Safe & Thoughtful Return to School

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  • Return to School Timeline
  • Health Mitigation Plan
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    NOTICE: The conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are continually evolving and the unpredictability of this virus requires MUSD to remain flexible and ready to make changes in our plan. MUSD's Safe & Thoughtful Return to School plan and Safety Protocol are consistently evaluated to adapt to the continuing trends of the COVID-19 virus, guided by local, state, and national authorities. MUSD thanks you for your continued patience, support, and understanding through this process.


     

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    Return to School Plan

    MUSD began its school year on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 through Remote Learning and Distance Learning.  

     

    On June 29, 2020, the Governor's Executive Order delayed the start of in-person instruction until August 17, 2020, while allowing schools to offer remote learning/distance learning. 

     

    The Marana Unified School District recognizes that it is in the best interest of students, staff, and families to re-engage, connect, and begin learning as soon as possible, and therefore, the school year began on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, in a Remote Learning/Distance Learning environment. 

     

    On July 23, 2020 the Governor released the Arizona: Open for Learning Plan, replacing the August 17 date for in-person instruction with the release of “public health benchmarks” for the safe return of in-person, teacher-led classroom instruction. The Governor announced that these benchmarks will be made available to school districts no later than August 7.

     

    The Executive Order states that schools are not required to return to in-person, teacher-led, classroom instruction on a specific date. Rather, the Order states that school districts are to consider the public health benchmark recommendations, guidance from county health officials, community needs, and available resources to determine when in-person instruction can safely be made available for all students. 

     

    In August 2020, the work of the Pima County’s Back to School Committee, comprised of superintendents of all area school districts and Pima County Health Department (PCHD) authorities, developed the Pima County Health Department COVID-19 Progress Report and Local Recommendations, aligned with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) benchmarks. The PCHD progress report identifies three criteria (Disease, Healthcare Capacity, and Public Health Capacity) to consider for the return to in-person, classroom instruction. The Disease Criteria reflects the same three benchmarks listed by ADHS. The Healthcare Capacity Criteria looks at the healthcare system’s ability to identify new cases of COVID-19 and the ability to safely and responsibly provide care for patients should a surge in cases occur. The final criteria, Public Health Capacity Criteria, is designed to support districts and communities moving forward. This includes the support that MUSD will receive from PCHD as we finalize all health mitigation and return to school plans. The clear guidance for knowing when it is safe to return to the classroom is appreciated and needed, and we are encouraged by the progress that is being made with regards to the benchmarks.

     

    #MUSDchoice, #MUSDSafeReturn, #MUSDStaysConnected  The health and safety of MUSD students, employees, and the community remain the District's focus. As the District watches these benchmarks and metrics, the District’s COVID Response and Return to School Task Force committees work on the refinement and expansion of the health mitigation and protocol strategies that need to be in place to safely return to school. MUSD is also working with a PCHD School Liaison and following the guidance and expertise of health professionals. Additionally, the Pima County Back to School Committee continues collaborative planning efforts toward a safe return to in-person instruction.

     

    Families have the choice of full-time Remote Learning for grades K-12 or full-time Marana Distance Learning for grades 5-12, which began on the first day of the school year, August 5. There is no sign-up required for students to start the school year through Remote Learning. Families interested in Distance Learning are encouraged to review carefully the information and registration information on the Distance Learning webpage.

     

    Remote Learning/Distance Learning will continue until the District can safely return to in-person classroom instruction. When schools are able to return to in-person classroom instruction, students may continue in remote learning or choose in-person Classroom Instruction, depending on student/family needs. Because MUSD is following the same schedules and using the same curriculum, students can transition from remote learning to classroom instruction without disruption in academics or student learning. 

