Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources
SVUSD is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and we will continue to provide timely updates as available to all SVUSD families and staff via email, social media, and through this website. Please continue to monitor the previously mentioned platforms for the most up to date information regarding COVID-19 and SVUSD school site dismissals.
*Re-Opening Update #1 (07/03/2020):
Dear SVUSD Community,
We want to begin by again expressing our gratitude for your support during the school dismissals. We miss our students and are continuing to work on a plan to bring us all safely back to campus when we begin the 2020-21 school year on August 17th. As we’ve previously shared, we have gathered input from stakeholders through student, staff, and parent surveys, our District Think Tank, and our employee group leaders regarding reopening plans. This information, in combination with guidance from local and state agencies, will be utilized as we finalize our plans for reopening schools to be presented to the SVUSD Board of Education later in July. We understand that everyone wants to know what the SVUSD plan is, and we appreciate your continued patience as we finalize the details. As we did throughout the school dismissals, when the Board of Education has approved more solidified plans for re-opening our schools, we will communicate those plans with our entire community.
We are currently considering the following alternatives for re-opening our sites:
- full return to school “as normal”, with implemented health protocols
- blended model with some time spent at school and some time at home
- full distance learning is available through our established K-12 SVUSD Virtual Academy for families who want their children to remain at home next school year
As a public school district, we adhere to the county and state guidance that we receive, and this guidance continues to change at a very rapid rate. However, I can assure you that we are taking all updated recommendations into consideration as we evaluate different reopening scenarios.
In order to keep our staff and students safe for a possible full in-person return in the fall, we have purchased materials including face shields for teachers, desk shields for students, and additional safety supplies. We will share all safety precautions that are being taken as we finalize our reopening plans.
I understand you are trying to make plans for your children and arrange schedules, however, plans released today would inevitably need to be altered based on the updated information we will continue to receive in the coming weeks. We would rather release more definitive plans in late July.
Thank you again for your patience and understanding of our planning process as we continue to hope that we can open traditionally in August, while also planning for alternate scenarios.
Crystal Turner, Ed.D.
***Update (6/11/2020): Latest update (#25) is available.
***Update (6/5/2020): Latest update (#24) is available under "SVUSD Specific Information & Updates".
***Update (6/1/2020): Latest update (#23) is available under "SVUSD Specific Information & Updates".
***Update (5/29/2020): Latest update (#22) is available under "SVUSD Specific Information & Updates".
***Update (5/15/2020): Latest update (#21) is available under "SVUSD Specific Information & Updates".
***Update (4/29/20): At this time, our anticipated start date for the 2020-21 school year has not changed and remains on August 17, 2020. We remain committed to keeping our staff and community updated about any changes or modifications to the upcoming school year. Additionally, an update regarding the SVUSD grading policy for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year as well as graduation ceremony plans were shared. For additional details, please see update #20 (under SVUSD Specific Information & Updates) to the right.
***Update (4/3/2020): SVUSD will extend distance learning & the closure of our school facilities, with students not returning in-person to our campuses, for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This does not mean the 2019-2020 academic year has ended. While we will continue to stay physically apart, the expectation is that our teachers will continue to provide instruction and our students will stay engaged in their learning until the very last day of school on June 11, 2020. Distance learning and SVUSD services will continue, including school counseling services, mental wellness supports, grab-and-go meals, Chromebooks and connectivity, and more. Grab and Go meals will continue to be served during Spring Recess on Monday and Thursday, as well as through the remainder of the school year. For additional details, please see update #18 (under "SVUSD Specific Information & Updates") to the right.
***Update (4/1/2020): An update regarding the possible extension of SVUSD school dismissals past our current date of May 1 will be provided by the end of this week.
***Update (3/31/2020): SVUSD is extending the student dismissal with distance learning in place through Friday, May 1, 2020. Students are now scheduled to return to campus on Monday, May 4, 2020. Spring Break will continue as previously scheduled April 6-10, 2020.
***Update (3/27/2020): As we close out our 1st week of distance learning, here's a video message from Dr. Turner.
***Update (3/20/2020): Beginning Monday, March 23rd, we will be utilizing distance learning for all SVUSD students. Students will be able to engage with their teachers via online tools and teachers will work with students remotely, providing learning activities to complete along with other activities. Students are expected to complete their assignments, engage in the learning opportunities given by teachers and communicate with their teachers via email or other designated online formats.
***Update (3/19/2020): Based on tonight's Executive Order to stay at home by Gov. Newsom, all SVUSD Facilities will close on 3/20 in order for staff to assess immediate next steps. Families that were scheduled to pick up materials or devices from school sites will be contacted by the Principal to share updated plans for pick up. Lunch will still be provided, however, solely at the District Nutrition Center on Peter A, Hartman Way from 12:00 -1:00 pm.
***Update (3/18/2020): Based on the most recent guidance and recommendations, all SVUSD Schools will close for an additional third week, Monday, March 30th - Friday, April 3rd. At this time, Spring Recess remains scheduled for April 6th - April 10th. To reiterate, all SVUSD schools will be closed from Monday, March 16th - Friday, April 3rd, immediately followed by Spring Recess from Monday, April 6th - Friday, April 10th.
***Update (3/14/2020): SVUSD will continue to provide lunch service throughout school closures (3/16/2020 - 3/27/2020). Service will be provided to all students 18 years old and younger, and special needs adults up to age 23 at all SVUSD High School sites and District Office Nutrition Center. Please see additional information in update #10 accessible through specific updates on the right.
***Update (3/13/2020): The SVUSD Board of Education, in an emergency session, decided that all Saddleback Valley Unified schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th, with the possibility of closing for a third week as the situation warrants. At this time, Spring Break will remain during the week of April 6.
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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the California Department of Education (CDE) recommended for schools to encourage individuals who have a travel history over the course of the last 14 days to an area identified by the CDC as a Level 3 Travel Health Notice to self-quarantine for 14 days (from the day of return to the United States). Additionally, this applies to those who have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 (for 14 days from the date of their last exposure).
SVUSD is in agreement with the CDPH & CDC recommendation and is appreciative of your cooperation.
Current list of countries designated as Level 3: China, Iran, Ireland, Most European Countries, and United Kingdom.
Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) is taking calls from the public regarding COVID-19.