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April 1, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope this letter finds you and your family safe and healthy. This communication is designed to provide an update regarding our efforts to continue delivering the best educational services to our students under the unusual circumstances. We truly appreciate the patience, flexibility, and understanding of everyone as we continue to adjust in this new process of educating students through distance learning.
School Closure Update
All Ventura County School Districts today agreed to keep school campuses closed through the end of the school year in support of the coronavirus mitigation effort. The decision was made in consultation with Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin. The decision comes after recommendations from California Governor Gavin Newsom and California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond for schools to continue providing distance learning in lieu of in-class instruction for the remainder of the current semester. With this recent news, our District will continue to develop the best distance learning educational program to meet the needs of our students.
Distance Learning Plan
This week, we began implementing Phase II of distance learning. Students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade can continue working on enrichment activities contained in the learning packets offered last week as well as access the online activities located on the District website. Our teaching staff continues to receive training and are working to create online opportunities for students in the next phase of our distance learning plan.
Chromebooks were available for all high school students who were in need of a technology device last Friday and Monday at Santa Paula High and Renaissance High School.
For detailed information regarding Chromebook distribution for Isbell Middle School students who do not have a technology device at home, please see our webpage and social media.
Scheduled Spring Break
As the District prepares for the prescheduled Spring Break, April 6th through April 17th, new learning packets will be mailed home this Friday to all transitional kindergarten through eighth grade students. We strongly encourage parents to provide a quiet, consistent time each day during Spring Break to have students work on the enrichment activities contained in the learning packets and those available online. High school students are encouraged to visit our website and continue to explore the free online website learning activities. Additional enrichment assignments created by our high school staff will be posted shortly.
Upon the end of Spring Break, Monday April 20th, the District will communicate the formalized implementation of the distance learning plan.
Free WiFi Locations
For free WiFi locations in Santa Paula, please visit our district website at:
On the right side of the webpage, under “Coronavirus Information and Resources,” click on “Coronavirus Parent/Guardian Resources.” Scroll down to the section titled “Technology Assistance.” Here you will find Spectrum and Xfinity WiFi for everyone - free hotspot locations to access the internet with your mobile device. Parents may call Spectrum for free in-home WiFi service for 60 days at 844-488-8395
Technology Help Desk for Students
With the distribution of Chromebooks to students, our district’s Technology Department is working on developing a help desk where students can email questions or call a help desk hotline to assist with troubleshooting concerns they may be experiencing with their device. For password assistance, please contact your child’s teacher. The goal is to have the help desk available during spring break and through the remainder of the distance learning period from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on regular school days.
Special Education Update
Parents of students with special education services will be contacted by their case manager this week, or once Spring Break has concluded. Service providers will explain how they will contact and connect with you to provide support and instruction during school closures. Further communication from special education service providers will be scheduled with you by the case managers or other service providers. If you have any questions, please contact your child's case manager by email.
Our district continues to provide “Grab and Go” meals for children and students 18 years and younger. For detailed information on meals and our schedule during spring break, please visit our website and social media pages.
Please stay safe and remind your children of the social distancing and precautionary measures to remain healthy. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility as we continue to work together to educate our students through this challenging issue. We will continue to keep parents up-to-date as new information becomes available.
Dr. Ed Cora
Isbell Middle School - Chromebook Loaner Distribution
8th Grade on Thursday April 2nd 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
7th Grade on Thursday April 2nd 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
6th Graders on Friday April 3rd 8:30 - 11:30 p.m.
At this time, distribution is only for students in need of a device or only to students who do not have a device at home.
Harvard Parking Lot
How: Signed LOANER AGREEMENT (required) and student ID
*Loaner agreements will be available on site and require parent and student signatures.
April 1, 2020
NEW! Revised Meal Service Plan starting on Monday, April 6th. TWO school sites (Barbara Webster Elementary and Glen City Elementary) will open 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 pm to distribute weekly meals that include 5 days worth of breakfast and lunch staple foods per child. Staple items are based on availability. Some items are Cook at Home and may require limited preparations.
Supplies are limited and all meals will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. LIMIT 1 BAG PER Child PER WEEK. Meals will not be available Tuesday-Friday for pickup starting April 7th.
No identification or proof of school enrollment is required. Children DO Not Need to be present to pick up meals.
If you struggle to get to one of these Santa Paula locations, please note that additional school districts are also offering meals at no cost. Hueneme, Oxnard Union High School District, Ventura Unified, Oxnard Elementary School District and Rio are all offering meals to community members. For a list of locations, visit www.vcoe.org/meals. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions related to this community feeding program.
March 27, 2020
The Santa Paula Unified School District and its Child Nutrition Services Team will be providing "Grab n Go" meals for families to pick-up, Monday through Friday, from 10:30 am-12:30 pm. for students 18 years and younger.
Special Board Meeting March 25th Video
At the March 25, 2020 Special Board Meeting, district staff provided the Board of Trustees with updated information regarding the district's response to COVID-19 as it relates to school closures and essential functions, including meal preparation and distribution, a distance learning plan, and the safety of our students, staff and community.
Please click the following link to watch the livestream Livestream at KadyTV
This Budget News Update will share information related to the District's concerns regarding its budget and the impact that will occur in future years if no adjustments are made. To read the complete 6 page Budget News Update, please click below.
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