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SRVUSD Weekly Update #10
Posted 8/7/20

Is everyone ready for the new school year to begin? We are getting very excited to welcome our students back to class! While it is an unconventional beginning to the year, we are just as excited as ever to meet our new students and get back to the business of learning.

 

It has been an exciting, challenging and productive first week for me in the SRVUSD. Though I have been connecting with SRVUSD for the last two months, I have jumped in with both feet as we get ready to start the 2020-21 school year. I can honestly say that it has been my pleasure. I have begun to develop relationships with stakeholders both inside and outside of the SRVUSD. These relationships help inform my work. The more I interact, the more I learn about the passion that the people of this community have for education. I knew it was part of the SRVUSD culture, but it is a pleasure to experience it firsthand. Our challenges right now are many, but I do not want us to lose sight of the great work that has been done in preparation for the new school year. I am eager for the beginning of our new school year, even though we do need to open remotely. While I know that there are many different perspectives in the community right now about how to proceed, I want you to know that we are focusing on making remote learning great while, behind the scenes, we are continuing to prepare for an eventual safe return to in-class instruction. That remains the goal.

 

I enjoyed being able to share a bit about myself and my philosophies with you during the Question and Answer Session on Thursday. If you did not get a chance to watch it live, it is on the District’s YouTube channel and can be watched any time. In every conversation that I have had this week,  I have learned about our wonderful students, our competent staff and our engaged families and community. Those realities will help us work through the challenges. I trust that our first week of school next week will be a positive one.

 

Getting Started with the School Year

Resources: Since the school year is beginning differently, we want to be sure that students and parents know just what to do on the first day. 

  • Email Information: On the afternoon of August 10th, we will be sending an email with detailed instructions on how to begin your remote learning school year. 

  • Family Guide to Remote Learning. This Guide, which is available now on our website, will be your one-stop shop for all things remote learning related

 

Immunizations: Reminder  - the State of California reminds us that all students must be up-to-date in their immunizations in order to start school - even with remote learning.

 

Schedules

Bell schedules for all grade levels have been posted on the District website.

  • There is a link to them directly from the Quicklinks on the District homepage. 

  • You can also access them by clicking the bell icon on your school website’s homepage.

  • Student schedules and teacher assignments will be posted in Infinite Campus at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12th.

 

Access to Online Learning Platforms

In order to make it as convenient as possible, we will be providing access information and resources for online learning platforms in one place on the District website

  • You can access the webpage by clicking the Remote Learning Resources icon on your school website’s homepage.

  • You can also access the page from the District website homepage.

 

Child Nutrition

The Child Nutrition program is looking forward to continuing to provide healthy meals to students during remote learning.   There are a few changes to the Child Nutrition program this year that we want to bring to your attention. Beginning on Monday, August 17th, the Child Nutrition Program for students will revert back to the traditional National School Lunch Program. 

 

We are providing some basic information here that you need to know. Please visit the Child Nutrition pages of the website for complete information, to pre-order meals and to apply for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program:

 

For the 2020-21 school year:

  • Student meals will be distributed at eight school sites throughout the SRVUSD

    • If your school is not one of those eight distribution schools, students at your school will be assigned to one of the distribution schools where he/she/they will go to pick up meals

    • Meals need to picked up daily

  • Families are being asked to pre-order and pay for meals online

    • You should complete your first meal order by Friday, August 14th

  • For the first day of school only, meal pick up will be the same as it was over the summer: 

    • Meals will be served at John Baldwin Elementary, Walt Disney Elementary and Gale Ranch Middle School

    • There will be no cash accepted at the curb, but student meals will be recorded and charged appropriately, based on meal eligibility.

    • No student will be turned away

 

Our goal in Child Nutrition is to ensure that a meal is provided to any child that requests a meal. If you have questions about the Child Nutrition Program, please see contact information on the website.


 

Ongoing Discussions

Waiver - 

While District personnel continue to focus on making online learning the best that it can be, we have not lost sight of the fact that our ultimate goal is to have students back to in-person instruction as soon as it is safe to do so. 

 

Just this week, on August 4th, the State Department of Public Health (SDPH) released detailed guidelines on how to apply for a waiver to the State’s directive that in-person instruction be suspended in counties on the State’s watchlist. The specifics of these guidelines can be found on the California Department of Public Health website

 

As of right now, the elementary schools of the SRVUSD do not meet the conditions specified in the criteria to apply for the waiver. We want to assure you that we continue to monitor the conditions and requirements necessary to apply for the State waiver to resume elementary in-class instruction.

 

Technology - 

School sites have started contacting parents to make arrangements for technology pick up. If you have not heard from your school yet about pick up, you will be hearing very soon. If you still need a device or have questions you need answered about technology, please contact https://parentithelp.srvusd.net.

 

Childcare Survey -

The Contra Costa County Office of Education is trying to gather data on the need for childcare during remote learning in Contra Costa County. If you are currently in need of childcare for your school aged child, please complete this Childcare Need Survey for the County.

 

As we prepare to open this unique school year, we want you to know that our amazing staff throughout the District has been working hard to get ready for our Remote Learning experience.  Please know that we are here to answer any questions you may have and we look forward to the year ahead. 

 

Dr. John Malloy

Superintendent