Back to School Update from the Superintendent, Dr. Escobedo

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Chula Vista Elementary School District
2020-21 School Year, Newsletter Issue #2
Message from the Superintendent

How Distance Learning Will Be Different This Time

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff Members:

The unprecedented disruption to public education that occurred when schools closed in mid-March is still being felt today. As you may be aware, the Chula Vista Elementary School District will begin the school year on August 31 in a distance learning instructional model. This decision was made with the safety of our entire school community in mind. While I know some of you had disappointing first impressions of distance learning based on your spring experience, I also know of parents who reported that their children had great experiences in distance learning. Still others are concerned about uneven, perhaps inequitable roll out of distance learning in the new school year.

I am dedicating this week’s message to address how off-campus instruction in a distance learning instructional model will be different this school year.

Microsoft Office 365 will continue to be the primary platform in which instruction and connection with students will be made; therefore, all teachers will continue to be offered multiple, ongoing trainings on the Microsoft Teams component of the Office 365 platform. Additional professional development will continue to be provided throughout the year. And in response to student and families’ technological needs, the District will continue to take a research-based, phased approach to loaning of devices and WiFi hotspots to those who need them. In fact, we are planning to deploy more devices within the next month.

Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that schools are to be closed to in-person instruction until public health data indicates it is safe to return. His announcement aligned with our approach and centered on five key areas:

  1. Safe in-person school instruction based on local health data
  2. Strong mask requirements for anyone in the school
  3. Physical distancing requirements & other adaptations
  4. Regular testing and dedicated contact tracing for outbreaks at schools
  5. Rigorous distance learning

In regard to rigorous distance learning, under newly enacted state law, school districts are required to provide:

  • Devices and connectivity so that every child can participate in distance learning
  • Daily live interaction for every child with teachers and other students
  • Class assignments that are challenging and equivalent to in-person instruction
  • Targeted supports and interventions for English learners and special education students.

With those considerations in mind, CVESD will host a Summer Learning Camp from August 10 – 21 in a distance learning model. The Summer Learning Camp will serve students who were selected and invited to attend based on assessment data from earlier this spring, which indicated a need for intervention and to address possible learning loss.

The Summer Learning Camp will include a rigorous instructional day for students through a structured daily schedule. The instructional day will include direct instruction in language arts and/or mathematics, with support provided in small group and one-on-one interaction. Research-based practices, and intervention materials aligned to the adopted curriculum will be used. Click here to learn more about what the instructional day will look like for our Summer Learning Camp. This program includes some parameters defined within Assembly Bill 77 (AB 77) that significantly increases academic rigor and requirements for student-teacher engagement.

Take comfort in knowing that the criteria within AB 77 will be fully implemented in this year’s distance learning, which ensures content will be aligned to grade level standards and is provided at a level of quality and intellectual challenge substantially equivalent to in-person instruction. Click here to view a visual representation of what this entails.

A Task Force on Reopening Schools is meeting continually to improve on our practices for safe reopening of campuses, and ensure that CVESD starts the upcoming school year with challenging and engaging class assignments for all students.

We all share the governor’s belief that “Learning is non-negotiable,” and that school districts must provide meaningful instruction in the midst of the pandemic. The governor also made clear that schools located in counties that are on the Monitoring List must not physically open for in-person instruction until their county has come off the list for 14 consecutive days. As of this writing, San Diego County remains on the Monitoring List.

Like our students and dedicated staff, I look forward to that date when we are able to return to campuses for in-person instruction. I also know that safety is paramount. As we prepare to start the year in distance learning, take a moment to view these tips for “Virtual Learning at Home” in English and Spanish. Thank you to those who have already provided input via our recently emailed survey. If you have not yet responded, there is still time. Click here to participate. I will share the survey results in my next newsletter, as well as greater detail on what a school day might look like when the academic year begins on August 31.

