K-8th NEWSLETTER – November 30, 2020
County of Santa Clara Public Health Department Announces Revisions to the Health Officer’s Mandatory Directives Amid Steeply Rising Cases and Hospitalizations
November 28, 2020
Changes Are Designed to Slow Increasing Hospitalizations and Ensure Adequate Hospital Capacity for the Community
The changes include requiring that certain sectors modify their operations to increase safety, reducing the number of persons allowed inside facilities at any one time, and reducing the size of outdoor gatherings. Further, certain higher risk activities will be prohibited. The Health Officer is also issuing a Mandatory Directive on Travel, which strongly discourages leisure and non-essential travel, and requires persons entering the county to quarantine for 14 days upon return from the travel of more than 150 miles.
These revised and new Mandatory Directives took effect on Monday, November 30, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. and will remain in effect until at least December 21, 2020, at 5:00 a.m. unless they are extended.
Below are key changes being made to the Mandatory Directives:
Leisure and non-essential travel are strongly discouraged, and a new Mandatory Directive on Travel will require people to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the County from the travel of more than 150 miles. Healthcare workers traveling into the county to provide care or patients traveling into the county to obtain treatment will be exempted from this requirement.
Capacity Limits for Indoor Facilities Open to the Public:
Stores and other facilities open to the public will be limited to 10% capacity indoors. Grocery stores, drug stores, and pharmacies, however, will be allowed to operate at 25% capacity indoors to ensure adequate access to food and medicine. All facilities open to the public must establish a “metering system” to ensure that the applicable capacity limits are not exceed by, for example, posting an employee at the facility entrance to track the number of people entering and exiting.
Gatherings continue to be allowed only outdoors, with a maximum of 100 people. The State limits such gatherings to First Amendment protected activities, such as religious services or protests.
Professional, Collegiate, and Youth Sports:
All recreational activities that involve physical contact or close proximity to persons outside one’s household, including all contact sports, will be temporarily prohibited. People can continue to engage in outdoor athletics and recreation where social distancing can be maintained at all times.
With the rise in numbers of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of our school community, the only way that we can continue to remain open and able to reopen our middle school program, is paramount that we take responsibility to protect and keep each other safe and healthy for the upcoming new semester. Even with the release of a vaccination; we need to be diligent in continuing to do the following guidelines:
1. STAY HOME FOR THE HOLIDAY- traveling to another county will increase the risk of a spread at our school.
2. AVOID GATHERING – We understand you miss your friends and family, but avoiding gathering is very important in keeping the spread from happening. Testing does not mean you can gather. You may be negative on the day of testing, but if you socialize afterward, you can become positive. Testing is a proactive approach as long as you do not gather after taking the test.
3. SOCIAL DISTANCE AND WEAR YOUR MASK – Even with the vaccination, you will still need to maintain your 6-feet distance and wear a mask.
4. TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTY MORE THATN 150 MILES, QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS – IT’S THE NEW DIRECTIVES. – Health surveys are monitored daily. You are required to let us know so we can collaborate with you on ensuring that the students will get all the necessary school materials for at-home learning.
WITH THE START OF THE NEW SEMESTER AND TO MAINTAIN THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR SCHOOL, WE WILL NOT ALLOW ANY STUDENTS TO START ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 5 IF THEY HAVE TRAVELLED DURING THE WINTER BREAK. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO SELF-QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS IF YOU PLAN TO TRAVEL. PLEASE LET US KNOW SO WE CAN MAKE CHANGES TO THE STUDENT’S START DATE FOR THE SECOND SEMESTER IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING.
The Winter Break holiday is coming soon, at the end of the year. Since regular school will not be in session during the break, we will offer in-service care for students who are enrolled in the “All-Day” program. Please note the below:
• Monday, December 21 – Wednesday, December 23
• Monday, January 4, 2021
Please register for Winter Break in-service care by clicking on our school website. The last day to register is Friday, December 11. Should you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. School Changes: Any changes to the student’s schooling will require a 30-day written notice to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. School Records Transfer: If you need your school record transfer for high school applications or any other reasons, we will require a 48-hour notice. Records transfer cannot be done within 24-hour notice. Please email all requests to Ms. Megan McMahon at email@example.com.
3. Monticello Academy COVID-19 School Reopening Plans: If you have any questions about our reopening plans, it will be posted on the school website. Please review our plans if you have any questions.
5. REPORTING ATTENDANCE: If the student is out sick for the day, please make sure you email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 408-615-9416 x100 and leave us a message. When reporting student’s illness, we require that you provide us with the following information:
a. Why is the student absent?
b. What are the symptoms of illness? If they are any one of the COVID-19 symptoms, get the student tested, and stay home. Please note that the symptoms are new and not ordinary symptoms, such as allergies or asthma. Runny nose and congestion are not symptoms of COVID-19.
c. Hasthe student been close to anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 2 weeks?
Digital Citizenship & Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Parent Workshop – Screen Time, Social Media, and Learning with Technology
Digital Citizenship teaches students how to be safe and use technology in a responsible, respectful, and safe manner. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) provides a safe and positive learning experience and enhances students’ ability to succeed in school, careers, and life.
As part of our ongoing effort to instill these Digital Citizenship Guidelines and making the best out of distance/hybrid learning with our students, we also would like to extend an invitation to our Monticello Parents. We hope that we can help every member of the Monticello Academy family learn more about how we can work together to build these essential skills in using digital media safely and productively, creating balance for digital media use outside of school as well.
As the holiday is around the corner, digital media is a great tool that allows us to connect, communicate, learn, and grow; it also could lead to pitfalls for overusing during the holiday seasons.
With limited numbers of attendees on Zoom, please ONLY have ONE household per registration. To register, please click on this link – https://forms.gle/z1PPojHDyRcbbysg6. The last day to register is Tuesday, Dec 15th by 5:00 PM.
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Time: 4:00PM – 5:30PM
Presenters: Mrs. Kelly Green & Ms. Ling Lam