July 30, 2021 SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE Dr. Eric Prater, Superintendent Welcome back to the 2021-2022 school year! I am excited that students and staff will return to our campuses full-time beginning Thursday, August 19. The past 18-months have been tough on all of us and I genuinely appreciate how you made the best of very difficult circumstances. We have worked diligently to prioritize safety for our students and staff. Our campuses and operating protocols will look similar to the spring with some modifications. This layered safety approach will allow us to keep everyone safe from the emerging and transmisible Delta variant. All of our schools have upgraded ventilation systems, hand sanitizer stations, and cleaning supplies that reflect best practice. We are confident schools are safe and the best places for students to learn and succeed. That being said, vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic, and San Luis Obispo County currently has only 56% of qualified residents fully vaccinated. Public health experts from across the country urge all of us to get vaccinated so that we can get past this pandemic and focus on our mission of educating students. The Tribune recently interviewed SLCUSD parent Dr. Candace Winstead who is a professor of medical microbiology, immunology, and hematology at Cal Poly. This Q&A provides insight into vaccinations, the Delta variant, and addresses concerns about the vaccine’s emergency use authorization. San Luis Coastal will adhere to the requirements outlined in the California Department of Public Health’s guidelines which includes mandatory use of masks at all of our school sites while indoors. Students and staff may remove their masks while outdoors. Below, Diane Frost, Assistant Superintendent of Education Services, composed an excellent analysis detailing expectations for the safe return to school. During the 2021-22 school year, I will provide regular updates twice a month to ensure you remain informed. The next Family Communication will be on August 13. Until then, enjoy the remaining weeks of summer break. With appreciation, Eric BUSINESS SERVICES Ryan Pinkerton, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Transportation Prior to COVID, approximately 25% of San Luis Coastal students participated in our busing program. Last year, we were reminded how essential district transportation is to ensure access to school. I’m pleased to report that busing for students will be available with the requirement of wearing masks, adherence to seating assignments, and hand hygiene practices while getting on and off the bus. The routes are posted here . Parents can complete a bus application online by clicking on the bus application link at the top of the page. Food Services Due to an unexpected budget surplus, California is offering school meals to all public school children for free during the 2021-22 school year. The Food Services team is putting together an outstanding menu with a variety of options for students for both breakfast and lunch each day. We look forward to sharing our meal options with students and parents. Food Services will provide taste test stations at upcoming parent and student back to school meetings to facilitate interest. EDUCATIONAL SERVICES Diane Frost, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services We hope this communication finds our families enjoying a wonderful summer break. While we are proud of the in-person hybrid programs SLCUSD offered in Spring, 2021, we are excited to return to full day in-person instruction for all students in the 2021-2022 school year! Our goals are significant; to provide a safe environment for all members of our school communities, while ensuring meaningful, engaging academic experiences for our students that foster acceleration of learning. In order to provide safety for all students and staff on our campuses, SLCUSD will be following all California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the SLO Public Health Department guidelines. SLCUSD will be enforcing the CDPH requirement of universal masking indoors in youth settings regardless of vaccination status when students are present for all individuals in accordance with the CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings and CDPH’s COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year. This guidance is legally mandated pursuant to the State Public Health Officer’s June 11, 2021 order. Public Health states that face coverings (masks) are one of the most effective and simplest safety mitigation layers to prevent in-school transmission of COVID-19 infections and supports safe, full time in-person instruction in schools. We believe that the use of masks indoors will help SLCUSD remain open for in-person instruction with the presence of COVID-19 in our community. With the use of required masking, the CDPH has eliminated the physical distancing requirement indoors and we hope to avoid any order to close our schools as new variants of COVID-19 spread. The use of face coverings is optional for students, staff and other individuals outdoors without physical distancing. It’s important for our families to know what school might look like for their children attending in-person instruction: At our elementary schools: Students, staff and other community members will wear masks at all times while indoors. This includes their classroom, the library and the school office, for example. When outdoors for recess or lunchtime or before or after school, the students, staff and community members may remove their masks. With a recess in the morning and a lunch period mid-day, students will have opportunities to shed their protective masks safely. Teachers may also work with school site administration to hold class sessions outdoors or to take mask breaks. Students will see their teachers, site administrators, and other staff also using masks throughout the day during class, modeling the use of this important protective gear. Students, staff and community members should stay home from school and school events if feeling ill, as well as when ordered to quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure or to isolate due to confirmation of COVID-19. Hand hygiene and increased ventilation will be emphasized across settings. At our secondary schools: Students, staff and community members will wear masks at all times while indoors. This includes their classroom, the library and the school office, during indoor transitions between classes, during indoor extracurriculars, for example. When outdoors during all passing periods, nutrition breaks and lunch outside, or before or after school, the students may remove their masks. With several passing periods per day, combined with lunch and nutrition break, we believe our students will have ample opportunity to shed their protective masks safely. Teachers may also work with school site administration to hold class sessions outdoors or to take mask breaks. Students will see their teachers, site administrators, coaches and other staff also using masks throughout the day during class and extracurriculars, modeling the use of this important protective gear. Students, staff, and community members should stay home from school and school events if feeling ill, as well as when ordered to quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure or to isolate due to confirmation of COVID-19. Hand hygiene and increased