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Posted 3/27/20

Dear Simi Valley Schools Community:


As we come out of Spring Break and into what will be our second week of campus closures, I want to thank our community for your flexibility and patience as we continue to navigate a complex and ever-changing situation. 


We are committed to continuing to provide the best possible educational experiences for all of our students. Our teachers, administrators and support staff are working hard to create meaningful lesson plans, coordinate the production and delivery of materials, and provide for our students ongoing needs. None of us knows what the next few weeks and months will present; circumstances seem to change daily with COVID-19 and its impact on our community. What will not change is our determination to continue providing high-quality instruction to our community. 


Here are some things you need to know for the coming week:

•    Starting next week, all parents should hear from their children’s teachers about what instruction will look like for each class and how it will be delivered. 


•    Elementary schools have reached out to parents to ask a couple of quick questions about each family’s access to devices and the internet. If you have received a survey email from your school, please complete that short survey as soon as possible. Your teachers need that information to move forward with their instructional plans. 


•    Schools are also creating plans for how families can pick-up their students’ personal items and instructional materials (textbooks, etc…) from each school. Your school will communicate directly with you about this process.


•    Please review and update EACH child’s Aeries account to make sure we have the best email contact information for your children. All of our communications are going to the email address currently listed in Aeries. 


•    Our Special Education families will be contacted next week by Student Support Services with its plans for serving our students. 


•    Our Child Nutrition Department has done an incredible job of feeding our community’s children these last two weeks. They are now serving about 1,300 breakfasts/lunches each weekday. Starting next week, a third drive-through site will open, and the pick-up hours will be extended. Park View Elementary School (1500 Alexander Street) joins Berylwood Elementary School (2300 Heywood Street) and Santa Susana High School (3570 Easy Cochran Street) for drive-through meal pick-up. The hours are 11: 30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at each site. Walk-ups are discouraged but no child will be turned away. No one will be allowed to eat at the pick-up site in order to maintain the current social distancing recommendations.


We again want to thank everyone for working with us to create this new kind of learning environment. Getting our students back on track with learning is our highest priority right now and it will benefit all of us.


I also want to personally thank our employees for their professionalism, creativity and commitment to their work. At every level, I have watched our employees step up to help maintain our teaching environments, from office staff working from home to continue running their schools and departments, to our teachers who are learning about and adjusting to new ways to deliver curriculum to their students and our facilities’ staff who continue to care for our campuses and offices while maintaining the current safety guidelines. Each of us has been challenged in some way and I am proud and heartened by how well we are adapting to these new times. 


Parents, please continue to be patient with our teachers and site staff as they maneuver through so many changes in their normal processes. We are all doing the best that we can and not every question has an answer worked out yet.


Because we are part of a larger community and the needs are many, our district has donated supplies and equipment (face masks and ventilators) to area hospitals. I have also learned of one effort on behalf of one of our high schools to use its 3D printers to create face shields for medical workers. Knowing our teachers and students, I’m sure there will be more community-based help efforts to come.


Lastly, I want to remind our families, and especially our teens, to please continue to follow the guidelines for social distancing. Stay home. Avoid gatherings. (Please know that no student groups of any kind have permission to meet, either from the school or the district.) Wash your hands frequently and continue all of the other measures that were designed to keep everyone safe and healthy. We can and will get through this together. 


Dr. Jason Peplinski