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Update: 03/18/2020 English
Hello MVLA students and families,
I hope you are doing well. I continue to be grateful for your continued flexibility and patience as we manage the daily challenges and changes associated with the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the unsettling time, I am impressed with the stories I’m hearing from families about the innovative and ingenious things you are doing at home to keep yourselves and your students engaged.
Today, I viewed a presentation from California's State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond. In this discussion, it was shared that California is working with our federal government on the following:
- State Testing – All state testing has been suspended (as of this afternoon)
- Food Services - There is a discussion on expanding delivery. We provided more than 1,000 meals today to families and will continue doing so as long as needed.
- Special Education Services - A task force is being convened with the intent of identifying and sharing best practices
More to come on these topics as we learn more. We have spent our week working on the plan for delivering at-home instruction starting next Monday, March 23. This will be a phased-in approach.
Phase One: We will be using the next two weeks as an instructional bridge to Spring Break. We are asking teachers to check in with each student on Monday with the first project or assignment. This remote, flexible learning is a new way of doing things for all of us. We will be asking our teachers for feedback so we can continue to adjust and improve the process and will be welcoming your feedback as well.
Phase Two: It is likely that schools will remain closed after April 13th. While we have no official confirmation, the Governor stated yesterday that this could be the case. For that reason, we are also developing a process for a longer-term solution, and during this phase will be working to add more in-depth projects for our students, create new content, and prepare for Advanced Placement (AP) tests. The AP program is finalizing exam options that would allow students to test at home, depending on the situation in May. In this phase, we will also launch a task force which will be charged with supporting the implementation of interventions for students who need them.
Phase Three: During this period, we will continue to finetune our delivery methods to be better tailored to student needs. We will continue to ask for your feedback so we can continuously provide rigorous coursework and improve independent learning opportunities for students
Our MVLA team is finalizing a list of a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document to share with you along with a list of learning resources for families to use at-home. We hope you will find these helpful.
I thank you again for your continued partnership. Together, we will get through these challenges.