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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 
These frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the district's Return to School Plans will be updated on a frequent basis. Simply click on a specific question to see its corresponding answer.

*More FAQs about the district's Hybrid Learning Model will be available in the near future.
 
General Information

A: During a Board of Education’s Meeting on September 8, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) Trustees provided direction to staff to set aspirational dates for when campuses may open for in-person instruction in a Hybrid Learning Model, as long as Orange County remains in the state’s red tier. Trustees will continue to evaluate local health data in the coming weeks.

Here is an overview of our district’s tentative dates to begin in-person hybrid instruction. Please know that these dates are subject to change. The district will confirm these dates as they approach.
 
  • Elementary Schools/Preschools: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
  • Middle Schools: Monday, October 12, 2020
  • High Schools/Adult Transition Program: Wednesday, October 14, 2020


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The district will release its Return to School Plan for Hybrid Learning in the coming weeks. It will include a comprehensive overview of hybrid learning, class schedules, health and safety measures, and more.


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During a Board of Education Study Session on July 23, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) Trustees took action to begin the 2020-2021 school year in a 100% Remote Learning Model for all students. Please see the question two above for information about shifting to in-person, hybrid learning. 
 

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Make sure PYLUSD and your school have your most recent contact information up-to-date in the Aeries Student Information System. Additionally, visit www.pylusd.org/returntoschool for the most recent news and information. If you need assistance updating your contact information, please call the PYLUSD Technology Helpdesk at (714) 985-8733 or email helpdesk@pylusd.org.
 

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Senate Bill 98 (“SB 98”), the education omnibus trailer bill to the 2020 Budget Act, was signed into law by Governor Newsom on June 29, 2020. SB 98 reworks parameters for the 2020-2021 school year and contains numerous provisions of great significance to school districts. SB 98 is available to view online.
 
 
Academic Information

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All Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) students will begin the 2020-2021 school year in one of three instructional model choices:

  • All PYLUSD Schools (100% Remote Learning Model)
  • *Buena Vista Virtual Academy (Optional-100% Online Program)
  • *Parkview School (Optional-Homeschool Program)

* = Optional choice.
Students may choose to enroll at Buena Vista Virtual Academy or Parkview School in lieu of their home school of attendance or school of choice.
 


A: Beginning in October, all PYLUSD students will participate in learning in one of three instructional models:

  • Hybrid Learning Model (Default Option at All PYLUSD Traditional Schools)
  • *Buena Vista Virtual Academy (Optional-100% Online Program)
  • *Parkview School (Optional-Homeschool Program)
 
* = Optional choice. Students may choose to enroll at Buena Vista Virtual Academy or Parkview School in lieu of their home school of attendance or school of choice.

A: Hybrid instruction will involve a combination of in-person and online learning that may differ among grade levels. One example would involve students being divided into A and B cohorts in order to reduce the total number of students on campus. Students will attend in-person on their assigned cohort day (A or B), allowing for greater levels of physical distancing and modified social interaction. While the A group is in person, the B group will complete the day’s assignments and activities online, from home, and vice versa when the B group is in person. Fridays will consist of a fully remote learning day as a means to provide targeted student support and student check-in opportunities. Attention will be given to assigning similar cohorts to families with multiple students, making scheduling and childcare arrangements easier to coordinate and manage.

It is important to note that hybrid learning will also include the following:
  • Students will transition between in-person instruction and online/asynchronous learning
  • The addition of in-person student collaboration and social interaction
  • Classroom instruction in cohorts in order to provide class sizes that allow for appropriate and safe distancing for students and staff
  • Minimal interaction between cohorts to promote student and staff health and safety
  • Adherence to appropriate physical distancing and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) guidelines
  • Fridays include targeted student support in a fully online format
 
Preppy K Remote Learning Schedule.
 
Kindergarten through 2nd grade Remote Learning Schedule.
 
Grades 2 through 6th Remote Learning Schedule.
 
