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    MARCH 27: IMPORTANT UPDATE ON SCHOOL CLOSURES

    Dear Simi Valley Schools Community:

     

    As we come out of Spring Break and into what will be our second week of campus closures, I want to thank our community for your flexibility and patience as we continue to navigate a complex and ever-changing situation. 

     

    We are committed to continuing to provide the best possible educational experiences for all of our students. Our teachers, administrators and support staff are working hard to create meaningful lesson plans, coordinate the production and delivery of materials, and provide for our students ongoing needs. None of us knows what the next few weeks and months will present; circumstances seem to change daily with COVID-19 and its impact on our community. What will not change is our determination to continue providing high-quality instruction to our community. 

     

    Here are some things you need to know for the coming week:

    •    Starting next week, all parents should hear from their children’s teachers about what instruction will look like for each class and how it will be delivered. 

     

    •    Elementary schools have reached out to parents to ask a couple of quick questions about each family’s access to devices and the internet. If you have received a survey email from your school, please complete that short survey as soon as possible. Your teachers need that information to move forward with their instructional plans. 

     

    •    Schools are also creating plans for how families can pick-up their students’ personal items and instructional materials (textbooks, etc…) from each school. Your school will communicate directly with you about this process.

     

    •    Please review and update EACH child’s Aeries account to make sure we have the best email contact information for your children. All of our communications are going to the email address currently listed in Aeries. 

     

    •    Our Special Education families will be contacted next week by Student Support Services with its plans for serving our students. 

     

    •    Our Child Nutrition Department has done an incredible job of feeding our community’s children these last two weeks. They are now serving about 1,300 breakfasts/lunches each weekday. Starting next week, a third drive-through site will open, and the pick-up hours will be extended. Park View Elementary School (1500 Alexander Street) joins Berylwood Elementary School (2300 Heywood Street) and Santa Susana High School (3570 Easy Cochran Street) for drive-through meal pick-up. The hours are 11: 30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at each site. Walk-ups are discouraged but no child will be turned away. No one will be allowed to eat at the pick-up site in order to maintain the current social distancing recommendations.

     

    We again want to thank everyone for working with us to create this new kind of learning environment. Getting our students back on track with learning is our highest priority right now and it will benefit all of us.

     

    I also want to personally thank our employees for their professionalism, creativity and commitment to their work. At every level, I have watched our employees step up to help maintain our teaching environments, from office staff working from home to continue running their schools and departments, to our teachers who are learning about and adjusting to new ways to deliver curriculum to their students and our facilities’ staff who continue to care for our campuses and offices while maintaining the current safety guidelines. Each of us has been challenged in some way and I am proud and heartened by how well we are adapting to these new times. 

     

    Parents, please continue to be patient with our teachers and site staff as they maneuver through so many changes in their normal processes. We are all doing the best that we can and not every question has an answer worked out yet.

     

    Because we are part of a larger community and the needs are many, our district has donated supplies and equipment (face masks and ventilators) to area hospitals. I have also learned of one effort on behalf of one of our high schools to use its 3D printers to create face shields for medical workers. Knowing our teachers and students, I’m sure there will be more community-based help efforts to come.

     

    Lastly, I want to remind our families, and especially our teens, to please continue to follow the guidelines for social distancing. Stay home. Avoid gatherings. (Please know that no student groups of any kind have permission to meet, either from the school or the district.) Wash your hands frequently and continue all of the other measures that were designed to keep everyone safe and healthy. We can and will get through this together. 

     

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Jason Peplinski

    MARCH 18: IMPORTANT UPDATE ON SCHOOL CLOSURES AND CORONAVIRUS

    SPANISH AFTER ENGLISH:

     

    Dear Simi Valley Schools Community:

    I appreciate your ongoing patience and support as we continue to work through a crisis never-before-seen by any of us. We are now into our third day of the closure of our schools because of the coronavirus and we know that our families are struggling with many concerns and needs during this time. I hope that the contents of this long message will help to answer some of the questions you may have and to outline the weeks to come for all of us. There is a lot of information contained here and I urge you to carefully read through to the end of this message.

    NEW SCHOOL REOPEN TARGET DATE
    The Simi Valley Unified School District has carefully coordinated our plans with all of the Ventura County school districts and the Ventura County Office of Education and we are in line with our neighboring districts. We have decided that as of now, our schools will remain closed at least through Friday, May 1. Our new target date to reopen is Monday, May 4. As you know, things are changing hourly and there is the potential that the closures could extend beyond May 1. Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom advised families to prepare for the possibility that schools may be closed through the summer break. While that could happen, we remain hopeful that the current conditions will improve enough to allow us to reopen before the end of this school year. 

    DISTANCE LEARNING FOR OUR STUDENTS
    For several weeks, we have worked on plans for distance learning for our students. This has never been an issue of our willingness or ability to conduct distance learning, but there are many regulatory concerns that we need state and federal guidance on. As of today, we still have not received clear guidance on many of these hurdles, but we are moving forward with this plan with our best intentions to facilitate student achievement. We are hopeful that the needed direction from the California Department of Education (CDE) and the federal government will be provided soon.

     

    I will provide the overall plan for distance learning here, but please know that your schools and teachers will create more detailed plans and arrangements for how and what this will look like in the weeks to come. Any questions about distance learning should be addressed to your school sites after Spring Break. Here are the basics:

    • After Spring Break, teachers will reach out to their students’ families to get information on technology access.
    • All educational materials will be offered online and in printed packets to accommodate any limitations a family may have to technology at home.
    • Printed packets will be provided once each week at the school sites for pick-up only. They will also be made available online, and each teacher will provide access through the platform they are most comfortable using.
    • Initially, the weekly work will be considered “enrichment activities” but will transition into curriculum-based work in order to ease our students back into learning. (More specific information about if the work is graded, if it needs to be returned and other related details will be developed by the school sites in the coming weeks.)
    • Students will be allowed to come to school to pick up personal belongings and learning materials BUT EACH SCHOOL WILL CREATE ITS OWN PLAN FOR HOW AND WHEN THIS WILL HAPPEN. When students do come to the schools, they will not be allowed to gather and socialize. They will be asked to pick up their things and leave.
    • Once we begin the distance learning process (after Spring Break) all students are expected to participate. The California compulsory education laws (attendance) are still in effect. Each teacher will determine what constitutes attendance for each of their courses/classes individually.
    • All of these distance learning plans will begin the week AFTER Spring Break. Spring Break is next week (March 23 to 27). The first communications from teachers to families will be by Friday, April 3. (This gives our teachers time to create their materials and delivery methods.)


    BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR STUDENTS
    Due to a surge in demand, we’ve expanded our current nutrition services for our families.

     

    As of next week, we will offer breakfast as well as lunch for our community’s children, and we continue this service during Spring Break and after. Breakfast/lunch will be provided from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Berylwood Elementary School (2300 Heywood Street) and Santa Susanna High School (3570 E. Cochran Street). Any child age 18 and under may participate and receive a meal free of charge, regardless of enrollment in the Simi Valley Unified School District. In the interest of maintaining the current requirements for social distancing, we are continuing to use the drive-through system for meal distribution to prevent large groups from forming. (But no children will be turned away.) In order to receive a breakfast/lunch, the child/children must be present at the time of pick-up. Unfortunately, having children present to pick up the free meals is federal law, and as of today, these requirements remain in place. BREAKFAST WILL BE GIVEN AT THE SAME TIME AS LUNCH, SO THIS WILL BE BREAKFAST FOR THE NEXT MORNING. Please know that children will not be allowed to eat at the schools after picking up their lunches. 

    GRADUATION AND PROMOTION CEREMONIES
    Like all of you, we want nothing more than to honor our students for their achievements. The thought of graduation ceremonies being cancelled is heartbreaking for all of us and we will do everything we can to ensure that they continue. In the event that in-person ceremonies are not possible due to public health concerns, we will explore alternative ways to recognize our amazing students for their accomplishments. 

    TESTING
    The College Board, which administers the SAT, has canceled the March 28 makeup and the May 2 SAT test dates. The next SAT date is June 6, with a registration deadline of May 27. The College Board is also working on remote learning for Advanced Placement (AP) students and a testing plan to come. The situation is changing frequently, so please see their latest updates at https://pages.collegeboard.org/collegeboard-covid-19-updates

    The April 4 ACT test date has been rescheduled to June 13. This link will provide the latest information: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid-19.html.
    Information about the impacts of coronavirus on International Baccalaureate (IB) testing is available at https://www.ibo.org/news/news-about-the-ib/covid-19-coronavirus-updates.

    The state CAASPP testing in math and English/Language Arts has been canceled for the current school year and will not take place.

    I want to assure all of our families that we are providing information to you as soon as possible after we receive and verify it. There is no delay in informing you beyond creating the message. We need to be as transparent as possible with everyone in order for this situation to resolve as smoothly as possible

     

    Since the reason for closing our schools is to help limit the spread of the coronavirus, we urge families to continue practicing social distancing during this time. The effort to slow the spread of the virus will be impeded if students gather in malls, movie theaters and other public places while schools are closed. Students, please stay home.

     

    Finally, I wish to make a personal appeal to our families. I pride myself on being as accessible as possible for our 16,500 students’ families and their needs. Between the constant dissemination of ever-changing information and the planning involved to keep the learning process happening over the coming weeks, I cannot possibly respond to all of the emails, texts and messages I’m receiving from our community. The good news is that in most cases, you children’s principals are available and willing to address your concerns. Email is the best way to communicate with them, though most are at their campuses each day (except for next week with Spring Break). If you don’t know how to reach out to them, please go to https://www.simivalleyusd.org/pf4/cms2/view_page?d=x&group_id=1537515200656&vdid=v2im28b1zlkqm402 and you will find a complete list of every school, its contact information and the principal with a link to their email address.

    Thank you again for your support, patience and flexibility during this time. We will get through this successfully because we are a community of people who care about each other and about our children.

     

    Dr. Jason Peplinski
    Superintendent
    Simi Valley Unified School District

     

    Estimada Comunidad Escolar de Simi Valley:

    Apreció su continua paciencia y apoyo al continuar trabajando sobre una crisis nunca antes vista por ninguno de nosotros. Estamos ahora en nuestro tercer día del cierre de nuestras escuelas por el coronavirus y sabemos que nuestras familias están batallando con muchas preocupaciones y necesidades durante estos momentos. Es mi esperanza que el largo contenido de este mensaje les ayuda a contestar algunas de estas preguntas que puedan tener y dar lineamientos de las semanas venideras para todos nosotros. Hay mucha información contenida aquí y les pido fervientemente que lean cuidadosamente hasta el final de este mensaje.

    NUEVA FECHA OBJETIVO PARA LA REAPERTURA DE LAS ESCUELAS

    El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Simi Valley ha coordinado cuidadosamente su planeación con todos los distritos escolares del Condado de Ventura y con la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Ventura y nos hemos alineado con nuestros distritos aledaños. Hemos decidido que, por el momento, nuestras escuelas permanecerán cerradas hasta el viernes 1° de mayo. Nuestra nueva fecha de apertura es el lunes 4 de mayo. Como ustedes ya saben, la situación cambia hora tras hora y existe el potencial que el cierre pudiera extenderse más allá del 1° de mayo. El día de ayer, el gobernador Gavin Newsom, notificó a las familias que se prepararán para la posibilidad que las escuelas pudieran permanecer cerradas hasta después de las vacaciones de verano. Mientras que esto si pudiera suceder, permanecemos con la esperanza que las condiciones actuales mejorarán lo suficiente para permitirnos volver a abrir antes de que termine este ciclo escolar.

     

    APRENDIZAJE A DISTANCIA PARA NUESTROS ESTUDIANTES

    Durante varias semanas, hemos estado trabajando en planes para el aprendizaje a distancia para nuestros estudiantes. Esto nunca ha sido una cuestión de nuestra disponibilidad ni habilidad de llevar a cabo el aprendizaje a distancia, pero hay muchas inquietudes reglamentarias sobre las cuales necesitamos dirección estatal y federal. A la fecha no hemos recibido una guía clara sobre muchos de estos obstáculos, pero seguiremos adelante con este plan con nuestras mejores intenciones de facilitar el desempeño académico. Tenemos la esperanza que la dirección necesaria del Departamento de Educación de California (CDE) y del gobierno federal sea proporcionada pronto.

    Aquí, les proporcionaré el plan general para el aprendizaje a distancia, pero por favor sepan que sus escuelas y maestros crearán planes y organización más detallados de qué y cómo se verá esto en las próximas semanas. Cualquier duda sobre el aprendizaje a distancia deberá ser abordado con sus planteles escolares después del descanso de primavera (spring break). Aquí está lo básico:

    • Después del descanso de primavera, los maestros se pondrán en contacto con las familias de sus estudiantes para obtener información sobre su acceso a tecnología.
    • Se ofrecerán todos los materiales educativos en línea y en paquetes impresos para dar cabida a cualquier limitación que pudiera tener una familia con la tecnología en casa.
    • Los paquetes impresos se proporcionarán cada semana en los planteles escolares solamente para ser recogidos. También estarán disponibles en línea, y cada maestro proporcionará acceso a través de la plataforma con la que usen con más comodidad.
    • Inicialmente, el trabajo semanal será considerado “actividades de enriquecimiento” pero traicionará a trabajo basado en el plan de estudios para poder conducir a nuestros estudiantes de regreso al aprendizaje. (La información más específica acerca de que si el trabajo será calificad, y si se necesita entregar y otros detalles relacionados se estará desarrollando en los planteles escolares en las semanas siguientes).
    • Se les permitirá a los estudiantes ir a su escuela a recoger los artículos personales y materiales de aprendizaje, PERO CADA ESCUELA CREARÁ SU PROPIO PLAN SOBRE CÓMO Y CUÁNDO ESTO SUCEDERÁ. Cuando los estudiantes se presenten en las escuelas, no se les permitirá aglomerarse ni socializar. Se les pedirá que recojan sus pertenencias y se retiren.
    • Una vez que iniciemos el proceso de aprendizaje a distancia (después del descanso de primavera o spring break) se espera que todos los estudiantes participen. Las leyes de educación obligatorias de California (asistencia) siguen vigentes. Cada maestro determinará individualmente que constituye asistencia en cada uno de sus cursos/clases.
    • Todos estos planes de aprendizaje a distancia comenzarán la semana DESPUÉS del descanso de primavera. El descanso de primavera es la semana entrante (23 al 27 de marzo). El primer comunicado de los maestros a las familias será el viernes 3 de abril. (Esto les dará a nuestros maestros tiempo para elaborar sus materiales y métodos de distribución).

     

    DESAYUNOS Y ALMUERZOS PARA ESTUDIANTES

    Debido a un incremento en la demanda, hemos extendido nuestros servicios de nutrición para nuestras familias.

    A partir de la semana entrante, ofreceremos desayuno y almuerzo para los niños de nuestra comunidad y continuaremos con este servicio durante y después del descanso de primavera. El desayuno/almuerzo será distribuido de 11:30 a.m. a 12:30 p.m. en Berylwood Elementary (2300 Heywood Street) y en Santa Susanna High School (3570 E. Cochran Street). Cualquier niño de 18 y menores podrán participar y recibirán una comida sin costo, sin importar si están inscritos en el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Simi Valley. Con el interés de mantener los requerimientos vigentes de la distanciación social, continuaremos con el sistema de recoger en su auto (drive-through) para la distribución de alimentos para evitar que se formen grupos grandes. (Pero no se le negará a ningún niño). Para poder recibir el desayuno/almuerzo, el niño o los niños deberán estar presentes al momento de recoger. Desafortunadamente, el tener a los niños presentes para recoger los alimentos gratuitos es una ley federal, y hasta el día de hoy, estos requerimientos permanecen vigentes. LOS DESAYUNOS SE REPARTIRÁN AL MISMO TIEMPO QUE LOS ALMUERZOS, ENTONCES ESTE SERÁ EL DESAYUNO DE LA MAÑANA SIGUIENTE. Por favor dense por enterados que no se permitirá que los niños coman en las escuelas después de recoger sus almuerzos.

     

    CEREMONIAS DE GRADUACIÓN Y PROMOCIÓN

    Al igual que todos ustedes, nada nos gustaría más que el honrar los logros de nuestros estudiantes. El solo saber que las ceremonias de graduación serán canceladas nos rompe el corazón a todos nosotros y haremos todo lo posible para asegurar que sucederán. Si se da el caso que una ceremonia en persona no será posible por preocupaciones de salud pública, exploraremos maneras alternativas para reconocer a nuestros increíbles estudiantes por sus logros.

     

    EXÁMENES

    El College Board (Junta Universitaria), son quienes administran el SAT, ha cancelado las fechas de las pruebas de reposición del 28 de marzo y la del 2 de mayo del SAT. La próxima fecha del SAT es el 6 de junio, con una fecha límite de inscripción del 27 de mayo. El College Board también está trabajando en aprendizaje a distancia para los estudiantes de colocación avanzada (Advanced Placement o AP) y el plan de exámenes que vendrá. La situación cambia frecuentemente, así que por favor revise sus actualizaciones más recientes en https://pages.collegeboard.org/collegeboard-covid-19-updates.

    La prueba del ACT del 4 de abril será reprogramada para el 13 de junio. Este enlace le proporcionará la información más reciente: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid-19.html.

    La información sobre los impactos del coronavirus sobre los exámenes en el bachillerato internacional o International Baccalaureate (IB) están disponibles en: https://www.ibo.org/news/news-about-the-ib/covid-19-coronavirus-updates.

    Las pruebas estatales CAASPP de matemáticas y de inglés/artes del idioma han sido canceladas para el presente ciclo escolar y no se llevarán a cabo.

    Quisiera asegurarles a todas nuestras familias que les estamos proporcionando la información en cuanto nos es posible después de que la recibimos y verificamos. No hay retrasos en darles la información excepto tan solo en la creación del mensaje. Necesitamos ser lo más transparentes posible con todos para poder resolver esta situación lo mejor posible.

    Debido a que la razón del cierre de nuestras escuelas es para ayudar a limitar la propagación del coronavirus, alentamos a las familias a continuar practicando el distanciamiento social en estos momentos. El esfuerzo de alentar la propagación del virus será impedido si los estudiantes se reúnen en centros comerciales, cines y otros lugares públicos mientras las escuelas están cerradas. Estudiantes, por favor quédense en casa.

    Finalmente, deseo hacer una apelación personal a nuestras familias. Me enorgullezco en ser lo más accesible posible para las familias de nuestros 16,500 estudiantes y sus necesidades. Entre la constante diseminación de la información constantemente cambiante y la planeación involucrada para mantener el proceso de aprendizaje en las siguientes semanas, no me es posible responder a todos los correos electrónicos, textos y mensajes que recibo de nuestra comunidad. Las buenas noticias son que, en la mayoría de los casos, los directores de sus hijos están disponibles y dispuestos para abordar sus preocupaciones. El correo electrónico es la mejor manera de comunicarse con ellos, aunque la mayoría están en sus planteles cada día (excepto la semana siguiente durante el descanso de primavera). Si no sabe cómo ponerse en contacto con ellos por favor acuda a https://www.simivalleyusd.org/pf4/cms2/view_page?d=x&group_id=1537515200656&vdid=v2im28b1zlkqm402y encontrará una lista completa de cada escuela, su información de contacto y del director con un enlace directo a su dirección de correo electrónico.

    Gracias nuevamente por su apoyo, paciencia y flexibilidad durante estos momentos. Nos sobrepondremos exitosamente a esto porque somos una comunidad de personas que nos apreciamos los unos a los otros y a nuestros niños.

    Dr. Jason Peplinski
    Superintendente
    Distrito Escolar Unificado de Simi Valley

    MARCH 16: SVUSD BOARD MEETING GOES REMOTE-PLEASE READ BEFORE ATTENDING

    The Simi Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees will meet as scheduled tomorrow, March 17 with closed session beginning at 5:30 p.m. But, the meeting will be conducted remotely using the technology provided by Zoom. This means that the board members will call into the meeting from their respective homes and conduct the meeting in a video conference room. The meeting will be shown in the District Office but under the new group gathering guidelines of 10 people as provided by the CDC today, we encourage all people who do not have essential business to please consider monitoring the meeting online. As always, the meeting agenda may be found online at www.simivalleyusd.org/boardvideos. For the purposes of this meeting, it has been pared down to just the most important items. We will post live updates from the meeting at the District's main Facebook page, facebook.com/simivalleyschools.

     

    Thank you for your understanding.

    MARCH 13: IMPORTANT UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS AND SCHOOL CLOSURES-CLICK HERE FOR MESSAGE

    Dear Simi Valley Schools Community,

     

    I would like to start by saying that I appreciate your patience during this time as we maneuver through a difficult and ever-changing situation that has never been experienced before. As you now know, I made the decision to close schools until after Spring Break. While we hope and expect to return to school on Monday, March 30, we will evaluate the conditions over the next two weeks before making a final decision on returning to school. Whatever the final decision is, we will communicate with parents, students and staff by Friday, March 27.

     

    I take closing schools very seriously as I know that this is a hardship on families. However, when it comes to the safety and health of nearly 17,000 students and 2,200 employees, I will always err on the side of caution. This decision was made in conjunction with local, county and state officials. In addition, all Ventura County public school districts have closed next week in an effort to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

     

    Since the reason for closing our schools is to help limit the spread of the coronavirus, we strongly encourage families to practice social distancing during this time. The effort to slow the spread of the virus will be impeded if students continue to gather in malls, movie theaters and other public places while schools are closed. We also respectfully ask that our families consider revising any travel plans in the next few weeks if possible. 

     

    Lunch Services

    From March 16 to March 20, the Child Nutrition Department will provide lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Berylwood Elementary School (2300 Heywood Street) and Santa Susanna High School (3570 East Cochran Street). Any child age 18 and under may participate and receive a meal free of charge, regardless of enrollment in the Simi Valley Unified School District.

     

    We are implementing a drive-through system for meal distribution to prevent large groups from forming. In order to receive a lunch, the child must be present in the vehicle. Meals will include an entrée, a fruit and vegetable option and milk. Please know that students will not be allowed to eat at the schools after picking up their lunches.

     

    At-Home Activities for Students

    Based upon guidance received from California Department of Education (CDE), Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE) and legal firms including Atkinson, Adelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (AALRR) and Capitol Advisors Group, the decision to close schools and not provide online instruction or distance learning was made because of our district’s responsibility and desire to ensure equal access. We recognize that online learning does not necessarily provide equal access to the diverse students we serve.

     

    With this said, we ask all parents to encourage their students to read over our break and engage them in academic activities. Parents can certainly review academic skills with students to the best of their ability.

     

    The following link provides students with online enrichment activites. These activities are optional and will not impact students’ academic grades. Please be aware that all of the links offered are public links.

    https://www.simivalleyusd.org/enrichment 

     

    Also, we have learned that public television stations will provide educational content to students. KCET will distribute high school level content; KLCS will provide programming for grade levels 3 through 8; and PBS and SoCal KOCE will air preschool through 2nd grade. (Please contact your television carrier for the specific channels.)

     

    Helping Your Children Emotionally

    You might see that your children are showing signs of stress from all of the uncertainty happening now. Providing your children with developmentally appropriate information allows them to understand what is happening while staying calm. The link below provides some tips and tools to support your children in processing our current situation.

    https://www.simivalleyusd.org/parent-tips  

     

    I want to thank our community again for your patience and flexibility during these times. We will continue to communicate often in the days to follow.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Jason Peplinski
    Superintendent
    Simi Valley Unified School District

     

    ESPANOL:

    Estimadas familias de la comunidad de Simi Valley:

     

    Me gustaría comenzar diciendo que agradezco su paciencia durante este tiempo mientras maniobramos una situación difícil, que cambia constantemente, y que nunca antes hemos experimentado. Como ustedes ya saben, tomé la decisión de cerrar las escuelas hasta después de las vacaciones de primavera. Mientras que espero que podamos abrir las escuelas el día lunes 30 de marzo, evaluaremos la situación durante las próximas dos semanas antes de tomar la decisión final de regresar a clases. Cualquiera que sea la decisión final, nosotros nos comunicaremos con los padres de familia, los estudiantes y el personal el día viernes 27 de marzo.

     

    Yo tomo el cierre de las escuelas seriamente porque sé que esto afecta a las familias. Sin embargo, cuando tiene que ver con la seguridad y la salud de casi 17,000 estudiantes y 2,200 empleados, yo siempre quiero ser cauteloso en mi decisión. Esta decisión se tomó juntamente con los oficiales locales, del condado y del estado. Además, todos los distritos escolares del condado de Ventura estarán cerrados la próxima semana con el esfuerzo de ayudar a minimizar la propagación del coronavirus.

     

    Como la razón del cierre de las escuelas es ayudar a limitar la propagación del coronavirus, les animamos encarecidamente a las familias a practicar la distancia social durante este tiempo. El esfuerzo para frenar la propagación del virus será impedido si los estudiantes continúan reuniéndose en centros comerciales, cines y otros lugares públicos mientras las escuelas están cerradas.

     

    También les pedimos respetuosamente a las familias que consideren, lo más posible, cambiar sus planes de viaje en las próximas semanas.