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    The Marana Unified School District's Return to School Task Force development of a Safe & Thoughtful Return to School plan is a collaborative effort guided by MUSD's teachers and administrators, parents and employees, local and state health officials, and Arizona's Roadmap for Reopening Schools. The work of the Task Force is: 

     

     

    It is Marana Unified School District's promise that the District's Safe & Thoughtful Return to School plan is designed with the health and safety of students and employees as the top priority, and based on public health information available at the time. This plan to return to school is student-centered, focused on the social-emotional and physical health and safety of students and staff, and designed to keep students learning at a high level. The 2020-2021 school year will look different, but it’s an opportunity to chart a new course for success when it comes to education. It is MUSD's commitment to offer every student a safe, high-quality learning experience with a focus on school connectedness while providing additional services and supports to students and families.

     

    Read MUSD communications to Parents/Guardians for updates

     

    Learn about On-site Support Services.

     

    Learn about the District's Childcare for Essential Workers program.  

     

    View the Chromebook & Tech Support webpage for information and tech support. 

     

    Learn about the Health Mitigation Plan

  • Remote Learning

  • IMAGE: Connectedness, Community Building, Creativity & Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Consistency.  Remote Learning is a structured, engaging, high-quality academic learning experience, which allows students to connect to their teachers, classmates, and daily lessons virtually. No sign-up required to begin the school year on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

     

    Please review MUSD's Remote Learning Parent and Student Resource Guide. The purpose of this resource guide is to provide supplemental resources to parents and students to engage in learning in a remote setting.

     

    Parents may also view a video for an overview of remote learning. 

     

    • Grades K-12
    • Five full-days per week
    • Instruction provided by MUSD appropriately certified and nationally certified teachers
    • Live teacher-led lessons, live class meetings and flipped instruction (independent learning)
    • Academic support including tutoring, individual, or small group support
    • MUSD academic standards, instruction, assessment, curriculum resources utilized
    • Consistency in teaching practices 
    • Clearly articulated daily schedules and student expectations
    • Daily attendance and participation required
    • Student progress supported with feedback and grades
    • Social-emotional support, lessons, and counseling services
    • Accommodations and support services provided (Special Education, English Language Development, Gifted)
    • Physical Education, Music, and other electives 
    • Additional services and support to students and families
    • Chromebook provided by MUSD
    • Digital Citizenship and PBIS lessons will be taught
    • Technology and technical support provided
    • Lessons aligned to the District's comprehensive district curriculum, allowing a seamless transition to Classroom Learning or Flexible Learning when the District is able to resume instruction in-person.

     

    View the Chromebook & Tech Support webpage for information and tech support. 

     

    More information will be shared on this webpage and in weekly communications to families including expectations and requirements for student learning, meet the teacher virtual visits, grading, attendance, instruction, daily schedules, special needs, Chromebook distribution, sports/athletic practices, and other information. 

  • Distance Learning

  • IMAGE: Distance Learning Logo.

    A full-time online distance learning experience designed around the personalized learning needs of student. Distance Learning courses suit learners who prefer to work independently and are able to prioritize and complete tasks on their own.

     

    • Grades 5-12
    • Five full-days per week
    • Students considering Distance Learning for grades 5-12 should carefully consider their academic skills and learning style.
    • Self-Paced Curriculum through Mesa Distance Learning - more than 80 courses offered.  
    • MUSD teachers or Mesa Distance Learning teachers
    • Chromebook provided by MUSD
    • Social-emotional support
    • Physical Education and other electives 
    • Accommodations and support services available 

    Learn more and register for Distance Learning 

  • When Schools Are Able To Resume In-Person Instruction 

     

    MUSD is committed to providing families choice to make the decision that is best for their student’s learning. MUSD recognizes that these are unprecedented times and each student and family has different needs. The District also recognizes that parents have a choice when it comes to education, and MUSD parents have voiced a need for both classroom learning and online learning when the District is able to resume in-person instruction.

