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SRVUSD News Flash 11.18.21
Posted 11/19/21

Dear SRVUSD Parents and Caregivers,

 

Please see District updates and key information below, including reminders and a message from Superintendent Malloy.

 

District Technologies: Securly Classroom, Securly Home, Apple Classroom and Bark

SRVUSD is committed to keeping our parents/caregivers informed about technologies utilized in the District and to ensure all questions and concerns are answered. We care about all of our students and have a responsibility to keep kids safe online and to use all SRVUSD technologies responsibly. Please review the following resources linked below. Our Technology team will be sending out the Securly Home email invitations to all families the week of November 29. 

 

  • Student Tech Monitoring Apps Chart: A quick at-a-glance overview of Apple Classroom, Securly Classroom, Securly Home, and Bark which shows basic features and how the apps compare to each other.

  • FAQ: Student Device Technologies: This FAQ addresses the many questions we've heard from our community. We will continue to update the FAQ as needed.

  • Securly Home: Parent Registration Instructions: This document shares information about how parents will receive access to register for Securly Home, as well as some basic set-up help. We will continue to update the information in the instructions as needed.

 

If you receive any questions you are unable to answer, SRVUSD’s Technology Department is available to help. Parents/caregivers can go to https://parentithelp.srvusd.net/support/home or call 925-824-1840, Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (excluding holidays)

 

Board Brief

Following each Board of Education meeting, we publish highlights as a Board Brief. This is a way for the community to gain a quick look at what happened during the meeting. The Board Brief from the November 16th meeting is now available online at: www.srvusd.net/boardbriefs. You can also view recordings of the meetings on the District’s YouTube channel.

 

Instructional Calendar Planning

As you probably know, SRVUSD’s Instructional Calendar is what guides our schools and school district from the first day of school in August through the last day of instruction in early June. These calendars are a roadmap for the school year that includes holidays, staff development days, minimum days and school conferences. It is also a valuable tool to help families and caregivers with planning things like vacation schedules and before-and-after school childcare. For that reason, we always try to solidify and gain Board approval of instructional calendars two years in advance as a support for families in their planning. You can view and download the approved 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 calendars on our website here.

 

Planning the instructional calendar is an annual process that involves meeting with representatives from the District’s bargaining units to establish a calendar that meets all legal and contractual requirements (such as the 180-day school year and floating workdays), while also considering what is in the best interest of our students and families/caregivers. There are many factors to consider in the development of the instructional calendar, including the historical data on student attendance and how that is connected to state funding, and more. 

 

The District will be meeting with our employee groups in early December to discuss the 2023-24 and 2024-25 instructional calendars, and we welcome you to share your perspective. Click here to let us know things you would like for us to be cognizant of as we enter into Calendar planning. The form will accept responses through Friday, December 3rd. We are open to hearing all perspectives on how this year's instructional calendar has been beneficial or not beneficial for you and your student(s), and we appreciate your insight into how the calendar impacts our community overall. Thank you!

 

In Case You Missed It….

 

  • Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten enrollment: Now open through December 17, 2021. Learn more on our Enrollment webpage.
     

  • Free meals during Winter Break: SRVUSD is offering 10 days of free meals during winter break. Pre-order by November 30th using the form located on the Child Nutrition webpage.
     

  • FOAC Committee: The Facilities Oversight and Advisory Committee (FOAC) application is now open. We welcome all community members to consider applying to volunteer on this independent citizens’ oversight committee.
     

  • Student Vaccination Records: If your student has been recently vaccinated, and you have not already done so, please upload the proof of vaccination using this COVID-19 Documentation Form.
     

  • Revised Instructional Calendar for 2021-22: An email was sent yesterday to all families regarding a shift in the 2021 - 2022 Instructional Calendar

Monday, January 10, 2022, will now be a floating workday for staff, which means there is no school for students on this day.  

Friday, March 11, 2022, will now be a regular school day for all students and staff.

  • Who to contact for help with an issue or concern: Last month we shared that if you have followed the process at a school site and don’t feel you resolved your concern, please reach out to the appropriate personnel listed on the District website. You can also view this easy-to-use quick reference guide.
     

  • Education Center COVID testing service schedule for Thanksgiving Break (11/22 - 11/27):

Monday - Tuesday:  11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday - Saturday:  CLOSED

 

From the Superintendent

Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude and reflection, a time to focus on the good and remain hopeful of what is yet to come. Since the start of the pandemic, I know that hope has felt uncertain at times. But our hope lies in our empathy, our compassion, and how we express our gratitude to one another this holiday season. 

During this time of Thanksgiving, I want to express my sincere appreciation for all of those in our SRVUSD community who make it truly special. We have come together to support our students, parents and caregivers, our staff, and the entire community throughout this pandemic. There continues to be some uncertainty, and things have not always been easy or ideal. Yet together we have kept our commitment to put students first and provide them with meaningful and engaging educational experiences - everything that SRVUSD is known for. It takes a village to provide the education, support and conditions that all of our students deserve. Thank you for being alongside us every step of the way.

Happy Thanksgiving to the entire SRVUSD community!

 

Take care,

John

 

Dr. John Malloy

SRVUSD Superintendent