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    CLICK HERE FOR FULL MESSAGE: 11/19/20 Update from Superintendent Peplinski re: Purple Tier changes

    Dear Simi Valley Schools Community:

    I hope this message finds you all well, especially as we enter the holiday season.

    As you probably know, our county has officially moved back into the Purple Tier, because our county’s COVID-19 cases are increasing. Purple is the most restrictive tier in the state’s colored tier system for guiding if our schools open and under what conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    While we were in the Red Tier, we were allowed to provide in-person/hybrid instruction for those families choosing to return their children to school for a partial day. On November 2, we welcomed about 2,000 of our JK/TK to 3rd graders back to our elementary schools. It was an exciting week for all of us as we watched our littlest students, who chose to return to their schools physically, settle into their classrooms. After months of not having our students with us, this was definitely the high spot for our school year so far.

    While we planned to offer In-Person Blended Learning to all of our remaining students after Winter Break, unfortunately we will not be allowed to reopen our middle schools and high schools as planned. 

    Because our elementary schools are already open, we will be able to welcome back our 4th, 5th and elementary 6th grade students as planned, should their families decide to have them return for In-Person Blended Learning. Of course, Virtual Learning will remain an option for all students through the end of this school year.

    As to our preschool (Justin Early Learners Academy), middle schools, high schools and post-secondary special education programs, we are back in a “wait-and-see” mode with Ventura County’s tier status. We will continue to monitor the data, but it is highly unlikely that we will move back into the Red Tier before January 5.

    The guidelines for moving back into the Red Tier remain the same as before. For three consecutive weeks, we would need to maintain “Red Tier” COVID-19 numbers in order to move back to the Red Tier as a county.

    Because we prepared for the potential return of students at all levels, we are ready to reopen quickly when that time comes. For now, we want to make sure that you are aware of the following: 

    FOR JK/TK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th AND 6th (ELEMENTARY ONLY) GRADE FAMILIES, INCLUDING SPECIAL EDUCATION:

    We will email a request form to you to find out if you wish to have your child attend the In-Person Blended Learning model or Virtual Learning model for the second semester (January 5 to June 4). More detailed information about the elementary programs will be emailed to these families on November 30. The request form will be emailed to these families on December 1, and we ask that you submit your completed form by December 3.

    FOR PRESCHOOL, 6th (MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY), 7th, 8TH, 9TH, 10TH, 11TH AND 12th GRADE FAMILIES AND POST-SECONDARY SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS:

    Based on our county’s return to the Purple Tier, we will not issue a request form to our middle and high school families asking which kind of instruction you wish to have your child attend until we know that we can reopen these schools. Because there is no waiver process for middle and high schools, reopening can only happen for SVUSD under Ventura County Public Health department guidelines when Ventura County is in the Red Tier. When we near the Red Tier again, we will notify you so that you have the most time possible to make an informed decision about your child’s instruction.

    Please know that our second semester—whether In-Person Blended or Virtual—will continue for our middle and high school students with the three 6-week sessions, the same as with the first semester. 

    We know there are concerns about our high schoolers who take Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes and the timing of the tests for those subjects. We are developing provisions for those students to receive additional instruction and/or organized review sessions to help prepare for those tests. Schools will share more information about how this will work before we leave for Winter Break. 

    FOR OUR STUDENTS AT JUSTIN EARLY LEARNERS ACADEMY, THE SIMI INSTITUTE FOR CAREERS & EDUCATION AND OUR POST-SECONDARY SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS:

    Your schools and programs will advise you directly on their status.

    As always, I want to thank you for your continued patience. This has been and continues to be a long road that we have walked. We urge our families to please continue the social distancing guidelines as much as possible and to wear masks. This is how we can best improve our numbers and return to the Red Tier.

    Please have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Jason Peplinski
    Superintendent

     

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    Estimadas familias de las escuelas de Simi Valley:

    Espero que este mensaje los encuentre bien, especialmente ahora que se aproxima la temporada de vacaciones.

    Como usted probablemente sabe, nuestro condado se ha trasladado oficialmente de nuevo al nivel Púrpura, porque los casos de covid-19 de nuestro condado están aumentando. El púrpura es el nivel más restrictivo en el sistema de color de niveles estatal para indicar si nuestras escuelas abren y bajo qué condiciones durante la pandemia de covid-19.