ventilation will be emphasized across settings. While on District Transportation: All students and staff will be required to wear face masks while on District buses and other transportation. At least two windows will be open to support ventilation on our buses, so students should arrive with a sweater or jacket when using District transportation. Each site will provide face coverings to students if they forget to bring one or are not able to provide their own. SLCUSD will be enforcing the requirement as it is a CDPH mandate. Students who refuse to appropriately wear a face covering will be counseled and offered a face covering if needed. Refusal to comply with the face covering requirements will lead to an offer of alternative educational opportunities and possibly additional enforcement to meet CDPH’s requirements. Please note that there are several exemptions that may allow for a student to attend school without wearing a face covering. If you believe your child to be exempt from wearing face coverings per CDPH Face Mask Guidance with a situation that was not addressed last spring, please contact your site principal. For our families who are not comfortable returning their children to school under the current guidelines, SLCUSD will offer Independent Study for students in TK-12 through cooperative agreements with local school districts in our county. Independent Study, following California Department of Education guidelines, will be provided to each child participating on an Interdistrict Transfer. Families choosing this option will have the opportunity to re-enroll in SLCUSD at any time during the year should their preference change. To learn more about Independent Study for the 2021-2022 school year, please review information in the following link: Independent Study All SLCUSD families will receive a District survey during the week of August 2, 2021 to declare their enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year as “In-Person” or “Independent Study.” Families choosing Independent Study through the District survey will be contacted by their site to begin the process of enrollment. Families with remaining questions about In-Person versus Independent Study or safety precautions on campus are welcome to contact their site principal via phone call or email before completing the survey. Without a doubt, the coronavirus pandemic has left an impression on the students, staff and families of San Luis Coastal. We have a greater understanding of how the virus spreads and how we can stay safe through individual efforts, allowing our students to benefit from full-day in-person instruction throughout the year. Working together we can achieve that goal. SLCUSD takes our charge to keep students safe in our classrooms, on our fields and in our community seriously. We ask you to seek vaccination when able, stay home when sick, mask when required, keep distance when feasible and practice hand and respiratory hygiene at all times. As educators we look to our public health experts for guidance. Please know that if and when guidelines change SLCUSD will communicate necessary information with our families. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s site with any questions you may have and enjoy the final weeks of your summer break.
June 4, 2021 FLASH TOPICS June 9, 2021 is the last day of school. Do you need help paying for food, shelter, clothing, bills, utilities, internet, or phone services? Email the Family Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 805-458-5499. SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE Dr. Eric Prater, Superintendent Sixteen months ago, the world as we knew it changed forever. In the ensuing months, we saw complete lockdowns and partial reopenings of our schools. In our own community and across the globe, we witnessed tragedies and triumphs, fear and courage, despair and elation, truth and misinformation, self-doubt and a new found confidence to try something previously unthinkable. It has challenged even the strongest among us and is branded into our collective psyche. I want to take a moment and acknowledge you for staying with us and finding ways to make it all work. Remote learning, childcare, and the seemingly endless shifts in safety guidelines from national and state health experts made the past year and half draining for all of our families. Yet, you continued to engage with us and support difficult district decisions. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner during this time. Thank you. Sixty-four weekly newsletters later, we are entering a much-needed summer break with hope on the horizon. The first day of the 2021-2022 school year is Thursday, August 19. I will send out a midsummer communication in order to keep you informed as we move ahead with opening fully. I am thrilled to see the Class of 2021 walk the stage next week in front of their family and friends. This class may not have walked to school in the snow uphill both ways, but they will certainly have an amazing story to tell their children. As I close, singer/songwriter Jason Mraz says it best, “I want you to have it all.” Stay safe and healthy, Eric BUSINESS SERVICES Ryan Pinkerton, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Food Services Pantry Boxes Today, Friday June 4th was our last pantry box distribution day. Since December there have been 21 Friday pantry box distribution days. In those boxes alone, we served... 44,157 dozen eggs. (That is 529,884 individual eggs!) 220,785 pounds of fresh produce 34,142 loves of fresh bread 10,015 bags of Taco Works chips 34,142 blocks of fresh, local cheese 632,955 meals for our local children That is in addition to 70,000+ daily meals at school sites! Thank you so much for supporting Food & Nutrition Services over the last 16 months. We have loved serving our community. Summer and Fall info will be coming soon. EDUCATIONAL SERVICES Kim McGrath, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Fully Online APEX Summer School Information Signups for Original Credit are closed. Students who are earning/earned a D or an F in a course and who need to make it up must work with their Counselor to sign up. APEX login information will be shared on June 15. Note: Some APEX courses are offered through a collaboration with Cuesta college. Such courses do not provide Cuesta credit, however, if your course is offered through this collaboration you will receive an important registration email from Cuesta soon. Click here for instructions on how to see your APEX course enrollment approvals In-person Middle and High School Summer Program Information Enrollment for in-person Middle and High School summer programs is by invitation. Families will be contacted directly with invitations. First day and classroom location information will be shared on June 14 for High School Summer Bridge and Credit Recovery and on June 18 for Middle School Summer Experience APEX Online and In-Person Credit Recovery Device Checkout Students who need devices for academic use can check them out in the following ways: Morro Bay High School APEX Online - June 14 and 15 in the Library In-person Credit Recovery - June 16 in the Library San Luis Obispo High School Students who need devices should check out a device during your materials collection on June 7, 8, 9, and 14. Middle and High School Summer Program Questions Please send questions about Middle and High School summer programs to email@example.com .
