Huff n Stuff, April 3,2020

Quote of the week
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new .”

-Socrates


Dear Families,


I can’t say enough how grateful we are for your partnership. Your efforts and support are noticed and appreciated. Thank you for all you are doing. We are here to help, now more than ever, as your life at home has changed dramatically. 


Next week, April 6th through the 10th is spring break. I encourage you to take this time to relax and just enjoy the fun things you do with your children. Teachers and staff will be off as well. We look forward to connecting with you again on April 12th.


Sincerely, Arline Siam


Coronavirus Updates

Please be sure you are checking the Coronavirus Update page for the latest district updates.  As you may have heard, the state of California and Santa Clara County decided that school buildings are to be closed through the end of the school year. The next time our students return to classrooms will be in August.

 

District News

The state of California and Santa Clara County decided that school buildings are to be closed through the end of the school year in order to disrupt the transmission of COVID-19 in this pandemic. The next time our students return to classrooms will be in August.

To be clear, the 2019-20 school year is not over. When we first announced a temporary closure, we took our first step toward distance learning by transitioning from classroom instruction into flexible learning. Our students have been connecting with each other and their teachers, online, by email and phone, and are engaged in optional learning activities suggested by their teachers.

The next step for MVWSD is distance learning. Next week (April 6-10) is spring break, and we’ll be hard at work completing a distance learning plan for students to begin after break.

As we work on this distance learning plan, we want to hear from you about what is working well and what challenges are you currently facing with supporting your children’s learning from home. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts in this online discussion. Click here to access the ThoughtExchange. Thank you!

The County of Santa Clara Public Health has extended the previous stay-at-home order through May 3, 2020. Use of playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, and similar shared recreational areas is now prohibited. All individuals currently living within the County are ordered to shelter at their place of residence and leave only for essential activities. More information here.

The Special Education Department has been supporting students with Flexible Learning Options during COVID-19 school closure. Just as general education teachers, special education teachers are connecting with parents and their students through daily office hours and regular meetings and messages. They are identifying and sharing resources to support parents while at home with their children. Additionally, they are collaborating with general education teachers to provide strategies and support for special ed students. Very soon the department, with guidance from state and federal educational agencies, will provide teletherapy to qualifying students. These virtual therapy services include speech, occupational, clinical, vision, physical and augmented alternative communication. For any questions, please contact your child’s case manager or Arianna Mayes, Director of Special Education.

April 2 Board meeting preview: Join us online

The Public's health and well-being are the top priority for MVWSD’s Board of Trustees, and you are urged to take all appropriate health safety precautions. To facilitate this process, the MVWSD Board of Trustees will hold its regular meeting online on Thursday, April 2.

Dial in Phone Number: (415) 762-9988

Meeting ID 602-006-888

There is no participant ID

The meeting also will be streamed as usual on www.mvwsd.org.

Members of the public who wish to address the Board during the Board of Trustees meeting may email comments to publiccomments@mvwsd.org.

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