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Options for Reopening Schools in Monterey County
North Monterey County Unified School District is doing a full distance learning model for instruction and will provide targeted, specialized support and services to priority students following a small stable cohort model. This includes supervised school age child care for identified students. At this time, the District is monitoring the local epidemiological data and other guidance provided by the CA Department of Public Health and the CA Department of Education as it pertains to the reopening of schools and/or requesting an elementary waiver. Please see attached flyer provided by the Monterey County Office of Education.
What is a hybrid model? It's a rotation of having a cohort of students from each classroom (usually between 10-15 students) on campus for designated day(s) of the week, while continuing to provide distance learning on the other days. We will limit the number of students on campuses each day as we need to maintain social and physical distancing on our campuses and also ensure we can avoid mixing of cohorts, whenever possible.
When will this option begin? Schools are currently calling families to find out if they are interested in having their student(s) on campus, beginning in April. We have and will continue to maintain stable cohorts of students on campuses for school-age childcare and targeted instructional services/supports.
- Elementary schools will begin with TK-2 grades the week of April 6 and then 3-6 grades the week of April 12.
- Middle school will continue with identified students the week of April 6 and then subsequent weeks add the remainder of priority students in both 7th/8th grade, then all additional 7th graders.
- High school will continue with identified students the week of April 6 and then subsequent weeks add the remainder of priority students in grades 9-12, then all additional students in identified grade levels.
- Central Bay Continuation High School will continue with priority students and expand to offer all students in-person in April.
- NMC Center for Independent Studies K-12 school continues to meet individually with students.
How do I find out more information about reopening schools and inform my child's school of my preference? As we did last summer, our school personnel will be calling each family over the next week to ask if you would like your child(ren) to attend school on campus, which day(s) of the week offered is preferred, and when can you drop off/pick up your child as transportation is very limited due to physical distancing requirements. There is an approved Reopening Plan posted on our website that provides specific information. Since June 2020, every regular school board meeting held twice a month has had a Reopening Update presentation, the March 11 presentation is linked here Spanish. Board agenda, minutes and attachments are available on our website link here. Each school principal has communications posted on their school website, that include video messages and information regarding their school's Reopening to Hybrid/In-person timeline. We also encourage you to download our app and follow us on our Facebook page.