CVUSD NPHS Safety and Opening Plan
As many of you are aware of the county, state, and country continue to experience a surge in the COVID-19 virus. We all need to do our part and stay smart and healthy each and every day. I am sure some of you have questions related to the county potentially going back into the purple tier and what impact that has on schools. Here are some answers to some of those questions.
Q: Will schools that have reopened be forced to close when/if the county moves into the purple tier?
No. Schools and districts that have already reopened would be permitted to continue with in-person instruction according to state and local regulations. However, individual schools that have not yet reopened would need to wait until the County moves back to the less restrictive red tier and stays there for 14 days. (Source: VCOE)
Q. Will a move back to the purple tier impact in-person learning at CVUSD Elementary Schools?
No. All CVUSD elementary schools reopened for in-person instruction on Monday, November 9, 2020 and will continue to hold in-person instruction for Blended Learning students in their assigned cohorts.
Q. Will a move back to the purple tier impact in-person learning at CVUSD Middle Schools, Century Academy or Conejo Valley High School?
No. All CVUSD middle schools, Century Academy and Conejo Valley High School are scheduled to reopen on Monday, November 16th. This reopen date is before the projected timeline of when Ventura County may move back to the purple tier. CVUSD Middle Schools, Century Academy and Conejo Valley High School will hold in-person instruction for Blended Learning students in their assigned cohorts beginning on Monday, November 16th.
Q. Will a move back to the purple tier impact in-person learning at CVUSD’s comprehensive high schools (Newbury Park High, Thousand Oaks High & Westlake High)?
No. The week of Monday, November 9, 2020 - CVUSD’s three comprehensive high schools welcomed students back to campus for in-person instruction for more than 45 Combination Pilot Classes. These classes are part of the District’s phased in approach to bringing all grade 9-12 students back to campus on January 19, 2021. In-person learning for these Combination Pilot Classes will continue, and with adherence to the health and safety guidance from state and county health officials, the District plans for full campus reopenings to take place at all CVUSD comprehensive high schools on January 19th.
Q. What are the criteria for closing a school?
Individual school closure is recommended based on the number of cases, the percentage of the teacher/students/staff that are positive for COVID-19, and following consultation with the Local Health Officer. Individual school closure may be appropriate when there are multiple cases in multiple cohorts at a school or when at least 5 percent of the total number of teachers/student/staff are cases within a 14-day period, depending on the size and physical layout of the school.
The Local Health Officer may also determine school closure is warranted for other reasons, including results from public health investigation or other local epidemiological data. (Source: CDPH)
Q. If a school is closed for in-person learning, when may it reopen?
Schools may typically reopen after 14 days and the following have occurred:
· Cleaning and disinfection
· Public health investigation
· Consultation with the local public health department
Q. What are the criteria for closing a school district?
A superintendent should close a school district if 25% or more of schools in a district have closed due to COVID-19 within 14 days, and in consultation with the local public health department. (Source: CDPH)
Q. If a school district is closed, when may it reopen?
Districts may typically reopen after 14 days, in consultation with the local public health department. (Source: CDPH)
Q: How can the CVUSD community stay informed about COVID-19 cases on CVUSD’s campuses?
In an effort to provide accurate and up-to-date information related to COVID-19 in our schools, a dashboard was created that states the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases by school and District site. The number listed includes staff and/or students within the past 14-day period. This information is updated regularly and as cases are confirmed.