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Distance Education Plan 2020/2021

Trinidad Union School District

Blended Learning Model Overview 


Trinidad Union School District continues to monitor updated guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the California Department of Education (CDE), and Humboldt County Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) to support and promote emerging best practices to share with our Trinidad School community. These best practices are based on alignment with local, state and federal guidelines in coordination with the Humboldt County Public Health Officer. 

This blended learning plan will serve as guidance for students, staff, and families. This plan will serve as a model for our campus to meet the guidelines set forth by the above agencies to bring our students back together and provide site-based classroom instruction as safely as possible. The blended learning plan will incorporate both site-based classroom instruction and distance learning. 

Families may request to participate only in distance learning and will be given the option to continue with distance learning only or join their class cohort at the end of each trimester. You may request a copy of our distance learning plan from the front office, your student’s teacher, or click here to find it on our District’s website.

Key Factors That Have Informed Our Decisions

  • Feedback gathered from online surveys, emails, and conversations with staff, students, and community.
  • Equity is at the center of all decision making.
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances.

Trinidad School School’s Blended Learning Philosophy

Blended learning is a response to a changing global environment that inspires and ignites continuous learning opportunities for all students in their classroom and at home; where families continue to partner with our teachers to provide students with educational experiences that provide academic learning and build connection, community, and compassion. 

Trinidad Union School District’s Blended Learning Plan

Transitional Kindergarten through eighth grade students will have their class cohort size reduced by 50% through a four day per week AM/PM shift model, coupled with distance learning on alternate shifts and Mondays. Masks and/or face shields are to be worn by all people on campus and social distancing protocols will be practiced. 

Proposed Schedule: 


All students are  off campus engaging in distance learning. Teachers are consulting with distance learning families and preparing distance and in person lessons for the following week. 

Tuesday - Friday

8:30 - 11:30 -  AM shift attends school, PM shift engages in distance learning activities. 

11:30 - 12:30 - Students are dismissed. Teachers will have their duty free lunch, wipe down their classrooms, and prep for the next group. Maintenance will clean frequently used areas. 

12:30 - 3:30 - PM shift attends school, AM shift engages in distance learning activities. 

  • Site-based instruction will focus on math and English language arts instruction as well as meeting our students’ social and emotional needs. Music and arts teachers will supplement distance learning as well as on campus instruction. 
  • An online curriculum and/or paper packets will be available for distance learning.
  • Cohorts of students will stay with their teachers throughout the entirety of their shift. Teachers will remain with students during recess times, and students will eat lunch in their classrooms if they are eating on campus. 
  • Students will stay in one classroom with their cohort.
  • Siblings will be given priority to be on the same track.
  • If a family has a hardship they can fill out the Hardship Application and the District will try to accommodate if reasonably possible.

Families will be notified if they are in the AM or PM track and schedules for school arrival and departure times will be sent out in early August. 

Classroom Spaces and Social Distancing

  • Classrooms will be arranged with spaces between desks and students will be instructed on how to be safe in their classroom environment. 
  • Teachers will arrange their lessons and choice time activities to facilitate space between students. 
  • Art supplies will be provided to students, and teachers will sanitize them after each use. 
  • Students in grades 2-8 will have access to their own Chromebooks and headphones in order to limit sharing, and younger students will have access to their own iPads or Chromebooks. Students will be instructed on how to wipe down their Chromebooks or iPads and put them away safely. Teachers will sanitize the cart when students have put their Chromebooks away. 
  • If needed, parents/guardians will be able to check out a district chromebook for distance learning during times students are not on campus. Chromebooks will be disinfected before returning to classroom use.
  • Face coverings are to be worn in order to adhere to state and county guidelines.
  • Increased cleaning and sanitizing of school facilities will occur on a regular basis.

Non-Classroom Spaces and Social Distancing

  • Trinidad School has suspended all outside Facilities Use Permits, even when these activities would take place after school hours. 
  • Trinidad School has suspended class and program volunteers, other than student teachers or interns. University fieldwork students will be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine possible risk factors. 
  • Classes will have access to outdoor spaces during non-recess times. These areas can be used as outdoor learning spaces. 
  • Break time will be with the class teacher and class cohort.
  • Playgrounds will not be accessible.
  • Hallways will have clear entry and exit spaces to encourage students to move through them in one direction.  
  • Students will enter and exit the campus through different points, depending on their grade spans. 
  • If students are eating in their classrooms, staff will bring a prepackaged lunch to them, rather than having students go to the cafeteria to get it. Tables will be set up outside to allow students to eat outside if they are eating with their cohorts. 
  • Face coverings are to be worn in order to adhere to state and county guidelines.

