Reopening Information Fall, 2021 (Updated 5/10/2021)
Welcoming You Back to Acalanes Adult Education
Starting in the fall of 2021, Acalanes Adult Education (AAE) will reopen for full time, in-person instruction starting on Monday, September 13, 2021, the first day of our Fall Session. The entire staff understand that in-person instruction may not be the most appropriate option for some of our students and staff who have medical conditions and/or who have members of their household who may be at-risk by in-person instruction. Given this ongoing and unique situation, AAE will offer courses both in-person and distance learning for the Fall Session.
Main Office Updates
Experience with the office may be modified in order to reduce contact.
Kiosks for Contactless Enrollment and Payment
Four kiosks will be introduced for students to enroll in courses and pay directly online.
Enrollment at the Counter
iPads have been added to each counter where students may use their mobile devices to scan QR codes (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch) (Android) to enroll in courses and pay directly from their device. Office staff will assist students with using this new form of enrollment and are happy to assist at any time.
The office has been set-up with protective shields on the counter to allow for social distancing and an added layer of protection for students and office staff when there is a need to stop by the office.
While it may be different from the last time you stepped onto our campus and in a classroom, here are the top things to be aware of as you prepare for your return to the classroom.
- For our online learners, classrooms are fully equipped with two logitech cameras:
- One camera is set-up in the back of the classroom with a focus on the teaching wall and the ability to see the entire room;
- A second camera is more mobile for the teacher to move about the classroom for more close-up images of what is taking place within the instructional setting.
- A microphone will be installed in each classroom, providing the ability to capture all sounds to allow for our online learners to fully engage in the instructional program.
- Canvas will continue to serve as our learning management system (LMS).
- Online textbooks and materials will continue to be the focus of our instructional delivery method.
- This will help reduce our carbon footprint and provide a touchless experience for students and staff.
When students and staff return to campus, enhancements to our exterior grounds will improve the look and feel of the Del Valle Education Center.
- Seven (7) brand new picnic tables have been installed;
- Four (4) around the flag pole;
- Three (3) between the 100 and 200 wings.
- Four (4) brand new park benches have been installed throughout the campus.
- Four (4) brand new combination trash and recycle cans have been installed near park benches and picnic tables.
- A brand new bike rack has been installed near the flag pole.
The Del Valle Transition Program will roll out a student store from room 203, where students and staff may purchase items such as coffee, tea, prepackaged food items, and much more. The store is in the final stages of planning and roll out with more announcements to come once the store opens.
The interiors of our campus have experienced upgrades and enhancements during our extended closure to in-person learning.
- Three (3) trash cans have been added to the interior hallways of the 100 wing to allow for students and staff to deposit their trash.
- The bulletin board between rooms 101 and 102 have been replaced with two monitors.
- One monitor will be an additional display of our daily class schedule and other announcements;
- One monitor will be used as a jobs board and utilized by our AAE Transition Specialist to support our adults with job placements.
Enhanced Health and Safety Measures
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, Acalanes Adult Education is considering the many factors to help us with safely reopening for in-person learning in a responsible manner. While we continue to follow existing state, local, and district guidelines, we are working to thoughtfully implement new health and safety measures for our students, community members, and staff. Our enhanced health and safety measures include:
Enhanced Protective Measures
Mandatory face coverings for students, community members, and staff with the addition of hand sanitizing stations in the hallway, classrooms, and office spaces, along with physical barriers, where appropriate.
Directional signage and ground markings have been installed throughout the Del Valle Education Center. Desks will be properly spaced six (6) feet apart and all will be facing the same direction.
The custodial staff follow prescribed direction from our District Office regarding changes to cleaning patterns to focus on touch points and ensuring that these are frequently cleaned. Classrooms have hand sanitizers and we will be monitoring restrooms throughout the day to ensure they are properly stocked with soap and paper towels.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through the process of safely reopening for in-person learning.