Archived COVID-19 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 

Update from Superintendent Ahmadi

 

December 17, 2020


Dear Families, 


Looking forward to 2021 as we approach the end of a turbulent year with the many uncertainties we have faced, I continue to believe that we have the power, individually and collectively, to seriously impact outcomes related to COVID following steps outlined by health experts and scientists. In fact, each and every one of the issues highlighted in 2020, from grave concerns related to social justice and racism, to wildfires and climate change, to the COVID-19 Pandemic continue to call us to action. 


When it comes to COVID, the current reality is that cases continue to be on a sharp increase. Unless we each take steps necessary to reduce and prevent transmission, the increase in the number of COVID cases will continue to rise, causing dire consequences for our neighbors, our community, our loved ones and ourselves. The manner in which we abide by the following rules can determine how quickly we will be able to change this trajectory. 


Please remain vigilant and follow the Governor’s Regional Stay at Home Order  and Health Department requirements such as:  


  • Not gathering with others outside of your household
  • Staying within your immediate social bubble
  • Not traveling
  • Practicing  social distancing 
  • Always wearing a mask in public 

We know that reopening schools is key to supporting our students’ academic and social/emotional needs. It also allows families to get back to their routines and our communities and the economy back on track. Ensuring the safety of our students and staff and supporting the academic and social/emotional needs of our students are our highest priorities.


Planning and preparing is the right and responsible thing to do. In Castro Valley, we have spent the last eight months responding, developing, and implementing plans to move us in that direction. We have completed our Roadmap to Reopening & Safety Plan and have submitted our plan to the County. The dates and phases of reopening have been approved by the Board for February 1st to reopen elementary grades in phases, of course predicated on the County Health Order in January.  Rest assured, you will receive frequent updates and advanced notices throughout the month from our office related to the health order/confirmation on the reopening date. During the month of January, administrators will be sharing resources, procedures, protocols and assignments with families in anticipation of reopening. 


The Governing Board and I share our deepest gratitude with our students for stepping up to the challenge and doing their best. We are grateful to CVUSD’s staff (teachers, classified and management) for their valiant efforts to engage, inspire and support students during distance learning. And we sincerely thank you for your continued partnership. We wish everyone a safe holiday season and a healthy and prosperous year ahead. 


Gratefully, 

Parvin Ahmadi 

COVID Update from Superintendent Ahmadi


December 4, 2020


Dear CVUSD Families and Staff,  


The State announced yesterday that they will use regional availability of intensive care unit (ICU) beds to implement a Regional Stay-At-Home Order. The State’s Order would go into effect when a region’s ICU availability falls below 15 percent and would remain in effect for a minimum of three weeks. Additionally, all private gatherings of any size would be prohibited, and non-essential travel restricted.


Today, Health Officers for the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and Santa Clara as well as the City of Berkeley jointly announced during a press conference that they are implementing the State’s Regional Stay Home Order, effective Monday, December 7th and will remain in effect through January 4, 2021 for Alameda County. Read the joint press release here.   


Alameda County Office of Education along with the Alameda County Public Health Department posted this news release regarding how the new orders will affect school districts. Read the full press release here.  


Please note that these new orders will not affect the Learning Hubs we currently have on our school sites. Schools may continue to serve students in person in small cohorts or groups under the State’s Small Cohort Guidance


Please take great care and stay safe. 



Best regards, 


Superintendent Ahmadi

 

 

Reopening Update and Thanksgiving Wishes
from Superintendent Ahmadi

 

November 20, 2020


Dear CVUSD Families,  


I hope the upcoming Thanksgiving week provides you and your family a well-deserved opportunity  to refresh, rest, and spend time together. Thank you for your partnership in supporting students at home while distance learning. I know this Thanksgiving will be different than any other and not being able to  visit family members outside of our "bubble" is hard, but it is absolutely necessary in order to minimize infection. 

This week, Governor Newsom announced that Alameda County, along with 27 other counties, will move back into the Purple Tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy plan. The Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) and Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) issued statements as well. 

Our success in  minimizing infection depends on every one of us following guidelines based on science, which include wearing masks, washing  hands, and physical distancing. Yesterday, the California Department of Public Health also released a Limited Stay at Home Order (click here to read the order) effective this Saturday, November 21st at 10 p.m. until December 21, 2020.

Please note that support hubs on our school sites will continue to be open with all safety precautions in place. While we wait for conditions to improve, we will continue to do our very best to support our students, work on our site specific plans,  put in place the necessary measures, and practice so that we are prepared. As noted previously, the dates of reopening schools starting with elementary in February, as approved by the Board on November 12th, are predicated on conditions improving and health orders allowing for reopening. As we have always done, we will closely monitor the local health conditions and provide updates. 

I ask that you please review the Alameda County Public Health’s recommendations for holiday gatherings that include the following guidance: 

  1. Keep gatherings small in number, short in duration, stable (avoid mixing multiple cohorts/social bubbles), and outdoors where possible 
  2. Avoid non-essential travel and self-quarantine for 14 date after any out of state travel 
  3. Use appropriate precautions when sharing food
  4. Wear a mask whenever outside of your home or with non-household family members

 

We CAN and will make it through this together. Have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving holiday. 

Best regards, 


Superintendent Ahmadi

 

 

Phased Reopening Plan  - November 13, 2020
 
Dear Families,

Since March 2020, we have all been tackling tremendous challenges. With increased COVID cases locally and nationally in recent days, we continue to be vigilant and work closely with Alameda County Public Health Department to plan for reopening schools with the safety of our students, staff and families as our highest priority. I want to thank you for sharing your feedback, concerns and ideas throughout the last few months.

With the magnitude of uncertainty we are facing each day, I know there is much angst about any decision that is made. The needs, challenges, and difficulties that each and every one of us face are varied.  But I can assure you that our Roadmap to Reopening and Safety Plan strictly follows guidance from the Health Department.   Please take a few minutes to review the detailed plan which will be implemented and in place at each site  in advance of students returning to in person instruction. Site specific templates which will include school logistics and procedures will be available on each school site’s website in the next few weeks.  We will schedule training for families and students prior to reopening to ensure everyone is equipped with the most accurate and latest information related to safety protocols, procedures and requirements.  

At the Special Board Meeting held on November 12th, the Castro Valley Board of Education unanimously approved the phased reopening plan with a start date of February 1, 2021. The phased reopening is predicated on health orders allowing for in person instruction.
reopening plan
Regards,

Superintendent Ahmadi

 


Dear Families, 


The Alameda County Public Health Department yesterday announced that middle and high schools are now permitted to open for in person instruction. Click to read the press release here. 


At last night’s board meeting, I shared updates on the reopening plan, including the results of the recent survey to which we received over 3,900 responses. The Board heard comments from attendees and discussed reopening. Based on the Board's direction last night,  on November 12th at 4:00 p.m., I will be bringing recommendations on phases and dates of reopening for TK-12 starting in January.  To join the special board meeting, please click the link here [https://cv-k12-ca-us.zoom.us/j/88421366325].


To stay up to date on the latest information and learn more about our work to prepare for returning to in-person instruction, please click the link here to view the Reopening Readiness Dashboard and the Roadmap to Reopening & Safety Plan [https://www.cv.k12.ca.us/reopening-roadmap/]


Regards,


Superintendent Ahmadi

Dear Families,

At the October 14th Board Meeting, after discussion, public comments, and consideration of all elements required for reopening, the Governing Board made the decision for schools in Castro Valley Unified School District to remain in distance learning, and at the first board meeting scheduled for January 13th, discuss and make a decision about the timeline of reopening. Working closely with the Alameda County Public Health Department, we will monitor developments related to COVID and continue our discussions with our bargaining units to ensure a successful school reopening.

We have opened a Support Hub on school sites for small cohorts of students who are experiencing challenges in accessing distance learning at home. We are working diligently to add additional Hubs throughout the district in order to support more students.

We are grateful to you for your partnership and acknowledge the tremendous burden on families during distance learning. Our teachers and staff have been working hard to provide the best possible instruction during distance learning. We all recognize the need for social and emotional support and connection that students thrive on when they are in school. We continue to look for ways to find opportunities that allow our students to experience social connections and collaboration that help them grow.

As we continue to navigate through this very challenging time, we are asking for your feedback about distance learning and ideas on how we may further support students and families.
Click here to complete this survey by Wednesday, October 21st.

October 1, 2020


Dear Families and Staff, 


Today, the  Alameda County Public Health Department outlined the limited and phased reopening of schools. As indicated in the press release from the Alameda County Office of Education, schools will be able to open only when appropriate public health measures, such as sufficient surveillance COVID testing, are in place. 


It is important to note that although the Health Department is permitting schools to reopen on October 13th, the decision and timing of when to open still rests with each school district. Please note that CVUSD has not established an opening date. We will continue to plan and work with our employee groups to put in place all required measures to enable the Board to make the best possible decision about a reopening date.  Districts are required to post their reopening plans on their website and submit them to the Alameda County Office of Education for review. 


In the meantime, CVUSD is moving forward with opening support hubs. With these hubs, we want to provide services and support to students who are at the risk of experiencing difficulties such as those related to technology. Students in these hubs are participating in distance learning while at school. 

 


Dear Families and Staff, 


Today,  Alameda County announced that the county has moved from the purple tier to the red tier according to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy Read the Alameda County Statement on Red Tier here. To learn more about the four Tiers (purple, red, orange, and yellow), please visit the California Department of Public Health's website here.


As indicated by the California Department of Public Health, counties must remain in the new tier for two weeks before they consider loosening restrictions imposed in the previous tier.  Moving into the Red Tier is a positive development; however,  the reopening of  schools continues to require significant planning and preparation by all districts in Alameda County as stated in Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe’s statement released today.  


While schools may soon become officially eligible to provide in-person services to students, there are a number of local requirements that schools and districts must take into consideration. Each district is responsible for developing and implementing its re-opening plan, based on State and county requirements.  Schools must establish and post a comprehensive re-opening plan which must be publically available to students, staff and community. Reopening plans will need to include COVID-19 testing based on State and county guidelines, contact tracing for positive cases, and districts must have adequate personal protective equipment. Districts will also need to work with their labor partners who serve in roles essential to the reopening of school in order  to ensure school sites have adequate staff. 


As we have reiterated from the onset of this pandemic, the health and safety of our students and staff  is and will always be our priority. We recognize that despite carefully planning, we must be able to pivot and change course in order to respond to the fluid nature of the current pandemic. We will follow a phased approach and plan thoughtfully and carefully to ensure successful implementation of any change to the type of instruction and support students in CVUSD receive.  


We know that this pandemic has impacted all families in many ways and has particularly exacerbated structural inequities, resulting in learning gaps that will continue to require focused interventions. We are committed to our mission of providing the best opportunities for all students and will strive to do better each and every day. 


Best regards, 

Parvin Ahmadi

August 30, 2020


Dear Families, 


As a matter of courtesy, we wanted to make sure you were aware in case you hear anything on the news or via social media. On Friday, a few schools in several school districts in Alameda County began receiving bomb threats via email. Today two of our schools (Stanton and Vannoy) also received the same email threat. Therefore, we contacted the Sheriff’s Office immediately to report and asked for assistance. They have confirmed the threat is not credible. Law enforcement agencies in Alameda County are investigating the source. We take all threats seriously and will keep you informed of any important development. 


On another note, Friday afternoon Governor Newsom unveiled a Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a Statewide, Stringent and Slow Plan for Living with COVID-19 (click here for the press release). The Blueprint for a Safer Economy replaces the County Data Monitoring List for determining what business can and cannot open. Alameda County is currently in the County Risk Level: Widespread (purple). To learn more about the four Tiers (purple, red, orange, and yellow), please visit the California Department of Public Health's website here.


As we enter our fourth week, teachers, and staff continue working hard to ensure routines are set and students are engaged in distance learning. Working together with patience and flexibility, I am confident we will be able to climb the steep learning curve of  learning, teaching, communicating, and supporting one another virtually. Please do not hesitate to let us know how we may be able to better support you and our students. 


Cordially, 

Parvin Ahmadi 

Superintendent  

Dear CVUSD Families,


Yesterday, Governor Newsom shared state-wide criteria and directives for schools. With this clarity, instead of each school district developing its own criteria/metrics, school districts have a more clear path and directive to follow. As communicated previously, schools in Castro Valley will start virtually for the time being. We will continue preparing for in person instruction based on the criteria and expectations clearly laid out by the Governor. 


Understanding that there is a desire from some families not to return to in person instruction even after we are clear to do so, we have developed an alternative full year virtual learning (click here for the CVVA/CVVPE application). We have planned meetings to share information on the program and respond to questions we have received from families. Please see the attached flyer for details. 


We will provide communication to all stakeholders and share information at www.cv.k12.ca.us and https://www.facebook.com/CastroValleyUSD/ and will continue to update the FAQ document as needed to respond to questions.


Please also note the Joint Statement from Alameda County Office of Education and the Alameda County Public Health Department and additional available resources below.  

 

Alameda County Public Health Department: http://www.acphd.org/2019-ncov.aspx

California Department of Public Health: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/

California’s COVID-19 Website: https://covid19.ca.gov/

 

 

Best regards, 

Parvin Ahmadi

Dear Staff and Families,


In a typical year, over the summer students and staff would be spending time with family and friends enjoying the outdoors, traveling, and relaxing. I doubt that any of us imagined that we would be tackling these kinds of challenges in the middle of July 2020. We WILL get through this together!


The safety of our students and staff is our top priority, and with that in mind, we are starting the 2020-2021 school year with virtual learning. We will not move into the hybrid model UNTIL it is safe to do so. We will continue to monitor the situation, work directly with the Alameda County Department of Health, and begin to develop a set of metrics based on science to consider before deciding to move to the hybrid model in the safest possible way. 


We are also excited about offering a virtual learning pathway for students whose families would like to have them in the program for the full year through CVVPE (Castro Valley Virtual Pathway Elementary)  and CVVA (Castro Valley Virtual Academy) for middle and high school students. 


I want to thank you for your patience during these very difficult times. Please know that the Governing Board, my staff, and I have read every email sent to us with your questions and comments. We hope that the Frequently Asked Questions document we have compiled helps answer many of them. We will continue to update the FAQ document on a regular basis. 


