RVUSD Board Meeting Highlights
January 12, 2020
Dr. Tracy Smith, Superintendent & Mike Cook, Board President
Honored Employees of the Month:
Extended Care staff members have had to learn multiple new job skills during these pandemic times and they’ve done it in record time. While everyday is still challenging, our staff has become truly capable in their new roles by Winter Break. This year, Extended Care staff members have learned how to be tech support, tutors, and disease control specialists and a host of other roles on top of their normal responsibilities. Thank you!
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Katie does all that she does for kids and staff not because it’s her job, but because it’s what is needed. Ms. Hill knows that all students, and especially those students facing the greatest challenges and academic struggles, deserve the adults with the most experience and diversified bag of tricks. She gracefully swoops in to identify needs and then strategically moves into action to collaborate and brainstorm solutions. Thank you!
During these pandemic times, the State of California has provided a series of guidelines and options for serving our students while also maintaining high standards for health and safety protocols. The goal of the guidance provided by the state for small cohorts encourages schools to focus on our most marginalized and needy students. With this in mind, we have created and staffed a variety of small cohort groups across our school sites. Thank you to all that has been a part of this process. We have seen improvements in participating students both emotionally and socially!
COVID-19 Communications Plans:
RVUSD is fortunate to have a COVID-19 coordinator. Sue Perkins started her work for us in Mid-December and is assisting with all plans and communications related to the pandemic as we continue to prepare for Hybrid learning.
A COVID-19 testing van comes to the District Office every Tuesday from 8am to 4pm. If you are interested in getting tested please sign up by clicking on this link. The sign up link for the following Tuesday opens at 9:30am on Saturday morning.
At this time the District is currently working on a COVID-19 Handbook that will outline our protocols for staff and families. The District will also be working on a video reviewing the handbook as another avenue of accessibility. Once approved by the Board it will be distributed to all staff and families as we approach hybrid learning.
The District is also working on an anonymous reporting system that will allow the community and staff members to report safety concerns. More information to come.
Local Control Accountability Plan and Timeline:
Each year, our district revises and approves our three-year Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is a three-year plan with Board determined goals that address the State’s eight priority areas with specific actions and/or services for students.
The 2019-20 school year was the third year of our three year LCAP. This year we will be writing and approving a new three year LCAP for 2021-24. This new LCAP will look different as the state is creating a new template for school districts to use. We will be taking advantage of this opportunity to write a plan with new goals based on our current educational reality. The District will be using the creation of this plan as an opportunity to strategically plan based on the pandemic learning conditions that our students have experienced for the past 10 months. With engagement and input from all of our stakeholders and grounding ourselves in our District values, the District will write a comprehensive plan that will incorporate the concerns and ideas presented. An LCAP Steering Committee will be used to guide the collaborative work. The committee will have both staff and parent representatives.
Facilities Report/Summer Work Proposals:
Since February of 2020, all Bond funds have been expended. The practice of carrying over funding from Basic Aid Supplemental to Fund 40 has been halted and has become ongoing funding in the general fund. This decision was made in order to help mitigate the structural deficits that the District's budget has experienced over the past few years.
District staff has been busy preparing quotes and projects related to the reconfiguration of the Spring Creek, Sequoia and the new Manzanita school sites. All of these projects are related to the transition of these three school sites as they create new identities and new spaces to support the age group of students assigned. The Board of Trustees has set aside Fund 40 Facilities funds specifically for this purpose. Click on this link to review the summer projects which have been approved by the Board.
Next Regular Board Meeting: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 6:00PM Open Session