2020-21 Reopening Plan

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PVSchools has been diligently planning and preparing for reopening for the 2020-2021 school year, while ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and community. 

Countless individuals have invested their time and expertise to develop a plan which provides educational choices for our families and safe learning environments. In addition to increased health and safety measures for a return to face-to-face instruction, the plan includes contingency scenarios should it be necessary to move instruction online or delay opening.

Our decisions guiding our reopening plan have been guided by the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), state and local governments, and input from thousands of PVSchools families, educators, staff, and community members. We recognize that circumstances and guidance related to COVID-19 may continue to evolve, and we will continue to adapt our plan to respond to those changes.

Thank you again for your patience and support as we collectively navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to welcoming you back to school.

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Digital Support for Parents and Students

PV Assist, an Information Technoloy support site, will help students and their families navigate logins/passwords, issues with Chromebooks, Google Classroom, and much more.

Your Path Back to School

August 5 through September 4, 2020: The PVSchools 2020-2021 school year will begin on our regularly scheduled first day on Wednesday, August 5, in an all virtual learning environment. Students will continue in this online learning model, PVConnect, through Labor Day weekend, Friday, September 4. All students will be enrolled in PVConnect unless families elect to enroll their child in PVOnline.

We believe it is important for learning to begin for students, and for families to have the stability and clarity regarding the first month of the start of the upcoming school year. Starting on time also ensures continued pay and benefits for all of our employees, and does not cause further financial hardship to our community’s economic vitality.

Starting with PVConnect allows for a smooth transition to face-to-face learning without disruption or changes to staff or student schedules once in-person learning is permitted to resume. 

As we approach September 4, 2020, we will evaluate the instructional model moving forward, which may include hybrid and fully in-person options. This will be dependent on data, guidance from public health officials, and state officials.

Learning Pathway Details

Click on either of the following learning pathway names to learn about the logistics of that plan:

PVConnect

Students in grades PreK-12 will participate in full, online learning with scheduled, real-time virtual instruction. All students will be expected to attend each day and submit assignments and participate as they would if they were attending in-person.

In K-6, students will join their virtual classroom each day for direct instruction and activities in reading, writing, math, and science or social studies. Students will also participate in special activities such as P.E. and art each week. Students will join their classes virtually through such platforms as Google Meet and WebEx. They will participate from their computers and engage with their teachers and classmates.  Teachers will be using Google Classrooms to share curriculum resources and assignments with students.

In grades 7-12, students will follow their middle or high school schedule of courses. Students will join their classes virtually through such platforms as Google Meet and WebEx. They will participate from their computers and engage with their teachers and classmates. Teachers will be using Google Classrooms to share curriculum resources and assignments with students. Once a class has ended, students will log into their next class with their next teacher.

PVOnline

Students in grades K-12 will participate in full, online learning that is self-paced with the expectation of meeting monthly progress goals.

Students in grades K-6 will be assigned to a homeroom teacher that will monitor students’ progress, be available for academic support, and communicate with students and parents. Courses in K-6 are provided in all core areas including ELA (i.e., reading/writing), math, science, and social studies. Courses in some specials, such as art and P.E. are also available.

In grades 7-12, students will work with various content teachers who will monitor students’ progress, be available for academic support, and communicate with students and parents. In PVOnline, students view instructional videos, read from curriculum resources, and complete assignments, all at their own pace and at any time of the day while meeting monthly progress goals. Honors, Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, and elective courses are also available.

Visit PVOnline's website for more detailed information.

Learning Pathway Options at a Glance

PVConnect Icon - Live Virtual Instruction

PVConnect (Virtual Real-Time Instruction)

  • 5 full days per week

  • Enrolled in PVSchools

  • Students are enrolled with their regular, classroom teachers for when in-person learning resumes
  • Includes instruction delivered via the Internet 

  • District device provided

  • Live real-time instruction at designated times during the day

  • PVSchools teachers 

  • PVSchools instruction, curriculum resources, assessment

  • Social-emotional support

  • Accommodations and support services provided

  • Specials and electives

  • May participate in modified extracurricular activities

PVOnline Icon - Online Self-Paced Learning

PVOnline (Virtual Personalized Pacing)

  • Flexible schedule with 24/7 access to course work

  • Enrolled in PVOnline using online registration

  • Includes instruction delivered via the Internet 

  • Teacher-supported learning environment

  • District device provided

  • PVSchools teachers 

  • Social-emotional support

  • Accommodations and support services provided

  • Limited specials available

Watch a PVOnline Overview

Special Program Details

If your child participates in a special program within PVSchools, there are some additional considerations when you are evaluating learning pathways for 2020-21. Please find your child's special program in the following list and click on it to see pertinent details:

English Language Learners
Special Program PVConnect
(Virtual Real-Time Instruction)
PVOnline
(Virtual Personalized Pacing)
English Language Learners Daily instruction to include targeted and integrated English language development (ELD) and meet the minutes of the approved state Structured English Immersion (SEI) models to the extent possible.

Daily Instruction and materials are in English only.

Live real-time targeted ELD instruction at designated times during the day to be provided by an ESL/BLE/SEI endorsed teacher who intentionally designs lessons that develop students’ English language skills. EL students will be grouped together in one grade level and with students of like English proficiency level, to the extent possible for this portion of ELD.

Integration of English language learning with academic content learning within a heterogeneous grade level setting with non-English learners will take place daily.

*Please contact the Language Acquisition Department for more information on programs, eligibility requirements, and program locations.
It is highly recommended that only students who are at the Intermediate level of language proficiency and whose parents have selected to opt of English language services select this option.

Students work at their own self-pace on a curriculum appropriate to their level.
Gifted Education
Special Program PVConnect
(Virtual Real-Time Instruction)
PVOnline
(Virtual Personalized Pacing)
Gifted
Gifted Preschool:
Plans TBD

Gifted Cluster Model (K-4):
Gifted students assigned to an online gifted cluster teacher, K-4 at each school, for daily real-time virtual instruction.

Grade level content, acceleration, and enrichment provided as appropriate.

Content Replacement (4-6 or 5-6):
Gifted students receive real-time virtual instruction daily in Math and Reading from the gifted specialist at their school.

Grade level content, acceleration, and enrichment provided as appropriate.

Self Contained Gifted (K-6):
Real-time virtual instruction provided daily with content acceleration and enrichment.

DLC and Journey:
Real-time virtual instruction provided daily with content acceleration and enrichment.

Middle School/High School Honors/AP Courses:
Real-time virtual instruction provided daily in accordance with the student’s scheduled class times.

*Please contact the Gifted Department for more information on programs and eligibility requirements.
All elementary age gifted students – those in the Self-Contained Program, Content Replacement (Honors classes) and Gifted Cluster classes – may participate in PVOnline using Edgenuity. Courses in Edgenuity are customized based on student proficiency. Edgenuity is self-paced, personalized, and based on students’ individual proficiency levels. Gifted students will be able to test out of material they have already mastered so that they can learn at their individual challenge levels in all content areas.

PVOnline teachers have experience differentiating curriculum and instruction for exceptional learners. The Gifted Education Department will provide additional resources and training to support PVOnline teachers with gifted students in their classes to implement differentiated instruction in their classes and modify coursework when needed.

Visit the Gifted homepage for additional information on PVOnline for gifted students.
Special Education
Program PVConnect
(Virtual Real-Time Instruction)
PVOnline
(Virtual Personalized Pacing)
Special Education
All special education services implemented virtually, in real-time, within inclusion and self-contained programs, as appropriate to the student’s IEP.

Students in grades K-12 will participate in full, online learning with scheduled real-time virtual instruction.  

In K-6, students from across the District will be organized in classroom-sized groups by grade level to work with an assigned PVSchools homeroom teacher. That teacher will require students to join their virtual classroom each day for direct instruction and activities in reading, writing, math, and science or social studies. Students will also participate in special activities such as P.E. and art each week.

Special Education and Related Services will be provided virtually through online instruction and may overlap sessions with some of the general education instruction. Students will have an individualized schedule to maximize their access to general education curriculum and instruction.

Student IEPs will need to be amended to reflect this model of service delivery based on parent selection of this model and the individual needs of each student.

*Please contact the Special Education Department for more information on programs and eligibility requirements.
All special education services implemented virtually within inclusion and self-contained programs, as appropriate to the student’s IEP.

Students in grades K-12 will participate in full, online learning that is self-paced. Parents will need to assist their students in creating a daily and weekly schedule to ensure coursework completion.

Students in grades K-6 will be assigned to a homeroom teacher that will monitor students’ progress, be available for academic support, and communicate with students and parents. Courses in K-6 are provided in all core areas, including ELA (i.e., reading/writing), math, science, and social studies. Courses in some specials, such as art and P.E., are also available. 

