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VUSD Updates 03-27-2020 - Friday, March 27, 2020

VUSD Updates 03-27-2020

Update for Elementary School Families

Good evening VUSD TK-5 families,

We are calling with our nightly update. We are happy to announce that loaner device distribution for our elementary school students who need them will begin next week. You will receive a call from your Principal soon about the schedule. If your family already has access to a laptop, desktop, or Chromebook for grades 2-5 or any of those devices or an iPad for K-1, you do not need to pick up a device from us. We are also limiting the devices to one per family at this time for initial distribution. Before picking up your device, please print and sign the attached device agreement. If you do not have a printer at home, we will have copies available for you to sign. Formal distance learning for our elementary school students will begin after Spring Break. Please remember additional information, including all of our communications, can be found at https://www.venturausd.org/SchoolClosures.aspx.

The other announcement we have for tonight is a sad one for us. The VUSD family is mourning the loss of our former Superintendent, Dr. Joe Spirito, who passed away yesterday. Dr. Spirito began his career in VUSD as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services and then served as VUSD’s fourth Superintendent. Under Dr. Spirito’s leadership, the District passed Measure M in 1997, which was used to build Foothill Technology High School, and Citrus Glen Elementary and rebuild Portola Elementary School and Sunset K-8. We also launched the Ventura Education Partnership under his direction.

In his free time, Dr. Spirito played the trumpet, loved attending our high school sporting events, and the arts. He is survived by his wife, Mari, who was a teacher at Mound Elementary School and DATA Middle School and his mother, who is now 106 years young. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Spirito family, and our most profound appreciation goes out to Dr. Joe Spirito, who gave so much time and energy to our District.

Our next planned communication is set for Monday evening. We hope that you and your families can find new ways to enjoy this time together and have a wonderful weekend.

Dr. Roger Rice

Superintendent

Buenas tardes familias del distrito escolar unificado de Ventura en grados TK al 5,

Esta es la actualización de esta noche. Tenemos el gusto de anunciar que la próxima semana comenzaremos la distribución de dispositivos para los estudiantes de escuelas primarias que necesiten un dispositivo. Usted recibirá una llamada del director de su escuela para informarles cuál será el horario de entrega. Usted no necesitará recoger uno de nuestros dispositivos si su familia ya tiene acceso en su hogar a una computadora portátil, computadora de escritorio, o Chromebook para los grados 2 al 5, o cualquiera de esos dispositivos o un iPad para kínder y 1er grado. Además por el momento estaremos limitando la entrega de dispositivos a un dispositivo por cada familia. Antes de acudir a recoger su dispositivo, por favor imprima y firme el acuerdo de dispositivo adjunto al correo electrónico que usted ha recibido hoy. Si usted no cuenta con una impresora en su hogar, tendremos copias disponibles para usted cuando acuda a recoger su dispositivo. La enseñanza a distancia para los estudiantes de las escuelas primarias comenzará justo después de las vacaciones de primavera. Existe información adicional y copias de todas nuestras comunicaciones en el sitio web https://www.venturausd.org/SchoolClosures.aspx.

El segundo anuncio que tenemos esta noche nos llena de tristeza. Nuestra familia del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Ventura está de luto por la pérdida del previo superintendente Dr. Joe Spirito, quien falleció el día de ayer. El Dr. Spirito comenzó su carrera en nuestro distrito escolar como asistente superintendente de Servicio Educativos y después funcionó como el cuarto superintendente de nuestro distrito escolar. Bajo su liderazgo, el distrito adoptó la medida M en 1997, la cual se utilizó para la construcción de la preparatoria Foothill y de la primaria Citrus Glen, además se utilizó para la reconstrucción de la primaria Portola y de la escuela Sunset K-8. Nuestro distrito también inició la Asociación Educativa de Ventura y el Festival de Talento bajo su liderazgo.

Durante su tiempo libre, el Dr. Spirito tocaba la trompeta, le encantaba asistir a los eventos deportivos de las preparatorias y a los eventos de arte. Les sobreviven su esposa, Mary, quien fue maestra de la escuela primaria Mound y de la secundaria DATA, y su madre quien ahora cuenta con 106 años de edad. Nuestros pensamientos y oraciones para toda la familia Spirito y nuestra más profunda apreciación hacia el Dr. Joe Spirito quien dedicó tanto tiempo y energía a nuestro distrito.

Usted recibirá nuestra siguiente comunicación el lunes por la tarde. Esperamos que ustedes y sus familias puedan encontrar maneras de disfrutar este tiempo juntos y le deseamos un fabuloso fin de semana.

Atentamente
Dr. Roger Rice
Superintendente

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VUSD Updates 03-27-2020

Update for Middle and High School Families

Good evening VUSD 6-12 grade families

We hope this email finds everyone healthy and well. We also hope the majority of you were able to self-enroll in Edgenuity today. 

We have received a few inquiries related to how/if Edgenuity will be customized to bring our students to a place where they were in their learning before the COVID-19 pandemic began. 

Our team of Teachers on Special Assignment collaborated with teacher leaders on course stops and restarts for scope and sequences in core classes where scope and sequences exist. That being said, many teachers were at a different place in the curriculum, and so more customization will take place in the next few days. As of today, your students should be able to take a pre-test to skip through any material that they have already learned. 

In addition, AP teachers, GATE, Honors, and Special Education teachers will have access to a variety of educational technology platforms to supplement instruction. They are still collaborating on those details and will communicate directly with students and families on the next steps.

This week has served as our soft launch, enrollment week. On Monday, we will be rolling out our expectations for Phase 2, which will begin our actual class instruction in some classes. 

We are ready to learn together as a staff, as we will ask our students and families to do so along with us in partnership. We will value progress over perfection during this transition and value growth in our students and each other. 

The other announcement we have for tonight is a sad one for us. The VUSD family is mourning the loss of our former Superintendent, Dr. Joe Spirito, who passed away yesterday. Dr. Spirito began his career in VUSD as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services and then served as VUSD’s fourth Superintendent. Under Dr. Spirito’s leadership, the District passed Measure M in 1997, which was used to build Foothill Technology High School, and Citrus Glen Elementary and rebuild Portola Elementary School and Sunset K-8. We also launched the Ventura Education Partnership under his direction.

In his free time, Dr. Spirito played the trumpet, loved attending our high school sporting events, and the arts. He is survived by his wife, Mari, who was a teacher at Mound Elementary School and DATA Middle School and his mother, who is now 106 years young. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Spirito family, and our most profound appreciation goes out to Dr. Joe Spirito, who gave so much time and energy to our District.

Our next planned communication is set for Monday evening. We hope that you and your families can find new ways to enjoy this time together and have a wonderful weekend.

Dr. Roger Rice

Superintendent

 

Buenas tardes familias de grados seis al 12 en el distrito escolar unificado de VENTURA,

Esperamos que todo se encuentren bien y saludables. También esperamos que la mayoría de ustedes hayan podido auto escribirse en el programa Edgenuity.

Algunos de ustedes nos han preguntado si el programa Edgenuity será adaptado para hacer que los estudiantes comiencen justo en el lugar donde ellos encontraban en su aprendizaje antes del comienzo de la pandemia COVID-19.

Nuestro equipo de maestros en proyectos especiales ha colaborado en identificar los límites y comienzos de los cursos básicos que contienen secuencia y ámbito. Con esto en mente, muchos maestros se encontraban en diferentes áreas de enseñanza en sus cursos educativos, y por eso habrá más adaptaciones en los siguientes días. Comenzando hoy, su estudiante podrá tomar pre-exámenes para rebasar cualquier material que ya hayan aprendido en el pasado.

Además, los maestros de colocación avanzada, GATE, honores y educación especial tendrán acceso a una variedad de plataformas tecnológicas educativas para complementar su instrucción. Aún están colaborando para finalizar esos detalles y se comunicarán directamente con los estudiantes y sus familias para indicarles cuáles serán los siguientes pasos.

Esta semana solo ha sido el comienzo de las inscripciones. El lunes publicaremos nuestras expectativas para la fase #2, la cual marcará el comienzo actual de la enseñanza en algunos cursos.
Todos los empleados escolares estamos listos para aprender juntos, y de la misma manera, pediremos a los estudiantes y a sus familias que trabajen en equipo junto con nosotros. Durante ese tiempo de transición, el progreso tendrá más valor que la perfección, y valoraremos más el crecimiento de nuestros estudiantes y de nosotros mismos.

El segundo anuncio que tenemos esta noche nos llena de tristeza. Nuestra familia del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Ventura está de luto por la pérdida del previo superintendente Dr. Joe Spirito, quien falleció el día de ayer. El Dr. Spirito comenzó su carrera en nuestro distrito escolar como asistente superintendente de Servicio Educativos y después funcionó como el cuarto superintendente de nuestro distrito escolar. Bajo su liderazgo, el distrito adoptó la medida M en 1997, la cual se utilizó para la construcción de la preparatoria Foothill y de la primaria Citrus Glen, además se utilizó para la reconstrucción de la primaria Portola y de la escuela Sunset K-8. Nuestro distrito también inició la Asociación Educativa de Ventura y el Festival de Talento bajo su liderazgo.

Durante su tiempo libre, el Dr. Spirito tocaba la trompeta, le encantaba asistir a los eventos deportivos de las preparatorias y a los eventos de arte. Les sobreviven su esposa, Mary, quien fue maestra de la escuela primaria Mound y de la secundaria DATA, y su madre quien ahora cuenta con 106 años de edad. Nuestros pensamientos y oraciones para toda la familia Spirito y nuestra más profunda apreciación hacia el Dr. Joe Spirito quien dedicó tanto tiempo y energía a nuestro distrito.

Usted recibirá nuestra siguiente comunicación el lunes por la tarde. Esperamos que ustedes y sus familias puedan encontrar maneras de disfrutar este tiempo juntos y le deseamos un fabuloso fin de semana.

Atentamente
Dr. Roger Rice
Superintendente

 

 
Edgenuity Self-Enrollment Portal Now Available 03-26-2020 - Thursday, March 26, 2020

Edgenuity Self-Enrollment Portal Now Available 03-26-2020

Good morning VUSD 6-12 grade families,

We are happy to report that the Edgenuity self-enrollment portal is now available. As a reminder, Edgenuity is the distance-learning platform that we will be using to engage all secondary students in learning during the VUSD closure. Please see Edgenuity Parent/Student Quick Start Guide for an outline of student expectations. 

Students should use our Edgenuity Course Self-Enrollment Guide to learn how to log in and enroll.

We recommend using the Edgenuity Course Matrix to determine which courses to enroll in. Some of your classes may not be in this list (e.g., ASB Leadership, Drama/Theater, Woodworking, etc.) You will be notified soon by the District or your teacher about how you can continue in those courses. 

We will focus on self-enrollment today during this soft launch. If you do find that you are having issues with your technology, we do have a Technology Helpline that can be called at 805-641-5000 x1450 or email vusdparenthelp@venturausd.org. Please leave your first and last name, description of the issue, and a call back number. We will respond within 24 hours.

Again, we appreciate your patience during this transition, and we thank you for your contribution to the success of your child during this initial phase of distance learning. 

Ventura Unified School District.


Buenos días familias de VUSD en grados 6 al 12,

Nos complace informar que el sitio web para la auto inscripción en Edgenuity ya está disponible. Recuerde que Edgenuity es la plataforma de aprendizaje a distancia que usaremos para que todos los estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria tomen sus cursos educativos durante el cierre del VUSD. Para obtener un resumen de las expectativas de los estudiantes, consulte la Guía de inicio rápido para padres y estudiantes de Edgenuity (Edgenuity Parent/Student Quick Start).

Para aprender cómo iniciar sus sesiones e inscribirse, los estudiantes deben usar nuestra Guía de auto inscripción del curso Edgenuity (Edgenuity Course Self-Enrollment Guide).

Recomendamos utilizar la tabla de referencia de cursos Edgenuity (Edgenuity Course Matrix) para determinar en qué cursos debe inscribirse. Algunos de sus cursos tal vez no se encuentren en esta lista (por ejemplo, Liderazgo de ASB, Drama/Teatro, Carpintería, etc.) El Distrito o su maestro pronto le notificarán sobre cómo los estudiantes pueden continuar con esos cursos.

Durante este comienzo lento de hoy en día, nos enfocaremos en la auto inscripción. Si usted tiene problemas referentes a la tecnología, tenemos una línea directa de ayuda llamando al 805-641-5000 x1450 o envíe un correo electrónico a vusdparenthelp@venturausd.org. Deje su nombre y apellido, la descripción de su problema y su número de teléfono para devolverle la llamada. Le responderemos dentro de las siguientes 24 horas.

Nuevamente, apreciamos su paciencia durante esta transición y le agradecemos su contribución al éxito de su hijo durante esta fase inicial de aprendizaje a distancia.

Distrito Escolar Unificado de Ventura


 

 
Message from Dr. Roger Rice 03-26-2020 - Thursday, March 26, 2020

Message from Dr. Roger Rice, Superintendent 03-26-2020

Good evening VUSD families,

Thank you for your patience as we began our soft-launch with Edgenuity self-registration system for students in grades 6-12.  We had some hiccups, and we teachers are now enrolling students who were not able to register due to technical issues.  Many electives including CTE are still not accessible to students as these needed high levels of customization.  We anticipate that this enrollment will take place early next week.

As you know, we have been sending families and staff daily updates about what we are doing as a District to address the educational needs of our students and work-related issues for employees.  While we have received an overwhelmingly positive response from a community that is both engaged and generous in their support, we are the first to acknowledge that this has been, and will continue to be a bit of a bumpy road.  In addition to the notes of gratitude, I continue to receive expressions of concern, some of which are rather pointed, and I have always felt it best to address criticisms head on and accept such input as a chance to improve.  Please accept the following summary as my attempt to address some common items that some in our community have expressed concern about.

  1. Why is the District not using Zoom for all its meetings?
    1. We are using Zoom for most meetings among staff members to enable us to practice proper social distancing.  In terms of the most recent Board Meeting, we had not yet had a chance to work through the technical challenges of having such a public meeting in a secure digital environment.  You may have heard about the outrageous events that plagued a recent Board Meeting of a neighboring district.  If you have not, please go to the following link to better understand our efforts and why it is so important to make sure we are well prepared before going to public meetings on the Zoom platform, https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/local/2020/03/25/conejo-valley-unified-school-district-online-board-meeting-threats/5078808002/.

 

  1. What is taking so long to get distance learning up and running?
    1. Of all the items that have posed challenges to us during this time, distance learning has been the most taxing and the most pressing.  We know that ALL students need to have access to learning experiences right now and we have been working to make sure that happens.  In order to make certain this occurs,  our first challenge was to make sure all students have access to a device (Chromebook, laptop, iPad, etc.).  To that end, we have had to retrieve hundreds of devices from their current locations across the District and re-image all of them so they are properly configured to access digital learning platforms and that they are compliant with the Child Internet Protection Act – meaning that they have appropriate content filtering when they leave our networks.  This effort alone would normally take weeks.  With the help of countless volunteers, we have been able to accomplish this feat already for students in grades 6-12.  Our efforts to get devices in the hands of elementary-aged students is ongoing and will be completed as soon as possible.
    2. Another challenge has been to secure additional content licenses and configure the distance learning platforms to work for many more students than we were able to before.  VUSD has used Edgenuity in the past for distance learning but only on a very limited basis – mostly for credit recovery and other alternative education settings.  Ensuring that coursework for ALL grade levels and subjects is available and accessible has been a great challenge but we successfully launched last night. For more information about Edgenuity - https://www.edgenuity.com/

 

  1. For elementary students, we have been working on configuring and implementing a platform called Canvas, which has great promise for distance learning not just in this crisis but also in the long run.  It is less expensive than other options, has a track record of success in other local districts and is highly adaptable and customizable.  That said, it has taken some time to make sure it is properly configured and that it is integrating with our system.  We are confident that this will be up and running soon. For more information about Canvas go to - https://www.instructure.com/canvas/

 

  1. What is my student supposed to do while we are waiting for distance learning?
    1. Some of the complaints I have received center on what folks perceive as the District not having provided “anything.”  This is not accurate, but obviously, if people are not aware, we need to do a better job communicating.  That said, we had our teachers on special assignment and directors working long hours to prepare paper and pencil work packets that provided all students with an opportunity to learn at their given skill set range.  We have been reproducing these materials for students and families who either prefer paper and pencil work or do not have access to technology in their homes.  These packets have been passed out daily at our meal distribution centers.  If you were not aware of this, we invite you to get such work for your children Monday- Friday, between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm at DATA, Sunset, E.P. Foster, Sheridan Way, Will Rogers, ATLAS, and Anacapa MS. They are also available for download at https://www.venturausd.org/SchoolClosures.aspx.
    2. In addition to the paper and pencil options for work, we have compiled a list of family resources with robust and compelling learning opportunities that can be located here: https://www.venturausd.org/SchoolClosures.aspx - scroll to the bottom of the page and you will find downloadable and online activity packets in increasing order of rigor.
    3. Also, there is an extremely robust set of resources on the Ventura County Office of Education website at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vM_85jDwsY8ehYNcvP3mdHnlRoU7m5m45OiG-iZmZHE/edit - I highly recommend making use of this resource.  There are great opportunities here for ALL students.

 

  1. I am concerned that my special education student will not receive comparable educational opportunities and will miss out on much needed services.
    1. This topic has been discussed by VUSD leadership at almost every meeting we have.  The activities and resources posted on our website that have been available since the day of closure were intended for ALL students, including those with IEPs.
    2. Edgenuity and Canvas both have options within the platform to increase accessibility for special needs students including reading text aloud in almost any language, a picture dictionary, and adjusting the size of the print, reading level and so on.  That adaptability contributed to our decision to move forward with both.
    3. Families of students with special needs should have received an important letter related to providing a Free and Appropriate Public Education within the last few days. They should also expect a personal call as a check-in and to work collaboratively on troubleshooting the challenges of distance learning with a District staff member soon if not already.
    4. IEP-based services will be provided in a manner most appropriate under the circumstances – schools closed and social distancing ordered.  Please feel free to contact the District’s Director of Special Education with further questions at 805-641-500 extension 1123.
  2. Will the District continue to offer meal services through the closure?
    1. Yes.  The District will continue to serve meals to students during the closure.  It has been identified as an essential service.  The one-day delay that upset some was due to our need to revamp our processes and protocols in order to ensure we were not adding to the spread of the virus and that we were protecting the public and the employees.  My firsthand observations of the processes in place were that this had to be done.  Our process for meal distribution is now more manageable and involves many more employee volunteers than we had during the first few days of distribution. As an aside, we are serving many more meals now than we were when school was open.  This has also led to challenges in logistics.  I feel we all owe a huge expression of gratitude to the entire Food and Nutrition Staff for the amazing work they are doing every day to serve the community.
  3. I am a current student and I am bored out of my mind.  What can we do to get schools re-opened?
    1. I never thought I would hear students begging to come to school, but yes, I have received such input.  Likewise, the teachers and site support staff are missing the students greatly.
    2. The decision to close schools was a local one shared by all Superintendents in the County.  As of today, the schools across the county are closed until May 1.  See the VCOE link for confirmation https://www.vcoe.org/Coronavirus
    3. Since the closure, the Governor put in place a safer at home order, and until this is lifted, we will not be open. 

I want to close this update by reinforcing both how much we value the feedback from our community AND the amazing work our employees are doing to meet the needs of our students.  We appreciate you all so much and look forward to moving forward – Together!

Dr. Roger Rice
Superintendent
Ventura Unified School District


Buenas tardes familias del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Ventura,

Gracias por su paciencia mientras comenzamos las auto inscripciones en el sistema Edgenuity para estudiantes en grado 6 al 12. Hemos tenido algunos contratiempos, y los maestros ahora están registrando a los estudiantes quienes no pudieron registrarse debido a los problemas técnicos. Muchos de los cursos selectivos, incluyendo CTE, aún no son accesibles para los estudiantes debido a que se necesita un alto nivel de programación. Esperamos que las inscripciones para estos cursos se realizarán al principio de la siguiente semana.

Como ya lo saben, hemos estado enviando información actualizada diariamente a todas las familias y empleados del distrito referente a las necesidades educativas de nuestros estudiantes y a los asuntos relacionados con el trabajo de nuestros empleados. Nosotros hemos recibido una respuesta muy positiva de nuestra comunidad, quienes continúan participando y siendo generosos con su apoyo. Por otra parte, reconocemos que la situación actual ha sido y seguirá siendo un reto para todos. Además de recibir comentarios de gratitud, también he recibido expresiones de preocupación, alguna de las cuales son muy severas. Yo siempre he dicho que es mejor confrontar la crítica de frente y aceptar cualquier tipo opinión como una oportunidad para mejorar. Les pido por favor que tomen los siguientes comentarios como una respuesta y también como mi intención de abordar los comentarios que algunos miembros de la comunidad han expresado.

1. ¿Por qué utiliza el distrito el programa Zoom para realizar todas sus reuniones?

A. Estamos utilizando el programa zoom para realizar la mayoría de nuestras reuniones entre miembros del personal con el fin de practicar el distanciamiento social apropiadamente. Referente a la reunión de la Mesa Directiva Educación más reciente, aún no hemos tenido tiempo de trabajar y solucionar los retos técnicos para poder realizar una reunión pública en un ambiente digital seguro. Tal vez usted ha escuchado los eventos extremos que han sucedido en las diferentes juntas de mesas directivas de los distritos escolares aledaños. Si aún no ha hecho, por favor revise el siguiente enlace para comprender mejor nuestros esfuerzos y para comprender porque es tan importante para nosotros el asegurarnos de estar bien preparados antes de realizar una reunión pública utilizando el programa Zoom: https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/local/2020/03/25/conejo-valley-unified-school-district-online-board-meeting-threats/5078808002/.

2.  ¿Por qué se está tomando tanto tiempo para comenzar y poner en marcha la enseñanza a distancia?

A. De todos los asuntos que han sido restantes para todos nosotros durante estos tiempos, la enseñanza a distancia ha sido la más urgente y la más difícil para nosotros. Sabemos que todos los estudiantes necesitan tener acceso a experiencias educativas en estos momentos y hemos estado trabajando para asegurarnos de que eso suceda. Con el fin de lograr nuestro objetivo, nuestro primer reto mayor fue el asegurarnos de que todos los estudiantes tengan acceso a un dispositivo (Chromebook, laptop, iPad, etc.). Con este fin, hemos tenido que recolectar cientos de dispositivos localizados en diferentes ubicaciones en todo el distrito y reprogramarlos para que cada uno de esos dispositivos tenga la configuración adecuada para tener acceso a las plataformas de aprendizaje digital y al mismo tiempo reunir los requisitos de la Ley de Protección en el Internet para Menores de Edad. En otras palabras, que los dispositivos contengan los filtros apropiados para el uso de los estudiantes. Este proceso usualmente tomaría varias semanas, sin embargo, con la ayuda de un gran número de voluntarios, hemos podido completar esta tarea para incluir a todos los estudiantes de los grados 6 al 12. En estos momentos estamos trabajando para proporcionar dispositivos a los estudiantes a nivel primaria y esta labor se completará tan pronto como sea posible.

B. Otro de nuestros retos Ha sido el obtener licencias adicionales de contenido y la configuración de las plataformas de aprendizaje a distancia para que esas funcionen con muchos más estudiantes de los que habíamos tenido anteriormente. El distrito escolar ha utilizado el programa Edgenuity en el pasado para el aprendizaje a distancia pero solo de manera limitada, casi exclusivamente para la recuperación de créditos y otros métodos alternativos de educación. El asegurar que todos los cursos estén disponibles para todos los grados en todas las materias ha sido un gran reto, pero anoche hemos comenzado exitosamente el proceso. Para más información sobre Edgenuity revise el sitio web https://www.edgenuity.com/

C. Para los estudiantes de las primarias, hemos estado trabajando para configurar e implementar una plataforma llamada Canvas, la cual ha mostrado ser prometedora para la enseñanza a distancia, no solamente durante estos tiempos de crisis sino también para el futuro a largo plazo. Este programa es menos costoso que otras opciones, tiene un historial de éxito en otros distritos locales y es altamente adaptable e ideal para el uso individualizado. Con esto en mente, nos ha tomado cierto tiempo para asegurarnos de que ese programa esté configurado apropiadamente y que esté integrado con nuestro sistema. Estamos seguros que este programa pronto se pondrá en marcha. Para más información sobre el programa Canvas revise el sitio web https://www.instructure.com/canvas/.

3. Mientras mi estudiante espera el acceso a la enseñanza a distancia, ¿que se supone que debe estar haciendo en casa?


A. Algunas de las quejas que he recibido se enfocan en la percepción que los padres tienen sobre la idea que el distrito no ha provisto nada para los estudiantes. Esta idea no es correcta, pero obviamente, el hecho de que algunas personas no estén enteradas de lo que sucede, significa que debemos hacer un mejor trabajo para comunicarnos con todos. Teniendo esto en mente, los maestros de programas especiales y los directivos están trabajando largas horas para preparar paquetes de aprendizaje con papel y lápices para entregarlos a todos los estudiantes y ofrecerles una oportunidad de aprender dependiendo del nivel de habilidad de cada estudiante. Hemos estado reproduciendo estos materiales para los estudiantes y las familias quienes prefieren hacer el trabajo con papel y lápiz y también para aquellos que cuentan con acceso a la tecnología en sus hogares. Estos paquetes han estado disponibles y se han entregado todos los días en nuestros centros de distribución de alimentos. Si usted no lo sabía, les invitamos a que obtengan estos paquetes de trabajo para sus hijos de lunes a viernes entre 11:30 de la mañana y 1:00 de la tarde en Las escuelas DATA, Sunset, EP Foster, Sheridan Way, Will Rogers, ATLAS, y Anacapa. Los paquetes de actividades también están disponibles para ser descargados en https://www.venturausd.org/SchoolClosures.aspx.

B. Además de las opciones de actividades con papel y lápiz, hemos compilado una lista de recursos con oportunidades de aprendizaje sólidas y robustas las cuales pueden ser localizadas en https://www.venturausd.org/SchoolClosures.aspx. Diríjase al fondo de la página web y encontrará los paquetes de actividades descargables por Internet configurados en orden de dificultad.

C. También, existe una extensa lista de recursos en el sitio web de La Oficina de Educación del Condado de Ventura en https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vM_85jDwsY8ehYNcvP3mdHnlRoU7m5m45OiG-iZmZHE/edit. Recomiendo firmemente que utilicen este recurso. Existen varias oportunidades de aprendizaje para todos los estudiantes.

4. Me preocupa que mi estudiante de educación especial no recibirá oportunidades educativas comparables y que no recibirá los servicios que necesita.

A. Este tema se discutido con los líderes de nuestro distrito escolar en casi todas las reuniones que hemos realizado. Las actividades y los recursos publicados en nuestro sitio web desde el principio del cierre de escuelas tienen como objetivo a todos los estudiantes, incluyendo a los estudiantes que poseen IEPs.


B. Los programas Edgenuity y Canvas contienen opciones entro de sus programas para permitir el acceso a estudiantes con necesidades especiales, incluyendo la lectura de libros en prácticamente cualquier lenguaje, un diccionario de imágenes, y el ajuste del tamaño de letra, del nivel de lectura, y así sucesivamente. Este tipo de adaptabilidad contribuyó en nuestra decisión de adoptar estos dos programas.



C. Las familias de estudiantes con necesidades especiales ya deben haber recibido durante los últimos días un aviso importante relacionado a la educación pública libre y apropiada. También recibirán una llamada telefónica personal con el fin de averiguar su situación y para trabajar en conjunto para solucionar los retos del aprendizaje a distancia con un miembro del personal del distrito. Este proceso ya ha comenzado.

D. Los servicios basados en IEP serán provistos de la manera más apropiada pago las circunstancias existentes, el cierre de escuelas y la orden de distanciamiento social. Por favor tenga la libertad de llamar al director de la educación especial de nuestro distrito si usted tiene preguntas adicionales al 805-641-5000 extensión 1123.

5. ¿El distrito continuará ofreciendo servicios de alimentos durante la duración del cierre de escuelas?

A. Sí. El instituto continuará sirviendo alimentos a todos los estudiantes durante la duración del cierre de escuelas. Este servicio se ha identificado como un servicio esencial. El único día que se interrumpió este servicio fue debido a nuestra necesidad de mejorar y ampliar nuestros procedimientos y protocolos con el fin de asegurarnos de no contribuir a la propagación del virus y asegurarnos de proteger al público y a nuestros empleados. Mis observaciones de este proceso indicaron que esto se tenía que realizar. Nuestro proceso para la distribución de alimentos ahora es más manejable e  incluye a muchos más voluntarios y empleados de los que teníamos durante los primeros días de distribución. Además de esto, ahora estamos sirviendo muchos más alimentos que la cantidad que servimos cuando las escuelas están abiertas. Eso también ha representado varios retos de logística. Yo pienso que todos debemos expresar nuestra gratitud a los empleados del Departamento de Alimentación y Nutrición por el increíble trabajo que han realizado todos los días por servir a nuestra comunidad.

6. Yo soy un estudiante de distrito y estoy completamente aburrido. ¿Qué podemos hacer para ayudar a reabrir las escuelas?

A. Nunca pensé escuchar a un estudiante rogando por la reapertura de las escuelas, pero así es, también he recibido estos comentarios. De igual manera, los maestros y empleados escolares también extrañan grandemente a todos los estudiantes.

B. La decisión de cerrar las escuelas fue tomada a nivel local junto con todos los superintendentes del condado. Hasta hoy, el plan es que las escuelas de todo el condado permanezcan cerradas hasta el 1o de mayo. Favor de revisar el sitio web de la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Ventura en https://www.vcoe.org/Coronavirus.
 
C. Desde que sucedió el cierre de escuelas, el gobernador también impuso una orden de permanecer dentro del hogar. A  menos de que esta orden sea cancelada, las escuelas permanecerán cerradas.


Quiero terminar esta actualización recordándoles cuánto apreciamos los comentarios y opiniones de nuestra comunidad y el increíble trabajo que nuestros empleados están realizando para satisfacer las necesidades de todos los estudiantes.

Apreciamos profundamente a todos ustedes y esperamos con gusto continuar avanzando juntos, ¡hacia adelante!

Atentamente,

Dr. Roger Rice

Superintendente

 

 

 

 
STUDENTS PRODUCING FACE SHIELDS FOR LOCAL HOSPITALS - Wednesday, March 25, 2020

STUDENTS PRODUCING FACE SHIELDS FOR LOCAL HOSPITALS

Student using technology in the classroom to help in times of crisis

Under the direction of Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) teacher, Mr. Alex Wulff from De Anza Academy of Technology & the Arts (DATA), students are producing face shields that are being delivered to local health providers who need them during this COVID-19 pandemic. The first batch of shields was delivered on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, to the Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) for immediate use by its staff. 

The highest priority for hospitals currently is to keep the health care workers, patients, and community safe and to prevent the spread of COVID-19; however, they severely lack the personal protection equipment to do just that. Mr. Wulff saw an opportunity to assist in the situation and found an open-sourced design by Joseph Prusa and reached out to Ventura County Medical Center, who quickly approved the plan.  

Mr. Wulff began working with the STEMbassadors; a non-profit made up of current middle and high school students from VUSD. The STEMbassadors had trained 27 VUSD teachers earlier in the year on how to use 3D printers and provided them a cart with these printers for their classrooms. Three of those teachers, Torrey Kightlinger, Allison Quiroz, both kindergarten teachers from Junipero Serra Elementary and Matt Haines, a teacher at Cabrillo Middle School, have all have jumped on the project and are producing pieces for the shield. He also collaborated with VUSD student Patrick Waechter who was producing them independently. Several companies have also stepped up and provided the PETG clear sheets that are needed, including American Plastics and FastSigns of Ventura. 

“As a health care provider, I have been amazed at the speed and ability to ramp up production of these shields as well as the technology involved; we are using them on every shift to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As health care providers, we are so touched by the community’s willingness to step up and find ways to help. We are especially proud of our students who are contributing to these efforts,” stated Dr. Richard Rutherford, Ventura County Medical Center.

Mr. Wulff, his students, and colleagues are currently producing 30-40 units per day, with that number increasing daily as others reach out to help. “This project highlights how important it is to have technology and innovation in the classroom. Having already taught how to use the technology has allowed us to turn these face shields around quicker than any large corporation. We found a solution to solve a problem within our community, and within hours we were providing that solution to our frontline workers,” stated Mr. Wulff. 

For more information on how to make the shields or to donate PETG clear sheets in 5-millimeter thickness, reach out to Alex Wulff at Alex.Wulff@venturausd.org

“We are proud of the work that Mr. Wulff and our students are doing to help our community. 

This project highlights our need for Career and Technical Education to solve immediate problems in our community. I am happy that our District is dedicated to the growth of this area as we move forward together,” stated Dr. Roger Rice, VUSD Superintendent. 

The Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) is located in Southern California, in the coastal city of Ventura, approximately 70 miles north of Los Angeles. The District is made up of an early childhood education program, 26 elementary, middle, and high schools, with more than 16,000 school-age students, an adult education center, 2,000 staff, and a wealth of parents and community members whom all strive to help our children find their passion—academically and personally. For more information, visit www.venturausd.org or call 805-641-5000. 

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VUSD Updates 03-25-2020 - Wednesday, March 25, 2020

VUSD Middle and High School Update 03-25-2020

We hope this email finds you well. Three quick updates for tonight:

  1. As we noted in our earlier call, our vendor has had a delay in opening the self-enroll portal. It will not be ready by 5 pm as anticipated so we will call you tomorrow once it is ready. As you can imagine they have had a huge increase in their workloads as many other districts around the country also try to go to a distance-learning model, so we appreciate your patience during this transition.
  2. Our meal distribution is still up and running. We are serving Monday-Friday from 11:30 am- 1:00 pm. We have six sites that are serving; ATLAS, Montalvo, Will Rogers, DATA, Sheridan Way, and Sunset K-8. For more information, visit the School Closure webpage, https://www.venturausd.org/SchoolClosures.aspx
  3. Finally, we want to thank Mr. Wulff from DATA Middle School, the STEMbassadors, many students, and staff who are producing face shields for our local hospitals during this crisis. For more on this story, visit our News & Updates webpage, https://www.venturausd.org/About/OurDistrict/NewsUpdates.aspx.

Buenas tardes familias de secundaria y preparatoria del Distrito Escolar Unificado de VENTURA

Esperamos que todos se encuentren bien. Tenemos tres cortos avisos para usted esta noche:

  1. Tal como les avisamos hoy por la mañana, la compañía que hemos contratado para ofrecer la enseñanza a distancia tuvo que posponer el inicio de las inscripciones. El sistema no estará listo esta tarde a las 5pm como lo habíamos previsto, así que mañana les avisaremos cuando esté listo. Como es de imaginarse, esta compañía ha tenido un gran incremento de trabajo debido a que muchos otros distritos escolares en todo el país también están tratando de implementar su modelo de enseñanza a distancia, por eso apreciamos su paciencia durante esta transición.
  2. Nuestro sistema de distribución de alimentos todavía está funcionando. Los alimentos se sirven de lunes a viernes de las 11:30 de la mañana a la 1:00 de la tarde. Tenemos 6 ubicaciones donde se distribuyen alimentos: primaria Atlas, primaria de Montalvo, primaria Will Rogers, secundaria DATA, primaria Sheridan Way y la escuela Sunset. Para más información visite el sitio web de cierre de escuelas en https://www.venturausd.org/SchoolClosures.aspx
  3. Finalmente queremos agradecer al maestro Wulff  de la escuela secundaria DATA, a los embajadores de STEM, y a muchos otros estudiantes y maestros quienes han producido protectores faciales para nuestros hospitales locales durante esta crisis. Para leer más sobre esta historia, visite nuestro sitio web en la página de noticias y actualizaciones en, https://www.venturausd.org/About/OurDistrict/NewsUpdates.aspx.

Gracias y buenas noches!

Dr. Roger Rice

Superintendente

VUSD Elementary School Update 03-25-2020

As we get ready to transition to distance learning, we wanted to communicate with you regarding what this will look like for you at your home. 

We are ready to learn together as a staff, as we will ask our students and families to do along with us in partnership. We will value progress over perfection during this transition and value growth in our students and each other.

Students will work at their own pace and on their own schedule, with expectations for completion. This allows families the flexibility they need. Adult assistance is needed for distance learning. That need will vary for each student: some students may be independent learners, and others will need more support. We know that many families have multiple children to assist and other responsibilities. Our program will be designed with that need in mind.

Our soft rollout is tentatively scheduled for the week after spring break with devices deployed before spring break. For the time being, we are working diligently to keep you informed. Remember that this is new for all of us, especially for the students. Please know more information will come.   

We understand that for many of us, this time is filled with uncertainty for families and students. Families are finding themselves filling the role of educator, and we know that this can be challenging. We intend to provide support, guidance, and encouragement to you as you travel these uncharted waters.  

We would also like to remind everyone that meal distribution, for those that need is still occurring at our six locations, Monday-Friday 11:30 am- 1 pm. For more information, please visit our School Closure webpage at https://www.venturausd.org/SchoolClosures.aspx.

Thank you for your contribution to the success of your child during this initial phase of distance learning. We are grateful for your patience and flexibility.  


Mientras hacemos la transición al aprendizaje a distancia, deseamos comunicarnos con usted referente a la manera en que funcionará el aprendizaje a distancia en su hogar. Como personal, estamos listos para aprender junto con usted, ya que pediremos a nuestros estudiantes y a sus familias que colaboren junto con nosotros. Durante esta transición, el progreso será más valioso que la perfección, y apreciamos aún más el crecimiento en nuestros estudiantes y en nosotros mismos.

Los estudiantes trabajarán en línea/por internet a su propio ritmo y en su propio horario, pero se espera que terminen su trabajo educativo en cierta fecha. Esto permitirá que las familias tengan la flexibilidad que necesitan. El respaldo provisto por adultos será diferente para cada estudiante: algunos estudiantes podrían ser aprendices independientes y otros necesitarán más apoyo. Sabemos que muchas familias tienen varios hijos a quienes deben ayudar, incluyendo otras responsabilidades.  Nuestro programa será diseñado considerando sus necesidades.

El comienzo será lento y está programado para comenzar la semana posterior a las vacaciones de primavera. Los dispositivos se entregarán antes de las vacaciones de primavera. Por el momento, estamos trabajando diligentemente para mantenerles informados. Recuerde que todo este proceso es nuevo para todos nosotros, especialmente para los estudiantes. Pronto les enviaremos más información al respecto.

Comprendemos que tal vez este tiempo está lleno de incertidumbre para las familias y los estudiantes. Además, las familias ahora también tienen que convertirse en educadores, y sabemos que esto puede ser un gran reto.  Nuestra intención es proporcionarle respaldo, dirección, y ánimo mientras usted atraviesa por estos caminos inexplorados.

Nuestro sistema de distribución de alimentos todavía está funcionando. Los alimentos se sirven de lunes a viernes de las 11:30 de la mañana a la 1:00 de la tarde y tenemos 6 ubicaciones donde se distribuyen alimentos. Para obtener más información, visite nuestra página web de cierre de escuelas en https://www.venturausd.org/SchoolClosures.aspx

Gracias por su contribución al éxito de su hijo durante esta fase inicial de aprendizaje a distancia. Agradecemos su paciencia y flexibilidad.

 
VUSD Updates 3-24-2020 - Tuesday, March 24, 2020

VUSD Update 3-24-2020

Dear VUSD Elementary School Families,

We hope this message finds you well. We want to begin by thanking all of our fantastic community members who have requested to volunteer at our sites for meal and device distribution. Your support for our students is overwhelming, and we are eternally grateful.

Some of you have offered food donations; unfortunately, we are unable to accept these, but there are community organizations that will greatly appreciate this support. If you would like to volunteer or donate items other than food, please email volunteer@venturausd.org. Please understand that this is a very busy time for us, and we are working to enter everyone in our database and will schedule you as soon as we are able. We appreciate all of you for your patience and kindness; you are what makes Ventura an extraordinary place. 

On another note, you may have heard that device distribution and distance learning enrollment has started for our middle and high school students. We started with our high school seniors as they are the closest to graduation and are moving down the grade levels from there. Your school principals will be calling you soon to let you know where you can pick up a device if your student needs one. If you have any brand laptop, desktop, Chromebook, or iPad at home, you will not need to pick up one of our devices. Also, if you do not have Wi-Fi service at home, information about this will be available when devices are distributed.

Thank you all for your continued patience as we work through the process of moving our 16,000+ students from the classroom to distance learning. We will be reaching out tomorrow with more information, but in the meantime, we hope you have a wonderful evening!

Sincerely,

Dr. Roger Rice 

Superintendent


Good evening VUSD High School and Middle School Families                          

 

We hope this finds you and your students safe and well. We are now beginning our transition to distance learning, and so we wanted to communicate with you regarding what this will look like for you at your home. We are ready to learn together as a staff, as we will ask our students and families to do along with us in partnership. We will value progress over perfection during this transition and value growth in our students and each other.

Students will work online at their own pace and on their own schedule. Teachers will not mandate specific times during the day when students must be online. There will be expectations for completion, yet students will work at their own pace. This allows families the flexibility they need. Adult assistance will vary for each student: some students may be independent learners, and others will need more support. We know that many families have multiple children to assist and other responsibilities. Our program will be designed with that need in mind.

Please know this is just the beginning of our transition to distance learning and more information will come in the coming days. For the time being, we are working diligently to keep you informed. Please reach out to your child’s principal with questions and/or concerns.  

Edgenuity is the distance-learning platform that we will be using to engage all secondary students in learning during the VUSD closure. Please see Edgenuity Parent Quick Start Guide for an outline of student expectations. 

Students should use our Edgenuity Course Self-Enrollment Guide to learn how to log in and enroll.

We recommend using the Edgenuity Course Matrix to determine which courses to enroll in. Some of your courses may not be in this list (e.g. ASB Leadership, Drama/Theater, Woodworking, etc.) You will be notified soon by the District or your teacher about how you can continue in those courses.  

Our first goal is to support students’ self-enrollment in their core courses in Edgenuity, which will open tomorrow at 12:00 PM and will continue throughout the week – please read through the above links to learn about the process. Please remember that this is new for all of us, especially for the students. 

For students:

What do I need?

  • Tablet, computer, or laptop

How much time is needed?

  • Middle school: 45 minutes a day Monday thru Friday
  • High school: 30-55 minutes a day per subject Monday thru Friday

What do I do?

  • Complete training course in Edgenuity
  • Middle School: complete Digital Citizenship & Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) activities 45 minutes a day
  • High School: Complete subject area courses 30-55 minutes a day

Families: 

You can assist your students by:

  •  Providing them with a quiet space to complete their daily assignments
  • Sitting with student as they are working on completing the Edgenuity training course
  • Checking that the device is charged and ready for learning
  • Writing down and saving password and login credentials for later reference

What do I do if I need a device or Wi-Fi?

  • Complete the following survey: 

English https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vusdclosure

Spanish https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VUSDcierre

We understand that for many of us, this time is filled with uncertainty for families and students. Families are finding themselves filling the role of educator, and we know that this can be challenging. We intend to provide support, guidance, and encouragement to you as you travel these uncharted waters. If you have questions specific to your child’s progress, your teacher is available via email and/or Edgenuity.  

We know there will be many questions about grades and attendance; we will have more information for you on this as we forward. Please know that there will be infinite grace that will be given to students and families as we adjust.  We are focused on getting our students connected to their teachers, each other, and their learning-in that order.

Thank you for your contribution to the success of your student during this initial phase of distance learning. We are grateful for your patience and flexibility.  

Ventura Unified School District

 
VUSD Update 3-23- Device Distribution, Distance Learning and AP Tests - Monday, March 23, 2020

VUSD Update 3-23- Device Distribution, Distance Learning and AP Tests

Good evening VUSD Community,

We hope you and your families had a wonderful weekend and were able to get out into the sunshine a bit. Tonight’s update will cover three important topics; device distribution, preparing for Distance Learning, and AP tests. 

Device Distribution

Device distribution has begun. We are distributing devices to students who do not have a Chromebook, laptop, desktop, or iPad (iPad only recommended for Tk-5) to use for distance learning. If your family has one of these devices for each student in your household, there is no need for you to pick up. If you need one, then we are happy to provide you with one. Each school will contact its students when we are ready to distribute your devices. We are starting with high school seniors who are closest to graduation and working our way down to TK. Please also note that information on Wi-Fi will be available when you are picking up devices if your family does not have access to the internet.

Preparing for Distance Learning

We are asking families to do two things to prepare for Distance Learning. The first is that we recommend that parents/guardians sign up for a Google Gmail email account if you do not already have one. You will find that many of the documents we will send your students are on Google Docs.

AP Tests

The Advanced Placement Program reached out to us to notify us of the following

· They plan to support AP students with free, optional remote learning and at-home AP testing. These options will allow students to earn the college credit and placement they've been working toward all year.

  · For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.   

  · Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. 

· For more information view, https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update?SFMC_cid=EM288604-&rid=47122360

Thank you for remaining flexible and understanding as we continue to work towards getting all 16,000+ students on devices and learning from home. We do appreciate you and your patience.

Have a good evening,

Dr. Roger Rice

Superintendent


Estimada comunidad del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Ventura,

Esperamos que todas las familias hayan tenido un maravilloso fin de semana y que hayan tomado tiempo para salir y tomar un poco de sol. La actualización de esta noche cubrirá un par de puntos importantes: la distribución de dispositivos, la preparación para el aprendizaje a larga distancia y los exámenes de colocación avanzada AP. Pero primero, deseamos compartir este importante mensaje de todos los directores de nuestras escuelas en https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njUg7UfoWPU&t=1s


La distribución de dispositivos.

