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Metropolitan Education District Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 18, 2020 by Alyssa Lynch 0 comments

How long will our schools in MetroED be closed?

At this point in time, we will be closed from March 16 – April 3. Our spring break has been moved to the week of April 6. The District is monitoring information and coordinating with the Santa Clara County Office of Education and all other school districts in the County of Santa Clara and is following the Orders of local and state health authorities. Currently, all schools are scheduled to open April 13, 2020.

Is there a possibility that schools would remain closed longer than April 13?

Yes. We will follow the guidelines of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department in conjunction with the Santa Clara County Office of Education and all 31 school districts in Santa Clara County. All school districts in Santa Clara County have pledged to work together on school closures and the reopening of schools.

 

How will the closures impact the school year? Will we have to make up lost days at the end of the school?

No. The Governor’s Executive Order N-26-20 allows school districts to continue to receive uninterrupted funding from the state and the closures will not impact the 175-day requirement of the instructional calendar if the District’s Superintendent certifies that the closure occurred to address COVID-19. Our school year will end on June 4, 2020.

Will the closures impact the total credits earned for my spring coursework?

No. The second semester will be shortened. You will earn all the credits that you are enrolled in if you pass all your classes. (i.e., if you are enrolled in six classes and you pass all six classes, you will earn 30 credits)

Will my transcript be impacted in any way?

No. Your transcript will not be affected in any way. It will show all courses taken this semester and full credits earned with each course that has been passed.

 

How do we continue to provide access to learning for ALL students?

Although we are not allowing new assignments that will be graded while schools are closed, teachers should be providing online support with resources, lectures, YouTube videos, etc., to help with your studies.

 

What can I do if I do not have access to a computing device?

Students can contact Alecia Myers-Kelley amkelley@metroed.net or Marleen Dinis mdinis@metroed.net to request the use of a Chromebook. Students should send an email to the two names listed above with the request and provide the following information: Student Name - Student ID# - Expected Graduation Year - Your principal will follow up with a time to pick up the Chromebook.

Understand that this is a loan of a Chromebook that you will return when we return to school to the principal you borrowed it from.

 

What can I do if I do not have internet access at home? If you do not have a cell phone with a data plan and you cannot use an existing network, a good option might be Spectrum/Charter, which offers free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. To enroll call 1-844-488- 8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

 

Please find clarification and new information that you will find helpful to understanding new terms and what is taking place during this time.

Here's what shelter in place means: Stay home and only leave for "essential activities" or "essential travel." The counties' health order describes the items below as essential travel, essential activities:

  • Tasks essential to your family's health and safety, including your pets
  • Getting necessary services and supplies, including groceries, prescriptions
  • Delivering such goods to family members or other
  • Going to appointments or obtaining services at any healthcare facility, including veterinary care (but not gyms)
  • Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons. Including pets
  • Travel to educational institutions to receive materials for distance learning or meals and other related services
  • Travel related to providing or accessing services exempted in the order

Note, it is OK and healthy to go outside to engage in outdoor activities like walking or running, as long as you and your family can avoid coming into close contact with others.

Other important points:

  • All gatherings of any number are prohibited except as needed to carry out essential activities, maintain operation of essential businesses, or for essential governmental functions.
  • All first responders, law enforcement personnel and those performing essential governmental functions are exempt from the Order.
  • This Order does not apply to the operations of federal and state agencies, including airports.
  • Public transit remains open to allow people to engage in "essential travel."
  • Each local governmental entity shall identify which employees are needed to continue providing essential governmental functions.

 

Exemptions in the Health Order

Essential businesses include:

  • Healthcare operations  
  • Grocery stores (including stores like Target that sell both grocery and non-grocery items)
  • Pharmacies and healthcare supply stores
  • Gas stations, auto supply and repair
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Hardware stores, plumbers, electricians, exterminators and other services to maintain safety and sanitation and essential operations of homes and businesses
  • Educational institutions for purposes of facilitating distance learning
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners
  • Restaurants and prepared food facilities, but only for delivery or carry out (no table service)
  • Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers for essential activities

Businesses that supply other businesses providing products or services exempted in the Health Order

  • Shipping and mailing services including PO boxes
  • Businesses that deliver goods and services directly to residences
  • Childcare facilities to enable employees exempted in the Order to work
  • Home-based care and residential facilities for seniors, adults, children
  • Essential governmental functions and essential infrastructure
  • Newspapers, TV, and other media
Alyssa Lynch

This article was written by Alyssa Lynch, Superintendent at Metropolitan Education District, which operates Silicon Valley Career Technical Education and Silicon Valley Adult Education. She has been a critical voice for Career Technical Education for 25 years.