May 28, 2021 FLASH TOPICS The SLCUSD School Board will hold their Regular Board meeting on June 1, 2021. On the agenda is Second Hearing Regarding Proposed Composition of By-Trustee Area Maps and Proposed Sequencing Schedules. For more information on the CVRA, visit this District site . If you are interested in being added to the weekly pantry box list, please sign up HERE . Do you need help paying for food, shelter, clothing, bills, utilities, internet, or phone services? Email the Family Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 805-458-5499. SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE Dr. Eric Prater, Superintendent Last weekend, the superintendent’s office flooded when a pipe broke. Luckily, a good Samaritan notified us by calling the emergency phone number posted on our building. It appears most of the damage was minimal and we will be able to dry out the carpet and walls, reposition the office furniture, put our computers back on the desks, and move back within a few short weeks. The BG&T staff responded immediately on Saturday night and allowed us to avoid a much bigger problem. I am most grateful. In the meantime, my team and I are applying some of the skills we learned during the pandemic to be nimble and flexible. While inconvenient, we have adapted. A flooded office within two weeks of summer, at the tail-end of a year and half global pandemic, challenges the heartiest of souls. Existential fatigue comes to mind. According to Webster’s, it “is the weight of the world on your soul, mind and emotions. It's the kind of fatigue that shows you the naked and grotesque difference between perception and reality and inverts your perception of reality. You are now not sure whether it is you or the world that has gone crazy.” Our families have had so much to manage in their lives during this time. As a parent myself, I recognize the emotional toll this has had on our children - and on you. On Wednesday, I attended the Teacher Induction Program Colloquium to celebrate our new teachers who completed their credential requirements. During the breakout sessions, I was able to hear reflections from the candidates regarding what has worked well and what needs improvement. I was impressed with their incredible resilience and joy - despite the obvious struggles of the past year. When I consider our San Luis Coastal team - new and veteran educators, support staff, and administrators - I can confidently say our kids will be in good hands when we reopen full time on August 19, 2021. Have a restful Memorial Day weekend. Stay safe and healthy, Eric EDUCATIONAL SERVICES Kim McGrath, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Children and the COVID-19 Vaccinations The New York Times provided an excellent resource for parents who struggle with the decision to vaccinate their children with the COVID-19 vaccine. This article provides more information that you might find helpful when making this decision. Fully Online APEX Summer School Information Signups for Original Credit are closed. Students who are earning/earned a D or an F in a course and who need to make it up must work with their Counselor to sign up. Instructions to access course enrollment approvals will be shared starting June 4. In-person Middle and High School Summer Program Information Enrollment for in-person Middle and High School summer programs is by invitation. Families will be contacted directly. Please send questions about Middle and High School summer programs to email@example.com.
May 21, 2021 FLASH TOPICS The San Luis Obispo High School Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America program will be holding a Bake-Off fundraiser on May 27 on TNN (Tiger News Network) and Zoom. For more information contact Lisa Washmuth . If you are interested in being added to the weekly pantry box list, please sign up HERE . Do you need help paying for food, shelter, clothing, bills, utilities, internet, or phone services? Email the Family Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 805-458-5499. SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE Dr. Eric Prater, Superintendent San Luis Coastal Joins in Celebrating the Life of Detective Luca Benedetti Celebrating the Week of the Classified Employee I want to highlight our amazing classified employees in San Luis Coastal as part of Classified School Employee Week. These employees are integral to the success of students and public education and never has it been more apparent as this last year. They are often the first impression of our organization. Our classified employees are paraeducators, EL aides, school secretaries, registrars, library techs, school nurses, IST technicians, payroll, and human resources. They drive our school busses, prepare meals for our students, and maintain and repair our buildings and grounds. Join me in expressing our gratitude and appreciation for these heroes. San Luis Coastal Employees of the Year At Tuesday’s Board meeting, we celebrated the San Luis Coastal Employees of the year. The past sixteen months have been extraordinarily challenging for educators, students, and families. We have a resilient community that has revealed its strength and compassion. Now, rituals and traditions are slowly starting to return. Employee and student celebrations are lifting us out of isolation. In a few short weeks, our seniors - including my son - will walk the stage to receive their diplomas in front of their families and friends. I look forward to having our school community return on August 19, 2021, in person five days a week. This is what we know; this is what we’re best at. Stay safe and healthy, Eric BUSINESS SERVICES Ryan Pinkerton, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Vaccination Clinics for Students We are partnering with SLO County Public Health to set up voluntary vaccine clinics at our secondary schools now that students ages 12 to 18 are eligible to be vaccinated. These clinics are voluntary and parents/students will have to sign up to participate. At the high school level, parent consent is required. At the middle schools, parents are required to be in attendance. Our district nurse is working directly with Public Health to get these clinics established. Public Health is using the Pfizer vaccine for these student vaccinations. We have heard about some false statements going around regarding "mandatory" vaccines and forcing students to be vaccinated. Our caution to you is to not believe these false statements or rumors. We will continue to openly communicate with parents, students, and staff about any and all potential requirements moving forward. The school district is obligated to follow the safety regulations of the California Department of Public Health and San Luis Obispo County Public Health. We will continue to follow the mandates of our public health departments. Transportation for Fall 2021-2022 School Year Our hope is that transportation will return to normal for next school year. We will continue to monitor the mandatory guidance from the Public Health Department, but we are planning for a return to full operation. Routes will come out in July, along with registration information. We will notify everyone when it is ready. EDUCATIONAL SERVICES Kim McGrath, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services School Safety and Masks Reminders The Center for Disease Control recently released guidance on the ability of fully