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Update from the Superintendent - April 2nd
Posted 4/2/21

Scotts Valley Community,

I first want to start off by congratulating our district team for implementing hybrid schedules for all grades, TK through 12, prior to any other school districts in the county! The pleasure and satisfaction of seeing the smiling and excited student faces returning to campus, even through masks, has been exhilarating.  This has felt like the first few weeks of school in so many ways!  We appreciate the cooperation of students and families working with our schools to keep students engaged and safe.

I would also like to clarify some incorrect information that was shared publicly regarding the reopening of Santa Cruz City Schools district and also Berkeley Unified. The School Board and I have received numerous emails claiming facts about the full reopening of other school districts and comparing SVUSD to those districts. Members of my team and I have spent hours following up on these statements. To summarize, Santa Cruz City Schools is opening up full in-person services for elementary schools only on April 19, and will not be opening up for full in-person services in their secondary schools this school year. Additionally, Berkeley Unified, based on a direct conversation I had with the superintendent, clarified that their district is currently open in elementary full-time. This is based on the fact that their class sizes initially were much smaller than ours, and with 80 percent wanting full-time in person, they were easily able to accommodate the 3-foot distancing requirements. Berkeley Unified also confirmed that they are currently still in hybrid in their secondary schools and will only be opening up afternoon support in mid-April for students, much like our middle school and high school did in the months of February and March. It was further clarified that they will not be opening up for the expansion of in-person services in their secondary schools, this is much different than what we have and intend to implement in Scotts Valley beginning in the month of April.

By now, you should’ve received a survey from your school site regarding your preference to return your child to full in-person instruction or to continue with remote instruction for the remainder of the year. Again, I want to thank and commend our team for working over the weekend and into this week to not only implement full hybrid schedules with students returning onto campuses, but also to create yet another survey to get out to our families prior to Spring Break.

We will be reviewing the survey results upon return from Spring Break and will be making that transition for elementary sites Monday, April 19. For the secondary schools, Scotts Valley Middle School and Scotts Valley High School, we will make the transition from hybrid instruction to full-time in person (or full-time remote) starting the week of April 26. If we have more families choose to return than our facilities or staff are equipped, we may need to investigate hiring additional support staff and purchasing additional equipment.  We intend for this to be our final transition for this school year.

While I know that we are all so very ready for Spring Break, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of safety, social distancing, and following the CDPH Travel Advisory which was updated on April 1, 2021.

We are not yet out of the woods so to speak, even though Santa Cruz County has entered the Orange Tier.  As I have stated previously, we want to be able to continue with our plans, and  allow for student activities to continue, especially for our seniors this spring.

Save the date:  We have shared with you the parent trainings that we have provided throughout the year.   On Wednesday, April 28, please know that we will be providing parent training, similar to the training that our Trustees and entire district staff have participated in, regarding Unconscious Bias training. Further information can be found on our website, linked here.

Enjoy this next week, 

Tanya Krause, Superintendent