May 18, 2020
Dear LVJUSD Families,
With just a few short weeks remaining in the 2019-20 school year, we wanted to check in to provide some district-wide information about closing out this year, as well as looking ahead to the coming 2020-21 school year.
Distance Learning wraps up on Thursday, May 28, 2020. Students should plan on completing and submitting assignments by then. Teachers will use the remaining days to assess student learning, and will reach out directly to any students who have not yet earned credit for the trimester. Teachers will also be using this final week to participate in professional development that will enhance their expertise in supporting both in-person and distance learning. Students are encouraged to make use of the many online enrichment opportunities posted on our website on the Distance Learning Resources Page, including those offered by the Livermore Library.
The last days of school are traditionally the time for final assessments as well as for celebrations. We will all miss the field days, promotions, and typical graduation ceremonies that have come to mark the end of school. Our middle school promotions will be virtual, and will take place on Thursday, June 4. The Class of 2020 will participate in a scaled-down individualized celebration that is in compliance with guidelines set forth by the Alameda County Public Health Department. Principals will be sharing detailed information with students and families.
As a reminder, report cards will look a little different this trimester. Elementary students will receive a “Not Evaluated” (“NE”) mark, along with comments about their progress on essential standards in English Language Arts and math. Middle and high school students will receive course marks of “Credit” or, if necessary, “No Credit.” There will be no letter grades.
Inviting Your Feedback
As an ongoing part of our planning, we seek your input via an annual survey. This year, our survey will also give you an opportunity to share your experiences and comments about this last trimester of distance learning. Watch for an email on Wednesday, May 20, with a survey link.
We will also be sending a survey on Monday, June 1 that will invite your input as we plan for the start of the next school year.
Looking Ahead to the 2020-21 School Year
We are in the process of planning for the start of school on August 25, 2020. As other districts throughout California and the nation, we are monitoring the progression of COVID-19 and abiding by and awaiting new guidelines from the public health department. We are examining our facilities, operations, instruction, technology, and health and wellness practices and systems, and providing for changes that may be needed when we reopen school.
We are planning for several scenarios, from school in person as usual, to distance learning, to a hybrid model that involves students in school some times and distance learning at other times. What we are able to offer will depend on the health of our region and our country. Whether students and teachers meet in the same classroom or through an online portal, the 2020-21 school year will offer rigorous academic instruction that will include assessments and grading, as we ensure our students master grade level standards.
Your involvement in this planning process is important. The survey on June 1 will provide us with information, and we will continue to welcome your input as we work over the summer and respond to changing conditions.
In addition to the survey emails, we will send a final year-end message the first week of June. For now, I hope these last days of school will be smooth for all of you. Thank you for your partnership. And take care.
Philomena Rambo & the LVJUSD Leadership Team