 
Middle school schedule for Remote Learning.
 
 
High School remote learning schedule.
 
 

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On Friday, July 17, California Governor Gavin Newsom in partnership with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced strict guidance relative to reopening schools for fall 2020. The Governor stated that, in order to reopen schools for in-person instruction, counties must have 14 consecutive days off of the California Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Monitoring List. Orange County has been identified as one of the counties that does not meet the criteria to open schools with an in-person format. As it stands today, Orange County and 30+ other counties across the state must begin the school year through online learning for students. If this remains the case, please know, the online learning offered in PYLUSD will be enhanced and more robust in comparison to the emergency distance learning that we were required to implement unexpectedly in spring.
 
 
A: Please reference the graphic below to see a visual representation of Emergency Distance Learning in spring 2020 versus Planned Remote Learning in fall 2020.
 
Emergency Distance Learning vs. Remote Learning.
 
 
A: Buena Vista Virtual School (BVVA) is a new online school offered in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District. Families may choose for their student to attend BVVA as an alternative to their home school. BVVA will offer online and hybrid programs for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Elementary students at BVVA will attend daily virtual class meetings with a highly qualified PYLUSD elementary school teacher who is an expert in technology and online teaching. Middle school students will utilize the Apex Learning system and will have the support of subject-area expert teachers as well as a middle school specialist. High School students will have access to personalized learning pathways formerly offered at La Entrada High School. Teachers will hold both virtual and in-person office hours for additional student support. More information is available online at www.buenavistavirtual.org.

 
A: Parkview Homeschool is a program designed for students who desire an alternative to traditional classroom instruction. Families may choose for their student to attend Parkview as an alternative to their home school.

Instructional strategies may include independent study, online learning, concurrent classes, and workshops. In this program, students and parents work together to homeschool according to a written agreement under the general supervision of a certified teacher. While students follow the state and district-adopted curriculum and meet the district graduation requirements, the program allows for flexibility to meet their individual needs, interests, and styles of learning. More information is available online at www.pylusdparkview.org.
 

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Buena Vista Virtual Academy is a 100% online school taught by PYLUSD teachers using district curriculum. Parkview School is a homeschool program where parents serve as their student’s teacher with the support of PYLUSD teachers and curriculum. Students may choose to attend either BVVA or Parkview School as an alternative to their home school of attendance or school of choice in PYLUSD. 
 
 
A: No. Students who decide to attend BVVA or Parkview School for fall 2020 will not lose their spot at their home school of residence or school of choice. However, students who dis-enroll from PYLUSD to attend another school in another district may lose their school choice transfer agreement.
 

A: Click here to enroll at Buena Vista Virtual Academy or visit www.buenavistavirtual.org. Click here to enroll at Parkview School or visit www.pylusdparkview.org.
 
 
A: No, AP/Honors/IB classes will not be offered at Buena Vista Virtual Academy, but they will be offered at traditional schools during Remote Learning.
 
 
A: No, dual language classes will not be offered at Buena Vista Virtual Academy, but they will be offered during Remote Learning at Glenview Elementary School.
 
 
A: No, Preppy K classes will not be offered at Buena Vista Virtual Academy, but they will be offered through all of the district’s elementary schools during Remote Learning.
 
 
A: Please reference the venn diagram below to see a visual representation of Buena Vista Virtual Academy versus PYLUSD Remote Learning.
 
BVVA vs. Remote Learning.
 
 
A: Teachers will continue to utilize district adopted curriculum, utilizing various digital and virtual platforms to ensure student engagement. All direct instruction will be delivered via live Zoom sessions. 
 
 
A: Synchronous learning happens in real time. This means that students and teachers interact in a specific virtual place, through a specific online medium, at a specific time. Asynchronous learning happens on a student’s schedule. This means that teachers will provide materials for reading, lectures for viewing, assignments for completing, and exams for evaluation for students to access and complete within a flexible time frame.
 
