Coronavirus Updates and Information
Superintendent Update 3/3/22
Dear Parents and Guardians,
On February 28th, Governor Newsom announced that the current requirement for face coverings in schools will end at 12:59 PM on Friday, March 11th. The requirement for indoor face coverings in schools will change from "required" to "strongly recommended" on March 12th. The California Department of Public Health released new Guidelines on Face Coverings that explain the shift from required to strongly recommended.
Following the California Department of Public Health’s release of new indoor face covering guidance, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an Executive Order that updates the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) to align with the California Department of Public Health’s indoor face covering guidance. View the Governor’s press release here.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is the State Regulatory Agency for schools in California, and we are required to follow their regulations. The new CDPH Guidelines are in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control Guidelines that were released on February 25th. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is a Federal Regulatory Agency.
The Magnolia School District will continue to follow CDPH Guidelines. Starting on Monday, March 14th, face coverings will no longer be required in our schools, but they will be strongly recommended. Face coverings will be available upon request for all students and staff. Daily health screenings and temperature taking will continue and free COVID-19 testing will continue on the same schedule for all schools and the District Office.
As you are aware, the COVID-19 case rates have dropped dramatically. Information on case rates can be found on our website.
Please understand that the change in the face covering requirements is based on current COVID-19 case rates and could change at any time. We ask that our students, families and staff members continue to implement our COVID-19 Safety Protocols including frequent hand washing, daily health screening and staying home when sick.
We look forward to a successful remainder of the school year.
Frank Donavan, Ed.D.
CDPH Guidelines on Face Coverings 2/28/22
Governor Newsom's Executive Order 2/28/22
Governor Newsom's Press Release 2/28/22
CDC Update 2/25/22
OC Health Care Agency - Guidance for the Use of Face Masks 2/10/22
California Department of Public Health Guidance Update 1/8/22
OC Health Officer's Orders Recommendations 1/14/22
The OC Health Care Agency issued an updated health order on Friday, January 14, 2022 reflecting recent changes to the state’s guidance for quarantines, isolation and contact tracing at schools.
County of Orange Health Officer's Orders and Strong Recommendations 12/31/21
Letter from State Superintendent, Tony Thurmond
Letter from August 27, 2021 about what families need to know about the COVID-19 Vaccine.
Superintendent Update 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.
Superintendent Update 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.