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Important Update from Superintendent Regarding Re-opening of Schools - July 20th
Posted 7/20/20

Hello Scotts Valley Community,


As you know, we’ve been working throughout the summer on reopening plans based on the most recent guidelines and directives. In June, we prepared for higher restrictions for our  reopening plans, given the current guidance at that time.  At the end of June, we were told to work toward returning with medium restrictions. The survey we sent out Wednesday, July 15th, provided us good information regarding families preferring full time distance instruction or partial in-person instruction. Last Friday, July 17th, Governor Newsom announced additional and updated criteria for the reopening of schools, which would require us to prepare to shift again. An important directive that he gave was that no school can re-open for in-person instruction if the County has been on the State Watchlist within the prior 14 days. We have been informed that this week Santa Cruz County is going to be placed on the State Watchlist. Therefore, we are being asked to prepare for the start of the school year with fully remote instruction. 


I apologize for the back-and-forth messaging regarding the reopening of school, but please know we are responding to each new set of guidelines and directives provided as quickly as possible. We are continuing to assess survey results, and will use the feedback to help us plan for the possibility of students returning in person.  However, our focus now has to be on preparing for the high probability of the start of school with fully remote instruction.


Thank you for your patience as we continue to move forward. We will be in communication again once we have more clarity on the numerous details regarding our reopening options.


Please read the attached letter from the County Superintendents, which contains important information as well as embedded links to additional information.


Tanya Krause

SVUSD Superintedent