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(lively music) (lively music) – This is Sarah Koligian, your superintendent And I wanna welcome all of you to the Folsom Cordova Unified School District Virtual Town Hall meeting regarding reopening schools Tonight’s meeting is being videoed on YouTube in English and in Spanish, and we will be making a version of the recorded of the meeting tonight in closed caption I wanna thank a few people who made this come together We’re finding new ways to be creative, so I wanna thank our team from our technology department, from our communications department, and all those behind the scenes that made this come together I have a few welcome welcomes that I wanna do this evening First of all, tonight’s meeting is also posted as a special board meeting And I wanna welcome our board members that are joining us Chris Clark, David Reid, Ed Short, JoAnne Ranking, and Josh Hoover Now tonight’s meeting, being a special meeting as a Virtual Town Hall, allows our board to all be here in attendance and observing that they won’t be participating or lamenting or deliberating or taking actions I wanna make sure that that is some clarity on set as well And I also want to thank all those presenters that are going to be presenting this evening And we can go to the next slide, so you get an idea of who will be sharing some of the information tonight and then those that will be answering questions that will be coming from our public world watching the presentation on YouTube So joining me this evening, we have Curtis Wilson, Assistant Superintendent in Elementary Instruction; Kerri Kaye, Coordinator of Health Services; Kristina Richardson, our principal of our TK through 8 Charter Homeschool; Annie Conover, principal Walnutwood High School; and Elena Cabrera, Director of Categorical Programs & Grants, who is also facilitating the Spanish version of this presentation simultaneously with the sandwiched version The format of tonight’s presentation will be sharing information so our public knows what discussions have been happening around reopening schools since we’ve been given different guidance and direction that is ever-changing and evolving So about half of our time together between our two-hour time spent together will be in presentation and then the other time will be designated to allow for our public to share questions with us through some iTool called Thoughtexchange and will give us time and staff to be able to respond So at this time I’d like to introduce Shannon Terrell from Thoughtexchange, who’s gonna provide some instructions about how we can utilize Thoughtexchange Welcome, Shannon – Thank you so much, Superintendent Koligian, and I’m really pleased to be here and help be a part of this Town Hall So after all the presentations are given, all the people that are tuning in on YouTube are going to be able to have an opportunity to share their thoughts and questions for the presenters and have them answered in real time So after the presentation, I will pull this slide up again I’ll give some instructions on how to get into the Thoughtexchange and how to participate But, essentially, you’ll notice that the YouTube comments are turned off for this session and that’s because the district knows that they won’t be able to get to every single thought in question that’s posted in there So in an effort to be as responsive as possible, we’re gonna try and make sure we get to the top priorities for this group and also collect all that data, so that the district is able to do some reporting out on it after this event

So thank you so much I’ll pass it back over to you – Thank you, Shannon, I appreciate that As we look at the outcomes for tonight’s Town Hall, I do wanna preface this with a few statements School districts all over our country are in unprecedented times of grappling simultaneously with a public health pandemic and historic budget reductions We have public health guidance and government orders that are constantly changing, and yet we are still asked to be adaptable and flexible to respond to these ever-changing times now and throughout the coming year So tonight’s Town Hall is sharing with you the information that we have to date knowing that with the guidance that we get and any other governmental direction that we get We have to be nimble and be able to pivot, and we’ll continue to keep our public up to date as this happens So tonight we’ll be sharing information on the latest health and safety guidelines for returning to school We’ll share with you some of the purpose and goals from our Task Force groups We’ll talk a little bit about the different instructional models, options, and modifications for reopening schools that Folsom Cordova has been researching We want to share with our our community the different options that we have available for those students who may not be able to come back to school in whatever model in the hybrid or eventually traditional model We want you to hear from our principals of those schools about those two programs We wanna share with you more specifics of different options of what a student suite would look like in a hybrid model and then as I said, allow time for our public community to, and engage with us on a question-answer period through Thoughtexchange So with that I’m gonna introduce Kerri Kaye, again, our Coordinator of Health Services who will share the next few slides Welcome, Kerri – Hi there, thank you Welcome, everybody, and we really appreciate the level of interest that we’ve received and just the commitment that we know you all as parents have, we certainly have as educators and people who love Folsom Cordova and love our communities So where have we been and where are we going? We’ve certainly had a fair share of headlines out there that are confusing, conflicting information What we do know is that we’re still in the midst of the pandemic, we’re dealing with this new virus There’s quite a bit that is being learned about the transmission, the different strains, and how to treat it, but there is still a lot that is unknown The confirmed cases in our area are in fact on the rise and that probably has to do with the increased testing that is available And as we’re thankful to be able to gradually reopen the communities, that also puts everyone at an increased risk of exposure Thankfully though a lot of these new cases are not requiring hospitalization So when we do reopen schools in August, we know that we as a school district need to be nimble and adapt to the changing conditions that will be occurring in our communities We also know there will not be an immunization for at least 12 to 18 months We also know that masks and face coverings are a polarizing topic, and that by nature social distancing is difficult in a school setting However, our children are smart, teachable, and very resilient As we enter into planning to return to school, we know that this will take a strong parent and school partnership for success So recently, there’s been a lot of different public health information going out there Oh, next slide Thank you (chuckles) We have, what I have here is a listing of all of the different entities that have been giving guidelines and guidance for schools as they plan to reopen So public health and education have a big task in front of us And each of these agencies, as you can see on this slide, have given at different times either one single document or multiple documents with different updates So we have information from the CDC, the California Department of Public Health,

the California Department of Education, and then there’s the joint document that was created by Sacramento County Office of Education and Sacramento County Public Health We also know that when we came to the decision on March 13th to close schools, it was a very difficult decision done with a lot of thought but done in a relatively short amount of time Now as we consider reopening schools, it’s a very complicated process In addition to the different information that we’ve had from health professionals and experts, there’s also the government and all the different bills that are being introduced So we know that on Friday of this coming week there’s gonna be 40 Trailer Bills going to the governor In that, one is called AB 77, and that would have a lot of impact on the world of Education We also know that everyone: parents, caregivers, staff members need to know our plans and direction so that we can move forward But please recognize that as we make plans, they very well may need to change Next slide So if we were to look at all of those different documents, the common themes, oh, looks like we skipped one There we go There’s common themes throughout the documents, and we know that school districts need to consider what is reasonable and feasible for their staff, their students, and their families They need to work in partnership with the local, which is Sacramento County Public Health There’s the consistent theme of healthy hygiene It must happen, it must involve staff, students, and families Social distancing is certainly emphasized for the classroom, the offices, and the outdoor areas We’ll need to have regular symptom screening for students and staff and that will take place either at home and have a shared accountability or perhaps take place in school We also learned very, very recently that face coverings are now required in the state of California including schools We also know that we need to step up the cleaning, the disinfection, and the sanitization of school environments And we’re certainly lucky to have the team of custodial staff that we have who’ve been innovative even prior to a pandemic working on different ways of sanitizing schools, limiting, and maybe even making no chemical contact, whatsoever Our plans must be flexible and they may change, as I already mentioned, as we near August and as we enter the fall mats Thank you – [Sarah] This time we’ll have Curtis Wilson show the next slides Welcome, Mr. Wilson – Thank you, Dr. Koligian Absolutely wanna share a little bit of information that has been ongoing for several weeks, several months at this point We put together several task forces, actually eight of them, and they have a meeting on several topics You see the topics here which are: Personnel, School Structures and Schedules, Whole Child Supports, Academics and Instruction, Operations, Early Learning and Childcare, Communication, and Public Health and Safety We wanted to show what the makeup of each of those task forces had on them to help everybody understand the multitude of people that were helping make some decisions and really try to problem-solve for any contingency plan as we plan for, as Ms. Kaye mentioned, some of the unknown and anything that could happen or could change along the way So as you can see, each of these task forces was made up of several different members, numerous meetings We had parents on there, board members, staff members, community members And again, I won’t read all this out specifically to everybody but it is there for your information to understand who made up these meetings that we’re discussing, what we need to do in planning purposes to move on from this point Next slide please So the purpose of each of these task forces I touched on it briefly, but I do wanna go through each of them and get some highlights And, again, not gonna read all this to you but it is here for information to look back through So from a personnel’s standpoint, when we are discussing different models, there’s implications on staff, again,

