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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

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VUSD Update 08-11-20 - Tuesday, August 11, 2020

VUSD Update 08-11-20

The following message is being sent to VUSD families. 

Good evening VUSD Families,

We hope this message finds you well and enjoying your day!  We have a few resources to share with you this evening as we mark one week until our First Day of School, Orientation, and Teacher Meet and Greets!

Family Intentions and Needs Survey

Thank you to those families who filled out our survey by yesterday’s deadline. We received approximately 9,000 out of the 16,000 responses we were expecting. In order to serve our students, place teachers in the correct locations, prepare enough meals, work with outside childcare agencies, and clean and configure devices we need your response no later than Thursday, August 13 at 3 pm. If we do not hear from you we will assume that you prefer your child attend WEAVE in your current school, you will not need meals, you will not need a device and you do not need resources for childcare.  If you do not have access to the online survey, our Call Center staff are here to help. Please call Monday-Friday 7:30 am-4:30 pm at the number below. 

For those wanting to choose Homestead, you will notice that when you get to that part of the survey, it will instruct you to email the Principal directly, since the initial deadline has passed. If you want to choose Homestead, fill out the survey and then email Susan.Martinez@venturausd.org, who will let you know about space availability and next steps.

The survey links can be found here:

English- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe8ZsAD4kfuk5ZKm1WKWAAqqaGkXUUNP8uIjfuODvsMuJXy8w/viewform

Spanish- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScJQpAPV9ttU2pkXhexweWND9XA1MYLkVBU0eGdXPP7CYffRg/viewform

Call Center Phone Numbers:

English- 805-641-5000 x1380

Spanish- 805-641-5000 x 1390

Resources

Distance Learning Call Center

We have implemented a Distance Learning Call Center.  This Call Center can assist with your distance learning questions about Canvas, Seesaw, Google Classroom, etc. when school begins.  Please contact them at the following numbers if you need help, and your teacher cannot assist.  They are open Monday-Friday, 7:30 am-4:30 pm.

English- 805-641-5000 x1380

Spanish- 805-641-5000 x 1390

Technology Services Helplines

We have implemented a helpline for families with questions about devices, Wi-Fi, Q Connect, etc. Please choose one way to reach out to us (email or call).  Please leave your first and last name, site your child attends, description of the problem/question, and a call back number or email address where you can be reached.

Family/Student Helpline- (805) 641-5000 x1450 or vusdparenthelp@venturausd.org

Fall 2020 Information Websites

We have developed websites that will assist families in answering many of the questions they have about the Fall 2020 semester.  For information related to your school/teachers/classes, we recommend reaching out directly to your teacher or school’s front office.

Fall 2020 Information Website English- https://www.venturausd.org/Fall2020.aspx

Fall 2020 Information Website Spanish- https://www.venturausd.org/Oto%C3%B1o2020.aspx

Social Media Channels

For up-to-the-minute updates, follow us on our social media channels:

Facebook-https://www.facebook.com/Venturausd/

Twitter- https://twitter.com/SchoolVentura

YouTube- http://www.youtube.com/c/VenturaUnifiedSchoolDistrict

Q Connect

Our Q Connect system has been transferred from VUSD to the Ventura County Office of Education. Q Student and Parent Connect web addresses have changed, so if this is something you have bookmarked on your device, please update them. They are now:

Q Student Connect- https://venturausd.vcoe.org/studentconnect/

Q Parent Connect- https://venturausd.vcoe.org/parentconnect/

Q Student Connect passwords have not changed this year, but we realize some students do not remember them, so your student’s pin and password will be given out during device/supply distribution at your school site. Parents, there is a “Need your Login Information?” link on the login page for Q Parent Connect, please use that if you do not remember your pin or password. If you continue to have issues, please contact your school first. If they cannot resolve the issue, please contact the Technology Services Helpline (information above).  We have been having intermittent issues with Q as we are switching our services over to the Ventura County Office of Education, please be patient if the system experiences downtimes this week.  New parents/guardians, we will also be distributing your Q Connect information at your school’s device/supplies distribution.