vaccinated people to resume pre-pandemic activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. This guidance has raised questions for schools about how to proceed in the current school year. The CDC recommends schools continue to use the COVID-19 prevention strategies outlined in the current version of CDC’s Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools for at least the remainder of the 2020-2021 academic school year. The CDC will update its guidance for schools in the coming weeks. Updated guidance can inform school planning for the 2021-2022 academic year. Preschool in SLO There will be a grand re-opening of our district preschool located at Hawthorne taught by Fiona Lloyd-Moffett. To register for preschool your child must be four years old by December 2, 2021, reside within the San Luis Coastal Unified School District, and demonstrate financial need. Students will return to their neighborhood school for Kindergarten. Pick up an application at any school in San Luis Coastal Unified School District. For more information, call 805-596-4070 or email Ms. Lloyd-Moffett at email@example.com . Fully Online APEX Summer School Sign Ups Are Open May 3 - May 23 This program is fully online for incoming 9th-12th grade students who are recovering credits, improving grades, or taking classes to get ahead. Course enrollment confirmation will be shared starting the week of June 4. Click here for sign up information In-person Middle and High School Summer Program Information Enrollment for in-person Middle and High School summer programs is by invitation. Families will be contacted directly. Please send questions about Middle and High School summer programs to firstname.lastname@example.org. Emergency Broadband Benefit The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more. It will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below: Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline ; Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year; Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program. There are three ways for eligible households to apply: Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process. Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with copies of documents showing proof of eligibility to: Emergency Broadband Support Center P.O. Box 7081 London, KY 40742
May 14, 2021 FLASH TOPICS If you are interested in being added to the weekly pantry box list, please sign up HERE . Do you need help paying for food, shelter, clothing, bills, utilities, internet, or phone services? Email the Family Resource Center at email@example.com or call 805-458-5499. SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE Dr. Eric Prater, Superintendent Tragedy in SLO We are shocked and saddened as an organization regarding the tragic incident involving two deaths in SLO: a well-loved police officer and a young man who slipped into mental illness over the past several months. We've identified and wrapped around the San Luis Coastal families and students who lived in the apartment complex and witnessed the horrific event. Our Family Resource Center has provided temporary lodging and access to meals, counseling services, and extra chromebooks for technology access during this challenging time. We have flown our district flag at half staff this week to honor Detective Benedetti’s life serving others. If you wish to contribute to his family, please visit their Go Fund Me link. California Voters Rights Act (CVRA) As San Luis Coastal transitions from an at-large election model to a trustee area election system, we are seeking public input into the trustee area map decisions. We will review three draft maps for Board discussion next Tuesday, May 18. During this time, the demographer will explain how these maps reflect the criteria previously adopted by the Board during the May 4, 2021 meeting. Information regarding CVRA in San Luis Coastal can be found on our District website . I encourage you to remain involved and informed throughout the process. I invite you to attend the Board meeting on Tuesday night to share in the public discussion. Clarifying Mask Use in San Luis Coastal We are all eager to return to a life of normalcy. On June 15, Governor Newson anticipates eliminating the state’s Blueprint for Safer Economy tiered system and mask mandate. President Biden announced his goal to administer at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 70% of American adults by July 4. Yesterday’s announcement by the CDC and Governor Newsom regarding the easing of mask requirements in public and emergency approval of vaccines for children 12 and over are exciting developments that show how close we are to the end of this pandemic. That being said, masks remain required on SLCUSD sites regardless of vaccination status. California schools must follow the direction of the CDPH under the industry guidelines for K-12 Education in accordance with local Public Health directives. At this time, they do not reflect these reductions and state that students in all grade levels K-12 are required to wear face coverings at all times, while at school, unless formally exempted due to medical necessity or disability. We remain committed to compliance with CDPH and local Public Health safety directives. The masking expectations for SLCUSD will be reviewed when the guidelines for K-12 Education are updated on May 20. We have seventeen days of school remaining prior to summer break and I plan to get us all there safely. Stay safe and healthy, Eric EDUCATIONAL SERVICES Kim McGrath, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Vaccinations for 12-17 year olds Children 12 to 15 years old – and anyone over 15 – are now eligible to get Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines. The Pfizer vaccine is the only Covid-19 vaccine that may be administered to the 12 to 17 year old age group. Minors need parental consent, and must be accompanied by an adult. The Rite Aid stores listed below will provide the Pfizer vaccine every week Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. Children do not need appointments, although it may be more efficient and convenient to call in advance. RITE AID Locations: SAN LUIS OBISPO – 1251 Johnson Ave (corner March and Johnson) ARROYO GRANDE – 1690 E. Grand Ave (corner Grand and Oak Park) SANTA MARIA – 2405 S. Broadway (corner Broadway and McCoy ln) Fully Online APEX Summer School Sign Ups Are Open May 3 - May 23! This program is fully online for incoming 9th-12th grade students who are recovering credits, improving grades, or taking classes to get ahead. Course enrollment confirmation will be shared starting the week of June 4. Click here for sign up information In-person Middle and High School Summer Program Information Enrollment for in-person Middle and High School summer programs is by invitation. Families will be contacted directly. Please send questions about Middle and High School summer programs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 7, 2021 FLASH TOPICS Check out this amazing time lapse video of the SLOHS track demo! Next week is California Student Mental Health Week , May 10 - 14, 2021. If you are interested in being added to the weekly pantry box list, please sign up HERE . Do you need help paying for food, shelter, clothing, bills, utilities, internet, or phone services? Email the Family Resource Center at email@example.com or call 