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2020-21 School Reopening

When will the 2020-21 school year begin?

While Governor Newsom suggested the possibility of schools reopening in late July, that seems unlikely for our District. Because our District was already planning on an August 6, 2020 start date, it is unlikely that schools will reopen earlier. Parents/guardians will be updated as additional information regarding the school start date becomes available.    


What social distancing safeguards will be in place for students next school year?

Our team of District administrators, in cooperation with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, are developing plans to provide safe school environments for our students when they return to school. Detailed information will be released as it becomes available.


How will student academic needs created by lost learning opportunities be addressed in the 2020-2021 school year?

The District will allocate resources including staff, time, and materials based on student need, ensuring that our most vulnerable students are prioritized for instructional support and opportunities to catch up and advance academically.


Will families in the Etiwanda School District have the option of sending their children to school or enrolling students in a virtual school program?
The Etiwanda Alternative Studies Education (EASE) Home School program is currently accepting transfers for interested families who reside within our school boundaries. To find out more information, please visit the EASE school website.

Will school funding be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Because of statewide revenue losses caused by business closures and travel restrictions, it is likely that schools will face budget reductions in the coming years.

Chromebooks

I checked out a Chromebook but now it’s not working. Who should I contact?
For questions or issues with Chromebooks, please email: helpdesk@etiwanda.org

 

How do I clean the Chromebook I checked out?
Chromebooks can be cleaned with a 50/50 vinegar and water solution.  Spray the solution onto a soft cloth and wipe the Chromebook clean.

How should Chromebooks be returned?

Systems and procedures for the return of school property are being developed with the need to socially distance and the health and wellness of our families and staff as our first priority. The return of school materials via a drive-through process will take place during the week of May 18. School principals will share specific information about this process with their school communities.

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.


Meal Service

How will students be supported with meals during the school closure?
As a part of our emergency plan to address the closure of schools, children will be provided “today’s lunch” and “tomorrow’s breakfast” each weekday.  Prepared, take-home meals are available to any child 18 years of age or younger. These meals are being distributed, via a curbside pickup, from 11:00 a.m. through 12:30 p.m., on weekdays throughout the school closure period at the locations listed below. Students must be present in the vehicle for meal pickup. 

Meal Pick-Up Locations 
DAY CREEK INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL    12345 Coyote Drive, Etiwanda 91739
HERITAGE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL      13766 S. Heritage Circle, Fontana, 92336 

For additional locations download the Meals for Kids app. Click HERE for more information! 

How do families keep the meals they pick-up safe? 

Families should keep hot foods hot and eat all hot food within two hours of receiving it. Uneaten food that was served hot should be discarded after two hours. Cold foods should be kept cold by refrigerating these items within two hours of receiving them. Discard items that are not refrigerated within the two hour time-frame. All leftovers should be discarded after two days.

How can I obtain a refund on my student's meal account for funds that were not used?

Parents/Guardians who would like to request refunds from student breakfast/lunch accounts should contact the Child Nutrition Department at 909-803-3155 or cathy_vessels@etiwanda.org. Any remaining balance will automatically roll over to the student’s account for the 2020-21 school year.

School Schedule, Events and Functions

Why did Etiwanda Schools close?

The Etiwanda School District closed our schools and facilities to students and the public in alignment with health agency guidelines and Governor Newsom’s executive orders. The public health crisis created by COVID-19 continues to escalate throughout our state and country which warrants swift action to prevent the spread of illness.

 

What if conditions change?

If our district learns, prior to the end of the school year, that circumstances have changed and that we can safely reopen our schools, our dedicated staff will do so at the earliest opportunity. We will continue to closely monitor the guidance from federal, state and local authorities and coordinate our actions and responses with expert health agencies and other San Bernardino County school districts.

 
Will reimbursements be issued for purchased tickets to cancelled school events and field trips?
Schools are working with various entities to address reimbursements. Reimbursements will be made in the coming weeks.  

Will there be promotion, graduation, and other end of the year events and ceremonies?
Schools are creating virtual promotion ceremonies to honor students promoting from preschool, 5th and 8th grade. Principals will share information about these virtual ceremonies with their school communities.

How will Chromebooks, textbooks, and library books be returned?

Systems and procedures for the return of school property are being developed with the need to socially distance and the health and wellness of our families and staff as our first priority. The return of school materials via a drive-through process will take place during the week of May 18. School principals will share specific information about this process with their school communities.

 

How can my student retrieve items that were left at school?

Systems and procedures for the return of student belongings are being developed with the need to socially distance and the health and wellness of our families and staff as our first priority. The return of student belongings via a drive-through process will take place during the week of May 18. School principals will share specific information about this process with their school communities.

 

Will the school year be extended into the summer months as a result of the school closure?  

At this time, the number of days required for a school year has been waived by state officials.  The current school year will not be extended into the summer months.

 

How will I receive information from the Etiwanda School District and schools during the school closure?

Superintendent Judson will regularly email family updates to email addresses in the Aeries parent portal throughout the school closure. Families are encouraged to frequently visit our District website at www.etiwanda.org. Daily updates are posted on our social media platforms. Families are encouraged to follow us on their favorite platform. 

Connect with us

Who do I contact during the school closure if I have questions?
School secretaries, teachers and administrators are available via email throughout the school closure. If you have additional questions or concerns regarding the school closure you can email ESDAssistance@etiwanda.org.

How can I obtain a refund on my student's meal account for funds that were not used?
Parents/Guardians who would like to request refunds from student breakfast/lunch accounts should contact the Child Nutrition Department at 909-803-3155 or cathy_vessels@etiwanda.org. Any remaining balance will automatically roll over to the student’s account for the 2020-21 school year.


 

Student Learning

Click HERE to download Etiwanda's "Distance Learning Supports" and view links.
Distance Learning Support                                                 
  
How will teachers support students in continued learning and growth throughout the school closure?
Distance learning opportunities are being provided by teachers throughout the school closure. Distance learning will include assignments, virtual class sessions and, tutoring opportunities. Specific information about your child’s distance learning plan can be found on teachers’ websites.


Will children continue to receive educational services?
A child’s education is considered an essential service under the Governor’s executive order. Teachers, administrators, and staff remain engaged in maintaining district operations and continuity for all students through distance learning opportunities. Although our school sites are closed to the public, our facilities are accessible to staff so that education, support, and other services can be provided.

CDC and California Department of Public Health guidelines, along with recommended social distancing practices, are in place at all Etiwanda School District facilities to protect the health and safety of our employees.

How will students with an IEP be supported during the school closure?
All students, including those with an IEP are being provided optional lessons and activities.  In addition, students with an IEP are also receiving accommodations and supports to ensure access to these optional lessons and activities from the special education staff.  If you are unsure what specific supports your student is receiving or how to access her/his lessons, please contact your child’s teacher or school administrator.

Will teachers use video or other interactive learning opportunities?
The Etiwanda School District thanks our students and parents for their patience and partnership. Our distance learning plan consists of three phases that will evolve in the coming weeks. Our teachers are diligently working to prepare learning opportunities for students. They are working with their peers, our Professional Development team and other District staff to equip themselves with a wide range of tools and resources to support direct and interactive learning. Some teachers are already using these tools and students should start to see more of this engagement in the coming weeks.

How can families without internet service access distance learning opportunities?
Families who do not currently have access to the internet have two options:

  • One option is to take advantage of free internet service provided during the school closure through Charter. To access this service call 1-844-488-8395.
  • The second option is to contact your child’s teacher through their email to discuss alternate strategies for off-line instructional plans. 

How can parents/guardians monitor student progress on their distance learning assignments?
Although assignments and lessons provided through distance learning will not negatively impact trimester grades, teachers will enter information about these assignments in the Aeries grade book. Parents/guardians can view progress on these assignments by logging into the Aeries portal.

Will students be expected to participate in state testing for the 2019-20 school year?
No. Governor Newsom issued an executive order to waive this year’s statewide assessments in light of the current public health crisis. Students will not participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics, the California Science Test, or the California Alternate Assessments, or the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) during the 2019-20 school year.

Why should students participate in distance learning assignments and lessons?
Distance learning assignments and lessons allow for continued student growth and prepare children for the grade level expectations they will encounter in the 2020-21 school year.

Will credit recovery programs continue during the school closure?
Academic Advisors and Student Services Assistants will be contacting students to discuss the process for resuming student access to various credit recovery programs offered at our middle schools.  

Will independent study or home/hospital instruction continue during the school closure?
Teachers who facilitate independent study and home/hospital instruction will contact students and parents to discuss the process for resuming student access to these programs.  

Will my child still have their annual or triennial IEP while schools are closed? 
At this time IEP meetings have been suspended.  However, we are actively assessing the number of IEPs that are pending and will contact parents/guardians with updates regarding IEP meetings in the coming weeks once our distance learning plan has been fully implemented.

My child has related services on their IEP, how will those supports be provided? 
Related service providers are supporting students through the district’s distance learning plan by providing optional lessons, activities and regular check-ins with families to monitor students’ access to the activities and lessons provided.

Will students need to repeat their current grade level as a result of the school closure?
Students will matriculate to the next grade level for the 2020-21 school-year.

Will students receive Trimester 3 Grades?
In an effort to "do no harm" to students as a result of school closures, grades for trimester 3 will not be included on 2019-20 report cards. This decision was made based upon a number of factors specific to this school year. 

Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns about my child’s education?
For questions or concerns, families should email their child’s teacher and/or school administrator.