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Dr. Jason Peplinski
District Superintendent

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Tania Bishop
Executive Assistant

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Jake Finch
Public Relations/Resource Development Coordinator

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Jacey Hardesty
District Receptionist
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August 14, 2020

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 Peplinski
Simi Valley Unified School District

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