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    CLICK HERE FOR FULL MESSAGE: 11/19/20 Update from Superintendent Peplinski re: Purple Tier changes

    Dear Simi Valley Schools Community:

    I hope this message finds you all well, especially as we enter the holiday season.

    As you probably know, our county has officially moved back into the Purple Tier, because our county’s COVID-19 cases are increasing. Purple is the most restrictive tier in the state’s colored tier system for guiding if our schools open and under what conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    While we were in the Red Tier, we were allowed to provide in-person/hybrid instruction for those families choosing to return their children to school for a partial day. On November 2, we welcomed about 2,000 of our JK/TK to 3rd graders back to our elementary schools. It was an exciting week for all of us as we watched our littlest students, who chose to return to their schools physically, settle into their classrooms. After months of not having our students with us, this was definitely the high spot for our school year so far.

    While we planned to offer In-Person Blended Learning to all of our remaining students after Winter Break, unfortunately we will not be allowed to reopen our middle schools and high schools as planned. 

    Because our elementary schools are already open, we will be able to welcome back our 4th, 5th and elementary 6th grade students as planned, should their families decide to have them return for In-Person Blended Learning. Of course, Virtual Learning will remain an option for all students through the end of this school year.

    As to our preschool (Justin Early Learners Academy), middle schools, high schools and post-secondary special education programs, we are back in a “wait-and-see” mode with Ventura County’s tier status. We will continue to monitor the data, but it is highly unlikely that we will move back into the Red Tier before January 5.

    The guidelines for moving back into the Red Tier remain the same as before. For three consecutive weeks, we would need to maintain “Red Tier” COVID-19 numbers in order to move back to the Red Tier as a county.

    Because we prepared for the potential return of students at all levels, we are ready to reopen quickly when that time comes. For now, we want to make sure that you are aware of the following: 

    FOR JK/TK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th AND 6th (ELEMENTARY ONLY) GRADE FAMILIES, INCLUDING SPECIAL EDUCATION:

    We will email a request form to you to find out if you wish to have your child attend the In-Person Blended Learning model or Virtual Learning model for the second semester (January 5 to June 4). More detailed information about the elementary programs will be emailed to these families on November 30. The request form will be emailed to these families on December 1, and we ask that you submit your completed form by December 3.

    FOR PRESCHOOL, 6th (MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY), 7th, 8TH, 9TH, 10TH, 11TH AND 12th GRADE FAMILIES AND POST-SECONDARY SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS:

    Based on our county’s return to the Purple Tier, we will not issue a request form to our middle and high school families asking which kind of instruction you wish to have your child attend until we know that we can reopen these schools. Because there is no waiver process for middle and high schools, reopening can only happen for SVUSD under Ventura County Public Health department guidelines when Ventura County is in the Red Tier. When we near the Red Tier again, we will notify you so that you have the most time possible to make an informed decision about your child’s instruction.

    Please know that our second semester—whether In-Person Blended or Virtual—will continue for our middle and high school students with the three 6-week sessions, the same as with the first semester. 

    We know there are concerns about our high schoolers who take Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes and the timing of the tests for those subjects. We are developing provisions for those students to receive additional instruction and/or organized review sessions to help prepare for those tests. Schools will share more information about how this will work before we leave for Winter Break. 

    FOR OUR STUDENTS AT JUSTIN EARLY LEARNERS ACADEMY, THE SIMI INSTITUTE FOR CAREERS & EDUCATION AND OUR POST-SECONDARY SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS:

    Your schools and programs will advise you directly on their status.

    As always, I want to thank you for your continued patience. This has been and continues to be a long road that we have walked. We urge our families to please continue the social distancing guidelines as much as possible and to wear masks. This is how we can best improve our numbers and return to the Red Tier.

    Please have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Jason Peplinski
    Superintendent

     

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    Estimadas familias de las escuelas de Simi Valley:

    Espero que este mensaje los encuentre bien, especialmente ahora que se aproxima la temporada de vacaciones.

    Como usted probablemente sabe, nuestro condado se ha trasladado oficialmente de nuevo al nivel Púrpura, porque los casos de covid-19 de nuestro condado están aumentando. El púrpura es el nivel más restrictivo en el sistema de color de niveles estatal para indicar si nuestras escuelas abren y bajo qué condiciones durante la pandemia de covid-19.

    Mientras estábamos en el nivel Rojo, nos permitieron proporcionar instrucción híbrida en persona para aquellas familias que optaron que regresarán sus hijos a la escuela por un día parcial. El 2 de noviembre, dimos la bienvenida a unos 2,000 de nuestros alumnos de JK/TK a l3ergrado de vuelta a nuestras escuelas primarias. Fue una semana emocionante para todos nosotros mientras observamos como nuestros estudiantes más pequeños, quienes decidieron volver a físicamente sus escuelas, se ponían a gusto en sus salones. Después de meses de no tener a nuestros estudiantes con nosotros, este fue definitivamente el punto culminante de nuestro ciclo escolar hasta ahora.