Working together we will overcome the challenges of providing the best learning opportunities for our students in the safest possible way during this Pandemic. We are continuing to work collaboratively with our bargaining units to provide the best virtual learning for our students when school starts on August 13th.  Our teachers and staff are working hard to ensure this coming school year is a productive one despite the many obstacles created by COVID-19. 


Thank you for your patience. Stay safe and be well. 


Best regards, 

Parvin Ahmadi

 


Dear Families, 


Last week our reopening plan for 2020-2021 was approved. As discussed at the board meeting on July 9th, school will begin with virtual learning until it is safe to begin the hybrid models. There is also an alternative for families who wish for their students to have a virtual learning experience for the full year through the Castro Valley Virtual Pathway for Elementary (CVVPE) and the Castro Valley Virtual Academy (CVVA) for middle and high school students. The deadline to apply for this is on July 27, 2020. 


In order to ensure the safety of our students and staff, we will be working with the Alameda County Department of Public Health (ACDPH)  to develop a set of criteria/matrix to make the decision about the best time to move into the hybrid model. We will also continue to work with the Department of Public Health on safety protocols and measures that will need to be put in place prior to moving into the hybrid model after it is deemed safe to open. The steps we are taking are intended to preserve the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff. 


For your convenience, we are working on a Frequently Asked Questions document, available on the district website early this week, to help respond to questions from the community related to the reopening plan. 


At the next board meeting on July 15th, staff will present some information on other topics related to facilities, safety, child nutrition, and registration. Please note that this will not be a complete or a critical analysis of the safety protocols, as this is a wide ranging and extensive topic that we will still be working with other agencies to fully develop in the next few weeks. 


We are working with our bargaining teams to put in place the necessary process and procedures to ensure the safest possible return to school and the best learning opportunities for all our students. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We hope you have a restful summer and stay safe. 


Best regards, 

Parvin Ahmadi

 


Dear CVUSD Families, 


Thank you for your patience as we continue to plan in response to COVID-19. I am writing with an update on the Board’s adoption of the 2020-2021 school year reopening plan at tonight’s board meeting. 

 

We recognize that there is still great uncertainty and we will continue to monitor and follow the guidance of our public health officers. While restrictions have been gradually easing, we know that public health could reverse course and tighten restrictions should a substantial COVID-19 surge happen in Alameda County. 

 

The following was approved by the Board on July 9th. Staff will be working on the many details over the next few weeks and you will be receiving updates and information from us on a regular basis. We will present information related to other areas of school reopening, such as facilities, transportation, safety, and child nutrition at the July 15th Board Meeting. 

 

Instructional Scheduling Models

Please note that the date related to move to the hybrid model is tentative at this point. The health and safety of staff and students are our number one priority, and we will continue to monitor information from the Alameda County Department of Public Health every step of the way. We will be prepared to pivot between virtual and hybrid instructional models as needed based upon State and  Alameda County Health Department recommendations.

 

Both the elementary and secondary plans will begin with virtual learning, hoping to pivot to a blended model after a few weeks. During the opening weeks of school, all students will receive virtual instruction (instruction provided online using daily direct instruction) from August 13 and approximately through the first full week of September. This time will be used to support students and their families in learning how to access virtual learning and provide social emotional and academic intervention and support. 


Elementary AM/PM Model: 

Elementary will be an am/pm model in which students are divided into two cohorts in order to decrease the number of students in each classroom and increase distancing between them. One cohort will attend school during the morning four days per week (Monday through Thursday), followed by cleaning surfaces throughout the campus and classrooms. In the afternoon, following the departure of the morning cohort and cleaning of the campus, a second set of students will attend classes. While students are not in class, they will be provided with “playlists” of online instructional materials. Playlists are customized collections of digital content for students to playback independently at the home. Following the end of the school day, a second cleaning will occur of the campus and surfaces. On Fridays, teachers will support students who need additional academic and/or physical emotional support in small groups or individually, attend professional development, run clubs/extracurricular activities for student groups and/or collaborate. All students will get live interaction each day. Monday through Thursday, all students will receive in-person instruction, while on Fridays, all students will receive live instruction online via a digital meeting platform (e.g. Zoom, Google Meet, etc.).


An alternative option for elementary school students will be to participate in 100% virtual instruction via the Castro Valley Virtual Pathway for Elementary (CVVPE) for a full year. Through CVVPE, students will receive all of their instruction online for the full school year. Students who will be participating in the Alternative Option (full year 100% virtual) and their families will have orientation and training the first two weeks of school. Elementary students will be able to transfer in/out of CVVPE at the end of the trimester. If you are interested in applying for CVVPE, please submit an application here by July 27, 2020.  https://www.cv.k12.ca.us/2020-2021virtualapplication/


Secondary A/B Model:

Secondary schedules will be the A/B model, cohorts of students will alternate during the school week. One cohort will attend school in-person during Mondays and Tuesdays, while another group will attend classes on Thursdays and Fridays. Each Wednesday, a deep cleaning will occur of the campus and surfaces. On Wednesday, teachers will support students who need additional academic and/or physical emotional support in small groups or individually, attend professional development, run clubs/extracurricular activities for student groups and/or collaborate.  All students will receive live interaction each day.  Students will receive in-person instruction two days per week, either on Mondays and Tuesdays or on Thursdays and Fridays. Each Wednesday, all students will receive live interaction online via a digital meeting platform (e.g. Zoom, Google Meet, etc.). For the group that is not attending in-person classes, online live instruction (synchronous) will occur each afternoon. The A/B Model provides 5 days between each cohort’s last day of instruction and the next time they will return to class and also ensures that all students receive in-person instruction for two days each week.


The Alternative Option for secondary school students will be to participate in 100% virtual instruction through the Castro Valley Virtual Academy (CVVA). Through CVVA, students will be enrolled at CVVA and receive instruction online. Secondary students will be able to transfer in/out of the CVVA program at the end of the semester. Castro Valley High School (CVHS) students have the option of full time CVVA enrollment or dual enrollment at both CVHS and CVVA. If you are interested in applying for CVVA, please submit an application here by July 27, 2020. https://www.cv.k12.ca.us/2020-2021virtualapplication/


Special Day Class (SDC)

Students enrolled in SDCs will receive in-person instruction and support each day. Families of SDC students who are interested in a fully virtual option will work with their case manager to make arrangements through the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) process. The Roy Johnson transition program will return to school along with all other SDC students. There will be some modifications to the Community Based Instruction model based on public health guidelines. Specific information will be provided to Roy Johnson families and students.


Professional Development

All teachers will engage in professional development related to virtual instruction prior to the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year using a combination of online learning modules and in-person site-based collaboration. (View the revised school calendar here.) This professional development will include training on how to build a learner-centered culture, face-to-face, direct instruction using a digital platform, digital lesson planning and other topics. Additional professional development and collaboration will occur each week, including culturally responsive teaching, implicit bias, equitable behavioral support practices, social emotional and academic support.

 

Some clarifying points:

  1. All students will have live instruction each school day and some remote, synchronous and asynchronous instruction each school day. 
  2. Attendance for both live and synchronous classes is mandatory.
  3. Grades will be assigned per BP 5121 and AR 5121.
  4. Extra-curriculars will be explored prior to opening to determine the best approach to ensuring students have access to these important resources.
  5. Students for whom distance learning was most difficult will have the opportunity to remain on school sites all day in student support learning centers.
  6. Each week, teachers will create a weekly learning plan to include all assignments with time requirements.
  7. Instructional minutes will meet or exceed the state requirement for high schools during the COVID-19 response.
  8. Teachers will have additional professional development for engaging in robust remote learning for the synchronous learning sessions.