Sincerely,

Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.
Superintendent

YouTube Videos

The Quick 3 in CVESD - Alexis Downey Beadle

CVESD Interview with
Alexis Downey Beadle

Need some ideas to keep the learning going this summer? Hear from Alexis Downey Beadle, a resource specialist at Salt Creek Elementary and one of our District Teachers of the Year. Ms. Downey Beadle shares how important it is to address students’ social emotional needs, having conversations about what they are reading, and even taking a “virtual field trip” to a national park.
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IMPORTANT CVESD Survey

Dear Juarez-Lincoln Parents/Guardians:

The Chula Vista Elementary School District will begin the 2020-21 school year on August 31 in a distance learning instructional model with no classes occurring at school sites.

Your input is REQUIRED via our informational survey in order to ensure CVESD and Juarez-Lincoln are responsive to the needs of our community.

We understand that circumstances may change and your responses today may be different in the future. Click here to access the survey or cut and paste the following into your web browser:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=DG566I7Aska7c0XdByuqM8KGo8t-ZBdAuBAGOXX6uaZURUdXOVpUT0w5MzlYODFLRUFPUVQ1OE1aTi4u

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

 

July 15, 2020- CVESD Superintendent Update, 2020-2021 School Year

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Chula Vista Elementary School District
2020-21 School Year, Newsletter Issue #1
Message from the Superintendent

School Year to Start in Distance Learning Model

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff Members:

I hope your summer is off to a great start and that your families remain healthy and safe. Since March, our community has stood together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by staying home. This time with family reminds me that “Education Starts in the Home.” And given today’s reality, so does safety. Last year, our theme was “Nurturing Relationships Through Grit” and our staff, students and community persevered throughout a difficult period completing the school year in previously unimagined ways. For the coming school year, our theme calls on our community again by “Nurturing Relationships Through Greatness.”

Since our schools closed on March 13, 2020, the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) staff supported our students and community through many initiatives. Child Nutrition Services team members provided food service to our families in need. District teachers adapted education to provide distance learning to finish the 2019-20 school year while providing meaningful social emotional support for our students. I am so thankful for the professionalism and effort provided by our employees!

We are anxious to bring students and staff back to school for in-person instruction, but we must do so in a safe manner. Reopening campuses requires a great deal of planning and preparation, and many expenses that would not have been necessary under normal circumstances.

When the 2020-21 school year begins on August 31, it will be in a distance learning format. We will continue to work towards transitioning to in-person instruction but will only do so when guidance from local health officials supports a safe transition back to learning on site in classrooms. We know that many parents, students, staff, and community members are disappointed by this decision and we understand that this will complicate many individual family situations.

When students return to campus for in-person instruction, learning will look much different than previous years because of new health and safety measures. With safety goals always in mind, our leadership team, teachers, bargaining group representatives, parents, and community members are actively collaborating on a school reopening plan that will guide us on how to safely reopen our 46 campuses. At the suggestion of Board Members and a request from Board President Armando Farías, a Task Force on Reopening Schools was established to help us gather input and suggestions on guidelines and protocols in order to provide a strong continuity of learning for our students.

Even though the 2020-21 school year will begin with distance learning, it is important to know that our District will continue developing plans to transition into either a hybrid learning model; which is a combination of in-person instruction and distance learning, or into a full in-person instructional model. In fact, there are three learning models CVESD could possibly offer during the 2020-21 school year, which are:

  • Distance Learning: During High Risk Level
    • 100% of the learning occurs while the teacher and the student are in different locations.
    • Includes many new components such as daily live interaction with the teacher, and instruction that is aligned to grade level standards, provided at a level of quality and intellectual challenge substantially equivalent to in-person instruction.
    • Other criteria for delivering instruction in a distance learning model has been outlined in Assembly Bill 77, which also includes a requirement for a minimum number of daily instructional minutes, depending on the student’s grade level.
  • Hybrid Learning: During Medium Risk Level
    • A combination of in-person and distance learning. There are many variations of what a hybrid model could look like. Hybrid instructional scenarios would be designed to reduce the number of students on campus up to 50%.
    • 100% distance learning would also be an option offered to students who feel safer learning at home.
  • In-person Instruction: During Low Risk Level
    • 100% of the learning occurs at school, in the classroom with the teacher. Distancing norms and safety protocols would be in place.
    • 100% distance learning would also be an option offered to students who feel safer learning at home.

If at any point in the school year, conditions worsen and Public Health orders the closure of schools, CVESD will be prepared to move back into a distance learning or hybrid model at any time.