looking through the lens of personnel The hybrid schedules staffing and working conditions impacts and effects, and we’ve been working hand-in-hand with both of our priority (mumbles) on this one Also discussed in the accommodations for high-risk employees and as always health and safety concerns and accommodations for all of our staffing School structures and schedules, it did exactly and discussed exactly what it states here Looking at school structures and schedules in the various contingencies that we must plan for whether we’re talking coming back traditionally, does the structure look the same, does it change, whether we’re coming back from a hybrid model, the multiple options for hybrid model and how do we structure the school day in order to make our students and staff as safe as they possibly can be Whole child support This is a large topic They’re all extremely important, but we know that this had a huge impact on our students with distance learning across the world And you can see all the old points where this group, this task force really focused on what do we need in place for our students when they return or for our families, for our community, for our staff, and really trying to put everything in place to give them as much support as possible Next slide please – Mr. Wilson before you go on, can I just make a reminder comment here? Just for the folks watching YouTube, the initial slide you saw on Thoughtexchange is not live yet but it will be live after the presentation So it’s not activating yet It will be activated after we’re done with our slides Thank you – Perfect, thank you More task force information here Academics and Instruction, we really wanted to focus on what does teaching and learning at each model look like ’cause it’s a little bit different than defining what our outcomes for students are in each of these models And then of course always planning for maximizing the outcomes for the students When we look at operations, a huge task of reimagining how our campuses and everything that goes into that operates, whether that’s cleaning schedules, whether that’s transportation, food services, technology, thinking about how students and parents enter the campus and leave the campus So all of those topics came up during all of these meetings Early Learning and Childcare This is a big one They all are, but in terms of when parents, teacher-parents, teachers come back to school where do kids go? If we’re not in school all day long, what are our options out there? So trying to define what current supervision on each of these models look like Planning for, again, maximizing student outcomes Building resources and PD for our staff support to understand what our kids need, what parents need Should we be able to come back in any one of these models and support parents support our students at the same time? And of course always looking to coordinate with the Public Health and guidance for Custodial sanitization Next slide please And I believe these are our last two task forces, communication Again, how do we communicate? And this is a perfect example of that We have a robust communication plan in our district to keep our community informed about what is happening as well as our staff members And reaching out in multiple ways to make sure that we are giving as many of our stakeholders as possible into understanding where we are in the process of the thought process here Public Health and Safety We opened this presentation basically with our coordinator of Health Services Ms. Kerri Kaye went through several of these And these are changing on a regular basis as we get more updates as we learn more about what works, what doesn’t work The state, the county are constantly giving us new updates about keeping our kids and all of our stakeholders safe Next slide please So we wanted to go through a little bit about the multiple models that you’ve been hearing about And basically when we look at schools in their traditional sense, we refer to that model as the traditional model And the only way to get to that model is with more flexible social distancing requirements and no mandates or directives, but following some guidelines When we get a little bit more requirements that are set our way from the county, from the state, from the CDC, we start to look at a hybrid blended model and that really, you can see the description there where we talked about a combination of on-campus and virtual learning And we have the ability to see students face to face When we get into distance learning, which is where we found ourselves in March,

that was due to directives such as shelter-in-place And the decision was really taken out of the hands of local education agencies and we were thrust into a distance learning month So, again, these decisions are multifaceted insurance of where does the information come from, who is mandating, directing, or giving out guidance? So while we’re planning for all three of these contingencies only one will be implemented contingent on the health directives at that time And then of course in all of these models, on the top of our mind is our families who are unable to participate in whichever plan we implement at that time based off of the recommendations, guidance, mandates that are set forth to us And we will have options available So next slide please Those options for our families who are unable to participate vary a little bit between whether your elementary, middle school, or high school For elementary, we have a couple of options One is Folsom Cordova Community Charter School, our TK-8 home school program and then also Site Based Independent Studies, which have always been available for short term typically anywhere from five, a minimum of five days set forth by Education Code and up to 20 days at the time and then reassessed at that point Middle school also has multiple options here Folsom Cordova Community Charter School, again, TK through 8 homeschooling Also Site Based Independent Study semester my semester or our Walnutwood Independent Study for seventh and eighth graders And then the high school options would be the Walnutwood Independent Study Fortunately, tonight we’re gonna go in a little bit more depth into both of these, into two of these options that are listed here One is our Folsom Cordova Community Charter School and the second one is our Walnutwood Independent Study So the principal of FCCC, Folsom Cordova Community Charters, Kristina Richardson, she will be speaking next on the slide And then after her, the principal of Walnutwood Independent Study Program Annie Conover is also here to give a little bit more information on each of their programs, about what they do, how they do it (mumbles) So I’m gonna pass this off to Kristina Richardson who’s gonna talk about her TK-8 homeschool – Thank you, Mr. Wilson To give you just a brief overview of our program, we are a TK through 8 homeschool program We are located in our primary campus in Mather and then we also have an annex located in Folsom And so we have our highly qualified and certificated teachers that serve as educational consultants, and they provide one-on-one support to both the parents and the teachers And our curriculum and our resources are provided at no charge We offer weekly workshops and campus events and field trips all at no charge, and again that’s pending our CDC guidelines And truly what I wanna say is that our teachers are partners with parents, and so they really work in tandem not only to pick out the curriculum and the resources that we’ll attend to as student’s academic progress but also to their learning styles as well And so families that choose to be with us in our program are looking for an alternative to a traditional setting and the parent is truly the primary teacher of their student Also, I wanna mention that if a student does have an active IEP, we meet as an IEP team and look to make sure that our student can adequately support the placement for that student within the special education world And our homeschooling families are meeting with their educational consultants every two weeks We put together all the curriculum and all the resources for families in that two-week cycle And then in that meeting that takes place every two weeks, for an hour, we do a little formative assessment of the student, we make sure that the work samples are there, that we can look at how academic progress is being made We can also make adjustments to curriculum at that time And so it’s truly an individualized program for every student in our programs So not one fifth graders on the same educational journey, not one kindergarteners on the same educational journey So we really look to make sure that each of our students are getting what they need academically as far as they are tailored to their progress So with the every two week meetings we can accommodate those on our Mather campus and we can also accommodate those in our annex in Folsom And we are working again with our district to make sure that we can appropriately social distance, work within the CDC guidelines to offer our program in the most robust model that we can with the socialization opportunities that I mentioned Down at the bottom of the slide our website is there, we also have a Facebook page, and my email is there If you have any additional questions past tonight, I’m happy to answer them So now I will send this to Annie Conover

– [Annie] Thank you Again, I’m Mrs. Conover, principal at Walnutwood High School A little bit about our program This is a voluntary alternative to classroom instruction It’s consistent with our course outlines and state standards As such, it’s not an alternative curriculum but it’s an alternative delivery model Students who choose Independent Study agree to maintain satisfactory attendance and academic progress in order to continue in the program The Independent Study option is substantially equivalent in quality and quantity to a comprehensive high school or middle school Our main campus is in Rancho Cordova and our annex is in, next year, will be at Folsom High We serve students seventh and 12th through 12th grade And we, also, we rely on a student who has an active IEP to meet with their current IEP team to determine if Independent Study is an appropriate placement Independent Study students should be self-motivated, organized, and be able to work independently The way that it works is our students 10th through 12th grade will meet with their teachers for 45 minutes weekly They also have access to their teachers during their office hours, and we also have the ability to have a somewhat of a study hall in the afternoons that students are welcome to come to a Rancho Cordova site and get additional help Seventh through ninth graders will meet with their teachers for 45 minutes but then they will also have an additional time, which is another 45-minute-period So seventh through ninth graders meet with their teachers twice weekly We will have the options to do both of those either virtually or in person And students that are choosing Independent Study should be looking at about four to five hours a day to complete their assignments Most students tend to have two classes for five to eight weeks and then they would work on an additional two classes By the end of the semester, they will also, most students will have had six classes So very similar to a comprehensive site Again, it’s just paced out in a different manner We do deal with things a little different with our attendance, because in Ed Code attendance is based on work completion, and our grades are through assessment The teachers, we have, again, office hours We also have academic support in the afternoons in Rancho Cordova, and we also have access to KHAN Academy We have a marriage and family therapist as well as a high school counselor We, too, are able to adapt to a student’s particular needs Some students need textbooks as well as an online platform The majority of our work is done through an online platform You can always reach out to us with questions through our website which is located at the district website under Walnutwood And again I am Mrs. Conover and my email is [email protected] I welcome any questions I’m happy to answer through email at any time Thank you – All right, thank you both very much for that Next line So, again, wanted to recap on this same one We talked about the multiple depending on the model we find ourselves back in, depending on all the guidelines Those are two of our options that we have, both the Folsom Cordova Community Charter School and Walnutwood Independent Study Program for our students At the June 18th, 2020 Board Meeting, the board gave staff direction to start planning for a hybrid model schedule that could be used when we reopen a lot of this And that was based off of all the current information that we currently have including things like social distancing Now, and a traditional model is not possible at this time given the six-foot guidelines Next slide please So when we talk about what a hybrid blended opening looks like, again, if we go back to those task forces, multiple committees, multiple meetings,

