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SRVUSD Weekly Update 9/24/2020
Posted 9/24/20

 

 

With so much going on, we want to be sure that you remain as up-to-date as possible. Please read through these important messages. 

 

Reopening Information

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Survey Update and Reminder:

Please be sure to complete the Parent Survey no later than tomorrow, Friday, September 25th at 5 p.m.  It is very important for us to hear from every family regarding your thoughts about our next steps.  Results of this survey will be shared with the Board, and with our community, at a Special Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, September 29, at 3 p.m. 

 

In terms of some further questions that continue to emerge, please note the following:

The District is going to make every effort to keep student schedule disruptions to a minimum. We need to be sure that everyone understands that selecting remote learning does not automatically mean that you will change teachers or be in classes with students from a site other than your home school site. Once we have declarations from families and have completed negotiations and consultations, we will be able to match student schedules with educators. As difficult as it is to hear that there may be changes, being completely transparent is tantamount to families being able to make informed decisions. Nothing is certain until we have detailed information. We completely understand how disruptive changes can be and we assure you that it is our desire to curtail that impact on both students and staff.

 

Further we continue to consult and negotiate ways to minimize disruptions for students.  This means that you may hear different topics that are being discussed. Some of you have shared that you are concerned about something you have read on a Facebook page or you heard in a conversation with another member of the community.  Please know that we are trying to be as creative as possible as we do this work, which means many ideas are being considered.  No decisions are final until we, the District, officially communicate that they are final.  We understand that we all agree that every student deserves a quality program with the least disruption.  We understand that more change is difficult during these difficult times. Our intent is to provide all information to you so that there are no surprises.

 

Steering Committees:

We wanted to tell you a little bit about the Steering Committees and the work they are doing to guide next steps in the reopening process.

 

Initially, the District formed a Collaborative Working Group composed of 35 members, with representation from: 

  • Certificated staff 

  • Classified staff

  • Site Administration 

  • District administration

 

The purpose of this group was to explore the concepts and ideas that have emerged as the most important per the results of community input and the Thoughtexchange. These included: 

  • Exploring Hybrid Options 

  • Creative ways to schedule students to minimize disruptions 

  • How to organize asynchronous at-home learning time

  • Schedules

  • Safety

  • And more...

 

To further explore the recommendations of the Collaborative Working Group, three Advisory Committees were formed and included representation from: 

  • Students 

    • One fifth grade student from each elementary school (recommended by principals)

    • One student from each secondary school (mostly ASB Presidents)

  • Parents 

    • One from each school site (Site Council Members)

      • Formed by asking one site council representative from each school to participate. 

  • Staff

    • Representation from every school site 

    • Two special education reps

    • SRVEA E-Board members

    • CSEA Reps

    • SEIU Reps

 

During the week of September 21st, the groups met individually and then came together as one to discuss outcomes and come to consensus on recommendations that will be presented to the Board of Education at their Special Meeting on September 29th.

 

These Advisory Committees will continually be involved in our ongoing reopening plan.


 

Child Nutrition Update:

Good News!  Our Student Meal participation numbers continue to increase each week.  We are now serving an average of 4000 breakfast and lunch meals per day.    

 

We plan to open five (5)  additional elementary school sites for Child Nutrition Meal services beginning Monday, September 28th to better serve our community.  Meals will continue to be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

 

New Distribution Sites:

  • Sycamore Valley Elementary

  • Montevideo  Elementary

  • Quail Run Elementary

  • Coyote Creek Elementary

  • Live Oak Elementary

 

Please go to the  CN Website for additional information. 


 

PSAT, SAT and ACT

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PSAT:

A decision about administration of the PSAT will be made at the October 6, 2020 Board of Education Meeting.

 

SAT:

SAT registration is now open for current SRVUSD 12th grade students for the October 27, 2020 SRVUSD Test Administration. The registration is open through October 9th.  Here is the link to register for the October 27 SAT exam.

 

ACT:

More information will be forthcoming on the December 12th ACT test administration.  Again, for students who want to take the ACT, the SRVUSD will open one of our campuses on December 12th as an ACT Test Center.  This test center will be open to any student, SRVUSD and non-SRVUSD, who wants to take the ACT exam.  It is possible that the ACT may be offering a remote testing option for students, but this plan has not been formally released. We will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.


 

SRVUSD Good News

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National Blue Ribbon Schools:

We are delighted to announce that both Hidden Hills Elementary School and Green Valley Elementary School have been selected as 2020 National Blue Ribbon Award Winning Schools!

 

This National recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Green Valley Elementary won in the category of Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools and Hidden Hills Elementary won in the category of Exemplary High Performing Schools.

 

Both schools will be honored at a virtual event in November. Congratulations to the staff and students at these sites for their hard work to show that all students can achieve at high levels. 

 

Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) Annual Teacher of the Year (TOY) Celebration:

Tonight is the annual CCCOE TOY Event. This year's event will be virtual, so anyone can attend to celebrate the accomplishments of the two outstanding SRVUSD Teachers of the Year, Courtney Konopacky and Sarah Clancy. Both Courtney and Sarah have been selected to go on and represent the county at the State Teacher of the Year competition.

 

View tonight’s event at 6:30 p.m.:http://cocotoy.envisionproav.com 

 

In Closing

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I have enjoyed connecting with the community in various ways these past few weeks. I am attending staff meetings, visiting sites and most recently, I participated in the first of four Town Hall Events sponsored by the San Ramon valley Council of PTAs and the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation. It was a very successful event. The recording can be viewed on the SRVUSD YouTube channel. That channel houses recordings of all of my video presentations, including my video clarifying some things from the parent survey. Please take a look anytime.

 

Upcoming Town Hall Dates. All take place at 7 p.m.:

  • California High School Feeder Area: September 29

  • Monte Vista High School Feeder Area: October 7

  • Dougherty Valley High School Feeder Area: October 14

    • Del Amigo and Venture are invited to join the DVHS event.