Supt's eNews - April 24, 2020

 
 

MV Parent U: Online film screening of “Angst”

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MV Parent U presents "Angst," a 56-minute film that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and treatments on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 6:00 PM - Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 9:00 PM.

Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools.

To reserve your free spot for this online event, please register here by May 6 at noon: angstfilm.eventbrite.com

Closing the Digital Divide: One Chromebook at a time

In the weeks since COVID-19 school closure, 90.3% of our students have logged on for e-learning, and 2,094 of our 5,200 students have received a device from MVWSD this year. There are still obstacles, but the good news is that we are making progress in connecting students in need with technology for distance learning.

We are not aware of any MVWSD students who do not have a Chromebook if they need one. We will continue distributing Chromebooks to students in need. Families without one functional, internet-ready device in their home should contact their school’s principal or School Community Engagement Facilitator.

Families who need free or low-cost internet access can connect to free wifi in some schools’ parking lots, or get internet from AT&T and Comcast. Please click here for more information: www.mvwsd.org/technology.

MVWSD is working to expand technology access in our community. We’ll share more information with you soon.

Measure T bonds receive highest rating, despite COVID-19 economy

MVWSD's general obligation bonds were recently rated as Aaa from Moody's, which is significantly positive during this time of COVID-19-caused economic uncertainty. The District recently called $85 million in Measure T bonds approved by voters in March. These funds will be used to start solar projects at the schools and repay debt from previous construction. Both actions will save MVWSD millions of dollars.

"Mountain View Whisman School District, CA is not susceptible to immediate material credit risks related to coronavirus," Moody's stated in its report.

Moody's cited MVWSD's strong credit profile with continued tax base growth, strong financial position, and manageable long-term liabilities. MVWSD has a Aa+ credit rating from Standard & Poor's as a result of its strong community support of its schools. Standard & Poor's cited the approval of the parcel tax/Measure B, and MVWSD's position as a community funded district as factors for the high rating.

 

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