School closure and student meal information from the District and the County

In alignment with the recent guidance from Governor Newsom and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Vacaville Unified School District will extend the closures of our school facilities and students will not return in-person to our campuses for the remainder of this school year. This does not mean the 2019-2020 academic year is finished. It means we have to find even more innovative ways to educate our students while adhering to the ‘shelter-at-home’ orders.

Thank you parents who have truly become our partners and have shown great patience and flexibility during this overwhelming time. I know how difficult it must be to monitor your child’s learning while managing all the other uncertain issues that have arisen out of this circumstance.


Our staff has been preparing for all possible scenarios and with your support, we are ready to meet this moment together. Distance learning will continue. As was done already, with minimal time for teachers and staff to prepare, we have developed a second phase of our distance
learning plan in collaboration with our union partners which begins after Spring Break.

We will be sending out communications by next Thursday, April 9, 2020 with details. We designed the second phase of our distance learning plan to take effect after Spring Break for a reason. We want our parents, students, and staff to take a break from online learning and pick back up
refreshed and ready to learn. The expectation is that our educators will continue to provide instruction and our students will stay engaged in their learning until the very last day of school, which is still June 4, 2020.

We will also continue our meal service at designated school sites for the rest of the school year including Spring Break (April 13-17).

Our staff are working tirelessly to help our students and planning for them to remain connected to the school community. We know the adults on a school campus are an important part of a student’s life and will do our best to try and maintain that connection. The District will continue to provide options for students and updates can be found on the homepage at VacavilleUSD.org under the red banner labeled “District Closure Information/Online and Home Learning Tools”.   

During this closure we will be providing student meals for anyone aged 0-18 at four District locations, please access the location that is closest to your family, regardless of whether or not it is a school your child attends. Starting Monday, March 16, we will be providing breakfast and lunch at no cost at the following school locations:

Markham Elementary – 101 Markham Avenue

Willis Jepson Middle School – 580 Elder Street

Vaca Pena Middle School – 200 Keith Way

Will C. Wood High School – 998 Marshall Road

Meals will be available from 11:00-12:30. 

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Framework for Labor-Management Collaboration: Serving Local Communities During the COVID-19 Emergency

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Newsom announces agreement between teachers and school officials amid closures

BY SAWSAN MORRAR

APRIL 02, 2020 12:37 PM, UPDATED APRIL 02, 2020 12:53 PM

California Governor Gavin Newsom gave an update on the coronavirus pandemic on Mar. 17, 2020. In the update, he said Californians shouldn’t expect to go back to school anytime soon.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a major agreement Wednesday between teachers and school management that provides guidance on pay, benefits and distance learning.

The framework, which is not a directive, was agreed upon by teachers, classified employees, school boards, superintendents and principals. It will allow more students to receive school resources as schools remain closed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

“While schools might be physically closed, class is still in session,” said Governor Newsom in a news release. “This agreement is good news for students and parents, and the announcement means that more California kids will have tools to learn at home during this crisis.”

Those who endorsed the agreement include the California Department of Education, California Teachers Association, California School Employees Association, and the California School Boards Association.

The principles include:

? All pay and benefits for K-14 school employees should continue throughout the remainder of the school year.

? Employees do not need to use accrued leave to comply with a medical professional’s recommendation to self-quarantine or care for someone in their household during the pandemic.

? All parties should deliver education through “practical means,” including distance learning and independent study. Educators “may need to perform functions that are reasonably similar to their typical roles prior to the COVID-19 emergency, but nothing in this section should be construed to relieve the district of its obligation to negotiate additional duties with the exclusive representative.”

? Meals should continue to be provided to students.

The agreement provides a framework so teachers and school leaders can minimize the effect school closures have on students. Both Newsom and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said it was very unlikely schools will physically reopen for the remainder of the school year.

The collaboration will benefit school districts like Sacramento City Unified, which has laid out a three-step plan to implement such a program with its labor partners.

Sacramento City Unified plans to implement its program by April 13, around the same time several other districts in the area plan to officially begin. Officials said while they support the efforts of principals and teachers who already began communicating with their students, a district-wide program is needed.

Sacramento City Unified and the Sacramento City Teachers Association have already determined which students need electronic resources, and began providing online training for teachers. The district and SCTA will discuss how to implement online instruction by mid-April, including identifying the responsibilities for employees outside of the classroom: counselors, social workers, nurses, librarians, speech and hearing specialists and others.

Newsom also announced that a partnership with Google will allow the state to provide more Chromebooks and 100,000 hotspots — particularly in rural communities — so students have access to free, high-speed internet.

More than 98 percent of California’s 6 million students are now at home. The remaining open schools are in rural areas, according to Newsom.

“I am so proud of every sector of our state — private, public, labor — coming together to meet this moment, and I am calling on other companies to match Google’s investment today to ensure our students and teachers have the resources they need to continue their education during this time,” said Newsom.

