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Mountain View-Los Altos district looks to expand in-person support for students

Original post made on Feb 2, 2021

The Mountain View-Los Altos school board directed staff last week to plan to bring more students back to campuses when Santa Clara County moves into the state's "red tier" of public health rules.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 1:16 PM

Comments (7)

Posted by Jimmy
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Feb 2, 2021 at 2:45 pm

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Of course there is no mention for Special Education students. These kids need to get back in the classroom as quickly as possible.


Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 2, 2021 at 3:10 pm

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I would bet that Special Ed is included (isn't it a bit already?)
I'm so glad that I voted and supported Dave as a 2nd term Trustee. Thinks 'outside the box' compared to the majority. Pushing for the students & families that want at Least Some in-person learning opportunities. And this is 9-12 grades / where pandemic planning is harder.

What about the MVWSD (K-8th)? Are they on the Board still 'thinking' and not directing? Or are they just 'acting', following their Superintendent, rather than Setting Public Policy. Oh well - my youngest is college age, and my family has never been ED or ELL (the students hurting most).


Posted by Gerard Shonk
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 2, 2021 at 3:45 pm

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These “learning pods” are helpful in getting kids the ability to see their friends, but it’s just kicking the can down the road on true hybrid and full return to school. The fact that the school board, after 11 months of this, still does not have a true hybrid plan is an absolute joke.


Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 2, 2021 at 7:58 pm

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Gerhard - I think you may be missing a subtlety of how Local Education Agencies work. In some ways it is like the way our (MV) City Council works to try to 'clearly set direction' for the city staff (especially the City Manager). What the reporter was writing about was this board majority (finally) was giving a Clear Change in Direction to the staff. Why did it take this long? ???? It did not for the Los Altos District and the Palo Alto District. Leadership? Board leadership? (the magic number is 3).


Posted by Gerard Shonk
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 3, 2021 at 6:31 am

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Steven — you’re correct, I don’t understand the mechanics of how decisions there get made. All I know is my kids haven’t seen the inside of a classroom for 11 months, and at the rate our MVLA School Board is going, it could be 2022 before my kids sit in a classroom with their actual teacher.


Posted by Kristine
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 3, 2021 at 10:15 am

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@Steven Nelson: Yes, there are learning pods back on campus and yes, some of them include students with IEPs (Individual Education Plans). Any kid with an IEP is considered part of special ed. There is another group in the special ed student community --- the life skills group ---- and they are being overlooked. Many of these students are losing their behavioral gains (which are carefully developed and cultivated by teachers) because they need in person social outlets to keep them strong. They are also missing out on vital job training to make them successful community members. These are things that cannot be done remotely! To get these kids back to the classroom will require social emotional support. That can start simply by having them meet their teachers in small groups outside to "walk and talk" on the track. This would allow teachers to address behaviors, reinforce social distancing rules as well as mask wearing and get acquainted with freshman they've only seen over Zoom. This has been proposed to the administration more than once to no avail. Why? It seems to be more important to bring back the football players and focus on kids who gather and spread the virus instead. If we're going to claim to be an inclusive community, we can't leave out the Life Skills students!


Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 4, 2021 at 10:34 am

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Kristine of Cuesta Park - thanks for the public summary of Special Ed in this Pandemic. I myself know most of the IEP, Special Day Class, highest possible inclusion level [I know that 'phrase' may not be quite exact) from my own teacher credential training back in 2003 - and the several years I did day substitute teaching - sometimes filling-in for SE teachers (those aides were an increadable/important blessing). Trustees do not get this training!

Who is the MVLA Trustee In Charge of Special Ed liason? Is there NONE? Board get your rears in motion and APPOINT ONE! Fiona Walter - are you statewide CSBA President yet! Please get your head out of those clouds - and your eyes back on the local ground. Local Students are in desperate need. Some of your Most Needy - "Trustee".


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