Reopening of Schools FAQ's

FAQ

School Operating Conditions for 2020 - 2021

When will schools return to a traditional/normal schedule?

Schools will return to a traditional/normal schedule as soon as state and local officials indicate that it is safe to relax social distancing measures.

What will schools look like for the 2020-21 school year?

In an effort to meet the varying needs of Etiwanda families, three options for learning models will be available for families as long as it is deemed safe to allow in-person instruction. The options are:

  • Hybrid Learning Model - A combination of face-to-face instruction and at-home learning with safety and social distancing measures in place on school campuses. Students will attend school in either the morning or afternoon for three hours Tuesday-Friday and will complete work independently at home for the remainder of each school day and on Mondays. Mondays will also include a brief virtual class check-in.
  • Virtual Learning Model - Scheduled daily virtual interactive instruction with a classroom teacher and peers combined with at-home learning/assignments.
  • Home School - A combination of flexible online independent instruction and regular check-ins with a teacher, including optional virtual or on-site tutoring sessions for students.

What happens when in-person instruction is not possible?
When in-person learning is not possible due to high COVID-19 transmission rates in the local area, students enrolled in the Hybrid Learning Model will participate in the Virtual Learning Model of instruction. 

Why are schools modifying the learning model for the 2020-21 school-year?

Every school district is responsible for maintaining safe school environments for students, staff, and their families. The guidance provided by state and local officials outlines the need for social distancing and additional safety measures that are critical to providing adequate protection for the school community given the COVID-19 pandemic. Class sizes must be kept as small as possible to ensure social distancing measures can be implemented and to correlate with available facilities and teaching staff. 

How did the district decide upon these three options?

Several options for school reopening were studied as we considered how to safely meet the education and childcare needs of our families. It is the goal of the Etiwanda School District to open our schools for all students to safely attend every day as soon as possible, and schools will return to normal operating conditions as soon as circumstances allow. We asked our stakeholders to participate in a reopening survey to determine which options would provide the highest quality education and meet the needs of most of our families. The survey revealed:

  • 55% of families support a hybrid model option with a combination of on-campus and at-home learning.                 
  • 47% of families support virtual at-home learning to start the school year with a return to campus when it is safe.
  • 29% of families support the option of enrolling their children in our EASE Home School program.

Will Special Education services be provided through each of the learning models?

Yes, district personnel are prepared to be flexible and creative to ensure high-quality instruction, services, and supports are provided to the extent possible to students with IEPs and 504 plans. Our Special Education Department is working diligently to put plans in place to ensure the needs of our students are met in each of the learning models. An IEP meeting needs to be held prior to enrollment in EASE Home School. An IEP meeting needs to be held as close to the beginning of the school year as possible for those who select the virtual learning model. 

Will services such as intervention and English language (EL) support be provided through each of the learning models? 

Yes, each of the learning models includes supplemental intervention and language development support. Specific details will be shared by classroom teachers at the beginning of the school year.

What will GATE look like?
Instruction for students identified as GATE is planned and facilitated through classroom teachers. Classroom teachers in the hybrid or virtual learning models can explain instructional practices during Back to School Night presentations or through family conferences. 

Will there be GATE testing this year?

Plans for GATE testing are in development. Information will be released as it becomes available.

Will students have access to school meals on weekdays? 

Yes, students will have access to school meals. 

While the entire district is operating in distance learning conditions, lunch service is available Monday - Friday from 11:30 - 12:30 in front of your student's school site.

This schedule will be adjusted when both hybrid learning and virtual learning are possible. Details about the lunch service schedule under these conditions will be released when it becomes available.

School lunches are free on scheduled school days through December 2020 and lunches can be picked up at any available school location. 

Beginning January 2021, families with students at two district schools need to pick up lunch from each school site due to meal accounting.  Students must present their ID card to receive a meal (instead of entering a PIN #).  Families need to prepay for lunches online at EZSchoolPay.com or visit your school office.  Lunch prices: Elementary / $3.00, Intermediate / $3.25 and Reduced Price / $.040.

Will band still be an option for 5th-8th grade students?

Yes, the ESD band program will continue through each of the learning models and home school. The band program will be somewhat modified and specific details about the program will be shared through school sites.  

When school closed in March, participation in distance learning was optional. Is school optional this year?

No, education is compulsory for all school-age children. Attendance is required in each of the learning models. 

Will students receive grades on report cards for the 2020-21 school year?

Yes, each of the learning models and home school will have assignments graded; and students will earn and receive grades on their report cards throughout the 2020-21 school year. 

Can families select a different learning model for children in the same family?
Yes, parents/guardians need to complete the data confirmation process for each child. Families may select a different learning model for each student based upon which model will best meet the needs of each child.

Hybrid Learning Model

What does the hybrid learning model look like? 