Ya ha comenzado la distribución de dispositivos. Estamos distribuyendo dispositivos para la enseñanza a larga distancia y estamos entregándolos a los estudiantes que no cuentan con un Chromebook, laptop o computadora portátil, computadora de escritorio, o tableta iPad (Se recomienda una tableta iPad para los grados TK al 5). Si su familia cuenta con uno de estos dispositivos en su hogar para el uso de su estudiante, no hay necesidad de pasar a recoger uno. Si usted necesita un dispositivo, con gusto proveeremos uno para usted. Cada escuela contactará a los estudiantes cuando estemos listos para distribuir más dispositivos. Comenzaremos con los estudiantes de grado 12 que están a punto de graduarse y continuaremos con los grados menores hasta llegar al grado TK. La información para obtener servicio de Wi-Fi estará disponible cuando usted recoja su dispositivo en dado caso que su familia no cuente con acceso al Internet en su hogar.

Preparación para la enseñanza a larga distancia

Estamos pidiendo a las familias que realicen dos cosas en preparación para la enseñanza a larga distancia. La primera es que recomendamos que los padres de familia y tutores legales se registren para obtener una dirección de correo electrónico por medio de Google Gmail, si aún no lo han hecho. Usted descubrirá que muchos de los documentos que estaremos enviando a los estudiantes solo se encuentran por medio de Google Docs.
Además, si su estudiante no recuerda su contraseña de Google, por favor pídeles que ingresen a Q, las instrucciones se encuentran adjuntas al correo electrónico que usted ha recibido hoy y también se encuentran en el sitio web del distrito escolar en la página con la información sobre el cierre de escuelas.

Exámenes de colocación avanzada AP

  • El programa de colocación avanzada AP nos ha notificado lo siguiente:
    Ellos apoyarán a los estudiantes de colocación avanzada por medio de aprendizaje a larga distancia de manera opcional y gratuita por medio de exámenes AP en el hogar. Estas opciones permitirán a los estudiantes obtener el crédito del colegio y la colocación para la cual ellos han estado trabajando durante todo el año.
  • Solamente para la administración del examen 2019 2020, los estudiantes podrán tomar un examen por Internet de 45 minutos por Internet en su hogar. Los comités de desarrollo dirigidos por los educadores actualmente están seleccionando las preguntas de los exámenes que serán administrados.
  • Algunos de los estudiantes tal vez desean tomar el examen ahora o pronto mientras tienen la información fresca en su memoria. Otros estudiantes tal vez desean tomar más tiempo para practicar. Para cada materia de AP habrá dos fechas diferentes para tomar exámenes.
    Para más información revise el sitio web https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update?SFMC_cid=EM288604-&rid=47122360

 

Gracias por su constante flexibilidad y compresión mientras continuamos trabajando para hacer que nuestros más de 16,000 estudiantes obtengan dispositivos y aprendizaje en su hogar. Apreciamos su paciencia.

 

Gracias y buenas noches.

Dr. Roger Rice

Superintendente

 
Meal Distribution Update 3/20/20 - Friday, March 20, 2020

Meal Distribution Update 3/20/2020

 

Good morning VUSD Community,

We wanted to update everyone on our Food and Nutrition plan as we move forward. After last night’s announcement by Governor Newsom, we knew we needed to pause our meal distribution plan and rethink it. Two things drove that decision:

  1. A response to the Governor’s Stay at Home order and lack of clear guidance before that announcement dealing specifically with public school meal distribution under this new order and whether it is considered  “essential services.”
  2. In addition, we have received a strong and consistent message from parents, nutrition services staff and principals that the reality on the ground might potentially increase risk of exposure.  More specifically, we heard loud and clear that there was a significant lack of social distancing being adhered to and I personally went to observe this dynamic myself.  What was reported to me by site staff, leaders and parents was in fact a problem and I was not willing to allow that to continue.

Late last night we received clarification from State Superintendent Thurmond clarifying that school personnel can continue to leave their homes to provide meals. The state is specifically exempting that service and view it as essential.  However, we do need to take today, Friday, March 20, to reevaluate the pick-up process. We will work on a new method that will better handle social distancing to maintain a healthy environment for those picking up and our employees who have put themselves on the front lines every day. In an effort to reevaluate, as we stated last night, meal distribution will not occur today, Friday, March 20.

However, we anticipate resuming meal distribution again on Monday, March 23, which will likely continue to occur from 11:30 am- 1 pm at the same locations. We will confirm this no later than Monday morning.  We will also notify the public of any new guidelines that have been put into place related to social distancing.  Our practices will include more crowd control, clearer guidance to the public and measures in place to protect employees and to ensure our services are not contributing to the spread of the virus as much as possible. 

We thank you for your understanding as we are being asked to make decisions within minutes of receiving life-changing news daily. When this school year began, we, like you, did not think, nor were we planning to completely change how we serve our 16,000+ students in a matter of hours.  We appreciate your flexibility and understanding.  We want to help our children and our community; you are why we are called to do this work.  We will be in touch soon.

 

Many thanks,

Dr. Roger Rice

Superintendent

Buenos días Comunidad del Distrito Escolar Unificado De Ventura,

Deseamos actualizarles a todos ustedes sobre nuestro plan de Alimentos y Nutrición. Después del anuncio que el Gobernador Newsom envió anoche, nos dimos cuenta que teníamos que poner en pausa nuestro plan de distribución de alimentos y crear un nuevo plan. Dos cosas nos impulsaron a tomar esa decisión:

1. Nuestra respuesta a la orden del Gobernador de permanecer en casa y la falta de instrucciones claras antes de que se hiciera ese anuncio, con respecto específicamente a la distribución de alimentos en las escuelas públicas bajo esta nueva orden, y si estos servicios se consideran como "servicios esenciales".

2. Además, hemos recibido un mensaje claro y constante de los padres, del personal de servicios de nutrición y de los directivos del distrito referente a que las interacciones durante la entrega de alimentos podría aumentar el riesgo de exposición al virus. Escuchamos claramente que había una falta significativa de distanciamiento social, y yo personalmente fui a observar esta situación. Lo que me informó el personal del plantel, los líderes y los padres de familia era de hecho un problema y no quise permitir que eso continuara.

Anoche recibimos una aclaración del Superintendente Estatal, el señor Thurmond, aclarando que el personal de la escuela puede continuar saliendo de sus hogares para proporcionar comidas. El estado está permitiendo específicamente ese servicio y lo considera como un servicio esencial. Sin embargo, necesitamos cancelar la entrega de alimentos de hoy, viernes 20 de marzo, para reevaluar el proceso de entrega. Trabajaremos en un nuevo método que implementará mejor el distanciamiento social con el fin de mantener un ambiente saludable para aquellos que adquieren alimentos y para nuestros empleados que se han puesto al frente de la entrega todos los días. En un esfuerzo por reevaluar nuestro programa, tal como lo mencionamos anoche, la distribución de comidas no ocurrirá hoy, viernes 20 de marzo.

Sin embargo, anticipamos reanudar la distribución de alimentos nuevamente el lunes 23 de marzo, lo que probablemente continuará ocurriendo de 11:30 a.m. a 1 p.m. en las mismas ubicaciones. Esto lo confirmaremos a más tardar el lunes por la mañana. También notificaremos al público sobre cualquier procedimiento nuevo que se haya implementado en relación con el distanciamiento social. Nuestras prácticas incluirán un proceso más controlado de los clientes, orientación más clara al público y medidas para proteger a los empleados y garantizar que nuestros servicios no contribuyan a la propagación del virus.

Les agradecemos su comprensión, ya que se nos ha pedido que tomemos decisiones a de último minuto después de recibir noticias nuevas diariamente. Cuando comenzó este año escolar, nosotros, al igual que usted, no nos imaginábamos que la manera en que servimos a nuestros 16,000 estudiantes cambiaría en cuestión de algunas horas. Agradecemos su flexibilidad y comprensión. Deseamos ayudar a todos nuestros niños y a nuestra comunidad, y por eso estamos haciendo este trabajo. Pronto estaremos en contacto con usted una vez más.

Muchas gracias,

Dr. Roger Rice

Superintendente

 
VUSD Update 3-20-2020 at 5 pm - Friday, March 20, 2020

VUSD Update March 20, 2020 at 5 pm

Good evening VUSD Community,

We want to update you tonight on two areas, device and meal distribution.

We are still committed to ensuring our students receive the devices they need so that they can participate in online learning. However, with the Safe at Home order, we have had to reevaluate our strategy in this area. We are canceling tomorrow’s large distribution that we announced yesterday. We are currently reevaluating our plan and will distribute devices on a larger scale with a more robust social distancing plan in place. Our goal is to provide more information to you on device distribution plan next week.  If your student already has a device such as a laptop or Chromebook at home that they would prefer to use, there is no need for you to attend device distribution 

We are happy to announce that we will be resuming our meal distribution plan again on Monday, March 23, from 11:30 am- 1 pm at the locations listed below (the same locations as this week). We are re-establishing car service as well and will have additional volunteers assisting with meal distribution. We do have a few essential guidelines that we are requesting our families adhere to and provide as much social distancing as possible.

· Please keep an appropriate distance away from each other and employees

· For those that are walking up, if you see a line forming, please wait well behind others and do not congregate at the food table

· Please only touch what you are taking and never replace an item on the table

· Please do not come to pick up meals if you are sick

· Please know that employees are there to help and will answer your questions while they observe our directive to keep a safe distance from each other and the public to ensure they are not adding to the risks of providing this service

Meal Distribution Locations:

 1. Atlas Elementary School 760 Jazmin Avenue, Ventura 

2. Montalvo Elementary 2050 Grand Avenue, Ventura

3. Will Rogers Elementary 316 Howard Street, Ventura

4. Data Middle School 2060 Cameron Street, Ventura

5. Sheridan Way Elementary 573 Sheridan Way, Ventura

6. Sunset K-8 School 400 Sunset Ave., Oak View

We want to thank all of you for your continued flexibility. I think we can safely say that VUSD history teachers, ten years from now, will be talking about this week and all of the effects it had on us here in Ventura and globally. We again ask that as we distribute devices and meals next week that everyone adheres to social distancing. We can only do this if we work together. 

Our next communication (unless there is another emergency) will go out on Monday at 5 pm. Please continue to monitor our website at https://www.venturausd.org/SchoolClosures.aspx for additional updates. We are going to take this weekend to decompress, reenergize, and ensure we are as healthy as possible to continue our essential work next week. We hope that all of you will be able to engage in things that bring your family joy and happiness and enjoy this time together.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Dr. Roger Rice

Superintendent

 
VUSD Update 3/20- Device and Meal Distribution - Friday, March 20, 2020

Good evening VUSD Community,

We want to update you tonight on two areas, device and meal distribution.

We are still committed to ensuring our students receive the devices they need so that they can participate in online learning. However, with the Safe at Home order, we have had to reevaluate our strategy in this area. We are canceling tomorrow’s large distribution that we announced yesterday. We are currently reevaluating our plan and will distribute devices on a larger scale with a more robust social distancing plan in place. Our goal is to provide more information to you on device distribution plan next week.  If your student already has a device such as  there is no need

We are happy to announce that we will be resuming our meal distribution plan again on Monday, March 23, from 11:30 am- 1 pm at the locations listed below (the same locations as this week). We are re-establishing car service as well and will have additional volunteers assisting with meal distribution. We do have a few essential guidelines that we are requesting our families adhere to and provide as much social distancing as possible.

· Please keep an appropriate distance away from each other and employees

· For those that are walking up, if you see a line forming, please wait well behind others and do not congregate at the food table

· Please only touch what you are taking and never replace an item on the table

· Please do not come to pick up meals if you are sick

· Please know that employees are there to help and will answer your questions while they observe our directive to keep a safe distance from each other and the public to ensure they are not adding to the risks of providing this service

Meal Distribution Locations:

 1. Atlas Elementary School 760 Jazmin Avenue, Ventura 

2. Montalvo Elementary 2050 Grand Avenue, Ventura

3. Will Rogers Elementary 316 Howard Street, Ventura

4. Data Middle School 2060 Cameron Street, Ventura

5. Sheridan Way Elementary 573 Sheridan Way, Ventura

6. Sunset K-8 School 400 Sunset Ave., Oak View

We want to thank all of you for your continued flexibility. I think we can safely say that VUSD history teachers, ten years from now, will be talking about this week and all of the effects it had on us here in Ventura and globally. We again ask that as we distribute devices and meals next week that everyone adheres to social distancing. We can only do this if we work together. 

Our next communication (unless there is another emergency) will go out on Monday at 5 pm. Please continue to monitor our website at https://www.venturausd.org/SchoolClosures.aspx for additional updates. We are going to take this weekend to decompress, reenergize, and ensure we are as healthy as possible to continue our essential work next week. We hope that all of you will be able to engage in things that bring your family joy and happiness and enjoy this time together.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Dr. Roger Rice

Superintendent

 

 


Buenas tardes Comunidad del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Ventura,

Deseamos avisarles la información más reciente en dos asuntos, la distribución de dispositivos y la distribución de alimentos.

Todavía tenemos el compromiso de garantizar que nuestros estudiantes reciban los dispositivos que necesitan para que puedan participar en el aprendizaje por internet. Sin embargo, con la orden de “Permanecer en casa”, hemos tenido que reevaluar nuestra estrategia en este asunto. Se ha cancelado la distribución planeada para mañana. Actualmente estamos reevaluando nuestro plan y distribuiremos dispositivos a mayor escala con un plan de distanciamiento social más claro y firme. Nuestro objetivo es ofrecerles más información la próxima semana sobre el plan de distribución de dispositivos.

Nos complace anunciar que reanudaremos nuestro plan de distribución de comidas nuevamente el lunes 23 de marzo, de 11:30 a.m. a 1 p.m., en los lugares que se mencionan a continuación (los mismos lugares que la semana pasada). También estamos restableciendo el servicio de automóviles y tendremos voluntarios adicionales que ayudarán con la distribución de comidas. Tendremos algunas reglas esenciales y pediremos que nuestras familias se adhieran a ellas y practiquen el mayor distanciamiento social posible.

• Mantenga una distancia adecuada entre las familias y entre los empleados.

• Para aquellos que acudirán caminando, si se forma una línea, guardar una distancia considerable separado de los demás y no se permitirá más de una familia a la vez en la mesa de alimentos.

• tocar solamente lo que se llevará y nunca regrese un artículo a la mesa.

• Si está enfermo por favor no venga a recoger alimentos.

• Tenga en cuenta que los empleados están allí para ayudar y responderán sus preguntas mientras observan nuestras instrucciones de mantener una distancia segura entre ellos y el público para asegurarse de no aumentar los riesgos al proporcionar este servicio.

Lugares de distribución de comidas:

 1. Atlas Elementary School 760 Jazmin Avenue, Ventura

2. Montalvo Elementary 2050 Grand Avenue, Ventura

3. Will Rogers Elementary 316 Howard Street, Ventura

4. Data Middle School 2060 Cameron Street, Ventura

5. Sheridan Way Elementary 573 Sheridan Way, Ventura

6. Sunset K-8 School 400 Sunset Ave., Oak View

Queremos agradecerles a todos por su flexibilidad continua. Creo que podemos decir con seguridad que los maestros de historia del VUSD, dentro de diez años, platicarán sobre esta semana y todos los efectos que tuvo en todos nosotros aquí en Ventura y en todo el mundo. Nuevamente pedimos que, mientras distribuimos dispositivos y comidas la próxima semana, todos practiquen el distanciamiento social. Solo podemos lograr esto si trabajamos juntos.

