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IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE - MARCH 12, 2020

Dear Parents,

As I shared in my communication yesterday, the Board of Education and I, along with the entire district leadership, are actively monitoring the fluid nature of the coronavirus outbreak across the United States and more specifically here in California.  

While there are no active cases of COVID-19 in LVUSD, we want to do our part in limiting contact and stopping the spread of the virus in the coming days. 

Given this, LVUSD is deploying plans to ensure our community is both prepared for the likelihood of long-term disruption and is protected from the virus.   

Today, LVUSD is making the following announcements:

  • Tomorrow, Friday, March 13, all schools will be open and our teachers will use this classroom time to work with students to prepare for distance learning in a grade-level appropriate fashion.
  • We will be closing all LVUSD schools Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 for staff in-service time to prepare for the likelihood of a district-wide closure. There will be no instruction on these two days.  While it is my hope that we will not need to close our school facilities for an extended period of time, the reality is we need to be prepared for it.  We will use the time on Monday and Tuesday to ensure our technology is actively tested and that our staff is prepared to continue educating our students with minimal disruption over the course of any planned closure. Teachers are beginning to lay out expectations of their students should we move to a distance-learning model.   
  • All field trips, activities, concerts, performances, conferences, and gatherings will be suspended through at least March 27
  • All athletic events will be canceled through Friday March 20.  This includes both games and practices. 
  • On Monday, March 16  and Tuesday, March 17 all middle school and high school cafeterias will be open for Free & Reduced packaged meal service between 8 am-9 am and again from 11 am - 1 pm. Elementary students may go to any middle or high school for their meals. 

Given the rapidly changing nature of events we are dealing with, the importance of close communication and community coordination has never been greater.  To help address the numerous variables we are all managing, we will send regular communications to families to update our status, sharing information as soon as we can.  Updates will also be posted on lvusd.org and social media. In the meantime, we know that COVID-19 can raise stress and anxiety for families. We are curating resources to support social-emotional health at Community360.me. 

I know these decisions will introduce some hardships on many of our families.  These decisions have not been taken lightly. We have been in constant communication with local and state health officials and these actions are being taken out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our students and staff, and our sense of shared responsibility to our broader community to take every possible step to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

We will send an update to the community by 5 pm on Monday, March 16. .

 

Dan Stepenosky
Superintendent
Las Virgenes Unified School District