Again, all students will start the coming school year in the 100% Distance Learning model. To address circumstances in which families cannot sustain 100% distance learning at home, and have no other option other than to send students to school for the entire school day, CVESD will need to be advised in advance by the parents/guardians. We are actively exploring childcare options for families who must have students in school full time.

Once it is safe to transition into a hybrid model or an in-person instructional model, CVESD will need to determine how many students would prefer to remain in a 100% distance learning model. Therefore, on Friday, July 17, 2020, the District will send registration information to families so that they may choose the educational option that best fits their needs and comfort level.

In addition to the above options, the District is working to develop enrichment materials for all of our students to reduce any lost education opportunities during this health emergency. For parents who are concerned about the impacts of the virus on their student(s), we hope the distance learning model provides a level of comfort. We know that the process of returning to school while adapting to either in-person or online instruction, along with a host of new procedures, will be challenging for everyone in our school communities. But, as we have done throughout this ordeal, we will work together, persevere, and ensure our students are supported in every way possible.

When schools do reopen their doors, up-to-date safety protocols set forth by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will be in place. Guidelines and protocols adapt frequently based on the status of the local community. Based on what is known at this time:

  • Students are fully expected to wear face coverings; employees are required to wear face coverings. We plan to provide supervised breaks and outdoor time where students can temporarily remove their masks.
  • Handwashing and hygiene will be regularly enforced.
  • Daily disinfection of classrooms will occur.
  • Daily health screenings and temperature checks will occur.
  • Physical distancing will be in place within the classroom to the extent possible and following state/local guidelines.

Between now and the beginning of the school year, the District will be communicating frequently. Additional information on changes to our school environment will be shared with you prior to the start of school.

I want to reiterate the pride I have for our community and its response to the ongoing epidemic. The events that began to unfold in March and have continued have created enormous challenges and we as a school district are here to help support our families, staff, and community during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Donations

Book Donation

A book lover’s dream came true. CVESD recently received a truckload of books, thanks to The Molina Foundation and the coordination efforts of the San Diego Council on Literacy. The truck contained 24 pallets—with 35,333 books! The Great San Diego Book Giveaway / La Gran Entrega de Libros de San Diego is a multi-agency effort to get books into the hands of San Diego kids this summer. District staff are curating the books, ensuring the books are age-appropriate for the intended recipients. More information on distribution will be forthcoming. #letsreadsd #greatsandiegobookgiveaway #lagranentregadelibrosdesandiego

Laptop Donation

Additional digital access for 100 needy students will be made possible, thanks to Cox Communications and Computers 2 Kids, San Diego – C2SDK. The two community-minded organizations provided 100 laptops for distribution at no cost to students for families in need in our District. The laptops arrived recently, and will be rolled out as part of the new school year. Thank you, Cox and C2K. Learn more about their respective programs here:

Connect2Compete

Computers 2 Kids

YouTube Videos

The Quick 3 in CVESD - Margarita Holguin

CVESD Interview with
Margarita Holguin

Learn how our District supports families during moments of crisis and need, thanks to the Chula Vista Community Collaborative. A special shout out to Margarita Holguin, who recently retired as CVCC executive director.

CVESD Interview with
Meg Rabine

This former District Teacher of the Year admits it took her awhile to adjust to distance teaching, but the Clear View Elementary educator has created a successful model for others to emulate.

The Quick 3 In CVESD with Meg Rabine
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JL Update: June 12, 2020

Hello Juarez-Lincoln families,

I hope everyone is enjoying the first week of summer break.

CVESD is finalizing plans for the 2020-21 school year. At this time, CVESD has targeted Monday, August 31, as the date students will begin school. Rest assured that our school district is currently working on safety protocols to ensure our schools are ready to safely re-open.

At Juarez-Lincoln, we believe Black Lives Matter. We are dedicated to embodying this truth in our words and our actions. We are listening and learning so we can make tangible change in our community and in the world.

Thank you everyone and have a relaxing summer break.

Mr. Pollack, Principal

Sunday Messenger, June 7, 2020

Hello Juarez-Lincoln families,

I hope everyone’s summer break is off to a healthy start.

