Dear Parents and Students,
We have some exciting updates. With Santa Cruz County’s move yesterday from purple (“widespread”) to red (“substantial”) in California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy comes the opportunity for MVC to reopen for in-person learning beginning Tuesday, September 22. Though our county may revert to the purple category on that date or at any point thereafter, we’ve been informed that schools that have already reopened would be permitted to remain open apart from school-specific health-related situations. Our current plans are based on this information, recognizing that government guidelines do change and that we must stay flexible as needed.
As indicated in MVC’s Open For Good plan shared in July, reopening means we will move to a Level 3, in accordance with government-issued guidelines. Level 3 includes, among other considerations:
- Blended learning, where students attend class together following the school bell schedule, with some choosing to attend class online from home and some choosing to be on campus in the classroom (an option available to 50% of students each day);
- Health and safety precautions designed to protect students, such as mask-wearing and physical distancing;
- Protocols in place should a case of COVID-19 occur.
Yesterday’s survey results made it clear that the vast majority of MVC families desire to safely learn in-person when possible. Our move to Level 3 does not make in-person learning mandatory, however. Each family gets to choose for themselves.
News such as this prompts many questions. A quick review of MVC’s Open For Good plan is a great place to start. Look for more details to come, however, regarding:
- Schedule revisions for the next two weeks as we prepare, both new and returning students, for success;
- Specifics regarding who has the option to learn in-person on which days;
- Cafe/food service;
- How-to’s related to health and safety protocols.
The MVC team has been eagerly preparing for this day for months. A site visit from our county’s Office of Education several weeks ago confirmed that we do, indeed, have the plans in place to welcome students back to campus with health, safety, and care.
Ultimately, we recognize that all good things come from our Father in Heaven. God has guided our school for 94 years; we trust He will continue to direct our path and empower learners to achieve their highest potential here in our midst.
Dr. Mitchell Salerno