    Mientras estábamos en el nivel Rojo, nos permitieron proporcionar instrucción híbrida en persona para aquellas familias que optaron que regresarán sus hijos a la escuela por un día parcial. El 2 de noviembre, dimos la bienvenida a unos 2,000 de nuestros alumnos de JK/TK a l3ergrado de vuelta a nuestras escuelas primarias. Fue una semana emocionante para todos nosotros mientras observamos como nuestros estudiantes más pequeños, quienes decidieron volver a físicamente sus escuelas, se ponían a gusto en sus salones. Después de meses de no tener a nuestros estudiantes con nosotros, este fue definitivamente el punto culminante de nuestro ciclo escolar hasta ahora.

    Aunque planeábamos ofrecer aprendizaje combinado en persona al resto de nuestros estudiantes después de las vacaciones de invierno, desafortunadamente no se nos permitirá reabrir nuestras escuelas secundarias y preparatorias como habíamos planeado. 

    Debido a que nuestras escuelas primarias ya están abiertas, podremos dar la bienvenida a nuestros estudiantes de4 º, 5ºy6 º grado de primaria, según lo planeado, si sus familias deciden que pueden regresar para el aprendizaje combinado en persona. Por supuesto, el aprendizaje virtual seguirá siendo una opción para todos los estudiantes hasta el final de este año escolar.

    En cuanto a nuestro preescolar (Justin Early Learners Academy), escuelas secundarias, preparatorias y programas de educación especial postsecundario, estamos de vuelta en un patrón de esperar con el estado de nivel del condado de Ventura.

    Seguiremos supervisando los datos, pero es muy poco probable que volvamos al nivel rojo antes del 5 de enero.

    Los lineamientos para volver al nivel rojo siguen siendo los mismas que antes. Durante tres semanas consecutivas, tendríamos que mantener las cifras de covid-19 de “nivel rojo” para volver al nivel rojo como condado.

    Debido a que nos preparamos para el retorno potencial de los estudiantes en todos los niveles, estamos listos para reabrir rápidamente cuando llegue ese momento. Por ahora, queremos asegurarnos de que estén conscientes de lo siguiente:

    PARA LAS FAMILIAS DE JK/TK, Kindergarten, 1er., 2ndo, 3ero., 4o..5o. Y 6o. (DE PRIMARIA SOLAMENTE) GRADO, INCLUYENDO EDUCACIÓN ESPECIAL:

    Le enviaremos un formulario de solicitud por correo electrónico para averiguar si desea que su hijo asista al modelo de aprendizaje combinado en persona o al modelo de aprendizaje virtual para el segundo semestre (del 5 de enero al 4 de junio). El 30 de noviembre, se enviará por correo electrónico a estas familias, información más detallada sobre los programas de primaria. El formulario de solicitud será enviado por correo electrónico a estas familias el 1 de diciembre, y le pedimos que envíe su formulario completado antes del 3 de diciembre.

    PARA LAS FAMILIAS DE EDUCACIÓN ESPECIAL DE PREESCOLAR, 6O GRADO DE SECUNDARIA, 7OA 12OGRADO Y DE EDUCACIÓN POST-SECUNDARIA:

    En base a que nuestro condado regresó al nivel púrpura, no emitiremos un formulario de solicitud a nuestras familias de escuela secundaria y preparatoria preguntando a qué tipo de instrucción desea que su hijo asista hasta que sepamos que podemos reabrir estas escuelas. Debido a que no hay un proceso de exención para las escuelas secundarias y preparatorias, la reapertura solo puede suceder para el SVUSD bajo los lineamientos del departamento de Salubridad Pública del Condado de Ventura cuando el Condado de Ventura está en el nivel rojo. Cuando nos acerquemos de nuevo al nivel rojo, le notificaremos para que tenga el mayor tiempo posible para tomar una decisión informada sobre la instrucción de su hijo. 

    Por favor, sepa que nuestro segundo semestre, ya sea en instrucción combinada en persona o virtual, continuará para nuestros estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria con las tres sesiones de 6 semanas, igual que con el primer semestre. 

    Sabemos que hay preocupaciones acerca de nuestros estudiantes de preparatoria que toman clases de colocación Avanzada (AP) o Bachillerato Internacional (IB) y las fechas en que se programan las pruebas para esas materias. Estamos desarrollando provisiones para que esos estudiantes reciban instrucción adicional y/o sesiones de repaso organizadas para ayudar a prepararlos para esos exámenes. Las escuelas compartirán más información sobre cómo funcionará esto antes de que salgamos para las vacaciones de invierno. 

