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This message is to keep you informed on the current status of school closures in Santa Clara County and Gilroy Unified School District. We continue to monitor the air quality which is projected to be very unhealthy again today.

Currently, the Public Health Department maintains that the current numbers do not warrant school closures. Like yesterday, students will be kept inside today throughout all breaks, lunches, PE classes, recesses and after school programs. Student-athletes should check with their coaches regarding practices, logistics and competitions.

Note: Because Gavilan College is closed today, classes at GECA have been cancelled.

Please be aware that while our doors will remain open, we ask that families and schools follow medical and environmental advice, especially if your child suffers from respiratory or heart-related issues, or if there is a concern or hardship in bringing your child to school. We share your desire to keep our children safe. Individual families should act in the best interest of their child.

To recap, the Public Health Department, the Santa Clara County Office of Education, and the Gilroy Unified School District have been in close communication and have made the determination for schools to remain open.

If choosing to keep children at home, we ask parents to follow the school's absence reporting process.

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Gilroy Unified School District is taking necessary steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff members due to the poor air quality in Gilroy.  The air quality in Gilroy has moved into the unhealthy range.  All students will be kept indoors throughout the school day today, including breaks, recesses, lunches, physical education classes, and after school programs.  Athletic practices will also be moved indoors.  Student-athletes should contact their individual coaches for scheduling and logistical information.  We anticipate the same schedule for all Gilroy Unified School District sites tomorrow, and will update you on the status of the air quality tomorrow (Friday, November 16) at 9:00 am PST. 

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Notice is hereby given that the Gilroy Unified School District intends to submit an application to the California Department of Education for a 21st Century Community Learning Centers program grant.

If granted, funds will be used to maintain and expand Power School before- and after-school and summer camp programs to include more than 1,000 students across eight school sites, and provide equitable access support. Public input about the proposed 21st Century Community Learning Center program must be submitted to Kathleen Biermann, Director of Curriculum and Instruction – Elementary, at or (408) 848-7170 by 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

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On Sunday, September 9, 2018, at approximately 1:00 pm, Gilroy Police Department responded to a report that a driver had accessed a service road behind the Gilroy High School Football Stadium and was acting erratically. 

Gilroy Police Department dispatched a number of service units to the scene to contact the suspect.  During that time, an officer discharged his service weapon at the suspect’s car.  The suspect then surrendered to authorities and was taken into custody without further incident. 

Gilroy Unified School District leases the Gilroy High School football field to the Gilroy Browns Pop Warner Football organization and while this situation was unfolding, a Jr. Pee Wee Pop Warner game was in process on the field.  Announcers for the football game advised players, coaches and spectators to “shelter in place” after shots were fired to ensure the safety of all in attendance.  The attendees complied with the orders and no one was injured.  During this time, a baseball game was also in progress as was a senior activity in the student parking lot on campus.  No one participating in either of these activities were harmed.

Gilroy Unified School District wishes to commend the officers on duty for the Gilroy Police Department for their swift response to ensure the safety of all in attendance on campus at Gilroy High School.  We would like to thank those parents and coaches in attendance at the football game who did everything possible to keep the players and other attendees safe.  “We are relieved that this situation was resolved quickly and without incident.  Many thanks to Gilroy Police Department and to the parents in attendance at the football game for keeping the attendees safe,” remarked GUSD Superintendent Dr. Deborah A. Flores.

The suspect has no affiliation with any of the activities that were taking place on campus at Gilroy High School.  More information will be released by Gilroy Police Department as it becomes available.

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Gilroy, CA – The Gilroy Unified School District (GUSD) is pleased to announce that Jean Wells-Southland has been appointed as the new principal for Rucker Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year by the Board of Education on May 17, 2018.

Dr. Deborah A. Flores Ph.D., Superintendent of the Gilroy Unified School District, remarked, “We are excited to welcome Jean Wells-Southland to our administrative team.  She is an established leader in the Rucker community and has a wide array of professional experience as a classroom teacher, private sector consultant, and administrator throughout her career.  I know she will hit the ground running to maintain the high level of academic rigor that is currently in place at Rucker.”

Ms. Wells-Southland returns to the Rucker campus as an administrator after serving as a Literacy Facilitator there from 2015-2018.  Prior to her tenure in Gilroy Unified, she worked for Partners in School Innovation, where she collaborated with District and school leaders, and teachers to develop result-oriented cycles of inquiry and structures to support teacher professional learning.  She was the principal of a secondary charter school (grades 6-12), Silicon Valley Flex Academy, from 2011-2014, and taught primary grades in Morgan Hill Unified School District, at Nordstrom Elementary and the Charter School of Morgan Hill from 2001-2011.

Ms. Wells-Southland and her husband have been Morgan Hill residents for 22 years and have three adult children and a grandchild.

When asked about how she felt about her new role, Ms. Wells-Southland shared, “From my first days at Rucker several years ago I knew that it was a special place to work.  The staff, students and families are what have kept me at Rucker and are what makes taking on the new role of principal so exciting.  I am looking forward to working with the Rucker community to build connections and strengthen our student outcomes for learning and social emotional growth.”