Join the San Leandro Teachers Association (SLTA) TODAY for a virtual community forum via Facebook live at 4:00 pm. Event link: https://fb.me/e/3JAnBnAfa The panel of local leaders and educators will be discussing the topic: What Does the Black Lives Matter Movement Mean for our Public Schools? Follow along with the discussion on Facebook live and participate through commentary, forwarded to the panelists to discuss! The forum will be featuring Angela Normand from the Alameda County Board of Education as moderator. Panelists include: Aisha Knowles, Jeff Ramirez, Dr. Hoi-Fei Mok, Deanna Slaton, and Monique Tate *Note: After the discussion ends, a recording will be posted on https://www.WeAreSLTA.org
Dear SLUSD Community, With yesterday’s news that Alameda County has moved into the Red Tier from the Purple Tier under the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, you are likely wondering how this affects SLUSD. I will explain how this new information relates to our planning, and what this means for us right now. What does Red Tier mean for schools? Alameda County will have to remain in the Red Tier for two weeks, starting yesterday, before our public health department can even consider allowing schools to reopen for in-person instruction. Currently, Alameda County Public Health is requiring school districts to continue with distance learning and will provide a phased reopening plan before October 6. This means there are no immediate changes for San Leandro Unified. What does the Phased Reopening Plan require? The Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) has shared that a phased reopening plan for schools will have to meet many stringent safety requirements before schools can transition from distance learning to a blended/hybrid in-person instructional model. The most significant barrier will be the requirement for frequent and rapid employee testing. This means that each school district will have to contract with a private testing provider and bear the associated costs. We are exploring partnerships with local health agencies to provide this service, but currently, we are logistically and financially far from being able to meet this requirement, as are all public schools in Alameda County. Can we get an Elementary Waiver and provide Small Cohort Support? We have let ACOE know that we are interested in the possibility of being allowed to serve small cohorts of students under the guidance of our county educational and public health agencies. However, as I mentioned before, the stringent requirements necessary to apply for this waiver and the quick deadline of October 2 to apply means we will not be pursuing this option at this time. We need feedback from our families. With distance learning as our current reality, we want to know how it is working for our students and families. Families will receive a feedback survey tomorrow so we can continue to improve while we also plan for our phased reopening. We also want to know our families’ current preference for having children return to in-person learning, given the current public health situation described above. The decisions we face in reopening our schools are hard, complicated, and allow for absolutely no margin of error. When we do welcome students back to our classrooms, every student, staff, and family member must be safe. As a parent, I would expect nothing less for my own child and will provide nothing less for your children and our staff. I will continue to keep you updated and I truly appreciate your support, Dr. Mike McLaughlin Superintendent Reference Links 1. State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy 2. Alameda County Public Health Department Statement on Red Tier 3. Alameda County Office of Education Statement on Red Tier
Dear SLUSD Families, Tonight's SLUSD Family Learning Series will focus on strategies to support children with different or special needs. The presentation will describe ways to use social stories and visual enhancements for learning at home. Join Eva Caraher, SLUSD Behaviorist, and Ashley Ferguson, Special Education Teacher TONIGHT at 5 pm! Join the session here Passcode: 148709 [Wednesday, Sep 23 at 4:59 PM] Starting in 1 minute! If you have a child with different or special needs, make sure to tune in!
Meal Applications Are More Than A Meal Did you know the free/reduced-price meal program determines school funding for all of our students? Did you know approved meal applications can help reduce costs for internet access, SAT and college application fees, and child care? This is why we are asking all SLUSD families are being asked to complete the application HERE! Even if your child doesn't plan to eat school meals, we need your help to ensure our schools and families can access the resources they need. About the Benefits: School Funding Every meal application can generate an additional $6,000 in funding for our schools which will benefit ALL students. Without these completed applications, our schools could lose millions of dollars. SAT and College Application Fees Any 11th and 12th-grade student who is approved for the free/reduced-price meal program is eligible for SAT fee waivers. These waivers also allow eligible students to choose four colleges from over 2,000 participating colleges and apply for free. Child Care and Afterschool Programs Many organizations enroll children who qualify for free/reduced-price meals in child care, afterschool programs, and summer camps at no cost. Internet Service Through a partnership with Comcast, the Internet Essentials Program provides internet for less than $10 a month for qualifying families. You can also purchase a laptop or desktop computer for $149 and get free classes to assist in learning internet basics. Find more information at www.internetessentials.com . Frequently Asked Questions Question: What is the deadline to submit applications? Answer: Applications are accepted throughout the year, but only applications submitted by October 31 bring additional funding to our schools. Question: Could participation in this program impact immigration status? Answer: Absolutely not! This program is not considered a public benefit. See more guarantees from the California Department of Education here. Question: Is there a chance that my information is subject to verification? Answer: We are asked to verify 2% of all applications. If the information is not accurate, the student will be ineligible for further free and reduced-price meals, but there is no additional contact or reporting. More questions? Contact Joyce De La Vega at (510) 667-3508 or email@example.com .
We are extremely proud to share that our vibrantly diverse district was highlighted in the recent edition of Teaching Tolerance magazine for our shared efforts towards building school communities where every member is welcomed, included, and valued. There’s even a special shoutout to San Leandro High School’s Social Justice Academy for their ongoing advocacy! SLUSD’s own Assistant Superintendent Sonal Patel shared the district's trajectory towards becoming a sanctuary district where all families are deeply woven into the strong fabric of our schools. Since YOU are a member of our thoughtful crew of students, families, and educators who made this work come alive, take a minute to read the article HERE!
