January 14, 2021 Dear Families, Thank you for your patience while we all continue to navigate through challenges related to COVID. As you are already aware, on November 13th the dates of reopening schools in phases was approved by the Governing Board, with the first phase beginning on February 1st. Based on the County Department of Health guidelines, schools may reopen only after they have been in the red tier for a minimum of two weeks. Since Alameda County is still in the purple tier, CVUSD’s first phase of reopening is delayed until Alameda County has been in the red tier for a minimum two (2) weeks. Rest assured, you will receive frequent updates and advanced confirmation on the exact reopening date. Reopening will occur in phases, meaning that our elementary schools will begin with two primary grades first and continue with additional grades added each week. Although the reopening date has been delayed, our planning and preparation will continue so that families have time to make the necessary arrangements and we can be fully prepared in order to ensure a smooth transition. Information related to your child’s assignment and specific details on schedules, procedures, and protocols will be communicated to you by each site principal in the next few days. Our Districts Roadmap to Reopening & Safety Plan was submitted to the County and on December 22nd, we received confirmation that our plan was complete. Currently, the Supplemental School Site Specific Reopening Plans are in the process of being uploaded to all school sites. Please contact your school site if you have any questions regarding the site specific plans. We look forward to seeing our students back in school. Reopening schools and getting the economy back on track will greatly depend on how we each follow the Health Department directives to reduce the number of COVID cases in the County. Please stay safe and be well. Regards, Parvin Ahmadi
Castro Valley Unified School District invites you to A special celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King jr. January 18, 2021 11:00am-12:30pm Featuring student speakers & short video followed by community discussion. Please see attached flyer for more information and the link (Click Here)
Board of Education Meeting Agenda January 13, 2021 The Board of Education will hold a board meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. CALL TO ORDER/CLOSED SESSION: 4:00 P.M. OPEN SESSION: 5:30 P.M. The complete board packet is available here . NOTICE - COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY BOARD MEMBERS TO ATTEND VIRTUALLY In Compliance with the Governor of California’s “Safer-at-Home Order” due to COVID-19, the Castro Valley Unified School District Board of Education will be conducting meetings virtually until further notice. This means there will be no specific physical meeting place; the meeting will be held remotely. However, public participation continues to be welcomed and encouraged. To observe the meeting by video conference , please click on LINK here at the noticed meeting time. To listen to the meeting by phone, please call at the noticed meeting time 1-669-900-6833, then enter the meeting ID on the agenda, then press “#”. Please contact Aimee Cayere, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org School Report & Presentation Marshall Elementary School Report & Presentation Consent Agenda Adopt Minutes of Board Meetings; Approve Purchase Order Report and Budget Adjustments; Adopt Resolutions Disposal of Obsolete and/or Surplus Property, Approval of First Amendment to the Facilities Lease Between Robert A. Bothman Construction and Castro Valley Unified School District for the Creekside Middle School Recreational Space Project and Declaring February to be African-American History Month; Accept Donations to the District; and Accept Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures Quarterly Report Ending December 31, 2020. Reports, Discussion & Action Items Roadmap to Reopening & Safety Plan Update; Approve personnel report; Review and Adopt the Governance Team Policy Handbook; and Reports from the Student Board Member, Superintendent, and Board Members. Board of Education Gary C. Howard, President Dot Theodore, Vice President/Clerk Dolly Adams Michael Kusiak Lavender Lee Whitaker Upcoming Events 1/20-Special Board Meeting 1/27-Board Meeting 2/10-Board Meeting 2/24-Board Meeting 3/10-Board Meeting 3/24-Board Meeting Student Board Member 2020-2021 Shane Tayag Subscribe to the Board Meeting Calendar Here! Click here for information on the implementation of Measure G, the Facilities Master Plan, Project lists, timelines and more. Castro Valley Unified School District
