Wolf Pack Weekly

November 24th, 2020

Thank You

As we approach Thanksgiving this week, I want to take a moment to thank every single stakeholder at MVHS. Our students have demonstrated immense resilience and flexibility navigating a new learning environment, our parents have been gracious as we have worked so hard to serve their children, and our staff have persevered to create meaningful learning opportunities for every student every day.

We remain resolved to create these meaningful learning opportunities, and we will continue our work to monitor and adjust our practice to increase access to the curriculum, standards, and academic achievement for all students.

Our Pivot to Vista Virtual Earlier this Week

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Yesterday (Monday) morning, our site learned about a second concurrent COVID-19 positive case for an individual on campus. Pursuant our Board Policy established in late October, the Vista Classic in-person program at MVHS pivoted to virtual learning as soon as we were made aware of the second case.

Our leadership team worked as quickly as we could with the information we had to get communication out to families prior to the start of the school day. I recognize that the timing of the notification likely created disruption for many of our households; thank you for your patience and flexibility with us as we wanted to prioritize the health and safety of all students and staff who were slated to be on campus yesterday and as we worked to communicate as soon as we possibly could.

Pushing Pause on Classic Learning at Middle and High Schools through Winter Break

As Dr. Doyle stated in the Community Update this evening, our District has decided to pause Classic learning for all middle and high schools, including Mission Vista, until after Winter Break.

The reason for this period of pause is based on the recent escalation of the spread of the COVID-19 virus globally, nationally, regionally, and locally. Based on verifiable data, the pandemic is expanding at a dramatic pace in San Diego County and within the five zip codes of our own community. While Vista Unified has seen no evidence of the virus spreading within the school environment after 26 days of instruction in the Vista Classic learning model, the impact of the virus within our community is causing staffing challenges for teachers, instructional assistants, custodians, and other employees. Although our pivoting criteria has been effective in combating any spread of the virus on secondary campuses, the frequency of pivoting schools has increased. The increased frequency of pivoting is disruptive to students, parents, and staff.

During this "pause", we will continue in-person supplemental learning support for specific student populations based on individual needs. We will also maintain all athletic activities in preparation for the upcoming season unless otherwise adjusted by CIF directives.

During the School Board meeting set for December 15th, our trustees will be reviewing the status of the virus regionally and locally, reviewing the feedback and recommendations from the Superintendent's Council for Innovative Learning, and discussing adjustments to the Vista Classic and Vista Virtual learning models for the second half of the school year. During this meeting, the trustees will also be discussing new regulations for quarantining students, staff, and classrooms based on feedback from the San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.

Choosing a Learning Model for Spring Term

Last week, the District sent out an official registration form for parents to choose the learning model that is best for their student(s) for the rest of this year.

If a parent does not respond to the registration process, their student(s) will remain in the learning model in which they were enrolled in the first semester. Prior to assigning the learning model, we will, however, reach out via email, phone, and other site correspondence to any parent who has not submitted their registration by November 29th. This learning model registration will be in effect for the remainder of the school year. Some programs and courses may not be available in each model as school schedules and classes are created based on student requests. This could mean that if you request a switch in learning models, your student’s teachers, elective choices, and class periods could change.

As a reminder, we will be socially distancing, as practicable, in the Vista Classic learning model, which means that the class sizes are similar to a regular school year. Please note that parents will receive individual emails for the learning model registration and that these emails will have the sender listed as VistaUSDforms@vistausd.org.

COVID-19 Testing Center Now Open in Vista - Please Do Your Part and Get Tested

The new COVID-19 testing center in Vista is open now! The center is housed at the Linda Rhoades Recreation Center located at 600 North Santa Fe Avenue. The center is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. with no appointment necessary.

The actual COVID test takes 30 seconds and is painless. Health and Human Services Agency staff are on-site to offer a variety of support for families related to health and safety, from answering questions to referrals for free services.

This new testing center provides the entire community of Vista with a huge advantage to get control of the COVID-19 virus and contain the spread. We need to leverage this opportunity by encouraging everyone in our community to get tested and respond to the results appropriately. Once we can identify where the virus is located, we can engage our health care teams to isolate and treat the virus efficiently. Our community leaders have demonstrated their commitment to robust collaboration to make this happen; it is now our responsibility as members of the community to do our part to collaborate on the use of the testing center. We are all in this together.

What Do I Need to Do if My Student is Sick, Tests Positive for COVID-19, or is Identified as a Close Contact?

If your student tests positive for COVID-19, or is identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive, it is crucial that the school is notified as soon as possible. We have learned that oftentimes, this information comes to the attention of families over the weekend, after business hours, or as could be the case this week, during a holiday break.

If your student falls into one of these categories, the best course of action is to call the school: 760-758-6800. If the information comes during non-business hours, please send an email to me, or members of the administrative team: jeremywalden@vistausd.org, genevieveclark@vistausd.org, or amyzilk@vistausd.org. The administrative team monitors emails constantly, and emailing the team helps increase the likelihood of a timely response to the situation

Alternative Income Verification

All school districts in California are required to submit an annual notification of students who need additional support. This year, more than ever before, we want to make sure that all families are able to provide information so that we may continue to expand support for students during this challenging time. The income verification form is strictly confidential and will only be used to submit the annual application for school funding. While it is not our intent to ask personal income questions, our district wide funding depends largely on parents responding to this request. In fact, over 35,000 meals distributed over the past four months and the 14,000 computer devices distributed were the result of this funding from the state and federal level. In the recent months, many people have lost their jobs or dramatically reduced their work hours, and that has resulted in a dramatic reduction in their annual income. Our school district is ready and prepared to support students from these families in a variety of ways, including breakfast and lunch, counseling, family engagement support, technology and internet access, nursing support, and many, many other areas. Please assist us by providing this valuable information so that we may maximize the state and federal funding for students.
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