Personal Items

  • Students will not be allowed to bring personal items such as toys from home. 
  • Students will have personal supply tubs for classroom use. These will contain items such as pencils, crayons, glue, scissors, and basic Math/ELA manipulatives. The tubs will be labeled with each child’s name. Tubs will be stored in individual student desks if applicable, or in a designated space in the classroom. 
  • Students will have assigned hooks/cubbies in their classrooms for their jacket/sweatshirt and lunchbox only.
  • We encourage students to bring water bottles from home. They may refill the water bottles in the classroom or at hydration stations on campus. 


Breakfast and Lunch Program

  • Students will wash hands before eating, and hand sanitizer will be available in classrooms and common spaces. 
  • All cafeteria/food service staff will be trained according to CDC and CDPH COVID-19 food handling guidelines. 
  • The district will continue providing grab and go lunches and breakfasts and eliminate food choice or sharing. 
  • Students will either eat in their classrooms with their cohort or outside where social distancing is practiced. 
  • If students are eating in their classrooms, lunches will be delivered to them by a staff member. Paper goods and disposable utensils will be used. 
  • Students eating in the cafeteria or outside will be given a grab and go lunch. 
  • Limited utensils will be used to serve breakfast and lunch.
  • If reusable utensils are used, they will be sanitized with an industrial sanitizer, according to ServeSafe standards. 

Enrichment Classes

  • Music classes will be taught using a blended model, with in person instruction and distance learning.
  • Any materials used will be sanitized between each use. 
  • Students will not share instruments. 
  • Art will be part of the on campus and distance learning classes.
  • Physical education will be offered through distance learning.

Support Services

  • Students will be supported within their classroom cohort using a combination of push-in and pull out services.
  • Classroom cohorts or individual students may also receive direct instruction using a pull-out model when needed.
    • All materials will be disinfected after each cohort or individual use. 
    • Whenever possible, materials will be assigned to individual students and kept in their own supply tub.
    • Pull-out services be scheduled with the specialist taking into account IEP and family needs.

School Arrival and Departure

  • There will be three points of arrival and departure:
    • Parking lot gate
    • Dragon gate
    • Office entrance
  • Grade levels will be assigned to each area. 
  • Students will not be allowed on campus prior to their scheduled drop off time and must be picked up at their release time in the same designated area.
    • There will be no before or after school care program.
  • Bus transportation will be pursuant to Northern Humboldt USD’s bus guidelines.
  • Parents/Guardians will not walk their children to class. Rather, they will walk them to the check in point, where students will get a temperature check and walk to class. 
  • Schedule for drop-off and pick-up times will be sent out with the shift assignments.
  • Face coverings are to be worn in order to adhere to state and county guidelines.

Signs or Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Students who are sick or medically fragile will not be penalized for staying home and engaging in distance learning. 
  • As students and staff enter campus, they will be required to fill out a brief survey regarding COVID-19 symptoms, as well as get a temperature check.
  • Any allergies and/or health history of students who are at risk of being exposed or who have temperatures above 100.4 will be communicated immediately to the front office.
  • School staff will monitor students visually throughout the day to ensure that they do not develop fevers or other COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • Upon entering their classroom or any other building on campus, students will wash their hands with soap and water and/or have access to hand sanitizer. 
  • Students will be sent home if it is determined that they display COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • Administration will work with County Health Officers and CDPH to notify families and staff of potential exposure. 

If a Student or Staff Member Becomes Sick

  • If students or staff members display COVID-19 symptoms or become sick while on campus, they will be directed to continue to wear their masks and isolate themselves in the sick room in the front office. 
  • If students display symptoms, the school will notify parents/guardians immediately. If the symptoms become severe, they will be transported to the hospital. If symptoms are not severe Parents/Guardians will have the option to either transport home or to seek medical treatment. The front office will report this to the County Health Officers and CDPH. 
  • If an adult becomes sick, they will be directed to leave campus and either go home or seek medical treatment. If the symptoms become severe, they will be transported to the hospital. The front office will report this to the County Health Officers and CDPH. 
  • Areas that have been used by a sick person will not be used again until full disinfection. Maintenance will use proper disinfection procedures and PPE while cleaning the area, waiting 24 hours before entering, if at all possible. 
  • Cohorts of students will be given an alternative learning space if needed.
  • We will instruct sick staff members and students not to return until they have met CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation, including 3 days with no fever, a decrease in symptoms, and a minimum of 10 days since symptoms first appeared.
  • Cohorts exposed to a student or staff member that tests positive will be required to follow the County Health Officers guidance. This may require a 14 day quarantine. 
  • We will provide all students with access to distance learning when they are out of class due to COVID-19 related illnesses. 

Ongoing Support and Resources:

Trinidad Union School District Website

Humboldt County Office of Education

Guidance from the California Department of Education

Guidance from the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services

Guidance from the California Department of Public Health

Center for Disease Control and Prevention