805-458-5499. SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE Dr. Eric Prater, Superintendent For this week’s edition, I’d like to introduce the newest principals to our San Luis Coastal family. I’m excited to elevate site leaders from within as well as bring four amazing leaders from outside of our school district who offer fresh perspectives, diverse backgrounds, and deeply held beliefs that all students can thrive if given the right support and encouragement. San Luis Coastal is truly fortunate to have such high-caliber educators leading our schools. The following information was put together by our amazing Human Resources Department. Baywood Elementary Lisa Stephens has decided to return to the classroom after three very successful years at Baywood. Lisa has been the principal of Baywood Elementary School for the past three years. In that time, she worked hard to develop their dual immersion program. Prior to being at Baywood, she taught at Pacheco Elementary School for thirteen years and in the Los Angeles area for seven years. Outside of her professional life, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and friends. As a family they enjoy going to the beach, traveling and watching her boys play baseball. She says, "I am excited to continue my journey in San Luis Coastal, working closer with students and supporting our dual immersion programs." Bernardo Salcido was chosen as the new principal at Baywood Elementary next year and is excited to support the continued expansion of their Dual Immersion program. He is currently serving as the principal of Paulding Middle School and previously worked as a teacher and administrator at Arroyo Grande High School. Prior to his time in Lucia Mar, Bernardo was an Athletic Director and teacher in Guadalupe. He started his career as a Science teacher and cross country coach at the high school and middle school levels in Bakersfield. Bernardo says, “I am looking forward to the unique opportunity of supporting the transition to a dual immersion program for the students, staff, and parents of Baywood Elementary.” Bernardo and his wife Katie fulfilled their dream of living on the Central Coast when they moved with their two children from Bakersfield six years ago. In his free time he enjoys surfing, running, biking, hiking, and rock climbing with his wife and two teenage children. Bishop’s Peak Elementary Dian a Jones is moving from her assistant principal position at Los Osos Middle School to serve as the principal at Bishop’s Peak Elementary School. Diana grew up in San Luis Obispo, started her career in San Diego, and returned to work in SLCUSD in 2010. She has worked with students and teachers in a variety of roles in her 15 years in education, including elementary teacher, TOSA, teacher induction coordinator, and assistant principal. She’s passionate about inspiring the joy and creativity of learning in all students. Diana met her husband while they were both students at SLHS. They now live with their two children in San Luis Obispo and enjoy being close to family and getting outdoors . She is looking forward to being part of the amazing Bishop’s Peak community. Del Mar Elementary Michael Wood is excited to join the San Luis Coastal community as Principal of Del Mar Elementary next year. He says, “It is a n honor to support an elementary school that has worked hard to form a community and culture where all have a voice in shaping the educational environment for the benefit of children. In the course of almost three decades in education, I cultivated a deep love for teaching and learning at all levels. I started as a teacher of everything from English to Designated ELD to Early Literacy to Advanced Placement. I have over fifteen years of experience as a staff developer leading small cohorts of teachers to refine innovative instructional practice. I have most recently served as a middle school principal at a double Gold Ribbon winning school committed to reflective practice and continual improvement. My wife, who will serve as the new Principal of Pacheco Elementary, is my professional partner, my life partner and my inspiration. We are so happy to bring our two boys (27 and 14) to live in your community and join this amazing district team. On a personal note, I have a life-long love affair with good music and good food. I am adventurous in both of those pursuits.” Hawthorne Elementary James McMillen will be transitioning from his role as principal of Hawthorne to become principal of Los Ranchos. James' wife, Brooke, is also a teacher in SLCUSD. They both love living and working on the Central Coast and they keep very busy taking care of their three daughters, ages 2, 4, and 6. James started at SLCUSD as a paraeducator at Los Ranchos and then taught for eight years before becoming the principal of Teach Elementary for one year and then the principal of Hawthorne Elementary for the past 6 years. He is thrilled to return to Los Ranchos, where his career in SLCUSD started. James says "Elementary schools are very relational and it is incredibly difficult to leave a school that becomes your home. Hawthorne students, parents, and staff have been a constant inspiration for me. I have cherished my time here and will miss everyone next year!" Brittany Tricamo is excited to be the new principal at Hawthorne Elementary. Brittany has worked in SLCUSD for the past 11 years, where she has held many roles: paraeducator, classroom teacher, MTSS TOSA, and, most recently, interim principal at Sinsheimer Elementary School. In the 2014-15 school year, Brittany worked as an instructional coach at Hawthorne Elementary, where she fell in love with Hawthorne’s students and unique school community. Now, she is thrilled to return to the nest as Hawthorne’s principal. She is passionate about empowering students, families, and fellow educators. Brittany grew up in San Diego County and moved to the Central Coast to attend Cal Poly in 2003. She currently lives in San Luis Obispo with her family, including her two children: Jane (2 years) and Victor (2 months). She’s excited to get started serving the Hawthorne community! Monarch Grove Elementary Katie Salcido w ill be serving as principal next year at Monarch Grove Elementary. She is coming from Lucia Mar Unified School District where she has been the Director of Curriculum Projects for the past 5 years. Prior to that she has been an Assistant Principal, Dean, Assistant Dean, and Testing Coordinator at a variety of levels but started her career in education teaching English and Reading to at-risk youth. Katie says, “I am thrilled to become a part of the close knit community of staff, students, and parents of Monarch Grove and can’t wait to continue their history of academic success!” Katie and her husband Bernardo moved with their two children from Bakersfield 6 years ago and have ingrained themselves in the Central Coast community by volunteering at community events, local schools, and with their church. Their oldest will be attending college next year at CSUB and their youngest will be a junior at Arroyo Grande High School. In her spare time Katie enjoys running long distances with her husband and hiking and rock climbing with the entire family. Pacheco Elementary Carmen Wood is thrilled to be joining SLCUSD this year as principal at Pacheco Elementary. Carmen says, “I have embraced a variety of roles across 27+ years as a bilingual educator in California. I started my career as a