Nuestra próxima comunicación (a menos que exista otra emergencia) se enviará el lunes a las 5 pm. Continúe monitoreando nuestro sitio web en https://www.venturausd.org/SchoolClosures.aspx para obtener actualizaciones adicionales. Vamos a aprovechar este fin de semana para relajarnos, revitalizarnos y asegurarnos de que estemos lo más saludables posible para continuar nuestro trabajo esencial la próxima semana. Esperamos que todos ustedes puedan participar en actividades que brinden alegría y felicidad a su familia y disfruten este tiempo juntos.

Les deseamos un maravilloso fin de semana.

Dr. Roger Rice

Superintendente

 
Update- Safe at Home Order- March 19, 2020 at 7:45 pm - Thursday, March 19, 2020

Response to Safe at Home Order in California- March 19, 2020 7:45 pm

Good evening VUSD Community,

So, as we have been saying for the last few weeks, everything can change in a minute, and tonight it did. We learned along with the rest of the state that the Governor has ordered all Californians to stay home except for essential needs, such as the grocery store, doctor, gas station, bank, etc. Please see this California.gov website for more information, https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/. The governor did not give an end date to this “Safe at Home” order. If we find out that information, we will share it with you all.

This means that the District administration and Board of Education will be looking for government guidance and will be reevaluating the plans we currently have in place for programs such as food and nutrition, online learning, etc. However, for Friday, March 20th, all programs will be closed, including our food and nutrition services and device deployment. We are asking all employees and families to stay home. We will continue our daily (or more) updates. Please keep an eye on your emails and school closure webpage at https://www.venturausd.org/SchoolClosures.aspx. Please be patient as we work through this situation and communicate things to you all as quickly but as factually as we can.

These are unprecedented times; these are scary times, these are stressful times, and for our VUSD staff who know what shutting down our meal service for even just a day means, these are sad times. Trust that we will do everything in our power to continue to try and serve our students.  We will get through this as a community because Ventura has always been stronger together.

Thank you for your patience; we will reach out soon.

Dr. Roger Rice

Superintendent

 
VUSD Schools Will Move to Online Instruction Until May 4, 2020 - Wednesday, March 18, 2020

VUSD Schools Will Move to Online Instruction Until May 4, 2020


The following message was sent to families on March 18, 2020, at 5:37 pm.

Good evening Ventura Unified Families,

We want to thank everyone for your flexibility and understanding this week.  When we made the original decision to close schools, we took into consideration our families, their need to plan and coordinate, and have been realistic in our thinking, which is why we initially closed for a month instead of a week like other districts.

As you know, we have been attending meetings and receiving updates daily (sometimes hourly) from our neighboring districts, Ventura County Office of Education, California Department of Education, and the Governor’s office.   We have made a decision that we feel is in the best interest of our students, their families, our staff, and teachers. To educate our students in a safe environment, we will be transitioning from the classroom to online instruction beginning very soon. This instruction will be for ALL students to meet the needs of our diverse learners.   More details on when this will start and how we will be deploying it will be made available tomorrow; however, we have decided that this online learning will continue until May 4, 2020, with no classroom instruction.  This means our campuses will remain closed to all students until then.  We will reevaluate this decision in April and will determine at that time if we need to extend the date further.

We are ready to partner with you, our families, to ensure that our students are our number one priority.

Will there be bumps in the road and learning curves for all of us? Yes. However, as a district, we will value progress over perfection during this transition and value growth in our students and each other.

We have a difficult task in front of us in unprecedented times. The only way is forward, and we could not be more proud to move alongside with you, our families. We will continue to be here to support you and our students.

We also wanted to give you an update on our Food and Nutrition meal service. We are proud to say that we served 3,500 meals today and close to 7,500 meals so far this week.  As you know, we are dedicated to helping our families who need it during this difficult time. To do this while maintaining social distancing for our staff who are working hard to make this happen, we are no longer able to provide drive-up service.  We will have carts set up with food, and we ask you to walk up to the cart, while maintaining a safe distance between you and the next person and take one breakfast and one lunch for each child in your family ages 1-18.

Our staff will be there but will be at a safe distance. Please be mindful of the number of lunches you are taking, this is a need-based program, and we want to serve as many of our students as we possibly can.  We will continue to do our best to meet the needs of our population for as long as possible.

 Again, we thank you for all that you are doing. We know how worrisome and stressful it is right now, but please know that we are here to partner with you and continue to move our children forward in their education. 

Many thanks,

Dr. Roger Rice
Superintendent
Ventura Unified School District


Buenas tardes familias del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Ventura,

Queremos agradecer a todos por su flexibilidad y comprensión esta semana. Cuando tomamos la decisión original de cerrar las escuelas, tomamos en consideración a todas nuestras familias y sus necesidades de planificar y coordinar, y hemos sido realistas en nuestro pensamiento, por lo que inicialmente cerramos las escuelas por un mes en lugar de una semana como lo han hecho otros distritos.

Como usted ya lo saben, hemos asistido a reuniones y hemos recibido actualizaciones diarias (a veces cada hora) de otros distritos escolares cercanos, de la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Ventura, del Departamento de Educación de California y de la oficina del Gobernador del estado. Hemos tomado una decisión y consideramos que es la mejor opción para nuestros estudiantes, para sus familias, para nuestro personal escolar y para los maestros. Con el fin de poder educar a nuestros estudiantes en un ambiente seguro, muy pronto comenzaremos a hacer la transición de enseñanza dentro del aula a la instrucción por internet. Esta enseñanza será para TODOS los estudiantes con el fin de satisfacer las necesidades de nuestra diversidad estudiantil. Mañana publicaremos más detalles sobre cuándo comenzará esta transición y cómo se implementará. Sin embargo, hemos decidido que este tipo de aprendizaje por internet continuará hasta el 4 de mayo del 2020, sin instrucción dentro del aula. Esto significa que todas nuestras escuelas permanecerán cerradas para todos los estudiantes hasta esa fecha del 4 de mayo. Volveremos a evaluar esta decisión en el mes de abril y determinaremos si es necesario extender aún más la fecha de cierre de escuelas.

Estamos listos para trabajar en conjunto con nuestras familias para garantizar que nuestros estudiantes sean nuestra prioridad número uno.

Sabemos de antemano que habrá obstáculos en el camino y curvas de aprendizaje para todos nosotros. Sin embargo, en nuestro distrito escolar valoraremos aún más el progreso que la perfección durante esta transición y valoramos el crecimiento de nuestros estudiantes y de nosotros mismos.

Nos enfrentamos a una tarea difícil en estos tiempos sin precedentes. La única dirección que podemos seguir es hacia adelante, y no podríamos estar más orgullosos de seguir adelante junto con ustedes, nuestras familias. Continuaremos estando aquí para apoyarle a usted y a todos nuestros estudiantes.

También deseamos brindarle una actualización sobre nuestro servicio de Alimentos y Nutrición. Estamos orgullosos de comunicarles que hoy servimos 3,500 comidas y cerca de 7,500 comidas en lo que va de la semana. Como usted ya lo sabe, estamos dedicados a ayudar a nuestras familias que lo necesitan durante estos momentos difíciles. Para realizar esta obra importante y para mantener el distanciamiento social de nuestro personal que está trabajando duro para realizar el trabajo, ya no podremos proporcionar un servicio de conducción. Ahora tendremos carros disponibles con alimentos, y les pedimos a las familias que caminen hasta el carro de alimentos, mientras mantienen una distancia segura entre usted y la siguiente persona en la fila, y tome un desayuno y un almuerzo para cada niño de 1 a 18 años en su familia.

Nuestro personal estará presente pero a una distancia segura. Por favor tome solamente la cantidad de almuerzos que usted necesite, debido a que este es un programa basado en las necesidades y queremos servir a la mayor cantidad posible de nuestros estudiantes. Continuaremos dando nuestro mejor esfuerzo para satisfacer las necesidades de nuestra población durante el mayor tiempo posible.

Nuevamente, les agradecemos todo lo que ustedes están haciendo. Sabemos lo preocupante y estresante que son estos tiempos, pero esté consiente que estamos aquí para trabajar junto con usted y continuar el avance de nuestros estudiantes en su educación.

Muchas gracias,

Dr. Roger Rice

Superintendente

Distrito escolar unificado de Ventura

 
VUSD School Closure Update 03-17-2020 - Tuesday, March 17, 2020

VUSD School Closure Update 03-17-2020

Today we received additional information on distance learning options for all, special education requirements, meal service, and child care. Our team is reviewing everything and determining our next steps; however, we would like to hear back from our VUSD families on your thoughts as we move forward. We are asking each family to take this survey tonight, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vusdclosure. This will provide us the information we need before moving forward.  

We have developed a new VUSD Family School Closure webpage, https://www.venturausd.org/SchoolClosures.aspx- English  and https://www.venturausd.org/ElCierredeEscuelas.aspx- Spanish. As we mentioned in last night’s email communication, this webpage contains family activity packets for grades PreK-12, school closure information, and additional family resources on topics such as mental health, emergency information, homeless/financial hardship, food banks, and tutoring services.

If you would prefer a paper copy of our new family activity packets for grades PreK-12, they can be picked up where we distribute our food and nutrition meals, Monday- Friday 11:30 am- 1:00 pm at the following locations:

1. Atlas Elementary School 760 Jazmin Avenue, Ventura 

2. Montalvo Elementary 2050 Grand Avenue, Ventura

3. Will Rogers Elementary 316 Howard Street, Ventura

4. Data Middle School 2060 Cameron Street, Ventura

5. Sheridan Way Elementary 573 Sheridan Way, Ventura

6. Sunset K-8 School 400 Sunset Ave., Oak View

Thank you for your patience during these incredibly stressful times. We will continue our daily updates and provide information on the VUSD Family School Closure website, https://www.venturausd.org/SchoolClosures.aspx - English and https://www.venturausd.org/ElCierredeEscuelas.aspx- Spanish.


Esperamos que todos estén sanos y estén bien. Hoy recibimos información adicional sobre opciones de aprendizaje a distancia para todos, requisitos de educación especial, servicio de comidas y cuidado de niños. Nuestro equipo está revisando todo y determinando nuestros próximos pasos; sin embargo, nos gustaría recibir noticias de nuestras familias de VUSD sobre sus pensamientos a medida que avanzamos. Estamos pidiendo a cada familia que responda esta encuesta esta noche, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VUSDcierre. Esto nos proporcionará la información que necesitamos antes de seguir adelante.

Hemos desarrollado una nueva página web de VUSD Family School Closure, https://www.venturausd.org/ElCierredeEscuelas.aspx. Como mencionamos en la comunicación por correo electrónico de anoche, esta página internet contiene paquetes de actividades familiares para los grados PreK-12, información de cierre de la escuela y recursos familiares adicionales sobre temas como salud mental, información de emergencia, dificultades financieras / para personas sin hogar, bancos de alimentos y servicios de tutoría. .

Si prefiere una copia en papel de nuestros nuevos paquetes de actividades familiares para los grados PreK-12, se pueden recoger donde distribuimos nuestras comidas y comidas de nutrición, de lunes a viernes de 11:30 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. en los siguientes lugares:

1. Atlas Elementary School 760 Jazmin Avenue, Ventura

2. Montalvo Elementary 2050 Grand Avenue, Ventura

3. Will Rogers Elementary 316 Howard Street, Ventura

4. Data Middle School 2060 Cameron Street, Ventura

5. Sheridan Way Elementary 573 Sheridan Way, Ventura

6. Sunset K-8 School 400 Sunset Ave., Oak View

Gracias por su paciencia durante estos tiempos increíblemente estresantes. Continuaremos con nuestras actualizaciones diarias y información en el sitio web de VUSD Family School Closure, https://www.venturausd.org/SchoolClosures.aspx y https://www.venturausd.org/ElCierredeEscuelas.aspx.

 

 
VUSD School Closure Update 03-16-2020 - Monday, March 16, 2020

VUSD School Closure Update 03-16-2020

This message was sent to our families this evening:

Dear VUSD Community,

We hope this email finds everyone healthy. We wanted to provide you with a quick update on what is occurring.

Education Services is excited to announce that beginning Wednesday; we will be offering optional leveled activities for families that wish to keep Prek-12th grade students engaged during this closure as we consider our distance learning options for all.  These activities will not be collected or corrected by VUSD staff.  There are five levels total, increasing in rigor from A to E.  

The activities will be available online on the VUSD website. For those families that need paper copies of these activities, they will be printed and made available for pick up 11:30 am-1:00 pm at sites offering food services. More information will be provided in tomorrow’s update.


I will be attending several scheduled conference calls in the next few days, including with the California Department of Education, Governor of California, and Ventura County Office of Education.  We are expecting guidance in four major areas from these calls, including; distance learning options for all, special education requirements, meal service, and child care. Once we have that direction, we will assess and will provide additional information in these areas to our community next week.

While our students are home, we are asking parents/guardians to take the 2020 Family Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Survey.  This survey will assist us in our planning our District goals for next year in areas such as academics, funding, and more.  We are also asking our 5, 7, 9, and 11th- grade VUSD students and all Pacific High School Students to take the 2020 Student LCAP Survey.  All of these surveys can be found at https://www.venturausd.org/edserv/EducationalServices/LocalControlAccountabilityPlan.aspx.

Our Food & Nutrition Services team provided the first set of breakfast and lunches for families to pick-up today. This was not a small project, and we want to thank our teams that assembled and got this done so quickly. Unless circumstances change in the state or county, we are planning to continue this meal service Monday through Friday, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.  Here is the meal distribution information:

· Parents or students may walk or drive up to the carts that we will have set up and receive one breakfast (for the next day) and one lunch per child ages 1-18 years of age. 

· All children are welcome; they do not have to be VUSD students

· No ID or information is needed

· All meals must be taken off the property to be eaten, as we are trying to maintain social distancing. 

· Six sites are distributing the meals, they are

1. Atlas Elementary School 760 Jazmin Avenue, Ventura 

2. Montalvo Elementary 2050 Grand Avenue, Ventura

3. Will Rogers Elementary 316 Howard Street, Ventura

4. Data Middle School 2060 Cameron Street, Ventura

5. Sheridan Way Elementary 573 Sheridan Way, Ventura

6. Sunset K-8 School 400 Sunset Ave., Oak View

Finally, we would like to thank all of our employees, some of whom remain on call while others come into our sites. Our staff is being asked to balance jobs and families in a time of so much uncertainty, and we thank them for doing this. 

We will be in touch soon; however, in the meantime, you can visit www.venturausd.org for additional information as it becomes available. 

Dr. Roger Rice

Superintendent
Ventura Unified School District

 

Estimada comunidad de VUSD,

Esperamos que todos se encuentren saludables. Deseamos ofrecerles una breve actualización de lo que ha estado sucediendo.

El Departamento de Servicios Educativos se complace en anunciar que a partir del miércoles, y como parte de nuestras opciones de aprendizaje a distancia para todos, estaremos ofreciendo actividades opcionales para grados pre kínder al 12º para las familias que desean mantener a sus estudiantes ocupados durante el cierre de escuelas. Estas actividades no serán recopiladas ni corregidas por el personal del VUSD. Hay cinco niveles en total, aumentando en nivel de dificultad de la A a la E.

Las actividades estarán disponibles en el sitio web de VUSD. Para aquellas familias que necesitan copias de estas actividades en papel, se imprimirán y estarán disponibles para ser recogidas de 11:30 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. en los sitios que ofrecen servicios de alimentos. Ofreceremos más información en la actualización de mañana.