In grades 7-12, students will work with various content teachers who will monitor students’ progress, be available for academic support, and communicate with students and parents. In PVOnline, students view instructional videos, read from curriculum resources, and complete assignments, all at their own pace and at any time of the day. Honors, Advanced Placement, and elective courses are also available.

If students require access to an alternative curriculum (i.e., a lower level of content or modifications to instruction), K-6 students will be enrolled in Edgenuity rather than PVOnline.

If students currently receive Speech-Language therapy or Related Services, these online services will need to be scheduled to occur with PVSchools staff as PVOnline and Edgenuity do not employ these providers.

This is not an option for SUN Kids due to how young children learn in context with their peers and teachers. There is currently no online curriculum available for preschool.

*Student’s IEP may have to be amended through an IEP meeting to align with the PVOnline delivery model, if this model is requested.

**Please contact the Special Education Department for more information on programs and eligibility requirements.

Read a Parent Letter on Special Education via PVConnect and PVOnline (PDF)
Educación Especial: PVConnect y PVOnline/Edgenuity (PDF)

Introduction and Background

In order to develop recommendations regarding reopening of school for 2020-2021, the Superintendent’s Committee on Reopening (SCoRe) was formed through a formal committee call. The group consists of representatives from key stakeholder groups:

View the SCoRe Membership
  • Mitch von Gnechten, Ed.D., Director Student Services - Secondary - Facilitator
  • Lori Berman, Parent - UPC
  • Kea Carota, Parent - UPC
  • Susan Chubrich-Seep, Teacher at Horizon High School - PVEA
  • Michelle Courtright, President of PVSEA - PVSEA
  • Brandon George, Director of Transportation - COA
  • Lora Herbein, Director of Student Services - Elementary - COA
  • Leah Knaeble, President of PVEA - PVEA
  • Melissa Molzhon, Principal of North Canyon High School - PVP
  • Melissa Schwartz, Parent - UPC
  • Jessica Wani, President of UPC - UPC
  • Shawn Webster, ESP Shadow Mountain High School - PVSEA
  • Jerry Withers, Principal of Campo Bello Elementary School - PVP
View SCoRe's Guiding Principles
The guiding principles of SCoRe were to ensure:
  • The safety and well-being of all students, staff, and community.
  • Meaningful teaching and learning for all students and staff.
  • Fidelity of the continued operations of the district.
SCoRe was tasked with developing recommendations for parameters and guiding principles to implement based on three scenarios:
  • Schools begin on time and need to close due to a second wave of COVID-19 cases.
  • School opening is delayed due to increases in COVID-19 cases.
  • Schools begin on time and remain open.
The recommendations for parameters and guiding principles were aligned with the information provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Arizona health experts, and guidance from the Arizona Department of Education (ADE).

SCoRe reviewed a variety of resources in the development of their recommendations, including, but not limited to:
  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) K-12 District Reopening Checklist, Hanover Research
  • Schools Decision Tree, Centers for Disease Control
  • Considerations for Schools, Centers for Disease Control
  • PVSchools Pandemic Flu Protocols, PVSchools
  • Return to School Roadmap, Opportunity Labs
  • Guidance on Return to the Workplace, Gust Rosenfeld
  • Roadmap for Reopening Schools, Arizona Department of Education
  • Protocols for Reopening, Udall Shumway

Health and Wellness Measures (Once In-Person Instruction Resumes)

Face Coverings

  • Students and staff will be required to wear cloth masks where 6 feet of social distancing between staff and students is not possible. 

  • Any student who has difficulty breathing or who is incapable of physically removing the face covering on his/her own will not wear cloth face coverings, and alternate methods of protection will be discussed by parents and staff. Cloth masks should not be worn when students are engaging in physical activity. Students who refuse to comply with the safety protocols adopted for in-person learning will be assigned to an online learning program pursuant to A.R.S. 15-841(F).

Hand Hygiene

  • Frequent hand washing/cleaning will be encouraged at regular intervals throughout the day with both soap and water or hand sanitizer. Instructions for hand washing include:
    • Using soap and water, scrubbing for 20 seconds, and rinsing.
    • Using paper towels to dry hands, turn sink handles, and open doors, then safely discarding.
  • Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Additional handwashing sinks will be installed at all elementary and middle schools. 

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be installed in lobbies and campus main entries.