I wanted to share my appreciation for everyone’s collective efforts in adapting to school closures this school year.  Though school closures have caused unprecedented changes in many of our lives, I have heard many success stories of new and innovative ways teachers and students connected to keep learning alive and well. Thanks again to teachers, parents, and students for working as partners as we overcome this pandemic together.

Moving forward, we still do not have the exact return date for the 2020-2021 school year.  This topic will be addressed at the upcoming June CVESD Board meeting.  Once we have that date and other important information, I will communicate it to the Juarez-Lincoln community via School Messenger and on our website, www.JuarezLincolnSchool.com.

 

New Registrations & Transfers

Returning students who are not on zone transfers do not need to register for the 2020-2021 school year. New registration and transfers can be completed at http://www.Cvesd.org.  Click the “Parents” icon, then click the “Welcome to Parent Enrollment” link, then click “Online Enrollment” or “School Transfers”.

If you need assistance, please call our main office at 619-690-9222 through June 16, 2020.

Library Books

Thank you to all the families that returned their library books last week! We still have over 200 library books checked out to students, In order for next year’s students to access a rich variety of quality books in our beautiful school library, we are requesting that ALL checked out library books be returned to Juarez-Lincoln on the following dates:

Book Return Date:

  • Monday & Tuesday,     June 8 & 9,    8:00am-4:30pm

Drive-up and drop-off books in the large Home Depot BOX in the drop-off zone near the main office. 

This will be the final opportunity to return books until we reopen next year.

We Need Your Input: Parent Survey on Distance Learning Plan and School Reopening

With the current school year winding down under distance learning, plans for the next school year are being developed with a number of possible reopening plans under consideration. We understand that every family has a unique situation, whether health status, or comfort level in regard to reopening campuses. This brief, but important survey will help guide us as we consider staffing needs and models for teaching whether physically in person in a classroom, online in a virtual classroom, or a combination of both. The purpose of this SURVEY is to measure your experience and the experience of your child(ren) this 2019-20 academic year, and to assist schools in planning for the 2020-21 school year. The survey takes just a few minutes. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

 

Meal Distribution

Juarez-Lincoln will continue distributing meals this week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. District and school staff will distribute meals from 10am-12pm. Meals are intended for children between the ages of 1 to 18 and child must be present. When you pull up, please open the trunk of your vehicle and a CNS Staff will place the meal in your trunk.

 

As always, thank you for your partnership and support. I wish everyone a safe and relaxing summer. Please take good care and we look forward to seeing everyone in the 2020-2021 school year!

 

Warm regards,

 

Robert Pollack, Principal

Library Books

Thanks again to all the families that have returned their library books! We still have over 450 library books checked out to students, In order for next year’s students to access a rich variety of quality books in our beautiful school library, we are requesting that ALL checked out library books be returned to Juarez-Lincoln.

Extended Book Return Date:

  • Tuesday and Wednesday,     June 2 & 3,    7:30am-5:00pm

Drive-up and drop-off books in the large Home Depot BOX in the drop-off zone near the main office.

Thank you!

Mr. Pollack

JL Messenger: Week of June 1-3, 2020

Hello Juarez-Lincoln families.

I hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful weather this weekend.

We are now in the final week of the school year! The last day of the school year for students in June 3. Our continued goal is to keep student learning alive and well until health officials determine that our school is safe to reopen. We will continue providing access to flexible academic opportunities to  extent possible this week through Distance Learning.

 

We Need Your Input: Parent Survey on Distance Learning Plan and School Reopening

With the current school year winding down under distance learning, plans for the next school year are being developed with a number of possible reopening plans under consideration. We understand that every family has a unique situation, whether health status, or comfort level in regard to reopening campuses. This brief, but important survey will help guide us as we consider staffing needs and models for teaching whether physically in person in a classroom, online in a virtual classroom, or a combination of both. The purpose of this SURVEY is to measure your experience and the experience of your child(ren) this 2019-20 academic year, and to assist schools in planning for the 2020-21 school year. The survey takes just a few minutes. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Library Books

Thank you to all the families that returned their library books last week! We still have over 500 library books checked out to students, In order for next year’s students to access a rich variety of quality books in our beautiful school library, we are requesting that ALL checked out library books be returned to Juarez-Lincoln on the following dates:

Book Return Date:

  • Monday,     June 1    11:00am-4:00pm

Drive-up and drop-off books in the large Home Depot BOX in the drop-off zone near the main office. 

