Weekly Newsletter & Bulletin
Spring 2021, 6th ed. - February 16 - 19, 2021
Pending Health Department Approval - Tentative Picture Day
Cross Country Meet from February 13, 2021
Athletic Spectators Update
Hello AGHS Athletics Families,
It is a very exciting time in the world of high school athletics. It has been 11 months since an athletic event was held on the AGHS campus, and we are THRILLED that our cross country team kicked off the 2021 season on last Saturday vs Nipomo!!!! In the coming weeks more and more athletes, sports, practices, and competitions will be taking place on our campus which comes with so much excitement and cause to celebrate. It is very important that our athletic families, fans, and extremely supportive community understand the restrictions we are working with as it relates to spectators. Please see below:
PRACTICES - NO Spectators
limits the chances of exposure
All campus visitors are required to complete a health screening, which is not manageable.
HOME COMPETITIONS - Home team adult supervision ONLY
Immediate Parent/Guardians of each student athlete on the team
Parent volunteer job examples - timing, course mgt, scorekeeping, safety, etc.
Will require a health screening survey & a positive attitude :)
Could require proof of ID
AWAY COMPETITIONS - No away team spectators :(
This will be the same across the CCAA (Central Coast Athletic Association) so all parents at all 13 CCAA schools will be dealing with the same variables.
HOW WILL THIS WORK?
Coaches / Athletic Dept. will collect volunteers prior to the first home competitions
Parents will sign up to work the event
Confirmations will be communicated
Check in @ designated time/location with a representative to be health screened & given your assignment
Be Safe, Help us run a successful event, and HAVE FUN
Do it again at the next HOME event :)
Please know that we are committed to allowing the maximum number of parent volunteers to assist in the management of AGHS hosted competitions in a safe and reasonable manner while following all necessary guidelines in order to allow OUR students the opportunity to compete.
Thank you for your support & advocacy through these weird and trying times. We must continue to work and model positivity and perseverance as we strive ahead into the 2021 Athletic seasons. Time will tell what the future holds for our athletic programs and the experiences offered to our students through them.
Arroyo Grande High School
TOOL DRIVE FUNDRAISER FOR PROJECT S.T.E.M.
From saws to 3D printers to drill presses, our primary project would let anyone in AG have access to these tools at a community space, free of charge. We hope to improve the occupational viability and problem-solving abilities of our community with widespread public exposure to STEM through this project.
To facilitate this project, we need your help! We are kindly asking if you may donate any old or unused tools, of any size! From screwdrivers to drills and larger, we could use them all! Drop off your tools at the Arroyo Grande High School Main Office from 2/16-2/19 during office hours. Visit our website at www.innovateAG.org for information on our projects, fundraisers, and more.
When is Graduation this year?
Photography Contest Continues!
Thank you to everyone who submitted a Black & White photograph last week. Both this week and last week's winners will be announced at the end of this week.
This week’s theme is Coastal Photography. We’re looking for photos that demonstrate an artist eye, creativity, originality, and possibly use editing software. Photos are due by this Friday Feb 19th at 3 pm.
To compete in this week’s competition, please send your entry to our @aghseagles or @aghsbz IG account OR email photos to email@example.com. Please include your name with your entry.
Attending Hancock Next Year? Mark Your Calendar!
Outcome from LMUSD Board Meeting 2/16/21
Just in case you didn’t have a chance to tune in, during last night’s regular meeting of the Board of Education, trustees approved Lucia Mar’s updated reopening timeline which allows for implementation of the in-person AM/PM hybrid model. The new reopening timelines are as follows:
February 24, 2021: TK-K
March 1, 2021: Grades 1-3
March 8, 2021: Grades 4-6
*So long as the County remains at a case rate below 25/100,000 through February 23, 2021. If the County exceeds the case rate of 25/100,000 prior to reopening a grade level, elementary school grades TK-3 will reopen within one week of meeting 25/100,000 case rate for five consecutive days and elementary grades 4-6 will reopen the following week.
Grades 7-12 Secondary schools will reopen within one week after the County has five consecutive days within the Red Tier.
Additional information and resources -
When our schools reopen, they will be reopening under the AM/PM hybrid model as described in the District's reopening plan. Hybrid Schedule can be found here: https://www.luciamarschools.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1693835&type=d&pREC_ID=2147115 All schools have been staffed based on the parent declaration forms completed in November indicating whether families wish to remain in distance learning.
The District submitted its COVID-19 Safety Plan for In-Person Instruction (CSP) to San Luis Obispo County Public Health and the State Safe Schools for All Team. We ask you to review our CSP which can be found on our website:
Reopening Schools Former Update (see above info first)
Dear Lucia Mar families,
At Tuesday’s board meeting, I shared the latest news and updates on revised local and state guidance and impact on our District as we continue our efforts for school reopening readiness.
You may recall that our current guidance for return to in-person instruction is based on board action from November 2020. This return is conditioned to a date occurring when our county remains two weeks in the RED Tier on the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy, and the District is authorized to reopen to in-person instruction pursuant to Public Health Guidance. Upon meeting this criteria, for elementary schools (TK-6) or secondary schools, the reopening of schools is planned within one week after the County has met the criteria. San Luis Obispo County remains in the most restrictive PURPLE Tier.
The new guidance and our current county adjusted case numbers now offer us the opportunity to reopen our elementary schools for in-person instruction more quickly than we had originally planned. It is important to realize that these updates do not allow us to change our reopening plans for secondary schools at this time. We are encouraged by the successful reopening of elementary schools in North County, and we are confident that our safety protocols and plans will help to protect our students and staff, while bringing our youngest learners back to school in person, which is where we know they need to be.
At the Board’s request, I plan to present an updated phased reopening timeline for our elementary sites at our next board meeting on February 16, along with updates on the latest local, state, and federal guidelines, as well as an updated COVID Safety Plan ready for adoption.
Finally, I recognize that one of our biggest collective concerns is the availability of COVID vaccines. The distribution of vaccines within our county continues to experience a slow rollout. The education workforce remains in Phase 1b with other essential sectors. The state requires counties to implement an age-based priority system for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The 75+ population is currently receiving vaccines and we are informed that the 65+ portion of the community will be prioritized before the education workforce. The Recoverslo.org website maintains the most current information regarding the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.
As always, I appreciate the hard work of our families and staff to support our students and each other during these challenging times.
Paul Fawcett, Ed.D.
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