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Congratulations to the intelligent and resilient Class of 2020! As we complete a year that will go down in history as one that brought challenges across the world, the MVLA community showed a spirit of innovation and gratitude.
While we completed the school year, our staff has been simultaneously planning and preparing for the Fall of 2020. We are preparing for a variety of educational scenarios, ordering materials, and creating safety protocols. We know that as we plan, we need to be flexible as we will likely shift from one scenario to another in the Fall Semester.
We are currently planning for distance learning upon return for the next school year. We are also preparing for limited on-campus learning, and full return with safety mitigations. Our reopening task force is creating and prioritizing guidance. Thank you to our Task Force and Advisory Teams for your thoughtful planning.
Our Reopening Task Force will be sharing draft documents and engaging students and their parents during this process. We currently have students involved and will be creating a parent advisory team to provide additional review and input.
Data and guidance from Santa Clara County Public Health will be used to determine the safest path forward. The County Office of Education is also working to provide recommendations for the fall.
Today, Santa Clara County Health Officer, Dr. Sara Cody announced amendments to our local Shelter in Place Order which will allow multiple sectors and activities to resume beginning this Friday, June 5th.
Subject to social distancing protocols and safety requirements, the new order:
- Expands previously permitted business activity to include outdoor dining at restaurants and in-store shopping at retail locations.
- Permits all children to take part in childcare, summer camps, summer school, or other educational and recreational programs, so long as groups are limited to 12 or fewer.
- Allows outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people for religious services and cultural ceremonies.
- Allows outdoor recreational activities that do not involve physical contact, such as swimming, to resume.
- Permits car-based gatherings, including drive-in theaters.
Our team will be incorporating this new guidance into our plans and analyzing impacts.
This, under normal circumstances, would be a bittersweet time, and is made more so by the social gathering restrictions. Our teachers and administrators will miss our seniors profoundly. Their younger peers will miss them too. I think you may agree with me that the students in the Spartans Buddies club may express it better than all of us. Enjoy their 'senior send-off' video....a tribute to the Class of 2020....and to friendship and inclusion, in a time when it couldn't possibly matter more.