Open for Good
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.
- MVC will determine whether to move to remote learning in consultation with Santa Cruz County Office of Public Health. A variety of factors will be considered, including the scope of possible exposure and other risk factors.
- Return to MVC requires at least 72 hours passed since resolution of fever without use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms, and at least 10 days passed since symptoms first appeared. In asymptomatic cases, at least 10 days must have passed since the date of the first positive COVID-19 test.
- If a student or employee has COVID-19 symptoms:
- it is especially important to stay home and avoid in-person contact with others.
- Return to MVC requires at least 72 hours after a fever has passed without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms, and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- If a student or employee has close contact with a confirmed case (defined as being within 6’ of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes):
- Testing is highly recommended. If not possible, the individual must quarantine at home for 14 days after the last known close contact with the diagnosed person.
- If symptomatic (regardless of a positive or negative COVID-19 test), at least 72 hours must have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms, and at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared before returning to MVC.
- If asymptomatic and testing is negative, the individual should quarantine at home for 14 days after the last known contact with the diagnosed person. If asymptomatic and testing is positive, the protocol matches that of symptomatic individuals.
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.
Academically prepared to be Open for Good:
- Classrooms have been equipped with monitors and speakers uniquely designed to replicate the classroom experience remotely for students unable to attend in person.
- Choir and vocal instruction, as well as vocal cheer, will take place in outdoor spaces only.
- Physical education will include only outdoor activities that allow social distancing and do not require shared equipment.
- Contract PE arrangements will be made directly by Belmont Stables. Families who have registered for Horsemanship should expect to hear directly from Cassie Belmont before the school year begins with specific details and plans.
Artistically & Athletically prepared to be Open for Good:
- Opportunities to participate in fine arts are currently under evaluation for Level 2, 3 & 4 Operating Modalities. We hope to have more details to share in the early weeks of the school year.
- MVC will follow the recommendations set by NFHS, CIF, CCS, PCAL, and Santa Cruz County in all plans related to interscholastic athletics. We hope to offer the same programs as in the past with modifications to keep student-athletes safe.
Prepared to bus students safely to and from campus:
- Trained staff and/or parent volunteers will monitor bus stops beginning 10 minutes before scheduled pickup. They will be equipped with a touchless thermometer and proper PPE, scan each student, and direct where students must stand to maintain 6’ distance as they wait for the bus.
- Parents must do a symptom and temperature check each morning. Parents must not leave the bus stop until their student is scanned and the adult monitoring the stop has indicated (visually or vocally) that the student is cleared to board the bus.
- In the event a student does not clear the onsite health check and the parent has already left the stop, the adult monitoring the stop will contact the parent and remain at the stop with the student until the parent and/or another approved adult comes to pick the student up.
- In Level 3, buses will carry no more than 28 students at a time. Seating will be clearly marked to indicate where students may and may not sit to maximize social distancing.
- In Level 3, busing will be offered on an alternating East/West basis to allow multiple buses to pick up at certain stops. This map distinguishes which ZIP codes will have bus service on East Days vs. West Days.
- Students will load back-to-front/unload front-to-back to maintain social distancing. Siblings may sit together as long as 6’ distance is maintained from all other students.
- On-campus modifications, including but not limited to wearing of face coverings and disinfection between student uses, apply to buses.
- To better serve families utilizing the convenience of blended learning – opting to learn from home some days and on campus others – MVC is in the process of implementing a tracking system whereby students access a prepaid amount of rides and pay only for those rides they use throughout the course of the school year. Details are currently in process and will be shared as soon as possible.