SLUSD's Family Learning Series continues tomorrow at 5 pm where you can learn how to ease the challenges you and your middle or high school student may be experiencing. We’ll offer strategies to support your child’s learning and discuss ways in which you can help your child engage in school. When: Wednesday, September 9 at 5 pm Where: Join the Webinar Here! You can see videos and slides from all of our previous Family Learning Series HERE . Make sure you don't miss our video on Navigating Schoology, the learning management system for Grades 6-12 . [Wednesday, Sep 9 at 4:56 PM] Starting in 5 minutes! Learn how to support your middle or high school student in distance learning.
Click here to join the webinar: https://slusd-us.zoom.us/j/87599429573
Our free meals program for all students is back, thanks to new USDA guidelines! Just like we did all summer, we will be serving meals to all children 18 and under three days a week from our seven distribution sites starting September 8, with no barcode or proof of residency needed. Any child can get a meal from any location. We are also expanding our service to include meals for the weekends. This means we will serve two days worth of meals on Monday and Wednesdays, and three days worth of meals on Fridays. There will be no meal distribution on Monday, September 7 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. But there will be a special meal distribution on Tuesday, September 8. Our service hours have also expanded, with morning pickup available from 6:30 am to 8:00 am at Monroe, Muir, and SLHS (north parking lot by library/main office) DISTRIBUTION SITE STARTING 9/8/20 Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays MORNINGS 6:30-8 AM MIDDAY 11-12:30 PM Garfield Elementary ✖ ✅ Jefferson Elementary ✖ ✅ Monroe Elementary ✅ ✅ Washington Elementary ✖ ✅ Bancroft Middle School ✖ ✅ John Muir Middle School ✅ ✅ San Leandro High School ✅ North parking lot by library/office ✅ Main student parking lot
Dear TK-5th Grade Families, We know this is hard! Your child is now learning in a new space, and it can be challenging to balance school with being at home. Tonight at 5 pm, you can learn how to ease the challenges your child may be experiencing at the SLUSD Family Learning Series #3: SUPPORTING TK-5th STUDENTS IN DISTANCE LEARNING. We’ll offer strategies to support your child’s learning and discuss ways in which you can help your child engage in school. Join us at 5 pm here: https://slusd-us.zoom.us/j/85067905833 Spanish & Chinese translation provided! [Wednesday, Sep 2 at 4:55 PM] Elementary Families! Starting in 5 minutes! Learn how to support your elementary students in distance learning by clicking here: https://slusd-us.zoom.us/j/85067905833
Thank you to our Family Resouce Center for compiling the following quick links for our families affected by COVID-19: Alameda County Public Health COVID-19 Testing Site Information Family Resource Center Native American Health Center CareSolace - An online database of mental health services with free, confidential 24/7 service. Disability Insurance Federal Unemployment Assistance Pacific Gas & Electric : PG&E has a moratorium on disconnecting services for those who cannot pay their bills and flexible payment plans. Rent relief (Alameda County) If families need to apply for public assistance such as Medical, Calfresh, Cash aid, or more resources, contact Ashley Membreno 510.975.0341.
Changes to Meal Services on Labor Day Holiday There will be no meal services on Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day. There will be a special meal service at all seven sites on Tuesday, September 8 from 11 am -12:30 pm . The meal program will resume its regular lunchtime schedule and NEW early morning schedule on Wednesday, September 9. NEW Meal Pick-up Opportunities To accommodate various bell schedules and busy families, we will begin a new morning service beginning Wednesday, September 9 at Monroe, John Muir, and San Leandro High School (in the north parking lot by the administration offices near the library). Families will be able to pick up meal boxes at all morning service locations. Both morning and midday meal services will include breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner for 2 days (on Mondays) or 3 days (on Wednesdays). Early Morning Meal Service Lunch Time Meal Service Begins September 9 No Service Monday, September 7 Special Service Tuesday, September 8 6:30 am to 8:00 am 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Monroe Elementary Garfield Elementary John Muir Middle School Jefferson Elementary San Leandro High School (by the library) Monroe Elementary Washington Elementary Bancroft Middle School John Muir Middle School San Leandro High School (main parking lot) Free and Reduced Price Meals Our district is continuing to provide students with nutritious meals as our school buildings remain closed and as many families are facing tough economic times. Review these guidelines that allow students to eat free of charge. By qualifying, students gain access to breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner for five days per week AT NO COST! Additionally, the district receives additional funding that helps improve our programs. Applying for Free and Reduced Price Meals is easy using this link: https://www.myschoolapps.com/ The “My School Apps” website is available in multiple languages by using the “Language” tab in the upper right-hand corner. Applications in Spanish and Chinese are available for download. Click here for additional language translations of the application. Contact Joyce De La Vega at jdelavega@slusd or (510) 667-3508 for any questions regarding meal applications. Frequently Asked Questions About Free and Reduced Price Meals Question: What is the deadline to submit applications? Answer: Families can submit applications until the end of the year. But students who qualify by October 31 each year can bring additional funding to the district. Question: What is the additional funding? The district can receive an additional $6,000 for each additional student who qualifies for free and reduced-price meals. This funding is used to help support students, teachers, classrooms, and schools. Question: Is there a chance that my information is subject to verification? Answer: Each year the district is required to request verification for 2% of all applications. If information is not provided, the student becomes ineligible for further free and reduced-price meals. There is no additional contact or reporting as a result of not providing this information. Question: Could participation in this program impact immigration status? Answer: No. This program is not considered a public benefit. Click here to view a letter that the California Department of Education has released on this subject. Question: Are there other benefits with qualification for Free and Reduced Price Meals? Answer: Yes, high school students may be eligible for free or reduced costs for testing, including SAT and Advanced Placement tests. If you have additional questions, please contact Joyce De La Vega in the Food Services Department at (510) 667-3508 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .