Students Return To Campuses
Eight months after schools were closed due to the pandemic, sites were once again abuzz with activity. Students were allowed to return to campuses for in-person instruction on November 3rd on a modified schedule and with a slew of safety measures in place. All MUHSD students had previously been on Distance Learning since last March.
Families had the option to keep their students on Distance Learning for the remainder of the first semester. Students returning to campuses are doing so on a modified A/B schedule where they alternate days that they are physically at school. On their "off days", students are logging into the classes from home just like they did during Distance Learning. All MUHSD students have classes five days a week.
The majority of students who returned were able to keep the same teachers and schedules. This is possible because of the media equipment purchased by the school district that allows teachers to broadcast their lessons in real time to students online.
"One of the main tenets of our 'Return To In-person Learning' plan was to have as little disruption as possible and broadcasting made this feasible," said Superintendent Peterson. "Now, students and teachers can continue building on those relationships that formed during Distance Learning."
MUHSD worked with the Merced County Department of Public Health on its plan to transition students back to in-person learning as well as the new safety measures have been implemented at sites. Students will become familiar with the new protocols during "Intersession", the first two weeks of the second quarter that also began November 3rd. During this time, students will also have an opportunity to work on their first quarter grade and reacclimate themselves to the campus.
"Grades took a hit during Distance Learning, so we wanted to give students the opportunity to work on getting those up in a more traditional setting without adding new instruction on top of that," said Superintendent Peterson. "You also have to remember that Freshman have never stepped foot on a high school campus. And even for the ones who have, it's a completely different environment than it was last Spring."
The return of students to school at MUHSD gained a lot of media coverage. You can view the stories that ran by clicking on the links below.