Reopening Readiness Updates

April 16, 2021


Dear Families and Staff, 

 

This week marked the first week that all students TK-12 to in person instruction through a hybrid model. As expected, our students are doing a fantastic job following safety protocols and working hard, and our CVUSD team is excited to continue the great work to support them. There is good news due to progress in vaccination throughout the State, Alameda County’s positive COVID cases declining, hospitalizations stabilizing, and vaccination now being available to anyone ages 16 years or older. 

 

Legislators and the Governor understand the critical value of in person instruction, schools being fully opened for the next school year, and the importance of school districts having sufficient time for planning.  As we approach the end of  the 2020-2021 school year,  I want to assure you that we have already begun planning for the 2021-2022 school year. As shared at Wednesday night’s Board Meeting (Link for the April 14th Board Meeting recording), we are preparing to be  fully open for in-person instruction five days a week starting in August. 

 

Alameda County Public Health Department Updates:

As you may be aware, the Governor announced on April 6th that California is looking to move beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy to fully reopen on June 15, 2021 if two criteria are met: Equitable vaccine availability and stable hospitalization numbers. To learn more about Beyond the Blueprint, click here. 

 

Vaccination 

Please note that Alameda County residents , ages 16 and up are now able to receive a vaccination. For more information please visit the Alameda County Public Health Department’s website: https://covid-19.acgov.org/vaccines

 

Interscholastic Athletics:

The District COVID-19 Safety Team has worked in partnership with the Castro Valley High School Athletic Department to return to play Interscholastic Athletics by confirming our alignment with league member schools, following guidelines set forth by the oversight agencies (CDPH, ACPHD, CIF, NCS), and implementing the guidelines with fidelity based on multi-department coordination and taking the necessary steps to ensure that we can manage the requirements. Last week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued additional guidance for “Conditions to Return to Play if Not Otherwise Authorized” which currently applies to our Castro Valley High School Basketball, Volleyball, and Wrestling programs. A non-exhaustive summary of these requirements includes: Regular Testing, Return to Play Safety Plans , and Facility Safety Plans. In alignment with our league member schools, we are working to have the additional safety requirements implemented with fidelity in order to start shortly.

 

Student COVID-19 Testing:

The testing site is open M-F from 12-6 p.m. at the Center For the Arts (CFA) on Redwood Rd. COVID-19 student testing is open to all grades and is voluntary and parents/guardians can get tested for COVID-19 by booking an appointment for the same time slot as their student. For more information or to make an appointment please click here. 

 

Adherence to safety guidelines and procedures by all of us each and every day is key to staying the course and making progress. Thank you for your partnership and flexibility throughout the school year.   Stay safe and be well. 

 

Best regards, 

Parvin Ahmadi

Superintendent


Upcoming Events:

April 22, 29, May 6, 13 - Parenting for Peace: Learn the concepts of implicit bias, stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination, and how to use this knowledge in your parenting. This class is appropriate for parents / caregivers of children and teens. Learn more and register at: http://www.cvadult.org/for-students/programs/parent-education/parent-education-courses/item/508-parenting-for-peace

 

April 25-27, 2021 and April 27-29 - Z-Cares Foundation and the Castro Valley Unified SChool District present a Special Screening on Angst. Angst is an IndieFlix Original Documentation designed to raise awareness around anxiety, the film includes interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts, parents and a very special interview with Michael Phelps. See the trailer Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woe5up396BE

 

May 4, 2021 - Rotary Club of Castro Valley and the Castro Valley Educational Foundation present Eric Alatore. Register at: https://castrovalleyrotary.org/event/rotary---cvef-present-eric-alatorre/

 

March 29, 2021

Dear Families and Staff,

Today marked the first day of all TK-5 students returning to in person instruction through a hybrid model. After an entire year of distance learning, families, students, and staff were excited to start the week off with our third through fifth graders joining the rest of the elementary school students for in person instruction. I am truly grateful to all of you for your part in making this happen. Your partnership and support during distance learning and your vigilance in following all required restrictions in the community, in your neighborhoods, and with family and friends has been instrumental in allowing us this opportunity. Please continue to exercise caution, follow masking and distancing guidelines and all other restrictions during and after spring break.

Student COVID-19 Testing OPEN during Spring Break:
The testing site will be open during Spring Break,  M-F from 12-6 p.m. at the Center For the Arts (CFA) on Redwood Rd. COVID-19 student testing is open to all grades and is voluntary and parents/guardians can get tested for COVID-19 by booking an appointment for the same time slot as their student. For more information or to make an appointment please click here. 

Solidarity with Our Asian and Pacific Islander Community:
At its March 24 meeting, the Castro Valley Unified School District Board of Education unanimously adopted a resolution denouncing hate crimes and bigotry targeting the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community (Click to view the resolution and board presentation). We stand firm in our commitment to the safety and wellbeing of every Asian and Pacific Islander student, staff, and community member.

