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PUBLIC HEARING

GILROY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

Thursday, October 1, 2020

7:00 p.m.

Board Room

 

NOTIFICATION OF PUBLIC HEARING

FOR COMPLIANCE WITH EDUCATION CODE SECTION 60119 FOR FISCAL YEAR 2020-21

PUPIL TEXTBOOK AND INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS INCENTIVE PROGRAM FOR GRADES TK-12

Education Code Section 60119 (as revised by Chapter 118, Statutes of 2005 and California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 5, Section 9531). In order to be eligible to receive instructional materials funds, the governing board of each district and county office of education is required to hold an annual public hearing and adopt a resolution stating whether each pupil in the district has sufficient textbooks or instructional materials in specified subjects that are aligned to the academic content standards and consistent with the content and cycles of the curriculum frameworks adopted by the state board.

Governing boards that have met the requirements of Education Code Section 60119 and have also certified compliance with the Instructional Materials Funding Realignment Program (IMFRP) requirements regarding provision of adopted standards-aligned instructional materials for all students (Education Code Section 60422) may spend 100% of any remaining IMFRP funds from that year’s allocation for other approved purposes.

Posted:

  • Brownell Middle School Christopher High School Eliot School
  • El Roble School Gilroy High School Glen View School Las Animas School Luigi Aprea School
  • Mt. Madonna High School Rod Kelley School
  • Rucker School
  • Solorsano Middle School
  • South Valley Middle School
  • Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy
  • Gilroy Unified District Office

Posted: September 15, 2020

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Dear GUSD staff and families,

September 11 is a day of remembrance and reflection in America, as we honor the heroes and victims who lost their lives when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the White House.  In the days, weeks, and months that followed, our country came together in collective grief and renewed solidarity.  Over the past six months, I am often reminded of the connection we felt as Americans in 2001, and I have felt that connection again as our community continues to work through the challenges we face. 

School Site Visits

Board members and I have visited schools over the past few weeks and have talked with principals, teachers and staff members about how things are going in this new teaching environment. We have also been visiting classrooms virtually.  Principals, teachers and staff share that at this point most things are going well with fewer and fewer technology issues each week.  We are so grateful for the tremendous efforts of our staff to provide the best learning opportunities possible for our students.

Internet and Hotspots

The district has distributed over 5,000 computers and by the end of this month, over 1,000 hotspots to families.  Principals and site staff are continuing to work with families to address technology issues.  There are two geographic regions of our district where the hotspots do not work or do not work well: the northeast and southeast corners of the district.  We are working hard to identify and implement solutions for these areas of Gilroy.    In addition, we have had multiple staff members visit families who have had challenges with connectivity and internet access to provide assistance and training for students to access distance learning.  Tech support is available five days a week between 9 am and 5 pm.  Please call 669.205.4060 if you need help.  

Public Health Department Guidance for Schools Reopening

Several weeks ago, the Governor of California released information about a new four-tiered system for counties based on COVID19 test positivity and case rate, for loosening and tightening restrictions.  This tiered system can be accessed here.   Initially, Santa Clara County was in Tier 1 (purple) which is the most restrictive.  On Sept. 8, Santa Clara County moved into Tier 2 (red).  After 14 days in this tier, schools may reopen.  However, school districts must still meet the guidelines issued by the Santa Clara Public Health Dept. on June 30, 2020 and our district is not able to meet those guidelines at this time. 

Many steps must be taken before the district can consider reopening at any level.  We will begin implementing the following steps:

  • The Reopening Planning Committee will meet this next week to review and discuss the guidelines. This committee is comprised of over 40 members including GUSD staff from all bargaining units, administrators, staff members and parents.  The charge of the committee remains to address three core principles: health and wellness, school operations and teaching and learning. The committee will continue meeting until recommendations are solidified;

  • District staff will continue to assess readiness for opening schools based on the Public Health guidelines;

  • District leaders will meet with representatives of the three unions for their input and  feedback from their union members;

  • Staff will meet with parent groups to discuss the readiness for reopening, and

  • Staff, students and parents will be surveyed to determine their preferences and level of comfort with proposed guidelines.

