Virtual Learning Academy Newsletter

December 2020

Dear Families,

With the holiday break approaching, I want to extend a special thank you to our VLA families for your dedication and devotion to the VLA program. As this first half of the school year closes, I continue to be thankful and appreciative for the many parents working hard as their child's learning guide and our hardworking and dedicated staff who strive each day to make learning meaningful and accessible during their daily zoom lessons. This school year has been one of the most challenging years for many of us both professionally and personally. I have included some resources below that may be helpful.


Best wishes to you all for a safe and happy holiday!


~ Lisa Lorona

VLA Pacing and Flexibility

GUSD's Virtual Learning Academy was designed to provide flexibility for families using the Calvert curriculum owned by Edmentum. Families have the flexibility to complete coursework throughout a full 7 day window. Teachers are monitoring their students attendance based on work completion from the prior week as GUSD is responsible to measure and log attendance records within Aeries.


The Virtual Learning Academy allows students to work on assignments when they can throughout the week and weekend. Student attendance and accountability is based on work completed. This differs from GUSD's Distance Learning program where daily attendance is mandatory and is recorded by teachers on a daily basis.


Teachers are always available to answer questions and offer support. I am also here for you. Our goal is to have flexibility while ensuring your child is accessing core curriculum components.

Superintendent's Parent Advisory Committee (SPAC)

The Superintendent's Parent Advisory Committee (SPAC) was established to advise Gilroy Unified School District Superintendent Debbie Flores on a wide range of issues relating to the district's schools from a parent's perspective. Each school sends a representatives to the SPAC meetings.


If you are interested in serving as our VLA SPAC representative, please email me directly by Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 by 4pm. SPAC Meetings are held virtually on Mondays @ 6:30pm. The upcoming dates are listed below:


Monday, January 11th

Monday, February 8th

Monday, March 8th

Monday, April 12th

Monday, May 10th


If there are multiple parents interested, we will have a lottery system where a random selection process will be administered to determine VLA's parent representative.

Family Resources

GUSD 's Specialized Program Department has designed a Family Resource page with local links and updates from our Gilroy community. Please browse through the links to access resources for you and your family.

Spirit Days

VLA will have monthly Spirit Days starting in January to promote a sense of community and fun! Students will have a chance to dress up on specific days with themes to help keep them engaged and involved with the VLA community!

Meal Distribution - Holiday Scheule

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