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Safe School Plan

Urban Discovery Schools are committed to the safety and health of every student, educator, staff member and family. Our Safe School Plan has been developed in alignment with the best practices and the guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the California Department of Public Health and the California Safe Schools for All plan. Below is a summary of some of the precautions we've put in place to safeguard our community:

  • Addition of the COVID-19 vaccine to vaccination requirements for all eligible students 12+ years old (adopted September 17, 2021)
  • Vaccination policy for all staff and contracted workers (adopted August 18, 2021)
  • Reduced capacity and socially distanced classroom seating
  • Newly installed air filtration systems that meet state ventilation requirements
  • Masks requirements for all onsite students, educators and staff 
  • Opportunity for all educators and staff to be fully vaccinated prior to reopening
  • Staggered class schedules to limit the total number of students onsite
  • Enhanced sanitization of high touch surfaces
  • Student health screening including temperature checks and enhanced infirmary facilities with on-site COVID-19 testing
  • A school-wide communication plan that details requirements in response to confirmed positive cases among onsite students or staff members
  • Additional hand sanitation stations
  • Resources and training to equip teachers with trauma-informed tools to support students navigating stress and anxiety
  • Safety reminders throughout both campuses
 
You may view and download further details of Urban Discovery's Safe School Plan at any time here.
 
URBAN DISCOVERY'S APPROACH AND ADDITIONAL SUPPORTS

Urban Discovery Schools takes a cautious approach to in-person instructional offerings. This approach will be based upon:

  • Leadership provided through the Governor's office, and state and local health agencies;
  • Local university partners and their medical research and advice on safety considerations during the pandemic;
  • An understanding that we are an inner-city school system in a densely populated area with those areas having a higher propensity to spread the virus;
  • That our learning community is comprised of members that are of multi-generational households, are themselves at higher risk, or care for others that are of higher risk;
  • That our faculty and staff members are members of our learning community and must not be placed at risk as this undermines our ability to serve our broader learning community; and
  • That we serve a diverse population that includes members that are essential workers that ensure that base service requirements for the maintenance and dignity of human life are provided for on a day-to-day basis.

 

We believe that these are prerequisite requirements and considerations for successful in-person learning to occur. Therefore, we have established a 28-day review cycle of these conditions before considering the reopening of schools so that we have a broad base of timeline-dependent medical and health data to make decisions in consideration of the opening of schools.

 

Click here to read the full Framework for Urban Discovery Pandemic Response.

LEARNING FORMATS
In keeping with Urban Discovery's Core Value of serving as a catalyst of community, our Safe School Plan is designed to empower families with choices of multiple learning formats and the flexibility to opt for the format that best support their unique needs. Urban Discovery Schools offer these three learning format choices:
  • ON CAMPUS LEARNING - Four days of on-campus classes with one day of virtual learning.
  • HYBRID LEARNING - Primarily virtual learning with customized on campus learning opportunities for additional support. 
  • VIRTUAL LEARNING - 100% virtual learning for your Urban Discovery Student.
 
EXTENDED LEARNING OPTIONS
Extended Learning Options are available at both campuses for families that need additional on campus student support. Priority enrollment in these programs will be given to essential workers. Contact Elo@urbansd.com for details and pricing.
 
CHANGES TO LEARNING FORMATS
Families may request to change your chosen Learning Format at any time. Please allow 5 business days for response and processing of your request. Contact options@urbansd.com to request a change to your student's preferred Learning Format.
 

Senate Bill 98 (SB 98) established the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (Learning Continuity Plan, LCP), which is intended to (1) require a written report and envisioned an off-cycle Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) due December 15th, and (2) the ongoing need for local educational agencies (LEAs) to formally plan for the 2020–21 school year in the midst of the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

This plan is intended to memorialize the planning process that is already underway for the 2020–21 school year. 

 

Click here to review the full Learning Continuity & Attendance Plan.

To support ongoing Safe School Updates, access these frequently asked questions.

Please direct feedback and comments on specific actions and expenditures to ceo@urbansd.com.