 
A: English learners in elementary school will receive designated English Literary Development (ELD) on a daily basis. English learners in middle and high school will receive designated and integrated ELD on a daily basis. All English learners will have access to technology support and verified access.
 

A: No. For the 2020-2021 school year, the PYLUSD Board of Education has suspended community service as a requirement for a PYLUSD high school diploma. PYLUSD hopes to reintroduce this requirement at a future date when the health and safety of our students can be assured. When put back in place, the requirement will be modified by graduating class to ensure adequate time to fulfill these requirements.


Special Education Information
 
 
A: Your child's case manager will be in regular contact with you and your student to ensure that your child is appropriately supported and has access to the curriculum.
 
 
A: Students will be provided IEP services remotely via various online platforms. All teachers, including special education, are receiving training on remote teaching design and implementation.
 
 
A: IEPs meetings will be held virtually, via Zoom or other remote means.
 

A: Yes.

A: Yes.
 
 
A: All related services including, but not limited to, Speech, OT and Resource, will be delivered remotely.
 
Wellness Information

 
A: CareSolace is available for use by PYLUSD students and families at no cost. CareSolace is an online resource meant to assist individuals in finding local counseling-related services. To use CareSolace, individuals answer ten basic questions in order to receive an extensive list of referrals to applicable care providers. CareSolace takes into account all types of private insurance, as well as Medi-Cal, Medicaid, and Medicare when generating a list of referrals. If uninsured, CareSolace will also identify nearby care providers that allow individuals to pay out-of-pocket for services. This service is an optional resource available by choice and is not mandatory in any way. CareSolace does not require a user’s name, address, phone number, or date of birth. If you are interested in seeking counseling-related services at this time, please consider visiting www.caresolace.com/site/pylusd to begin.

Students that need to talk to a counselor may also call Outreach Concern’s Crisis hotline at 1-800-4-CONCERN 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Outreach Concern is a non-profit 501(c)(3) school-based counseling agency which currently provides support to PYLUSD schools.

To access other wellness resources provided by the district, families may contact their school administrators.
 
 
A: CareSolace is available for use by PYLUSD employees at no cost. CareSolace is an online resource meant to assist individuals in finding local counseling-related services. To use CareSolace, individuals answer ten basic questions in order to receive an extensive list of referrals to applicable care providers. CareSolace takes into account all types of private insurance, as well as Medi-Cal, Medicaid, and Medicare when generating a list of referrals. If uninsured, CareSolace will also identify nearby care providers that allow individuals to pay out-of-pocket for services. This service is an optional resource available by choice and is not mandatory in any way. CareSolace does not require a user’s name, address, phone number, or date of birth. If you are interested in seeking counseling-related services at this time, please consider visiting www.caresolace.com/site/pylusd to begin.

Full and part time employees, regardless of if they are benefited or not, may also access resources for managing stress and grief/loss, elder and child care information, and much more through the district’s Employee Assistance Program. More information about this program is available online at www.pylusd.org/eap/.

To access other wellness resources provided by the district, employees may contact the district's Mental Health Coordinators. 
 

Child Care Information
 

A: Yes, the district will offer fee-based child care at 17 elementary school sites for the 2020-2021 school year. Linda Vista Preschool will be the only fee-based preschool for fall 2020. Child care will be open Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm every school day.
 

A: For full day care five days a week during remote learning, the PYLUSD child care program fee will be:

5 days a week = $115 per week per child
3 days a week (M, W, F) = $82 a week per child
2 days a week (T,Th) = $70 a week per child

There is also a 10% discount for siblings after the first child.
 
 
A: Students may bring their own headphones and devices, or use a district-issued Chromebook at the child care site, to connect to their classroom teacher’s Zoom sessions throughout the day. Time will also be set aside to allow students to work on their assigned classroom work while at child care.
 
 
A: The student to teacher ratio will be 15:1 in child care for fall 2020. 
 

