As of Wednesday, February 24, 2021, the District was made aware that the plans submitted were approved and because Monterey County's metric remained below the 25 per 100K cases, however still in the purple tier, the District was eligible to consider reopening the elementary level.
NMCUSD's COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist that was submitted indicated the first phase is to expand our in-person instruction and related services to our vulnerable students (homeless/foster youth, special education, English learners, chronic absent students, etc.) in stable cohorts in grades TK-12 during the month of February and March. The second phase would be to offer in-person instruction in a Hybrid model (T/W or Th/F) by grade span beginning with our TK/K students, then 1st-3rd, then 4th-6th grades. These timelines would be dependent upon the local metrics, any identified COVID-19 cases impacting our employees and/or students on campuses and the ability for our employees to have their first COVID-19 vaccine.
The NMCUSD Board of Education has a standing item for Reopening Updates at each of the regularly scheduled board meetings. New information, guidance and timelines for Reopening Schools for in-person/hybrid instruction by grade span will be discussed tonight at the February 25 regular meeting. It is anticipated that the Board will approve a more specific timeline for reopening the elementary grade spans at the March 11 regular meeting.