From the Equity Team – LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY AND THE COVID-19 CRISIS

The COVID-19 epidemic has undoubtedly caused uncertainty in every aspect of our lives. As COVID-19 continues to impact our society throughout this world, hundreds of thousands of people have contracted the virus, and every community has been affected. The LGBTQ community in the U.S. — along with many communities around the globe — faces unique challenges. The extent of COVID-19’s economic impact on LGBTQ people as well as the ways in which LGBTQ people are at increased risk of infection and health complications are mostly unknown.

The following are resources to support the LGBTQ community during this time of crisis.

Resource Directory:

Organization/NetworkTitle/ResourceLink
Human Rights CampaignResources for the LGBTQ Community Around COVID-19https://www.hrc.org/resources/covid-19
Supporting and Caring for our LGBTQ Elders During COVID-19https://www.hrc.org/blog/supporting-and-caring-for-our-lgbtq-elders-during-covid-19
The Lives and Livelihoods of Many in the LGBTQ Community are at Risk Amidst the COVID-19 Crisishttps://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/COVID19-IssueBrief-032020-FINAL.pdf?_ga=2.178107436.843591553.1585693093-729017972.1513303307
HRC Releases Research Brief on the Vulnerabilities of the LGBTQ Community During the COVID-19 Crisishttps://www.hrc.org/blog/hrc-releases-research-brief-on-lgbtq-community-during-covid-19-crisis
Welcoming Schools Wednesdays: Activities and Resources for Inclusive Learning at Homehttps://www.hrc.org/blog/welcoming-schools-wednesdays-activities-and-resources-for-inclusive-learnin
GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ EqualityOpen Letter About Coronavirus and the LGBTQ+ Communitieshttp://glma.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Feature.showFeature&CategoryID=1&FeatureID=853
GLSENGLSEN is With You During the COVID-19 Crisishttps://www.glsen.org/blog/glsen-you-during-covid-19-crisis
Gender SpectrumResources for Challenging Timeshttps://www.genderspectrum.org/blog/resources-for-challenging-times/
Supporting Gender Expansive Students in the Time of Covid-19https://www.genderspectrum.org/blog/supporting-gender-expansive-students-in-the-time-of-covid-19/
National Center for Lesbian RightsFAQ: Documents and Protections for LGBTQ People and Their Families During COVID-19 Crisishttp://www.nclrights.org/legal-help-resources/resource/faq-documents-and-protections-for-lgbtq-people-and-their-families-during-covid-19-crisis/
National Center for Transgender EqualityThe Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Trans People Need to Knowhttps://transequality.org/covid19
National LGBT Cancer Network  Coronavirus Informationhttps://cancer-network.org/coronavirus-2019-lgbtq-info/  
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)Statement on COVID-19https://nqapia.salsalabs.org/covid19
Pride at WorkCoronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for LGBTQ Working Peoplehttps://www.prideatwork.org/covid-19-resources-for-lgbtq-working-people/
Transgender Law CenterTLC Launches Virtual Community Gatherings to Address Coronavirus Pandemichttps://transgenderlawcenter.org/archives/15736
TranslashCOVID-19 TRANS RESOURCES DIRECTORYhttps://translash.org/covid-19-trans-resources-directory/
The Trevor Project  How LGBTQ Youth Can Cope with Anxiety and Stress During COVID-19https://www.thetrevorproject.org/2020/03/26/how-lgbtq-youth-can-cope-with-anxiety-and-stress-during-covid-19/
The AdvocateLGBTQ People Especially at Risk for COVID-19, Say 100+ Organizationshttps://www.advocate.com/health/2020/3/11/lgbtq-people-especially-risk-covid-19-say-100-organizations
Logo: New Now NextLGBTQ and Out of Work: Coronavirus’ Devastating Financial Tollhttp://www.newnownext.com/coronavirus-lgbtq-community-financial-impact/03/2020/
Funders for LGBTQ IssuesLGBTQ Funding Resources in the COVID-19 Responsehttps://lgbtfunders.org/covid-19-response/

#InThisTogether, part 2: CTA has what you need

Watch this video for an overview of what CTA offers members during this challenging time. Then check out our COVID-19 Resource Center for essential info and resources. And join the  Facebook page “CTA Teaching, Learning and Life During COVID-19″ to connect and share with your peers. 

#InThisTogether, part 1: Show us what you’re doing!

  • Watch our video that captures some of what you’re doing now to support students, families and communities, from neighborhood drive-and-honk-throughs to meal distribution to online check-ins.   
  • We want to know what your experience is like. Proud of your virtual classroom set-up? Had a distance teaching accomplishment or technology win? Snap a selfie or screenshot or narrate a fun video and share it with us here.

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