bilingual classroom teacher in San Diego County. In 2001, my hubby, eldest son and I moved north to the San Francisco Bay area where I’ve continued my work in bilingual education as a bilingual classroom teacher, an instructional coach for English Language Development, a district coordinator of EL Programs, and most recently a bilingual vice principal at Foothill Elementary, a 90/10 Dual Immersion school in the city of Pittsburg, an urban and very diverse community. I have a Masters degree in Education Administration from CSU San Marcos, and I recently completed the 9 week Dare to Lead Intensive designed by Dr. Brene Brown. All of these experiences have led me to SLCUSD and Pacheco. I couldn’t be more grateful, and I consider it a high honor to join this team. On a personal note, my husband, Michael Wood, and I will celebrate 30 years of marriage this December. We have two sons, a 27 year old and a 14 year old (“Surprise!” doesn’t quite cover it). When I’m not at school you are most likely to find me at an outdoor cafe enjoying a coffee chat with a friend or a good book, or you may see me out for a walk with my two dogs. In any case, please stop by and introduce yourself. I look forward to meeting you!” Sinsheimer Elementary Jeff Martin is moving from his principal position at Sinsheimer to be a principal for iInnovate, Summer Experience, and Leadership Development. Jeff joined our district in 2012 where he has served the last 9 years as principal at Sinsheimer. Prior to working in SLCUSD, Jeff was a middle and elementary school principal in the Lucia Mar Unified School District as well as a teacher and administrator in Boise, Idaho where he started his educational career. Jeff will miss the Sinsheimer community and says he will take the "Stinger Spirit" with him into his new role. "I am excited for this new challenge and grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve our incredible school district in a different capacity," Jeff says. Outside of his professional life, Jeff and his wife Joeli have 2 children. Jared attends college in Thousand Oaks at Cal Lutheran University, and their daughter Jiana is a junior at Arroyo Grande High School. Jeff says, he loves his children dearly, but as a proud SLOHS graduate, having to cheer for his children wearing AGHS uniforms in sports over the past several years has been tough. Jeff loves basketball, fly fishing, and family gatherings. Jessica Miller is moving from her assistant principal position at San Luis Obispo High School to serve as the principal at Sinsheimer Elementary School. Jessica has been with San Luis Coastal for eleven years in various roles including elementary teacher, instructional coach, intervention coordinator, and a TIP mentor. The last three years she has been at San Luis Obispo High School as assistant principal. She is originally from the Los Angeles area and moved to San Luis Obispo to attend Cal Poly where she received her undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies with minors in Child Development and Psychology and, later, her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, being outdoors, hiking and taking her dog to the beach. Jessica is so excited to join the Sinsheimer Stinger family! San Luis Obispo High School Rollin Dickinson is thrilled to be joining our district as principal at San Luis Obispo High School. Rollin previously served as a high school principal and assistant principal in Lake Oswego, OR, and taught high school English in Oregon, North Carolina, and California. This will be a happy homecoming for Rollin and Kathryn, who both grew up in San Luis Obispo and graduated from San Luis Obispo High School. Three future Tigers are joining them: Hollis, Pippa, and Bea. They will be in 7th, 5th, and 1st grade. "I consider myself way more than lucky to be joining the outstanding community at SLOHS," he said. "Good times and big-hearted work ahead. I look forward to it all." While there is a feeling of comfort with the familiar, the past year has shown us that our world requires flexibility and a willingness to see opportunity in change. We are fortunate to have benefited from the outstanding leaders at our sites over the past decade. I am certain that the new members of our leadership family will make their mark in positive and meaningful ways. I hope you will join me in welcoming them to our San Luis Coastal community. Stay safe and healthy, Eric BUSINESS SERVICES Ryan Pinkerton, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Food Service Heroes Today was School Lunch Hero Day. To honor our incredible school food heroes, who have served over 1 million meals since schools closed last March, families dressed up in a SUPERHERO theme. Thanks to everyone who participated! No group has worked harder to serve our kids and families over the past year. EDUCATIONAL SERVICES Kim McGrath, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services No Virtual Program Planned for 2021-22 For the 2021-22 school year, San Luis Coastal is not planning to provide a virtual program. As you are aware, there was a need to provide this as an option for the 2020-21 school year. However, beginning in the fall, unless the circumstances around the virus change dramatically, the plan is for all students to return to in-person instruction. In addition, we are working hard and making a large financial commitment to ensure that most class sizes provide for additional spacing as practical. San Luis Coastal is working on a partnership with other districts to provide a virtual learning option for families with extenuating needs as well as an independent study program for those students that qualify. More information will be forthcoming. Fully Online APEX Summer School Sign Ups Are Open May 3 - May 23! This program is fully online for incoming 9th-12th grade students who are recovering credits, improving grades, or taking classes to get ahead. Click here for sign up information. In-person Middle and High School Summer Program Information Enrollment for in-person Middle and High School summer programs is by invitation. Families will be contacted directly with invitations. Middle and High School Summer Program Questions Please send questions about Middle and High School summer programs to firstname.lastname@example.org . Public Health’s Vaccination Information - Information for Adults and Students When and Where You Can Get Vaccinated-ReadySLO.org Vaccination FAQs- ReadySLO.org SLO Public Health News- Vaccine Updates
April 30, 2021 FLASH TOPICS If you are interested in being added to the weekly pantry box list, please sign up HERE . The band boosters will be hosting a Goodwill Donation Drive at the high school parking lot on Sunday, May 2 from 9 am - 3 pm. Please see the attached flyer to see what items will be accepted. Do you need help paying for food, shelter, clothing, bills, utilities, internet, or phone services? Email the Family Resource Center at email@example.com or call 805-458-5499. SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE Dr. Eric Prater, Superintendent There are a couple of items of note I wanted to share with you this week. California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) The SLCUSD Board of Trustees is currently elected under an “at-large” election system, where trustees are elected by voters of the entire District in even-numbered years and serve staggered, four-year terms. Recently, however, public entities have had their at-large election systems challenged under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) which resulted in expensive and divisive litigation. On April 16, 2019, the Board adopted Resolution No. 16-18-19 to initiate a transition to a By-Trustee Area Election System commencing with the 2022 Election. The Board intended to wait until the release of the 2020 Census data, scheduled for March 2021, and then immediately begin the transition process. However, due to COVID-19-related delays, the 2020 Census data is not expected to be available until September 30, 2021 or later which would create an incredibly tight timeline to complete the process in time for the 2022 elections. At their April 20, 2021 meeting, the Board received an update on the current Census Bureau delays, and a proposed timeline moving forward. They adopted Resolution No. 20-20-21 to allow the Board to initiate the transition process immediately using the 2010 Census data and then review the 2020 Census data when it’s released to make sure the adopted trustee areas will have the appropriate population balance. (The final maps to be used in the 2022 election will rely on the 2020 census data.) Over the next several months, this discussion and process will be a main feature of our Board meetings. At the May 4 Board meeting, there will be a second public hearing to receive feedback and set criteria which will allow demographers to design the trustee areas and a resolution approving that criteria. There will be another public hearing that night regarding the resolution to seek a waiver from the State Board of Education to bypass the electoral requirement for trustee area maps. This waiver will save our district between $60,000 and $360,000. Information regarding CVRA in San Luis Coastal can be found on our District website. I encourage you to remain involved and informed throughout the process. I invite you to attend the Board meeting on Tuesday night to share in the public discussion. SLCUSD’s Mask-Wearing Policies Over the past week, I have received several emails asking for clarification on the District’s mask policies, questioning why the policies are still in place, and asking if we will still require masks in the fall. I believe our District has done our very best to provide the highest level of protection for our students and staff during this ongoing COVID-19 emergency. We have trusted the guidance of the Center for Disease Control, California Department of Public Health, the California Department of Education, and the San Luis Obispo County Health Department to ensure that we are providing the correct protective measures to reduce the spread of this insidious virus while continuing to provide in person educational opportunities for our students. Our intention in the coming fall semester is to continue to follow the scientific guidance that is provided to us from these health agencies. At this point we do not know what that will be. If they modify the mask wearing guidance, we will modify our protective measures. For now, we will continue with the current mask requirements outlined in our COVID-19 Safety Plan . Health agencies continue to update and modify the protective measures as new scientific studies are completed and understood, vaccination becomes more prevalent, and the disease spread is reduced. We all hope that by the fall semester most people are vaccinated, and the disease is in our rearview mirror requiring no protective measures. Until that hope becomes a reality, we all need to continue in our efforts to reduce spread by following the most current protective recommendations and guidelines. My hope is that our public record and continuous outreach over the last year has provided transparency to the COVID-19 protective measures we instituted and will give you an opportunity to understand all that we have and are doing to protect our students and staff. Stay safe and healthy, Eric BUSINESS SERVICES Ryan Pinkerton, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Free School Meals Continue in 2021-22 The USDA announced an extension of free school meals for the duration of the 2021-22 school year. We are thrilled to be able to continue providing free meals for all students for another year! Parents can count on a free breakfast and a free lunch daily at school when we start in the fall. Any funds left in meal accounts will remain. EDUCATIONAL SERVICES Kim McGrath, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Fully Online APEX Summer School Sign Ups Are Open May 3 - May 23! This program is fully online for incoming 9th-12th grade students who are recovering credits, improving grades, or taking classes to get ahead. Click here for sign up information. In-person Middle and High School Summer Program Information Enrollment for in-person Middle and High School summer programs is by invitation. Families will be contacted directly. Middle and High School Summer Program Questions Please send questions about Middle and High School summer programs to firstname.lastname@example.org .
April 23, 2021 FLASH TOPICS If you are interested in being added to the weekly pantry box list, please sign up HERE . The band boosters will be hosting a Goodwill Donation Drive at the high school parking lot on Sunday, May 2 from 9 am - 3 pm. Please see the attached flyer to see what items will be accepted. If you have questions about our meal program, please contact the Meal Helpline at 805-549-1270. Do you need help paying for food, shelter, clothing, bills, utilities, internet, or phone services? Email the Family Resource Center at email@example.com or call 805-458-5499. SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE Dr. Eric Prater, Superintendent “The only constant in life is change.” – Heraclitus Last week I wrote that this year has provided time for introspection that resulted in many of our employees making career changes and life decisions. I would like to share some transitions that will impact the district office in San Luis Coastal and, as a result, the rest of the school district moving forward. Kimberly McGrath, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, has performed brilliantly for the past five years in that position and, prior to that, as our Secondary Director of Learning and Achievement. She was recently selected as the new Superintendent of the Reed Union School District in Marin County. It is bittersweet to see her go, but I know she will do great things in her new district. We are very proud of Kim and wish her all the best. Christin Newlon, Director of Human Resources, announced her retirement and plans to go on an extended camping trip for several months beginning in July. She has done an exceptional job for us over the past seven years and I appreciate her dedication to San Luis Coastal and her ethical leadership. Sally Ames, Adult Education Administrator, announced her retirement at the end of this year. She has done a remarkable job ensuring our Adult School Program continued to survive in the face of the Great Recession. I appreciate her entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to preserving this valued community program. It wouldn’t have been possible without her leadership. In response to these changes, we have made the following selections in these key positions: I have selected Diane Frost, Executive Director of Student Support Services, to replace Kim McGrath beginning in July as our