It is critical that we take a cautious approach and address all safety concerns before considering reopening. This is especially true in Gilroy as our city has one of the highest coronavirus rates in the County and health experts are warning that there may be an increase in COVID19 cases in the winter months.  The safety of our staff, students and families has always been and will continue to be a top priority in our district.

Meals for Gilroy children
GUSD is serving FREE meals for all Gilroy children, ages 0-18, at five school sites: Eliot Elementary, Glen View Elementary, Rod Kelley Elementary, South Valley Middle and Solorsano Middle, Monday-Friday, from 12 pm-2 pm.  Rucker Elementary is also serving FREE meals to all children in Gilroy, ages 0-18, from 10:30 am-11:30 am, Monday through Friday.  

Meals can be picked up by any adult caregiver for all children in a home, and no identification is required.  The first time a family visits a school site to pick up meals, they will be asked to complete an application to determine eligibility for free or reduced meals.  Completing this application helps our district and schools receive much needed funding to be able to provide food to all children, regardless of financial status.  Only one application needs to be completed per family, regardless of the number of children in the home and schools of attendance. 

In addition to the above six schools serving free meals, Luigi Aprea Elementary also continues to serve breakfast and lunch to GUSD students only, Monday through Friday, from 9 am-2 pm.  Meals at Luigi will be charged according to payment status (regular price, reduced pricing and free).

I hope that you continue finding joy in the small things that you experience.  This season feels long and wearing for so many.  I found peace from this quote that I read earlier today, from Sandy Dahl, the wife of one of the United Airlines Flight 93 pilots Jason Dahl, who died on September 11, “If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”  I hope that you and your families are well and focusing on the positives as it can help deal with the challenges we are facing.

Take care of each other,

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

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Notice is hereby given that no persons have been nominated to fill the four-year term for Trustee Area 5 on the Governing Board of the Gilroy Unified School District in connection with the election to be held on November 3, 2020. 

In accordance with Education Code Section 5328, the Governing Board of the Gilroy Unified School District intends to appoint a member of the Governing Board for Trustee Area 5 to serve a term of two years beginning December 4, 2020.  The Board will make an appointment at a public meeting of the Governing Board to be held prior to November 3, 2020.

APPLICATIONS:  Persons interested in being appointed, who are at least 18 years of age, living within the boundary of Trustee Area 5 and registered to vote, should send a cover letter and resume via email to GUSD Superintendent Deborah A. Flores (Debbie.Flores@gilroyunified.org) no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2020:

 

Dated: 9-8-2020         
By: Dr. Deborah A. Flores 
Superintendent and Secretary to the Board of Education

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Dear GUSD Families and Staff,

It is hard to believe that over three weeks have passed since the start of the school year and that Labor Day is already here.  The temperatures are going to be high and the air quality will be poor this weekend so please take care and be safe.

I have been visiting school sites with the principals and board members and dropping in on classrooms.  Things are going well and have steadily improved since the first few days of school when technology issues dominated.  At this point, most technology issues have been addressed.  If your child is still having problems with accessing Zoom calls or other online programs during distance learning, please call the IT hotline at 669.205.4060 so that we can follow up with you.  If you are having problems with your district-issued Chromebook, please call the front office at your school site, and they will make arrangements for you to trade in the device for one that works.

There are many wonderful community volunteers available to provide short trainings to parents on how to effectively use district Chromebooks and software programs.  We would be happy to connect you to one of these volunteers, so please contact your school principal for further guidance.  We also have information on technology troubleshooting on our website.

School districts throughout the country received good news this week regarding food service.  Beginning Tuesday, September 8, all children 18 and under may participate in the meals program and do not have to meet income eligibility requirements.  We are serving FREE meals for all Gilroy children, ages 0-18, at five school sites: Eliot Elementary, Glen View Elementary, Rod Kelley Elementary, South Valley Middle and Solorsano Middle, Monday-Friday, from 12 pm-2 pm.  Rucker Elementary will also serve FREE meals to all children in Gilroy, ages 0-18, from 10:30 am-11:30 am, Monday through Friday.

