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MVLA Update - October 9, 2020

Free COVID-19 for MVLA Staff and Students
We are pleased to offer free COVID-19 testing to MVLA staff and students in partnership with El Camino Hospital.

October 21, 2020 
8:30 a.m. – 4:20 p.m 
Mountain View High School's Cafeteria
(Tests are required to be scheduled in advance)

If your children reside or attend school in the El Camino Healthcare District, they can be tested on-site. This testing opportunity is for our own MVLA students (parent/guardian would need to authorize per the attached instructions and use the phone number to sign up), MVLA staff and their children who attend school in the El Camino Healthcare District.  

Please refer to the attachment at this link for important instructions if you are registering your child! Spread the word regarding testing for our MVLA staff and students. Lastly, sign up soon if you want a space. 

Tests are required to be scheduled in advance. To schedule your appointment online through El Camino Health, visit https://www.elcaminohealth.org/landing/schedule-covid-19-test-MVLA
You may also call 650-940-7022 and select option 4 to schedule your free test. Please mention you are with the Mountain View Los Altos High School District when calling.

The Updated Slate
Staff and student feedback, patience, and flexibility have been valuable as we strengthen our Distance Learning program to better serve our community. We continue to analyze and work toward continuous improvement of our distance education and organization. In a Student Survey that was given a couple of weeks ago, questions were asked about the Weekly Slate.  Students reported that the Weekly Slates were helpful to them.  Most students use the slates as a reference throughout the week; many others use it to organize and/or plan upcoming school days, and/or to get the synchronous class links. 

One constructive piece of feedback was that the posting of the Slate on Wednesdays interrupted the week’s rhythm.

To address this concern, we have made the following changes to the Slate:
1.) All Slates will be posted on Canvas on Fridays by 5pm.
2.) Slates weeks start on the following Monday and end on Friday.
4.) To help students with organization and navigation, all teachers use the Slate Template.
5.) Teachers are encouraged weekly, to take a moment in class to review the week's slate in detail with the class. 

Technology Support Updates
We have added a section to our district website to assist students and families with technology resources.  This section includes general technical support for the many EdTech tools used throughout MVLA, Canvas guides/support for students and families, as well as basic troubleshooting tips, important information about Zoom, and ChromeOS updates.  There is also a link to the district's Help Desk; and the IT department makes every effort to respond to all inquiries in a timely manner.

The resources can be found at https://www.mvla.net/technology-support/

Fireside Chat: The College Community and The Admission Process during the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar
Superintendent Dr. Nellie Meyer and college advisor, Angela Price, recently sat down with admissions officers from Barnard College, Duke University, Georgetown University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Wellesley College.  Their conversation focused on the state of current college admissions, educational equity, and the college landscape as a result of the pandemic.  For those planning for college in Fall 2021, we hope you find this webinar insightful.  Watch the webinar on YouTube here.