Plan for Next School Year: In-Person Instruction as We Explore a ‘Virtual Academy’ Option
As you may know, students in the Chula Vista Elementary School District are scheduled to start the next school year on Wednesday, July 21. It is our intention to start the 2021-22 academic year with full-day, in-person instruction for five days a week. Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that the state is preparing for a full reopening of California’s economy on June 15—ending the “tier” system of restrictions that also had impacted schools. I do expect that a number of safety and cleaning protocols we currently have in place will continue in alignment with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please understand that CDC’s guidance can change rapidly, as we have witnessed throughout the pandemic. We will inform you of any new developments.
It is also important to note that the distance learning instructional format is scheduled to expire at the end of the current 2020-21 school year, in accordance with California law.
While we look forward to bringing all of our staff members and students back for traditional in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year, we are aware of parent interest in their children continuing in an online instructional model, similar to distance learning. In order to provide such an educational option for our students/families, the District is exploring the development of a virtual school/online academy. Such a platform will provide live instruction in real time with teachers being able to provide instant feedback as well as online opportunities where students complete assignments on their own time.
We will survey parents to determine the level of interest in this alternative to traditional in-person instruction. A preliminary proposal envisions a Districtwide “virtual academy” that would not necessarily be tied to or associated with a student’s school of residence. I welcome any of your comments or novel ideas regarding this option. Please click on this link to access the survey, which will remain open until May 10.
To reiterate, it is our intention to offer full-time, in-person instruction while also offering a virtual academy model for those who prefer this option to in-person instruction.
Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.
Apreciables padres y tutores:
Como se habrán enterado, los estudiantes del Distrito de Escuelas Primarias de Chula Vista están programados para comenzar el próximo ciclo escolar el miércoles, 21 de julio. Es nuestra intención comenzar el año académico 2021-22 con instrucción en persona de día completo los cinco días de la semana. El Gobernador Gavin Newson ha anunciado que el estado se está preparando para la reapertura total de la economía de California el 15 de junio, poniendo fin al sistema de restricciones de “niveles” que también ha afectado a las escuelas. Espero que la serie de protocolos de seguridad y limpieza que actualmente tenemos en vigor continúen alineados con las recomendaciones de los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC). Por favor comprenda que las pautas de CDC pueden cambiar rápidamente, tal como lo hemos atestiguado durante la pandemia. Los mantendremos informados de cualquier novedad.
También es importante tener en cuenta que el formato de instrucción de educación a distancia está programado para terminar al final del ciclo escolar actual 2020-21, de conformidad con la ley de California.
Mientras esperamos tener a todos nuestros miembros del personal y estudiantes de regreso a la tradicional instrucción en persona para el ciclo escolar 2021-22, estamos conscientes del interés de los padres en que sus hijos continúen en un modelo de instrucción en línea, similar a la educación a distancia. Con el fin de proporcionar una opción educativa para nuestros estudiantes y familias, el Distrito está explorando el desarrollo de una escuela/academia virtual. Dicha plataforma proporcionará instrucción en vivo en tiempo real y los maestros podrán brindar retroalimentación instantánea, así como oportunidades en línea donde los estudiantes completarán las tareas en su propio tiempo.
Enviaremos una encuesta para determinar el nivel de interés de esta alternativa a la instrucción tradicional en persona. Una propuesta preliminar visualiza una “academia virtual” en todo el Distrito que no necesariamente estará vinculada o asociada con la escuela de residencia del estudiante. Agradezco sus comentarios o ideas novedosas con respecto a esta opción. Favor de hacer clic en el enlace para accesar a la encuesta, que permanecerá abierta hasta el 10 de mayo.
Enfatizamos, es nuestra intención ofrecer instrucción en persona de tiempo completo y al mismo tiempo ofrecer un modelo de academia virtual para aquellos que prefieran esta opción en lugar de la instrucción en persona.
Dr. Francisco Escobedo
Tuesday, 5/11 – 12:00-2:00 DAC/DELAC Meeting
Tuesday, 5/11 – 6:00-7:00 PM Parent Workshop: How to Access the Language Arts Curriculum at Home Click here to join the meeting
Wednesday, 5/12 – CA Day of the Teacher and School Nurse Day
Wednesday, 5/12 – 5:30-7:00 PM CVESD Online A.G.E. Preview
Thursday, 5/13 – 12:30-2:00 Loma Verde Weekly Food Distribution
Monday, 5/17-5/21 Loma Verde VAPA Classes
5/17-6/4 TK-6th Grade Local Measures Testing
Wednesday, 5/19 – 8:00-12:30, 1:00-3:30 COVID Testing on Loma Verde Campus for Staff & Students
Wednesday, 5/19- 6:00 CVESD Board of Education meeting Link
Thursday, 5/20 – 2:30-2:00 Loma Verde Weekly Food Distribution
5/24-28 Loma Verde Staff Appreciation Week
Wednesday, 5/26 – 2:00 ELAC Meeting
Wednesday, 5/26 – 3:00 SSC Meeting
Wednesday, 5/26 – 6:00 Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) Meeting
Thursday, 5/27 – 12:30-2:00 Loma Verde Weekly Food Distribution
Thursday, 5/27 – 6:00 CVESD Black Learner Advisory Council (BLAC) Meeting Link
Monday, 5/31 NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
Tuesday, 6/8 12:00-2:00 DAC/DELAC Meeting
Monday, 6/15 Last Day of School (minimum day)
Monday, 6/15 6th Grade Promotion (more information coming soon!)
Tuesday, 6/16 6:00 CVESD Board Meeting
Wednesday, 7/21 Students Return to School for 2021-2022 School Year
We are very excited to have so many of our Wildcats back on campus! As always, please contact our Attendance Health Specialist, Irene Lemos, if your student will be absent from school for any reason, regardless of whether they are in hybrid or distance learning. Please email email@example.com with the reason for your child’s absence.
Please note, for students physically at school in hybrid learning, it is very important that parents/guardians speak with our office staff regarding the reason for any student absence from class. For the health and safety of all students and staff, students who are absent without parent contact will not be allowed back on campus until the parent/guardian discusses the reason for the absence with school office staff.
Returning to school if you reported your child absent due to being sick:
- If a student is sick, we will ask the parent to confirm which symptoms the student is experiencing.
- If symptoms align with symptoms of COVID-19, the school will follow the COVID-19-decision-tree English (Spanish) in collaboration with the school site nurse. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school nurse, Linda Kucinski, at 619-420-3940.
- If symptoms are part of a chronic condition, the school will work with the school site nurse to determine next steps.
- If symptoms are not a possible symptom of COVID-19, the student will be welcomed back to school after following normal school health protocols.
- Please note, that we must follow the COVID-19 decision tree before your child can come back onto campus.
We look forward to an amazing rest of our school year. Thank you for your support of our learning environment.
- We recommend students use the bathroom at home before coming to school to maximize time on campus for learning and social interaction.
- We recommend students eat breakfast (for the AM cohort) and lunch (for the PM cohort) before coming to school. There will be no meals served to students on campus outside of the weekly meal distribution on Thursdays.
- Please send a labeled water bottle with your child each day.
A.G.E. Parent Information Night – May 12th
Join us online on May 12th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm to learn more about the Adolescent Growth Education (A.G.E.) resources that will be shared with your children in 4th, 5th, or 6th grades. Please see the flyers below in English and Spanish.
District Testing – Coming Soon!
CVESD Local Measures Testing is coming up May 17-June 4 for grades TK-6. You will receive your child’s testing calendar soon. K-6th grade will take iReady. TK-2nd will take Smarty Ants, and 2nd-6th grade will take Achieve3000 Level Set. Due to the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of California has granted districts the flexibility to use other forms of assessment in place of the CAASPP state tests that normally occur each spring for students in grades 3 through 6.
Please read the following letter from Dr. Escobedo for more information on this mandated testing. Please contact the school office should you have any questions regarding these required assessments.
Have you changed your address, email address, or phone number since the start of the school year? Please notify the office in case we need to contact you in an emergency.
Zone Transfers and Students Not Returning 2021-2022
Click on Registrations and Zone Transfers for additional enrollment information for the 2021 – 2022 School Year.
Not returning to Loma Verde Next Year? Please let us know by May 21 by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021-2022 Kindergarten, TK, Preschool & New Student Registration
Kindergarten and NEW student registration began on March 15 for the 2021-2022 school year with a NEW online system. There will be no paper packets for this year’s registration. Those currently registered DO NOT have to reregister. You will just complete proof of residency when the time comes. CLICK HERE for further information. To view the district website for registration information, CLICK HERE
- Kindergartners who will be 5 years old on or before September 1st
- TK students who turn 5 years old between September 2 and December 2 TK-Welcome-Letter_English-and-Spanish-2021 TK-Locations-2021-2022-final1-1 Tk-Parent-Letter-Spanish TK-Parent-Letter-English
- NEW students in grades 1st through 6th
- Questions? Contact us at email@example.com or 619-420-3940.
- All inquiries and registration for Preschool will be handled by the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program. Click here for more information.
Return Loma Verde Library Books
Drop off library books at the front of the school as soon as possible. Many students still have books checked out from last school year. Thank you!
Computer Devices & WIFI to Loan Families
We recommend each student have their own laptop with a camera and microphone for Distance Learning. Some tablets have compatibility issues with the Microsoft Teams platform and online learning programs.
If your child needs a device or wifi hotspot, please complete and submit this form below, so we can plan and prepare the devices for distribution. If you do not need a device or hotspot, please do not fill out this form. Please fill out a form for each child who needs a device. Do not fill out for a child who previously received a device. We will notify you when you device and/or WIFI hotspot are ready.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-420-3940.
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