 

What comes next?

  • July 15 - Governing Board meeting presentation on items related to facilities, transportation, safety, and child nutrition.
  • July 16 - August 13 - Periodic updates as implementation plans are refined.
  • July 27 - Due date for Full Year Virtual Learning: Castro Valley Virtual Pathway for Elementary (CVVPE) and the Castro Valley Virtual Academy (CVVA). 
  • August 13 - Beginning of school for all students.

 

District-wide Health and Safety Precautions

Each site will have extra sanitation stations and handwashing stations strategically placed at all school sites. Our campuses will also have strict guidelines governing entrance into and movement around the buildings. Cleaning and disinfecting of classrooms will intensify with deep cleanings each evening. Classrooms and restrooms will be disinfected between cohort sessions. More details will be presented at the July 15th board meeting. 

 

Office Operations

School and district office use by students, parents and the public will be restricted with the implementation of tight protocols. Office workstations will be appropriately fitted with plexiglass screens, desks will be rearranged, and traffic will be controlled to minimize exposure and maintain physical distancing. Alternative spaces will be utilized for meetings, as needed. Services (meetings, forms, etc.) will be redeveloped to enable more touchless and remote procedures. Parents and students will be informed of the new procedures as they are developed. More details will be presented at the July 15th board meeting. 

 

Hygiene and Protective Equipment

At this point, consistent with County and State orders, all students and staff will be required to wear face coverings while on campus. We will provide all students with face coverings and will have disposable masks available as well. Public health officials indicate good hygiene and face coverings will be the most critical pieces for mitigating COVID-19 spread and keeping schools open.

 

Social Connection, Mental Health and Social Emotional Learning

We know that school closure and the extended shelter-in-place has taken an emotional toll on our students. Our counseling and wellness centers (Visit the CVHS Wellness Center website by clicking here) have continued to provide support remotely and will be open for in-person support in the fall.  Mental health assessments and services and opportunities for student connection are a priority. We also recognize a glaring need (and opportunity) to further develop programs to address racial issues on our campuses.

 

Athletics and Extracurricular Activities

We are expecting more updates from CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) regarding fall sports no later than July 20th. Here is the announcement CIF made early this summer. 

 

County Guidance on Reopening

We certainly recognize that this communication probably raises as many questions as it answers and the uncertainty around the reopening of our schools is incredibly stressful. We want to assure you that we are working hard on this challenge throughout the summer with the best interest and health and safety of our students, staff and families in mind. Thank you for your patience. 


Gratefully yours, 



Parvin Ahmadi

Superintendent

Dear CVUSD Families, Staff, and Community, 
 
Budget News 
Last week, the much anticipated May Revise was released. Governor Newsom and his administration have been forced to make tough decisions for the revised Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The budget calls for a reduction of $12.3 billion for K-12 public education, a decrease of almost 20 percent from the proposed January education budget. These unprecedented cuts will undoubtedly impact our students and the educators who serve them. The proposed school funding reductions make the already difficult task of opening schools this fall in the midst of a pandemic that much more challenging. 
 
As budget decisions are made, it is urgent that legislators hear from us, their constituents, about the importance of adequate funding to meet the needs of students. Here is the link for you to communicate with legislators and make sure your voices are heard.  
 
Planning for the Reopening of Schools
I know you have many questions about next school year. There have been no changes to our 2020-2021 school year calendar. Our first day of school is still planned for August 11, 2020. As always our students and staff’s safety is our priority.  We are in ongoing conversations with the Alameda County Department of Public Health to clarify guidelines for reopening of schools. In addition, I am participating in conversations at the state level regarding school reopening to ensure requirements and guidelines from various agencies reflect and consider the reality on the ground and the needs of our students and families. 
 
We have formed teams (including teachers, classified staff, and administrators)  to begin devising  reopening plans for the Governing Board to consider with focus on the following areas: Instruction and Student Support, Health and Safety, Family Engagement and Support, and Operations. 
 
We are committed to developing reopening plans that are guided by the following key principles:
  • Our students and staff’s health and safety is -- and will always be -- our priority
  • Provide flexibility to accommodate the needs of students, families, and staff
  • Access to equitable educational practices and opportunities for all students to accelerate their learning
  • A phased approach that will enable students to come back in a safe and measured way over time
  • Closely monitor and remain in compliance with federal, state and local health orders and take into account guidance from scientists and health experts
 
We value your partnership and thank you for your support.  We recently sent out a survey about distance learning the last few months. Thank you for responding, as your responses have provided us great insight into how things have worked for you and your children the last few weeks. It has also provided a set of parameters to work with moving forward. We are in the process of developing another survey to seek your input about returning to school in the Fall. 
 
I want to thank our Parent Leadership Council for being such great thought partners and for their feedback. We have been meeting more often than in the past and will continue to do so virtually in the next few months as we plan for the next school year. 
 
We thank you for your patience.  We will be prepared to flex our plans, including tightening or relaxing restrictions, as new information becomes available or as determined by internal or external factors. 

Helpful Resources
COVID-19 Testing in Alameda County - The Alameda County Public Health Department has formed a COVID-19 Testing Task Force to develop and implement a coordinated testing program to address disparities, ensure countywide access, and support the County’s COVID response. Visit them here for a list COVID-19 testing sites as of May 11, 2020.

NEW Important information from Department of Social Services - Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency. Click to read more. 
 
Best regards, 
 
Parvin Ahmadi
Superintendent
 
 
Dear CVUSD Families,

 

I realize that Governor Newsom’s announcement about opening schools possibly in July or early August has many wondering what that means for our students and families in Castro Valley. As a reminder, on April 14th, Governor Newsom also indicated that when students return to their schools, they will come back to schools organized in new and different ways. Although we do not yet have all the answers, I hope the following provides you with some helpful details. 

 

Here is what we know so far. 

 

  • There will be additional safety requirements for students and staff as well as our facilities when we return to school. This requires clear procedures, equipment and materials, and possibly additional staff. 

 

  • According to CVUSD’s approved instructional calendar, students’ first day of school is August 11, 2020. 

 

  • Based on information we have thus far from the Alameda County Public Health Department and from the State, with continued social distancing requirements in place in the Fall,  there will be restrictions as to the size of crowds and the number of students in each classroom and on school sites each day. Therefore, we are considering various options based on these guidelines and any other new guidelines we receive. 

 

  • Here in CVUSD, we have already begun forming teams to develop various scenarios that will best meet the needs of all students and follow the required restrictions.  Our planning teams include administrators, teachers and classified staff, and there will be opportunities for feedback as we process things. 

 

  • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the State budget is undoubtedly negatively impacted. We have been informed by the State to expect a reduction in funding. The May Revise will unveil the level of reductions to school finances, with the approved budget expected by the end of June and additional modifications possibly in July. 

 

  • With the unexpected school closure in mid March, we began supporting students with distance learning as quickly as possible. I am extremely grateful to our teachers and staff who worked diligently to make that happen and continue to look for new ways to better serve students. We recognize that addressing learning gaps created due to the school closure this year will require additional efforts the next school year. 

 

  • Your child’s principal will soon be sharing with you the details of end of the year activities.   

 

We are anxious to have our students back at school and recognize the importance of reopening schools so families can return to work. With advance planning, we will be better prepared for instruction next Fall. School may look different than what we are used to, but we are excited about developing the best possible learning opportunities for students regardless. 

 

We will work tirelessly to respond to the many challenges ahead of us keeping in mind that our families are dealing with many challenges of their own. I recognize that not having all the answers is unsettling and stressful, but I want you to know that we truly believe serving students is a privilege and find your partnership a tremendous gift. 

 

Best regards, 

 

Parvin Ahmadi

Superintendent

Dear Families,

I am reminded over and over again of the incredible value of working together as a community with you, our students, and staff to respond to new challenges focusing on what we can do rather than what we can’t do. My hope is that our students will later look back at the last few months of school and feel proud of themselves for their continued yearning for knowledge and pleased with how the adults around them considered their best interests as they made decisions.


Below you will find information on a few important topics. 


Grading  

We are converting the grading system for middle and high school to Credit/No Credit for the second semester in order to hold students harmless during distance learning. This decision follows guidelines from the CA State Department of Education and is in line with what UC (University of California) and CSU (California State University) systems are accepting due the Pandemic. 


We want to ensure that students preserve the progress they made prior to school closures and enable them to demonstrate further learning, as appropriate. We recognize that despite all efforts to support students during distance learning, grading their overall or cumulative performance as we have always done in the past  does not align with the promise of holding them harmless. Middle and high school students’ first through third quarter grades will remain as letter grades in Aeries. However, on their transcripts they will have letter grades for the first semester and Credit or No Credit marks for the second semester. 


For elementary grades, students’ report cards for the trimester will include marks reflecting their efforts and comments focused on what students have worked on, how they are doing, any areas of improvement, and suggestions for what to work on during the summer. 


More details about expectations for the last few weeks of schools will be forthcoming from your child’s principal.


Graduation and Awards Ceremonies 

Graduation and award ceremonies are important milestones in a student's life. We know that the prospect of not having a traditional graduation ceremony is disappointing, but we will find a way to recognize their accomplishments and graduation from high school. There will be opportunities to share ideas as we seek options. 


Promotions

I know that students and families look forward to moving from one grade level to the next. Although this will need to be done differently than previous years, we want to ensure that students’ promotions to the next level are celebrated in the best way possible. We will update you as soon as we have had a chance to consider options.   


Lockers 

Students may be wondering about picking up their belongings that are left in their lockers. They will have an opportunity to get their materials before school is closed for the summer. If there is an urgent need to retrieve essential materials from your child’s locker, please contact your child’s principal.  


Medications 

You will not need to wait until the end of the school year to retrieve your child’s medication and will receive information soon on how to pick up any medications stored in the office. 


Meals

We will continue to provide meals to students until the end of the school year as we have done the past few weeks, except during spring break, April 13th - April 17th. 


Thank you for your support and patience. Social distancing measures in California have proven effective, thanks to everyone following them. I take pride in our community and share my deepest gratitude with all first responders, healthcare workers, and those who serve others to keep everyone safe. 


Take good care of yourselves, your loved ones and your neighbors. Be safe and best wishes to you all. 


Regards, 

Parvin Ahmadi 

Dear Families, 

 

This afternoon Governor Newsom confirmed that California schools will remain closed through the end of the academic year due to the need to continue social distancing efforts. This means that we will need to extend our suspension of in-school instruction and continue teaching and learning using our distance learning format until the end of the school year. The most effective way to slow and disrupt the transmission of this pandemic is by continuing to implement social distancing practices.

 

We know that school closure places additional burden on you as families, as you face your own challenges with work, childcare, and the health of your loved one, while having to help students at home with distance learning. Please know that we are absolutely grateful for everything you do to help support your children at home. 

 

In anticipation of this possibility, we have had conversations within our district, with other school districts, and state organizations about grading, credits for graduation, and college admission.  With additional information from colleges and guidance from the State, we will be working with staff to finalize decisions as soon as possible with our students’ best interests in mind. 

 

We also  acknowledge that many students, especially our seniors, who we know were looking forward to celebrating promotion and graduation are very concerned about missing out on these and other momentous occasions. We will work hard to seek alternative solutions.  

 

These are difficult times for us as adults, and I am certain it is just as difficult if not more for students. Not only are they having to learn at home, they miss their friends, teachers/staff,  and worry about their families. We miss our students and our teachers are working hard to support them. We remain fully committed to our students’ academic success and social/emotional well-being. Please let us know how we can better help you while distance learning continues. 

 

With gratitude, 

 

Parvin Ahmadi 

Dear Families, 

 

I am sure many of you are seeing news reports and/or heard about the letter issued today by California State Superintendent of Instruction Tony Thurmond. In the letter, he states that it appears that our students will not be able to return to the classroom this year. However, there has been no definitive direction from the Governor's office or from the Department of Public Health indicating an extension of our current school closures at this time. Should we receive definitive information on an extension of current suspension of in-school instruction, we will communicate that to you as soon as possible. 

 

Our teachers have been doing a phenomenal job providing distance learning. We recognize that there is a lot more required of you at home as well and want to thank you for being such outstanding partners. We continue to plan for various scenarios as this seems to be an ever evolving situation.  We will update you regularly.

 

As you know, an increase in numbers of people testing positive for COVID-19 is expected before a decline. We may hear about confirmed cases in our community; however, since our schools have been closed for over two weeks, symptoms related to exposure at school are considered minimal. As directed by health officials, anyone with symptoms is asked to self-isolate and contact their healthcare provider for guidance. Please visit the Alameda County Public Health Department website for further guidelines and important information. 

 

Thank you for reading our updates and sharing your great questions with us each time so that we can be sure to respond to them in future updates.  

 

Regards, 

Parvin Ahmadi 

Dear CVUSD Families,

 

Today, at 11 a.m. the Alameda County Office of Education released this press release stating that Bay Area School Closures and Student Dismissals From Regular School Attendance To Be Extended Until May 1, 2020. The press release states, “Seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their county superintendents have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to the maximum extent. The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community are the highest priorities of all schools and districts in these six counties.”

 

Previously, students were to return on April 7th; however, with the new information from Public Health, we will not resume school until Monday, May 4th. 

 

Please note that during this time, distance learning will continue as usual. 

 

As noted on the CVUSD instructional calendar, there will be no instruction next Monday and Tuesday, March 30th and 31st. Monday is a Professional Development Day for staff and Tuesday is designated as a holiday in honor of Cesar Chavez. During Spring Break, April 13-17, there will be no distance learning for students. 

 

The ambiguity related to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic is difficult for everyone. We want you to know that we will do everything possible to support our students. Please let us know how we can help answer any questions or concerns you have.  

 

Each school's website includes a portal for distance learning that will be ready by the end of the day. Please also check our district website for updates on a regular basis. 

 

We are grateful to our Public Health officials for working with us on an ongoing basis to make these important decisions and, as always, for keeping the health and well-being of our students and families as their highest priority.  


Best regards, 


Parvin Ahmadi

 

Dear CVUSD Families and Community,

The Governor announced that California is going into a “stay at home order” effective March 19, 2020 until further notice.  At this time, the order does not change or impact our role as a school district although it adds to the uncertainty we are facing.  I will continue to share updates with you as soon as I have more information. 

During the past two weeks, our world has changed in ways hard to imagine. The first week of distance learning for students is over, and we are all learning day by day how to best support them. Much of what we are doing is new to all of us.  

I know full well that despite all efforts, distance learning does not replace face to face instruction for most students.  In addition, some students may not have the same level of access to content due to various factors. We have offered Chromebooks to any student who needs it. Please contact your child’s principal via email if your child still lacks access to a device, Internet or anything else that we may be able to offer.  

I am extremely grateful to our teachers for doing everything possible to design the best learning opportunities while in school instruction is suspended. Although many of our teachers have often used technology to engage students in and out of school, doing so the entire school day is new territory for everyone.  They are reviewing and reteaching materials and introducing new concepts slowly and methodically, considering the fact that not all students have the same access and support outside of school. They are monitoring student progress to drive their instruction, check for understanding, and provide students support as needed. 

 

Counselors and support staff in every department are working together to address needs. They are available through tele-health, online and on the phone. Our custodians have deep cleaned all sites. Office staff are working online to respond to questions and register new students. Child Nutrition staff are working everyday to feed hundreds of children. Please note the new information from Child Nutrition regarding new locations, dates and times, 

 

Our site administrators are in constant communication with their team and available to answer any questions you may have.  We understand that having students learning at home all day creates challenges for families who now have to work from home or outside the home. Worrying about our families and having many unanswered questions about COVID-19 are undoubtedly weighing on everyone’s mind, including students. I know it is difficult to create a level of normalcy in the midst of these uncertain times. The stress and anxiety resulting from this crisis are significant. Please let us know if your child needs any support. We have created and shared a list of tools accessible on our website that we hope you have the opportunity to check out. 

 

It is during these difficult times that we further recognize the importance of family, togetherness, kindness and compassion. I am confident we will overcome this ordeal albeit not as quickly as we want. On behalf of the Governance team, I thank you for your patience and support and wish you and your family well. 

Best regards, 

Superintendent Ahmadi

 

Dear CVUSD Families and Community, 

 

This morning, I joined a virtual meeting with the California Department of Education (CDE), led by California State Superintendent Tony Thurmond. There were also staff from the Governor’s Office as well as members of the California School Boards Association sharing information.

 

Superintendent Thurmond clarified that we do not have any specific information from the Governor or our State Legislature about school closures. I recognize that hearing closures may last until the end of the year is extremely concerning for families. The fact is that we cannot predict when the COVID-19 pandemic will end, and at this time our students are scheduled to return to school on Tuesday, April 7th. Any change to this date will be communicated to you as soon as possible. 

 

Gov. Newsom issued an executive order today to waive, pending federal approval, this year’s statewide testing for California’s students. This is great news as our teachers will be able to use that time to teach instead of testing.   

 

While states, counties, and departments of public health are trying their best to  respond to this ever changing pandemic, school districts are working hard to respond to the impacts of school closure, There are areas in which none of us have answers. I know this creates anxiety for you, our students and staff. We will continue to do our best to seek answers and look for solutions. 

 

Please know that we are here to support your students. These are difficult times for students, as they are faced with new learning platforms, miss their classmates and friends, as well as their daily routines. Please note that our counselors, social workers and the Wellness Center staff are working and are available remotely. Please let your teachers or principals know if your child seems to need support.


California has launched
covid19.ca.gov, a comprehensive website dedicated to the coronavirus disease. The website outlines critical steps people can take to stay healthy and it provides resources for Californians impacted by the pandemic, including paid sick leave and unemployment assistance. 

 

The District has prepared a resource for families: Suggested Activities for Families for Distance Learning

 

We are continuing to provide Grab & Go Meals every day at Creekside Middle School from 11 a.m. to  12:30 p.m. and are looking at opening two pop-up meal stations at two other locations next week. Please see the flyer for details here

Regards,

Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi

 

Dear CVUSD Families and Community, 

I recognize you have many concerns and questions due to the uncertainty we are all facing at this time. We are working as diligently as possible to get you the most accurate information in a timely manner.  These are unprecedented times, and all aspects of our lives are being impacted in ways that most of us had not predicted. 

We know you have questions and so do we.  Things continue to evolve constantly, sometimes by the hour. We are in contact with appropriate county and state organizations who are working around the clock trying to tackle the many challenges caused by this pandemic.  

This morning, I am joining a virtual meeting with the California Department of Education, led by California State Superintendent Tony Thurmond. Following this meeting, our district leadership will regroup, discuss the implications, and provide an update to our staff and community this evening.

These meetings could result in new directives and a change in plan, so we want to hold off on providing updates until they are done. At the same time, it’s important for you to be in the loop, so we can be aware of our next steps. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we try to find all possible means to support you and our students.

Regards,

Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi

Dear CVUSD Families,

 

This afternoon the Alameda County Department of Public Health announced a shelter in place as of 12:01 a.m. March 17th Free Bagged mealswhich is expected to remain in place until April 7, 2020. 

 

Per the Order of the Health Officer; Educational institutions—including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities—for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible. 

 

Therefore, students will be able to receive instruction virtually as we had planned and teachers will communicate with families for the duration of the shelter in place order. We are grateful to our teachers for working hard to prepare and continue to support students through distance learning.  

 

Per Government Code 3100, all District employees are considered disaster service workers, subject to disaster service activities as may be assigned by the Superintendent or Superintendent’s Designee. The current designees for disaster service workers are food service and custodial employees to provide meals for students and ensure cleaning compliance. We will continue limited services in the above areas.

 

Although we had planned on serving meals at six sites previously, we are unable to do so at so many sites; however, Grab and Go Meals will be available centrally at Creekside Middle School open to all students.  Please see the flyer attached with detailed information. 

 

Due to the shelter in place order starting tomorrow, school offices will be closed and staff will not be monitoring voicemail; however, they will be checking and responding to emails on a regular basis. Please email your teacher or site principal with specific questions and information. 

 

New enrollment starts tomorrow, March 17th and our plan is to support families through the process virtually in order to complete enrollment for new families.

 

As you have seen the last few days, things evolve rapidly. Please be patient as we continue to respond to ever changing directives.  I recognize that there are questions and concerns related to the long term impacts of this shut down such as student grades, state requirements and in other areas. At this point, all of us, including the California Department of Education and other agencies are trying to respond to issues that need immediate attention. I want to assure you that we will continue to communicate with you on a regular basis and will update you with new information on important topics. 

 

These are difficult times and uncertainty causes anxiety and fear. I am confident that together we will do our best to work through this crisis. Thank you for your support and understanding.

 

Please check for updates on the district website. 

 

Resources for Families:

Alameda County Food Bank

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Gratefully, 

 

Parvin Ahmadi

Dear CVUSD Families,

Today, at 1pm, County authorities announced a stay in place directive to begin at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday until at least April 7th and involves San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda counties. It is to stay in place until at least April 7. 

Based on this directive, all operations will be halted until the stay in place is lifted. We have the ability to communicate with staff and families virtually. More directions will be emailed to families later today.  Please check your emails and our website for updated information through the stay in place period. 

