Mako Message #18
Community Update December 19, 2021
Week 18 of School
Reminder, Winter Break starts on Thursday, December 23rd.
The last day of instruction will be on Wednesday, December 22. Students will be dismissed at the regular time at 2:18pm.
School resumes on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.
The SASEA project will be on campus the first two weeks of school on Wednesdays, doing preventative testing on students with signed consent forms. Please sign the consent forms if you are interested!
Updated Bell Schedule
Due to the recent agreement between VUSD and VTA to use two of the 182 instructional days as professional development days, the district and union have agreed to add lost instructional minutes needed to meet the state's minimum requirements to the remaining school days for the 2021-2022 school year. The changes will affect all elementary schools with TK-5 classrooms.
Three additional minutes will be added to the end of each school day beginning January 11, 2022. This will provide the district with the needed minutes to meet all required minimum minutes for all elementary grade spans. The professional development days will be announced to parents in the near future, once they are finalized by the district.
The new schedule is as follows:
8:00am - 12:54pm
Tuesday - Friday
8:00am - 2:21pm
Earlier this week, Dr. Doyle shared there was an attempted kidnapping. An 8th grade student was approached and grabbed by two men in a white van at W. Los Angeles Drive and Georgia Lane in Vista. This location is near a bus stop. The student is safe. The following information was shared by Detective Johnson:
Hispanic male adult, 30's, approximately 5'8", 150 pounds, short brown hair that was spiked with gel, sunglasses, and a black scarf/mask covering most of his face.
Hispanic male adult, 30's, short brown hair that was shaved on one side, sunglasses, and a black scarf/mask covering most of his face.
Older model white van (no license plates), tinted windows with minor damage on it. The van had double doors in the rear.
This is extremely concerning. Our student’s safety is our top priority. Please take this time to speak to your students about reporting suspicious people or activities to a trusted adult or teacher. Please remind your students to not speak to strangers or to walk home alone. Please remind your child to not accept rides from friends without your permission. Please update your emergency contact lists on the Aeries Parent Portal. Together we can keep our students safe!
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Vista
We are spreading the word about the many great ways VUSD is helping our community fight against COVID-19. There will be more vaccination clinics being held on December 20 and 21. Click on the flyers below for more information!
Vaccinations Clinic for 5-11 year old Dec 20-21
The clinic is for both first and second dose
Testing During the Holidays
Vaccines and Boosters Vaccines - 12-up and Boosters 16-up
Angel Tree Event
***Students that are currently quarantined will also receive a gift when they return to school.
Thank you to our generous community partners, such as North Coast Initiative and community members
Click on the flyer below to view more details.
Maryland Vaccination Clinics
Maryland Elementary will have its own vaccination clinic in the MPR on Thursday, January 20 and Thursday, February 10 from 8:00am to 11:00am for students 5 to 11 years old. Parents can check out their students from the front office and walk them to the MPR. No students will be allowed to be vaccinated without their parent being present.
Covid-19 Weekly Reporting at Maryland Elementary
In order to keep our families informed on Covid-19 cases in our school, we will be utilizing the following procedures:
All families will be notified weekly of our Covid-19 cases in this section of the Health and Safety section of our newsletter.
If your student is identified as a "close contact" of a Covid-19 positive person on campus, you will be notified immediately by email, text, and phone and will be provided directions for quarantine.
To view Covid-19 cases for the entire district, visit the VUSD Covid-19 Case Dashboard.
Maryland Elementary Week of December 12 - December 18: 2 COVID-19 cases resulting in 2 classroom quarantine.
District Health and Safety Update
With news of the Omicron variant in our state and nation, Vista Unified remains strongly committed to the health and safety of its students and staff. Although our district COVID numbers have remained steady over the past few months, we are prepared in the event of an uptick in positive cases and understand the need for easy access to a testing site when a student or staff member is symptomatic. Both our state and local health agencies are analyzing the Omicron variant, including how it spreads and how it infects individuals. Please visit the CDPH website to access the Omicron Variant Fact Sheet. The health professionals recommend that Californians can take the following actions to protect against the new variant:
Wear masks while indoors
Get tested if you have symptoms
COVID-19 testing sites can now be found throughout our community with the newest locations at Rancho Buena Vista High School and Mission Vista High School. As a service to the Vista community, we will continue to offer testing through the holiday season; however, hours and days may be limited.
Being fully vaccinated continues to be the best way to combat the COVID-19 virus. Now, everyone five years of age and older is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. This past week, over 220 students, ages 5-11, received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at our two-day event co-sponsored with Costco. The next opportunity for this age group will be December 21 and 22 at the Vista Innovation Center. For those 12 years and older, vaccinations and boosters are available every day. We encourage those who are interested to take advantage of this opportunity to “Get Vista Vaccinated.”
Short Term Independent Study
When your child is out on Quarantine for either Covid-19 symptoms or exposure, we need to provide them with Independent Study, in order for them to receive attendance credit. The Form gives us permission to give them attendance credit if and when they complete the work that is provided to them, by their classroom teacher. Of course, if your child is ever too sick to do any schoolwork, you can always let the teacher know that they will not need any work, whether you have filled the form out or not.
Here is the link again, please let us know if you have any questions.
If your student is out on quarantine, they can log in daily with a live teacher to get homework support. The zoom meeting will be daily from 8:00am to 8:30am. The zoom link can be found on the teacher's canvas page.
The work your student completes while they are off campus allows them to receive attendance credit. Please consider filling out the form! Please contact our office if you need any help or have any questions.
SASEA Project Wastewater Update
We are excited to collaborate with UCSD on the Safer at School Early Alert System, also known as SASEA. SASEA is an early alert monitoring system for COVID-19 through daily wastewater and surface samples. If you would like your child to be part of this study and receive free testing, please fill out the consent form. For your convenience, the links to the consent forms can be found in the email sent with this call. You can also reach out to our office staff for support filling out the consent form.
English Version: https://redcap.link/saseaconsenteng
Spanish Version: https://redcap.link/saseaconsentspn
Students will be tested during school hours. The type of test is PCR nasal and does not go keep into your student's nose, like previous COVID-19 tests. Please note that parents will not be present during testing. Parents who complete the consent form for their child will receive a separate email and phone call containing information regarding testing that will occur Monday.
Call to Action
"We have completed eight days of school so far this year. Our health and safety procedures are working well. We are now focusing on taking every action necessary to reduce the impact of quarantine procedures on students. We need your help to commit to the following actions. Thank you for your consideration. Let’s keep kids in school.
Health and Safety Call to Action for Parents
- Action #1: Notify your school immediately if your child or any member of your household becomes ill with COVID-19.
- Action #2: Keep your child home from school if they have ANY of the symptoms listed on the decision tree guidelines (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea).
- Action #3: Keep your child home from school if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive. They should NOT return to in-person learning until given a return date by our nursing staff. This includes exposure to someone living in the home who is positive.
- Action #4: Do not send your child back to school if the child or anyone in the household is awaiting a COVID-19 test result. Only send your child back if they have a negative test result or if they have completed the entire quarantine period.
- Action #5: Have your child vaccinated if they are 12 to 17 years old. Remember, your child will not need to be quarantined if they come in close contact at school if they are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic. The vaccination will keep them in school and able to participate in all of the extracurricular activities like athletics, band, dance, ASB, etc.
If we can proactively respond to these five calls to action, then we can dramatically reduce the impact of quarantine on all students."
Students can be dropped off between 7:30am-8:00am. Students cannot be dropped off before 7:30am, as there is no supervision. School starts promptly at 8:00 and it is important for your child to start on time.
Masks are required indoors at all K-12 schools in California. Students are not required to wear their masks outdoors, but may choose to wear them outside.
We are happy to provide breakfast to all students and second chance breakfast at recess.
Students can enter the campus from one entry point. See the map below. Students enter campus and go to the designated waiting area on the blacktop and/or get breakfast.
TK/Kindergarten Students and Siblings
TK/Kindergarten students and siblings can be picked up from the bus loop. Please do not block the exit of the bus loop!
Siblings will meet students in the bus loop for dismissal. Only people on the emergency contact list can pick up.
Dismissal Times for TK/Kindergarteners and Siblings will be at the following times:
Students without Kindergarten siblings will be dismissed from the back Mako parking lot. Please see the maps below.
Dismissal Times for all other students Grades 2-5 will be at the following times: