New Year Reminder
Happy New Year! Monday, January 11 is the first day back for staff and students, and we are looking forward to seeing you!
During the Winter Break, the Cajon Valley Union School District Health Services Team has continued to respond to notifications of individuals who test positive for COVID-19, and reports of exposure. Should you require assistance regarding a COVID-19 positive case or exposure please contact email@example.com or call the district Health Services Team at 619-590-8548.
The safety of our students, teachers, staff and families is our top priority. Your role remains critical in keeping everyone safe.
Consistent with state and local guidance, please continue to follow these procedures. If your child tested positive, is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, and/or has been exposed to anybody who has tested positive for COVID-19 please do the following:
- Keep your child at home
- Contact your healthcare provider
- Email your child’s principal and/or firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible
For additional information regarding COVID19, please visit www.cajonvalley.net/covid19info or email email@example.com
Cajon Valley Union School District
Student Meal Distribution
Cajon Valley Union School District Child Nutrition is offering a drive-thru/walk-up distribution of daily meals, from 11 am to 1 pm, at the following schools:
Meals are free of charge and available to everyone 18 years and younger - no ID required.
Parents are welcome to go to any school site that is convenient.
All students in class will be offered meals at no charge every day.
Cajon Valley Union School District discusses in-person learning successes
District is CA's largest to re-open with state waiver
By: Mary McKenzie
(KGTV) -- Rios Elementary School in the Cajon Valley Union School District is one of only a few districts that took advantage of the state waiver program to reopen for in-person learning this fall and is the largest in the state to qualify for one.
More than 200 students attend Rios in-person, five days a week.
Principal Liz Loether says despite low case numbers, they're seeing the effects of Covid, and they're trying their best to help students cope as they get back to school, but still face the challenges presented by the pandemic.
Loether says those symptoms are showing up as social-emotional difficulties, reactions to frustration, levels of patience, and learning loss.
At Rios they've leveraged the resource of extra space to spread out their more than two hundred kids. They have teachers rotate instead of kids to minimize contact outside cohorts.
Another resource is technology. Rios was the first computer science elementary school in the country, and several years ago, the superintendent made it a priority for each of the 17-thousand students in CVUSD to have a Chromebook computer.
It proved to be crucial foresight when the pandemic left many other districts scrambling to get tablets and computers into students' hands.
It also meant none of the money schools got from the government was needed to buy computers.
"It did give Cajon Valley an advantage," says Board of Trustees Vice-President Jim Miller. Miller also says to qualify for the waiver to reopen, significant planning and coordination were required, with parents and with the teachers' union.
Both Miller and the superintendent, Dr. David Miyashira, talked about trust and a sense of the community "buying-in" to the push to go back to school in person this fall.
In CVUSD schools, two out of three students qualify for free or reduced-cost meals, and many of the parents are frontline or essential workers.
Many Cajon Valley schools are open in a hybrid model, but there are several like Rios which are open five days. Some of the schools are providing full-day free daycare as well for frontline workers and for school staff.
Roughly 20% of families have opted to do online learning full-time, but overall, the feedback they've received, he says, has been very positive.
He adds that they've heard from districts across the country who have asked for advice on how to replicate their model successfully.
"I'm personally very proud of Cajon Valley," says Miller.
Expert Panel Discussion Hosted by Cajon Valley Union School District and CBS News 8
SAN DIEGO COUNTY, California — Students across San Diego County have started to return to school with information coming from many sources regarding public safety, public health and public policy.
School officials get weekly updates from experts in these fields, but families, teachers, and students don’t always have all the same access to this critical information.
This panel of school officials, government officials and medical experts presented families the opportunity to hear from the experts directly, as well as get some of their questions answered.
Questions discussed included:
- How likely are children to catch and transmit COVID-19 at school?
- Is it safe for school employees to be in close proximity to students?
- Should children play together at recess and should they wear masks all the time?
- Do schools spread the virus to the wider community?
- Why don’t all school districts open and use the same safety policies?
This one-hour long program was moderated by News 8's Shannon Handy and is available to watch below:
- Summer Stephan, San Diego County District Attorney
- Dr. Paul Gothold, San Diego Superintendent of Schools
- Dr. John S. Bradley, Rady Children’s Hospital / UCSD
- Dr. Alice Pong, Rady Children’s Hospital
- Chris Abe R.N., CIC, HEM, Vice President, Operations, Rady Children’s Hospital
The panel is hosted by Cajon Valley Union School District and CBS 8.
Safely Together 2020 (CVUSD Year in Review)
COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework & Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year (Jan 14, 2021)
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Guidelines for staying healthy:
Hand Washing: Clean Hands Save Lives (CDC)