School Campuses and Classrooms

  • Where possible, student seating will be arranged to maintain social distancing. Desks will be faced in the same direction, rather than facing each other, or students will sit on only one side of tables, spaced apart.  

  • Each student’s belongings will be separated from others’ and in individually labeled containers, cubbies, or areas. 

  • Assigned seating in classrooms will be implemented to assist with contact tracing.

  • Where possible, social distancing will be maintained in open areas, such as hallways, stairwells, gyms, playgrounds.

  • Students will be encouraged to bring their own water to minimize use and touching of water fountains. 

  • To limit exposure to other students and staff, recess will be separated by classes and grade level cohorts.

  • Signage will be posted in all rooms and common areas explaining hygiene practices to prevent spread.

  • Where possible, adjustments to drop-off and pick-up routines will be made to facilitate social distancing. Staff will escort young students into and out of the building. Families are asked to remain in their vehicles or wait outside.

  • Additional cleaning staff at each campus will be hired for routine cleaning of restrooms, drinking fountains, lunchrooms, and common areas throughout the school day.

  • Continued air quality will be maintained by cleaning all HVAC unit coils and changing air filters as scheduled.

Health Screening

  • Students should stay home if they feel ill or are exhibiting symptoms of respiratory infection.

  • Parents and guardians should assess their child’s health daily prior to heading to school or the bus stop.

  • At the beginning of each day as students enter the classroom, teachers will informally screen students for respiratory symptoms. If the teacher has concerns, they will contact the school nurse prior to sending the student to the Nurse’s Office.

  • Students will be reminded of proper respiratory hygiene, including:
    • Avoiding touching the eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Covering the mouth when coughing.
    • Covering the nose when sneezing and safely discarding tissues.

Visitors on Campus

  • All visitors and volunteers will be required to wear cloth masks and must follow all posted safety protocols. 

  • To the extent possible, access on campus for outside visitors or volunteers except for the safety and well-being of students will be limited.

  • All visitors or parents/guardians are required to report to the front office and not go beyond unless it is for the safety or well-being of their child.

Response to Reported Cases

  • CDC protocols regarding reported cases and specific guidance from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health will be followed.

  • School nurses will follow established screening protocols, and will consult with public health officials to determine how best to handle students and staff who display or develop COVID-19 symptoms. 

  • Isolation rooms will be set up within health offices for students or staff who may be sick.

Additional Protocols

The following health and wellness measures are in addition to the ones previously mentioned. Click on the following departments and topics to read their protocols:

Nutrition and Wellness Department Protocols

  • Cafeteria entries and service lanes will be marked for social distancing.
  • ID scanners will be implemented to reduce or eliminate use of keypads.
  • When possible, procedures for lunch will be adjusted to allow for social distancing, greater spacing, and to reduce interactions, including possibility of adding additional lunch periods at middle and high schools and staggering lunches at elementary schools.
  • Schools will continue to follow practices and procedures that comply with public health guidelines such as food handling, food preparation, cleaning and disinfecting, and food and drink dispensers.

Transportation Department Protocols

  • Bus staff and students are required to wear cloth masks on buses. 
  • Visible signage will be placed at the entry to each bus and students will be reminded not to ride if they are symptomatic.
  • Students will be asked to comply with social distancing guidelines when waiting at the stop, during boarding, and while exiting the bus. 
  • Seating charts will be utilized, seating siblings together and implementing “neighbor” seating to provide consistency in seating and minimize movement within the bus.
  • Buses will be sanitized between runs and at the end of the day. 
  • Families are encouraged to transport their children to school to reduce the number of students on a bus.

View Protocols Related to Students' Social-Emotional Well-Being

  • Students’ social-emotional well-being will be assessed when schools reopen, with additional support provided for students showing signs of mental health concerns, including trauma.
  • Schools will incorporate trauma-informed practices and social-emotional learning into classroom instruction in a manner that supports equity and inclusion and reflects cultural responsiveness.

View Protocols for Events and Field Trips

  • Large group gatherings, such as school assemblies, fall festivals, dances, and book fairs will be suspended until further notice and resumption will be reevaluated regularly. This includes school sponsored and PTA/PTO sponsored events.
  • Field Trips will be suspended until further notice and resumption will be reevaluated regularly. Opportunities for virtual field trips will be explored.
  • Determinations regarding possible resumption of athletics programs will be made in collaboration with the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), including whether public attendance at events may be possible due to restrictions on large group gatherings.