variety of stakeholders and each possible plan was looked at through various lengths to ensure student safety, ability to implement, student instruction, the logistics of facilities, and impact on families So this, the decisions and the models and the possibilities that we have have been vetted through multiple lenses each with, some are a little easier to implement, some were a little harder to implement In terms of whole plan the hybrid is definitely one of the most complex ones to implement Traditional goes back to how we were distance learning It is another one of those that we know what happens there and we can plan for it, but when we’re talking about hybrid model, that is a combination of students being on campus and virtually So here are a few of the various plans that have been discussed We have a 50/50 model K-12 Our entire school district would be on AB rotation, half of the students coming on Tuesday and Thursday and the other half on Wednesdays and Fridays The other model is a 50/50 model or on a 6-12 So just secondary on the AV with elementary being on a.m./p.m. for five days a week where elementary students days would be they would come each of the days either four or five days a week, but early in the morning or late in the afternoon The other option is elementary four to five days a week on the traditional schedule As you know, TK through third grade has class size reduction There are less students in those classrooms with a cap of 34 for fourth or fifth grade And this option has secondary on that AB Tuesday, Thursday, or Wednesday, Friday And then the fourth model that we have been discussing is the elementary TK through 2nd grade on traditional, four to five days a week and fourth and fifth grade actually, it should be third, fourth, or fifth grade on that AB coming two days a week And then secondary on the AB Tuesday and Thursday, Wednesday and Friday And in each of these models with the asterisk you’ll see the Special Education, the Self-Contained classes would be Tuesday through Friday Each of those days Next slide please So what this slide was meant to do, and we have two of these There’s a lot of words here, but basically at the top you’ll see each of those models I’ve just discussed: the possibilities And again for secondary students each of these represents similar models where secondary is on a, an AB Tuesday, Thursday, or Wednesday frame So elementary changes as we go through these So when we’re looking at this, we’re looking at it through a health and safety aspect Again, lots of words, you’re not gonna read all of these here, but this information is here But what you’ll see is the differences between these models are social distancing comes up If we’re talking traditional, which is at the far right of the screen, you’ll see the social distancing is impossible in the lower grade levels When you put 20 to 24 students, 28 students in the room, we cannot keep six feet And as you go off to the left and starting at the left here, consistency across the district is one of the pluses for this first model that we’re discussing We also have the ability to social distance with a 50/50 model And as we go across and bring more students on at the same time, you’ll see that those health and safety concerns change You’ll see that face covering is required for all staff and students right now unless you have a reason for not being able to wear one as we’ve seen across the state at this point And again I’ll leave this up here for a moment, so we can look at this, but each of these models has some benefits and each of them have some deficits And in one of the ideas of bringing in these types of models and options are our youngest students trying to increase the time that our youngest students are with their teachers So again this is health and safety Next line It’s the same headings and we looked out at two different topics: the instructional program and child care So again moving from left to right So the entire district being on that 50/50 would be that combination of direct instruction and the independent work And as we go across, when we bring more students on in the elementary, you’ll see that there is a combination of that direct instruction And we could look at things like a flipped classroom and those those types of segments Traditional teaching and learning as we go into that bringing TK-5 or all of elementary back in for a traditional model and while the secondary would stay in a AB model of Tuesdays, Thursdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays And then again that fourth option over there, which is just the teaching of second grades The instruction would look very traditional for TK through second and the combination instruction for third through 12 Childcare, in all of these models, is on the top of our minds right now And trying to create before and after school childcare programs, there is going to be challenges

in each one of these models Some are a little bit greater, some are a little bit less Space is going to be an issue But again trying to meet the directives coming down from the state and knowing that our staff and families will have child care needs regardless of the models that we have here So these task forces are working very hard to plan for every contingency but really figure out how to solve all these various issues Next slide please And I’m gonna turn this over to Dr. Koligian – [Sarah] Mr. Wilson, thank you Can we go back to the last slide so you can address the childcare piece – Yes – Thank you – Absolutely, so a little bit more in the childcare So we have two basic ways that we provide childcare One is our before and after school Student Care program and one is our ASES program And again if we’re looking at the hybrid model here, the 50/50, we understand that many of our staff members, first-responder, families are going to need if their student is only in school for 50% of the time, they’re gonna need childcare for the other 50% of the time And again this presents somewhat of challenge and spacing issues of our campuses And where do the students go if the other half of the campus is ending with their teachers? As we move through the schedules here, you can see that the, it’s similar wording in all of this because again we’re trying to solve the same problem of having kids on campus but not for the same amount of time that they would typically be at a traditional schedule So there’s gonna be a lot of discussion and lots of work throughout the summer on providing our childcare for our staff, for their children, as well as for the families that find themselves in a different situation as well as families that have always been in our childcare centers So not a lot of answers here yet And, again, the closer we get to knowing the exact model that we are going to open with, the more our staff can pinpoint which problems to solve for the childcare – Thank you, next slide please So the next steps, as we continue to plan for our fall 2021 School Year, is to continue to bring information to our Board of Education We have a special board meeting June 30th, where we will be bringing these different modifications to the hybrid plan forward and looking at what the impacts would be to our students, to families, to staff and so forth July 1st through 10th, we really need to secure a time early enough before school starts to see how many students are going to be registering or either our charter school or Independent Study program because that’s gonna impact the percentage and number of students that are actually going to be attending school on campus in person in these models July 20th is when our human resources department begins to revise our staffing and finding out from our staff which ones are able to return and which ones will need some kind of accommodations to work from home July 23rd and August 3rd, our board has asked that we schedule special board meetings, knowing that the information continues to evolve and change As we heard earlier, we have a new health mandate from the state about face coverings just a couple days ago And I believe Kerri Kaye had mentioned there’s new legislation and trailer bills going to the governor this Friday and there are 40 of them One of them AB 77, actually can impact schools in many different ways that could change, for instance, how we would offer distance learning, how we take attendance, how we’re connecting with students So know that a lot of these things are gonna be contingent on the direction of state and government and local guidelines and changes We’re still planning to return to school with staff on August 10th and students on August 12th Next slide please We’re also looking at chunking our next year in semesters So as we talk about modifications for reopening schools, we’re hoping based on health guidelines and safety guidelines that the modifications that we make would be for the first semester Second semester, we would come back and look at our change is going to be warranted

