State Mandate Impacts TKA Reopening Plans 

Dear TKA Community,

On Friday, July 17, Governor Newsom instituted a new order that will require all public and private schools in Santa Clara County to begin the fall online: "Schools located in counties that are on the Monitoring List must not physically open for in-person instruction until their county has come off the Monitoring List for 14 consecutive days."  The full guidance from the California Department of Public Health can be found here

While conditions could change and allow us to reopen in a hybrid format, it is highly unlikely that the county will reach the state's goals before we begin school on Monday, August 24.  Our plan will be to transition to a hybrid format once the conditions are met, but for now, we felt it important to notify our community that The King's Academy will begin the school year online.

In Him,

Scott Meadows, Head of School

Head of School Message: Details for Reopening Online

Greetings from Principals Ferrante & Williamson


Remote Learning Expectations & Schedule

Student Engagement Expectations Fall 2020

VPA Plans for Fall 2020

Student Schedule Fall 2020

Students will have 5 days of synchronous learning following TKA's normal school schedule.

 

Important Dates

2020-2021 School Year

*Further details will be forthcoming about these activities.

  • August 7 (Friday) - Class schedules released by end of day.
  • August 10-14 (Monday-Friday) - Schedule adjustments for students via remote meetings with counselors.
  • August 17 (Monday) - New Student Orientation/Photos/Textbook Distribution, staggered two-hour, assigned time blocks from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • August 18-20 (Tuesday-Thursday) - School Photos/Textbook Distribution, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. *Families will be assigned day/time to come to campus.
  • August 24 (Monday) - First Day of School (was August 18-moved to one week later)
  • Everything Else To Be Determined!

 TKA 2020-2021 School Year-at-a-Glance

  • *All school events subject to change due to public health orders to prevent the spread of COVID19.
  • *All fall retreats have been canceled; school will be in session on the weekdays planned for retreats.

Key Points for TKA Reopening

On Friday, July 17, Governor Newsom instituted a new order that will require all public and private schools in Santa Clara County to begin the fall online: "Schools located in counties that are on the Monitoring List must not physically open for in-person instruction until their county has come off the Monitoring List for 14 consecutive days."  The full guidance from the California Department of Public Health can be found here

Due to state mandate, TKA will begin school online.

  • Remote learning will begin on Monday, August 24.
  • The health order applies to all public and private schools in Santa Clara County; elementary schools can apply for a waiver to have in-person school. 
  • TKA will soon be installing Cisco PresenterTrack to improve the remote learning experienceWatch this short demo to see how it works! Teachers can teach from their classrooms and the camera will automatically follow them and focus on what they are doing. This experience will be a significant improvement over Zoom. TKA is the only school in California using this technology!  
  • For remote learning, synchronous classes will meet five days per week.
  • Students will be assessed and receive grades.
  • There will be no fall retreats due to current health guidelines; school will be in session on the days planned for retreats.
  • (7/20/20) California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), the state's governing body for high school athletics, announced that the fall sports season is being delayed until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

TKA will transition to a hybrid model once conditions are met in Santa Clara County.

  • TKA's hybrid model will combine on-campus rotation with live-feed for remote learning. Students will be placed in two cohorts and rotate one week on campus for in-person learning and one week at home with remote learning.
  • Parents can choose to opt-out and exclusively have remote learning through live stream for their students.
  • All students and staff will be required to wear face coverings, except those with special needs who are unable to tolerate a face covering.
  • Activities on campus will be designed to limit interaction and comply with social distancing.
  • Additional cleaning and sanitation measures will be in place during the day between classes and daily throughout campus, with a deep cleaning of campus on weekends.

Latest Santa Clara County Public Health Orders

Latest Public Health Orders

7/17/20: What is Closed under State or Santa Clara County Health Orders

Reopening School Guidance

On June 30, the Santa Clara County Health Department (SCCHD) identified requirements and recommendations for schools to follow to protect students and staff from COVID-19 transmission in school setting.

SCCHD makes clear: "Whether schools can move forward with reopening for in-person instruction in the fall will depend on the containment of COVID-19 in the weeks ahead."

Principles for Reopening

  • Be compliant with state and local government and public health recommendations
  • Protect the health and safety of students and faculty/staff
  • Attend to the spiritual, social, and emotional health needs of our students, staff, and school community
  • Establish health screening protocols for staff and students
  • Utilize guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Santa Clara County Public Health
  • Limit the number of students on campus to meet public health department guidelines
  • Provide students with familiar school routines for learning
  • Ensure that each student is engaged in their learning and that appropriate resources are offered to promote academic success
  • Provide staff professional development that addresses the unique challenges of virtual learning, and provide collaboration time for teachers to work in teams by department or grade level for curriculum development
  • Streamline technology platforms for communication, learning management system, and gradebook and clearly communicate the purpose of and how to access each platform at the beginning of the school year
  • Teach online skills to students and families, including how to use devices and access materials, digital citizenship, and digital literacy
  • Prioritize in-person instruction to the extent allowable
  • Once on-campus learning resumes:
    • Establish effective use of spaces and places to support physical distancing
    • Ensure adequate supplies of personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer, and access to handwashing stations
    • Establish protocols to sanitize frequently used facilities and surfaces

Feedback from Parents About Reopening

  • Parents were split over whether they were comfortable sending their child(ren) back to campus – 60% were comfortable but 40% had reservations. Some expressed that only the production of a vaccine would make them comfortable.
  • Parents emphasized the importance of choice for students and families around the decision of whether or not to return to school and support a schedule with flexibility for remote and in-person learning
  • Parents shared that the most effective strategies during online learning included collaborative assignments, the use of breakout rooms, and frequent teacher feedback/one-on-one engagement.
  • Parents support a schedule that allows for synchronous and asynchronous instruction and support. 
  • Parents desired more synchronous days than the two offered during the spring.

Requirements for Face Coverings (when move to Hybrid Model)

Santa Clara County Health Department Requirements 

Teachers and Staff 

  • All adults must wear a cloth face covering at all times while on campus, except while eating or drinking. 
  • Staff excluded from this requirement are those that require respiratory protection according to Cal/OSHA standards.  

Students 

All students are required to wear cloth face coverings*:
  • while arriving and departing from school campus
  • when in the classroom
  • in any area outside of the classroom (except when eating, drinking, or engaging in physical activity
Students excluded from face covering requirements include: 
  1. Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the covering without assistance 
  2. Students with special needs who are unable to tolerate a face covering.

*What is defined as a face covering and why do we need them?

A face covering means a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers only the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face. A face covering may include a scarf or bandana or any other homemade covering and does not need to be medical-grade. In light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms.

Note about Face Shields

Face shields are not recommended as a replacement for face coverings given concerns over their ability to minimize droplet spread to others.

Health Screenings (when move to Hybrid Model)

SCCHD Health Screening Requirements

  • Students, staff, and visitors may not enter campus if they have any COVID-19 symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, recent loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • All students and staff should be screened for symptoms each day. Staff and students’ parents or guardians can conduct symptom screening at-home, prior to arrival.
  • Temperature screening of students and staff is not required. 
  • Students or staff with any identified COVID-19 symptoms and/or a temperature of 100.0 or higher must be sent home immediately until testing and/or medical evaluation has been conducted.

COVID19 Resources

Latest Orders

On Friday, July 17, Governor Newsom instituted a new order that will require all public and private schools in Santa Clara County to begin the fall online: "Schools located in counties that are on the Monitoring List must not physically open for in-person instruction until their county has come off the Monitoring List for 14 consecutive days."

Santa Clara County Health Department (SCCHD)

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Resources

Other Resources

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