Prior to the current increase in hate crimes against Asian and Pacific Islander communities, we had launched the Asian and Pacific Islander Community Support Group (APICSG). The group, made up of CVUSD staff members, has been working together to provide support and advocacy to our Asian and Pacific Islander communities and sharing resources and data.

Women in Leadership:
On March 23rd, we hosted a Women in Leadership Panel Discussion in honor of Women's History Month. We were extremely honored to have four women leaders be able to share their perspectives on gender equality and offer great advice to students and families.   To view the recording, please click here. 

Plans for the 2021-2022 School Year:
Based on the newly updated guidance from the Public Health Department we are planning for  maximum in-person instruction for every student in the Fall of 2021 following all requirements.  We will continue to update you as we have more information.

Best regards,
Parvin Ahmadi
Superintendent

March 11, 2021


Dear Families and Staff, 


Yesterday afternoon, the Alameda County Public Health Department announced that we have officially entered the Red Tier after maintaining the required metrics according to the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy for a two-week period. This is exciting news for our community and students, as it allows us to move forward with plans to welcome students back to the classroom for in-person learning on Wednesday, March 17th. 

 

Returning to In-Person Instruction: 

We look forward to welcoming our students back in the hybrid model as listed below. 

Phase 1/March 17

Grades TK/K (K-1 combo)

Special Day Classes (SDC): K-5 Chabot, K-5 Proctor, 3-5 Vannoy

 

Phase 2/March 24

Grades 1&2 (2-3 combo)

Special Day Classes (SDC): 3-5 Jensen Ranch, K-5 Marshall/ Stanton

 

Phase 3/March 29**

Grades Preschool/3-5

Special Day Classes (SDC): Alma, Vannoy, Independent

 

Phase 4/Week of March 29***

Redwood High School

Special Day Classes (SDC): 6-12 Mod/Severe, Roy Johnson, Redwood CEC

Group A/B: CVHS 9th Orientation

Group A/B: 6th Orientation

Group A/B: 12th Welcome Back

 

Phase 5/April 12

Grades 6, 7 & 8

Grades 9, 10, 11, & 12

Special Day Classes (SDC): 6-8 Canyon, Creekside Mild/Mod, 9-12 CVHS Mild/Mod (Note:  Mild/Mod students in Gen Ed Classes)

 

**finalizing teacher workdays.  

***exact dates and times for grades 6, 9, &12 orientation are being finalized. 

 

Student COVID-19 Testing:

Testing site is open this week M-F from 12-6 p.m. at the Center For the Arts on Redwood Rd. 

COVID-19 student testing is open to all grades and is voluntary. For more information or to make an appointment please click here. 

 

Plans for the 2021-2022 School Year:

I understand that families are anxious to learn the status of the next school year. Our goal  is to provide a full in-person instruction every day as soon as possible following state and local health conditions and requirements. One of the current requirements for in person instruction is to ensure six foot distancing, which limits the number of students in classrooms.  With increased percentage of vaccination and improved health conditions,  there are currently discussions at the state level related to easing some of the requirements that impede schools from fully reopening.  Please know that we  will do everything in our power to return CVUSD to the pre-pandemic schedule as soon as we are able to do so following Public Health guidelines.  We will continue to update you as we have more information. 

 

Vaccination: 

All CUVSD employees have had the opportunity to make appointments to be vaccinated. In partnership with FEMA, Alameda County Department of Public Health, Alameda County Office of Education, and LaFamilia, as of yesterday 78.95% of our employees have reported being vaccinated with one or two doses already. This is fantastic news creating an additional level of comfort for everyone. 

 

Travel:

As we all work together to reopen schools this month following significant planning for safety, we will depend on strong partnership with our families and staff in terms of safety and decision-making.  One such instance where we need our families and staff to exercise caution is in the area of non-essential travel.  

 

The Alameda County Public Health Department recommends against non-essential travel to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The Current guidelines related to travel in which you traveled more than 120 miles from your home and you spent time with people you normally do not live with recommend that you self-impose a quarantine.  For instance, if your family traveled out-of-state, did not maintain at least a 6 foot physical distance, did not properly wear a mask and spent time with individuals outside of your immediate household it is recommended you stay home for 10-14 days. 

 

Another example is if you drive to another location with members of your immediate household and shelter in place without interacting with others while there (properly wore a face mask and maintained at least 6 feet of physical distant when around individuals who were not immediate members of our household), your child(ren) would not have  to quarantine upon your family's return to Castro Valley. 

 

Making continued progress toward reopening schools and the economy depends on all of us practicing extreme caution and trusting one another in following safety requirements. We deeply appreciate your patience and understanding. 

 

We are excited to welcome our students back and will do everything possible to make this transition as smooth as possible for them. 