    Aunque planeábamos ofrecer aprendizaje combinado en persona al resto de nuestros estudiantes después de las vacaciones de invierno, desafortunadamente no se nos permitirá reabrir nuestras escuelas secundarias y preparatorias como habíamos planeado. 

    Debido a que nuestras escuelas primarias ya están abiertas, podremos dar la bienvenida a nuestros estudiantes de4 º, 5ºy6 º grado de primaria, según lo planeado, si sus familias deciden que pueden regresar para el aprendizaje combinado en persona. Por supuesto, el aprendizaje virtual seguirá siendo una opción para todos los estudiantes hasta el final de este año escolar.

    En cuanto a nuestro preescolar (Justin Early Learners Academy), escuelas secundarias, preparatorias y programas de educación especial postsecundario, estamos de vuelta en un patrón de esperar con el estado de nivel del condado de Ventura.

    Seguiremos supervisando los datos, pero es muy poco probable que volvamos al nivel rojo antes del 5 de enero.

    Los lineamientos para volver al nivel rojo siguen siendo los mismas que antes. Durante tres semanas consecutivas, tendríamos que mantener las cifras de covid-19 de “nivel rojo” para volver al nivel rojo como condado.

    Debido a que nos preparamos para el retorno potencial de los estudiantes en todos los niveles, estamos listos para reabrir rápidamente cuando llegue ese momento. Por ahora, queremos asegurarnos de que estén conscientes de lo siguiente:

    PARA LAS FAMILIAS DE JK/TK, Kindergarten, 1er., 2ndo, 3ero., 4o..5o. Y 6o. (DE PRIMARIA SOLAMENTE) GRADO, INCLUYENDO EDUCACIÓN ESPECIAL:

    Le enviaremos un formulario de solicitud por correo electrónico para averiguar si desea que su hijo asista al modelo de aprendizaje combinado en persona o al modelo de aprendizaje virtual para el segundo semestre (del 5 de enero al 4 de junio). El 30 de noviembre, se enviará por correo electrónico a estas familias, información más detallada sobre los programas de primaria. El formulario de solicitud será enviado por correo electrónico a estas familias el 1 de diciembre, y le pedimos que envíe su formulario completado antes del 3 de diciembre.

    PARA LAS FAMILIAS DE EDUCACIÓN ESPECIAL DE PREESCOLAR, 6O GRADO DE SECUNDARIA, 7OA 12OGRADO Y DE EDUCACIÓN POST-SECUNDARIA:

    En base a que nuestro condado regresó al nivel púrpura, no emitiremos un formulario de solicitud a nuestras familias de escuela secundaria y preparatoria preguntando a qué tipo de instrucción desea que su hijo asista hasta que sepamos que podemos reabrir estas escuelas. Debido a que no hay un proceso de exención para las escuelas secundarias y preparatorias, la reapertura solo puede suceder para el SVUSD bajo los lineamientos del departamento de Salubridad Pública del Condado de Ventura cuando el Condado de Ventura está en el nivel rojo. Cuando nos acerquemos de nuevo al nivel rojo, le notificaremos para que tenga el mayor tiempo posible para tomar una decisión informada sobre la instrucción de su hijo. 

    Por favor, sepa que nuestro segundo semestre, ya sea en instrucción combinada en persona o virtual, continuará para nuestros estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria con las tres sesiones de 6 semanas, igual que con el primer semestre. 

    Sabemos que hay preocupaciones acerca de nuestros estudiantes de preparatoria que toman clases de colocación Avanzada (AP) o Bachillerato Internacional (IB) y las fechas en que se programan las pruebas para esas materias. Estamos desarrollando provisiones para que esos estudiantes reciban instrucción adicional y/o sesiones de repaso organizadas para ayudar a prepararlos para esos exámenes. Las escuelas compartirán más información sobre cómo funcionará esto antes de que salgamos para las vacaciones de invierno. 

    PARA NUESTROS ESTUDIANTES DE LA ACADEMIA JUSTIN EARLY LEARNERS, EL INSTITUTO SIMI DE CARRERAS Y EDUCACIÓN Y NUESTROS ESTUDIANTES DE EDUCACIÓN ESPECIAL POST-SECUNDARIA:

    Sus escuelas y programas les informarán directamente sobre sus planes.

    Como siempre, quiero darles las gracias por su continua paciencia. Este ha sido y sigue siendo un largo trayecto que hemos atravesado. Exhortamos a nuestras familias a que por favor continúen las pautas de distanciamiento social tanto como sea posible y que usen cubrebocas. Así es como podemos mejorar mejor nuestros números y volver al nivel rojo.

    Por favor, tenga un maravilloso día de Acción de Gracias.