The hybrid learning model combines on-campus and at-home learning. Students will attend school half day in the morning or afternoon Tuesday-Friday and then students will be assigned independent work to be completed for the remainder of the school day and on Mondays. Additionally, Mondays will also include a brief virtual class check-in. Students receive grades on assignments and report cards as they would in the traditional school setting. 

Will students in the same family in different grade levels be on the same schedule?

Yes, every effort will be made to keep families together.


What is the schedule for each of the schools?

  AM  PM
All Elementary Schools   8:15 AM-11:15 AM  12:15 PM-3:15 PM
Day Creek Intermediate &
Heritage Intermediate 
 8:00 AM-11:00 AM  12:00 PM-3:00 PM
Etiwanda Intermediate &
Summit Intermediate 
 7:45 AM-10:45 AM  11:45 AM-2:45 PM


What are some of the benefits of the hybrid learning model?

This model provides students with on-campus learning to meet their instructional needs and maintains school connections. 

Will the district still provide an electronic device? 

Yes, the district will continue to provide electronic devices to those families registered in the hybrid learning model.

What safety measures will be implemented on school campuses?

Guidelines provided by the Department of Public Health will be followed to the extent practicable. Some of the main points that parents/guardians have inquired about are summarized below:

  • Staff and students will participate in daily temperature checks prior to entering campus.
  • Smaller class sizes and classroom seating arrangements allow for the recommended extended space between individuals. 
  • Students provided with a set of supplies (pencils, crayons, etc) for their personal use.
  • Students in 3rd-8th grade and staff will wear face coverings while on campus and students in preschool through 2nd grade are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings which could be a mask or shield.
  • Safety and hygiene routines and procedures taught in a student-friendly manner.
  • Staggered breaks to decrease gathering sizes and maintain social distance. 
  • Campus access limited to those providing essential functions for school operations. (Unfortunately, schools cannot accommodate volunteers.)
  • Desks, chairs, countertops, sinks, and door handles cleaned/sanitized during transitions and at the end of each school day.

What will be done to address handwashing at school? 

Handwashing routines will be set by the classroom teacher. Additionally, the recommended type of hand sanitizer is available in all classrooms. 

How can parents/guardians help with safety measures?

Parents/guardians are asked to check for symptoms of illness at home before school each day. Students must remain at home if they are sick.

What measures are being taken to sanitize/disinfect schools? 

All guidelines from public health officials for sanitizing and disinfecting schools, with an emphasis on frequently touched surfaces, will be implemented daily. 

What is the role of the parent/guardian in the hybrid learning model?
Much like in the traditional school setting, the role of the parent/guardian is to encourage and remind their child(ren) of the importance of active participation in their education and offer support on independent work as needed.

Will busing services be available for general education students who live in a busing eligible area?

No, bussing services for general education students have been suspended for the 2020-21 school year. 

Are schools still offering childcare?

Childcare will be available Tuesday-Friday, 7:00 AM-5:30 PM to students participating in the hybrid learning model based upon space availability. Students may attend before/after school childcare on the days they are scheduled for school attendance. Every possible space on campus will be used to maximize the number of spaces available while still maintaining safety and social distancing measures.

To indicate interest in the district childcare program parents/guardians should call the childcare office at (909) 803-3988. As space becomes available, children on the interest list will be admitted based on a lottery draw with preference given to families indicating an interest in 4 days of childcare and those who pre-registered in Spring 2020. 

What grading scale is used in the hybrid learning model?

Students will earn grades on assignments and report cards as they would in a traditional school setting.

How long will the hybrid model be offered?

It is the goal of the Etiwanda School District to open our schools for all students to safely attend school every day as soon as possible. Schools will return to normal operating conditions as soon as circumstances allow, and the hybrid model will be phased out at that time.

Is it possible that a school or classroom will close again?

Yes, it is possible that a school or classroom may need to close based upon transmission rates in a localized area. We will continue to follow guidance related to COVID-19 from state and local officials.


Will students have access to school meals on weekdays?

Yes, students will have access to school meals. Interested students will pick-up a grab-and-go lunch prior to leaving school each day.

Students participating in morning instruction can eat their lunch when they return home that day. Students participating in the afternoon session can eat their lunch the next day prior to leaving for school the next day.

Virtual Learning Model

What does a virtual learning model look like? 

Students will learn at home in a structured virtual format. Teachers will utilize a variety of instructional strategies during interactive whole group instruction and provide targeted remediation to identified students during small group intervention.  Independent assignments will complement the daily instruction and complete the school day. Multiple virtual classroom sessions will take place throughout each school day and attendance at all sessions is compulsory.