Can we go back to a traditional schedule for the second half of the year? Are we going to be mandated to another shelter-in-place? This is a crystal ball that we don’t have very clear right now, but that’s why we are looking at three models So we’ve listed here the board meetings that you see throughout the next school year especially in the upcoming in the fall as we plan for that second semester So this isn’t just a one-time information sharing session; this will be continued and we’ll continue to post those updates on our website as well So that brings us to the conclusion of our information sharing session, and we want to now allow time for the folks that are tuning into this who have many questions to be able to ask their questions So I’m gonna turn it back over to Shannon Terrell from Thoughtexchange to lead us through this next portion – [Shannon] Thanks very much, Dr. Koligian And, Kelly, if it’s okay I’m gonna actually share my screen – [Kelly] Yes, absolutely – Thank you All right Okay, so my apologies if you were trying to get into the exchange earlier and it was closed We have just reopened it now So to join the Thoughtexchange, you can use your iPhone to scan the QR code that you see on the screen Just open up your camera app, point-and-shoot, and the dropdown link will come down from the top If you’re not on an iPhone or you don’t have a QR code reader, that’s okay, you can go to tejoin.com and enter the nine digit code you see on the screen In addition to those two options to participate, we’ve also put a link to the exchange directly into the description of the YouTube link So if you go to the top underneath the video, there you’ll be able to click that link and directly start participating So once you’ve opened up that Thoughtexchange browser, participating is really simple so we’ve asked a few demographic questions to get a sense of of who you are in relation to how you’re participating, but everything is anonymous So you’ll share your thoughts and questions confidentially in response to the open-ended question which is just what thoughts and questions do you have for the presenters that you’ve just heard from After you’ve shared your thoughts, you can move on to the star step to rate the thoughts of others on a scale of one to five based on how much you agree with them or how strongly they resonate with you And then in real time we’ll be able to see which ideas are most important to this group, what’s relevant on top of mind for everyone So I’m gonna go ahead and give everyone a minute to join the exchange and then I’ll give about five minutes of dedicated participation time, and I will stop talking and I’ll give you some quiet time to actually think and then start considering the thoughts of other people So it looks like that participant number is climbing We’ve got almost 500 people in here so far So that’s looking great I’m gonna change my screen now And if you missed that QR code piece, don’t worry, you can still enter by moving over to tejoin.com in another browser and entering the nine digit code So at this point I’m gonna start the timer and we’ll give you about five minutes to participate, and I will resist the urge to talk through this – [Sarah] Shannon, if I can interrupt just for a moment

while people are still answering questions I wanna remind our viewers that when the five minutes timer goes off, the Thoughtexchange is closed, myself and my staff will be answering as many questions as we can and the rest would be added to our frequently asked questions So we will be responding to as many questions as possible after this – [Shannon] Perfect, thank you Right, so we’ve got just over a minute left At this point, if you have not finished sharing thoughts, if you could do so now finish sharing those thoughts and move on to the star step It would be great if you could try and rate at least 20 to 30 thoughts Also I apologize for the purple wheel we’re getting on the screen, streaming over all of these platforms, as it’s putting a lot of pressure on the system but we are still collecting all of the data here and we’ll show it at the end after we close the exchange All right, that’s our time But if it’s okay with the folks organizing the call, I’d like to give 30 more seconds for starring It looks like we’ve had a lot of people join us in the last minute so I wanna give everyone an opportunity just to see some of the thoughts that their peers have shared All right, okay, I’m gonna close up this exchange And, Angela, I will pass it back over to you, and I’ll pull up some of the top thoughts for us to go through So here is the highest rated though in this exchange – [Angela] Thank you so much, Shannon I really appreciate that, and really, really appreciate everybody’s involvement so that we can respond to these top thoughts Our Superintendent will be able to direct answers,

and to staff members who will be able to best provide an answer to some of these thoughts So I will be standing by, but with that said, I’m going to pass it up to Dr. Koligian – Thank you, Angela So the top rated question that came up is what is the protocol if somebody test positive for COVID in a classroom? And I’m gonna ask our coordinator of Health Services, Kerri Kaye to address that one, please? – Sure thing Hi again, everybody And so, certainly, if we have someone who is a confirmed case, we will be working in conjunction with Sacramento County Department of Public Health and following their guidance Whether they would be asking us to close an individual classroom or perhaps a more broad closure would depend upon the individual who tested positive, whether or not they were in and out of a classroom, or if they traveled from class to class So there’s a lot of different things that would go into that answer But I guess the most concise thing to say is that we would be working with Sacramento County Public Health and take it from there, and then communicating that out to our families and our classroom teachers and other staff members – [Sarah] Thank you, next question, please? – [Shannon] And just a quick note here We may see some thoughts bounce around I have reopened it, because the folks that are participating in your Spanish version of this event are still in the participation process – Okay So next question, if we have to go fully remote again, shelter-in-place, can teachers please do direct instruction via Zoom or an online format? Worksheets don’t teach And one of our task forces, or a couple of them, have talked about what the teaching platform may be, knowing that we pretty much reacted in a very quick timeline when we went to distance learning back in March So I’m gonna ask Mr. Wilson, if he could talk about the platform that we are researching if we were tapped in shelter-in-place – Yeah, certainly We have a few, so as you mentioned, that task force did discuss those platforms in depth And again we are looking to see where we end up going ’cause that does change a little bit about what we’re looking at in terms of platform This question, specifically about that direct instruction, so it’s a little bit different from the learning management system, so we use Schoology, which does have a, that virtual online face-to-face, but we did not utilize that Schoology Many of our teachers chose to use Zoom, which worked well somewhat in terms of security Zoom tried to quickly pivot and make it a little bit safer for everybody We have a few different options for that So Microsoft Teams is one option that the task force is looking at, which utilizes virtual face-to-face instruction Zoom, of course, has increased their security protocols And we also have Google Meets that could also be a solution for us So right now nothing is ruled out We are looking to see where we end up in terms of whether we think we are in hybrid or that we are in distance learning based off of new recommendations coming out on the guidelines and directives, mandates So we are still working on that, but everything is on the table We are also discussing reaching out one more time to staff, as well as parents and students regarding their interaction with not only our learning management system but also that virtual face-to-face interaction – [Jim] If I can just chime in really quickly Also on that, we have a task force, if you will, and we’re building a task force of educators over the next couple weeks of the summer that will be building resources as well as online tools to help support teachers as we start next year So whatever format we come back in we will be spending a large portion of summer working to make sure that teachers are prepared to deliver instruction and assist students and assess learning consistently no matter what the platform we use or what version of school we find ourselves in in the fall – Thank you, Dr. Huber And I’m gonna ask my staff, when they, if they’re responding to questions, introduce yourself and turn your video on so our folks on the public know who’s speaking, thank you Next question How are you going to decide what students go to what days?

Is that flexible? So Mr. Wilson, would you like to address that one, please? – Yeah, carefully is what we’re going to do We do realize that if you are a family with multiple children in our school systems, that we’re going to need to be on the same schedules So, of course, that’s gonna to be top priority, is giving families on similar schedules, make sure they get the courses they need in our secondary schools, and making sure that their younger siblings are on their same days From that, it’s going to be a matter of grouping our students to where we have The best ability is to social distance as possible so that, if everybody chose Tuesday, Thursday, it just isn’t going to work, that’s not possible to social distance So again priority will go to families, we’ll look at student schedules, the needs of their classes, and move on down the list there So again as soon as the decision is made based off of the recommendations, we will start that process of checking in with parents to find out if there is a need such as family, if there is a preference and go down the list there We are creating those protocols currently as we speak – Thank you Next question, please? Why do hybrid if we are going to have to get childcare? Double exposure for kids to other kids And I can start off by answering that and then I’ll turn it over to our childcare expert on that The hybrid model, again, minimizes the number of students who would be on campus at any one time We realized that we still have to maintain the social distancing, the sanitizing, the face coverings and all that would be taking place no matter what model we’re in Same thing with the childcare program, and that’s still in development right now, and I’m gonna ask Ms. Cabrera if she can add anything more to that – [Kelly] She is in the other Zoom meeting right now, Sarah, so she’s not available – Okay, Mr. Wilson? – Yeah, absolutely So what happens here, and it does seem a little odd when we discuss this about keeping them on all day So for the days where the students are, if we want an a.m./p.m. model, the students who work together in the a.m. would need, if they need a p.m. childcare, they have been with those students during that day already, and then we would do our best to separate out from the next group of kids, the p.m. students, who come into the school on that day Again we are looking to utilize every single space on our campuses There are rooms that are utilized for various other things other than a typical classroom and we are really gonna have to get creative on all of our campuses to use our space to its fullest ability And childcare is one of those topics where we really need to make sure that we are social distancing, make sure that we are not grouping children with the other group of kids that are not typically grouped with And again this changes in this hybrid model, we showed four different hybrid models, each of those is gonna have a different impact on our childcare But it is something we’re thinking about, it is something that we are researching and it’s going to look a little bit different on every single of our campuses due to the nature of the locations that the school has to offer at each different site – Thank you Next question, please? Have we looked at what other school districts are doing for reopening schools? And the response to that is yes, we have Myself and my cabinet team are, we have our double-wide counterparts from the other districts in Sacramento County, and then I’ve also reached out to counterparts in adjacent counties, Placer County, El Dorado County And I have regular meetings with the superintendents from the other districts in Sacramento County and we meet regularly and talk about the same things we’re talking about here We’re looking at, with the current health and safety guidelines that Sacramento County Public Health has issued to us, with social distancing, face coverings, the extra sanitation and disinfecting, that we would not be able to bring

