and principals if you have any questions about your child’s education.

Is school a “ gathering”?
Large gatherings that include 250 people or more should be postponed or canceled. This includes gatherings such as concerts, conferences, and professional, college, and school sporting events.

A “gathering” is any event or convening that brings together people in a single room or single space at the same time, such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, cafeteria, or any other indoor or outdoor space.

A “mass gathering” does not include normal operations at airports, shopping malls and centers, or other spaces where 1,000 or more persons may be in transit. It also does not include typical office environments or retail or grocery stores where large numbers of people are present, but where it is unusual for them to be within arm’s length of one another. 

Who will make a decision to close schools?
If an outbreak occurs, and school closures are recommended or ordered, decisions will be made following discussion between the school district and Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD). We will also consider guidance from the California Department of Education (CDE). CVUSD is unable to know if or when individuals are exposed to any illness, which is why we follow guidelines from expert agencies like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Alameda County Public Health Department. Rather than recommending the cancellation of schools and public events, at this time, these agencies are asking people who may have been exposed to the virus to stay home.

How are student absences being handled?
All absences due to illnesses are excused with parent confirmation, per policies in the student handbooks at your school site. We are  holding off on the use of perfect attendance awards and incentives. We are requesting parents to provide more specific details of why students are absent (Fever, cough, shortness of breath?).

We understand community concern about student health and safety. Some families have asked about keeping their own child home based on the fear of contracting COVID-19 at school. This is certainly an option any family may consider. However, per Education Code at this time, we are unable to mark an absence excused for this reason. Our normal protocol remains in place. If a student is out for an extended period of time, a doctor’s note may be required. Any absence due to quarantine or illness will be excused.

Are there any plans to alter or cancel travel, field trips, school dances, etc... due to concerns?
There are no recommendations from public health officials at this time for cancellation of public events or field trips. If a student falls ill during one of the trips, follow the same procedure as you would at your school site. Isolate the student and contact the parent/guardian to pick up the student.

For information on travel plans you or families might be planning for Spring Break, please consult the US State Department's website for travel guidelines.
Decisions about field trips and activities will be made on a case by case basis. Field trips that are permitted are voluntary, and students who do not wish to attend will be allowed to opt out and will not be penalized academically or otherwise. Anyone who is sick or who is at higher risk for serious illness (see CDC’s recommended list here) should avoid attending public gatherings.The District may need to implement guidance from Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) on short notice to cancel events..

Are additional sanitization procedures taking place at sites and in classrooms?

  • Remind students and staff regarding washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer as available. Portable handwashing stations will be placed strategically across school sites. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops).
  • Staff will be utilizing an Alpet D2 treatment in all classrooms daily and in all busses and SPED vans and buses after each run.

What if a student catches the virus?
Any time a student is confirmed to have a communicable disease, the District communicates with Alameda County Public Health Department for directives and guidance preventing the spread of the specific communicable disease. This not only applies to coronavirus but other health conditions as well (H1N1, tuberculosis, meningitis, etc.). The Public Health Department will notify the District of any known cases.

What if someone in a student’s or staff member’s immediate family is diagnosed? Are all quarantined in that household?

If students or staff come in contact with someone confirmed to be an infected person they should stay home, contact their medical provider, and call Alameda County Public Health Department at (510) 267-8000. If someone must quarantine or isolate, they will be notified by Alameda County Public Health Department.

If, in a worst-case scenario, a school gets shut down, what ”distance learning” protocols are being considered?
We are solidifying options for distance learning, should schools be required to close. There are mechanisms in place for teachers to communicate with families through various means, such as Google classroom, Email, Website, or Aires. Teachers will communicate with families directly about what methods will be used if needed. 

What happens if a child is symptomatic with flu/cold symptoms?
If a child is symptomatic ( fever, shortness of breath, cough, congestion), they should stay home and their physician contacted for further guidance. A child may return to school once fever free for 24 hours without medication. If they are at school, and begin to feel sick, they should check in with the health office and wait for their parent/guardian to pick them up. Remember that schools are not equipped to screen students or staff to identify cases of COVID-19. 

Do we need masks?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend routine use of a face mask or respirator. It is important that we do not deplete stock from those who need them for other illnesses.