 

With gratitude, 

Parvin Ahmadi

Superintendent

February 25, 2021


Dear Families and Staff, 


Thank you for your patience, perseverance and tremendous efforts to support students and each other. We are encouraged by the continued downward trend in COVID-19 cases in our County. Our ability to welcome back more students to our schools and classrooms depends on everyone remaining vigilant and following guidelines such as mask wearing,  washing of hands and physical distancing. 

 

Returning to In-Person Instruction: 

Following last night’s board meeting, I want to provide you some important information on reopening schools for in-person instruction. Based on the progress made the last few weeks related to COVID cases, it is expected that Alameda County will very soon be in the Red Tier. Barring any unexpected turn of events in the numbers in Alameda County, we look forward to welcoming our students back in the hybrid model in the following phases and dates. 

 

Phase 1/March 17

Grades TK/K (K-1 combo)

Mod/Sev SDC K-2 (Chabot)

Mod/Sev SDC 3-5 (Vannoy/Chabot)

Moderate SDC K-2 (Proctor)

Moderate SDC 3-5 (Proctor)

 

Phase 2/March 24

Grades 1&2 (2-3 combo)

Mild/Mod SDC K-2 (Marshall/Stanton)

Mild/Mod SDC 3-5 (JR/Marshall/Stanton)

 

Phase 3/March 29**

Grades Preschool/3-5

Preschool Mild/Mod SDC (Alma)

Preschool Mod/Sev Aut SDC (Vannoy)

Preschool Mod/Sev SDC (Independent)

Phase 4/March 29***

Grades 6, 9 & 12 Orientation 

Transition for 6-8 Canyon Mod/Sev SDC

Transition for 6-8 Canyon Moderate SDC

Transition for 9-12 CVHS Mod/Sev SDC

Transition for 9-12 CVHS Moderate SDC

Transition for Roy Johnson SDC Adult Transition

 

Phase 5/April 12

Grades 7 & 8

Grades 10, 11, & 12

6-8 Canyon,Creekside Mild/Mod SDC

9-12 CVHS Mild/Mod SDC

(Note:  Mild/Mod students in Gen Ed Classes)

Redwood CEC - SDC

 

**finalizing teacher workdays.  

***exact dates and times for grades 6, 9, &12 orientation are being finalized. 

 

To ensure a smooth transition, you will be receiving more information in the next few days and weeks from site principals. 

 

Student COVID-19 Testing:

CVUSD began surveillance COVID-19 testing of employees in December 2020 and will begin elementary student testing March 4th. This will serve as practice for when we do reopen for in-person instruction as listed above. COVID-19 student testing is voluntary; however, your participation in this initial process will help the District get one step closer to bringing students back to their schools and help prevent the direct threat of a COVID-19 spread throughout our community. More information will be shared in the next couple of days regarding schedule and location of testing. 

 

Vaccinations: 

We are excited to report that over 68% of our staff members have already been vaccinated with one or two doses or have been able to secure an appointment for vaccination in the next few days. With expansion of vaccination for educators, I am certain this number will continue to increase exponentially. 

 

Athletics:

Our Governor, in conjunction with the CDPH, made updates to athletic guidelines on Friday, February 19th. These new guidelines provide the opportunity for sports such as Football and Water Polo (which previously were not permitted to start in the purple or red tiers) to begin with additional requirements. These requirements include active consent from families to participate, weekly testing of coaches, and weekly testing of athletes for Water Polo and Football--with School Districts responsible for getting this infrastructure in place. More information will be communicated to teams and families as soon as the North Coast Section and districts have had an opportunity to confirm schedules and timeline with additional details, such as contest visitor guidelines/expectations. More to come.

 

There is no doubt that in-person instruction and being in school are critical and necessary to the growth and success of our children. Despite the many challenges, our students and all of us have learned new skills, found solutions to various problems, discovered new interests, and have gained an appreciation for others. These have been difficult times for everyone and I want to share my deepest gratitude for everything you have and continue to do to support our wonderful students and our community. I know we will all do our very best, but recognize that there will be bumps in the road and hope for patience and grace as we transition into in-person instruction. We can and will do this together. 

 

With gratitude, 

 

Parvin Ahmadi

Superintendent

 

Reopening Plan Revised

January 29, 2021

Dear Families, 
 
On January 25, 2021, it was announced that we have exited the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order. Click to read the full press release here.  There are positive signs, such as reduction of the number of cases and hospitalizations in Alameda County, hopefully moving us toward the Red Tier.  We will need to continue to be vigilant in order to continue this trend. 
 
Once Alameda County has been in the Red Tier for two weeks, our elementary school students will be able to attend in person (hybrid model), starting with transitional kindergarten and kindergarten, followed by first and second grade, and then third through fifth grade. Our phased reopening plan includes secondary schools starting after elementary schools, as permitted by State guidelines. 
 
All school districts must complete and post a Covid-19 Safety Plan to their website homepage five days prior to the first day of instruction. Castro Valley Unified School District’s Roadmap to Reopening and Safety Plan has already been posted to the district website for several weeks. Each school’s site specific safety plan is also posted on their websites, and Principals have been providing information, training and resources to families in order to prepare for reopening. We are excited about having our students back on campus, following all restrictions and safety protocols. 

It’s an understatement to share that the last few months have been extremely difficult for everyone.  Our teachers, staff, students and their families have all gone above and beyond to make the best of things. Students have missed being at school, getting to see their friends, teachers and staff, and participating in activities that help them grow. 

Starting around this time each year, planning for graduation and promotions begins. Our seniors will have missed most of this very important year in their educational career by the time we are allowed to have in person instruction. We will do everything possible to make sure graduation/promotion ceremonies are as memorable as possible, recognizing  that ceremonies as we have previously had prior to COVID is not possible. I can assure you that site administrators will be communicating with you regularly during the planning process. 

If there is a silver lining in dealing with the Pandemic, it has been the opportunity to be creative, innovative, and knowing that we are all in this together. Thank you again for your partnership. Please continue to be vigilant following all safety protocols and be well. 

Best regards,

Parvin Ahmadi
Superintendent
Dear Families,

 

Thank you for your patience while we all continue to navigate through challenges related to COVID. As you are already aware, on November 13th the  dates of reopening schools in phases was approved by the Governing Board, with the first phase beginning on February 1st. Based on the County Department of Health guidelines, schools may reopen only after they have been in the red tier for a minimum of two weeks. Since Alameda County is still in the purple tier, CVUSD’s first phase of reopening is delayed until Alameda County has been in the red tier for a minimum two (2) weeks. Rest assured, you will receive frequent updates and advanced confirmation on the exact reopening date.  Reopening will occur in phases, meaning that our elementary schools will begin with two primary grades first and continue with additional grades added each week.  

 

Although the reopening date has been delayed, our planning and preparation will continue so that families have time to make the necessary arrangements and we can be fully prepared in order to ensure a smooth transition. Information related to your child’s assignment and specific details on schedules, procedures, and protocols will be communicated to you by each site principal in the next few days. 

 

Our Districts Roadmap to Reopening & Safety Plan was submitted to the County and on December 22nd, we received confirmation that our plan was complete. Currently, the Supplemental School Site Specific Reopening Plans are in the process of being uploaded to all school sites. Please contact your school site if you have any questions regarding the site specific plans. 

 

We look forward to seeing our students back in school. Reopening schools and getting the economy back on track will greatly depend on how we each follow the Health Department directives to reduce the number of COVID cases in the County.  Please stay safe and be well. 


Regards,  

Parvin Ahmadi

Dear Families, 

 

I hope you had a safe and happy winter holiday and were able to spend quality time with your loved ones under a Stay at Home Order. I wish everyone a healthier, happier, and more predictable year. If nothing else, 2020 taught us to be patient, flexible, and creative in finding new ways to do things. 


I am truly grateful to all of you, our students, and our staff who have learned new tools and techniques and have taken on additional responsibilities to help and support one another. I am confident that what we have learned, explored, and have been forced to do differently during COVID continues to shed light on new possibilities and opportunities to improve our habits, systems, structures and how we look at life in general. 


Since March of 2020, there has been tremendous effort  to support our students' academic  and social/emotional needs while in distance learning. We all recognize the immense value and need for  in person learning.  As parents and guardians, during this time  you have had to take on additional responsibility as teachers and tutors supporting your children. 

 

During the last few months, we have been developing a robust Reopening and Safety Plan, which includes all County Department of Health requirements.  On November 12th, phases and dates of reopening were approved by the Governing Board.  As a reminder, our reopening dates as approved by the Governing Board are predicated on health conditions improving and Alameda County being in the Red Tier for a period of time. 


CVUSD's Roadmap to Reopening & Safety Plan was submitted to Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) on December 16th for review, and we received confirmation on December 22nd  that our plan is complete! Supplemental Site Specific Reopening Plan has also been developed and will be uploaded to websites as soon as possible. 


On December 30, 2020, Governor Newsom announced California’s Safe Schools for All Plan to create a pathway for California public school districts to physically reopen, while also prioritizing the health and safety of students, teachers and staff. Currently, districts are awaiting further details on the Governor’s plan. We will update you when we have more information. 


We will continue preparing for reopening as outlined in our Roadmap and Safety Plan while we patiently wait for improvement in the number of cases in Alameda County. It is critical that we all remain vigilant and follow state and local safety protocols and guidelines. Thank you for your patience and partnership. 


Regards,  

Parvin Ahmadi