Yo estaré atendiendo varias conferencias telefónicas programadas en los próximos días, incluyendo conferencias telefónicas con el Departamento de Educación de California, el Gobernador de California y la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Ventura. Por medio de estas conferencias telefónicas esperamos obtener orientación en cuatro áreas principales, las cuales incluyen: las opciones de aprendizaje a distancia para todos, los requisitos de educación especial, el servicio de comidas y el cuidado de niños. Una vez que tengamos estas instrucciones, evaluaremos y proporcionaremos información adicional en estas áreas a nuestra comunidad la próxima semana.

Mientras los estudiantes se encuentran en casa, pedimos a los padres de familia o tutores legales que completen la Encuesta Familiar LCAP 2020 (Plan de Control Local y Rendimiento de Cuentas). Esta encuesta nos ayudará a planear las metas de nuestro distrito escolar para el siguiente año escolar en las áreas académicas, financieras y más. También pedimos a los estudiantes de VUSD en grados 5, 7, 9 y 11 y a todos los estudiantes de la preparatoria Pacific que completen la Encuesta LCAP 2020 para estudiantes. Todas estas encuestas se pueden encontrar en: https://www.venturausd.org/edserv/EducationalServices/LocalControlAccountabilityPlan.aspx

Hoy en día, nuestro equipo de Servicios Alimenticios y Nutrición distribuyó el primer servicio de desayunos y almuerzos para las familias. Este fue un proyecto extenso y deseamos agradecer a nuestros equipos que ensamblaron los alimentos y completaron el trabajo tan rápidamente. A no ser que las circunstancias cambien en nuestro estado o en nuestro condado, planeamos continuar este servicio de alimentos de lunes a viernes, de 11:30 A.M. a 1:00 P.M. Esta es la información sobre la distribución de alimentos:

  • Los padres o estudiantes podrán caminar o conducir sus vehículos hasta la estación o el carro de alimentos y podrán recibir un desayuno (para el siguiente día) y un almuerzo para estudiantes de 1 a 18 años de edad.
  • Todos los niños son bienvenidos y no necesitan ser estudiantes de VUSD.
  • No es necesario presentar identificación.
  • Todos los alimentos deben consumirse fuera de la propiedad debido a que estamos tratando de mantener un distanciamiento social.
  • La seis ubicaciones que estarán distribuyendo alimentos son:

1. Escuela primaria ATLAS, 760 Jasmine Avenue, Ventura

2. Primaria Montalvo, 2050 Grand Avenue, Ventura

3. Primaria Will Rogers, 316 Howard Street, Ventura

4. Secundaria DATA, 2060 Cameron Street, Ventura

5. Primaria Sheridan Way, 573 Sheridan Way, Ventura

6. Escuela Sunset K-8, 400 Sunset Avenue, Oak View

Finalmente, deseamos agradecer a todos nuestros empleados, puesto que algunos de ellos han acudido a laborar a sus sitios de empleo y otros están de guardia listos para trabajar. Hemos pedido a nuestros empleados que mantengan un balance entre sus familias y sus empleos durante este tiempo de incertidumbre y les agradecemos profundamente por atender a este llamado.

Pronto estaremos en contacto con usted; mientras tanto usted puede visitar el sitio web www.venturausd.org para obtener cualquier información adicional disponible.

 

Dr. Roger Rice

Superintendente

Distrito Escolar Unificado de Ventura

 

 

 
VUSD School Closure Update 3-13-2020 - Friday, March 13, 2020

VUSD School Closure Update 3-13-2020

The following information is being sent home to VUSD families this evening.

Good evening VUSD Community,

This is Marieanne Quiroz Communications Coordinator with important school closure updates. As you know, the Board of Education and our Superintendent have closed schools beginning on Monday, March 16, and will reopen on Monday, April 13. We will reevaluate the situation and update families no later than Friday, March 27. In the meantime, here are a few updates.

Our Food & Nutrition Services team finalized their plans this afternoon and will be providing meals for families to pick-up, Monday through Friday, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm beginning this Monday, March 16. Parents or students may walk or drive up to the carts that we will have set up and receive one breakfast (for the next day) and one lunch per child ages 1-18 years of age. All children are welcome; they do not have to be VUSD students, no ID or information is needed, and the children do not need to be present; all Ventura families are welcome. All meals must be taken off the property to be eaten, as we are trying to maintain social distancing. These sites were selected strategically, so the District provides meals in areas of high need throughout the city and where walking to the location is an option. We will evaluate the program daily and adjust if needed. The six sites are:

1. Atlas Elementary School 760 Jazmin Avenue, Ventura 

2. Montalvo Elementary 2050 Grand Avenue, Ventura

3. Will Rogers Elementary 316 Howard Street, Ventura

4. Data Middle School 2060 Cameron Street, Ventura

5. Sheridan Way Elementary 573 Sheridan Way, Ventura

6. Sunset K-8 School 400 Sunset Ave., Oak View

Also, next week we will share information on how to access both paper and online activities for parents who wish to keep students engaged during the closure. These will all be activities solely for fun and engagement; there will be no mandatory assignments, homework, projects, group work, or any other type of instruction during this initial closure. If closures are prolonged, we will reevaluate at that time.

We will continue to communicate with you through email, call, and our website, www.venturausd.org. In addition, our Coronavirus/School Closure Hotline will be open Monday-Friday 8:30 am- 4:30 pm and can be accessed by calling 855-320-6138.

Thank you, and have a good night.


La Mesa Directiva del districto escolar de Ventura y nuestro Superintendente cerraron las escuelas a partir del lunes 16 de marzo y abrirán el lunes 13 de abril. Volveremos a evaluar la situación y avisaremos a las familias antes del viernes 27 de marzo. Mientras tanto, aquí hay unas pocas noticias.

Nuestro equipo de Servicios de Alimentos y Nutrición finalizó sus planes esta tarde y proporcionará comidas para que las familias las recojan, de lunes a viernes, de 11:30 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. a partir de este lunes 16 de marzo. Los padres o estudiantes pueden caminar o conducir a los carritos que tendremos instalados y recibirá un desayuno (para el día siguiente) y un almuerzo por niños de 1 a 18 años de edad. Todos los niños son bienvenidos; no tienen que ser estudiantes de VUSD, no se necesita identificación ni información, y los niños no necesitan estar presentes; Todas las familias de Ventura son bienvenidas. Todas las comidas deben retirarse de la propiedad para comer, ya que estamos tratando de mantener el distanciamiento social. Estos sitios fueron seleccionados estratégicamente, por lo que el Distrito proporciona comidas en áreas de alta necesidad en toda la ciudad y donde caminar hasta el lugar es una opción. Evaluaremos el programa diariamente y lo ajustaremos si es necesario. Los seis sitios son:

1. Atlas Elementary School 760 Jazmin Avenue, Ventura

2. Montalvo Elementary 2050 Grand Avenue, Ventura

3. Will Rogers Elementary 316 Howard Street, Ventura

4. Data Middle School 2060 Cameron Street, Ventura

5. Sheridan Way Elementary 573 Sheridan Way, Ventura

6. Sunset K-8 School 400 Sunset Ave., Oak View

Además, la próxima semana compartiremos información sobre cómo acceder a las actividades en papel y en línea para los padres que desean mantener a los estudiantes interesados ​​durante el cierre. Todas estas serán actividades únicamente por diversión y compromiso; no habrá tareas obligatorias, tareas, proyectos, trabajo en grupo o cualquier otro tipo de instrucción durante este cierre inicial. Si los cierres se prolongan, reevaluaremos en ese momento.

Continuaremos comunicándonos con usted por correo electrónico, llamada y nuestro sitio web, www.venturausd.org. Además, nuestra línea directa de cierre de coronavirus / escuela estará abierta de lunes a viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 4:30 p.m. y puede llamar al 855-320-6138.

ine will be open Monday-Friday 8:30 am- 4:30 pm and can be accessed by calling 855-320-6138.

Thank you, and have a good night.


 

 
VUSD Schools Closed Beginning March 16, 2020 - Thursday, March 12, 2020

VUSD Schools Closed March 16-April 10

The following message was sent home to our Ventura Unified School District families this evening. 

Good evening Ventura Unified School District families,

The health and well-being especially that of our students and staff are extremely important to us at VUSD. As you are aware, the leadership of the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) has been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health issue for the past several weeks. Yesterday, the Center for Disease Control labeled the COVID-19 virus a pandemic. In addition, Dr. Levin, Health Officer with Ventura County Public Health, has declared a local health emergency.

As a result of these declarations and in the interest of the health of our community, the Ventura Unified School District Board of Education and Superintendent have decided to close all VUSD schools beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 10. This closure includes all VUSD TK-12 schools, VUSD preschool programs, VUSD supported after-school programs, and Ventura Adult and Continuing Education (VACE). 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 hope to reopen on Monday, April 13, but that decision will depend on the circumstances at the time. We will reevaluate this plan and provide updates to our families no later than Friday, March 27.

In addition, beginning Monday, March 16, we are canceling all school district-sponsored events and travel including, field trips, visual and performing arts events, PTA/PTO sponsored events, dances, and all athletic events, including practices through April 10, 2020.  We are canceling all non-VUSD events and activities scheduled to occur on any VUSD property through April 10, 2020. 

The District has been developing appropriate at-home enrichment activities that we will share in the near future.

Please know that we do not make these decisions lightly, as we know they have a significant impact on our community, and we hope to resume normal operations as soon as possible. We thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Roger Rice                                                  Sabrena Rodriguez
Superintendent                                                  President
Ventura Unified School District                         Ventura Board of Education

 

 

 
Foothill Technology High School Principal Announcement - Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Principal Hired for Award-Winning Foothill Technology High School

The District is pleased to announce that Mr. Russell Gibbs has been hired to serve as the new Principal at Foothill Technology High School in the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD). The VUSD Board of Education, by a 5-0 vote, approved Mr. Gibb at the Tuesday, March 10, 2020 Board meeting. Mr. Gibbs will take over as the Principal on July 1, 2020. Replacing Mr. Joe Bova, who recently left Foothill to become the new Career Technical Education Coordinator for the District.

“After a rigorous interview process, Mr. Gibbs stood out, demonstrating strong leadership skills and success in the field of education,” stated Dr. Jeff Davis, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

Mr. Russell Gibbs is currently in his 12th year as a public educator. A native of Chicago, Mr. Gibbs taught English and Drama at the high school level from 2008 to 2017, in both Illinois and here in Ventura County. At Grant Community High School in Fox Lake, Illinois, Mr. Gibbs was the school newspaper advisor for two years and taught AP Language and Literature.  Here in Ventura County, he has served as an English teacher at both ACE Charter and Rancho Campana High Schools in Camarillo. While at ACE Charter, he served as Team Leader for their WASC Accreditation and also served as a BTSA mentor for new English department faculty members. At Rancho Campana Mr. Gibbs was the Drama Department Chair, he served on the Project Based Learning Leadership Team and was selected Teacher of the Year in 2016. 

For the past three years, he has served as Assistant Principal at Hueneme High School in the Oxnard Union High School District. At Hueneme, he has served as the admin designee on School Site Council and ELAC, developed the action plan for WASC, coordinated the English Language Review team, and initiated the online registration system at Hueneme.

“Mr. Gibbs brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the position. We are excited for him to start this new chapter in his career and build upon the excellent work that Mr. Bova provided to Foothill,” stated Superintendent Dr. Roger Rice

 
7-11 Committee Meeting Update 3-6-2020 - Friday, March 6, 2020

7-11 Committee Meeting Update 3-6-2020

The following message was sent to Anacapa Staff earlier this morning regarding the 7-11 Committee Meeting that was held on 3-5-2020 at Anacapa Middle School.

Last night at Anacapa Middle School, the most recent meeting of the 7-11 committee took place, and there were over 100 people in attendance. The 7-11 committee is a citizen’s oversight committee charged with making a set of recommendations to the VUSD Board regarding its properties and potentially declaring any district properties as “surplus” so the Board can then consider whether alternative uses such as selling or leasing properties might be in the District’s best interests. It is also important to note that the word “surplus” is a technical designation mentioned in the California Education Code and a vote to recommend to the Board that a given property be declared “surplus” only means that the path is cleared for the Board to then make considerations about potential alternative uses. It does NOT mean that the space is “too much” or “unnecessary,” as might be inferred given the common sense of the word. This point was made several times last night and is important to remember. We all wish the Ed Code used a more appropriate word.

For context, the 7-11 process is a necessary part of preparing the District for a Bond measure that could be on the Ballot in November. The District has identified over $900 million in needed facilities upgrades, and yet the maximum bonding capacity is only slightly more than one-third of that amount. This means that the District needs to raise money some other way (such as selling or leasing surplus property) to supplement the insufficient amount of money that can be raised through a bond measure. Before any such actions can be taken, the community, through the 7-11 process, has to review district properties and make a set of recommendations to the VUSD Board. 

Moreover, please understand that the properties under consideration are not before the Board. Instead, the Board is asking the committee to give them their collective best thinking and advise them on whether they should make such considerations. This is an important distinction. Following the committee’s work, they will make a set of recommendations to the VUSD Board, and only after that will the Board start reviewing and discussing the recommendations to decide if any actions should be taken on the committee’s recommendations.  

At last night’s meeting, property at Anacapa was agendized for the committee’s consideration. Maggie Graves, AMS PE teacher, made a presentation on behalf of the teacher and students at the school. The presentation included pictures and other graphic representations of the uses of the fields and courts. The audience and committee seemed to appreciate the presentation very much.

Following Ms. Graves’ presentation, Amy Bailey, Executive Director of the Ventura YMCA, made a presentation on the history of the Y’s partnership with the school district, which dates back to 1887. Her presentation also included depictions of safe school routes and ideas for how they could expand services to the community that would, however, impact playground space. The presentation was very professional and respectful.

After both presentations, the committee heard public comments from over 30 speakers, many of which were AMS students. The students were amazing, and their comments were well-received by the committee and the audience. Speakers against declaring the playground space as “surplus” spoke to the need to preserve teaching and athletic space. Speakers for the designation spoke to the value of the YMCA’s services to the community and its partnership with the District.

Following the Public Comment portion of the agenda, three different motions were made by different committee members, and all three motions failed. Therefore, none of the Anacapa MS property is being recommended by the committee to be declared surplus. The committee was divided on all of the motions, and it was clear that no consensus exists. The meeting adjourned with three additional properties still needing to be reviewed – two farm plots and the Washington School. The next meeting was scheduled for March 31st at 5:30 at the Educational Services Center.

I want to thank the students, staff, and community members who gave the committee the benefit of their perspectives and repeat what I said last night. Ventura is a very special community, and the professional and respectful advocacy demonstrated last night made me proud and reminded me why I feel so honored to serve this community as District Superintendent. Well done, everyone.

Dr. Roger Rice
VUSD Superintendent

 
Coronavirus Update 3-5-2020 - Thursday, March 5, 2020

Coronavirus Update 3-5-2020

We want to address a few issues related to questions we are getting from our staff and families and provide you with an update related to the potential for campus closures in the future and how that may play out.

Answers to most frequently asked questions:

-We are asking all teachers to allow for extra time for students to wash their hands throughout the day. We have asked our elementary school teachers to consider having their students wash their hands before eating and after returning from lunch and recess. We have also asked all teachers to remind students to avoid hugging, shaking hands, and high fives. We are suggesting they replace these with elbow bumps or air high fives.

