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Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District


Update: 04/01/2020

Dear MVLA students and families,
A big thank you to our MVLA team as we make our way through Phase I of our Distance Learning Plan. As we navigate teaching and learning from home together, it’s important to hear what you think of the process and provide feedback as we move into Phase II.  Our teachers have been surveying students for input, and this feedback will be even more important with the decision today from Governor Gavin Newsom, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond, and Santa Clara County superintendents to keep schools physically closed for the remainder of the school year.
While schools will not re-open, the school year is not over. Classes are continuing as we move into phase two of our distance learning plan. The state has pledged additional resources to schools to assist with distance learning, and this will be helpful as we complete the year. Our overarching goal is to provide meaningful, rigorous, and flexible learning options for all students with equity in access. 
During Phase II, we will focus on:
  • New content
  • New projects
  • Preparation for Advanced Placement (AP) test
  • Identifying additional interventions and supports for students
  • Building virtual learning communities
Teachers will also be setting up virtual office hours for students, delivering synchronous and asynchronous lessons and providing challenging content as we advance to Phase II. Our teachers and staff miss seeing their students each day in person and are working to build virtual classroom communities. More information will be coming out this week with a student schedule, attendance expectations. and opportunities for enrichment and support.
We know the news about schools staying closed until summer brings a lot of disappointment for our seniors who were excited about prom and commencement activities. I have already heard ideas from students and staff and plan to continue to reach out to them for further input. We want to recognize their accomplishments.
Many of you are asking about college admission requirements going into the 2020-2021 year. The University of California (UC) system has suspended SAT/ACT requirements, and has temporarily suspended the letter grade requirement for A-G courses completed this spring for all students; Pass (P) or Credit (CR) grades will satisfy these requirements. (View UC’s FAQ section for additional information.)  It is expected the California State University (CSU) system will follow suit.  We will continue to monitor these changes and share them with you.  We are continuing the discussion of whether we will stay with traditional grading or move toward a credit/no credit assessment.
Currently, the next SAT test is scheduled for the first weekend of June.  The College Board is working with test centers and will decide whether that test can be safely administered.  Check here for updates. Preparation classes and review courses for Advanced Placement (AP) are now online. Updates about test schedules will be posted here as those decisions are made.
Yesterday, the County Health Officer issued an updated shelter-in-place order, once again stressing the need to practice safe distancing, and clarifying and further limiting essential activities. The shelter-in-place is in effect through May 3.  We have received guidance that has caused us to further restrict our campuses in our efforts to "flatten the curve".  
Thank you again for all you are doing and be well,
Nellie Meyer
MVLA Superintendent