How is the virtual learning model for 2020-21 different from last year's distance learning?
The virtual learning model created for this school year was developed using stakeholder input from the distance learning survey. Students participating in virtual learning will be engaged in online interactive classroom instruction for a large portion of the school day between 8:00 AM-2:45 PM. Students will engage in a full curriculum facilitated by their classroom teacher. Student progress will be monitored and assessed with additional support provided to assist students when necessary. 

What are some of the benefits of the virtual learning model?

This model provides structured at-home study for families not able to send their children to school while providing students daily access to their assigned teacher and class in a virtual format. In the virtual model, students maintain their current school affiliation. Due to the nature of this virtual program, there will be no interruption to learning if schools need to close again.


If our family is selecting the virtual learning model are immunizations still required?
Yes, immunization requirements are for school entry, regardless of the learning model students participate in.  

Are the scheduled virtual classroom sessions required?

Yes, attendance for virtual classroom sessions is required.

Will the district still provide an electronic device? 

Yes, the district will continue to provide electronic devices to those families registered in the virtual learning model.

What is the role of the parent/guardian in the virtual learning model?
Much like in the traditional school setting, the role of the parent/guardian is to encourage and remind their child(ren) of the importance of active participation in their education and offer support on independent work as needed.

How will teachers ensure students are engaged in the virtual classroom?

Computer cameras should be turned on to ensure student engagement. Additionally, teachers will use a variety of instructional strategies to engage students in virtual classroom sessions.


Will my student remain registered or enrolled at their current school site in the virtual learning model? 

Yes, students enrolled in the virtual learning model maintain their current school affiliation and remain registered at their school site for the 2020-21 school year.

What grading scale is used in the virtual learning model?

Students will earn grades on assignments and report cards as they would in a traditional school setting.

How long will the virtual learning model be offered?

The virtual learning model will be offered through the end of the 2020-21 school year. 

EASE Home School

What is EASE Home School?

In the K12.com program, the parent acts as a Learning Coach who facilitates progress through the online lessons. Suggested weekly lesson plans are provided and update automatically as the child progresses. The lesson plans can be varied to accommodate the child's pace or abilities. A wide array of practical advice, tips, and substantial support are always available through K12.com. Students and families regularly meet with an Etiwanda EASE teacher to discuss progress and review standards mastery.

What are some of the benefits of EASE Home School ?

This model provides flexible at-home study for families not able to send their children to school and allows for flexible assignment completion since virtual class times are not scheduled. Due to the nature of online school, there will be no interruption to learning in home school if schools need to close again.


Are there any additional documents that families interested in the EASE Home School need to complete prior to beginning the school year?

Yes, families need to complete the EASE Home School Participation Agreement. To access this electronic form please visit the EASE Home School website and select the EASE Enrollment icon at the bottom of the page.

Are there additional considerations for students who have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)?

Yes, if a student is receiving Special Education services such as Speech, RSP, or SDC an IEP team meeting will need to be held in coordination with the EASE Specialized Academic Instructor prior to enrollment in home school.


Do families interested in EASE Home School need to complete an intra-district transfer?

Yes, an intra-district transfer is necessary to request a school transfer from the student’s current school to EASE. Transfers are approved based upon space availability. This form is available on the EASE Home School website.

Will students enrolled in EASE Home School remain affiliated with their school of residence? 

No, students will be enrolled in EASE Home School; however, families may transition their child(ren) back to their resident school after the completion of any given trimester should they elect to do so.

Are immunizations still required for students enrolled in Home School?
Yes, immunization requirements are for school entry, and students enrolled in EASE Home School must have all required immunizations.

Are there any additional commitments families should be aware of before enrolling their children in EASE Home School? 

Families enrolling in the EASE Home School are asked to commit to a minimum of a full trimester of program enrollment. 

What grading scale is used in EASE Home School?

Students in transitional kindergarten through 5th grade will earn Pass/Fail grades.  Students in 6th-8th grade will earn letter grades (A,B,C,D,F) in the core subject areas of Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science.

How long will EASE Home School be offered?

EASE Home School has been an option for families who reside within Etiwanda School District boundaries and desire an at-home, flexible learning model since 2005 and will continue to be offered indefinitely.

Are there any additional supports provided for students in home school?

Optional virtual tutoring lab sessions are available for students.


Will students have access to school meals on weekdays?

Yes, students will have access to school meals.
Please see the School Operations for the 2020-21 School Year tab for more information.

Independent Study

What is independent study?
Independent study is an option for families who reside within Etiwanda School District boundaries who need to be absent from school for 5 days or longer on a short term basis (one month at a time is approved).  Students on independent study receive units of study created by an Etiwanda School District teacher using the same district adopted materials used in the traditional classroom setting. The instructional materials/textbooks used in the independent study program are the same as in the classroom; however,  the pacing and content is not aligned to a specific teacher’s classroom.  Students may experience some learning gaps when returning to the classroom. 