all students back every day at this point in time So most districts are looking at that hybrid model, but concurrently they’re looking at what it would look like it or traditional We all are doing that because our hope is that we can go back to a traditional model once those guidelines relax a little bit when the COVID cases start to decline And again we’re not the health experts; we have to look to the guidance of Sacramento County Public Health and California Department of Public Health Our guidelines in Sacramento County are different, and right now a little bit more restrictive than those in Placer County and El Dorado County For instance, the social distancing piece is six foot social distance and wearing a face mask So in our districts in Sacramento County you’ll probably see a little bit more consistency Now we have a couple of very small school districts than Sacramento County, elementary districts that are under capacity or have vacant school, so they’re hoping to bring all students back and spread them out and utilize all their non-classroom spaces to be able to do that So there are some exceptions for some small school districts in Sacramento County But Placer County and El Dorado County’s health guidance is a little bit different than Sacramento County And as Sacramento County School District, we are obliged to follow those guidelines Next question, please? Will siblings at the same school be on the same hybrid schedule? If siblings are on the same schedule, that will greatly help parents And I think Mr. Wilson addressed that a little bit Mr. Wilson, would you like to add anything to this one? – Just that, absolutely, that that is our top goal in a hybrid situation, to make sure families and siblings, especially with the same school or the same schedule I know how hectic pickup, drop-off can be in the best of times so it is our wish to make this as simplistic for parents as possible – Thank you Next question, please? How much training will you provide the teachers to equip them for distance learning to provide quality education? And we know that being able to pivot in the times that we’re in right now does require professional development for our staff I’m gonna ask Dr. Huber if he would elaborate a little bit on this one, please? – You bet, and I’ve remembered to turn my camera and microphone back on this time, so apologies for that earlier As I said earlier, we’ve started kind of a two-pronged approach of, to this currently Right now we’re reaching out to our faculty to look for our expert teachers to share their experiences and their tools, their resources for what worked really well in their classrooms when we had to quickly jump to the learning model that we had in place for March and April and May And then that will also go to kind of a stage two We’re developing a team again of expert teachers, there’ll be 15 on the elementary side and 15 on the secondary side in conjunction with the CNI Department, and they will be working on professional development and resources throughout the school year Because we do recognize that we need to be able to remain nimble in terms of the current situation so that we can pivot to whatever learning model that we find ourselves in And so that work will be ongoing, there’ll be a lot of resources for teachers when we first begin the school year, but that work will be ongoing throughout the school year to keep refining our practice and increasing our teachers’ instructional repertoire as we move forward So that work is ongoing now and it will go for the entire school year – Thank you Next question, please? – Dr. Koligian, before I pull up the next one, I’m just thinking that we can combine a couple of these So I’m seeing a lot of thoughts asking about when the determination will be made on whether the full-day or hybrid model will be chosen and then a few that are specific to the option that would’ve started on August 12th So if there’s anything to share on that, I’ll stop pulling up those thoughts and we can just make a general statement for everyone listening in – Okay, so at our June 8th meeting, as we have mentioned the board presentation, we did bring forward a recommendation for the board to support staff to move forward with planning in a hybrid model And again that was based on current health and safety guidelines I’m not being able to bring everybody back on to campus at one time and still adhere to the social distancing guidelines that Sacramento County has given us

So the board did vote and gave us that direction to start planning for hybrid Another reason that we asked for it, as early as we did even though it doesn’t seem that early because we have less than two months before school begins, is it’s the most complex, as you saw from some of these earlier slides And it takes time to look at the different ways that we can address different grade levels stance, and there may be ways we can differentiate this hybrid schedule and that’s what we’re planning to bring back to the board at the June 30th meeting We have to continue to vet the hybrid plan based on the current health guidelines And as I said earlier, concurrently, we’re also looking at traditional schedule and then the virtual learning schedule Traditional would be easier to implement Even if we got information after the school year began that health and safety for Sacramento County has changed, we know how to do the traditional schedule and we will have already been implementing the health and safety guidelines How much time would that take? We would have to see, we’d have to see where we are at that point in time to be able to pivot But when we talked about the timeframe of planning for a hybrid schedule, but right now planning for the first semester with the ability to come back and revisit that to see if a different option, traditional hopefully, could be offered pending the health and safety guidelines Also concurrently is that virtual platform If we were directed to shelter in place and we’ve learned a lot from the distance learning experience that was offered, our teachers did an amazing job pivoting in a very quick timeline But we know that between lack of maybe the support and professional development they needed and maybe the lack of being able for all students to connect immediately to the virtual platform, there are things we can do now to better proact to that So this is the modifications For the hybrid, we’ll come back forward to the board And I think it’s also important to know that we need to look at what the legal side of following the health and safety guidelines tell us in terms of liability So we’ll be looking at that impact as well as looking at the options So more information on that will be coming to our board on June – [Shannon] Apologies, here is the next thought in our lineup – Okay Will masks be distributed to students who show up without them? General public health and safety I’ll ask Ms. Kaye if she would like to address that one – So we are working on getting enough masks or face coverings for both the student population and our staff population But certainly if students have some that they’ve been wearing because the mask mandate is in place now, they’re more than welcome to wear the ones that they have at home It would be an ideal situation if everybody had more than one Because another successful necessity for using a face covering is that we keep them clean and so usually the one that you wear on Monday, you probably don’t need to turn around and wear again on Tuesday It would need to be some sort of a washing and reusing cycle So we are working on getting them We don’t have the supply right now, but we have heard from multiple sources that the Office of Emergency Services for the state of California is actually going to be able to give an allotment to schools across the state – Thank you, Kerri And I also wanna add We’ve had very gracious partners with the City of Folsom and the City of Rancho Cordova, who have generously donated face masks to us through the Office Emergency Services So they’ve been working in partnership with us as well and wanna thank them Next question, please? How will students be designated for a particular hybrid group? Alphabetical or by location? Looks like the next sentence wasn’t completed So I’ll ask Mr. Wilson if he can, I think he’s talked about it a little bit, but (mumbles) for this one, Mr. Wilson – Right, I have We honestly don’t have the details

for how we’re gonna split up the students right now, other than first look at getting families on the same schedules and then, of course, trying to get a nice balance of students in each of the classes for each of the programs So there’s a few different things that have to happen before we get to decide on this, which is again looking at our registration and looking at the choices parents are making depending on the model that we adopt here And at that point we’ll be able to start grouping the students with input from families and teachers and everybody involved – Thank you What about emotional and physical well-being? And we had a task force on mental health and wellness and social and emotional well-being We have Geovanni Linares on the call with us, who helped lead that group Mr. Linares, can you address this, please? – Sure, thank you very much So what about emotional and physical well-being? That was a major focus of our Whole Child Task Force So, for us, our focus has been on providing daily opportunities for kids to talk about feelings, their thoughts, and strengthen meaningful relationships with their teachers and staff in a variety of different ways We know that maintaining relationships is going to be a big focus regardless of which way we come back to school, whether that’s in a distance learning format, a hybrid, or fully coming back Relationships will play a big role in building our students’ resilience to navigate the uncertain times So our focus is on continuing to build positive relationships, establishing positive routines, building resilience And our hope is to do that by focusing on daily opportunities to engage with their teachers, their staff members in a variety of different formats and obviously that will be dictated by what our model looks like – Thank you, Mr. Linares And can I ask you to just expand a little bit on the new link on our district website on mental, I’m sorry, health and wellness? – Sure, so on our website we have a web page that’s called Wellness Resources, and that provides information on social and emotional learning, it has daily lessons on social and emotional learning for elementary-aged students as well as secondary students It has community resources, and one of the big important features of that is that it has a support request form And that support request form can be filled out online When you hit submit, it goes to myself as well as one of our school social workers, and she and I collaborates to connect with the families, we try to connect as quickly as possible, and then identify what types of supports we may be able to offer as well as what type of community supports we may be able to link families with – Thank you very much, Mr. Linares Next question, please? If I choose to start the year in independent study at Walnutwood, will I lose my spot at Vista del Lago if I want to return to school during the year? Ms. Conover, would you be able to address that one, please? – [Annie] Yes We work closely with all of the comprehensive sites and we have an agreement that in this time in particular that they would be able to return to their home school However, we do always have most families, we encourage them to go back at the semester or at the quarter, because it’s very detrimental to students as they come in, as an example, during finals So we do encourage families to make a commitment at independent study for a semester for their students’ sake – Thank you And knowing that Vista Del Lago is at capacity, would that student still have their seat when they go back to Vista del Lago at that point in time when it’s appropriate to do so? – [Annie] And we have a great working relationship with Vista and they have always been working with us on that, and so the answer is yes They could go back to their home school – Thank you very much Next question, please? – [Shannon] And again before I move on, I know that Kerri has already addressed this a little bit, but I’m seeing a lot of questions and thoughts in here

