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3-Level Plan for Re-opening Schools Approved
Posted 7/15/20

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On July 14, 2020 the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education approved a 3-Level Plan for Re-opening the 2020-21 school year. The Board previously approved a Parent Choice - Virtual Learning 100% option for the 2020-2021 school year. 

3-Level Plan for Re-opening Schools - English and Spanish 

3-Level Plan for Re-opening Schools for the 2020-21 School Year

The District will be prepared to shift between the following learning models throughout the school year. The District will determine the level for all students, based on state, county and local health department guidance, orders and/or local conditions at the time. Alternatively, parents have the choice of a 100% Virtual Learning School option instead.

Level 1 -100%  In-person 

Used if the State of California moves to Stage 4 and Orange County and local conditions support instruction without the need for social distancing.

Level 2 - Elementary (TK-6) - Full Day “Max 16” Model* 

  • Students on campus all day (except Wednesdays)
  • In-person classroom instruction up to maximum capacity (16)* with social distancing - half day (morning or afternoon)
  • On-campus extended learning - half day (morning or afternoon); with parent opt-out option
  • Wednesdays - half day morning - all students/half day afternoon - teacher professional development 
  • Inclement weather/air quality day - In-person classroom - half day only. No on-campus extended learning offered
  • Students receiving Special Education (Special Day Classes) services will be full days except Wednesday half day
    *Maximum capacity may vary slightly due to classroom size. 

Secondary (7-12) - To be determined

While district staff was prepared to present the Level 2 instructional model for secondary students, it is being revised and anticipated to be presented to the Board of Education at a special board meeting tentatively set for Tuesday, July 21. Being a special meeting (not regularly scheduled) an agenda for this meeting will be posted on the District Agenda Webpage at least one day prior to the meeting.

School bus transportation will be limited for elementary and secondary schools. Available space will prioritize students with special needs. Other criteria for limited space will be determined by need and distance. Face coverings will be required for all passengers. 

Level 3 - 100% Distance Learning  

Used if a Stay-at-Home order is issued by state, county or local health officials, or as necessitated by local health conditions. 

NMUSD will prepare for all three levels and confirmation of the level for the start of the school year will be determined approximately two weeks prior to the first day of the school on August 24 (August 12 for Early College High School). Reopening will be based on state, county and local health department guidance and/or orders and local conditions at the time. 

Parents/guardians will be provided with additional information on the approved models above and the parent Choice Virtual Learning option.  

100% Virtual Learning Option 

Within the next week or two, all parents will receive an Intent to Participate notice to indicate their preference to have their student in the parent Choice Virtual Learning 100% or the 3-level plan described above. This information is critical for district staff and principals to prepare schedules and staffing for the start of the school year.  

Further details of reopening guidelines will be provided throughout the summer and at the August 4, 2020 Board Meeting. For the latest information, please visit the 2020-2021 School Reopening Webpage

Russell Lee-Sung
Deputy Superintendent
Newport-Mesa Unified School District