During independent study, parents act as a Learning Coach and assist students with assignment completion and progress monitoring. An EASE independent study program staff member will contact families each week to answer questions, resolve issues, and provide feedback on progress.  Students must meet minimum completion rates and receive passing grades in order to be issued an independent study contract for the next month.

How do I get my child into independent study?
 
Families interested in learning more about independent study and if their child is eligible for a short-term contract, may contact their site principal.  Once approved an attendance contract is developed through our EASE Office. This is an agreement that the student will complete all assigned lessons/units in order to receive credit for days the student is not physically present at school. This contract will be provided to families on a month-by-month basis. Students must receive passing grades in order to be issued an independent study contract for the next month.

 

Do families interested in Home School Independent Study need to complete an intra-district transfer?

No, a transfer to Independent Study is not necessary. Students remain enrolled at their resident school and temporarily receive and submit work through the EASE independent study office. 

Will students participating in independent study remain affiliated with their school of residence? 

Yes, students will remain enrolled in the school of residence. 

Will parents/guardian pick-up work each month?
No, a transfer to Independent Study is not necessary.  Students remain enrolled at their resident school and temporarily receive and submit work through the EASE independent study office.


Will students also be assigned work that is completed online?
Yes, some assignments will include the use of online textbook resources.

Will students have access to the same websites they have access to in class?
Students will have access to all district programs and resources but may not have access to some online programs provided by the school.

What grading scale is used for independent study?

Students in all grade levels will earn Pass/Fail grades.

When a family is ready to send their child(ren) back to school for on-campus learning, do they need to wait until the end of the month?
No, students may rejoin their class whenever a family is ready to return to in-person or virtual instruction. The independent study contract can be adjusted.

How long will independent study be offered?

Independent study is an option for families who reside within Etiwanda School District boundaries who need to be absent from school for 5 days or longer on a short term basis (one month at a time is approved).  Short-term independent study monthly contracts will be renewed as long as a student is successful in completing the assigned work. 

Will students have access to school meals on weekdays?

Yes, students will have access to school meals. Families must bring student ID to pick up lunches.

COVID-19

What is the latest information available about the number of COVID-19 cases in San Bernardino County?
A dashboard has been developed to show the latest information available.  Click HERE to access the dashboard.

What community resources are available to San Bernardino County residents during the COVID-19 crisis?

A list of resources that provides information about COVID-19 related advice, unemployment services, and emergency food assistance has been compiled by the University of California. Click HERE to access the list.

What conversation should parents have with their children at home, especially if they are feeling anxious or worried?

Understandably, we are all worried and concerned.  We are committed to keeping you informed and working together through this challenging situation. Families may find the following link, from the National Association of School Psychologists helpful to address Talking to Children about COVID-19.

 

What is social distancing?

Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. A few examples of social distancing are working from home instead of at the office (if possible), visiting loved ones by electronic devices instead of in-person and canceling/postponing meetings or events. Maragakis, Lisa L. “Coronavirus, Social Distancing and Self Quarantine.” Hopkins Medicine, www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-social-distancing-and-self-quarantine.

 

Why is social distancing important?

Social distancing is important because it helps slow down the spread of disease allowing the health care system to more readily care for patients over time. Maragakis, Lisa L. “Coronavirus, Social Distancing and Self Quarantine.” Hopkins Medicine, www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-social-distancing-and-self-quarantine

 

Health, Safety and Emotional Wellness

What can I do to minimize my student or family members’ risk of exposure to COVID-19?
Per the advice of the California Department of Health, students should stay home and minimize social contact as much as possible to keep family members safe. It is important that social distancing measures take place while schools are closed to reduce the spread of the virus.

What strategies will assist my student with mental health and well-being during the school closure?
The impact of school closure and social distancing often goes beyond academics.  The following tips may help students cope during this stressful time period:

  • Maintain routines as much as possible.  Develop and follow a regular schedule throughout the day.
  • Practice healthy habits and self-care that most benefit you. Prioritize getting a healthy amount of sleep, eating well, and moving or exercising regularly.
  • Stay connected-but take breaks from social media.  Make the effort to stay connected to friends and family members through email, texting, and video calls.  However, limit the amount of time you spend on screens throughout the day. 
  • Seek news only from reliable sources, and only in short stints. As with all things, we can find ourselves over-consuming news and updates. Try not to become absorbed in the coverage for long periods of time, and find opportunities to appropriately disconnect.
  • Take breaks to ease your mind and distract yourself when you start to worry. Play a game. Watch a movie. Try a meditation app. 


If what you are feeling seems bigger than what these techniques can support, seek help from a professional. 

Are mental health services available for my child?
Etiwanda School District Counselors and Psychologists can assist families in accessing wellness information. Click HERE for more information.

Mental health services are also available through the Student Assistance Program.  Click HERE to view information about the Student Assistance Program.