     

    When schools resume in-person instruction, aligned with Governor Doug Ducey's “Arizona: Open for Learning” plan, MUSD plans to offer three high-quality learning models to provide choice for students and families:

     

    Classroom Learning - available when schools are able to resume in-person instruction

    Flexible Learning - available when schools are able to resume in-person instruction

    Full-Time Marana Distance Learning - available beginning August 5 through the 2020-2021 school year for grades 5-12. 

     

    The Arizona Department of Health Services developed and released public health benchmarks to school districts for the safe return of in-person, teacher-led classroom instruction. As the finer details of each learning model developed, with a focus on school connectedness and high-quality instruction, the learning models were updated and presented to the Governing Board on September 17.  The District's Safety Protocols were also updated, aligned with public health guidance and benchmarks. 

Classroom Learning

  • Classroom Learning
  • When schools are able to resume in-person instruction, all MUSD schools will plan to open, as normal as possible with reasonable health and safety measures. In the event of health concerns, illness, or personal reasons, a student can transition to Flexible Learning or Distance Learning. You will find information regarding new health and safety measures in the Safety Protocol Plan, which continues to be updated.

    • Grades PreK-12
    • Five full-days per week
    • Regular school hours
    • Mitigation protocols
    • MUSD appropriately certified and nationally certified teachers
    • Teacher-led in-person instruction at school of enrollment
    • MUSD academic standards, instruction, assessment, curriculum resources
    • Comprehensive MUSD curriculum with availability of classes
    • Social-emotional support and counseling services
    • Accommodations and support services provided (Special Education, English Language Development, Gifted)
    • Physical Education, Music, and other electives 
    • Digital Citizenship and PBIS
    • Chromebook provided by MUSD
    • Enhanced disinfecting and safety protocols 

     

Flexible Learning

  • Flexible Learning
  • When schools are able to resume in-person instruction, families may choose Flexible Learning. Flexible Learning is designed around unique and individual student learning needs. Learning will consist of remote learning at home delivered by MUSD educators, with the opportunity to transition to in-person classroom learning as applicable to meet individual student learning needs. Flexible Learning provides the opportunity for students to stay connected to their school of enrollment while learning remotely due to health concerns, illness, or personal reasons.  

    • Grades K-12
    • Five full-days per week
    • Regular school hours
    • Synchronous/Asynchronous Instruction
    • MUSD appropriately certified and nationally certified teachers
    • MUSD academic standards, instruction, assessment, curriculum resources
    • Live teacher-led and flipped instruction
    • Live class meetings and small group support
    • MUSD academic standards, instruction, assessment, curriculum resources
    • Consistency in teaching practices 
    • Clearly articulated schedules and expectations
    • Daily attendance and participation required
    • Student progress supported with feedback and grades
    • Curriculum aligned to MUSD in-person classroom learning 
    • Social-emotional support and counseling
    • Accommodations and support services provided (Special Education, English Language Development, Gifted)
    • Physical Education, Music, and other electives 
    • Digital Citizenship and PBIS
    • Chromebook provided by MUSD

Distance Learning

  • Distance Learning
  • Full-time online distance learning experiences designed around the personalized learning needs of student. Students considering Distance Learning for grades 5-12 should carefully consider their academic skills and learning style. Distance Learning courses suit learners who prefer to work independently and are able to prioritize and complete tasks on their own. Students who need support services to access grade-level content may require additional consideration before enrolling in Distance Learning or may consider Flexible Learning (when schools are able to resume in-person instruction) for their academic needs. Learn more and register for Distance Learning.  

    • Grades 5-12
      • Grades K-4 can choose the Flexible Learning Model for online learning at home when schools are able to resume in-person instruction.
    • Five full-days per week
    • Asynchronous  Instruction
    • Self-Paced Curriculum through Mesa Distance Learning - more than 80 courses offered.  
    • MUSD teachers or Mesa Distance Learning teachers
    • Chromebook provided by MUSD
    • Social-emotional support
    • Physical Education and other electives 
    • Accommodations and support services available