Update from Superintendent Dr. Lewis as of May 15, 2020
School Closing Procedures Prior to Summer
Each principal has developed a plan to coordinate the method through which students may retrieve items left in classrooms, return items to school, and for teachers to access classrooms to close out before summer. Please watch for communication from your principals with details. Principals will also send instructions for sixth grade promotion ceremonies, which need to comply with the Santa Barbara County Health Department guidance for graduation ceremonies 다운로드. We look forward to honoring the accomplishments of our sixth-grade class, which they so well deserve.
Thank you to all parents who shared input regarding an end-of-year communication regarding your children’s participation in learning. We acknowledge families have diverse resources to support their children during remote learning. Additionally, the California Department of Education has charged us to “hold students harmless” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on parent, teacher, leadership and Board input, GUSD will be offering a “comment-only” report card for the third trimester of 2019-2020 that highlights the positives in students’ participation and engagement. Report cards will be sent by mail to students’ homes. Please note that all GUSD students will be promoted to their next grade level.
Traditionally GUSD has hosted a summer learning program to support student intervention and extension needs. Due to the continued safety measures in place, it will not be feasible for us to host an in-person summer program. Instead, we will reserve the funds to provide additional support throughout the 2020-2021 school year. To support students with continued learning opportunities throughout the summer, technology devices will not be collected from students who will remain in GUSD during 2020-2021 until later in the summer. This will allow families to continue to use learning applications like Lexia, Reading Plus, etc. Instructional Services will soon share more information with you about a variety of summer learning resources 다운로드.
First Day of School – Wednesday, August 19, 2020
I announced at a recent school board meeting that we have every desire to open school on the regularly scheduled start date of Wednesday, August 19, 2020. We will not open early, as Governor Newsom had suggested, because our schools began distance learning immediately — first with learning packets and then online Facer download. Also, now more than ever our staff needs to recharge over the summer and families most likely need to do the same.
Reopening for 2020-2021
Although our dream is to have all students return five days per week, we are not yet able to know what the health of the community will be like in mid-August, nor what the Public Health Department will allow us to do. Therefore, we are planning for several different scenarios including:
- Continuing with our full remote learning model (like we are doing right now) 다운로드.
- Doing a blended-learning or hybrid model, where some days or portions of days are in school, and some days or portions of days are at home (remote learning). This scenario might occur if we are only allowed to have very small class sizes.
- Fully reopen with all students back to campus full time 리믹스.
Please understand that social distancing practices will surely continue throughout the coming year, so we need to be prepared to continue safe and healthy practices. More information about the structure of school for next year will be forthcoming as we learn more through the summer.
I commend our teaching staff and support providers for their ability to pivot their instructional practices and make our remote learning viable. I also commend our classified employees for supporting instruction, delivering thousands of meals, and for supporting our technology needs and distributing nearly 2,000 Chromebooks. Additionally, let us recognize our principals and leaders for working feverishly behind the scenes to support our students and staff.
School Closure Update as of April 1, 2020 / Actualización del Cierre de las Escuelas 1 de abril de 2020:
Today, Governor Newsom announced his expectation that all school districts and charter school classrooms in California continue with distance learning and other essential supports through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This means that while school campuses are closed, distance learning will continue. While we understand this poses serious hardships to many families, it is the most effective way to slow the transmission of this pandemic and do our part by continuing to implement social distancing practices.
We at Goleta Union School District are following the guidance from the California Department of Education, and working collaboratively with all schools within Santa Barbara County to best serve our school communities. Our staff, teachers, and administrators are working around the clock to provide meals for youth, plan and deliver high-quality distance learning, and continue to work on connectivity and technology needs that address equity and access for all students. We are committed to ensuring students have the resources and services they need to continue their learning and engagement despite the closure of our school facilities.
Hoy, el Gobernador Newsom anunció su expectativa de que todos los distritos escolares y las aulas escolares chárter en California continúen con el aprendizaje a distancia y otros apoyos esenciales durante el resto del año escolar 2019-2020. Esto significa que mientras las escuelas estén cerradas, el aprendizaje a distancia continuará. Entendemos que esto plantea serias dificultades para muchas familias, es la manera más eficaz de frenar la transmisión de esta pandemia y hacer nuestra parte al seguir implementando prácticas de distanciamiento social.
Nosotros en el Distrito Escolar de la Unión de Goleta estamos siguiendo las instrucciones del Departamento de Educación de California, y trabajamos en colaboración con todas las escuelas dentro del Condado de Santa Bárbara para servir mejor a nuestras comunidades escolares. Nuestro personal, maestros y administradores están trabajando las 24 horas del día para proporcionar comidas para los jóvenes, planificar y ofrecer aprendizaje a distancia de alta calidad, y continuar trabajando en las necesidades de conectividad y tecnología que abordan la equidad y el acceso para todos los estudiantes. Estamos comprometidos a garantizar que los estudiantes tengan los recursos y servicios que necesitan para continuar su aprendizaje y compromiso a pesar del cierre de nuestras instalaciones escolares.
Useful and Important Information on the Coronavirus COVID-19
NASP/NASN: Talking to Children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) / Helping students cope with COVID-19. Click here
CDC: Mental Health and coping during COVID-19. Click here
Form for Request for Indidividual Financial Assistance (Spanish version here)