Frequently Asked Questions August 3, 2020

School Opening FAQ August 3, 2020
Posted on 08/03/2020

RSD FAQ July 31.pdf

When does school start?

School starts on August 12, 2020 for all programs offered.  We hope to have schedules made and information ready by next week. 


Will my child have to wear a mask at school? What type of mask is needed?

Yes.  All students (and staff) in grades TK to 8th grades will be required to wear a face covering (mask) at school by governor’s order to enter and exit, ride the bus, as well as travel throughout the buildings.    Students in 3rd to 8th grades will be required to wear mask within the classrooms as well.

Mask minimum requirements:

  • Mask must cover mouth & nose
  • Mask must sit flush or create a seal to the face
  • If using a shield, there must be a drape that comes down off the bottom or a mask.

Examples: See Attachment for examples


What will social distancing look like at the school?

Students will remain in the same cohort (group) with the same teacher during the day to the greatest extent possible, including during recess and lunch, to limit intermingling with other students.  Desks are spaced within the classrooms to follow the Shasta County Health guidelines.  Materials within the classrooms will be allocated for individual use.   Frequent handwashing and/or use of hand sanitizer will be occurring.  Staff will be positioned 6 feet between themselves and students as much as is practicable.  Transitions within the middle school will be minimized.


Will the schools be temperature screening students?

No.  We are asking that all families take the temperature of their child each morning and screen for illness.  If your child has a temperature of 100.4 or higher you are to keep them home.  If your child is sick please keep them home.  Call the school as normal to let them know.  We will take the temperature of students who are showing signs of being ill, as we have always done.  We will be asking staff to do visual checks of students as they arrive.


Will my child have PE and recess?  What about sports?

Yes.  PE will still be happening as required.  We are making schedules that keep cohorts intact during recess and lunch times with designated play areas as much as we can.  All fall sports are postponed at this time.


What happens if there is a positive case at school?

Schools will work with public health on communication and protecting privacy.  A confirmed case could result in a cohort being put on distance learning protocols with their current teacher for 14 days.  The entire school community would be informed that there was a case at the school.


What would be the conditions to move all students to Phase 1 (Distance/Virtual Learning)?

If Shasta County went on the California County watch list all schools in Shasta County would move to Distance/Virtual Learning.



What does the Distance/Virtual Learning look like?

Distance Learning will be a daily live interaction using Zoom to engage students with their teacher and peers.  This interaction is defined as two-way communication.  The focus of these interactions will be English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Other learning activities will be completed by students’ offline with guidance from their teacher. 


Will visitors be allowed on campus?

All school sites will be limiting visitors, including parents.  Office access will still be open with health and safety protocols.  Call the school for appointments if a meeting is required.  Each campus will have a beginning of year schedule for Kindergarten families to help their child to classrooms during the first week.  


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