TK-6 Safe Schools Reopening Plan for Elementary Education

Updated October 23, 2020 –

At the October 19 Board of Education meeting, our Board Trustees took an important step forward in the effort to safely reopen our elementary schools to welcome back our preschool and TK-6 grade students. Trustees approved the Waiver Application, and District staff submitted the application to the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency and County Office of Education for review and approval.

While Stanislaus County is currently only permitted to look at reopening elementary schools using the waiver process, we have begun discussing the safe reopening of our junior high and high school sites, but we are not yet to the point where we are able to do so. But, for our junior high and high school families, much of the information regarding the reopening of elementary schools will also apply to junior high and high schools.  

First and foremost, it is important to know that as your student’s parent or guardian, the decision on whether or not your student will return for in-person instruction is completely up to you. Again, you have a choice on whether or not to send your student back to campus for in-person instruction.

All health and safety protocols, including mask requirements for students, are included in the Waiver Application and Reopening Plan linked below.

Here are the key details on reopening dates and what learning will look like:  

Elementary sites will reopen to groups or cohorts of TK-2 grade students on Thursday, November 12.

At this time, groups or cohorts of students in grades 3-6 are slated to return on Monday, November 30. This date is tentative as it is dependent on further discussions and input from Board Trustees, District leadership and our labor partners.

Classes will be split into two groups, or cohorts. Students will attend school on-campus either Mondays and Tuesdays or Thursdays and Fridays, receiving live instruction in the classroom from their teachers. Wednesdays will be distance learning at home for all students.

On the days when students are not attending school on campus, they will be online and distance learning from home, with their teachers instructing in real-time for both the students learning at home and those who are in the classroom.

As mentioned earlier, parents and guardians have the option to keep their students in 100% distance learning as is currently happening.

It is important to note that we are actively working with our labor partners to reach agreements on a number of items.

There are still many unanswered questions. We are working to address those questions and will share additional information as it becomes available.





See the feedback collected from TK-6 parents, 7-12 parents and staff:



MCS hosted virtual interactive TK-6 Reopening Forums – click each link to view the recording of each event: