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Incoming 7th Graders
All students entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster immunization (called “Tdap”) for school in the fall. No seventh graders will be allowed to start school until this documentation has been turned in.
This new school immunization law affects all students in public and private schools.
Pertussis is a very contagious respiratory disease that can be severe and last for months. The immunity received from either early childhood immunization or pertussis disease wears off over time, leaving older students and adults susceptible again to pertussis. Immunization with Tdap can protect students, schools and communities against pertussis
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It's Parent Information Month!
Our schools are amazing! But don’t just take our word for it. Please come and visit any of our schools during our Parent Information Month. These short, fact-finding events were created to give you plenty of time to see what our schools offer for your family’s educational needs. As the second largest school district in Ventura County, we provide a wide range of specialized programs and talented, devoted teachers and staff to best serve the unique needs of every child in our schools. These events are free and open to everyone. If you can’t come to us on one of the dates listed, please don’t worry. Every school is available for private campus tours. Just call any school to schedule a time to visit. And if you click on the image below, you can download the flier to better view the dates and times.
The Simi Valley Unified School District Unveils Financial Transparency ToolS
October 20, 2015: Today the Simi Valley Unified School District fulfilled a promise made to the community to maintain fiscal integrity by launching OpenGov, an interactive financial transparency tool that allows users to access financial information from the last five years through its web-based platform. SVUSD is the first Ventura County school district to use OpenGov.
“OpenGov provides a great opportunity for the Simi Valley Unified School District to show its financial health and fiscal responsibility, and to keep the public informed on the district’s finances,” said Ron Todo, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services. “More importantly, OpenGov is the fulfillment of a promise made to our community to maintain our fiscal integrity. In order for the public to be involved in the health and well-being of our school system, the public must have easily accessible information about how the district spends its money.”
OpenGov’s intuitive design makes it easier to explore how taxpayer money is collected and spent. Through the link HERE, users can take complex budget data provided by the SVUSD and isolate as much or as little specific information as wanted about the district’s finances. Users can view historical revenue and expenditure trends over time and explore multiple views of financial data, including funds, departments, expenses and revenues.
Users can print, save and embed reports based on their research. Questions such as, “How much did the district spend on teachers’ salaries?” and “How much money did the federal government give to the district?” are easily answered.
The information provided through OpenGov is the same information given and approved by the SVUSD’s Board of Trustes and reviewed by the Ventura County Office of Education. The OpenGov portal is updated as soon as the Board of Trustees reviews and approves any budget changes. More information about using OpenGov can be found on the district’s website HERE. More general information about OpenGov can be found at opengov.com.
SPECIAL BOARD MTG.: Budget
The SVUSD Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 and the agenda can be found HERE. City Hall is located at 2929 Tapo Canyon Road.
Another special meeting to review prospective expulsions in closed session will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. This meeting will be held in the Floyd Binns Room at the district's office at 875 Cochran Street. The agenda can be found HERE.
Welcome Back to School
Today our students started the 2015-2016 school year and we are honored and thrilled to have them with us!
There are many changes this year, from new math textbooks and instructional materials in all grades, to all-day kindergarten, improved technology in every classroom, and College-and-Career Readiness programs in our middle and high schools, to name just a few. We know that some of these changes might be overwhelming, but we are also very excited by the opportunities these bring to our staff and students.
Change is not always graceful or easy, but we know that these changes will benefit our students in the most positive of ways. Our students will be better prepared for their future. They will not just be filled with facts, but with a love of learning that will extend far beyond our time with them.
It is not enough to declare change. Change must be nurtured and adjusted to be successful. In the coming months, you will see new and improved programs and methods to reach out to all of you because we do want to know if what we are doing works for you. Look for revamped websites, a district smart phone app for direct parent communications, and expanded social media outreach. We are bringing in new software to better disclose our fiscal status, making us more transparent to the public. We are also working to make our campuses as safe, efficient, and attractive as possible. Many of these things will take time to complete, but we are excited about the possibilities they will bring. As I told our staff last week, I ask that you honor that space between “no longer” and “not quite yet,” and please be assured that we are working tirelessly to complete all of these tasks as quickly as possible.
We ask that you walk with us on this journey, that you support our staff and students as they embark on these amazing years to come, and that you offer your input if we stumble along the way. We are here for you, whether you reach out to our staff at our school sites or the district office, come to me, or turn to your SVUSD Board Trustees.
Have an amazing 2015-2016 school year!
Dr. Jason Peplinski
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT AERIES!!
Please be advised that our Aeries system will not be accessible from Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. until Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 a.m. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but the system is receiving a huge upgrade that will make it work better in the future. In order to do this, we need to stop access during the Veteran's Day holiday. Thank you for your patience.
The Superintendent gives notice in accordance with Government Code 3547.5 that the Disclosure of Collective Bargaining Agreement information is available for public inspection HERE.
The Disclosure of Collective Bargaining Agreement will be addressed at the regular meeting of the Board of Education scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 17 in the City Council Chambers, Simi Valley City Hall, 2929 Tapo Canyon, Simi Valley.
For more information, call the Superintendent's office at (805) 306-4500, ext. 4002.
Call for purchase bids on the District's office
The SVUSD is in the process of selling the Educational Services Center, which is our main office located at 875 E. Cochran Street. The link HERE will take you to the information page with all of the needed documents to place a bid for the property.
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