We will continue to provide updates and information your way as we have it. Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to a strong start to our school year.

Have a great evening,

Dr. Roger Rice
Superintendent

 
Family Intentions and Needs Survey and Updates - Thursday, August 6, 2020
Family Intentions and Needs Survey and 08-06-2020 Updates

The following message is being sent out to families:

Good afternoon VUSD families,

We hope this message finds you well and enjoying this beautiful summer day. We have several updates for you this evening.

2020-21 Family Intentions and Needs Survey- Due Monday 8/10/20

As we finalize our plans for the school year, we need to gather information from our families on your intent to return and your needs in terms of devices and meal distribution. Please take the time to fill out this survey by Monday, August 10, at 3 pm (it will close at 3). 

 https://forms.gle/HyXdTyQctukuMuoYA (English)

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScJQpAPV9ttU2pkXhexweWND9XA1MYLkVBU0eGdXPP7CYffRg/viewform  (Spanish)

Please fill out one survey for EACH student you have in VUSD. We appreciate you taking the time to fill this out and provide us with your needs and intents before the start of the school year. If you are unable to access the survey online, our Call Center staff are ready to take your responses on the phone. Please reach out to them Monday-Friday 7:30 am-4:30 pm at 805-641-5000 x1380.

If you choose Homestead as an option on this survey, a member of the Homestead team will be in touch with you in the next week regarding your next steps. Please note it will take some time to meet with you and register you in Homestead, you will continue to receive calls from your current school until that process is complete. If you choose to stay in your current school, that school will reach out to you in the next week regarding Orientation. If you want to leave VUSD, there is a link at the end of the survey on the next steps you must take with the District.

If you would like to view our latest webinar that included information on live online teaching, school schedules, orientation, food and nutrition and more, please view the video on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=738406296950323.

Q Connect

As some of you may have noticed, we are currently having technical issues with Q Connect. We are in the process of switching our services from a VUSD based system to the Ventura County Office of Education. During this transition, you may see some issues with your ability to reset passwords. We are aware of this issue and are currently working with VCOE to resolve them. We have resolved the issues we were having with the Q Mobile App and those are now available for use again. In the meantime, we ask that you bookmark our new Q Connect web addresses:

Q Parent Connect: https://venturausd.vcoe.org/parentconnect/

Q Student Connect: https://venturausd.vcoe.org/studentconnect/

Fall 2020 Meal Distribution

Food and Nutrition Services will be offering meals for drive-through pick-up on Mondays from 11:30 am-1:00 pm during distance learning.  Meals may be picked up at ten school sites:  Atlas, Montalvo, Portola, Balboa, Anacapa, Will Rogers, Ventura High, Sheridan Way, EP Foster, and Sunset.   Meal packs will include breakfast and lunch for the week.

Meals are free for those who qualify for free and reduced meals, and meals are free for students enrolled at Montalvo, Will Rogers, Sheridan Way, and EP Foster. Please apply for free and reduced meals online at https://venturausd.vcoe.org/fsonline/A new application must be filled out each school year and can take up to ten business days to process.  Those who do not qualify and do not attend one of these four schools may purchase meals by payment on Q Parent Connect. 

Please be sure to fill out the food service section in the Family Intentions and Needs Survey. This will give us an idea of how many meal packs to make. 

Please note:  The first day of meal distribution will be on TUESDAY, August 18, the first day of school.  After this first week, meals will be distributed on Mondays only. Meals are for VUSD students only.

Thank you for your time. We will be in touch when we have more information to disseminate.  In the meantime, do not forget that our Fall 2020 Information websites are full of useful resources and information, is being updated frequently and can be found at www.venturausd.org/fall2020.aspx (English) or https://www.venturausd.org/Oto%C3%B1o2020.aspx (Spanish).

Thank you,

Dr. Roger Rice
Superintendent

 

Buenas tardes familias de VUSD,

Este es un aviso importante referente a:

La Encuesta de necesidades e intenciones familiares del 2020 2021, y debe entregarse el 10 de agosto del 2020.

Mientras finalizamos nuestros planes para el siguiente año escolar, es necesario que obtengamos información de nuestras familias referente a su intención de regresar a nuestro distrito y cuáles son sus necesidades con respecto a los dispositivos y a la distribución de alimentos. Por favor tome unos minutos para llenar esta encuesta antes del día lunes 10 de agosto. La encuesta se cerrará ese día a las 3:00 de la tarde.

En inglés:  https://forms.gle/HyXdTyQctukuMuoYA

En español: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScJQpAPV9ttU2pkXhexweWND9XA1MYLkVBU0eGdXPP7CYffRg/viewform

 

Por favor llene una encuesta por cada uno de sus hijos que asiste a VUSD. Apreciamos su tiempo y colaboración para llenar esta encuesta e informarnos de sus necesidades e intenciones de regresar a nuestro distrito antes del comienzo del año escolar. Si usted no puede ingresar a la encuesta por internet, llame a los empleados de Centro de Llamadas quienes estarán listos para recibir sus respuestas por teléfono. Marque el 805-641-5000 x1380 de lunes a viernes, de 7:30 a.m. a 4:30 p.m.

Si usted selecciona la opción Homestead en esta encuesta, un miembro del equipo Homestead se pondrá en contacto con usted la siguiente semana referente a los pasos que usted debe seguir. Por favor tome en cuenta que tomará cierto tiempo para reunirnos con usted y registrar a sus hijos en Homestead y usted continuará recibiendo llamadas de su escuela actual hasta que se haya completado el proceso de registro. Si usted ha decidido permanecer en su escuela actual, esa escuela le contactará la siguiente semana con información referente a la orientación. Si usted ha decidido mudarse de VUSD, existe un enlace al final de la encuesta con los pasos que usted debe seguir para notificar sus planes al distrito escolar.

 

Q Connect

Como algunos de ustedes ya habrán notado, actualmente estamos teniendo dificultades técnicas con Q Connect. Estamos en el proceso de transferir nuestros servicios del sistema en VUSD a la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Ventura (VCOE). Durante esta transición usted tal vez tendrá dificultades para cambiar su contraseña e ingresar a Q Connect por medio del App móvil. Nosotros estamos conscientes de este asunto y estamos trabajando en conjunto con VCOE para resolver estos problemas. Mientras tanto les pedimos que marque las nuevas direcciones web de Q Connect:

Para padres: Q Parent Connect: https://venturausd.vcoe.org/parentconnect/

Para estudiantes: Q Student Connect: https://venturausd.vcoe.org/studentconnect/

Distribución de alimentos para el otoño 2020

El Departamento de Servicios de Alimentación y Nutrición ofrecerá alimentos los cuales usted podrá recoger con su vehículo los lunes de las 11:30 a.m. a la 1:00 p.m. durante el aprendizaje a distancia. Los alimentos se podrá recoger en las siguientes 10 escuelas: Atlas, Montalvo, Portola, Balboa, Anacapa, Will Rogers, la preparatoria Ventura, Sheridan Way, EP Foster y Sunset. Cada paquete de alimentos incluirá desayunos y almuerzos para toda la semana.

Los alimentos serán gratuitos para las familias que califican para obtener alimentos gratis o a precio reducido. Además, todos los estudiantes de las siguientes escuelas recibirán alimentos gratuitos: Montalvo, Will Rogers, Sheridan Way, y EP Foster. Por favor llene su solicitud en línea por Internet para recibir alimentos gratis y a precio reducido siguiendo este enlace: https://venturausd.vcoe.org/fsonline/. Cada año usted debe llenar una solicitud nueva y podría tomar hasta 10 días hábiles para procesar su solicitud. Las familias que no califiquen y no asistan a alguna de las cuatro escuelas mencionadas, tendrán la opción de comprar alimentos haciendo sus pagos por medio de Q Parent Connect.

Por favor asegúrese de llenar la sección de servicios de alimentos en la encuesta familiar de intenciones y necesidades. Esa información nos dará una idea de cuántos paquetes de alimentos debemos preparar.

Nota importante: el primer día de distribución de alimentos será el MARTES 18 de agosto, el cual es el primer día de clases. Después de la primera semana, los alimentos se distribuirán los lunes solamente. Los alimentos serán solamente para estudiantes de VUSD.

Gracias por su tiempo y participación. Nos pondremos en contacto con usted cuando exista información adicional. Mientras tanto, no olvide que nuestro sitio web de información para el otoño 2020 está repleto de recursos útiles e información la cual se actualiza diariamente, y se puede encontrar siguiendo este enlace: www.venturausd.org/fall2020.aspx (en inglés) o https://www.venturausd.org/Oto%C3%B1o2020.aspx (en español).

 

Gracias.

Atentamente

Dr. Roger Rice

Superintendente

 
Fall 2020 VUSD Update 08-04-2020 - Tuesday, August 4, 2020

VUSD Update 08-04-2020

The following message is being sent to all families this evening. 

Good evening,

We hope this message finds you enjoying the last few weeks of summer break. We have many important updates for you this evening.

Schedules for Fall 2020

We are happy to announce that schedules for all grade levels have been finalized. You can find them at https://www.venturausd.org/Fall2020/Schedule.aspx. On this same website, you will find information on what to expect during live teaching and what is expected of both teachers and students when live instruction is not occurring, including the average number of hours per day/week that students will be studying.

Each child’s individual class schedules (with teachers, etc.) will be available on August 17 at 4 pm in the Q Student and Parent Connect. The Q Student Connect website is https://qweb.venturausd.org/studentportal/. Passwords were not changed from last year, so they should use their same login information. Parents can log into Q Parent Connect at https://qweb.venturausd.org/parentportal. If you are having difficulty logging in with your email address, please contact your school’s front office.

Parents and students new to VUSD: We are working on a way to provide you with your user name and password information prior to Orientation. Please stay tuned for more information.

Orientation Dates

This year, due to the transition to 100% distance learning, we will be providing Orientation for students and families. This will be a time to “meet” your teachers, find out more about classes, pick up devices, school supplies, and more. Some of this will be done in-person, and some will be online. Orientation will occur between August 18 and August 28, with each school developing their own schedule. Your student’s school will be in touch with you regarding your specific dates. This will also allow us to give everyone time to settle in, be sure Wi-Fi and devices are working, and work out any obstacles our teachers or students face. Graded lessons will begin on August 31.

Fall 2020 Information Website Now Live!

We have put together a Fall 2020 Information website to assist our families as we reopen. These websites include information on academic models, district devices, resources, special education, and frequently asked questions. We will continue to update these sites as more information becomes available.

English- https://www.venturausd.org/Fall2020.aspx

Spanish- https://www.venturausd.org/Oto%C3%B1o2020.aspx

Informational Webinar- Tomorrow August 5

For more information about schedules, what to expect, Orientation dates and more, please log into our Fall 2020 Schedules and More! Webinar taking place tomorrow, Wednesday, August 5, at 5:30 pm. There will be Spanish translation and closed captioning in English available on the following Zoom call:

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87352426049

Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16699006833,,87352426049#  or +13462487799,,87352426049#

Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 205 6099  or +1 301 715 8592

Webinar ID: 873 5242 6049

We will also be live on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Venturausd/ (where the video will also be available after we go live), and we will provide a recording of the meeting on our YouTube page on Thursday, August 6 at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6evDuIRFD_tQVKG6mQiiJA.

More information on first day packets, meal distribution, the Intent to Return survey, Call Center Hotline information and more will be sent as soon as they are finalized, we are hoping tomorrow evening

Thank you, and have a good night.

Dr. Roger Rice

Superintendent


Buenas tardes,

 

Esperamos que todos se encuentren bien y disfrutando de las últimas semanas de vacaciones de verano. Hoy tenemos varias actualizaciones importantes para ustedes.

 

Los horarios para el otoño 2020

Nos complace anunciar que ya hemos finalizado los horarios para todos los grados. Usted podrá encontrarlos en https://www.venturausd.org/Fall2020/Schedule.aspx. En ese sitio web, usted tambien encontrará información respecto a cómo serán las clases en vivo y lo que se espera de los maestros y de los estudiantes cuando no ocurra la instrucción en vivo, incluyendo el promedio de horas que los estudiantes deben dedicar al estudio cada día y cada semana.

Los horarios individuales de clases de cada estudiante (incluyendo los nombres de sus maestros, etc.) se publicarán el día 17 de agosto a las 4 p.m. en Q Student y en Parent Connect. El sitio web para Q Student es https://qweb.venturausd.org/studentportal/. Las contraseñas del año pasado no han cambiado y los estudiantes deben utilizar la misma contraseña y su mismo nombre de usuario. Los padres de familia pueden ingresar a Parent Connect en el enlace https://qweb.venturausd.org/parentportal. Si usted tiene dificultad para ingresar utilizando su dirección de correo electrónico, por favor póngase en contacto con la oficina principal de su escuela.

Para los padres de nuevos estudiantes en VUSD: Estamos trabajando para crear una manera de proveerles sus nombres de usuario y contraseña antes del día de orientación. Pronto se publicará más información al respecto.

 

Las fechas de las orientaciones

Debido a la transición a un 100% de aprendizaje a distancia, este año proveeremos orientación para los estudiantes y sus familias. Las orientaciones serán una oportunidad para conocer a sus maestros y las clases que ofrecen, obtener dispositivos, útiles escolares y mucho más. Algunas orientaciones serán en  persona y otras en línea por internet, se realizarán entre el 18 y el 28 de agosto y cada escuela creará su propio horario de orientaciones. Cada escuela contactará a sus respectivas familias para notificar las fechas específicas. Esto también permitirá que cada estudiante tome tiempo para adaptarse, asegurarnos que sus dispositivos y sus servicio de Wi-Fi estén funcionando correctamente y resolver cualquier obstáculo que los maestros o estudiantes puedan tener. Las lecciones con calificación comenzarán el día 31 de agosto.

 

¡El sitio web informativo del otoño 2020 ya está disponible!

Hemos creado un sitio web con información sobre el otoño 2020 para respaldar a las familias durante el comienzo de clases. Este sitio web incluye información referente a los modelos académicos, herramientas distritales, recursos educativos, la educación especial y las repuestas a las preguntas más frecuentes. Continuaremos actualizando este sitio web cuando exista más información disponible.

En inglés - https://www.venturausd.org/Fall2020.aspx

En Español - https://www.venturausd.org/Oto%C3%B1o2020.aspx

 

Reunión informativa por internet – Mañana miércoles 5 de agosto

Para obtener más información sobre los horarios, las fechas de las orientaciones e información adicional, por favor ingrese y participe en nuestra reunión informativa que se realizará mañana miércoles 5 de agosto a las 5:30 p.m. Habrá traducción al español y transcripción en inglés disponible.

Favor de seguir el siguiente enlace para participar en la reunión informativa Zoom: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87352426049

O por iPhone: US: +16699006833,,87352426049#  o +13462487799,,87352426049#

O por teléfono: (para mejor calidad, marque uno de estos números dependiendo de su ubicación): US: +1 669 900 6833  o +1 346 248 7799  o +1 253 215 8782  o +1 312 626 6799  o +1 929 205 6099  o +1 301 715 8592.

ID de la reunión por internet: 873 5242 6049

La reunión también se transmitirá en vivo por Facebook en: https://www.facebook.com/Venturausd/ (donde el video también estará disponible después que haya comenzado la reunión en vivo), además proveeremos una grabación de la reunión en nuestra página web de YouTube el día 6 de agosto en: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6evDuIRFD_tQVKG6mQiiJA.

 

Tan pronto como se finalicen los detalles, usted recibirá más información sobre los documentos que deben llenar el primer día de clases, la distribución de alimentos, la encuesta sobre la intención de regresar a nuestro distrito y las llamadas a la línea directa de información. Esperamos que esto ocurra mañana por la tarde.

 

Gracias y buenas noches.

Atentamente,

Dr. Roger Rice

Superintendente

 
VUSD Fall 2020 Opening Update 07-23-2020 - Thursday, July 23, 2020

VUSD Fall 2020 Opening Update 07-23-2020

We have several updates to share with you this evening.

Fall 2020 Opening Webinars

Two presentations have been scheduled to clarify what the opening of Fall 2020 in a Distance Learning setting will look like for our students and what options are available to families.

We will discuss our Weave model (this is the model that all students will automatically start the school year in unless your family chooses another model).  We will also discuss our English Learner and dual language programs, GATE and Honors programs, FLEX, and special education programs. We will also share information on our family-led homeschool program- Homestead. Please join us for one of these two information sessions (the content will be identical for each).

Monday, July 27 at 5:30 pm

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88921377144

Or iPhone one-tap :
 US: +16699006833,,88921377144#  or +12532158782,,88921377144#

Or Telephone
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 205 6099
Webinar ID: 889 2137 7144

 

Tuesday, July 28 at 5:30 pm

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84731634816

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16699006833,,84731634816#  or +12532158782,,84731634816#

Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 205 6099
Webinar ID: 847 3163 4816

Both presentations will have Spanish language interpretation. When you log in just click on interpretation and select Spanish.

Each presentation will be closed-captioned in English for those that may need this service.  Just click on closed-captioning when you log in.

In addition to the presentations, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document will be provided.  We will provide the link to all attendees and on social media at the end of the presentation. We will be unable to answer live questions at the presentation.

Athletics- Elementary and Middle School

Some of our elementary and middle schools do offer some sports throughout the school year. However, they do not have Athletic Directors on these campuses.  The school Principals serve in this role. Many families have reached out regarding Fall sports in our elementary and middle schools. Until further notice, Ventura County Public Health guidelines prohibit all sports, practices, conditioning, etc. When this changes, your school Principal will contact families to give them a new update on plans for athletics at the elementary and middle school level.

Athletics- High School

Our Athletic Directors and others are working on a statement of philosophy for this year and a framework for the sharing of athletes (those that play multiple sports) and facilities. Once they are ready, we will share it out with our families.

Food and Nutrition Services
A friendly reminder that our last summer meal service pick up is this Monday, July 27.  You will receive communication soon in regards to meal service for the Fall semester.   We have had several families reach out to find out about their cafeteria balances. All cafeteria balances will be automatically rolled over into the new school year.  Balances may be checked online under the Q Parent Connect account.  As you know, once our campuses closed due to the COVID outbreak, Food and Nutrition Services, was able to provide meals to any child that came to our nutrition distribution days no matter if they qualified for free or reduced lunch or if they were a student of VUSD. That current waiver ends this summer unless USDA provides an extension.   If we do not receive the extension, we will provide free and reduced-price lunches to those who qualify and look at options for families to purchase meals during the Fall semester.  Please apply now for free and reduced meals for the 2020-21 school year at https://qweb.venturausd.org/FSOnline/Main/Login. You will receive notification by email or letter in regards to your qualification for free and reduced meals.

We will be in touch with more information on this as soon as possible.  For families that are leaving VUSD and need a refund, please contact Food and Nutrition Services at 805-641-5000. 

Thank you for your continued patience. As we have additional information, we will share it out with everyone.

Dr. Roger Rice
Superintendent

 

Good evening VUSD families,

We hope this message finds you well and enjoying your summer break. Our staff has been hard at work finalizing plans for the Fall 2020 semester. We have several updates to share with you this evening.