Dear Families, Today’s events in Washington have certainly been extremely unsettling for all of us, and it may be especially disconcerting for our children. It is important to remember that what happened today is not the first tumultuous time in our nation, but we can continue to persevere and do our part to improve. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday approaches, we are reminded that past each struggle lies an opportunity to build a better community and society. We emerge stronger as a community because of the tremendous effort happening at local level, in our schools, our homes with our families, and in the community. Please let your children’s teachers or principals know if they need any support. Wishing our nation a better tomorrow. Best regards, Parvin Ahmadi Superintendent
January 6, 2021 Dear Families, I hope you had a safe and happy winter holiday and were able to spend quality time with your loved ones under a Stay at Home Order. I wish everyone a healthier, happier, and more predictable year. If nothing else, 2020 taught us to be patient, flexible, and creative in finding new ways to do things. I am truly grateful to all of you, our students, and our staff who have learned new tools and techniques and have taken on additional responsibilities to help and support one another. I am confident that what we have learned, explored, and have been forced to do differently during COVID continues to shed light on new possibilities and opportunities to improve our habits, systems, structures and how we look at life in general. Since March of 2020, there has been tremendous effort to support our students' academic and social/emotional needs while in distance learning. We all recognize the immense value and need for in person learning. As parents and guardians, during this time you have had to take on additional responsibility as teachers and tutors supporting your children. During the last few months, we have been developing a robust Reopening and Safety Plan, which includes all County Department of Health requirements. On November 12th, phases and dates of reopening were approved by the Governing Board. As a reminder, our reopening dates as approved by the Governing Board are predicated on health conditions improving and Alameda County being in the Red Tier for a period of time. CVUSD's Roadmap to Reopening & Safety Plan was submitted to Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) on December 16th for review, and we received confirmation on December 22nd that our plan is complete! Supplemental Site Specific Reopening Plan has also been developed and will be uploaded to websites as soon as possible. On December 30, 2020, Governor Newsom announced California’s Safe Schools for All Plan to create a pathway for California public school districts to physically reopen, while also prioritizing the health and safety of students, teachers and staff. Currently, districts are awaiting further details on the Governor’s plan. We will update you when we have more information. We will continue preparing for reopening as outlined in our Roadmap and Safety Plan while we patiently wait for improvement in the number of cases in Alameda County. It is critical that we all remain vigilant and follow state and local safety protocols and guidelines. Thank you for your patience and partnership. Regards, Parvin Ahmadi
Please mark your calendars for the Castro Valley High School Choir's Winter Concert under the wonderful leadership of Ms. Laryssa Sadoway. The concert will be free and will debut on the CVHS Choir YouTube Channel at 7pm Friday night, December 11th. It will remain on the channel after the premiere for anyone who wants to take a peek at a later time. This is such a great way to start the holiday season and bring light, happiness, and hope into our lives. Check out the attached promotional materials (designed by choir students) and spread the word so that we can encourage these students from afar. And one last CVHS School Spirit touch- CVHS Choir Council has invited all to a #cookiesforchoir communal watch of the concert. Make some cookies or cocoa and take a picture of yourself with the hashtag #cookiesforchoir, sharing your story to our instagram account @cvhs.choirs. You can then be featured on our story Friday night with all the other live watchers!
If you are looking for greeting cards this holiday season, consider the blank note cards that are on sale now in our webstore featuring original artwork by AP Studio Art students! Note: You do NOT have to make an account in the webstore in order to purchase. Just type in your name in the *Name field, so Ms. Vinciguerra in the Finance Office knows it's your order. (Step-by-step video linked below.) The 5 designs were created by seniors Dominique Mallari, Lola Reed, Charlize Tran, Eden Hughes, and junior Analysa Williams. You'll get a pack of 10 cards, 2 each of the 5 designs you see, for $10. Here's a little video of how to purchase , along with a closer view of the artwork. Please spread the word if you would like! These are available to the general public.
