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October 21, 2022 update from Superintendent Flores: School Climate Surveys, CALSOAP Orientation, Construction updates and COVID clinic at Glen View
GUSD Communications

Dear Families and Staff,

We have officially made it through the first quarter of the 2022-23 school year and fall is here!  A few reminders for you as you begin planning for the end of 2022.

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences for middle school students (6th-8th grades) are October 25, 26 and 27.  These days are minimum days for all middle school students.
  • Parent/ Teacher Conferences for students in Transitional Kinder through 5th grades are November 10, 14, 15, 17 and 18.  These days are minimum days for all elementary school students.
  • The first trimester ends on October 28 for elementary school students.
  • There is no school for students on Friday, November 11, as we observe Veterans Day.  School resumes on Monday, November 14.
  • Thanksgiving break is November 21-25, 2022.  There is no school for students this week.  GECA classes are in session November 21, 22, and 23.

View the entire 2022-23 instructional calendar in English or Spanish online.

School Climate Surveys due October 31

Over the past week, District Office staff sent parents a request to complete a school climate survey via ParentSquare.  The Gilroy Unified School District is committed to having a safe, supportive and welcoming school environment for all of our students, staff and parents.  The District is asking students, staff and parents at each school site to participate in a brief school climate survey in the fall and in the spring. Your input is important and will help us improve school climate and culture. The survey is anonymous and should take 5- 10 minutes to complete.

Information provided by survey answers will help school and District staff to set goals and identify areas for improvement for the school year.
Please complete one survey on behalf of EACH school your child(ren) attend in the Gilroy Unified School District by October 31.  The links you were sent in ParentSquare are unique to the school your child attends. Thanks to those families who have already completed the survey.

Students in grades 5-12 and staff will also complete a survey.  
Please contact the GUSD Ed Services team with any questions: 669-205-4026.

CALSOAP Orientation, Saturday, October 22, 9 am-2pm

Congratulations to the South County CALSOAP Consortium for celebrating their 20th anniversary this year.  This incredible partner of the Gilroy Unified School District, helps prepare students to attend college, and offers support and information to students of all ages throughout their educational journey: including free tutoring, scholarship workshops, academic mentoring, college advising, SAT/ACT prep, a Summer Bridge program, and the “I’m Going to College” program for elementary school students.   

CALSOAP is offering college readiness workshops for K-12th parents and students on Saturday, October 22, from 9 am-2 pm at their College Readiness Center on the campus of Rebekah Children’s Services, 290 IOOF Avenue, in Gilroy. Workshops include financial aid planning and assistance, college requirements, career exploration, and much more! This event is free to attend, but RSVPs are requested.  For more information, visit the CALSOAP website:

Upcoming Vaccine Clinic at Glen View Elementary

Bay Area Community Health is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Glen View Elementary School on October 27, from 3-6 pm.  Glen View is located at 600 W. Eighth Street.  The clinic will take place in the MPR, which can be accessed at W. 9th Street between Princevalle and Hanna Streets. COVID-19 vaccines are available for those six-months and older.   Appointments are recommended and can be booked here in English and here in Spanish or using the QR code on the flier attached to this message. 

New Playground at Luigi Aprea Elementary

Ground has broken on the new Luigi Aprea Elementary School playground project, and we are excited to see the project progress!  This new, "all-inclusive" playground has integrated shade sails and an ADA pathway that will connect the existing blacktop to the new playground in what is currently an open field area.  The entire playground will have rubber pour-in-place surfacing, with paw prints designs incorporated to represent the Luigi Bulldogs.  The playground will include ramps and platforms through a portion of the structure that are wheelchair accessible and include the Burke "Cruiser" feature that can be used by students in wheelchairs.  There will be a swing set including both standard and adaptive swings, musical elements, balance beams, a variety of climbing elements, multiple play panels for individual and group use, a multi person spinner, and five slides.

The playground design is based on feedback from members of the school staff and parent community who toured three other recently completed playgrounds to get a feel of the features available.  Construction started in October 2022 and will be complete before Christmas break.

As part of the playground project, an ornamental fence is being installed to separate GUSD property from Del Rey Park.  The playground will be used by Luigi students only and the outside play field used by students will now be within the secure campus perimeter.  I will share photographs with you in future Friday communications as the project continues to move forward.  We can’t wait to see it come to life!

South Valley Middle School Project Updates

Construction continues on the new South Valley Middle School campus.  Currently, the Administration building, Student Services building and MPR are being built, as columns and beams have been installed and framing is taking place.   The south parking lot was also paved this week. We are eagerly anticipating the completion of this project so our staff and students can settle into the new campus when it’s done.

Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill

On Thursday, October 20, at 10:20 am, staff and students at all school sites and District Office buildings conducted the Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill, where our school communities practiced what to do in the event of a major earthquake while school and District operations are in session.

Following the "drop, cover and hold," practice, classrooms were evacuated so students could practice transitioning to a safe area while following the instructions of a teacher or staff member.  At the conclusion of the drill, students returned to classrooms and the school day resumed.  During the drill, families also received a TEST emergency communications from the District Office to ensure our emergency communications systems were functioning properly.

As part of the Great Shakeout drill, we encourage all of our families to practice what to do if an earthquake happens while your family is home.  Families can sign-up for emergency alerts to be sent directly to your phone, establish a reunification plan for all members of your family, and prepare an emergency supply kit so that your family is ready for any number of scenarios.

For more information, visit or view this video:

Take care of each other,

Dr. Deborah A. Flores, Ph.D.
Gilroy Unified School District