Superintendent's eNews - May 8, 2020

 
In this edition ...
  • Teacher appreciation video
  • Planning post-COVID school reopening; Focus group members needed
  • Mental Health Month: Break the stigma
  • Childcare for essential workers

Teacher appreciation video

Always, and even more now during Distance Learning, we appreciate all of our #MVWSD teachers and their care of and dedication to our students and families. Thank you, teachers! Check out our video tribute here.

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MVWSD is planning for reopening for the 2020-21 school year

The Board of Trustees heard from Dr. Ayindé Rudolph last night about how MVWSD is planning for reopening in the fall after COVID-19 Shelter in Place ends.

These plans will cover 14 dimensions: Governance, Health and Wellness, Equity, Curriculum, Human Capital, Nutrition, Facilities, Operations, Instruction, Resurgence, Enrollment, Communication, Technology, Finance. We'll define operations under each stage of reopening: Schools closed, Targeted opening, Open with Restrictions, Full opening using guidance from Santa Clara County Public Health and the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

To view the presentation to the Board of Trustees, please click here.

Next steps include: Activate the Reopening Task Force (composed of teachers, classified staff and administrators); continue to adapt our Distance Learning Plan; and get feedback from our stakeholders.

The goal is to adapt our learning environment for any scenario and make it nimble enough to adjust in the event that COVID-19 resurges later in the year. We will work with all stakeholders to vet the viability of any options. This is a community public health crisis, and we need community feedback

Seeking members: School Reopening focus groups

MVWSD is seeking representative groups of parents, students, teachers, and staff members for school reopening focus groups. Four volunteers are needed per school site. The focus groups will explore desires and concerns for school reopening.

Focus groups will meet twice (once in May and again in June) and each group will focus on a stage: Schools closed, Targeted opening, Open with Restrictions, Full opening. To apply to be a focus group member, please complete an application found here by May 16 or contact your school principal.

 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

link to break the stigma graphicNo one is alone. With almost 450 million people currently living with a mental illness, worldwide, May is also a reminder about the importance of policy advocacy for persons with mental illness and their families. We encourage you to join us as we #BreakTheStigma surrounding mental illness within our society. Help is available.

Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) offers tele-health services. www.chacmv.org

Uplift Family Services ((408) 379-3790) provides tele-health support to students and families. For enrolling in Uplift services, parents should contact School Community Engagement Facilitators or School Counselors: Castro: Kristen Calderon - kcalderon@mvwsd.org; Monta Loma: Corina Ruiz - coruiz@mvwsd.org; Theuerkauf: Maria Cristina Quintas - mquintas@mvwsd.org and Lisset Tellez - ltellez@mvwsd.org; Crittenden: Alicia Carter - acarter@mvwsd.org and Susana Morales - smorales@mvwsd.org; Graham: Chelsea McDonald - cmcdonald@mvwsd.org. All other schools in the district: Priscila Bogdanic - pbogdanic@mvwsd.org.

For immediate attention, the Uplift Mobile Crisis Team offers 24-hour intervention to children and teens in the community who are in acute psychological crisis. To access the 24-hour/7 days a week crisis line call 1-408-379-9085 or call toll-free 1-877-41-CRISIS (412-7474).
 

New Online Portal for Essential Workers to Access Childcare

Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) in partnership with county and city leaders, community organizations and agencies throughout Santa Clara County has announced a new online portal to provide essential workers, as defined by the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health, access to childcare during the shelter-in-place order.

In addition to this childcare resource, we have a list of resources for families developed by our School Community Engagement Facilitators. Sheltering in place and not being in our regular routines of work and school can be hard on our emotional and mental health, in addition to making access to meals, rent payments and other typical activities more difficult. Click here for info about help with meals, rent, legal issues, emotional support and more.

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