Board of Education Meeting Agenda December 14, 2020 The Board of Education will hold a board meeting on Monday, December 14, 2020. CALL TO ORDER/OATH OF OFFICE: 4:00 P.M. CLOSED SESSION: ~ 4:30 P.M. OPEN SESSION: 5:30 P.M. The complete board packet is available here . NOTICE - COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY BOARD MEMBERS TO ATTEND VIRTUALLY In Compliance with the Governor of California’s “Safer-at-Home Order” due to COVID-19, the Castro Valley Unified School District Board of Education will be conducting meetings virtually until further notice. This means there will be no specific physical meeting place; the meeting will be held remotely. However, public participation continues to be welcomed and encouraged. To observe the meeting by video conference , please click on LINK here at the noticed meeting time. To listen to the meeting by phone, please call at the noticed meeting time 1-669-900-6833, then enter the meeting ID on the agenda, then press “#”. Please contact Aimee Cayere, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent with questions at email@example.com Oath of Office Please join us at 4:00 p.m. (via Zoom) as our newly elected board members; Dolly Adams, Michael Kusiak and Lavender Lee Whitaker will take their Oath of Office. Consent Agenda Adopt Minutes of Board Meetings; Approve Purchase Order Report and Budget Adjustments; Adopt Resolutions Disposal of Obsolete and/or Surplus Property, Notice of Completion of Contract for the Creekside Middle School Phase 2 Modernization Project, and Authorization to Solicit Bids for the District Wide Network Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS); Accept Donations to the District; and Ratify Agreement between Castro Valley Unified School District and San Mateo-Foster City School District, A Super Co-op Lead Agent for 2021-22. Reports, Discussion & Action Items Roadmap to Reopening & Safety Plan Update; Public Hearing and Approval of the Accounting of Development Fees for 2019-2020 Fiscal Year; Approve personnel report; Approve the 2020-21 Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Budget Overview for Parents; Certification of Financial Condition/First Interim Report 2020-2021; and Reports from the Student Board Member, Superintendent, and Board Members. Annual Organizational Meeting Elect the President of the Board of Education for 2021; Elect the Vice President/Clerk of the Board of Education for 2021; Appoint the Secretary to the Board of Education for 2021; Adopt Resolution 45 - 20/21, Signature Card for Board Members; Assignment of Board Members to Superintendent's Parent Leadership Council Meetings for 2021; and Appointment of Board Representatives. Board of Education Dolly Adams Michael Kusiak Gary C. Howard Dot Theodore Lavender Lee Whitaker Upcoming Events 12/17-Governance Team Workshop 1/13-Board Meeting 1/20-Special Board Meeting, if needed 1/27-Board Meeting 2/10-Board Meeting 2/24-Board Meeting 3/10-Board Meeting 3/24-Board Meeting Student Board Member 2020-2021 Shane Tayag Subscribe to the Board Meeting Calendar Here! Click here for information on the implementation of Measure G, the Facilities Master Plan, Project lists, timelines and more. Castro Valley Unified School District
December 4, 2020 Dear CVUSD Families, The State announced yesterday that they will use regional availability of intensive care unit (ICU) beds to implement a Regional Stay-At-Home Order. The State’s Order would go into effect when a region’s ICU availability falls below 15 percent and would remain in effect for a minimum of three weeks. Additionally, all private gatherings of any size would be prohibited, and non-essential travel restricted. Today, Health Officers for the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and Santa Clara as well as the City of Berkeley jointly announced during a press conference that they are implementing the State’s Regional Stay Home Order, effective Monday, December 7th and will remain in effect through January 4, 2021 for Alameda County. Read the joint press release here. Alameda County Office of Education along with the Alameda County Public Health Department posted this news release regarding how the new orders will affect school districts. Read the full press release here. Please note that these new orders will not affect the Learning Hubs we currently have on our school sites. Schools may continue to serve students in person in small cohorts or groups under the State’s Small Cohort Guidance . Please take great care and stay safe. Best regards, Superintendent Ahmadi
Dear Families, Since March 2020, we have all been tackling tremendous challenges. With increased COVID cases locally and nationally in recent days, we continue to be vigilant and work closely with Alameda County Public Health Department to plan for reopening schools with the safety of our students, staff and families as our highest priority. I want to thank you for sharing your feedback, concerns and ideas throughout the last few months. With the magnitude of uncertainty we are facing each day, I know there is much angst about any decision that is made. The needs, challenges, and difficulties that each and every one of us face are varied. But I can assure you that our Roadmap to Reopening and Safety Plan strictly follows guidance from the Health Department. Please take a few minutes to review the detailed plan which will be implemented and in place at each site in advance of students returning to in person instruction. Site specific templates which will include school logistics and procedures will be available on each school site’s website in the next few weeks. We will schedule training for families and students prior to reopening to ensure everyone is equipped with the most accurate and latest information related to safety protocols, procedures and requirements. At the Special Board Meeting held on November 12th, the Castro Valley Board of Education unanimously approved the phased reopening plan with a start date of February 1, 2021. The phased reopening is predicated on health orders allowing for in person instruction. Regards, Superintendent Ahmadi