around what kind of screening will be done to prevent COVID exposure, and also what happens if someone tests positive So knowing that she’s already touched on this, I just wanted to give her an opportunity to share any more context there – Thank you Kerri, can you talk a little bit about the screening procedures, the taking temperature, some of those key checklist points that we’ve had that we’ll probably put on a poster so it’s a good reminder of the things we need to do before we step out our door and then if we step onto a bus or into a classroom and something, we don’t feel well either as a student or staff member? What do we do next? – Yes, I’d be happy to So right now there’s, up to the discretion of the districts to choose either active or passive screening Active would mean that we are, before a person, whether it’s a staff member or a student, comes onto a campus, screening them for symptoms on a daily basis And that is a really daunting thought We just don’t have the manpower to do that And so what we’re considering is a passive screening And that is where I mentioned earlier that we need to have shared accountability So I, as both a staff member and a parent in Folsom Cordova, will be screening myself daily for symptoms, as well as screening my children, who are students And those symptoms that I’m going to be looking for are the ones that we’ve heard consistently over the last few months And they’re checking for a fever, of anything greater than 100.4, that dry cough, fatigue, sore throat, and the other one that is kind of different from other, some of the other symptoms that you might see with other illnesses is that new loss of taste or smell But we’ll certainly put some consistent education out there for our families in multiple languages so that they know what we’re expecting and asking for them to do to help us reopen schools and make them as safe as possible And then I think the other part of your question was again about if we do have a case identified One thing I want to make sure folks know is that we as school nurses, we have a great team of school nurses, we’re not in the business of diagnosing, but we certainly will if a student or a staff member has gotten to school and starts to exhibit some of these symptoms that are concerning We’ll screen them, we will make sure that we contact family and get them home, and minimize additional exposure to other folks on campus The diagnosis part will come from their private practice physician or if they go through Sacramento County And so that process, we’re not always notified in the most timely of manner, but usually if it’s a 24 to 48-hour time frame before we hear, once we do hear, then we will have protocols in place that address the cleaning of the involved classrooms or areas, and notification out to families and next steps, whether that is a quarantine at home for a certain number of days until you are either deemed to be negative or free of symptoms So there’s a whole kind of flowchart that we’ll have And again a lot of this, because it’s new, there’s no playbook out there for this kind of thing; we will have to be excellent in our communication outward to families and staff, as well as expecting families and staff to be good communicators back with us – Thank you, Kerri And I know on that flowchart, what is the point or the threshold whereas the district may close a school because of an outbreak of COVID, if that were to happen? – Well that can vary based on the guidance that you get from Sacramento County Public Health Right, if we were looking at a flu season, they certainly already have a flowchart and a protocol in place, if we have a certain number of students identified within a particular classroom, then we send out communications home and consider different cleaning options for those classrooms So we’ll take our lead from Sacramento County Public Health And whether that is one case within a classroom or two, if it’s two, would we handle it differently and maybe look at a broader school closure for a number of days? But those things will have to work in partnership with Sacramento County Public Health – Thank you very much And if we have a staff member that tests positive? – That staff member would be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days or until their symptoms have resided, resided, have resolved

and then they’re allowed to come back home, back to school So 14 days is the minimum If they’re still exhibiting symptoms, the fever, the dry cough, any of those high fatigue kinds of things, then we would need to have them work with their private physician and certainly not come back until they’ve been deemed to be healthy to do so – And we still do the tracing and the tracking for whoever they’ve been exposed to, be it students or other staff to– – We do, our staff our staff members are certainly willing to be trained in the contact tracing, but right now the state of California is going about it a little bit differently They’re utilizing some different kinds of, I think, state employees, and then the counties are using some of their existing employees before they try to roll out other training to maybe districts and work with school nurses or health assistants and other unlicensed folks They’re gonna try to kind of keep that contact tracing within Sacramento County Public Health But, yes, they would take the lead with that right now And if we’re asked to do that kind of thing, our team is definitely ready and willing to do it – Thank you Next question, please? – And if possible, maybe while we address this one, we could tie in some information about what the district is considering in terms of grading That’s another topic I’m seeing come up quite often in the exchange here – Okay, as a teacher in another district, will students be held accountable for work done during distance learning model? Maybe we can tag on to that What might that look like and how would grading look? So let me ask Dr. Huber to weigh on that one, please? – Sure So that’s exactly, what we don’t wanna find ourselves in is the situation that we ended the last school year in And so what we’ll be putting in place is, and that’s why this would help at either the hybrid model or obviously the traditional model is it would allow us to easily go back to assessing students in such a way to really be able to see what kind of learning has been taking place and would return us to, for lack of a better term, a traditional grading schedule But even, worst-case scenario, if we were to found ourself in a situation and we were basically ordered back into full virtual learning because the schools are shut down again, we still would be working collaboratively with our teachers around the protocols and instructional strategies and instructional delivery to assess student learning So even in a full distance learning model we expect to go back to the traditional grading protocols that we had prior to COVID So that will be, that could take different formats, we could find ourself in a situation again where perhaps we do allow students to choose a pass, no mark, but also then other students could then choose their grade We’d have to go through kind of the same process we went through last time as to determine what kind of path we might move forward with, but definitely students would have the ability to have traditional grades no matter what model we came back in – Thank you, Dr. Huber And I wanna tag on one other piece of new information that’s come with Assembly Bill 77 It’s one of the 40 trailer bills being considered right now by the governor Legislators have (mumbles) heavily on making sure that we’re addressing any kind of learning gap that might have happened in the previous distance learning phase and account for attendance, account for connecting with students, account for making sure that teachers and students are connecting in a more formal manner than we did in the last quarter I’m not sure what the final decision will be on AB 77, but it definitely calls for stricter accountability with attendance and making sure that there is some kind of formal accountability between the teacher and the student and the student and the teacher if we were to pivot to a virtual learning model again Okay, next question, please? Will the instructional calendar be considered to be distance learning December through February at the height of cold/flu season? We can plan and prepare for this to happen Or the instruction Okay, so I think this is more of a calendar question And this is a really good question and it’s one that’s come up in our task force groups as well Might we look at, if there are spikes in, during cold and flu season of COVID, that we come back and look at our calendar

and maybe broaden the winter break time between Thanksgiving and January is what we were talking about because we know we have a week, a week off for Thanksgiving break and two weeks for our winter holiday break So if we were to extend that that means that we would still have to push later into the year Because the requirement from the state right now is not giving us any allowance or waiver on the number of school days currently as AB 77 and other legislation reads; it’s still 180 days of instruction So is it possible that we can come back and revisit the instructional calendar? We certainly could and we wanna be nimble enough to do that And that’s why we were showing you some of those other board meetings in the fall because we might have to revisit that and look at possibly closing or doing distance learning maybe during that time on an extended winter break or if we need to do so when we come back from winter break and just trying to mitigate more cases So I think more to come, but I think there is some flexibility and we’ll have to look at that in more detail Next question, please? Okay, what options are being considered for childcare for parents who must return to work full time if a hybrid, non full time, approach is implemented? And I think Mr. Wilson had talked about it a little bit Is Ms. Cabrera back, available to answer this one? Ms. Cabrera, are you available? – [Kelly] She is still in her Zoom – Okay, so, Mr. Wilson, will you– – Absolutely Yeah, this has definitely come up Because again if we go into a hybrid version of our schooling, there could be days where the students are not on campus and the parents who are needing to go work would absolutely have to have a childcare option So again we don’t have all the answers for this one, but this has been something we are discussing, that we are thinking about, we are looking at Space, of course, is our largest concern on this one, but it is definitely on our topic for both ASES and our full fee Student Care program as well – Thank you, next question, please? When will a final decision be made regarding which model is chosen? Will there be room for all students who choose to enroll in the charter school? I’m not comfortable with a traditional model and want to know my options if this is chosen So I’ll answer the first part The final decision could be made up until the school year begins However, the direction we’re planning for right now and the direction the board gave us is to plan for opening with a hybrid model And we realize that not all students may be able to return, whether it’s any kind of face-to-face model, whatever those options may be So going back to the independent study or the charter school might be a way to continue educating our students in Folsom Cordova I’m gonna ask Ms. Richardson, our principal at our charter school, if she might address the space for enrolling more students at the charter – Thank you, Dr. Koligian Yes, we do have a plan in place to allow for continued enrollment not just through the first part of July but also through the summer So I’m working with the district to ensure that we have staff members available to be able to take our acquired enrollment And we are working, sometimes daily, with each other to make sure that we’ve got room for children – Thank you Next question – Right, and this one is in a similar vein here – Can we do school site based home study and then join the school in the second and third semester based upon health guidance? Will I lose my spot? Allows better flexibility for my kid while being able to join school after things improve Ms. Richardson, can you talk about that a little bit, if they are enrolled at your school, but wanna go back to their home school attendance? How does that work?

– Sure, what we ask is any parent that chooses to go back to a traditional site for any amount of time that they’re with us, that I work in tandem with the principal at their school of residence and then we locate the lead teacher in that program and we backwards map with our teacher to ensure that the student has the seamless transition back into their traditional site So whether it’s using the exact curriculum and resources that that site is using, we look at the scope and sequence that that teacher is using So if it’s in the current year that they plan on going back or if it’s in the subsequent year that they’re going back, then we’ll definitely work with that school and work with the parents to make sure that the student has, like I said, the seamless transition back into their traditional site – Thank you Next question Social distancing on large campuses is a huge challenge, especially during unstructured times, passing, lunch period, et cetera And that is a true statement Our largest size (mumbles) has over 2,500 students, if they’re all there at the same time But when we have students outside of their classroom, in these common times and common areas, it is a huge challenge I’m gonna ask Dr. Huber if he can address a little bit about some of the, some of the structures and designs that we’re talking about to help minimize large gatherings, although we know we can’t guarantee 100% of the day that 50% of our student’s in there – Sure You know, this is a big issue at any of the school sites For elementary, it encompasses recess, and, of course, it encompasses what do we do during a lunch time On our comprehensive sites, our secondary sites, as kids change between classrooms and they’re going from first period to second period, et cetera, all those aspects offer challenges in terms of trying to really stick to the guidelines presented by Sac County for social distancing So there’s a number of things We’re literally looking at placards at schools and different marking systems to try to help kids have visual representations of directions they might wanna be traveling, trying to direct traffic in such a way as to help minimize a lot of crossing paths We’re doing things in terms of the classrooms where depending on what is happening we might have one class release a minute or so earlier than another class, or different part of the campus releases at a certain time All these things, all these structures are being discussed and they’re incredibly complex So we’re still in the process of each school, because each school also has its own geographic features to take into consideration And what might work at one school, at Folsom High School for instance, might not work at Cordova High School, which then might not work at Mills Middle School And so each school has got to really look at their facilities that we are working with our facilities team at the moment We’ve been going school to school to look at where we might be putting plastic plexiglass barriers So we’re taking all of those things in account as we move into next year One of the things too in terms of we were actually on a conference call yesterday that one of our parents helped set up with a school in Taiwan, and this is a little bit maybe more controversial in the United States but in Taiwan they have been using kind of a mask culture, if you will They don’t have the kind of aversion to masks that we do here And one of the things that was very interesting that the school shared we talked to you last night, a very large school but not new cases of COVID, I wanna say, I think they said in the last 80 or 90 days And, Dr. Koligian, you can correct me on that one, ’cause I’m not sure I heard that correctly – 73 days – Yeah And so, I mean, that just shows the power of, if we’re willing to kinda work together and try to, we’ll be creating videos and different things to help inform teachers, inform students, inform parents of the different protocols on campus to mitigate this But one of the biggest things and the best things we can do for each other simply to try to keep this from spiking, as we see, unfortunately, we seem to be seeing spiking all over the nation, in California as well, but wearing that mask is probably one of our best ways of at least keeping the school open even if we’re in a hybrid model, but preventing us from going back to a full on distance learning model So those are all the things that we’ll be working on throughout the summer to try to make sure that we put as much in place as possible to keep kids safe, keep faculty safe and everybody who comes onto our campus safe

– Thank you, thank you very much And then, Kerri Kaye, did you have something you wanted to add to this as well? – So I did, and Jim actually nailed it with bringing up our meeting yesterday with Taiwan and how it’s become a new kind of standard, even within their youth to be wearing these masks And so you mentioned the size, the sheer size of Folsom High School, and absolutely social distancing on a campus that big is a whole different challenge But then we have our smaller elementary schools and we recognize that social distancing by nature this doesn’t usually happen with our younger children So that’s part of the reason that the mask mandate, that is now in the state of California and does include schools, will be helpful to help us get back to school and stay in school and hopefully keep the numbers of COVID-19 down And the other thing I wanted to share When we were on our health and safety task force meeting yesterday, we had some really creative ideas about how we can work with our youth voice, so maybe using some of our older, maybe middle school or high school students to create some videos and make the wearing of a mask somehow cool And so there’s some fun stuff on the horizon for sure – Thank you, Kerri Shannon, would you recommend opening this up again because of all the information that’s been shared? – Yeah, absolutely I think we’ve got just under a half hour left So given the answers that you’ve heard now and the presentations that you’ve seen, we’re gonna go back to participate for another five minutes, and just whatever are still left lingering for you, I mean, understanding the unknowns that the district can’t address now, what are the things that you’re still wondering? So I’m gonna flip back to this participation screen And for those of you who have joined us late, I’ll just go over how to enter again So you can use your iPhone to scan the QR code You’ll open up your camera app, point-and-shoot and a drop down link will come from the top of the screen Otherwise, you can open a new tab and go to tejoin.com, and then you’ll be asked to enter a nine-digit code, and this number here is what you will put in there Again also in the description of the YouTube livestream, there is a link directly to the Thoughtexchange So I’ll give everyone a minute to jump in and then I’ll give five minutes of dedicated participation time If you’ve already shared all the thoughts that you wanna contribute, go ahead and just spend some time rating the thoughts of others The more ratings we have, the better data the district will have to be able to make their decisions going forward We got a couple more minutes of participation

If you did not find your way into the Thoughtexchange, you can go ahead and go into the, go into the YouTube description from the livestream and there’s a direct link to the exchange in there And if you could try to rate as many thoughts as possible, that would be great, about 20 would be perfect And then you can move on to discover to see what’s coming up for this group Another thing I should’ve mentioned earlier is that your thoughts are entered in the exact same language that you submitted them We do have some AI moderation happening And, though, that’s removing anything that is rude or hurtful or identifying So we ask that you keep all of your comments respectful Anything that includes hurtful words will be taken out by our moderation system We wanna keep the conversation as productive as possible And if you’re interested in learning more about Thoughtexchange’s machine moderation, you can always just hop over to our website to see how we how we process those words All right, just 10 seconds left I just wanna point out as well that in silence, in five minutes, we’ve actually just had a really massive conversations So we had over 1,200 people participate, over 1,300 thoughts shared, and over 1,400 unique points of impact with that rating Great, so we’ll hop back over to discover I’ll skip any topics that we’ve already covered Dr. Koligian, if you see anything there that you wanted to add any more context to, please feel free to ask me to pull it up We can do so then – [Sarah] Okay, thank you, Shannon And I thank those that are participating too through the YouTube and through Thoughexchange So we’ll start with that first question How many students are going to be allowed in the classrooms? And again that’s going to be based on the social distancing And I think it’s, it could vary our average size of a classroom, as 960 square feet And if we did 50%, half of our students coming to school at one time either in a a.m./p.m. model, for our elementary grades, we have class size reduction at grades K through two so that would look like 12 students in a classroom at one time For grades three through five, it could be 15 to 17 students in the classroom And class sizes in the secondary could be 36 to 38 so it’d be half that amount at any one time, depending on the model that, the hybrid model that’s chosen Is the hybrid model option for 50/50 finalized

