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Update from SVUSD - Please Read
Posted 3/20/20

Dear Scotts Valley Community,


I’m providing you another update as we prepare to launch our online learning district-wide starting Monday, March 23.  Please read the linked letter that has been crafted collectively from the County Superintendents.


I would like to express my deep appreciation and gratitude for all of the hard work accomplished this week by teachers, support staff, site administrators, and the district office, who all have continued to work throughout the week to prepare for online learning next week. We have been working tirelessly, while also trying to do our best to adhere to social distancing and holding several meetings using Zoom and Google platforms.


Our goal is to support continuous learning, even when schools are closed. Every site principal has been in communication with their parent community. We have distributed Chromebooks for student use for those in need. We are providing breakfast and lunch daily for our students, being distributed at Scotts Valley High School Monday through Friday, 10 AM to noon.


For the next two weeks, teachers will provide instruction through online platforms. Teachers will be available remotely during the school day, using the Google Suite through Google Classroom, corresponding through email, and participating in virtual meetings. We are partnering with parents to support students by ensuring they are set up to participate daily. Help your child set up a work area, encourage them when they are struggling, and for the younger students, help them navigate the lessons. We understand that the ability of families to support their children varies, so please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher for ideas and help. 


Up to this point, we only have essential staff members remaining at school sites and in the district office. As the situation progresses, that might need to change.  We are doing our best to be able to maintain services to families, but in order to protect all of our staff, we may need to rely only on electronic communication for a while.


These types of circumstances create a unifying feeling, as we are all in this together. I appreciate all of the offers for assistance and creative instructional activities that are being suggested for children. This is a new experience for all of us, and it is imperative that we work together to help each of our valuable children succeed. 


Please take good care of yourselves, as your children need you.  We will make it through this, and we will become stronger because of it.


Handshakes and hugs through the internet,


Tanya Krause, Superintendent