-If a teacher or staff member believes that a student may be sick due to noticeable symptoms, they have been instructed to send them to the health office for evaluation. We have also told our teachers that it is important that they stay at home if they are sick.

-We have also told our teachers that if they have students who have been absent due to being sick, to be flexible in allowing students to make up work and tests with enough time to do so.

- We have placed an order for disinfecting wipes – enough for each classroom. The disinfecting wipes are expected to be delivered to our warehouse, March 12. We will then disperse to all schools as quickly as possible. The disinfecting wipes are for voluntary wiping down of students' desks and other high-touch areas throughout the day. The District's custodial staff is wiping down those areas each night. The disinfecting wipes we ordered and cleaning products already in use by custodial staff each night both have demonstrated effective against viruses similar to COVID-19. The disinfecting wipes that will be provided to all sites are not to be used for cleaning hands.  

- Hand sanitizer is in short supply nationwide. We have placed an order for hand sanitizer, but have not received an expected delivery date from vendors. We have reached out to multiple vendors, and no one has the inventory to ship.

School Closures:

The District continues to take the lead and receive updates from Ventura County Public Health and the Ventura County Office of Education. The VUSD Coronavirus Working Group continues to discuss the contingency plans for school closures and other ways to provide social distancing, including the potential to cancel non-essential gatherings, should the need arise.   

Today, Dr. Rice received an update from the Ventura County Office of Education. Here is the information that was discussed during a conference call that County officials and local educational leaders had regarding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Everyone involved recognizes that the decision to close schools would have significant impacts on our communities and should not be taken lightly. Please be advised that these are scenarios and would be discussed before final decisions would be made based on any additional facts that present themselves.

  • If a COVID-19 case is confirmed in Ventura County, the particulars of the case will inform the decision on whether school closures are necessary. For example, if the infected person is a nursing home resident with no connection to schools, a school closure would likely not be advised.
  • If a student or school staff member is confirmed to have COVID-19, it is likely Ventura County Public Health would advise the closure of that particular school. A decision whether the closure of nearby schools or the entire District would be necessary would be made in consultation with Ventura County Public Health and the Ventura County Office of Education.
  • It is unlikely that a small number of COVID-19 cases in one part of the county would lead to closures of schools countywide. The goal is to limit closures to the part of the county where case(s) have been identified.
  • If COVID-19 starts to spread widely throughout the county, closure of all schools countywide may be likely.
  • When asked about the reopening of school timelines, there is, unfortunately, no clear guidance available. However, the importance of this process is recognized and will be addressed as more information and/or events unfold. 

We will be updating families Monday-Friday in the evening through email. If there is a significant update to make, we will include a phone call.

Health Safety FAQs related to this topic are also available on the Health Services Program webpage https://www.venturausd.org/edserv/EducationalServices/HealthServices.aspx.

 Additional Public Information 

 
4th Grade Fire Safety Days - Wednesday, March 4, 2020

4th Grade Fire Safety Days

The Ventura City Fire Department, in a collaborative effort with the Ventura Unified School District, hosted a two-day Fire Safety event on March 3 and 4 at the Ventura City Fire Training Grounds. Since 2011 together, we have educated approximately 10,200 children on fire safety. The first few classes have now graduated high school and have gone onto college. Over 1,300 fourth graders within the VUSD traveled to the Fire Training Grounds to participate in the Tenth Annual “4th Grade Fire Safety Days.”

Students, parents, and school staff observed live demonstrations of Ventura City Firefighters performing multiple tasks associated with a career in firefighting and paramedicine. Students traveled in groups around the site to various teaching stations. The stations included such topics as engine company operations, fire safety education, ladder, and power tool demonstrations, and a grand finale involving the City Fire Department’s “hook and ladder” truck. Firefighters from around the City served as both instructors and participants in each of the learning stations. The Firefighters focused not only on the tasks they are responsible for performing during emergencies, but they also concentrated on the importance of education and its relation to the job. Students learned how Firefighters operate fire engines, pumps, and hoses that require on the spot calculations, highlighting the importance of mathematics that our students are exposed to in school. The instructors explained how education in chemistry is an essential element of becoming a member of the Hazardous Materials Team. The students were also exposed to the rigors of the Urban Search & Rescue Team, requiring knowledge in construction, geometry, and physics. The attendees were also introduced to paramedicine and in-the-field advanced life support. They also saw how a fire engine contains a virtual emergency room that is brought to the scene of an emergency, necessitating a firefighter to understand anatomy and physiology as a core skill in performing emergency medical procedures. Students learned what to do in case of a fire or natural disaster and how important it is to have a plan at home with their families.

VUSD will also participate in post-event activities, including an essay writing contest among the attendees, with the winning school receiving the “Fire Hydrant Award.” This trophy will be awarded to the winning school, where it will remain until the following year’s winner takes possession of it. Each year, the winning school and student’s name will be inscribed on a perpetual plaque on the front of the trophy. The Fire Chief and the school’s local firefighters will deliver the trophy once the winner is determined.

 
Coronavirus Update 3-4-2020 - Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Coronavirus Update 03-04-2020

As you may have heard on the news last night, the Ventura County Department of Public Health (Public Health), out of an abundance of caution, is asking school districts and other organizations to develop a plan for social distancing. "The discovery of community transmission elsewhere in the State makes me feel that COVID-19 could arrive in our County at any time, and we want to be prepared," stated Dr. Robert Levin, Health Officer with Public Health. Dr. Levin has stressed that these plans will not be put into place immediately. Our focus remains on taking action to prevent Coronavirus. We do want to make it clear; there are currently no known cases of the Coronavirus in Ventura Unified. At this time, there is no need to alter regular school schedules or activities.

The Ventura Unified School District has a Coronavirus Working Group who met today and is currently finalizing our plan for social distancing. Social distancing means staying at least six feet away from other people so that the virus cannot be transmitted. However, it is essential to note that these decisions will not be made in a vacuum. All of the Superintendents in Ventura County will be working together alongside the Ventura County Office of Education and the Ventura County Department of Public Health to determine the best courses of action. Depending on the level of necessary social distancing, such plans could include the cancellation of large non-essential gatherings and temporary school closures. We will take the lead from Public Health to determine what will trigger the level of social distancing needed. 

We remain in a preventative stage, and we remind you of the following: 

  • Remember to use basic cold and flu precautions every day, including covering coughs, washing hands with soap and water, and throwing away tissues after use. 
  • If your child is sick, please keep them home from school to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses and flu. Per Ed Code and district attendance guidelines, any parent/guardian that reports to their school that their student is out ill, the student's absence will be excused.
  • A fever is defined as 100.5°F or higher here in the Ventura Unified School District. Please keep your child home from school for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. (The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) 
  • Face masks are most useful for preventing disease spread when they are worn by people who have symptoms. There is no recommendation by Public Health to use masks at this time in the schools.
  • We will be focusing the cleaning of our classrooms to high touch areas such as desks, handles, and drinking fountains utilizing cleaners that have shown effectiveness against viruses similar to the Coronavirus. 
  • We are dedicated to ensuring each school has enough soap for all students to wash their hands. If you would like to send alcohol-based hand sanitizer with your student to school or donate to teachers, that is welcome, but we request that it be unscented and ask that you remind your students not to share due to potential for allergies.
  • Please remind your students not to share water bottles.  

We will be updating families Monday-Friday evenings through email. If there is a significant update as there was tonight, we will include a phone call.

Information related to this topic will be updated on the VUSD News & Updates page (https://www.venturausd.org/About/OurDistrict/NewsUpdates.aspx).

Health Safety FAQs related to this topic are also available on the Health Services Program webpage https://www.venturausd.org/edserv/EducationalServices/HealthServices.aspx.

 Additional Public Information 

 
Coronavirus Update 3-3-20 - Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Coronavirus Update 3-3-2020

The District continues to monitor the situation actively and is taking steps to maintain safe learning environments for our students and staff. We continue to work closely with the Ventura County Office of Education and Ventura County Public Health to stay abreast of important information and procedures. The risk to Ventura County residents remains low, and we have no known cases of the Coronavirus in Ventura Unified.

There have been no significant updates, but we would like to share the following reminders with you based on what we are doing/seeing across our District. We remain in a preventative stage, and we remind you of the following: 

  • Handwashing remains the best way to combat the Coronavirus. Our younger students may enjoy this short, fun handwashing video: https://youtu.be/qJG72sycQB8 
  • There is currently no need to alter regular school schedules and activities.
  • Face masks are most useful for preventing disease spread when they are worn by people who have symptoms. This is why people are asked to wear a mask at doctors’ offices and hospitals if they are coughing or sneezing. There is no recommendation by Ventura County Public Health to use masks at this time in the schools.
  •  Students of Chinese descent who have not traveled to China are at no greater risk of 2019-nCoV infection than any other student. 
  • The California Public Health Department is not recommending the cancellation of public events at this time. 
  • We will be focusing the cleaning of our classrooms to the high touch areas such as the hard surfaces such as desks, handles, and drinking fountains utilizing cleaners that have shown effectiveness against viruses similar to the Coronavirus. 
  • We are dedicated to ensuring each school has enough soap for all students to wash their hands. If you would like to send alcohol-based hand sanitizer with your student to school or donate to teachers, that is welcome, but we request that it be unscented and ask that you remind your students not to share due to potential for allergies.
  • Please remind your students not to share water bottles.  
  • Remember to use basic cold and flu precautions every day, including covering coughs, washing hands with soap and water, and throwing away tissues after use. 

We will be updating families Monday-Friday evenings through email. If there is a significant update to make, we will include a phone call.

Information related to this topic will be updated on the VUSD News & Updates page (https://www.venturausd.org/About/OurDistrict/NewsUpdates.aspx).

Health Safety FAQs related to this topic are also available on the Health Services Program webpage https://www.venturausd.org/edserv/EducationalServices/HealthServices.aspx.

 Additional Public Information 

 


Esta es su actualización diaria sobre el nuevo Corona virus. El distrito escolar continúa vigilando activamente la situación y se están tomando medidas para mantener la seguridad de los estudiantes y empleados en los lugares de aprendizaje. Continuamos trabajando estrechamente con el Departamento de Salud Pública y con la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Ventura para mantenernos al corriente sobre la información y los procedimientos importantes. El riesgo de contraer el virus en el Condado de Ventura permanece a niveles bajos y aun no se conoce ningún caso del Corona Virus en nuestro Distrito Escolar de Ventura.

En este momento no ha habido actualizaciones significativas pero deseamos compartirles los siguientes recordatorios basándonos en los que estamos haciendo y lo que hemos escuchado en nuestro distrito. Nos mantendremos en un estado de prevención y deseamos recordarles lo siguiente:

  • El lavarse las manos continúa siendo el mejor método para combatir el Corona Virus. Tal vez los estudiantes más jóvenes disfruten este corto y divertido video: https://youtu.be/qJG72sycQB8 .
  • En estos momentos no hay necesidad de alterar los horarios y actividades escolares regulares.
  • Las mascarillas de protección son más útiles para prevenir el contagio de enfermedades cuando son utilizadas por las personas que presentan síntomas. Este es el motivo por el cual se le pide a la gente que utilicen mascarillas en las clínicas y hospitales si sufren de tos o estornudo. En estos momentos no existe ninguna recomendación del Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Ventura para la utilización de mascarillas de protección en las escuelas.
  • Los estudiantes de descendencia China que no hayan viajado a China no sufren ningún mayor riesgo de contraer el Virus 2019-nCoV comparados con el resto de los estudiantes.
  • Hasta ahora, el Departamento de Salud Pública de California no ha recomendado la cancelación de ningún evento público.
  • Nos enfocaremos en la limpieza dentro del salón de clase, principalmente en las áreas de alto contacto, tales como las superficies de las mesas, las perillas, los pasamanos y las fuentes de agua para beber utilizando limpiadores que han demostrado ser efectivos contra los virus similares al Corona Virus.
  • Tenemos el compromiso de asegurar que cada escuela tenga suficiente jabón para que todos los estudiantes se laven las manos. Aceptamos las donaciones de desinfectantes a base de alcohol  que usted desee enviar a los maestros, sin embargo les pedimos que los desinfectantes no contengan aromas y pídale a sus hijos que no los compartan con otros estudiantes debido a posibles alergias.
  • Recuérdele a su hijo que no debe compartir su botella de agua con nadie.
  • Recuerde utilizar las precauciones diarias contra los resfriados y la influenza, incluyendo cubrirse la boca al toser, lavarse las manos con agua y jabón y desechar los pañuelos de papel después de utilizarlos.

De lunes a viernes a las 5 de la tarde estaremos enviando información actualizada por medio de correos electrónicos. Si existe información significativa, también incluiremos una llamada de teléfono.

La información relacionada con este tema será publicada en el sitio web de VUSD, en la página de Noticias y Actualizaciones:

(https://www.venturausd.org/About/OurDistrict/NewsUpdates.aspx).

Las preguntas y respuestas más frecuentes relacionadas con este tema también están disponibles en el sitio web del Programa de Servicios de Salud:

https://www.venturausd.org/edserv/EducationalServices/HealthServices.aspx.

 Información pública adicional: 

 
Coronavirus Update 2-28-2020 - Friday, February 28, 2020

Coronavirus Updates 2-28-2020

We want to assure you that VUSD is actively monitoring coronavirus/COVID-19 and are taking steps to maintain safe learning environments for our students and staff. We are working closely with the Ventura County Office of Education and Ventura County Public Health to stay abreast of important information and procedures. We will be taking direction from Ventura County Public Health in regards to protocols we put into place, and we will update our VUSD community on these protocols as they are recommended to us. In line with these partnerships, and our commitment to the overall health and well-being of the community we serve, we share the following information with you:

  • The risk to Ventura County residents is low, and we have no known cases of the Coronavirus in Ventura Unified.
  • There is currently no need to alter regular school schedules and activities.
  • The California Public Health Department is not recommending the cancellation of public events at this time.
  • We will be focusing the cleaning of our classrooms to the high touch areas such as the hard surfaces such as desks, handles, and drinking fountains utilizing cleaners that have shown effectiveness against viruses similar to the Coronavirus.
  • We are dedicated to ensuring each school has enough soap for all students to wash their hands. If you would like to send alcohol-based hand sanitizer with your student to school or donate to teachers, that is welcome, but we request that it be unscented and ask that you remind your students not share due to potential for allergies.
  • If you would like to donate tissue to the classrooms or send with your students, we would welcome that.
  • Please remind your students not to share water bottles.  
  • There is no recommendation by Ventura County Public Health to use masks at this time in the schools. 
  • Remember to use basic cold and flu precautions every day, including covering coughs, washing hands with soap and water, and throwing away tissues after use.
  • We will be updating families Monday-Friday by 5 pm through email. If there is a significant update to make, we will include a phone call.

Information related to this topic will be updated on the VUSD News & Updates page (https://www.venturausd.org/About/OurDistrict/NewsUpdates.aspx).

Health Safety FAQs related to this topic are also available on the Health Services Program webpage https://www.venturausd.org/edserv/EducationalServices/HealthServices.aspx.

