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SRVUSD Weekly Update #8
Posted 7/24/20

July 24, 2020


As we draw closer to the beginning of the school year, we want to thank you for the continued feedback and engagement with us throughout the summer.    We also know that as the first day of school approaches, our community continues to have many questions around issues such as the possibility of returning to in-person learning, student schedules and making sure that our staff is trained and supported as we begin our remote learning in August.  


Declaration Form

This week, a declaration form was sent to all families which asked you to indicate a preference for your student’s learning environment in the event that health and safety conditions allow us to return to in-person instruction.   In order to adequately staff our sites and prepare options for our families as we navigate this semester, the form must be submitted by Monday, July 27.   Please note that filling out this form does not indicate a commitment on your part, as we know that public health conditions and individual family circumstances are constantly changing.  If you need assistance with this declaration form, please call our Educational Services department at (925) 552-2983. 



On Monday, July 20, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) postponed the fall 2020 athletic season and determined that all sports for the 2020-21 school year will be compressed into two seasons (rather than the traditional three).  As of right now, the plan is for all sports to be played throughout the course of the school year.  The North Coast Section (NCS) has also determined that the first season will begin on December 14, 2020 and the second season will start in late February- to mid-March.  You can find the CIF calendar for 2020-21 here, The SRVUSD will continue to work with CIF, NCS, the East Bay Athletic League, the Contra Costa County Department of Public Health as well as regional and local school districts in moving forward for our student-athletes.  You can expect to receive more information on specific athletics issues from our High School Athletic Directors and coaches in upcoming weeks.  


Venture Independent Study Information

Families who are interested in the Venture Independent Study program as an option for the 2020- 2021 school year should visit the Venture website to learn more about the program. In order to apply for this option, parents must initiate a transfer by completing the online Venture Alternative Education Transfer Request Form. It is important to note that the Venture program is subject to enrollment availability, however, we are working to increase capacity to meet increased interest.  K-12 students accepted in the Venture program will be unenrolled from their resident school and we cannot guarantee that space will be available at the resident school should your student wish to return mid-year.  


Continued Engagement and Communication

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our “Reopening Together” Question and Answer session yesterday.  That session, which featured a presentation on Venture Independent Study, is available for viewing here. We will be holding another Question and Answer session on August 6, 2020 at 9 a.m. on the SRVUSD YouTube Channel.  We are excited to let you know that incoming Superintendent, Dr. John Malloy, will be joining us for a special introductory Question and Answer segment.  You may submit a question using this form.  


Waiver for In-Person Instruction

State guidance, updated on July 17, 2020, specified local criteria which must be met before schools can reopen their doors to in-person instruction. This guidance indicated that districts may “reopen for in-person instruction at any time if they are located in a local health jurisdiction (LHJ) that has not been on the county monitoring list within the prior 14 days."  There has been discussion within our community about a footnote in this guidance, which stated that a “waiver may be granted by the local health officer for elementary schools to open for in-person instruction.”   However, the guidance did not mention details on this waiver, nor did it mention any specific contact, timeline or process for obtaining such a waiver.   Without those specifics, and in light of continuing health and safety concerns for our students and staff, the San Ramon Valley Unified School district will not pursue a waiver to the Governor’s order until more information is available. 

As we get closer to the new school year, we remind you to read and respond to all district and site communications, as we may be relating important and time-sensitive information throughout the next few weeks.  In addition, a new Reopening FAQ will be posted on our Reopening Together website early next week with answers to many of your questions surrounding the start of the 2020- 2021 school year.  Please keep in mind that circumstances are still changing daily, and know that we remain committed to sharing with you all important information around those changes as they take place.