Dear GUSD staff and families,
I want to invite you to participate in a very important survey for all of our families in the Gilroy Unified School District, regarding the return to school in fall and your feedback on your family’s distance learning experience. I am hoping for 100% of our families to provide your input and information as we plan for the reopening of our schools in the fall. GUSD, along with all other districts in Santa Clara County, is in the process of planning multiple scenarios for the fall. The reopening of schools will be based on Santa Clara County meeting specific criteria to ensure the health and safety of students and staff.
Please keep in mind, while how schools will reopen in the fall is based on the requirements set forth by the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health, as a parent, your input is critical in helping guide the planning process.
We encourage you to complete one survey per child if possible. If your answers for Fall Reopening and the experience for Distance Learning has been the same for all of your children, you may complete one survey per household. You can access the survey here: https://forms.gle/NDqtPXcTg43JEiJ89. Please share your answers with us by Friday, June 5, 2020.
**A survey for GUSD staff members and students will be sent next week.**
Here are some other updates for you:
Immunization Requirements Remain in Effect
California schools are required to check immunization records for all new student admissions. In addition, 7th grade students are also required to have additional immunizations. For a list of immunizations by grade level, speak to your child’s health care provider or go to ShotsforSchool.org. Students will not be allowed to start the new school year until proof of immunization is provided.
Seventh Grade Requirements
All students entering 7th grade are required to provide proof of a Tdap vaccination (given after age 7) and a second varicella vaccination. Please ensure that your child has received these vaccinations and that proof of immunization is presented to the school health office.
Where Can My Child Receive Vaccinations?
Immunizations are available during the Shelter In Place order and local healthcare providers are taking precautions to keep your child safe. If your child has needs immunizations, please make arrangements to do so as soon as possible. Resources include:
- Your child's pediatrician or your family doctor.
- Local pharmacies often offer vaccines for older children.
- Community clinics that provide free or low-cost vaccines for children and youth.
Local clinics are:
Gardner South County Health Center
Gilroy Neighborhood Clinic
Foothill Community Health Center
Foothill Health Center – Glen View
My child received vaccinations. How do I send proof when the school is closed?
Once your child has received their vaccinations, the school nurse should receive proof. Please make a copy of the medical record or yellow card and drop them off in the bins provided at the school lunch distribution sites. Or, you can scan or take a photo of your child’s records and email them directly to your school nurse or your school secretary.
Remember, immunization records must be received or your child cannot start school in the fall!
Pick-up of belongings
We are able to begin the distribution of belongings left at school sites. You should receive communication from your site leadership with scheduling and timing for pick-up of items. Please contact your school site directly with any questions.
Instructional materials adoption
The Gilroy Unified School District is in the process of adopting new materials for the following courses: AP Statistics, AP Macroeconomics, Middle School Science, Elementary Science, and High School Math I, II, & III. You are invited to virtually preview the recommended materials and provide any feedback prior to June 11, 2020, when the Board will decide whether to adopt the materials at their regularly scheduled meeting. Preview the materials here and provide input: https://bit.ly/GUSD2020TextbookAdoption
Of note: many thanks to the Gilroy Foundation for providing over $492,000 in scholarship moneys to the Class of 2020 this year. This money provides countless opportunities for our students as they continue their educational journeys following graduation. Thank you to the Gilroy community for your ongoing support and generosity, and thank you to the Gilroy Foundation for facilitating these opportunities for our students.
Students from Gilroy High School and Christopher High School are hosting a virtual Talent Show that will be livestreamed on YouTube, tonight, beginning at 7 pm. The show includes 25 acts from throughout our district and will benefit the St. Joseph’s Family Center. You can watch the show here: https://qrs.ly/hcbj77j and provide support to St. Joseph’s as you are able.
Many congratulations to Las Animas Elementary and Rod Kelley Elementary for being named two of the top schools in the Bay Area educating underserved students by Innovate Public Schools! The staff at these schools provide incredible resources to our students, as do the staff members at our other schools. You can read the full report here: https://reports.innovateschools.org/TopschoolsBayArea/.
This week, we recognized our IT Department and Amanda Reedy as GUSD’s Behind the Scenes All-Stars. Read about their contributions to the success of our district here: https://www.facebook.com/236268986966663/posts/612148029378755/.
We are looking forward to celebrating the end of the school year with the Class of 2020 and all of our students and families next week. What a year it has been!
Take care of each other,
Dr. Deborah A. Flores, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Gilroy Unified School District