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MVLA Update - July 13, 2020

District News
The Board of Education will hold a special board meeting July 16, 2020 at 6 p.m.  At this time, staff will recommend the modality that MVLA will start with on August 12, 2020. 
 
Board of Trustees Information
At the Special Board of Trustees Meeting conducted on July 6, 2020, the Board approved the appointment of Teri Faught to the position of district Distance Education Administrator. 
 
A Special Closed Session and Board Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, July 16th at 6 p.m., with Open Session at 6:30 p.m.  Additional Special Board of Trustees meetings will be scheduled during the month of July as appropriate.  The next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on Monday, August 10, 2020. 
 
District Distance Learning Administrator
As mentioned, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Teri Faught as the District’s new Distance Education Administrator, overseeing the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of online and alternative learning formats.  
 
The new position, approved by the Board of Trustees at its June 15, 2020 meeting, requires development and implementation of policies, procedures, and guidelines for MVLA’s Distance Education program. Faught assumed her new responsibilities already this week. Read the full announcement here. Congratulations to Teri!
 
Canvas Training Information
Canvas is a course management system that supports online learning and teaching. It allows professors to post grades, information, and assignments online. We will be providing Canvas training via our Canvas Early Implementers Training (CEIT) program starting the week of July 20.  Participants will receive three hours of introductory training with a Canvas trainer, then four hours (the same week) with Bob Fishtrom, and then three hours of collaboration time with other CEIT participants.  This model will be repeated the week of July 27 and the week of August 3.  Lastly, we will be providing clear, detailed communication to students and families so they have the best possible Canvas experience.
 
Thought Exchange on Reopening in the Fall of 2020
We launched a Thoughtexchange with the following question to discover different perspectives and inform our decisions on this important topic:
 
From your perspective, what are the most important considerations we should take into account as we plan for fall? 
 
Thoughtexchange gained a tremendous amount of support and engagement with 1567 participants, 2058 thoughts and 94,024 ratings! Thank you to all who participated. Of the participants, 57% were parents, 16% teachers, 19% students and the remaining 8% classified staff/managers/community/other.
 
Pie Chart
 
Of the three survey scenarios, with information from the past month, the results were mixed regarding fall return format. There was no significant lead between full distance (25%), hybrid (35%) and full return (25%).  (15% wished to consider future information in order to formulate their opinion.)  Highly ranked individual thoughts centered around health, safety, engagement, rigor, options, and communication. 
 
Pie Chart
 
We have already been able to incorporate this valuable feedback and insight into our plans and look forward to continuing to engage our school community as we proceed this fall. You will find our fall plans follow County Health guidance and addresses the highlighted themes identified by the Thoughtexchange along with feedback/guidance received from Board Meeting,Task Force, PTSA, MVLA Foundation, DLAC, Student Leadership, Site Leadership and Coordinator, Webinar, Negotiation Table, Parent Roundtable forums as well as through monthly newsletters and current weekly newsletters. We again thank you for your commitment to our students and your continued participation and engagement.
 
Parent Resource Team
Thank you to our Parent Advisory team who have participated in discussions about the reopening for the Fall of 2020.  We have representatives from PTSA, Foundation, and other parent partners.  In our last meeting, we discussed the opportunity to partner more fully with the community to establish a resource bank/volunteer list that can help support our students with educational support, support our district with logistical support and support our staff and students with healthcare partnerships.
 
If you are interested in participating, our current volunteer coordinators are:
  • Enrichment/Intervention/Engagement:  Tzipor Ulman, tzipor.ulman@gmail.com
  • Health Partnerships:  Paramesh Gopi, pgopi2012@icloud.com
  • Facilities Support:  John Panzer, john.panzer@gmail.com
 
Enrollment in Outside Educational Opportunities
MVLA values student choice and supports students in the attainment of their highest personal achievement levels. MVLA students may find the need to remediate, recover credits or accelerate, where appropriate. Therefore, MVLA allows students to access learning options beyond those provided on our campuses, including taking college classes, private instruction and online learning solutions. 
 
MVLA students who want to take advantage of these opportunities must follow a process prior to enrolling in outside coursework. All coursework taken outside of the MVLA district must be preapproved in order to receive credit on the student’s high school transcript, and submission of an official transcript is required before credit can be granted.  Typically, permission is granted for courses not offered at MVLA.  However, exceptions may be granted for courses in mathematics, world languages and advanced science. Currently, no more than 40 high school credits taken through alternative forms of instruction can be applied toward meeting HS graduation requirements.
 
During the school year, the process begins with the school counselor. During the summer months, students may contact the school principal or the Division of Educational Services at the district office for further information.
 
For Los Altos High School:  Wynne Satterwhite, wynne.satterwhite@mvla.net
For Mountain View High School:  Michael Jimenez, michael.jimenez@mvla.net
For District:  Margarita Navarro, margarita.navarro@mvla.net
 
Bond Credit Rating/Sale
Last week MVLA received a verified credit rating of AAA from Standard and Poors (S&P), and a Aaa rating - the highest rating possible - from Moody’s Investor Service. (Read the full announcement here.)  This Tuesday, our bonds went up for sale in the U.S. and internationally.