Dear GUSD staff and families,
There are two weeks of school left in the 2019-2020 school year and we are in the midst of graduation season. Congratulations to the GECA Griffins who kicked off our Class of 2020 graduations last night. Their ceremony was held virtually, and can be seen here. 84% of last night’s graduates petitioned for their Associates Degree from Gavilan College and will be celebrated tonight, along with other Gav students. Congratulations GECA Griffins! We are proud of you!
During the first week of June, our celebrations will really ramp up. Students from Mt. Madonna High School will graduate on Tuesday, June 2, at 6 pm. You can watch the debut of their graduation video here. Thursday, June 4, the Gilroy High School Mustangs will celebrate their graduation at 6 pm. Their video will debut here, and finally the Cougars of Christopher High School will graduate on June 5, at 6 pm. You can watch the graduation video here. I encourage you to take a look at these pages prior to graduation day. Information is being updated constantly, and it’s so impressive to see what our seniors have achieved this year. Celebrations for fifth and eighth graders are being planned at individual school sites. If you have questions about how your school is celebrating fifth or eighth graders, please contact the principal.
Here are some other updates for you:
Fall 2020 Planning Process
Many people have asked will we reopen schools or continue in distance learning in the fall 2020. The answer is that we do not know yet. It is likely we will not know the answer until sometime in the summer.
All Santa Clara County school districts have been asked to plan for three possible scenarios;
· Full reopening
· Hybrid/blended model
· Full distance learning
Each district is engaged in a planning process for Fall 2020, and the 31 superintendents in Santa Clara County are engaged in a joint planning process. Recently, I convened a committee of 30 people to help us plan for next fall and our group is meeting weekly.
Surveys of Staff, Parents and Students
To help us plan for the fall, in the next week, you will receive a survey that asks important questions about distance learning, meals, technology, and many other topics. Please take the time to complete the survey. Your input is welcome and needed in our planning process.
End of the 2019-2020 school year
There is no school for staff and students on Monday, May 25, as we observe Memorial Day. Our elementary school students (grades TK-5) also don’t have school on Tuesday, May 26, because it is a teacher records day. The last day of the school year is Friday, June 5, 2020. Our instructional calendar (link to calendar here) hasn’t changed with the transition to distance learning.
Busses with WiFi capabilities stationed at GUSD schools
Busses with WiFi capabilities continue to be staged in the parking lots of four of our school sites for students to have increased internet access. Busses are stationed in the parking lot at Antonio Del Buono Elementary, South Valley Middle School, Gilroy High School and Rucker Elementary School to support distance learning needs. Busses with hot spots will be in parking lots on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:00 am-10:45 am, and from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, as well as on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 am-11:30 am, and from 12:30 pm-4:00 pm. WiFi access is free to students who need it, and the schedule will remain in place through the end of the school year.
Current Food Distribution Program ends June 5
The current food distribution program three days a week at seven of our school sites ends on Friday, June 5, with the last day of school. Information will be available soon about the summer food program, dates, times and distribution sites.
Of note: during this school year, our high school seniors completed over 74,440 hours of community service throughout their four years of high school! That’s an average of 85.7 hours per high school senior in the Class of 2020. In spite of the tumultuous end of the school year, I am proud that our students continue to volunteer in the Gilroy community, and fill a crucial need on behalf of so many wonderful organizations.
Students from Gilroy High School and Christopher High School are hosting a virtual Talent Show that will be livestreamed on YouTube, next Friday, May 29, beginning at 7 pm. The show includes 25 acts from throughout our district and will benefit the St. Joseph’s Family Center.
This week, we recognized Adrienne Summers and Adrianne Wilkinson as GUSD’s Behind the Scenes All-Stars. Read about their contributions to the success of our district here.
Finally, we celebrated our classified employees this week. Many thanks to these essential GUSD team members who provide so much support to our students, fellow staff and families, especially during these times. I hope you all are well. Enjoy your three day weekend.
Take care of each other,
Dr. Deborah A. Flores, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Gilroy Unified School District