Special Meeting of the Board of Education Via Teleconference
Newport-Mesa USD
April 08, 2021 5:00PM
District Education Center - Roderick H. MacMillian Board Room 2985 A Bear Street Costa Mesa, California 92626

1. Special Board Meeting via Teleconference
Quick Summary / Abstract:


By Executive Order N-29-20, issued on March 18, 2020, NMUSD Board meetings will be closed to the public.  The meeting will be held via teleconference.

PUBLIC COMMENT OPPORTUNITIES.  The following opportunities are offered to members of the public at special meetings to make comments via the live teleconference on items listed on the special meeting agenda and limited to three (3) minutes per comment up to 20 minutes of public comment per topic on the special meeting agenda.

In the event the number of comment cards submitted for a topic on the agenda is anticipated to exceed 20 minutes, the order of speakers will be randomized until the 20 minutes have expired.

Per BB 9323, there is a maximum of 20 minutes of comments per topic. With Board consent the President may increase or decrease the time allowed for public comments, depending on the topic and the number of persons wishing to speak.

The video record of the meeting will be posted on the NMUSD YouTube Channel approximately 24-48 hours after the meeting, with closed caption updates to follow.

Members of the public wishing to comment during the live meeting teleconference must submit an electronic comment card no later than 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2021 using the following links:



The public may watch the Board meeting by joining the following Zoom Webinar:

Webinar ID: 964 8542 8196

2. Call to Order
2.a. Call to Order - Presiding Chairperson
3. Opening Ceremonies
3.a. Moment of Reflection/Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
4. Roll Call
4.a. Board of Education/Superintendent
5. Adoption of Agenda
5.a. Adoption of Agenda
Recommended Motion:
It is recommended that the Board of Education adopt the agenda as presented. 
6. Community Input on Special Agenda Items Only
7. Discussion/Action Calendar
7.a. Approve Transition of Secondary Schools (Grades 7-12) to Full Day In-person Instruction 4-Days per Week with Distance Learning 1-Day per Week Beginning the Week of April 26, 2021
Recommended Motion:
It is recommended that the Board of Education approve the transition of secondary schools (grades 7-12) to full day in-person instruction 4-days per week with distance learning 1-day per week beginning the week of April 26, 2021.
Financial Impact:
To be determined.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic the District has prioritized the safety of students and staff, a high quality instructional program and support of student mental health. Under the 3-Level Plan, Newport-Mesa secondary schools began the 2020-21 school year in Level 3 (distance learning) and moved to Level 2 (in-person hybrid) on November 9, 2020. COVID cases have steadily declined in Orange County and local communities and educators are eligible and receiving vaccinations. In addition, the CDPH recently updated guidelines regarding social distancing in classrooms.

Current Consideration:
Approve the transition of NMUSD secondary schools to full day in-person instruction 4-days with distance learning 1-day per week beginning the week of April 26, 2021.

Current Level 2 schedules will be maintained including at-home learning. Cohorts A and B will be combined and required to return in-person 4-days a week. The distance learning 1-day a week for all students will continue.

(This action does not apply to Cloud Campus which is a 100% virtual learning school nor Back Bay/Monte Vista High Schools which are already serving students full days in their current model.)

The District will continue to adhere to the CDPH guidelines which include face coverings and other safety measures. Space between seating and desks in classrooms will be maximized and aligned to the current CDPH guidance.

Approved by:
Board Agenda
April 8, 2021

7.b. Approve Continuation of Cloud Campus, Grades TK-12, for the 2021-2022 School Year
Recommended Motion:
It is recommended that the Board of Education approve the continuation of Cloud Campus, grades TK-12, for the 2021-2022 school year.
Financial Impact:
No applicable.

On June 23, 2020 the Board of Education approved a preliminary instructional model for reopening schools for the 2020-2021 school year. As part of the plan, the board approved the creation of a parent choice 100% virtual learning option for elementary, middle and high school students.  This option was later named Cloud Campus. The Cloud Campus currently serves over 1,700 students.

Current Consideration:
Staff recommends continuation of the Cloud Campus 100% virtual option for grades TK-12 for the 2021-2022 school year.  Parents must commit for their student to remain at this school for one full trimester or semester. Students will be able to return to their home school at the end of each trimester or semester.

Approved by:
Board Agenda
April 8, 2021

8. Adjournment

Published: April 6, 2021, 12:00 PM

The resubmit was successful.