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SRVUSD Weekly Update 9/3/2020
Posted 9/3/20

 

As we approach the Labor Day weekend, we continue to thank you for your partnership, patience, flexibility and all of your efforts.  We also appreciate your suggestions and your feedback.  As we discussed at the Board Meeting on August 25th, we have continued to work with Contra Costa County Public Health regarding requirements to apply for a waiver, and for guidance related to bringing small groups back to campus for support.  We have also been working on a unique way to engage our parents, staff and students about remote learning and about returning to school for in-person learning.  You will find information about the survey and about the waiver in this update. We are also sharing information about accessing secondary student progress and virtual town hall meetings that I will be hosting this fall.  We thank you in advance for your participation in both the ThoughtExchange survey and in the town hall meetings.

 

ThoughtExchange

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The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is interested to know what you think. In an effort to be transparent with how our community feels about remote learning and plans for the future, we are using Thoughtexchange instead of a traditional survey. Thoughtexchange brings people together to solve challenges. By soliciting input in this way, it allows you to not only share your own thoughts and opinions, but also to convey how the thoughts and opinions of other SRVUSD participants resonate with you. Additionally, this technology allows us to see immediate results when the ThoughtExchange closes. So, you will be able to share many open-ended thoughts, and we will be able to see results very quickly.

 

As a District, we are taking steps towards rebuilding trust. We are proud of our engaged and informed community and plan to leverage our collective wisdom to inform the work that we are doing. We are not asking you to make a declaration at this time. We are gathering input. You will be asked for a declaration regarding your plans about returning to in-person learning in the very near future.  Some may believe that we should be asking for this declaration today.  In order for parents to make effective decisions, we understand that more information is necessary so that you can clearly understand what in-person learning will look like.  We believe we can provide this information very soon after Contra Costa Public Health clarifies their expectations.

 

We will share results of the Thoughtexchange with our community in an upcoming Weekly Update and with the Board of Education at their meeting on Tuesday, September 15th at 7 p.m. You can watch that meeting live or recorded on the District’s YouTube channel..

 

If you need technical help, please call Thoughtexchange at 1-800-361-9027 ext. 4 or email help@thoughtexchange.com. It is helpful to grab a screenshot of your issue before reaching out for help.

 

To begin contributing to the Thoughtexchange, please select a link:

  1. Traditional (recommended for computers/laptops)

https://my.thoughtexchange.com/485565771

 

  1. Scrolling (recommended for mobile devices)

https://my.thoughtexchange.com/scroll/485565771

 

Update on the Waiver Process

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We have been working very closely with surrounding districts and with Contra Costa Public Health regarding the waiver process that would allow students TK-5 to return to school in some manner.  As we discussed at the Board meeting on August 25th, we have made some gains regarding how we would implement testing and contact tracing requirements.  We also discussed that we need to better understand Public Health’s definition of a cohort.  We have come to understand that the definition that we received from the State of California that a cohort is a “small and stable group of no more than 14 students and 2 adults” would not allow us to use the hybrid model that was discussed in the summer.  This hybrid model would have one teacher teaching two classes of 14 or less students who would attend school on alternate days.  A hybrid model is required in order for us to fulfill the requirement that students need to keep a 4 to 6 foot physical distance from each other.  If we are not able to follow our hybrid model, we would need to add many more elementary teachers to fulfill this requirement, something that we are not able to do.

 

Further, some believe we should ask parents right now whether they would come back to school or not.  The problem with this strategy is that parents are still waiting for clarity regarding what in-person learning will look like before making this decision, since this decision would probably need to be a permanent one for the rest of the school year.  Public Health has stated to us that when our county moves from the purple zone to the red zone, which is the new way of describing that our county is no longer on the state watch list, we will still need to follow the requirements regarding small and stable cohorts and physical distancing; however the hybrid model would work.

 

Some parents have asked us how other school districts have been approved for a waiver.  Though each county may have different expectations regarding this process, it is important to note that it would appear that those schools/districts who have been approved have been able to show how they will be able to fulfill expectations around cohort size and stability.  Please note, if a county is no longer in the purple zone then the requirements are slightly different.

 

We have asked Public Health to confirm the understanding that is outlined above.  We are expecting this confirmation very soon.

 

We understand that this process has been frustrating for some parents which is why we wanted to provide further information.  Regardless of how things unfold with the waiver process, we would like to strengthen remote learning and prepare to return to in-person learning which is why the ThoughtExchange process is so important.


 

Parent Access to Secondary Student Progress

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Parent access to student grades and assignments is an integral part of the educational experience for many of our families, especially during this period of remote learning. We want to make sure that you know where to go for information and how to communicate with your child’s teachers.

 

Posting and Distributing of Assignments Google Classroom

Turning in Work Google Classroom

Individual Assignment Score Reporting School Loop or Power School

Grade Reporting Infinite Campus

 

All communication with your child’s teacher should be directed to their SRVUSD.net email address.

 

If you are new to School Loop, you need to create an account. To create and account, please visit your school website and scroll to the bottom of the homepage.Click the <Login to School Loop> button. 


 

If you have questions about where to go to see student grades or progress, please contact your child’s teacher directly.

 

Superintendent’s Town Halls

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Superintendent Malloy wants to connect with you. He is looking forward to hosting Virtual Town Hall Meetings scheduled for later this month. More details will follow, but please put the dates on your calendar:

 

Tuesday, September 22 - San Ramon Valley High School and its feeder area schools

Tuesday, September 29 - California High School and its feeder area schools

Wednesday, October 7 - Monte Vista High School and its feeder area schools

Wednesday, October 14 - Dougherty Valley High School, Venture Independent Study and Del Amigo High plus Dougherty Valley High feeder area schools.


 

I hope that is the midst of everything that has been happening, that you are able to enjoy this Labor Day weekend.