Fall 2020 Reopening

To start the school year, the Harwood Unified Union School District will open in a hybrid learning model that includes both in-person and remote learning.

  • Students will be broken into one of two groups with each attending in-person classes one days a week and learning remotely four days a week.

  • Students across all grades will be learning remotely on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 

Arrival and Transportation

  • Before entering our school buildings or riding the bus all students and staff will have their temperature taken.  Any individuals determined to have a fever will be sent home immediately. Parents/caregivers must plan for this scenario and be available to pick up their child if required. 

  • We are encouraging families who can transport their children to do so. This will allow for better distancing on the bus for those families who rely on district transportation. We are evaluating the traffic flow at all of our buildings to better handle the increased car traffic.

  • Students riding the bus will be required to wear a facial covering. They will use hand sanitizer before boarding and will be assigned a seat. All buses will be cleaned and disinfected before and after every route.

  • To protect students’ safety and provide for more orderly temperature taking, students will enter and exit each building through assigned entry points. 

Facial Coverings and Distancing

  • The AOE is requiring all students, staff, to wear facial coverings. We recommend that families use this summer to try out some different styles of facial coverings so they can begin to identify which works best for their child. Facial coverings will be available for those who have not brought their own.

  • For grades PK-8, Facial coverings may be removed when eating, drinking, and outside so long as students and staff are able to maintain 6 feet of physical distance.

  • Individually-packed student meals for grades PK-8  will be served in classrooms.

  • For high school students, individually-packed student meals will be available to take home at dismissal time.

  • Classroom seating will be adapted to accommodate physical distancing to the best extent possible.

  • There will not be any indoor assemblies that bring students together in a large group.

Hygiene and Cleaning

  • Students and staff will be frequently reminded about the importance of proper handwashing. We will place hand sanitizer units throughout our buildings and ensure all of our bathrooms are properly stocked with soap and paper towels. Signage will be placed throughout the buildings to reinforce good hygiene practices.

  • The entire building will undergo enhanced cleaning and disinfection on a regular basis. Frequently-touched surfaces will be cleaned often. 


  • Classroom seating will be configured with maximum allowable space between students and whenever possible, desks and tables will face the same direction.

  • Employees will modify instructional plans to reduce student contact, sharing of materials or equipment and maintain appropriate social distancing to the greatest extent possible. 

Personal Items

  • The borrowing and sharing of any items will be restricted.

  • The use of personal reusable water bottles will be encouraged. 

Outdoor Time (K-8)

  • Facial coverings will not be required outside, as long as 6 feet of distance can be maintained at all times.

  • Playground equipment will remain closed and shared equipment such as balls and jump ropes will not be used.

  • Students will be prompted to wash their hands before and after recess. 

Visitors and Field Trips

  • In an effort to strictly limit the number of visitors into our buildings, we will not be allowing classroom volunteers or visitors.

  • There will be no field trips. 

Public Use of School Buildings

  • All school buildings will be open to employees, students, service providers, and essential vendors ONLY. The buildings will remain closed to the public.

What Learning Will Look Like on the 3 Remote Days

  • What makes these remote days different from this past spring is students are connecting with their teacher(s) and receiving direct instruction in person two days a week. This will allow for more focused and intentional follow up and continued learning on the key content areas and skills taught during their in person days.

  • These three remote learning days will be primarily asynchronous, meaning the lessons are available for students to access on their own time and at their own pace, since the teacher will be engaged in-person instruction with the other half of their class.

  • Remote learning lessons will include both offline learning opportunities (eg. books and paper) and digital instruction such as pre-recorded videos and online activities.

  • Students will be expected to use common digital platforms (such as Google Classroom or Seesaw) to access much of their remote learning.

  • To facilitate both in-person instruction and remote learning concurrently, teachers will use most of Wednesday, the fully remote day, to plan. However, they will be available to answer questions or to support students as needed and may lead some optional synchronous or “live” activities