Please visit the Alameda County Public Health Departments website for more detailed information.

Thank you so much for your understanding and support. We appreciate your flexibility and are here to support you and your children. If you have questions, please be patient as we are dealing with an unprecedented event and will respond as soon as possible by updating information on our website/emails. Please check for updates on the district website https://www.cv.k12.ca.us/apps/pages/coronavirus

Regards,  

Parvin Ahmadi 

Dear CVUSD Families, 

 
I recognize that suspension of in school instruction in CVUSD creates challenges for  families, and I want to thank you for your patience as we tackle the many unknowns in these rapidly changing circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We  care deeply about our students and supporting them during this pandemic takes all of us working together. I am grateful to have an incredibly dedicated staff and extremely supportive families who make it possible to provide the best remote learning opportunities for our students. 
 
As you know, the situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve rapidly. Today Governor Newsom ordered all persons 65 and over to be self isolated. Some cities in California have declared a state of emergency. 
 
The well being of our students and staff continues to be  our district’s number one priority. On Monday, our staff will be able to  work on site or  remotely to plan for distance learning. Those who are 65 and over will need to self isolate and work remotely following the Governor’s directive. 
 
On Tuesday,  students and families who need to, are free  to pick up materials from school. Administrators will work with their staff to make sure students who do so can pick up what they need. Please look for emails from your child’s principal and teachers with further directions.  
 
The Child Nutrition Department will open six schools where "Grab and Go" breakfast and lunch meals will be available for our students while school is closed starting Wednesday, March 18th.  The following sites listed will be open on Monday - Friday at the following times:
 
Breakfast from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and Lunch from 11:30-12:30 p.m.
 
Castro Valley Elementary School
Marshall Elementary School
Stanton Elementary School
Creekside Middle School
Castro Valley High School
Redwood High School
 
Thank you so much for your understanding and support. We appreciate your flexibility and are here to support you and your children. Please check for updates on the district website. 
 
Gratefully, 
Parvin Ahmadi 

Dear CVUSD Community,

Closing schools is never an easy decision. We know how important it is for students to be in school to learn. However, in an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to suspend in-school instruction for a period of time due to the concerns over coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. During this time, staff will continue to work on site or remotely to support students. 

At an emergency board meeting this evening, the Castro Valley Board of Education voted to suspend in-classroom instructional operations, starting Monday, March 16, 2020 through March 31st, 2020, during which time students will be supported through distance learning. (Please note March 31st is designated as Cesar Chavez Day and sites will be closed for staff or students.) In-classroom instruction will resume on April 1, 2020.  Spring break will be April 13-17th as previously scheduled. 

On Monday March 16th, teachers will be preparing for distance learning. On Tuesday, students will be able to come to school to check in and pick up materials if needed. More specific directions will be emailed to you from your site principal. 

We appreciate the support and information we have continued to receive from the Alameda County Public Health Department. According to the Alameda County Public Health Department, there have been no confirmed cases of children or staff at CVUSD schools testing positive for COVID-19. Please also note that the Alameda County Health Officer has not mandated school closure; however, the decision made by districts to suspend in-house instruction is out of abundance of caution and due to the interdependency of our surrounding communities and the domino effect. 

Closing schools for such a long time is a tremendous logistical challenge. We want to provide as many services as possible during this time. 

Specific information about distance learning will be provided to you and your child by Tuesday, March 17th.  

The Child Nutrition Department will open five schools where "Grab and Go" breakfast and lunch meals will be available for our students while school is closed starting Wednesday, March 18th.  The following sites listed will be open on Monday - Friday at the following times:

Castro Valley Elementary School
Marshall Elementary School
Creekside Middle School
Castro Valley High School
Redwood High School

Breakfast from 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Lunch from 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Counselors will be available to provide student support services via telehealth, including phone calls and other online platforms. 

Families may access community information and referral services through the Castro Valley High School Wellness Center at 510-537-5910 x3450. Bilingual staff are available. 

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Regards,

Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi

Dear CVUSD Families:
 
As concerns about coronavirus have risen, my leadership team and I have been working closely with the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD), the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE), and the surrounding district superintendents and considering all information and nuances related to this crisis.
 
We will be holding an emergency board meeting tonight to consider suspending in-classroom instruction that could begin as early as next week. We will update you as soon as possible. The decision for the board meeting is not due to a coronavirus case in our District.
 
This crisis is affecting all members of the community, including our employees. We are working together to ensure our students are supported during this time. Thank you for your patience. More detailed information will be available this evening.
 
Regards,
Superintendent Ahmadi

The District continues to be in constant contact with the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD),  Alameda County Office of Education and our surrounding school districts in order to ensure we have the most accurate and latest information so that we are able to make the best decisions. Please be patient as we respond to your questions and work on devising the best plan for students. We will update you as soon as we have additional information. 

Dear CVUSD Families:

We are monitoring the impact of COVID-19 in our District. Concerns around the spread of the virus continue to escalate in communities.  We share your concerns and our goal is to do our part to stop the spread of the virus as best we can. CVUSD continues to be in constant contact with the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD),  Alameda County Office of Education and other school districts in order to ensure we have the most accurate and latest information so that we are able to make the best decisions. I truly appreciate your patience as we work through this crisis as a community.   

Today I participated in a conference call with the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) along with other superintendents in the County. Based on information from ACPHD and our conversation with other superintendents, I would like to share with you our next steps and some of the changes that will take place from now through April 10, 2020:

Cancelation of Mass Gatherings – CVUSD principals have been asked to cancel or postpone school events involving large gatherings of students and/or people for the next 30 days. Some of the considerations include the size of the crowd, the venue, the number of attendees, and the geographical reach of the participants.  This will include assemblies, rallies, socials, dances, and open houses. Also, study trips/field trips will be cancelled for the next 30 days. We will continue to monitor and evaluate activities beyond April 10th as we get closer to the date.  

Small and medium gatherings will be looked at individually based on the type of activity, location and ability for social distancing. They may be canceled, modified or postponed. Athletic events will be modified to limit spectators at indoor sports.

School Closures – Some ask why we have not closed schools. As we have shared previously, we are depending on the guidance of public health professionals who are the experts in protecting the community during disease outbreaks. General closure of schools has not been advised. The most important step we can all take is to follow guidelines such as students and adults staying home if they are ill, making sure to follow appropriate hygiene practices (listed below). Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk should take all precautions, including not participating in activities that put them at risk.  

The ACPHD will notify us of any confirmed COVID-19 cases for students or staff and we will work with them to take any necessary action. Should a school closure be necessary due to a confirmed case of a student or employee at the site (note: family members or other third party contacts do not qualify for a school closure), CVUSD staff is developing a learning plan for students and exploring online instruction options to minimize disruption.

General Guidelines – The same simple steps that prevent the spread of ordinary flu viruses work against COVID-19 and other illnesses.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand). Then throw the tissue away and wash hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Keep students home if temperature is above 100.0 F (37.8 C) or they report not feeling well, appear weak or ill.
  • Consult your healthcare provider if you or your child has special health conditions that put you at increased risk.

I recognize that these are difficult times for everyone, as we are dealing with many unknowns and things can change quickly hourly. We are doing our best to provide a safe environment for our students so they can continue to learn. We continue to stay informed, plan accordingly, and share information with you as quickly as possible. I want to thank you for your understanding and flexibility.

Dear CVUSD Families:
 

Thank you for your patience during this time of uncertainty. As the news and headlines constantly unfold with new information about the COVID-19 (previously referred to as the novel coronavirus), I want to reassure you that the entire district is taking this situation very seriously. 

 

Please note that at this point there are no known cases of COVID-19 in our District. We continue to participate in daily meetings and calls to best prepare for an outbreak and to support our community. 

 

Please be aware that we are taking direction primarily from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the  Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD). Decisions are also made in partnership with ACOE (Alameda County Office of Education). 

 

We recognize that families will make decisions based on their child’s best interest. Some children or family members who live in the home have underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk (see CDC list here). Caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home. 

 

We understand community concern about student health and safety. Some families have asked about keeping their own child home based on the fear of contracting COVID-19 at school. Parents always have the ability to make decisions they feel are best for their students; however, per Education Code at this time, schools are unable to mark an absence excused for this reason. Standard absence protocol remains in place. If a student is out for an extended period of time, a doctor’s note may be required. Any absence due to quarantine or illness will be excused. School work will be provided in the same manner as any other illness. The California Department of Education (CDE) does not allow districts to provide Independent Study contracts for students who are under quarantine or ill at home.

 

Custodial teams are disinfecting all contact surfaces each night. They are using surface sanitizer/disinfectant spray on all surfaces (counters, desks, chairs, tables, doorknobs, keyboards and phones). The product is EPA registered, highly evaporative, and it cleans, sanitizes and disinfects.

 

As always if your child exhibits signs of an illness such as fever, cough, vomiting, please keep them home. When you call the school please be specific as we are monitoring absences as a precautionary measure. 

 

Students returning from an affected area should self-quarantine for 14 days in accordance with CDC Information for Travel

Field trips and other school related events:

  • Field trip decisions will be made on a case by case basis.
  • Field trips that are permitted are voluntary, and students who do not wish to attend will be allowed to opt out and will not be penalized academically or otherwise.
  • Field trip donations are generally not refundable.
  • Anyone who is sick or who is at higher risk for serious illness (see CDC’s recommended list here) should avoid attending public gatherings.
  • The District may need to implement guidance from Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) on short notice to cancel events.

 

Preventative Measures:

  • Remind students and staff regarding washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer as available. Portable handwashing stations will be placed strategically across school sites.
  • Everyone is encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Everyone is encouraged to refrain from touching their eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Anyone should stay home when sick.
  • Don’t shake hands! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc. 
  • Use your knuckle to touch light switches, elevator buttons, etc.
  • Use of shared items, such as food, drinks, pencils, pens and other school supplies, is discouraged.

 

Please check our website and social media pages for updates.

You may also stay informed by visiting the websites at the

Alameda County Department of Public Health, California Department of Public Health and the

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Regards,

Parvin Ahmadi
Superintendent

We will continue to keep our students, staff, and families informed as we receive guidance from public health officials. In the meantime, please scroll down for answers to some of the most common questions we’ve received in recent days.

 

For the most up-to-date information from health officials, please visit the Alameda County Public Health website.

While we are still considered to be in a “low risk” area and although there are still no known people who have contracted Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Alameda County, the news about Coronavirus has naturally escalated the anxiety of our staff, students, and families.
 

The Alameda County Public Health Department has not issued any new recommendations or guidelines. However, we have taken some local steps to ensure that we are doing everything we can to minimize risks to our students, staff, and community. Please see the attached flyer.

For more information regarding what parents can do to help minimize the spread of colds and flu, please click here.

Regards,

Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi

Coronavirus Flyer 02-28-2020

The CDC and state and local public health departments are closely monitoring developments regarding an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. There are 11 confirmed cases in the United States. Public health departments are working diligently to identify anyone who might be infected to prevent further spread of the outbreak. To date, there are 4 confirmed cases in Northern California and no confirmed cases in Alameda County. These individuals and their households have been isolated and are being monitored by their respective counties’ public health  departments. The risk to the general public remains low.

 

The best way to address anxiety and stress is to stay informed. We acknowledge the impact that this outbreak is having on our community, and on those who have friends or relatives who are affected. We are thinking of you.

 

What you need to know
People who have travelled from anywhere in mainland China within the past two weeks should stay at home and avoid public settings, work, school, or large gatherings. Please call the Alameda County Public Health Department at 510-267-3250 for additional guidance.

 

If individuals who have returned from mainland China in the last two weeks are feeling ill with a fever and/or cough or difficulty breathing, they are advised to call their health care provider before going into the clinic or hospital and notify the Alameda County Public Health Department at 510-267-3250.

 

The general Alameda County public should continue to engage in their regular activities and people should not be excluded from activities based on their race or country of origin.

 

Since this is the height of cold and flu season, we encourage all students, parents, and staff to take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases.

  • Encourage students and staff to stay home when they are sick.
    • Those who have a fever at school should go home and stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
    • Separate sick students and staff from others, ideally in a separate place, until they can be picked up to go home.
  •  Promote hand hygiene among students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and availability of soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Teach and encourage proper cough etiquette—cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm (do not use hands).
  • Perform routine surface cleaning.
  • Be vigilant when attending large gatherings, as this is where respiratory viruses often spread. If you are not feeling well or are experiencing cold, flu, or other symptoms, stay home to avoid spreading germs.

 

For more information on the novel Coronavirus, please visit the Alameda County Public Health Department website www.acphd.org; we will keep the website updated with any local information or resources as we know more. We will monitor the developing situation and inform you of any additional public health recommendations.

 

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The CDC and state and local public health departments are closely monitoring developments regarding an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020 in the State of Washington. Public health departments are working to identify anyone who might be infected to prevent further spread of the outbreak. To date, there are no confirmed cases in Northern California and Alameda County residents are at low risk of becoming infected.

When new viruses surface, there can be lots of anxiety and stress. It’s important to stay informed. We acknowledge the impact that this outbreak is having on our community, and on those who have friends or relatives who are affected. We are thinking of you.
 
What you need to know
  • In the unusual event that a child or staff member is identified who recently traveled from Wuhan, China, and who has any of these respiratory symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath), he or she should be sent home from school/work, and the school should contact the Alameda County Public Health Department at 510-267-3250 for additional guidance.
  • At this moment, there are no recommendations to exclude asymptomatic (no symptoms) people who travelled to China from school or work.
We encourage all students, parents, and staff to take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including common illnesses like colds and flu
  • Encourage students and staff to stay home when they are sick.
    • Those who have a fever at school should go home and stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
    • Separate sick students and staff from others, ideally in a separate place, until they can be picked up to go home.
  • Promote hand hygiene among students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and availability of soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Teach and encourage proper cough etiquette—cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm (do not use hands).
  • Perform routine surface cleaning.• Be vigilant when attending large gatherings, as this is where respiratory viruses often spread. If you are not feeling well or are experiencing cold, flu, or other symptoms, stay home to avoid spreading germs.
For more information on the novel Coronavirus, please see the Coronavirus FAQS posted on our Alameda County Public Health Department website www.acphd.org; we will keep the website updated with any local information or resources as we know more. We will monitor the developing situation and inform you of any additional public health recommendations.