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Weekly Update #6
Posted 7/10/20

 

The District will be presenting the school board members with its Proposal for Reopening at the Board of Education meeting on July 14th at 11 a.m. (Please note the earlier meeting time.) That meeting can be viewed live or watched later, at your convenience, on the District’s YouTube Channel.

 

The District’s Vision for Reopening Schools Safely

Created around three main drivers:

  1. The health, safety and well-being of our entire community: students, staff and families

  2. Providing options to accommodate as many situations as possible

  3. Allowing for school schedule flexibility to adjust as public health direction changes

 

District staff has worked tirelessly throughout the summer to develop a proposal that honors the three main drivers; incorporates feedback from the community via surveys, focus groups, and the input form; incorporates staff input and needs from all three employee bargaining units; while abiding by Public Health guidance and statutes and the new California State law, signed by the Governor last week, for reopening schools. 

 

Community Input

As you can see, fall planning continues to be a complicated task, but one which we can successfully tackle with you as our partners. We want to sincerely thank the community for the input received on the most recent round of surveys. We had tremendous participation levels: over 9,000 parents, 1,575 staff members and 1,776 middle and high school students filled out the surveys. Additionally, 156 parents participated in our focus groups and hundreds of comments were received via the online form and emails. That level of engagement is absolutely amazing! We will share the survey results at the July 14th board meeting. 

 

After the Board of Education (BOE) Meeting 

Each SRVUSD family will be asked to select a scheduling option for the fall semester that works best for their personal situation. We are designing all options with the goal of getting back to the traditional rigor in the curriculum that we have all come to respect and expect for students at all levels. There is much work still to be done around all of the details and fine points that we must address, but following the July 14 BOE meeting, it is our expectation that you will have enough information about the options to make an informed decision for the fall semester.


 

What Else We Have Been Doing

  • Collaborating with other high-performing suburban school districts throughout the State to discuss best practices and their plans for safely reopening schools in August

  • Invested in and ordered the necessary Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and cleaning/disinfecting supplies needed to support a safe, healthy school environment

  • Confirmed that childcare facilities on elementary campuses will be open

    • Details about capacity, etc. will follow

  • Researching a consistent learning management platform

 

Staff continues to work every day to hammer out details, account for the unexpected and plan for changes that we don’t even know are coming, yet. The BOE members are in regular communication with staff. They are engaging, asking questions and advocating for families and staff to find options that put kids first while keeping everyone safe. While these tasks seem insurmountable at times, they are the reality in which we now live and we must adjust accordingly. Our promise to you is that the safety of our community is our number one priority and a commitment that we take very seriously.

 

 

Please remember to join us virtually for the Board of Education meeting on July 14th at 11 a.m.