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Moraga School District Update on Our Schools and Plans - March 18, 2020
Posted 3/18/20

Moraga School District Update on Our Schools and Plans

March 18, 2020

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The District recognizes that many of you have questions about how we are going to proceed with student learning.  Today, a number of those questions were asked at today’s 4:00 PM Special Governing Board meeting.  Thank you to the ninety-six participants who joined the teleconference.

 

Before and following the Friday, March 13, Emergency Governing Board meeting, the District began planning for a possible school closure.  Per the decision to close schools through March 27, the District developed two a two-phase plan recognizing the uncertainty of the length schools could be closed.  Phase I called for teachers to develop ten sets of supplemental educational plans to reinforce and maintain prior student learning for the period of March 17th through March 27th.  These plans were sent to parents Monday or Tuesday this week.  Following the decision to close schools on Friday, March 13, the Contra Costa Health Services Order, which called for a shelter-in-place, went into effect on Tuesday, March 17.  Per this Order and a school closure possibly being extended, the MSD initiated Phase II plans or distance learning. Distance learning plans are being prepared and we anticipate sending them to parents April 6 or 7. 

 

Distance learning means instruction in which the student and teacher are in different locations. This may include interacting through the use of computer and communications technology.  Distance learning may include video or audio instruction in which the primary mode of communication between the student and teacher is on-line, video, or other instruction that relies on computer or communications technology. It may also include the use of print materials.  Distance learning is designed to maintain, reinforce and present new learning.  The District will use a variety of online platforms to implement distance learning, including Clever, SeeSaw, Google Classroom, Google Apps and Zoom.

 

We continue to ask for your patience and flexibility as we create our distance learning plans. We are doing our best to create independent and flexible options which not only deliver the best possible experience for all of our students under the circumstances, but will be sustainable for the duration of the school closure.  Putting together such a plan is a multi-agency proposition and takes time to coordinate properly to ensure access and equity for all Moraga School District students. Nevertheless, we want you to be aware of our work ahead and what students can expect in the coming weeks.  

 

These times are unprecedented and our lives are being driven by conditions that are uncertain and changing rapidly.  In light of that, the District will continue to provide communication via email, website, text and our four social media platforms. 

 

As noted in prior messages, protecting public health requires a community-wide response, and we need the support of all Moraga families to help remain united in our response and follow the Contra County Health Service Orders.  Please click on the link and take a few minutes to read the Order.

 

As we plan, we urge you to enjoy the time with your families as much as possible and to stay healthy. 

 

Bruce K. Burns
Superintendent
Moraga School District

1540 School Street 
Moraga, CA 94556 
(925) 377-4101