     

    Servicio de almuerzo

    A partir del día lunes 16 de marzo al viernes 20 de marzo, el departamento de nutrición para la niñez estará proporcionando almuerzo de las 11:30 a.m. a las 12:30 p.m. en la escuela primaria Berlywood ubicada en 2300 Heywood St. en Simi Valley y en la escuela secundaria Santa Susana ubicada en 3570 E. Cochran St., también en Simi Valley. Cualquier niño(a), hasta la edad de 18 años, puede participar y recibir de comida gratis, no importando si está inscrito(a) o no en las escuelas del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Simi Valley. Tendremos el sistema de auto-servicio para la distribución de comida para prevenir la formación de grandes grupos de personas. Para poder recibir el almuerzo, el niño(a) debe estar presente en el vehículo. La comida incluirá un plato principal, una opción de fruta o verduras y leche. Por favor sepa que no se les permitirá a los estudiantes comer en la escuela después de recoger el almuerzo.

     

    Actividades en casa para los estudiantes

    Basados en las instrucciones que recibimos del Departamento de Educación de California (CDE), la Oficina del Condado de Ventura (VCOE) y los bufetes legales, incluyendo Atkinson, Adelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (AALRR) y Capitol Advisors Group, la decisión de cerrar las escuelas y no proporcionar instrucción en línea ni aprendizaje a distancia fue tomada debido a la responsabilidad del distrito de proporcionar un acceso ecuánime. Reconocemos que el aprendizaje en línea no necesariamente proporciona el acceso ecuánime a la diversidad de estudiantes que tenemos.

     

    Con esto dicho, les pedimos a los padres de familia que animen a sus estudiantes a leer y que hagan actividades académicas. Los padres pueden muy bien revisar las habilidades académicas con los estudiante lo mejor que puedan.

     

    El siguiente enlace les proporciona a los estudiantes actividades de enriquecimiento en línea. Estas actividades son opcionales y no tendrán ningún impacto con las calificaciones académicas. Por favor tenga en cuenta que todos los enlaces que ofrecemos son enlaces públicos.

    https://www.simivalleyusd.org/enrichment 

     

    También, nos enteramos que las estaciones de televisión públicas proporcionarán contenido educacional a los estudiantes. KCET distribuirá contenido al nivel secundario; KLCS proporcionará programas para los grados del 3 al 8; y PBS y SoCal KOCE tendrá programas para la edad preescolar hasta el 2º. grado. (Por favor comuníquese con su servicio de televisión para averiguar el número de canales específicos)

     

    Ayudando a sus niños emocionalmente

    Usted puede llegar a ver que sus hijos demuestran señales de estrés debido a la incertidumbre de lo que está ocurriendo ahora. Proporcionando a sus hijos la información apropiada de acuerdo con su desarrollo les permite entender lo que está ocurriendo, permaneciendo calmados al mismo tiempo. El enlace a continuación proporciona consejos y herramientas para apoyar a sus hijos en el proceso de la situación actual.

     

    https://www.simivalleyusd.org/parent-tips  

    Quiero agradecerle a la comunidad de nuevo por su paciencia y la flexibilidad durante esta situación. Seguiremos comunicándonos a menudo en los días por venir.

     

    Atentamente,

     

    Dr. Jason Peplinski
    Superintendent
    Simi Valley Unified School District

    MARCH 12: ALL SVUSD SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED FROM MONDAY, MARCH 16 TO FRIDAY, MARCH 27. CLICK HERE FOR MESSAGE..

    March 12, 2020

     

    Dear Simi Valley Community,

     

    Like you, we are all concerned about the spread of the novel coronavirus and the uncertainty it is creating in our daily lives.

    Today, the Ventura County Public Health department declared a local health emergency, which will provide additional resources for coronavirus response. Because of this declaration and in the interest of the health of our community, Simi Valley Unified has decided to close all of our schools beginning Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th. We hope to reopen on Monday, March 30th after Spring Break, but that decision will depend on the circumstances at the time. We will update families about our plans no later than Friday, March 27th.

     

    This closure is in support of the recommendations from public health officials to encourage “social distancing” to slow the spread of the virus. It is strongly recommended that students stay home during the closure as much as possible and do not gather in public places.

     

    We understand that school closures have significant impacts on our students and families and we hope to resume normal operations as soon as possible. We will have more information to come regarding lunch distribution for families in need by Friday afternoon, March 13th. This Friday update will also include any other pertinent information. We do not make these decisions without enormous thought and input from county and state officials. Although at the time of this email, we have no active cases of the virus in Simi Valley, we feel this is the best decision we can make. We thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Jason Peplinski

    Superintendent, Simi Valley Unified School District

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