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Superintendent Board Meeting Report - June 23, 2022

Good evening Trustees,

Today I had the pleasure to visit our summer school programs at Hughes Elementary where I observed the SVEF Elevate Math and District Literacy programs. Thank you to all the summer school staff for their dedication to supporting our students during the summer enrichment and credit recovery programs.

Good News!  We are on track for the opening of MacDonald High School and are excited to inform the Board that tomorrow is move-in day! This week, the MacDonald High School principal met with the cabinet to share updates as we approach the opening of school in August. She shared that the MHS staff met in early June to develop common agreements, and reach consensus on: best practices, protocols, and social-emotional support structures. 

The school is almost fully staffed and they anticipate filling the remaining open positions within the next few weeks. Instructional materials and equipment are being delivered and we expect to be ready to welcome the founding class on August 11th. 

Over the summer, the MHS team will be receiving materials and setting up instructional spaces. They are also planning for a Welcome Day in early August, and ensuring that the opening weeks of the school year go smoothly for students and staff.

My kudos to the teams who have been working behind the scenes to support the school to prepare for the opening. 

COVID-19 Update

There have not been many updates to COVID-19 protocols so, this month, I am sharing our COVID updates during the Superintendent’s Report. 

  • Cases in the county and district seem to be declining. The 7-day rolling average of new cases per day in the county is 951, compared to 984 reported at the last board meeting. Even though we are in summer programs, we continue to track COVID rates and update our district dashboard. The total number of cases in the district last week was 15 students and 19 staff.
  • The county health department continues to remind the public that indoor masking is still strongly encouraged.
  • The district team continues to watch the ongoing developments happening at the state level regarding COVID-19 safety measures and guidance for the 2022-2023 school year to guide us in our preparations for the 2022-2023 school year.  At this time, we have received no updated guidance from the State regarding required COVID protocols for the 2022-2023 school year, and this includes any required testing programs for next year.  The District team is also meeting with CDPH to obtain information regarding the availability of rapid antigen tests for staff and/or students for next year.  Information will be shared regularly, as it becomes available, with the CUDOS team.

Enrollment Monitoring and Staffing Update

We continue to monitor student enrollment including the staffing levels at our sites. Later tonight we will hear more about the status of the open positions. Since the last board meeting, the following positions have been added: a TK teacher to Westwood and a first grade teacher to Agnew.  

Closing

This concludes my report for this evening. Wishing you all a wonderful July 4th celebration.