Supts eNews - May 3, 2021

 

In this edition ...

  • Staff changes
  • What to expect next year
  • COVID-19 case reporting
  • Staff Appreciation Weeks
  • 5th/8th grade promotion celebrations
  • Board meeting preview: May 6
  • Community Check In on May 7
  • Senior Citizen and SSI: Parcel tax exemptions
  • Where to get COVID vaccinations
  • COVID testing at Graham, Crittenden Middle Schools
 
Staff changes

Dear Parents,

As an educational organization, we value the professional growth of our educators and administrators, which ultimately is to the benefit of our students. With that in mind, I'm pleased to announce that two administrators will support the new Learning Recovery Plan that will be rolled out this fall designed for students to regain academic skills and social-emotional learning that they may have lost during the pandemic. To learn more about the Learning Recovery Plan process, please join the Board meeting this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Meeting details.

mariko kobata

Mariko Kobata will return to a position she previously held as a MVWSD District Special Education Coordinator after serving as the assistant principal at Graham Middle School for two years

Ms. Kobata came to MVWSD in 2002 as an experienced special education teacher and taught at different schools in the district. Ms. Kobata’s special education teaching and school administration experience (throughout the district) will be invaluable to supporting special education students next year as part of learning recovery. She has a bachelor’s degree from University of Nevada and a master’s in educational administration from the University of Phoenix.

 

Terri Lambert

Terri Lambert, currently principal at Mariano Castro Elementary School with 28 years of administrative experience, has been tapped to serve as a District-level Educational Services Coordinator supporting the new Learning Recovery Plan in 2021-22. Her experience in serving students in need will contribute greatly to learning recovery for all students.

Ms. Lambert has been the principal at Castro for 8 years. Previously, she served as a principal in the Soledad Unified School District for 12 years. She has taught special education students and students from vulnerable populations. She has a bachelor’s degree from University of Windsor, Canada, and a master’s degree from San Jose State University.

Ms. Lambert and Ms. Kobata will begin their new posts on July 1. The District will update parents and staff about the process to fill the vacancies created by these changes. We will continue to support these schools and departments during this time of transition. Thank you for your support.

Respectfully,
Dr. Ayindé Rudolph
Superintendent

 
What to expect next year
We anticipate instruction will be in-person, on-campus next year. Unfortunately, MVWSD will not be able to offer the Distance Learning School for the 2021-22 school year due to low enrollment.

Additionally, next year we anticipate:
* 5 days of instruction
* No Zoomies and Roomies at the same time
* Late start (middle schools)
* Thursday minimum days
* Free meals for students
* Social distancing and masks

See more details on this page and at https://www.mvwsd.org/academicsduringcovid.

 
COVID-19 case reporting

Our staff members and families are working hard to ensure the health and safety of all who enter campus. Our safety protocols include following up on reports of COVID-19 cases.

Just a reminder, here are the highlights of the protocol used when there is a positive case:

* MVWSD notifies the Santa Clara Public Health department of the positive cases and all close contacts.
* Individual/family receives a positive case letter from MVWSD.
* Staff members/students who are not fully vaccinated are quarantined due to COVID exposure. Cohort class moves to distance learning for 10 days.
* Those who are determined to be close contacts receive a letter with information on testing and quarantining.
* Everyone in that school or district department receives a general letter about there being a positive case. The letter does not contain specifics that could compromise the positive individual’s privacy.
* The information is included in our MVWSD COVID Dashboard

For details on these protocols, please click here. Schools have shown to have low incidence of COVID transmission. Thanks for all that you continue to do to stay healthy and vigilant.

 

Staff Appreciation Weeks

thank you graphicTeacher Appreciation Week is May 3-7, 2021. Always, and especially this year, we appreciate all of our #MVWSD teachers and their care of and dedication to our students and families. Thank you, teachers!

May 16-22, 2021 is Classified School Employee Week; a time when we celebrate the essential roles classified employees play in the lives of students and families. We are grateful for our food service employees, bus drivers, office staff members, custodians, maintenance and landscaping staff members, instructional assistants, therapists, tutors, psychologists, testers, EL coordinators, library technicians, nurses, at-risk intervention supervisors, school and community engagement facilitators and noon duty assistants. Thank you, staff members!

 

5th/8th grade promotion celebrations June 2-4

congratulations graphicVideos, drive-through celebrations and other festivities are in the works for our fifth- and eighth-graders and their families. Please check your school’s newsletter for the details.

Due to the restrictions of holding in-person events as outlined by the California Department of Public Health, we are staying safe with socially distanced celebrations.

Video login information will be sent to parents and staff members soon. In order to better secure the videos and protect students’ privacy, the virtual ceremonies will be available for viewing on the ceremony date only. Parents may view videos in their PowerSchool Parent Portal accounts and/or QR code.

We look forward to celebrating our students’ accomplishments!

Board meeting preview: May 6

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m. Some of the meeting topics include: Learning Recovery Plan, construction updates and staff appreciation. Agenda and login information are here. The meeting is also streamed https://www.youtube.com/mvwsd.

Community Check-In with the Superintendent: May 7 

community checkCommunity Check-In with the Superintendent
Please join us for an informal, online conversation with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph Friday, May 7, 3:30 p.m. Spanish interpretation will be available. Click here to register

 

Senior Citizens/SSI recipients: Apply now for tax exemption

tax graphicHomeowners aged 65 or older, and residents who qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) who reside in the Mountain View Whisman School District are eligible for an exemption for their principal residence from Measure B/parcel tax.

An exemption from Measure B/the parcel tax will be made available, upon application, to any owners of a parcel used solely for owner-occupied single-family residential purposes who:
* are receiving Social Security Income for a disability regardless of age;
* are 65 years of age prior to July 1 of the tax year; or
* are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, regardless of age, and whose yearly income does not exceed 250% of the 2012 federal poverty guidelines issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services

For application and information, call 650-526-3500 or visit www.mvwsd.org.

 

Are you eligible and still looking for a COVID-19 vaccine?

It's even easier now. The County of Santa Clara announced that most County Health System vaccination sites will accept drop-ins for COVID-19 vaccines for everyone ages 16 and older. Same-day appointments and some drop-in locations across the county are available at sccfreevax.org.

Additionally, El Camino Health is continuing to administer free COVID-19 vaccines – by appointment – for those aged 16 and up who live or work in Santa Clara County at the El Camino Health clinic in Sunnyvale. Schedule an appointment at: http://ow.ly/CXZj50EzdT4

 

COVID testing available for students and families

Regular, asymptomatic COVID testing for students is not required at this time however, parents may want to have students tested, especially after travel, to ensure that they are not carrying the COVID-19 virus.

Free, asymptomatic testing is available for students and parents at:

* El Camino Hospital or MV Center for Performing Arts. Dates: Ongoing. Schedule through El Camino Health here.

* Graham and Crittenden Middle Schools. Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Crittenden MUR (Register here) and Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Graham MUR (Register here). You also may schedule an appointment by calling 650-940-7022 and use option 4. Please mention you are with the Mountain View Whisman School District when calling.

If your child has symptoms of COVID or has had a known exposure to someone who may have COVID, please contact your child's pediatrician for testing information. If you do not have a health care provider, make a symptomatic testing appointment with a county provider here.

 

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