Meals can be picked up by any adult caregiver for all children in a home, and there is no identification required.  However, the first time a family does visit one of the six school sites to pick up meals, they will be asked to complete an application to determine eligibility for free or reduced meals.  This application helps our district and schools receive much needed funding to be able to provide food to all children, regardless of financial status.  Only one application needs to be completed per family, regardless of the number of children in the home and schools of attendance. 

In addition to the above six schools serving free meals, Luigi Aprea Elementary will also continue to serve breakfast and lunch to GUSD students only, Monday through Friday, from 9 am-12 pm.  Meals at these two school sites will be charged according to payment status (regular price, reduced pricing and free).

A couple of notes for your calendars: there is no school on Monday, September 7, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.  Classes resume on September 8.  On Friday, September 18, there is no school for all GUSD students so that our staff can participate in a day of professional development.

For families with students in middle and high school, a letter was emailed and posted on Parent Square today to clarify expectations for students participating in distance learning.  It contains important information, so please review it prior to our return to distance learning next Tuesday.

Additionally, we are approaching the first grade "Progress Reporting" period for secondary students.  As we have stated in previous communications, students will be receiving grades for their assignments, tests and participation in all of their classes this year.  Progress reports will be posted for all students by the end of September (sites will inform families of the specific dates per school).

Families should continue to use the Aeries Portal to monitor the current grades, this year more than ever.  Please contact your school office if you are unable to access your child's grades through Aeries.

I am so proud of the way that our GUSD team has come together to serve our students during this pandemic.  The teachers are doing an amazing job in this virtual environment delivering the instructional program online.  The distance learning program would not be going as well as is without the support of parents and caregivers.  My deepest gratitude goes to everyone involved in this effort.  Our staff is working harder than ever and showing incredible creativity as they continue to provide high quality learning to all of our students.  As I am visiting virtual classrooms on my fall site visits to every school, I am constantly amazed at the level of professionalism from our staff and students, and the participation and engagement on a consistent basis.  I am so proud.

My very best to you as we begin this long weekend.  I hope you all are able to unplug, unwind, and find joy, while staying cool.

Take care of each other,

Deborah A. Flores, Ph.D.

Superintendent

Gilroy Unified School District

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Melanie Corona

The Gilroy Unified School District has been closely monitoring the air quality in Gilroy over the last 48 hours and it is predicted that air quality will be better tomorrow than it has been in the last seven days.  

This afternoon, Dr. Flores notified school leaders that school sites could resume the distribution of classroom materials, textbooks, Chromebooks, hotspots, and other activities that had been postponed due to poor air quality.

Please look for direct communication from your child's school sites regarding the new schedule for all of these activities.  

 

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Zoom is currently having intermittent outages worldwide. Please look for individual communication from your child's teacher or teachers with instructions on how the remainder of the school day will be handled.  If teachers are able to access Zoom or another telecommunication platform they will communicate that with you directly and invite your student to join their online learning Zoom meeting for the remainder of the day.  Teachers will also be posting independent lessons in their Google Classrooms for students to access. We recommend that your student try to log-in to their Zoom meetings as soon as they are able, to see if their teacher is online and teaching.

Students who aren't able to access their Zoom meetings today for online learning will not be penalized.   

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The Zoom platform is experiencing widespread outages affecting all online learning classes at this time.

Students and teachers will not be able to log into the platform to join any scheduled Zoom classes. As an alternative, students should log-in to their Google Classrooms throughout the day to access lessons that can be completed independently.

GUSD will be in regular communication with staff and families as we receive updates from Zoom, including when access to the platform has been fully restored.

Direct any questions you may have about Zoom outages to questions@gilroyunified.org. Direct any questions you have about independent lessons during the outage to your child's teacher(s).
 

For media requests regarding the Gilroy Unified School District, school sites, staff and/ or students, please contact Melanie Corona, Public Information Officer, 669.205.4095 or melanie.corona@gilroyunified.org.