Fall 2020 Opening Webinars

Two presentations have been scheduled to clarify what the opening of Fall 2020 in a Distance Learning setting will look like for our students and what options are available to families.

We will discuss our Weave model (this is the model that all students will automatically start the school year in unless your family chooses another model).  We will also discuss our English Learner and dual language programs, GATE and Honors programs, FLEX, and special education programs. We will also share information on our family-led homeschool program- Homestead. Please join us for one of these two information sessions (the content will be identical for each).

Monday, July 27 at 5:30 pm- link

Tuesday, July 28 at 5:30 pm- link

Both presentations will have Spanish language interpretation. When you log in just..

Each presentation will be closed-captioned in English for those that may need this service.

In addition to the presentations, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document will be provided.  We will provide the link to all attendees and on social media at the end of the presentation. We will be unable to answer live questions at the presentation.

 

Athletics- Elementary and Middle School

Some of our elementary and middle schools do offer some sports throughout the school year. However, they do not have Athletic Directors on these campuses.  The school Principals serve in this role. Many families have reached out regarding Fall sports in our elementary and middle schools. Until further notice, Ventura County Public Health guidelines prohibit all sports, practices, conditioning, etc. When this changes, your school Principal will contact families to give them a new update on plans for athletics at the elementary and middle school level.

Athletics- High School

Our Athletic Directors and others are working on a statement of philosophy for this year and a framework for the sharing of athletes (those that play multiple sports) and facilities. Once they are ready, we will share it out with our families.

Food and Nutrition Services

A friendly reminder that our last summer meal service pick up is this Monday, July 27.  You will receive communication soon in regards to meal service for the Fall semester.   We have had several families reach out to find out about their cafeteria balances. All cafeteria balances will be automatically rolled over into the new school year.  Balances may be checked online under the Q Parent Connect account.  As you know, once our campuses closed due to the COVID outbreak, Food and Nutrition Services, was able to provide meals to any child that came to our nutrition distribution days no matter if they qualified for free or reduced lunch or if they were a student of VUSD. That current waiver ends this summer unless USDA provides an extension.   If we do not receive the extension, we will provide free and reduced-price lunches to those who qualify and look at options for families to purchase meals during the Fall semester.  Please apply now for free and reduced meals for the 2020-21 school year at https://qweb.venturausd.org/FSOnline/Main/Login. You will receive notification by email or letter in regards to your qualification for free and reduced meals.

We will be in touch with more information on this as soon as possible.  For families that are leaving VUSD and need a refund, please contact Food and Nutrition Services at 805-641-5000. 

Thank you for your continued patience. As we have additional information we will share it out with everyone.

Dr. Roger Rice
Superintendent

 
Fall 2020 Opening Update 7-17-20 - Friday, July 17, 2020

VENTURA UNIFIED TO MOVE TO DISTANCE LEARNING FOR FALL ‘20 SEMESTER

All students will learn remotely until January 2021

The Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Board of Education voted unanimously, today, Friday, July 17,  to move to a full distance learning model for the entire Fall 2020 semester citing stability and safety as their main reasons. The Board considered input from staff, parents, and local and state officials when making this decision. This week it was announced that many Ventura County Districts were moving to distance learning for the start of the Fall 2020 semester and Governor Newsom announced that schools must stay on a distance learning model until the county they are in has remained off of the state monitoring list for at least 14 days. VUSD will begin online on August 18, 2020. The District has also moved to a 1-1 technology environment ensuring that every student will receive a District device.

“We have learned from past experiences that providing stability to our families for long term planning rather than switching between models each time a surge happens in our County was important to us,” stated Board President Sabrena Rodriguez. “The Board does reserve the right to make a change to this decision if there is a dramatic turn of events that would allow students to physically return to our campuses safely and according to state and local guidelines.”

“We understand the hardship this may cause some of our families. We will do everything we can to assist our families in providing connections and resources to help our VUSD community's various needs. We have worked diligently over the last few months, redefining our distance learning plan based on feedback from staff and families, training our teachers on our new platforms, and allowing them time to build courses to prepare for this scenario. We are ready,” stated Dr. Roger Rice, Superintendent.

