Supts eNews - Oct 22, 2021


In this edition ...

  • Board meeting review: Oct. 21
  • Learning Recovery Plan: Programs starting soon
  • COVID vaccination requirements for students
  • Safety procedures and drills
  • Drafts available: Single Plan for Student Achievement
  • High Fives: Vargas student Mayor for the Day
Board meeting review: Oct. 21
The Board of Trustees met last night. Here are the highlights of the topics discussed.
Security camera discussion and process: The Master Facility Plan (approved in 2019) and the Measure T bond prioritized construction projects based on the criteria of safety, operational efficiency and short term growth. One of the projects identified in the Master Facility Plan was the need for security cameras at all sites as a way to increase safety for students and staff members by deterring misconduct and preventing vandalism. Members of the schools’ communities will be engaged in a series of feedback meetings through Jan. 2022 before the plan for security cameras is finalized. Look for information in your school newsletter about upcoming meetings.
Choice schools’ lottery and enrollment priorities discussion: The Board continued discussion on enrollment practices that affect students’ equitable access to choice schools in MVWSD. The Board supported the District's typical annual enrollment timeline for this year while staff work within the proposed timeline on the efforts outlined in the Road to Equitable Access to Choice Schools plan.

For meeting materials and video, please click here.

Learning Recovery Plan: Programs starting soon

As a result of the pandemic, some students have “unfinished learning” compared to the learning they would have completed in a typical year. As a part of the MVWSD Learning Recovery Plan, all students get more practice on foundational skills through instruction tailored to them based on their academic needs. These additional learning opportunities will come in the form of instruction in the classroom, in addition to access to professional tutors - either in-person or virtually.

Programs are starting very soon, and parents are returning electronic permission forms for those programs that require them. For information on programs being offered and answers to frequently asked questions, please click here.

COVID vaccination requirements for students

Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced as COVID vaccines receive full U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for youth, students will be required to be vaccinated in order to attend in-person school.

Youth ages 16–18: Students ages 16–18 learning in person are now required to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Youth ages 12–15: Officials expect the COVID vaccine will receive full approval for youth ages 12–15 by January. Once that occurs, that vaccination will be added to the school vaccine requirement list effective July 1, 2022, for the 2022–23 school year.

Youth ages 5–11: Officials expect the COVID vaccine will receive emergency use authorization next month. Children 5 and younger will be able to receive vaccinations after authorization. Once the COVID vaccine for 5-11 year olds receives full approval, that vaccination will be added to the school vaccine requirement list.

For information on vaccine eligibility and locations, please see


Safety procedures and drills

Students and staff members practiced “duck, cover and hold” on Thursday as part of our annual earthquake drill. Schools also practice monthly fire drills. Staff members receive additional training about safety protocols during meetings. The evacuation procedures for fire, earthquake and bomb threats are similar in the way students and staff leave the building in an orderly fashion and stay a safe distance away until emergency personnel advise us. For all safety plans, please see this link on the district website.

Drafts available: Single Plan for Student Achievement

Each year, our schools create Single Plans for Student Achievement (SPSAs or “site plans”) that guide the work for the coming year. These plans help us prioritize programs and strategies that will best serve our students. In the fall, elected parent representatives from School Site Councils and English Language Advisory Committees work with principals and school staff members to create a draft that is reviewed and approved by the MVWSD Board of Trustees. Parents and staff members may give feedback through Nov. 19 to their principal and elected parent representatives to SSC and ELAC. You may review the draft plans here.


High Fives 

Mayor Ellen Kamei selected Vargas third grader Aanya Raychaudhuri as the Elementary School winner of the local Mayor for a Day contest. Raychaudhuri was recognized at the Oct. 12 City Council meeting, where she read her essay focusing on how she would address climate change in Mountain View. Congratulations! 

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