As of Thursday, July 23, local authorities have indicated that Santa Cruz County meets the criteria to be on California’s COVID-19 watch list. In order to comply with the state mandate prohibiting schools in listed counties – including public, charter, and private – to open for on-site learning, MVC will begin the 2020-2021 school year providing remote learning for all students according to our Level 4 Operating Modality.
MVC developed the following plan in concert with the Reopening Framework for Schools in Santa Cruz County released by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and the Santa Cruz County Office of Public Health on July 20, 2020. The framework incorporates recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, California Department of Public Health, California Department of Education, California Education Code, and other sources. MVC’s plans are subject to change, including but not limited to those necessary to remain in compliance with any future county and/or state protocols.
Open for good.
Remote Learning vs. Blended Learning
While Santa Cruz County is on California’s COVID-19 county watch list, the state mandates that we offer remote learning only. Once Santa Cruz County is officially removed from the list, MVC’s goal will be to reopen for blended learning in a Level 3 Operating Modality after the required 14 days have passed. Updates concerning this status will be posted on MVC’s Open for Good blog.
In blended learning, you attend class together following the school bell schedule, with some of you choosing to attend class online from home and some of you choosing to be on campus in the classroom. This applies in MVC’s Level 2 and Level 3 Operating Modalities.
Where’s the Health Station and what’s new about it?
MVC’s Health Station has been relocated to Price Hall (accessible through the garden courtyard adjacent to the flagpole) and expanded to include 3 separate care rooms.The renovated space can simultaneously care for up to three students in need of separate evaluation due to COVID-19 symptoms at any given time. No visitors will be allowed.
In Blended Learning/Levels 2 & 3
What happens when I get to school each day?
Parents screen students at home before leaving for school by taking their temperature and monitoring for signs of illness, and a second temperature/symptom check is conducted as students either enter campus (via Gate 4 or 5) or before they board the school bus (by trained staff and/or parent volunteers on duty at bus stops beginning 10 minutes in advance of pickup) using a touchless thermometer. Students will be asked if they or anyone in their household have experienced COVID-19 symptoms* within the last 24 hours.
*COVID-19 symptoms are defined as fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and/or sudden inability to taste or smell.
When local authorities deem it safe, MVC is:
Physically prepared to be Open for Good:
- If a student or employee is diagnosed with COVID-19:
- The Santa Cruz County Office of Public Health will conduct contact tracing to identify anyone who was in close contact with the diagnosed person. Those who spend more than 15 minutes with a person who is a confirmed case, spend time at closer than a 6’ distance, or are around them without a face covering must quarantine at home for 14 days after the last known contact with the diagnosed individual. Testing is highly recommended.
Socially & Emotionally prepared to be Open for Good:
In lieu of large venue chapels, Core Groups of no more than 12 students and one adult will meet periodically for personal connection and support.
Students’ mental and spiritual well-being is vital to flourishing. All will be encouraged to reach out for any additional support from members of the Student Care Team (Licensed Counselor, Spiritual Life Director, Dean of Students, etc.), their guidance counselors, and/or any other MVC employee.