 

Juarez-Lincoln Office to Open Phone Lines!

Juarez-Lincoln Office staff will be answering phones beginning June 1. Please give us a call at 619-690-9222 if you have any questions regarding registration and zone transfers!

 

Meal Distribution

Juarez-Lincoln will continue distributing meals this week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. District and school staff will distribute meals from 10am-12pm. Meals are intended for children between the ages of 1 to 18 and child must be present. When you pull up, please open the trunk of your vehicle and a CNS Staff will place the meal in your trunk.

 

As always, thank you for your partnership and support. I look forward to the day we are back on campus together.

 

Warm regards,

 

Robert Pollack, Principal

Time to return JL Library Books!

 
Hello JL Families,
We have over 800 library books checked out!
In order for next year’s students to access a rich variety of quality books in our beautiful school library, we are requesting that ALL checked out library books be returned to Juarez-Lincoln on the following dates:

 

Book Return Dates:

  • Thursday,  May 28   11:00am-1:00pm
  • Monday,     June 1    11:00am-4:00pm
Drive-up and drop-off books in the large Home Depot BOX in the drop-off zone near the main office.
Thank you!
-Mr. Pollack, Principal
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JL Sunday Messenger: Week of May 25-29, 2020

 

Hello Juarez-Lincoln families.

I hope everyone is enjoying the long three-day weekend.  In honor of Memorial Day, we’d like to acknowledge the courage and legacies of the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military.

We are almost now at the end of the school year and in week 8 of Distance Learning!  Our continued goal is to keep student learning alive and well until health officials determine that our school is safe to reopen. We will continue providing access to flexible academic opportunities to  extent possible this week through Distance Learning.

What next?

There are many questions related to what learning may look like at Juarez-Lincoln next year as we strive to safely overcome the pandemic. You may be wondering when the next school year will begin. Will it begin in July? August? September? You may be wondering what school and learning will look like.  

Our school district leadership is currently working with multiple stakeholders to establish guidelines in key areas so that our schools can safely reopen.  Some of these areas include, school calendars, daily schedules, social-emotional wellness, safety guidelines, budget, and blended learning approaches.  

As this important information becomes available, I will share it via School Messenger email and on our school website.  You can visit our website and sign up for our blog at JuarezLincolnSchool.com.

 

Learning Packets

The CVESD has now made optional and downloadable PDF Distance Learning Packets for students in all grades. Curriculum packets may be used with/without technology. Each packet is intended to last two weeks (10 school days). 

CLICK HERE to access the Distance Learning Packets.

 

Parent Tech Helpline

Our District has also established a Parent Helpline to provide technical support with Microsoft Office 365 and Teams, as well as assistance for District-adopted online programs (i.e. Achieve 3000). Office hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Parents may call if they need support with these tools and an IT team member will assist them. You may need to leave a message during peak times but please be reassured that someone will contact you as soon as possible. The parent helpline number is 619-409-6638.

To view our District’s updates related to COVID-19 and Distance Learning, please CLICK HERE.

 

Grade 6 Promotion Drive-Thru Promotion Ceremony

Due to school closures, we will not have our traditional sixth grade promotion ceremony this school year, but Juarez-Lincoln will recognize our promoting sixth grade students this year in a Drive-Thru Promotion Ceremony.  The event will be on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 3:00pm.  You may see some traffic on Twining Avenue and neighboring streets.  

We are so proud of our sixth-grade students. Well done Eagles!

 

Meal Distribution

Juarez-Lincoln will continue distributing meals this week on Wednesday and Friday. District and school staff will distribute meals from 10am-12pm. Meals are intended for children between the ages of 1 to 18 and child must be present. When you pull up, please open the trunk of your vehicle and a CNS Staff will place the meal in your trunk.

 

As always, thank you for your partnership and support. I look forward to the day we are back on campus together.

 

Warm regards,

 

Robert Pollack, Principal