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Recommendation to shift secondary schools to temporary Distance Learning
Posted 12/16/20

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With the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in Orange County and our local community, we are making a recommendation to a temporary shift to Distance Learning for secondary schools after the Winter break. This will allow us to maximize the safety of our students and staff, and maintain operations of our instructional program. This recommendation will be considered by our Board of Education on December 17, 2020

The recommended changes include:

  • Secondary schools, including secondary Special Day Classes, will shift to Distance Learning, Monday, January 4, 2021 through January 22, 2021, and will resume hybrid instruction on January 25, 2021. (Cloud Campus and Early College High School will remain in their current schedules.)
  • Elementary schools will continue with the current hybrid instructional schedule.
  • All in-person student activities will be temporarily suspended districtwide for athletics, arts and extracurricular programs from the start of winter break through January 22, 2021.

Critical factors and considerations for this shift:

  • Significant increase of COVID-19 cases throughout the state, Orange County and our local community has impacted our District and workforce, severely limiting our ability to find appropriate substitute employees who provide critical services. 
  • The Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) and other experts have warned that another surge of positive cases is expected immediately following the winter break and holiday season at a time when Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity is nearly depleted in the Southern California region. 
  • Eliminate student-staff and student-student contact at our largest schools who serve our older students. 
  • Maintain in-person instruction for students in our elementary schools within the current hybrid learning model due to the significant benefits to our younger students.

Keep in mind that regardless of the county COVID-19 data or the regional stay at home order, NMUSD schools would be able to reopen for in-person instruction after this temporary shift to Distance Learning.

We are appreciative of your understanding and recognize the impact any change has on families. This is the most challenging period of the pandemic and we will continue to prioritize the safety of students and staff as our most important guiding principle in our decisions and actions.