By Debra Kubin, Superintendent
Dad and mom and Guardians:
I hope you had a incredible summer season and are prepared to hitch us once more in supporting your youngster’s schooling. The start of faculty is a time of nice anticipation for college students, dad and mom, and academics as all of us put together for the upcoming 12 months. Though present circumstances name for us to start the varsity 12 months with Distance Studying, I do know the joy to get again to highschool continues to be there. Beginning college is particularly necessary this 12 months as a result of it brings a way of normalcy throughout a time that’s something however regular.
Our objective is to supply the most effective Distance Studying schooling attainable in your pupil. Please know that as we undergo the 12 months, and probably the completely different studying fashions, we are going to stay dedicated to your youngster’s academic and social-emotional wants. I ask that all of us keep versatile as we face these challenges and method one another with compassion and kindness. Ukiah is a robust neighborhood! We now have proven our flexibility and energy many occasions lately, and we are going to proceed to take action now. Welcome again!
Distance Studying: 2020-2021 Distance Studying will probably be drastically completely different from distant studying of the previous. We heard combined outcomes from dad and mom about final 12 months’s distant studying – some had an amazing expertise whereas many others had been disillusioned. We listened to our stakeholders and are taking steps to enhance our Distance Studying program. Households ought to anticipate a dramatically completely different expertise that features extra time for college students with on-line reside instruction from a credentialed trainer, frequent buildings throughout every college and classroom, employees skilled growth particularly for distance studying, and software program enhancements. It will present for higher consistency and fairness between lecture rooms.
Elementary faculties will use Google Classroom, and on-line platforms known as Seesaw and Nearpod. Secondary faculties will probably be utilizing Google Classroom, and a web-based platform known as Edgenuity. Your college’s principal and academics will attain out quickly with extra particulars about Distance Studying.
Google Classroom will probably be an enormous a part of our Distance Studying program all through the District. I encourage all dad and mom and guardians to be taught the way it works so you possibly can test your pupil’s progress, view their work, or talk with their trainer. Right here is a superb video for fogeys about Google Classroom. You may at all times name your college with questions, or do what I do: Ask your youngsters for assist.
Watch a video explaining UUSD Elementary Distance Studying.
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2020-2021 UUSD Distance Studying Expectations
Academics will join with their college students and oldsters every college day by way of a morning e mail outlining the day’s schedule and assignments.
Academics will join with their college students every college day by way of on-line instruction and/or cellphone check-ins.
We are going to present the lodging essential to serve our college students with particular wants.
College students and households may have the computer systems and connectivity essential to take part in distance studying. If all of our efforts to get you related to the web don’t work as a consequence of your residence location, we are going to make lodging to help your youngster in one other method.
Center Faculty and Excessive Faculty college students will comply with the same schedule as they do throughout in-person instruction. The colleges will probably be in contact quickly with these schedules.
Elementary college schedules will probably be developed by every college and grade degree trainer group with the Principal. Faculty will start on the similar time every day for the entire college. Elementary faculties will probably be in contact subsequent week with detailed schedules.
Faculty Supplies, Provides, and Know-how: Ukiah Unified will present every pupil with a Chromebook to make use of at house. Your college has already contacted you to find out in case you want help with web entry. All supplies, provides, and tools will probably be distributed by way of the varsity web site. Your college web site will probably be in contact concerning their distribution schedule.
District Again to Faculty Packet: Defending the surroundings is crucial to us, so we proceed to scale back paper use. As a reminder, you not obtain a printed packet of knowledge and varieties from us in the beginning of the varsity 12 months. Vital data should be verified for each pupil every college 12 months. To entry crucial varieties and again to highschool data, go to our Aeries Father or mother Portal. Please test your pupil’s data and supply any adjustments in deal with, cellphone quantity, emergency contacts, and so on. In an emergency, and as we transfer into new studying fashions, it will likely be important for us to speak with you. If you happen to want any assist or entry to a pc, please contact your college for help.
Schooling Profit Type: Kindergarteners and each new pupil, no matter grade degree, should full our Schooling Profit Type. Finishing this manner helps us qualify for funding that helps vital packages resembling music, artwork, athletic packages, Chromebooks, counselors, diminished class sizes, and rather more. If you happen to need assistance finishing the shape or entry to a pc, please contact your college for help.
Social-Emotional Well being: In case your youngster is having issue coping with this aggravating scenario, don’t really feel alone. Don’t hesitate to achieve out for assist. For youngsters in our Ukiah Unified faculties, you possibly can name your youngster’s college or e-mail the varsity counselors for help. View our Social-Emotional and Psychological Well being Assets. In case you are experiencing a disaster, please name the Mendocino County Disaster Hotline at 855-838-0404, 24 hours a day, seven days every week.
Meals Distribution: We’re excited to supply free breakfast and lunch once more this 12 months to each Ukiah Unified pupil, due to a California program. We hope you benefit from this program so that each pupil can entry wholesome, nutritious meals.
Meals will probably be offered for all UUSD college students ONLY each Wednesday at one location, Ukiah Excessive Faculty, from 6:30 a.m. to six:30 p.m. Youngsters don’t should be current. Dad and mom and Guardians who obtain meals want to supply their youngster’s pupil ID quantity. If you happen to have no idea your youngster’s pupil ID quantity, you’ll find it on the Aeries Father or mother Portal. Please bear in mind to put on a masks and apply bodily distancing when choosing up meals.
Screening for Signs: Workers and guests will probably be required to self-screen for COVID-19 signs earlier than getting into any campus throughout Distance Studying. It will contain a collection of questions on attainable signs or publicity to somebody who has signs or has examined constructive for COVID-19. Solely a restricted variety of entrances will probably be open at every college to assist management this course of.
Face Coverings: People on campus will probably be required to put on a correct face protecting. If they don’t have one, one will probably be offered.
Cleansing and Disinfecting: We now have stringent cleansing and disinfecting practices based mostly on suggestions from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention to make sure our studying surroundings is secure and clear.
Fairness Job Pressure: Ukiah Unified labored with a big group of stakeholders final 12 months to revamp our 3-year Strategic Plan. One of many three objectives recognized in our new plan is Fairness. All college students deserve an equitable college expertise, and we’re analyzing methods to fight systemic bias in our faculties. We’re dedicated to being inclusive of all college students’ distinctive talents, qualities, and various backgrounds, so we’re forming an Fairness Job Pressure to proceed our work to realize fairness in all areas. Please contact your college principal if you need to be on our Fairness Job Pressure.
Safety Cameras: Considered one of our most necessary priorities is pupil and employees security. As a part of an effort to maintain our faculties vandalism-free and secure, we’ve got put in surveillance cameras on each campus (per UUSD Board Coverage 3515). The cameras are meant to discourage unfavourable habits; nonetheless, ought to an inappropriate incident happen, the recordings could also be utilized in disciplinary proceedings or referred to native legislation enforcement, as applicable. Cameras are by no means positioned in areas the place college students, employees, or neighborhood members have an affordable expectation of privateness.
Communication: Communication is vital in guaranteeing a robust partnership with dad and mom and guardians. We are going to talk weekly with dad and mom and guardians by way of cellphone, e mail, textual content message, web site, and the united states Fb web page. HOW we talk is as much as you. Please be sure you indicated your communication preferences on our Aeries Father or mother Portal.
Our hearts exit to all of us as we attempt to navigate by way of this pandemic. We love your youngsters and are so excited to have the ability to serve them once more. Don’t hesitate to tell us what your wants are! We perceive that oldsters and households have many questions as we put together to begin the brand new college 12 months. Please attain out to your college for extra data, or name our District Hotline at 707-472-5003. Thanks in your endurance and understanding, let’s maintain working collectively to make Ukiah Unified faculties incredible locations of studying for our kids!