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2021-22 School Year Questions & Answers

 

The first day of school for all NVUSD students is on Wednesday, August 18. After over a year of virtual and hybrid learning, we are pleased to announce that students will return to full-time, in-person education. 

Given the ongoing COVID pandemic, we still need to abide by COVID requirements mandated by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH.) The following Q&A document provides the most updated information that we have available. Please continue to check back regularly or call your child’s school directly with any questions. We look forward to welcoming everyone back on August 18!

 

Will masks be required? 
Yes, per CDPH guidelines for schools, all students and staff must wear a face-covering regardless of vaccination status. Masks are required indoors during the entire school day except when eating or drinking. Persons exempted from wearing a face-covering due to a medical condition must wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge. Wearing masks when outdoors is optional.

Will there be social distancing in classrooms?
No, the social distancing requirement was lifted statewide on June 15 statewide. 

Are there any limits on classroom sizes?
Classroom limits align with state guidelines and our labor contracts and will be similar to pre-Covid class sizes. 

Will proof of vaccination be required for students who are eligible to receive one?
No, the district will not require proof of vaccination for eligible students.

Will classrooms be sanitized daily? 
Yes, custodial staff will follow cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting procedures once per day.

Are the on-campus sanitization stations available on campus? 
There will be hand sanitizer stations in classrooms and outdoors throughout each campus.

Are parents or outside visitors allowed on campus? 
School sites will be limiting visitors to campuses; please call the office before arriving in person at a school site. 

Will we be using the daily health screener? 
No. All parents/guardians should follow the Home-Based Health Screening daily ENGLISH and SPANISH.

If a student is exposed to a positive case - what is the protocol? 
The protocols depend on the vaccinated status of the student and whether or not the parties were masked during close contact - please read below carefully:

  1. If the exposed student is vaccinated AND asymptomatic, then the student does not need to quarantine. 
  2. If the student with a positive case and the exposed student are not vaccinated but were masked during exposure then the exposed student may continue to attend school if they are asymptomatic, continue to mask, get tested twice a week,  and quarantine from extracurricular activities, including sports. 
  3. If the exposure to a positive case occurs, the exposed person is unvaccinated, and one or both were unmasked during close contact, then the exposed student must quarantine for 10 days or quarantine for 7 days with a negative test (after day 5 from latest exposure), monitor symptoms for 14 days, quarantine from extracurricular, including sports.

What is the protocol if my student has any COVID-19 symptoms or is sent home from school with symptoms?

Per CDPH guidelines, the student must stay home until:

  • 24 have passed since fever resolution (without the use of fever-reducing medications); AND
  • Other symptoms have improved; AND 
  • *10 days have passed since symptom onset.

The 10-Day period can be shortened with a negative COVID-19 test or medical documentation that symptoms are not COVID-related.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 and is symptomatic, how long do they need to stay out of school? 
Students with a positive COVID-19 test who are symptomatic need to be isolated for at least 10 days from symptom onset and at least 24 hours from fever resolution and all other symptoms have improved. 

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 but does not exhibit any symptoms, how long do they need to stay out of school? 
Students with a positive COVID-19 test who are asymptomatic need to isolate for at least 10 days.

Where can students, staff, and families find mental health support?

NVUSD students, staff members, and their families can use Care Solace to quickly find verified mental health, behavioral health, and substance use treatment options matched to their needs, regardless of circumstances. Care Solace’s team is available 24/7/365 and can support you in any language.

If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:

  •  Call 888-515-0595 available 24/7/365
  • Visit Caresolace.com/nvusd and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

 

What is the daily schedule for school?
All students will be attending school full-time. Please check your schools’ calendar and future communications for exact daily schedules. Please check the bell schedule at your students’ schools for actual start and end times, and keep in mind the first three days of school (August 18-20) are early release days.

Will NVUSD food service provide lunch? 
This year, there will be no charge for breakfasts and lunches for all students at all sites. NVUSD/NOSH Food Services plans to serve food inside the cafeteria at all locations. Additionally, at middle and high schools, mobile food carts will be available.

Will aftercare be provided at elementary sites? 
NVUSD partners with the Napa County Office of Education to provide high-quality expanded learning programming for grades K-8.  COOL School (elementary) and ACE (middle) programs will be available to NVUSD students beginning the first day of school. COOL School is available at Phillips, Shearer, and Snow Elementary Schools. ACE is offered at Harvest, Redwood, River, and Silverado Middle Schools. In addition, NCOE partners with the Boys and Girls Club to provide after-school programs at the following sites: Bel Aire, McPherson, Napa Junction, Napa Valley Language Academy, Pueblo Vista, and Willow Elementary Schools.

For more information visit napacoe.org/cool-school-napa/ or napacoe.org/ace-napa-valley/

Additionally, NVUSD childcare will be provided at specific sites. 

Will transportation be available? 
Yes, transportation will be available at pre-covid service levels. However, all personnel and students riding on a bus will be required to wear a face covering.

Will there be a virtual option for enrollment? 
Distance learning as presented last year will not exist. The alternative to in-person learning is to enroll in Napa Valley Independent Studies, we will have a Zoom webinar session on August 4th at 7 pm.

What steps must parents take in order to enroll students in a virtual option?

  • Families will need to apply through School Mint for a transfer to Napa Valley Independent Studies.
  • Grades 1-12 will complete an intradistrict transfer 
  • New K will complete school registration into a school of residence and then immediately complete an intradistrict transfer - transfers will be reviewed and changed very quickly without impact to a resident school.

     

Will there be a virtual option for enrollment? 
Distance learning as presented last year will not exist. The alternative to in-person learning is to enroll in Napa Valley Independent Studies, we will have a Zoom webinar session on August 4th at 7 pm.

What steps must parents take in order to enroll students in a virtual option?

  • Families will need to apply through School Mint for a transfer to Napa Valley Independent Studies.
  • Grades 1-12 will complete an intradistrict transfer 
  • New K will complete school registration into a school of residence and then immediately complete an intradistrict transfer - transfers will be reviewed and changed very quickly without impact to a resident school.

Can my child attend Independent Study for the classes they need for graduation and their regular secondary school for electives?

Students can attend comprehensive schools for elective classes. However, there does need to be space available in the class.

Can I transfer out of Independent Studies once I am enrolled? How long will it take?

Yes, students can request a transfer from NVIS. They will be placed within 5 days at a school site with availability.

Is August 11th the deadline to enroll in independent studies?

Transfer requests received by the end of the day on August 11, 2021, will be assigned a teacher in NVIS by the first day of school on August 18, 2021.  Admission requests after 8/11/2021 will be addressed as quickly as possible.

 

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