UPDATE: March 24, 2020 10:15am PST: In response to the Statewide “Stay-At-Home” Order in place, current reports are indicating that group activities and in-person learning opportunities will not be available before the end of our school year. School leadership is encouraging parents to utilize the online services available through our vendors. In the event that a service vendor cannot provide online services in place of in-person classes, parents will need to work with their ES for alternatives. Stay safe and healthy
UPDATE: March 23, 2020 1:19pm PST: In response to the Statewide “Stay-At-Home” Order in place, all on-site instruction has been canceled (vendor classes, tutoring, SAP+, etc). IEM Schools Office Staff has transitioned to working from home. We are still fully operational. All Payroll and Vendor payments are being processed. Stay safe and healthy.
UPDATE: March 20, 2020 10:19am PST: In response to the Statewide “Stay-At-Home” Order in place, all on-site instruction has been canceled (vendor classes, tutoring, SAP+, etc). Please keep your children home. Stay safe and healthy.
IEM Charter Schools including Sky Mountain Charter, Ocean Grove Charter and South Sutter Charter School continue to monitor the COVID-19 Coronavirus on a daily basis. Student safety is paramount as we learn all we can about precautions and guidelines we recommend following to limit the exposure of this Coronavirus.
As independent study charter schools, our schools are uniquely prepared to adapt to a rapid outbreak of this virus within our communities. If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determines the health risk for California students becomes elevated statewide, or by any individual county, we will take the appropriate actions to ensure the safety of our students, teachers, and families. Per Governor Newsom's directive on Wednesday March 11 we are canceling all non-essential large group activities (such as field trips and SAP+ classes) for the month of March.
California state and local health officials are actively monitoring the situation and preparing should the risk of infection to the general public increase.
Director of Vendor Relations and Risk Management
IEM Charter Schools
The US Department of Education posted an announcement regarding the cancellation of the standardized testing requirements for this year. The California Department of Education followed up with a message outlining what this means for our state. At this time, CAASPP and Summative ELPAC assessments are cancelled for this school year.
The Initial ELPAC assessment, given to certain students new to the CA Public School system, has been granted a 45 day extension on the deadline requirement, allowing schools to complete it within 75 days upon return to session instead of 30. This would affect only a handful of students at our schools. Physical Fitness Testing for students in grades 5, 7, and 9 has also been postponed until schools are back in session. While our schools have all remained in session, the statewide Shelter in Place order prevents us from administering either the Initial ELPAC or the PFTs at this time. It is not likely that will change before the end of the school year, but as always, we will keep everyone informed of additional state assessment related updates as soon as we are made aware of them.
Frequently Asked Questions
In response to the local and statewide efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we are ceasing in-person activities and transitioning to online services including learning record meetings and special education services. Summarized below are some FAQs. All answers are subject to change as this outbreak evolves.
Will our school be closed?
No, our schools will remain open. Compared to classroom-based schools, we are well-equipped to cope with these modifications to our learning program. We will need to make some changes in our in-person activities. We appreciate your understanding regarding this quickly evolving public health emergency.
What are Virtual Learning Record Meetings (VLRM), and how do they work?
VLRMs accomplish all of the objectives of an in-person LR meeting but are done through the Zoom software on your computer or phone. Please review our Parent Zoom/VLRM Training so that you are prepared to effectively engage in these meetings. Once you are done with the training you must fill out our Parent Zoom/VLRM Protocol Agreement.
Can my child still attend their in-person vendor classes?
Check with your county public health department as some of our counties have issued “shelter in place” orders. For counties that don’t have such an order, we recommend against continuing in-person classes and activities however as of this date we are leaving the decision up to vendors and families.
Is the CAASPP state assessments canceled for next month?
We are waiting to hear from the California Department of Education (CDE) to find out if the COVID-19 Coronavirus will delay state testing or cancel it for all schools. To date, there has not been any information from the CDE regarding canceling state testing for this year. For this reason, we have decided to postpone all scheduled CAASPP testing dates until mid-April. We will update parents and staff with any new information when it becomes available from the CDE.
Will our school library remain open?
Yes, our school libraries will remain open. However, the library will not be open to any visitors. If you would like to receive curriculum from our library, please contact your ES for more information. We can ship curriculum directly to the parent’s home from our library.
When will things get back to normal for our school?
This is a fluid situation with developments changing daily. We can say for certain that our schools will be taking these precautions until mid-April. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.
Will high school graduation/8th grade promotion happen?
It is too early to say. Our hope is that we will have graduation ceremonies scheduled as planned. However, we may be required to cancel those events depending upon the developments of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Will Science and Art in the Park (SAP) classes continue?
We have canceled all in-person SAP classes through April. Our hope is that we can offer makeup classes later in the semester, much like we have done in the past with cancelations due to rain. High school science labs will transition to a video conference format so that the students can complete that course requirement.