Supts eNews - Nov. 10, 2020


In this edition ...

  • Reopening: Learning Support Pods
  • Next Steps: Campus fencing process
  • Together We Are a Better MVWSD: November: We acknowledge our history
  • COVID cases are up: Remember to WEAR a mask, WATCH your distance and WASH your hands
Reopening: Learning Support Pods

MVWSD is moving forward with plans to bring small groups of students back to campus. These “learning support pods” will be groups of 14 students or fewer who are most in need of in-person instructional support, including but not limited to English learners, homeless students and students with special needs.

District staff presented a plan at the Nov. 5. Board of Trustees meeting to provide on-campus areas for at-risk students to come to participate in distance learning with consistent internet access and under supervision by District afterschool childcare providers, such as the YMCA and Right at School. The start date is estimated to be as soon as the end November/early December. Parents of students who meet the criteria will be contacted about this opportunity.

Bringing back small groups to campus with COVID-19 safety precautions in place is the first step in the District’s phased reopening in Stage 3. The Board of Trustees has set a target date of January for revisiting reopening for hybrid in-person/distance learning instruction, contingent on County guidance and COVID-19 transmission rates. Planning for reopening for in-person instruction is underway. For more on reopening planning, see

Next steps: Campus fencing

At the Nov. 5 Board of Trustees meeting, District staff presented a plan for community engagement and next steps for perimeter security on school campuses. A part of Measure T, the campus fencing outlined in the MVWSD Master Facilities Plan addresses some of parents’ and staff members’ concerns shared in the Safety Town Hall. To view the proposed plans, please see each school’s webpage In the past few weeks, MVWSD has refined designs with residents’, staff members’ and parents’ feedback from six community meetings held, as well as from feedback sent to the Trustees and District staff.

The next steps address neighbors’ concerns about making sure that all residents are able to continue to access school green space during community use hours, as they do now, as well as the look of the fencing.

At Monta Loma and Landels, a working group with representatives who are parents, school staff, and from the community will work through solutions to concerns regarding proposed fencing. Residents of Bubb will be able to give input on the proposed fencing plan at an upcoming meeting, to be scheduled. For each school community, the District will be communicating out next steps, make up of work groups and meeting dates.


Together We Are a Better MVWSD:  November: We acknowledge our history

november equityIt's already November and the holiday season is upon us. Traditionally, elementary school students learn about a peaceful feast held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians, who helped teach them to survive in a perilous new world. To promote both critical thinking and the disruption of falsehoods favoring a colonialist-dominant narrative, we must engage with primary sources and counternarratives to grapple with the mythologies of the first Thanksgiving. This month, the BetterTogether calendar encourages all of us to acknowledge our shared history and its truths, starting with the contributions of those Indigenous to North America. To see more, click on the image (Spanish included) or visit

COVID cases are up: Remember to: WEAR a mask, WATCH your distance and WASH your hands

A sharp uptick in reported COVID-19 cases on Sunday and in recent days indicates community spread of the virus has increased, and the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department officials are urging the public to adhere to social distancing, use of face coverings, and other safety measures to help keep the community healthy.

There were 358 new COVID-19 cases reported on Sunday, which is second only to the record 385 new cases reported on July 15. For information, see

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