March 1, 2021
Dear SPUSD Parents and Guardians,
As you may be aware, Ventura County remains in the Purple Tier threat level for Covid-19 exposure. The good news is that the number of positive coronavirus cases in Ventura County has been dramatically decreasing in recent weeks. Last Wednesday, though the County is still listed in the Purple Tier, Ventura County Public Health (VCPH) informed school districts in our county that they may reopen elementary schools as long as all precautionary safety measures are in place. This letter is intended to provide parents and guardians an update regarding the status of reopening our schools.
The county’s positive case rate is now 16.9 per 100,000 residents. In order for Ventura County to move to the less restrictive Red Tier, we must reach a positive case rate of 7 or less. We used this guidance from VCPH last fall to set an acceptable threshold for reopening our schools at a positive case rate of 7 or less. The District and our labor union partners signed a good faith Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to use this case rate when deciding to reopen SPUSD schools for in-person instruction.
Even though VCPH has changed its stance on reopening schools while case rates remain higher, we are obliged to honor our agreement with our employees. Together, we will be monitoring the decrease in positive case rates and exploring any flexibility in our MOU that will enable us to re-open quicker. Be assured that the health and safety of our students and staff has been and will remain our highest priority during this pandemic.
Last week, VCPH Executive Director Rigo Vargas announced that 10% of vaccinations are being set aside to vaccinate educators in the effort to reopen schools. As our District has been stating for some time, we have been and will continue to follow the guidelines of VCPH. Now that VCPH is offering vaccinations to teachers, support staff, and administrators, the District will continue to discuss a safe plan to initially reopen our elementary schools, followed by Isbell Middle School, Santa Paula High and Renaissance High School.
It is important to inform parents that each school has a COVID Safety Plan and safety measures in place. Upon reopening of our schools, all students and staff will be screened prior to entering campuses and facemasks will be provided, if needed. Classroom furniture is properly spaced for social distancing, hand-sanitizing stations are strategically placed around campuses, and continual cleaning and sanitizing will be completed by district staff.
In closing, the good news is - with increased vaccinations available, we will continue discussions with our labor union partners, finalize plans, and announce a date to reopen our schools. As always, we appreciate your understanding, flexibility, and respect your decision whether you prefer your child to attend school in a hybrid model or continue with distance learning at home. Additional information will be provided as we continue to move forward in a positive direction.
March 4, 2021
Please join Logrando Bienestar, to learn about COVID-19 & Mental Health
Por favor únase con Logrando Bienestar , para aprender sobre la Salud Mental y COVID-19
March / Marzo 16, 2021
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Meeting ID: 883 5574 6043
January 29, 2021
The Child Nutrition Department is serving multiple days’ worth of grab n go meals to all children in the community 18 years and younger. Meal bags will be distributed on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. El Departamento de Servicios de Nutrición del Distrito Unificado Escolar de Santa Paula estará distribuyendo comidas a jovens de la comunidad de 18 años o menos. Las bolsas de comida se distribuirán los lunes, miércoles y viernes.
Blanchard Elementary: 115 Peck Rd (Drive thru & walk up) 11am-1pm
Glen City Elementary: 141 S. Steckel Drive (Drive thru & walk up) 11am-1pm
Barbara Webster Elementary: 1150 Saticoy Street (Walk up only) 11am-1pm
Grace Thille Elementary: 1144 E. Ventura Street (Walk up only) 11am-1pm
Isbell Middle School: 221 S. 4th Street; on Harvard Blvd (Drive thru & walk up) 11am-1pm & 4pm-6:15pm
Santa Paula High School: 404 N. 6th Street; enter on 5th St. (Drive thru & walk up) 11am-2pm
Santa Paula Unified School District is not responsible for food once it has left the district pick up site.
Please review all Food Safety information and Cooking Tips at Santa Paula Unified Healthy-e Living
LEARNING CONTINUITY AND ATTENDANCE PLAN 2020-21
The Learning Continuity Plan is a key part of the overall budget package for K–12 that seeks to address funding stability for schools while providing information at the LEA level for how student learning continuity will be addressed in light of the COVID-19 crisis in the 2020–21 school year. The provisions for the plan were approved by the Governor and Legislature in June in SB 98 and can be found in EC Section 43509.
The Santa Paula Unified School District recognizes the harmful effects of bullying on student well-being,student learning, and school attendance and desires to provide a safe school environment that protects students from physical and emotional harm.
SPUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, student sexual harassment, intimidation, bullying, and cyberbullying on the basis of actual or perceived characteristics such as: age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, immigration status, marital status, national origin, parental status, pregnancy status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in any federally funded education program or activity. All Program costs are the responsibility of SPUSD. No student will be excluded from participation in an educational activity, including extracurricular and curricular activities due to the inability to donate to the program. A pupil enrolled in a school shall not be required to pay any fee, deposit, or other charges not specifically authorized by law. Any customized items are the responsibility of the participant. For questions or concerns regarding discrimination, harassment, student sexual harassment, intimidation, bullying, and cyberbullying please contact: