Coronavirus Updates and Information
Letter from State Superintendent, Tony Thurmond
Letter from August 27, 2021 about what families need to know about the COVID-19 Vaccine.
Superintendent Update #14 8/17/21
The challenges we have all faced during the Pandemic have been without precedent; however, we have adjusted and adapted as necessary to successfully meet those challenges.
We look forward to welcoming our students and staff back to the 2021-22 school year. All of our schools will return to regular, full-day schedules for in-person learning on August 30th.
We have taken great strides to ensure that our schools are safe and clean. Students will have their temperatures taken when they arrive at school or board our busses. Staff go through a health screening each morning before they arrive. All of our classrooms and workspaces have HEPA air purifiers, and all of our air conditioning units have been upgraded with MERV 13 air filters. All classrooms, restrooms and work areas will be sanitized regularly, and water bottle filling stations are in place at all of our schools. Hand sanitizers are located in all of our classrooms and multiple locations at all of our schools. We ask that all students bring their own water bottles, but we also have water bottles available for all students. Comprehensive information on our safety protocols can be found in our COVID-19 Safety Plan.
On August 2nd, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools that requires all students and staff to wear face coverings while at school. The Orange County Health Care Agency and the Orange County Department of Education developed a Joint Statement to inform all school districts in Orange County that they must follow the CDPH requirements. On August 11th, a State Public Health Officer Order was issued that mandates vaccinations or weekly testing for all school employees by October 15, 2021.
We continue to offer COVID-19 testing for all of our students and staff, and we can provide all of our families with information regarding where they can go to get vaccinated or tested.
Another change that has occurred is our ability to offer Virtual Learning. School districts were permitted to offer Virtual Learning through an Executive Order issued by the Governor last year. That Executive Order expired on June 30, 2021. Last month a bill was passed, AB 130, that requires school districts to provide Independent Study that can have a Virtual Learning component. We will be holding informational meetings on our Independent Study Program very soon. Additional information about our Independent Study Program is available on our website.
We have greatly increased our ability to address the Social-Emotional and Mental Health of our students and staff. We have added additional Counselors and we have contracted with private providers such as Care Solace to ensure that our students and staff get the support they need during this challenging time.
As we begin our 127th year of educating students in the Magnolia School District, we look forward to a productive and successful school year. We will continue to work together to inspire all students to extraordinary achievement every day.
Frank Donavan, Ed.D.
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Superintendent Update #13, 7/27/21
While the Pandemic changed the way we educate children in the Magnolia School District, it did not change our focus on high expectations, rigorous academics and the importance of social-emotional learning. When we transitioned from virtual learning to our hybrid model last April, students and staff were very happy to return to school. We added additional custodial, health, counseling, food services and instructional support to ensure our schools are safe and the needs of our students and staff are met.
This summer we have provided a comprehensive program that has run for the past five weeks. Once again we partnered with the YMCA, and added the Boys and Girls Club to make sure we had many options for our students and their families. Students continued to study their core academic subjects as well as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, with additional options in physical education, sports and other group activities. Meals have been provided to all students and transportation was provided as needed.
When students return to school in the fall they will be back to full-day, pre-pandemic schedules. We will continue to have additional staff including counselors to address the social-emotional needs of our students and staff. We will also have after-school options at all of our schools to provide additional academic support and help with homework. All of our classrooms and work spaces will continue to have air purifiers with HEPA filters and regular sanitation of our campuses will continue. All students will continue to be assigned their own individual Chromebook.
We are so proud of our students and staff for their perseverance and resilience over the past year and a half. We are looking forward to a new beginning with the start of the 2021-22 school year. We will continue to inspire all students to extraordinary achievement every day!
Frank Donavan, Ed.D.
COVID-19 OPERATIONS WRITTEN REPORT
CHOC's COVID19 Telephone Advice Line
Due to coronavirus (COVID 19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when school is closed.