new Assistant Superintendent of Education. She has demonstrated leadership excellence in San Luis Coastal for the past 18 years, is widely respected across the organization, and will do a fantastic job in her new role. Janet Gould, currently principal of Del Mar Elementary School, was selected to serve as the Executive Director of Student Support Services. Janet has been a teacher and principal in San Luis Coastal for nearly 25 years. She is highly regarded among her colleagues, staff, and community as a skillful and enthusiastic leader. She will continue to do great things for us. Leslie O’Connor, current principal of San Luis Obispo High School, was selected to serve as the Secondary Director of Learning and Achievement. This is a critical position responsible for all secondary schools in San Luis Coastal. Leslie has led San Luis Obispo High School for the past 10 years with great skill and determination. I know he will bring that same commitment and dedication to his new role in making our middle and high schools truly exceptional. Dan Block, current principal at Bishop’s Peak Elementary School, was selected to serve as the new Director of Human Resources. He has served as a principal in San Luis Coastal for the past 14 years and is well-known for his leadership acumen, collaborative nature, and kind spirit. He will do an excellent job in his new role. While this represents significant change at the District level, we are fortunate to have such skilled and dedicated professionals who are able to step into these positions without missing a beat. I have confidence in each of them as proven leaders and highly ethical professionals. In closing, I want to share an amazing video that highlights Ms. Tiff Buckman’s Los Osos Middle School class. It’s a great way to start your weekend. Stay safe and healthy. Eric BUSINESS SERVICES Ryan Pinkerton, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Measure D Construction Update Morro Bay High School: Classroom Building B and the quad will be completed by the start of school in fall. The projects currently in progress are Building A - new cafeteria, theater, and multi-purpose room. We hope to start work on Classroom Building C in the fall. The last project will be to repave the parking lots. San Luis Obispo High School: The South 100 Building and quad area, along with the welding/architecture rooms will be completed by the start of school. The middle section of the 100 Building is currently under construction (cafeteria, digital media labs, multi-purpose room, library). The northern end of the 100 Building will begin construction in the fall. We are working on a timeline for the 500 Wing Building and quad in front of the 100 Building. We are in the last phases of Measure D, with approximately two years of work remaining. Fortunately, students and staff will be able to enjoy many of the projects that have already been completed. We are working with staff to move into the new spaces for the fall. Transportation Update We are excited about full time instruction in the fall and are planning our transportation schedules accordingly. We will have the new routes up in July and parents will be able to sign up for transportation at that time. We will send out notifications to let you know when they are available. EDUCATIONAL SERVICES Kim McGrath, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Elementary Summer Experience Teaching Positions We are looking for individuals with a multiple subject credential to teach this summer. Is that you or someone you know? Here is all of the program information . Please apply via EdJoin . Applications close on Sunday, April 25. Los Osos Middle School Redesignated “Schools To Watch” LOMS was honored this week by the California Department of Education for its redesignation as a California School to Watch. This is no easy accomplishment and required ongoing focus on student achievement, developmental responsiveness, and systems that promote equity for all students. Kudos to the team at Los Osos Middle School! High School Summer School Programs This summer, three options will be available to incoming 9th-12th grade students: Fully Online Original Credit, Grade Recovery, Credit Recovery Online via APEX for incoming 9th-12th grade students In-person by invitation, Credit Recovery and Summer Bridge In-person Credit Recovery for incoming 10th-12th grade students In-person Summer Bridge for incoming 9th grade students In-person programs will provide free breakfast and lunch, as well as transportation. The High School Program Details are here . Sign Up: Fully Online - Sign up information for the Fully Online APEX Program will be available via AERIES the week of May 3, 2021. In-person, by Invitation Only - Invitations to specific students for in-person programs will be coming soon from Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo High Schools. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org . Middle School Summer Experience Programs The Middle School Summer Experience program is open to incoming middle schoolers (6th-8th at Los Osos Middle School and 7th-8th at Laguna Middle School) by invitation. This engaging program is offered by invitation, to students with learning recovery needs. Session 1: June 21-July 8 (Weeks 1-3), M-Th, 9:00AM-2:00PM. No school July 5. Session 2: July 12-29 (Weeks 4-6), M-Th, 9:00AM-2:00PM. For questions, please contact email@example.com .
The SLCUSD Board of Trustees will hold their Strategic Session and Measure D Study Session on: Thursday, April 22, 2021 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Via Teleconference (click here for agenda) The District will continue to make significant efforts to ensure public participation during this Board meeting by providing a link which will be available on the day of the meeting. Members of the public may provide comments to the Board via email, through the Public Comment form, or via Zoom.
The agenda for the next SLCUSD Board of Trustees Regular Meeting is now available online . Tuesday, April 20, 2021 Via Teleconference and 1500 Lizzie Street - J2 San Luis Obispo, CA 4:00 p.m. - Closed Session 5:00 p.m. - Open Session ******************************************** The District is taking all necessary steps to prevent and mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on our community. Therefore, in the interest of public health, and in compliance with recent orders by Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health, the District will conduct Board meetings via teleconference, online, and in-person. Face masks/coverings will be required by all visitors while on site and while speaking at the podium. The Board room and all other seating will meet social distancing guidelines. All individuals attend the meeting in-person at their own risk and are advised to review public health guidelines (e.g., https://covid19.ca.gov/masks-and-ppe/) prior to attending. Please also note that Board members, staff, and others presenting at the meeting may be calling in via the Zoom video conferencing platform from separate locations or attending the meeting in-person. The District will continue to make significant efforts to ensure public participation during this Board meeting by providing a link which will be available on the day of the meeting. Members of the public may provide comments to the Board via email, through the Public Comment form, or in-person through a speaker card.