 

 

 
VUSD Update on High School Athletic Competition 06-15-20 - Monday, June 15, 2020

Good evening high school parents and students,

Please allow me to take a minute to share the best information I have regarding a possible return to school and what impact that will have on athletic competition. I want to start by stating that the District and site administration completely support returning students to campus and athletic competition as soon as it is safe to do so. We are currently awaiting approval to do so from state and local authorities. I am in constant contact with authorities in these areas. While we have general guidance on how to go about ensuring the safety of our students in general, there is no specific authority to open our schools or return to athletic competition just yet. We do anticipate receiving such guidance in the coming days.

In anticipation of this, I met with the schools' athletic directors, football coaches, and District administration to begin fine-tuning the provisions of a return to play safety protocol that we think will serve us well as soon as we have the approval to do so.   Please be assured that this guidance will apply to all Fall sports, cheer, and marching bands, as well as those sports who may want to begin summer workouts. Please also know that we are aware that there is false information out there, about what other schools or districts are "going to do." Please understand that no school or district is allowed to do any more than we are, and no school or district has been granted the authority to engage in activities denied to us. We are all in the same boat.

That said, I am excited to support this effort, and so are the coaches and site administrators who know the value that athletics brings to the lives of our many students. We will follow up with you with more detail once we receive further guidance and approvals to proceed. Let’s hope it is soon.

Thanks for your support of our coaches and students. I look forward to seeing you at the games and performances!

Sincerely,

Dr. Roger Rice
Superintendent


Saludos a los padres y estudiantes de las preparatorias,

Quiero tomar unos minutos para compartir la información más reciente sobre un posible regreso a las escuelas y el impacto que esto tendrá en las competencias atléticas. Quiero comenzar afirmando que el distrito y los administradores escolares respaldan completamente el regreso de los estudiantes a las escuelas y a las competencias atléticas tan pronto como sea posible. En estos momentos estamos esperando la aprobación del estado y de las autoridades locales y yo personalmente he estado en contacto con las autoridades referente a estos asuntos. A pesar de que hemos recibido una guía general sobre cómo garantizar un regreso seguro de los estudiantes, aún no ha habido un mandato específico para reabrir las escuelas o para reanudar las competencias atléticas. Esperamos recibir dichas instrucciones en los siguientes días.

En preparación para esto, nos hemos reunido con los directores atléticos de las escuelas, los entrenadores de fútbol y los administradores del distrito para comenzar a preparar los detalles de un protocolo de seguridad para el regreso a las competencias atléticas, el cual podremos utilizar cuando obtengamos la aprobación necesaria. Queremos que ustedes estén conscientes que estas normas se aplicarán a todos los deportes del otoño, el porrismo (animación) y las bandas marchantes, incluyendo a todos los deportes que deseen comenzar sus entrenamientos durante el verano. Además estamos conscientes de que existe en circulación cierta información falsa referente a lo que otros distritos o escuelas “están haciendo” o “van a hacer“. Por favor estén conscientes de que ninguna escuela o distrito tiene autorización de hacer más de lo que nosotros estamos haciendo en nuestro distrito y ninguna escuela o distrito ha obtenido ningún permiso para realizar actividades adicionales a las nuestras. Todas las escuelas y los distritos siguen las mismas pautas.

Con esto en mente, estoy entusiasmado de apoyar a todos los esfuerzos realizados al igual que a los entrenadores y a los administradores escolares quienes reconocen el valor que el atletismo tiene para las vidas de muchos de nuestros estudiantes. Continuaremos informándoles más detalles una vez que obtengamos guías y aprobaciones adicionales para proceder y esperamos que esto ocurra pronto.

Gracias por apoyar a nuestros entrenadores y a nuestros estudiantes. ¡Espero con gusto verles en algunos de los partidos atléticos!

Sinceramente,
Dr. Roger Rice
Superintendente

 
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