to the Tuesday/Thursday and Wednesday/Friday? Having Friday as the consistent day off for distance learning would be easier for some working parents versus Monday as the start of the work week Okay, the decision yet for, the options for hybrid have not been finalized That’s what we’re planning to bring back to the board for their consideration and deliberation I’ll ask either Mr. Wilson or Dr. Huber to talk about the day off, Monday versus Friday – Sure We went back and forth on this quite a bit And the reason that Monday ended up being the recommendation is simply because of the fact that we have several Monday holidays And so the group of kids that found themselves, as a Monday/Wednesday cohort let’s say, than four or five, I believe it’s five times out of the school year, they would actually miss one of those days because the Monday would be a holiday And so just for consistency’s sake that’s why it was changed to be a Tuesday/Thursday, Wednesday/Friday approach But as Dr. Koligian said, that has not been finalized but that’s where the thought was on selecting Tuesday/Thursday, Wednesday/Friday Oh, and additionally also, several teachers put forward the idea that it would also be helpful for teachers in terms of those Mondays kinda really being able to roll everything out for the entire week for students kind of lay the groundwork for all the days Tuesday through Friday so everyone kinda sees what’s happening that week It might actually work better also then on the Friday just logistically – [Sarah] Thank you, Dr. Huber Next question What accountability will there be for teachers to teach during distance learning? I think it would be the same level of accountability that we would expect if they were teaching in person And I’ll ask Mr. Ogden if he’d like to add anything to that – Hello One of the things that we really are looking at is planning differently this year Last year, we were caught by surprise We didn’t realize we were gonna be doing distance learning and teaching remotely We know we’re gonna do that this year so we’re working collaboratively with our bargaining units and developing plans so that there’s a much more robust distance learning model if we need to pivot to that – Thank you, Mr. Ogden – [Don] You’re welcome – Next question, please? How is the district planning to address the days at home? How will students receive support when lost or confused? Again really good question, especially, yes, after we have learned how we’ve pivoted in a distance learning that was thrust upon us and knowing that students needed additional support Again I’ll turn to our curriculum and instruction team to address what days at home might look like and how students can seek support if they are lost and not being able to follow Dr. Huber? – Sure This is again one of the areas that we’re spending a lot of time this summer in terms of what this might look like But there’s a variety of different approaches when we talk about blended learning And so something that parents might be familiar with, and it comes up a lot, is the flipped classroom model where work is done or instruction is done maybe through a video recording and assignments given and students work on those independently on their off days, let’s say when they’re not on campus And then when they’re on campus, then they’re working with teachers and the teacher is kind of going through and tutoring, refining, clarifying and helping students in the aspects that maybe were confusing that they struggled with during instruction But there’s also a lot of other opportunities in a blended learning model So if direct instruction was happening on the days that students were in the classroom, then the instructor might do things like create advanced discussion groups or projects, et cetera that kids would work on collaboratively when they’re not in the class Our students are very tech savvy And so connecting kids through technology to work on different aspects when they’re not in the classroom is another approach There are literally hundreds of different approaches to executing instruction and learning through the blended model And that’s the nice thing about it, is you do get teacher time, you get connection time with your instructors

Then also there’s a little bit of a self-paced aspect where kids are a little bit more in control of what they’re doing in terms of their own learning It’s obviously a new process that will take some learning on both our teachers and our students’ behalf because we’re not used to that; we’re used to our traditional model But also one of the silver linings that came out of our, the situation back in the spring was we did learn a lot And so a lot of our students were actually excited about some of the things they were doing through technology And our teachers had a glimpse of some other things that were possible through technology to kinda enhance what was happening in the classroom So you can expect to see a lot of different things happening in the blended model, but there’s a lot of potential here and it’s actually pretty exciting in terms of moving our kids We talk a lot about our kids being productive learners and productive citizens in the 21st century and this really is taking us in that direction – Thank you, Dr. Huber Looking at our time, I would say we probably got time for two more questions, Shannon And just wanna remind our viewers and participants that responses to tonight’s questions will be posted on our website early next week under the reopening updates So if you didn’t hear responses to the questions that you send in, we are committed to looking at all those questions in addition to the ones that we answered tonight So there will still be a place in the repository for you to access to look at responses to questions that have been brought up during tonight’s Virtual Town Hall Okay, next question How will we ensure that the distance education experience is consistent for all students? The difference between schools and even classes this last time around had huge inequity issues And we’ve been talking about that in our academics and instruction task force as well as our schedules task force, making sure that we’re coordinating more of the schedule of when teachers are teaching Mr. Wilson, did you wanna add anything to that? I know Dr. Huber addressed some of that already – Yeah, absolutely This is, as you just mentioned, Dr. Koligian, a topic that has been coming up since we went into distance learning that the student experience varied across schools, across teachers And so we are looking at ways, working with our teachers, working with our community units to get that experience of a student a little bit more consistent across the district in regards to how they are interacting with their teacher, the types of lessons that are, as well as the how often those lessons are occurring Again the huge difference here between last, between March and where we will find ourselves possibly coming up is that we have time to prepare at this point We were thrust into this very quickly in March And now knowing the experiences and the things we have learned from that experience we are absolutely working on building that consistency of a student experience – Thank you, Mr. Wilson Okay, I think for our last question, who is deciding what happens in the fall? I’m concerned that a small vocal group will sway opinions of the board and I’m unclear who is making the decisions So the California Department of Education is not making the decision for us They have given the authority to local education agencies or districts who are governed by their boards to make those decisions as to which model we can implement coming back with the contingency that we are following our county’s health and guidance, health and safety guidelines So ultimately our board makes those final decisions My job and my staff’s job is to get all these different options with the health and safety guidelines that we have in Sacramento County and look at ways that we can bring our students back into school Believe me, all of us want our kids back in school and we would like them all back August 12th However, the state said and the county has said that we still have to adhere to the health and safety guidelines So our board takes that into account too And we also have the liability side of, “What if we don’t follow those “health and safety guidelines? “What kind of risk and exposure “does that cause for a school district “anywhere in the state of California?” So our board will take all of that into consideration as every board in the state of California will And I know our board will look at all sides of the issue

Look at the health and safety, now look at the legal, we have new board policy 0470 on COVID-19 mitigation plans A lot of what the structures will be as we enter in this new school year and reopening schools has been vetted by California School Board Association with board policies that our board will be putting into place It’s the board policies then that drive how we do that distance learning, how we handle grading, what do we do if there’s a positive case That information on the board policy that just was released by California School Board Association would be presented at our board on June 30th as well So one of our board’s major roles is to direct that policy and uphold that policy And it’s my job and my staffs’ job to talk about how we can implement it Not totally the board has that final decision and final say to the policies So I hope that answers that question It’s not an easy decision Our board is grappling with this as all of us are As parents, we grapple with this, and our students grapple with this And we know there’s the academic side but we know there’s the social/emotional side that our students and our staff are dealing with And I can’t say this enough Our staff want to be back with our students and we know our students want to be back with their teachers, the adults on campus, and their peers And that’s our goal And eventually we will be there We know this is going to be, this will pass In the meantime, we have to our very best as the caretakers of our most precious resource, our children, in making sure that we’re following those guidelines, adhering to whatever state guidance or mandates that were given and give our students the resources they need and our staff the support that they need to eventually come back into that, in that full traditional model However, in the meantime, we’ve got to have these other plans in place And I wanna thank you again, I wanna thank my staff and my team, those working behind-the-scenes, those that were presenting and answering questions tonight for being so informative We will continue to provide responses to the questions if they weren’t answered on this Town Hall this evening You can find them forthcoming on the district’s website We will also have recorded version in English and Spanish of tonight’s presentation that you can find on our YouTube channel and it will be closed captioned So with that, I want to go ahead and close our Virtual Town Hall Forum Thank you for all that joined us, for those that participated or just wanted to listen and hear more And I hope at the end of this two-hour session you have a little bit more information and a little more clarity on where we are at this point prior to knowing that the information is going to continue and evolve and change So I encourage you to stay connected and we are committed to keep our information flowing to you as well So with that, I’m going to go ahead and close this evening’s Virtual Town Hall Again thank you, stay healthy, stay well, and we’ll get that information out to you soon Good night (upbeat enlightening music)

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