A: Face coverings are strongly encouraged for students through 2nd grade and required for students in 3rd grade and above. Face coverings can be removed for meals, snacks, and outdoor recreation.


A: Each child should bring the following items with them each day to Expanded Learning Distance Learning Child Care: 

  1. Labeled face covering/mask
  2. A labeled pair of headphones or earbuds with microphone for your child
  3. A labeled filled water bottle
  4. A labeled lunch (if not purchasing a lunch from nutritional services)
  5. A labeled electronic device (if you have one) for your child to participate in their classroom teacher’s daily Zoom lessons
  6. Labeled school items (textbooks, etc..) that will be needed for the classroom teacher’s daily Zoom lessons
  7. Sunscreen


A: More information is available online at www.pylusd.org/childcare or by contacting the Expanded Learning Department at 714-986-7030.
 


A: Here is the link of the current safety practices being followed at each of the Child Care sites. These are regularly updated as new guidelines are posted by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Orange County Healthcare Agency (OCHCA) and the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).


A: The child care staff will help the students get onto their electronic devices to be part of the Zoom meetings with their classroom teacher.  They will help with questions as best as they can, as they are not credentialed teachers and have not received the training that classroom teachers do to become credentialed teachers.  Therefore, our staff will do the best they can to help answer questions about the child's work. If your child has a laptop or Chromebook they can bring it to child care with them each day, if not we do have Chromebooks at child care that the children can use while at child care. Therefore, it is ultimately the parents' responsibility to check for correct completion of their child's work. 

Link for Elementary Sample Schedule at Distance Learning Child Care
Link for Middle School Sample Schedule at Distance Learning Child Care

 

A: From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, California Governor Gavin Newsom identified child care services as essential to assist working families, especially those that cannot work remotely such as first responders and health care workers.

As stay-at-home orders have been lifted for multiple industries to promote California’s economic recovery, the need for child care and other supports for working families has increased. Every child care program must have a plan in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of children, providers, and families. 

Child care programs have been directed to stay open as long as they can meet the health and safety guidelines including:

  • Daily health screenings for symptoms
  • Wearing masks 
  • Staying at least 6 feet apart or if closer than 6 feet no more than 15 minutes 
  • Frequent hand washing 
  • Keeping groups as small as possible
  • Good indoor ventilation  
  • No volunteers or other members in classrooms, only assigned children and staff members 

PYLUSD child care sites are able to maintain smaller groups and cohorts compared to an average day on a school campus and have less people on a school campus than if school was in session. The student to teacher ratio will be 15:1 in child care for fall 2020, whereas student to teacher ratios in elementary school in a traditional school model are (on average) 32:1.


Performing Arts and Athletic Activities Information
 

A: Performing arts classes and programs will conduct courses and rehearsals remotely at all grade levels until further notice. The district will continue to monitor guidance from state and local officials in order to adjust plans accordingly relative to performing arts activities. 


A: Athletic activities and calendars have been postponed until further notice. The California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section (CIF-SS) has condensed the typical three seasons of sport into two–fall and spring–for the 2020-2021 school year. Fall is scheduled to begin in December 2020 and spring in March 2021. 

However, on August 3, 2020, the California Department of Public Health published COVID-19 INTERIM GUIDANCE: Youth Sports.  Beginning July 30, the California Department of Public Health is allowing youth sports training, conditioning, and physical education under specific circumstances.

What sports are allowed?

Youth sports are permitted only when the following can be maintained: (1) physical distancing of at least six feet between participants; and (2) a stable cohort, such as a small group, that limits the risks of transmission (see CDC Guidance on Schools and Cohorting). Since Orange County is currently on the state monitoring list, activities can only take place outside.

What activities are permitted?
Sport conditioning programs are permitted for individual or team training ONLY where physical distancing of at least 6 feet can be maintained. Conditioning and training should take place outside and focus on individual skill-building activities such as running drills and body weight resistance training.

