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School Reopening Update
Posted 11/4/20



We are pleased to announce that the District reached an agreement with the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers (NMFT) the evening of November 2, primarily related to the reopening of our secondary schools for Level 2.  

Highlights of the agreement include:

  • Employees will assist in disinfecting desks in their classrooms

  • Approval of the hybrid secondary instructional model 

    • Four days a week, full days with alternate cohorts 

    • Each class divided into two cohorts; students remain in their assigned cohorts and attend in-person classes on the days designated on their schedules; and students in either cohort may elect to participate in at-home learning

    • Daily live interaction of at least 15 minutes per class with at-home cohort 

    • Student support/intervention block of 30 minutes

    • One day a week Distance Learning (DL) for both cohorts, with teacher professional development and staff/department collaboration time 

    • School sites will vote to finalize their school schedules and will communicate specific schedules later this week

The District and NMFT will continue to negotiate items related to elementary schools for the 2020-2021 school year. 

REMINDER: Costa Mesa Middle and High School, Corona del Mar Middle and High School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Newport Harbor High School and TeWinkle Middle School will transition to hybrid in-person instruction on Monday, November 9, 2020. 


In an effort to continue to provide accurate and up-to-date information related to COVID-19 in our schools, a dashboard was created that states the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases by school. The number listed includes staff and/or students within the past 14-day period. This information is updated daily. In the event of a positive case in our schools, as appropriate and under the direction of the Orange County Healthcare Agency, the school nurse, principal, or District staff will notify any staff or students who are considered to be a close contact with a COVID-19 positive person.