June 2, 2021
Vista Virtual 2.0 for 2021-2022 School Year
We remain committed to supporting families as we transition back to in-person learning in the fall. As promised, our team has been working on alternative options for students who may need to continue in a virtual learning format during the 2021-22 school year. In our initial stages of planning, we are consolidating the virtual learning model into one school.
Please respond to the following survey by Friday June 11, 2021 if you are interested in having your child enroll in Vista Virtual 2.0 next year. We will share updates about program details with you in the coming weeks so that you are able to make an informed decision. We will open the registration and transfer process in mid-July 2021. It is important to note that once enrolled in the new Vista Virtual 2.0, this commitment will need to be for the entire school year so that we are able to arrange for appropriate staffing.
Equity Professional Development
Building on feedback from the Superintendent’s Council for Equity and Anti Racism, the district is developing a three-year professional development plan centered around three priorities: Anti Bias, Restorative Practices, and Trauma Informed Practices. The district-wide professional development will begin in August before the first day of school with all certificated and classroom-based classified staff participating in the A World of Difference® Institute, facilitated by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Classified staff that are not assigned to classroom positions will participate on August 16, 2021. Our goal is to have every staff member in the district complete this professional development sequence.
Vista High School Sports Complex is Set for Completion
Vista High School was originally built in 1972 and has seen several modernization projects over the years. In 2016, we were able to modernize the stadium, including new seating, bathrooms, and a concession stand. In 2018, we completely transformed the library into a modern Learning Commons and 21st Century Media Center for students and staff. Just a year ago, we added solar to the campus to reduce the carbon footprint. Thanks to the Measure LL Facility Bond, we are nearly complete with the newest project for students and staff.
The Sports Complex consists of a comprehensive renovation of the upper field. This renovation includes a brand new softball field including dugouts, meeting room, batting cages, bull pen, bleachers, and a professional quality infield and outfield. In addition, we removed all of the asphalt basketball and tennis courts and replaced them with 1700 cubic yards of concrete for basketball and tennis courts that include all of the necessary striping and netting to support CIF level events. We even added a few pickleball courts. With a focus on accommodating parents and other fans for sporting events, we created an expansive concourse that spans the entire length of the sports complex. Finally, we included a brand new multi-use field in between the new softball field and the tennis courts to support a variety of teams including soccer, football, field hockey, softball, baseball, and track and field events like discus and shotput. The new Vista Sports Complex also includes its own parking lot for parents and fans to use during athletic events. This new facility, made possible by the citizens of Vista, will add tremendous value to the athletic program at Vista High School for years to come. The Measure LL Facility Bond Program is set to begin construction on two brand new classroom buildings at Vista High School in just a few months. When complete, we will have added over $60 million dollars in facility improvements to Vista High School.
Health and Safety Update
Vista Unified is doing its part to “Get Vista Vaccinated”. Studies show that vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. We are proud to announce that over 500 vaccinations have been administered at clinics hosted by VUSD and organized through our community partners. Two events are happening this weekend. Join Live Well San Diego this Saturday, June 5th at Rancho Buena Vista High School or MAAC’s North Campus location on Sunday, June 6th to receive the vaccination. Clinic hours for both events are 9:30am-3:30pm. Appointments and walk-ins are available for San Diego County residents 12 years and older. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. While we encourage all Vista residents to do their part in the fight against COVID-19, vaccinations are not a requirement for school attendance.
As this school year comes to a close we celebrate all our students as they graduate to the next chapter in their educational journey. This year’s promotion and graduation events will be extra special as many will be held in person. Vista Unified congratulates its students as they persevered through a year unlike any other. We welcome the families of our students to celebrate these milestones and would like to remind the families and guests that facial masks are still required by all visitors while on school property.
Matt Doyle, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Vista Unified School District