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.
*Reopening Update #4 (07/24/2020):
Dear Saddleback Valley Unified School District,
On Thursday, July 23, 2020, the SVUSD Board of Education approved a reopening plan for SVUSD, which offers both a full distance learning model as well as a hybrid model for all families. Additionally, on Friday, July 17, 2020, the Governor announced that schools located in a county on the state's COVID-19 Monitoring List may not reopen in person (hybrid model) until 14 days after the county has been removed from the list. This announcement impacts Saddleback Valley Unified School District as Orange County is currently on the monitoring list. With this latest directive from Governor Newsom, SVUSD will reopen on August 17, 2020 in full distance learning. We are carefully monitoring Orange County’s placement on the Monitoring List and hope to offer the hybrid model as soon as SVUSD meets the criteria to do so.
School Schedule Selection
Today, Friday, July 24, 2020, the Aeries Parent Portal is currently open and parents have the opportunity to select an instructional model for their child for the 2020-2021 school year. If a parent wants to change models, it would need to be done at the Trimester or Semester, depending on the grade level. We will do our best to accommodate mid year changes but cannot make guarantees. This selection window will close on Wednesday, July 29 at 5:00 pm. The 2020-21 school schedule options, both full distance learning and the hybrid model, are outlined in the attached SVUSD Reopening Plan and details are also accessible on the SVUSD website. Informational webinars regarding the SVUSD K-12 Virtual Academy will be held on Tuesday, July 28 (grades K-6) and Wednesday, July 29 (grades 7-12). Registration information may be found in the attachment.
Again, it is important to note that SVUSD schools will start in full distance learning due to the Governor’s mandate. Our first day of school will remain on August 17, 2020. All students will begin school on a full distance learning schedule until we are allowed to resume on-campus instruction. Once Orange County is off of the Monitoring List, SVUSD will be able to review the conditions to open our in-person hybrid model, while maintaining distance learning for our families who prefer this educational choice.
Student and Staff Safety
To ensure the health and safety of students and staff, a number of additional safety provisions will be put in place for the 2020-21 school year. The SVUSD Reopening Plan outlines these protocols and provides additional details regarding academic schedules, student transportation procedures, and school meal distribution. The plan will also be available on the district website.
As we continue to plan and prepare for the 2020-21 school year, we will keep our families updated regarding state orders as they relate to physical school reopening.
Crystal Turner, Ed.D.
*Reopening Update #3 (07/17/2020): As a result of the orders released today by the Governor, SVUSD will be required to open in full distance learning if Orange County is still on the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. We are currently assessing these multiple new directives and their impact on how instruction will resume on August 17th. We will still be holding the July 23rd SVUSD Special Board meeting virtually where SVUSD’s instructional model options, for when in-person learning is possible, will be presented.
***Special Board of Education Meeting Information (07/14/2020): We want to make you aware of our Special SVUSD Board meeting scheduled for July 23, 2020, when the SVUSD Board of Education will take action on how SVUSD will serve students this school year. You may find information on how to participate and join in on the meeting virtually here.
Additionally, it is important to note that our SVUSD Board of Education governs our District, making decisions that are best for our local community. The Orange County Board of Education (OCBE) does not have authority over how SVUSD’s schools will look this year. You may find information regarding the role of the OCBE and the response to last night’s OCBE meeting in this message from Orange County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Al Mijares.
***Reopening 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.