What if the sport cannot be played with physical distancing and cohorting?
For sports that cannot be conducted with sufficient distancing or cohorting, only physical conditioning and training is permitted and ONLY where physical distancing can be maintained. Conditioning and training should focus on individual skill-building (e.g., running drills and body weight resistance training) and should take place outside. 

What's not allowed?
Sports that cannot be played with sufficient distancing and cohorting are not permitted. In addition, outdoor and indoor sporting events, assemblies, and other activities that require close contact or that would promote congregating are not permitted at this time. For example, tournaments, events, or competitions, regardless of whether teams are from the same school or from different schools, counties, or states are not permitted at this time.

What is needed for participation?
Student/athletes still must be cleared through their school’s athletic department to participate including a pre-participation physical and a signed copy of the COVID-19 Athletics COVID-19 Shared Responsibility Commitment on file with the school.

High school athletic directors and/or coaches will be contacting families in their programs with specific dates, times, and locations. PYLUSD participants will need to abide by all safety protocols.


Student Meal Information


A: Yes. PYLUSD will serve grab and go breakfast and lunch meals during the 2020-2021 school year. Grab and go meal pick up will take place daily from 6:30 am to 9:00 am at ten designated school sites.


A: Grab and go meals during remote learning are free of charge for all children 18 & under beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
 

A: Ten schools will serve grab and go breakfast and lunch meals including:
  • Bernardo Yorba Middle School
    5350 Fairmont Boulevard, Yorba Linda, CA 92886
  • El Dorado High School
    1651 N. Valencia Avenue, Placentia, CA 92870
  • Esperanza High School
    1830 N. Kellogg Drive, Anaheim, CA 92807
  • Golden Elementary School
    740 East Golden Avenue, Placentia, CA 92870
  • Melrose Elementary School
    974 Melrose Street, Placentia, CA 92870
  • Rio Vista Elementary School
    310 N. Rio Vista Street, Anaheim, CA 92806
  • Topaz Elementary School
    3232 Topaz Lane, Fullerton, CA 92831
  • Valencia High School
    500 N. Bradford Avenue, Placentia, CA 92870
  • Woodsboro Elementary School
    7575 Woodsboro Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92807
  • Yorba Linda Middle School
    4777 Casa Loma Avenue, Yorba Linda, CA 92886


A: Yes. All PYLUSD students may participate in the district’s grab and go meal program. PYLUSD students do not need to be present to receive a grab and go meal; however, families must bring their student specific barcode for service.  Non-students must be present during their first visit to receive a district-issued barcoded card in order to receive meals in the future.
 

A: Yes, grab and go meals are free to all children 18 and under beginning on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 until further notice. This shift in procedure is due to an extension of the Free Summer Meal Program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that was just approved on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. 
 
Technology Information
 

A: PYLUSD will provide Chromebooks and Wi-Fi hotspots to students who are without a device or internet connectivity at home. Chromebooks may be checked out at individual school sites while Wi-Fi hotspots must be retrieved from the District Office in Placentia.


A: Individual school sites will communicate their process including dates and times for families and students to check out Chromebooks prior to the start of school. For more information, please contact your student's specific school site. Reference our phone directory for a list of school phone numbers.

Wi-Fi hotspot devices may be checked out exclusively at the district office by families or students who do not have internet connectivity at home. The district office Technology Department is located at 1301 E. Orangethorpe Avenue in Placentia. Please come during regular business hours in between 7:30 am and 4:30 pm. 
 

A: Families and employees may receive technology assistance via telephone at 714-985-8733 or via email at helpdesk@pylusd.org. Help desk hours are 7:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday or 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday.


A: For elementary students, the district will utilize online programs such as iReady, Nearpod, and more. For secondary students in grades 6 through 12, the district is providing Paper.co, an online educational support system that offers 24/7 access to live help for students. More information about educational technology resources will be available in the near future.
 

A: Students and staff may access educational technology resources through Clever. Click here to be directed to the Clever login page or visit www.pylusd.org > Resources > Clever Login.