    Atentamente,

    Dr. Jason Peplinski
    Superintendente

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    Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! As we start our year in Virtual Learning, please know that we have gathered resources and information into the website section called "Virtual Instruction" (link below). Here you will find information about programs, updates from our Superintendent and administrators, social-emotional resources, and more. Please check back often as this section will be revised continually. This section can also be found on all of our schools' websites. Thank you and welcome back to Simi Valley Schools!

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    Welcome to Simi Valley Schools

    At Simi Valley Schools, we value every family passing through our schools and programs. It's so important to us that we've made it Our Promise to our community, that we will inspire each and every student to succeed in school, career and life.

    Our 28 school sites offer opportunities for every child, starting with preschool at Justin Early Learners Academy and then into one of our 18 elementary schools, three middle and four high schools. Adults seeking continuing education options will find exciting courses and certificate programs at our Simi Institute for Careers & Education. We even have a thriving homeschool/independent study program available through Monte Vista School for Kindergarten through 12th grade.

    The Simi Valley Unified School District is one of Ventura County's largest school districts, and it serves the city of Simi Valley and the unincorporated Ventura County areas adjacent to the city's borders. Our size gives us the incredible advantage to offer many diverse programs and courses to meet the needs and interests of every student coming to us. Each school is distinctive and while all of our K-12 schools follow state mandated curriculum guidelines, each also offers more, through its specialized courses, programs and/or extra-curricular activities.

    Our website contains pages and links filled with school and program information, as do the websites for each school within our District. All of our friendly, knowledgeable staff are available to answer questions and give tours of their schools for interested families. You just have to call the school you're interested in and ask. 

    We hope we've inspired you to look more closely at Simi Valley Schools, if you're researching opportunities for your family. If you're already with us, thank you for being an important part of our family.

    OUR PROMISE

     

    The Simi Valley Unified School District offers the families of Simi Valley and the surrounding area a vibrant portfolio of educational choices built on a common sense of community, and the common purpose of inspiring each and every student to succeed in school, career and life.

    We believe that the best student outcomes are achieved when we provide:

    • Rigorous academic programs, relevant to a diverse and changing world;
    • High expectations that respect the differences in our students;
    • Exceptional instruction in an innovative learning environment;
    • Opportunities for our students to build confidence and strong character;
    • Participation of everyone in our students’ success.

    We are driven, proud and passionate about the personal and intellectual success of each and every student.

    No matter where the future takes you, the road to success runs through Simi Valley.

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    Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!
    Dear Simi Valley Schools Community: Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! We hope that this message finds you and your family healthy.Monday, August 17, is the first day of school for Simi Valley Schools. We know that this year is not starting the way that any of us predicted. The chaos caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives, especially education. As we start this year in Virtual Learning, we want to reassure our families that school is open, and education is happening. The delivery of instruction and range of options may look different, but our mission remains the same: to provide the best educational experiences and opportunities for all of our students.Our educators have been learning hard. Teachers have received training on how to best instruct their students using remote technologies. We have consistent policies and tools in place, as was promised to our families over the summer. We have support in place for any ongoing needs our teachers and school staffs might have. Attendance will be taken each day and class assignments will count. We are ready and excited to have your children back with us, and even if the logistics are not ideal, I know that we will provide an engaging, fun and instructive learning experience for them.At some point, we will be allowed to return to our campuses, and when that green light is given to us, we will return to our schools in person. At that time, we will offer a blended-learning model for those families who wish to have in-person instruction, and we will continue to offer virtual instruction for those families more comfortable at home. This is the main reason we have been careful with how we have scheduled our students into their classes, because we need the transition back to in-person instruction to be as seamless as possible for them. Each school has kept to its regular start times and bell schedules as much as possible. We thank you for your support as we continue to work through last-minute scheduling changes, and ask that you check your child’s schedule in Aeries on Sunday to make sure you know when and what class they will start with on Monday.I am extremely proud of our Simi Valley Schools staff, now more than ever. From our employees in our District Office to our employees at our school sites, I have watched all of them adapt to the current conditions and new requirements for performing their jobs with grace and the same attention to detail as I see during normal times. They have worked countless hours—and still are—to make sure that all of the many details involved with starting a new school year in a new manner are handled. There will be hiccups along the way; we are doing things that have not been done before on this scale, and we will most assuredly have problems that need to be solved. But after watching the commitment and expertise around me, I know that we will pull it all together and successfully teach our students from here on. Please continue to grant us the gift of your patience as we start this new year.Whether we are in-person or virtual, we want our students and their families to celebrate their first day of school. After all, our traditions are more important than ever in these non-traditional days. For those who are willing, we ask that any pictures of your children that you post to your social media of choice (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), that you include the hashtag #SimiSchoolsFirstDay2020 on your posts. That way we can all enjoy our community’s first day of school through your photos.Thank you for trusting us with your children. We are proud to serve our families. And remember that at Simi Valley Schools, our students go from here to anywhere, even virtually!Dr. Jason PeplinskiSuperintendentSimi Valley Unified School District
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