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COVID-19 AND COUNSELING UPDATES

IMPORTANT COVID 19 UPDATES

UPDATE:  March 18, 2020

Hi students and parents,

I hope you are staying safe and healthy.  This is a very unique and difficult time for some as we move through the ever changing world right now.  I've attached a couple of menttal health resources that you may find helpful with coping strategies and tips for social distancing.  

We are all in this together, and we will get through this together.  Please reach out with any questions you may have, and I will always share the information I have at that time.  

Again, if you have any topics/suggestions you'd like to be shared out, please enter them HERE.

Take Care,

Mrs. Gagliardi



Attachments:
SAMHSA Behavioral Health.pdf
SAMHSA Coping with Stress.pdf

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

 

COUNSELING UPDATES

UPDATE:  March 18, 2020
 
Hi AHS Family,
 
We hope you are staying safe, healthy and sane during this time.  We wanted to reach out to let you know that counselors are here for you and our students during this time of uncertainty.  If you need any support from us, or you need to refer a student to us, please reach out.  You can reach us through email, phone, text, Hangouts...whatever works for you.
 
If you'd like us to join one of your virtual classes, please let us know.  We are happy to help you answer your students' questions, or just to support you while you navigate this uncharted territory. 
 
Resource for your physical/mental sanity:
Lastly, in case you're not part of the Peloton family already, and you are interested in checking it out, they are offering a FREE 90 DAY TRIAL of their digital app which offers an array of classes including strength training, meditation, yoga, outdoor running, cardio, etc. so you don't need to own the bike or tread.  If you join, feel free to follow me #MamasMinute.  https://www.onepeloton.com/digital/checkout/digital-90d
 
We are all in this together, and here to support you.  As always, please reach out with any questions you may have.
 
Sincerely, 
Your AHS Counseling Team
 

UPDATE:  March 17, 2020

Hello AHS families,

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy through this very unique time.  We have compiled a few key items that we feel are important to communicate out to you at this time.  Keep in mind that as things evolve, and questions continue to come in, things may change, and we will continue to communicate with you.  

Virtual Meeting Request

If you would like a virtual meeting with your counselor, please email your counselor with a few options of your availability (ex: I’m available Wednesday between 1:00-3:00pm, and Thursday between 8:00-10:30am), and we will send you a link for the meeting with a time that works for both parties.

 

Course Requests for Next Year

Your AHS counselors met with most 9-11th grade students over the last month.  If you were not met with for any reason, please reach out to your counselor (via email) to confirm the courses you wish to take.  If you would like to make a change to your original request, email your counselor your desired changes.  

 

Summer School

For students to advance or recover credits with outside summer school, you need to find a program that is WASC approved, UC a-g approved, and if your student is an athlete, it needs to be NCAA approved as well. In the past, we have approved the following summer programs (most are online): Opportunities For Learning (OFL), Vista Real, Mission Academy, The Method Summer School

Please check that the school you choose is still accredited in the ways stated above. Once you've made your choice, please fill out their referral form (available on their website), fill out our concurrent enrollment form (attached or link here), and email it to your counselor.  Your counselor will review your request with the administrator and approve/deny the course(s). Once those forms are signed by us, we will email you about the decision. Please allow at least 72 hours for the approval process. Normally we would have you come pick up the signed forms and deliver them to your summer school institution.  During this time, we’ll email you an approval. A maximum of 10 units is allowed for summer school. 

 

Seniors Requesting Mid-Year Transcripts

If you need your mid-year transcript (and supporting mid-year documents) to be sent to your college, please email your counselor to let them know.  We will be working remotely and can send documents electronically through Naviance.  

 

LVUSD Counseling 360 Resources

The Community 360 Counseling Center will be offering 20 minute virtual appointments to staff, students, and parents who might need someone to talk to as we enter the coming weeks. If you'd like to book an appointment, go to Community360.me and click "Book an Appointment". This will set up a calendar time for a virtual check-in via Zoom. 

 

Counselor Emails:

A-C:  Mrs. Gagliardi   rgagliardi@lvusd.org

D-Hol:  Dr. Ordin  lordin@lvusd.org

Hom-Mc:  Ms. Craven  craven@lvusd.org

Me-Sa:  Mr. Lipka  mlipka@lvusd.org

Sc-Z:  Mrs. Latty  clatty@lvusd.org

 

Tech Support:

Charter/Spectrum is supporting LVUSD during this transition to online learning. Any family that does not already have internet at home will get free internet for 3 months with no startup costs. All you have to do is call Spectrum directly at 844-488-8395 and let the rep know that the school district sent them. 

LVUSD Tech Support can be reached here:

Email: support@lvusd.org

Student/Parent: 818-538-6433

Email is preferred, as phone lines can get busy. Phone support for parents and students will be available from 8:30a to 3p Monday through Friday.

 

Thank you for your Patience 

If there are further topics you feel we should share out to all AHS students/families, please CLICK HERE to make a suggestion.  As we gather your responses, we will meet as a team to determine the best way to communicate with you.  We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we navigate this uncharted territory.  

 

Take care,

Your AHS Counseling Team

Attachments:
Summer School 2020 Concurrent Enrollment Form.pdf