 Additional Public Information 

 

Thank you,

Ventura Unified School District


Queremos asegurarle que VUSD está monitoreando activamente el coronavirus / COVID-19 y está tomando medidas para mantener entornos de aprendizaje seguros para nuestros estudiantes y personal. Estamos trabajando estrechamente con la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Ventura y la Salud Pública del Condado de Ventura para estar al tanto de información y procedimientos importantes. Tomaremos instrucciones de la Salud Pública del Condado de Ventura con respecto a los protocolos que implementamos, y actualizaremos a nuestra comunidad VUSD sobre estos protocolos según nos los recomienden. En línea con estas asociaciones y nuestro compromiso con la salud y el bienestar general de la comunidad a la que servimos, compartimos la siguiente información con usted:

 

• El riesgo para los residentes del Condado de Ventura es bajo, y no tenemos casos conocidos de Coronavirus en Ventura Unified.

• Actualmente no hay necesidad de alterar los horarios y actividades escolares regulares.

• El Departamento de Salud Pública de California no recomienda la cancelación de eventos públicos en este momento.

• Enfocaremos la limpieza de nuestras aulas a las áreas de alto contacto, como las superficies duras, como escritorios, manijas y fuentes de agua, utilizando limpiadores que hayan demostrado su eficacia contra virus similares al Coronavirus.

• Estamos dedicados a asegurar que cada escuela tenga suficiente jabón para que todos los estudiantes se laven las manos. Si desea enviar desinfectante de manos a base de alcohol con su estudiante a la escuela o hacer una donación a los maestros, es bienvenido, pero le pedimos que no tenga perfume y le pedimos que recuerde a sus estudiantes que no compartan debido a la posibilidad de alergias.

• Si desea donar pañuelos desechables a las aulas o enviarlos con sus alumnos, lo agradeceremos.

• Recuerde a sus alumnos que no compartan botellas de agua.

• No hay recomendación de Salud Pública del Condado de Ventura para usar máscaras en este momento en las escuelas.

• Recuerde tomar precauciones básicas para el resfriado y la gripe todos los días, como cubrirse la tos, lavarse las manos con agua y jabón y tirar los pañuelos desechables después del uso.

 

Estaremos informando a las familias de lunes a viernes a las 5 p. M. Por correo electrónico. Si hay una actualización significativa que hacer, incluiremos una llamada telefónica.

 

La información relacionada con este tema se actualizará en la página VUSD News & Updates (https://www.venturausd.org/About/OurDistrict/NewsUpdates.aspx).

Las preguntas frecuentes sobre seguridad de la salud relacionadas con este tema también están disponibles en la página web del Programa de Servicios de Salud https://www.venturausd.org/edserv/EducationalServices/HealthServices.aspx.

 

 
Coronavirus Update 2-27-2020/ Información actualizada sobre el Coronavirus 27-2-2020 - Thursday, February 27, 2020

Coronavirus Update 2-27-2020/ Información actualizada sobre el Coronavirus 27-2-2020

Awareness and prevention are key in combatting colds, flu, and the potential for Coronavirus. The following is an update on current guidelines that are in place for those students who have traveled to China, other important updates and tips on preventing the spread of the Coronavirus.

School Preparedness and Response

  • Previously released guidelines, available here, regarding students who have traveled to China remain valid.
  • There is currently no need to alter normal school schedules and activities.
  • Should the virus spread to Ventura County, the decision whether or not school closures are necessary will come from Ventura County Public Health or district superintendents.

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

Standard precautions to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as cold and flu apply to COVID-19. These include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.
  • Get vaccinated for flu every year.

When there are additional details to share about the Coronavirus we will continue to do so.



Información actualizada sobre el Coronavirus 27-2-2020

La conprensión y la prevención son claves para combatir los resfriados, la gripe y el potencial del coronavirus. La siguiente es una actualización de las directivas más receintes para aquellos estudiantes que han viajado a China, otras notificaciones importantes y consejos para prevenir la propagación del Coronavirus.

 Preparación y respuesta escolar •

  • En este sitio del web se pueden encontrar Las directrices publicadas anteriormente con respecto a los estudiantes que han viajado a China y que siguen siendo válidas,.
  •  Actualmente no hay necesidad de alterar los horarios y actividades escolares normales.
  •  En caso de que el virus se propague al Condado de Ventura, la decisión de si el cierre de las escuelas es necesario o no vendrá de la Salud Pública del Condado de Ventura o de los superintendentes del distrito.  

Prevención de la propagación de COVID-19

Las precauciones estándar para prevenir la propagación de enfermedades infecciosas como el resfriado y la gripe se aplican a COVID-19. Éstos incluyen:

• Lávese las manos con frecuencia con agua y jabón por al menos 20 segundos. Si no hay agua y jabón disponibles, use un desinfectante para manos a base de alcohol.

• Evite tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca con las manos sin lavar.

• Evite el contacto cercano con personas que están enfermas.

• Quédese en casa cuando esté enfermo.

• Cúbrase la tos o estornude con un pañuelo desechable, luego tírelo a la basura.

• Limpie y desinfecte objetos y superficies que se tocan con frecuencia.

• Las personas con problemas de salud crónicos y / o las personas que experimentan síntomas graves deben ser evaluadas por un profesional médico.

• Vacúnese contra la gripe todos los años.

Continuaremos comunicando conn nuestras familias cuando haya detalles adicionales para compartir sobre el Coronavirus,

 

 
Skullbreaker challenge (aka Trip Jump)/El reto “Quiebra cráneos” o “Brinca y tropieza” - Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Skullbreaker challenge (aka Trip Jump)/El reto “Quiebra cráneos” o “Brinca y tropieza”

 

Attn: VUSD Families: While we usually do not comment or forward social media “challenges,” we wanted to give you a heads up about a dangerous social media prank that is seriously injuring students around the country. There have been no known incidents of The Skullbreaker Challenge, also called the Trip Jump Challenge, in VUSD, but many of our students are seeing this “challenge” on TikTok, YouTube, and other social media platforms. The challenge can only happen at the expense of an unsuspecting person – some of whom are ending up with concussions, stitches, and broken bones, which is why we are bringing this to your attention.

What is the Skullbreaker Challenge?

  • Three people stand side-by-side
  • The two people on either end will trick the middle person into jumping or dancing with them to make a social media video
  • Then, they kick the unsuspecting person’s feet out from under him/her forcing the victim to fall on the ground
  • There are reports of kids around the world being hospitalized with other injuries after attempting this
  • The pranks are often posted to social media- primarily TikTok and YouTube

We are asking for parent/guardian help with regard to educating your student about their digital presence and then monitoring it. We have had an uptick over the last few years with social media posts made by our students that would make you cringe with some including direct threats to others. We understand that our students are still children and many will make mistakes; however, some of these mistakes will lead them into disciplinary action at school, potential involvement by the Ventura Police Department or potentially with them hurting someone else. We will be addressing this issue in several ways, including a Parent Education Workshop in the spring, but in the meantime, we recommend the following site for more information, https://www.commonsensemedia.org/social-media


El reto “Quiebra cráneos” o “Brinca y tropieza” (Skullbreaker challenge o Trip Jump)

Atención a las familias de VUSD: Normalmente no mencionamos ni hacemos comentarios referentes a los “retos” publicados en los medios sociales, sin embargo deseamos advertirles sobre una broma o jugarreta peligrosa que existe en los medios sociales y que está causando lesiones serias a los estudiantes en toda la nación. Hasta hoy, en VUSD no hemos tenido incidentes del reto “Quiebra cráneos”, también conocido como “Brinca y tropieza” (Skullbreaker challenge o Trip Jump, en inglés), pero muchos de nuestros estudiantes están presenciando este “reto” en TikTok, YouTube y otras plataformas de los medios sociales. Dicha broma solo se le puede hacer a una persona que no sospecha lo que va a suceder, y algunos de ellos terminan con contusiones cerebrales, puntadas y huesos rotos, y por ese motivo deseamos que ustedes estén conscientes de esto.

¿Qué es el reto “Quiebra cráneos”?

  • Tres personas se alinean lado a lado.
  • Las dos personas que están en los extremos harán que la persona de en medio salte o baile junto con ellos para grabar un video y publicarlo en los medios sociales.
  • Después patearán los pies de la persona de en medio, lo que hará que él o ella caiga de espaldas hacia el piso.
  • Ya ha habido reportes en todo el mundo de jóvenes hospitalizados con varias lesiones después de intentar esto.
  • Estas bromas a menudo se publican en los medios sociales, principalmente en TikTok y YouTube.

Estamos pidiendo que los padres y tutores legales ayuden a educar a sus estudiantes y que vigilen su uso de los medios digitales de comunicación. En los últimos años hemos visto un incremento de mensajes publicados por nuestros estudiantes en los medios sociales, muchos de los cuales son vergonzosos e incluyen amenazas hacia los demás. Comprendemos que nuestros estudiantes aún son niños jóvenes y muchos de ellos cometerán errores. Sin embargo, algunos de sus errores les provocarán serios problemas en la escuela o probablemente ocasionarán daño a otros o a ellos mismos. Nosotros confrontaremos este asunto de varias maneras, incluyendo talleres educativos para padres durante la primavera, pero por el momento, les recomendamos que visiten este sitio web para más información: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/social-medi

 
Ventura Unified Receives $2.2 Million in Grant Funding - Monday, February 24, 2020

Ventura Unified Receives $2.2 Million in Grant Funding

In 2018, the California legislature introduced the K12 Strong Workforce Program (SWP) grant to support Career Technical Education (CTE) connections between the Community Colleges and K-12 Districts. The Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) was notified on February 20, 2020, of their $2.2 million award.

"When I began as the Chief Innovation Officer for VUSD eight months ago, my priority was to evaluate CTE needs for the District and determine how we could improve. Writing grants was a must to advance CTE opportunities for students. We know that most students will work at some point in their lives, and they need practical skills to earn a living wage in our local economy,” stated VUSD Chief Innovation Officer, Rebecca Chandler.

The first grant for $740,120 is a Farm-Lab Grant. Agriculture is a $42 billion industry in Ventura County, and VUSD will ensure that students are ready to succeed in this large local industry.  From this grant, the district will build a five-acre farm on the lot behind Pacific High School. Current plans include an aquaponics lab, two classrooms, a front office area, a large greenhouse, and several acres of row crops. Two pathways, Plant and Soil Science and Agricultural Business will be taught in the Farm-Lab.  The Farm-Lab will be open for Ojai Unified School District (OUSD) and VUSD K-12. K-8 will complete project-based lessons in math and science infused in agriculture. The funding will also support improving the existing Agriculture Pathway at Ventura High School. 

The second grant for $1,504,300 is a Skilled Trades Grant. In partnership with OUSD and Oxnard Union High School District (OUHSD), the Skilled Trades Grant will fund the following pathways: robotics, welding, building and construction, manufacturing, and automotive in middle and high schools. This will include a position for direct support of these pathways and pay for equipment, consumables, and work-based learning experiences. 

"We are proud of the collaboration with our adjoining districts and the business partners' support of these grants. Every day we are challenging ourselves in new ways to bring innovation to the classroom, and these grants will go a long way in allowing us to succeed in that endeavor," stated Dr. Roger Rice, Superintendent.

VUSD is actively seeking industry partners to help guide and develop both skilled trades and the VUSD Farm-Lab. If interested, reach out to Rebecca Chandler, VUSD Chief Innovation Officer at 805-641-5000, x1033. 

 
Festival of Talent Celebrates Ventura Talent - Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Festival of Talent Celebrates Ventura Talent

February 18, 2020- The public is invited to join the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) and the Kiwanis Club as they move “Full Steam Ahead” with this year’s Festival of Talent event. This live musical performance celebrates the arts and benefits, VUSD students. The event will take place in the auditorium at Ventura High School, located at 2 N. Catalina Dr., in Ventura on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 7 pm.

 

“Festival of Talent supports the character of a well-rounded student, raising funds to increase the arts and to introduce students to community service through meaningful volunteer and leadership opportunities. Equally important, this fantastic show itself enhances these qualities by introducing the performers to professional directors, musicians, stage crew, sound managers, technical directors, and an audience of over 1,000. It is truly exciting,” stated Bart Bleuel, Festival of Talent Chairperson.

 

The show, professionally directed by Beverly and Kirby Ward and with musical director, Miriam Arichea, will feature a wide range of dynamic performances; including a big production opening, singing, dancing, and specialty acts, including a nail-biting aerial trapeze performance last year. This signature event shines light on the talent of more than 150 performers, including students, staff, and teachers from Ventura. It attracts hundreds of Venturans looking for a professional level, live performance that has been touted as one of the best shows of the year. Behind the scenes are 50 volunteers, professional directors, sound and lighting experts, stage crew, and more. General admission tickets are available at https://festivaloftalent.org/  for $10 or $25 for reserved seating. General admission tickets can also be purchased at the door for $15.

 

“The talent on stage is always incredible, and the production flawless. This event highlights the amazing work our students and staff do in our schools to elevate the arts daily. The arts are not just an elective at Ventura Unified, we are dedicated to ensuring our students have a well-rounded education where every student can find their passion as they move towards their future goals,” stated Dr. Roger Rice, VUSD Superintendent.

 

 
7-11 Advisory Committee Update - Wednesday, February 19, 2020

7-11 Committee Update

February 18, 2020- The Ventura Unified School District’s 7-11 Advisory Committee met on Feb. 18, 2020. This group has been meeting for the last few months to consider how best to recommend potential uses for District property to the Board of Education in advance of a possible Bond Measure being considered for the November 2020 ballot. The process that this committee is going through is a required process that involves a community constituted committee charged with the responsibility of making such recommendations. After site visits and discussions, the committee is now at a point where they are voting on recommendations for surplus property.

The District requested input from the committee on nine District-owned properties that have unique aspects for potential consideration by the committee. Those properties are:

Vacant and Leased Properties
-Avenue School (vacant)
 -Sudden Estate (leased)
-Jewett Estate (leased)
 -Washington School (leased)

 Properties with Potential for Alternative Uses
-Washington School-unused portion of field
-Loma Vista Elementary- unused portion of field
-Will Rogers Elementary- unused portion of field
-ATLAS Elementary- unused portion of field
-Anacapa Middle School- YMCA Proposal
-Education Service Center- Multiple options

At their Feb. 18, 2020 meeting, the 7-11 Advisory Committee voted to remove three sites from consideration of being declared as surplus. Those three sites are ATLAS (7-0 vote), Will Rogers (7-0 vote), and Loma Vista (7-1 vote).

The committee voted to recommend declaring two properties as surplus. Those sites are the vacant Avenue School (7-0 vote) and the Education Service Center, where the District offices are currently located (7-0 vote).

Still under consideration for the 7-11 Advisory Committee are two farm plots on the east end of town, Sudden Estate and Jewett Estate. In addition, portions of Anacapa Middle School’s field, parking lot, and tennis courts are still in consideration for alternative use recommendation. The YMCA was present to answer questions and address its ideas for future expansion on portions of the Anacapa campus and will be present at a follow-up meeting to provide a detailed presentation and answer questions of the community and staff of Anacapa.

Finally, the Washington School, which had previously been declared surplus, will be reviewed by the committee to determine if the committee wants to recommend a particular use for portions or all of the site going forward.

The next meeting of the committee will be held on Thurs., Mar. 5, at 5:30 pm, with a location to be determined.

The plan will be for the committee to make a final report and presentation to the Ventura Unified School District Board of Education with its recommendations sometime this spring. The Board has its own process for considering alternative uses but will consider the committee’s non-binding recommendations moving forward.

To view agendas, minutes, and supporting information, visit https://www.venturausd.org/business/BusinessServices/7-11AdvisoryCommittee.aspx.

 
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