Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
*More FAQs about the district's Hybrid Learning Model will be available in the near future.
Q: When will the district shift to in-person instruction?
- Elementary Schools/Preschools: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
- Middle Schools: Monday, October 12, 2020
- High Schools/Adult Transition Program: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Q: When will the district release plans for in-person, hybrid instruction?
A: 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.
Q: How will PYLUSD begin the school year?
A: 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.
Q: How can I stay connected with PYLUSD?
A: 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 email@example.com.
Q: What is Senate Bill 98 (AB 77)?
A: 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.
Q: What educational programs/options are available to students to begin the school year?
A: 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.
Q: What educational programs/options are available to students once the district shifts to hybrid instruction?
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)
Q: What does in-person, hybrid instruction mean?
- 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
Q: What will the daily schedule be for elementary school students during Remote Learning?
Q: What will the daily schedule be for middle school students during Remote Learning?
Q: What will the daily schedule be for high school students during Remote Learning?
Q: Why did PYLUSD choose to begin the school year in a Remote Learning format?
A: 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.
Q: What is the difference between the district’s Emergency Distance Learning that took place in spring 2020 versus the Planned Remote Learning that will take place in fall 2020?
Q: What is Buena Vista Virtual Academy?
Q: What is Parkview Homeschool?
Q: What is the difference between Buena Vista Virtual Academy and Parkview Homeschool?
A: 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.
Q: Will students lose their spot at their home school or their school of choice transfer if they opt to attend Buena Vista Virtual or Parkview Homeschool for a semester or the entire year?
Q: Will AP/Honors/IB classes for middle/high school students be available at Buena Vista Virtual Academy?
Q: Will dual language classes for elementary school students be available at Buena Vista Virtual Academy?
Q: Will Preppy K be available at Buena Vista Virtual Academy?
Q: What is the difference between Buena Vista Virtual Academy and PYLUSD Remote Learning?
Q: What curriculum will the district use for remote learning in all schools?
Q: What is synchronous virtual learning? And asynchronous virtual learning?
Q: What support will the district offer English Language Learners during Remote Learning?
Q: Will community service hours be a high school graduation requirement for the 2020-2021 school year?
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
Q: How will my student who receives special education services be supported during remote learning?
Q: How will students be provided their IEP services if they participate in remote learning?
Q: How will IEP meetings be held during online remote learning?
Q: Will instructional aides be available in distance learning?
Q: Will students with special needs who require a one-on-one instructional aide (per IEP) still have an option for remote learning?
Q: My student receives speech, OT, and Resource so how will he/she receive those services when participating in remote learning?
Q: What wellness resources does the District offer for students?
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.
Q: What wellness resources does the District offer for staff?
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
Q: Will PYLUSD still offer child care while schools are in a remote learning model of instruction?
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.
Q: What will the cost of child care be during distance learning?
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.
Q: How will my student participate in remote learning while in child care?
Q: What will the student to teacher ratio be in child care for fall 2020?
Q: Do students need to wear masks when attending PYLUSD child care?
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.
Q: What should my child bring to Expanded Learning Distance Learning each day?
A: Each child should bring the following items with them each day to Expanded Learning Distance Learning Child Care:
- Labeled face covering/mask
- A labeled pair of headphones or earbuds with microphone for your child
- A labeled filled water bottle
- A labeled lunch (if not purchasing a lunch from nutritional services)
- A labeled electronic device (if you have one) for your child to participate in their classroom teacher’s daily Zoom lessons
- Labeled school items (textbooks, etc..) that will be needed for the classroom teacher’s daily Zoom lessons
Q: Where can I find more information about PYLUSD child care?
A: More information is available online at www.pylusd.org/childcare or by contacting the Expanded Learning Department at 714-986-7030.
Q: What are the safety practices in place at the various Expanded Learning Child Care Programs?
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).
Q: What does the day look like for my child during Expanded Learning Distance Learning Child Care?
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.
Q: Why can child care be open in-person and regular school instruction cannot?
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
Q: How will performing arts activities take place during Remote Learning?
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.
Q: How will athletic activities take place during Remote Learning?
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
Q: Will the district be serving breakfast and lunch meals during Remote Learning for the 2020-2021 school year?
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.
Q: What is the cost of breakfast and lunch meals during Remote Learning?
A: Grab and go meals during remote learning are free of charge for all children 18 & under beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
Q: What school sites will serve breakfast and lunch meals during Remote Learning?
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
Q: My student does not attend one of the ten designated school sites for meal pick up. Can they still receive breakfast and lunch meals?
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.
Q: My child does not attend a PYLUSD school. Can they still receive breakfast and lunch meals?
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.
Q: What technology resources are available to students for the 2020-2021 school year?
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.
Q: How do I check out a Chromebook or Wi-Fi hotspot for remote learning?
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.
Q: What if my district-issued Chromebook/laptop, Wi-Fi hotspot, etc. is not functioning properly?
A: Families and employees may receive technology assistance via telephone at 714-985-8733 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.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.
Q: What type of educational technology resources are available to students for the 2020-2021 school year?
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.
Q: How do I access educational technology resources provided by the district?
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.