Supts eNews - July 30, 2021

 

In this edition ...

  • Back to School: Aug. 11
  • In case you missed it: Community Check Ins with Dr. Rudolph
  • Connect with us: Upcoming Board of Trustees meetings
  • We need you! Substitute teacher fair Aug. 7
  • Support MVEF
  • High Fives: Innovative project development at Graham
 
Back to School: Aug. 11
Back to school
School starts on Aug. 11 and we are so excited to see the smiling faces of teachers and students. There is a lot of information for parents and staff members to know about schedules, safety, meals and more. This information is in the email from your principal from yesterday, or see mvwsd.org/backtoschool.
 
In case you missed it: Community Check Ins with Dr. Rudolph

Today, Superintendent Dr. Rudolph hosted a virtual community meeting. He hosts these informal conversations throughout the school year. Please join us for an upcoming meeting or view recordings of past meetings. Upcoming dates and recordings are here. Spanish interpretation is available.

Highlights from today’s conversation:

MVWSD recognizes that poor air quality due to wildfire smoke is happening with more regularity. While we develop guidelines with stakeholder input, we'll monitor the air quality index (AQI) using EPA’s AQI monitoring tools at AirNow.gov. We’ll also be talking with the Board and stakeholders about the specific guidelines for school activities and schedules and actions needed when air quality is reduced to “unhealthy” levels.

Our schools’ HVAC systems have been updated to include MERV-13 filters, which is the highest-grade filter available for our units, or air purifiers with filtration ratings at least as high as the MERV-13. These improvements will minimize COVID transmission as well as protect classroom air quality during wildfires. Bipolar ionization, a new technology, is another safety measure MVWSD plans to add to its upgraded HVAC system after testing. Our District works with mechanical engineers who advise us on settings and upgrades.

We will continue to be vigilant against COVID transmission. Our staff members have a high rate of vaccination - 91%. You can view the statistics here.

Pooled COVID testing for students will be available at school soon. Parents can opt in their children and swab testing will be done in the classroom. Results are confidential because all swabs are tested together for one result for the entire class. If there is a positive test, there will be retesting, notifications and quarantines when appropriate. More information will be coming to parents soon.

Volunteers are welcomed, but safety is important. Masked, vaccinated volunteers may be at school in 6 ft social distance from students. The Raptor check in system in place in every front office will soon have the capability for parent volunteers to get a badge that can be used regularly to sign in. After vaccination and safety protocols are checked, you’ll be able to sign in by swiping a volunteer badge.

As a result of stakeholder feedback from the spring on what students need after a disrupted year, MVWSD has allocated funds for student orientation activities, social-emotional learning and targeted tutoring. Over the next two years, each school will be developing and rolling out these plans for the benefit of students. 

Connect with us: Upcoming Board of Trustees meetings

Our governing body, the MVWSD Board of Trustees, meets regularly. These public meetings are a great opportunity to learn more about efforts and initiatives in our schools.

August 3, 2021, 6:00 p.m. - Special Board meeting: Discussion regarding Remote Independent Study Program - Agenda and Information will be posted here.

All students are expected to attend in-person instruction. However, students and families that feel in-person instruction compromises their health may elect to participate in a Remote Independent Study program for the 2021-22 school year. To read more, click here. Parents interested in this option are required to attend the parent info session on Friday, August 6 at 1:30 pm on Zoom.

August 12, 2021, 6:00 pm - Board of Trustees Meeting - Agenda and Information will be posted here.

 
We need you! Substitute teacher fair Aug. 7

sub fairMVWSD is seeking substitutes. Please consider this flexible, fun, dynamic work that has a big impact on our students!
Please attend the employment fair on Saturday, August 7th from 8:00am to 11:30am at the Stevenson Elementary MUR. Participants will learn more about the position and can apply onsite. Applicants can also pre-submit at mvw.sd/sub.

Support MVEF

You’ll hear more about MVEF in the coming weeks. Help MVWSD continue to provide essential programs to our students by donating to MVEF, which raises and distributes funds for music, art, electives, and much more. Find additional information here.

High Fives

Graham Middle School has been partnering with Krause Center for Innovation to develop project-based learning and technology enhanced electives, thanks to funding granted in 2019 from the LIGHT Awards Program. The group of teachers is currently working on a student-designed magazine and preparing for TED-Ed Talks. Learn more about this collaboration here.

 
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