    PARA NUESTROS ESTUDIANTES DE LA ACADEMIA JUSTIN EARLY LEARNERS, EL INSTITUTO SIMI DE CARRERAS Y EDUCACIÓN Y NUESTROS ESTUDIANTES DE EDUCACIÓN ESPECIAL POST-SECUNDARIA:

    Sus escuelas y programas les informarán directamente sobre sus planes.

    Como siempre, quiero darles las gracias por su continua paciencia. Este ha sido y sigue siendo un largo trayecto que hemos atravesado. Exhortamos a nuestras familias a que por favor continúen las pautas de distanciamiento social tanto como sea posible y que usen cubrebocas. Así es como podemos mejorar mejor nuestros números y volver al nivel rojo.

    Por favor, tenga un maravilloso día de Acción de Gracias.

    Atentamente,

    Dr. Jason Peplinski
    Superintendente

    Madera Elementary School 
    A Civic Leadership Academy

    Madera will develop thoughtful citizens and empower young leaders to become active members in their school, community and government.

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     Schedule

    AM-MORNING COHORT: 8:00 A.M. to 10:30 a.m.  (For In Person Learners gate opens at 7:45 A.M.)

    PM-AFTERNOON COHORT: 11:40 to 2:10 p.m. (For In Person Learners gate opens at 11:25 A.M.)

    Virtual Help

    Dear Simi Valley School Families:

    We know that there are many small and large issues happening with the technology aspect of Virtual Instruction. We extended the range of help available to our families to specifically help families and students with their virtual instruction needs beyond the technical issues. Please read the following carefully.

    CALL THE HELP DESK (805) 306-4500, EXTENSION 4811

    Beginning Monday, when you call the IT Help Desk, you will have the option to ask for “Parent Support for Virtual Learning,” (press 1) or “Parent and Student Technical Support” (press 2). This service will be available from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    When you choose “Parent Support for Virtual Learning,” you will be connected with one our Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSAs). Our TOSAs train other teachers in how to use our technology tools in the classroom. They will be able to assist you with most questions concerning Google Classroom and other Google applications, Zoom, how to turn in assignments, resetting your District passwords and more.  

    When you choose “Parent and Student Technical Support,” you will be connected to a technician in the IT Department who can help you with problems concerning the Chromebooks, Internet HotSpots and other devices that may not be working correctly. 

    GO LIVE ON ZOOM WITH OUR TOSAS

    Beginning Monday, you will be able to use this LINK to access a live Zoom “call” with our TOSAs. With Zoom, you will be able to share your computer or device screen, which will allow them to see what your problem might be and better guide you. This service will be available from Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    EMAIL OUR TOSAS

    Our third option for help is to contact our TOSAs through our new email account, ParentSupport@simivalleyusd.org. Send us your concerns and we will route them to the appropriate person for an answer. If you are emailing us, it will help to know your child’s full name and identification number along with the issues. You can even send screenshots. Most questions will be answered Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    We hope that this additional help, in conjunction with the assistance already being offered by your IT department’s Help Desk, will alleviate most of the lingering issues with getting our students online, logged into their classes and learning.

    We again thank you for your patience as we navigate these solutions for Virtual Learning.

    Recipient of Civic Learning Award of Merit

    Madera Elementary School has earned the California Department of Education Civic Learning Award of Merit for three years in a row! The Civic Learning Award for public schools is co-sponsored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye. They recognize and value the important role of public schools to prepare students to participate in our democracy, and have a partnership to support civic education in California. The awards are designed to celebrate successful efforts to engage students in civic learning and to identify successful models that can be replicated in other schools.

    "When young people discover they can be agents of changes, wonderful things happen.They start to serve in the neighborhoods, learn about public issues, create innovative solutions to tough public challenges and eventually become the voters, community project builders and leaders in our communities and nation. Central to this transformation from spectator to citizen is an understanding of communities and nation. Central to this transformation from spectator to citizen is an understanding of who we are as Americans, our core democratic values, and the roles individuals can play."

    --Alma Powell

    Contact Us

    250 Royal Avenue
    Simi Valley, CA 93065
    805.520.6740

    Any fax numbers that appear on this site go directly to the district office, not to Madera. Please email Julie Killian at julie.killian@simivalleyusd.org for records requests.

    Amazon Smile Supports Madera

    This link will take you directly to smile.amazon.com to support the Madera PTA. Once there, you can search in the list of charities for "Madera PTA." It will pull up our account and you can select it as your charity. From then on, anytime you make an Amazon purchase through the smile.amazon.com link, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the cost of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Madera PTA whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.