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    Dear Simi Valley Schools Community:


    In preparation for the potential of having some or all of our schools reopening next month, we’re asking our parents and guardians to please complete the survey in the link HERE. We have also linked a document HERE that provides comprehensive information on what measures will be followed to best ensure everyone’s health and safety while on our campuses and facilities.


    Currently there are two possibilities for reopening schools in some format. The first would be if SVUSD applies for and is granted a waiver from the County of Ventura. Under the current waiver guidelines, ONLY elementary grades (JK/TK through 5th grades and the 6th graders at elementary schools) would be allowed to return. The waiver was created by the State of California to allow elementary schools to reopen when the county remains on the State’s watchlist. Our Board of Education will discuss the issue of applying for a waiver at the September 29 Special Board meeting.


    The other option for returning to in-person instruction comes from Ventura County’s COVID-19 numbers improving enough to take us to the next tier (red tier). Our county’s numbers are close right now to meeting that benchmark, so it is entirely possible that we could be allowed to reopen under the red tier even before we could obtain a waiver. The benefit to this is that ALL grades can return to in-person instruction, not just elementary.


    This survey needs to be completed for EVERY child in your family who attends a Simi Valley Unified School District school.


    If you choose to have your child remain in the virtual model, you are committing to staying in the virtual model through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. This is because the classroom cohorts are carefully created with both staffing needs and space requirements in consideration to accommodate both learning models.


    For elementary families only: You will be asked about returning to campus for in-person instruction under a Ventura County waiver and then you will be asked the same question again for returning to campus if ALL schools reopen (under a positive shift in the County’s COVID-19 numbers.


    Please complete and return this survey BEFORE 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 25. It is vital that everyone receiving this email complete this survey.


    Thank you.


    Estimada comunidad de las escuelas de Simi Valley:


    En preparación para potencialmente tener algunas o todas las escuelas abiertas para el próximo mes, les estamos pidiendo a los padres de familia o tutores legales que por favor llenen un cuestionario en ESTE ENLACE. También hemos incluido AQUÍ un documento con información extensa sobre las medidas que seguiremos para proteger la seguridad y la salud de todos en nuestras escuelas e instalaciones.


    En este momento existen dos posibilidades para la reapertura de las escuelas. La primera sería si el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Simi Valley aplica para y le otorgan un “waiver” (extensión) de parte del Condado de Ventura. Las pautas del waiver en este momento, SOLAMENTE aplican para que los grados en la primaria (JK/TK  al 5º. grado, y el 6º. grado en una escuela primaria) sean permitidos a regresar a las escuelas en persona. El waiver fue creado por el estado de California para permitir que las escuelas primarias vuelvan a abrir aun cuando el condado todavía permanece la lista “de seguimiento” del estado. Nuestra Junta Directiva de Educación discutirá el asunto para aplicar para un waiver en una reunión especial el día 29 de septiembre.


    La otra opción para regresar a instrucción en persona sería si los números de Covid-19 del Condado de Ventura hacen que pasemos al siguiente nivel (rojo). Los números del condado están cerca en este momento de llenar el requisito, así que es muy posible que nos sea permitido volver a abrir las escuelas en el nivel rojo, aún antes de recibir aprobación del waiver. El beneficio con esto es que TODOS los grados pueden regresar a tener instrucción en persona, no sólo la primaria.


    Este cuestionario necesita ser sometido por CADA niño/a en su familia que asiste a las escuelas del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Simi Valley.


    Si usted opta que su hijo/a permanezca en el modelo virtual, usted se está comprometiendo a permanecer en ese modelo hasta fines del ciclo escolar 2020-2021. La razón es debido a que los grupos para las clases serán creados cuidadosamente para llenar los requisitos de las necesidades de personal y el espacio, y así poder acomodar los dos modelos de aprendizaje.


    Solamente para las familias en la primaria: El cuestionario le preguntará sobre regresar a la escuela para instrucción en persona con el waiver del Condado de Ventura y luego se le hará la misma pregunta de nuevo para regresar a la escuela si TODAS las escuelas abren (bajo un cambio positivo en los números de Covid-19 en el condado).


    Por favor llene y someta el cuestionario ANTES de las 8 a.m. del día viernes 25 de septiembre. Es importante que todos los que reciban este mensaje llenen el cuestionario.




    Dear Simi Valley Schools Community:


    Today marks one month since we returned to school for the 2020-2021 school year. I want to personally thank all of our families, students, and staff for their patience while we continue to navigate many issues along the road of Virtual Instruction. While we always knew that this educational mode would not be ideal for most of our families, I am relieved to see that, thanks to the creativity, professionalism, and commitment of our teachers and support staff, the majority of our students are learning.


    There has been a lot of talk in our community about returning to schools, obtaining county waivers, and the state’s tier system for determining when our county may allow the reopening of schools, businesses, and other organizations. I would like to update our community specifically on what we face for a partial or full reopening of our Simi Valley Unified School District schools.


    Currently we are looking at two possibilities to reopen in some format. The first would be if we apply for and are granted a waiver from the County of Ventura. Under the current waiver guidelines, ONLY elementary grades (JK/TK through 5thgrades and the 6th graders at elementary schools) would be allowed to return. Our Board of Education will discuss the issue of applying for a waiver at the September 29 Special Board meeting, and in anticipation of this meeting, we will issue a short survey to our families to determine how many students would return for in-person instruction to our schools, should we pursue and be approved for a waiver. 


    The other option for returning to in-person instruction comes from our county’s COVID numbers improving enough to take us to the next tier (red tier), which would allow us to reopen in about four weeks from the point that we first reach the red tier. Our county’s numbers are very close right now to meeting that benchmark, so it is entirely possible that we could be allowed to reopen under the red tier even before we obtain a waiver. The benefit to this is that ALL grades can return to in-person instruction, not just elementary. 


    If we reopen in this manner (improved numbers) we assume that we will also be allowed to reopen Justin Early Learners Academy (JELA) and the Simi Institute for Careers & Education (SICE) for in-person instruction. We will confirm this if and when we near the opening.


    Because of the likelihood of success with either of these possibilities, we should all start planning for the return of students to our campuses.


    With either scenario, please make note of a couple of important points for the JK/TK to 12th grade families. The first point is that we know that we will have families who cannot or will not return to in-person instruction at this time. For those families, we will continue to offer Virtual Instruction, as we promised. The second point is that regardless of how we return to school, because of social distancing guidelines, we will have to return to in-person instruction in the Hybrid Model, where students are on campus for a partial day and will continue to have some work to complete online at home


    I expect that there will be a wide range of opinions on the issue of reopening. Please know that when schools open, the Simi Valley Unified School District will do all it can do to have safe environments for our students and staff. Of course, there are limitations to what we can do, but our Hybrid Model and our safety protocols have been approved by the County of Ventura for use when the time comes to open for in-person instruction.


    FOR OUR ELEMENTARY PARENTS: Over the last year, we have brought in three elementary counselors to serve your children’s needs. Based out of the District Office, each counselor is assigned to a group of elementary schools. Our counselors are Mrs. Kelli Sparks, Ms. Laura Doyan, and Ms. Caitlyn McKee. They have created a wonderful short introductory video about what they offer for our families. The link to that video is HERE. They also have a website with contact information. That link is HERE. These current times present heightened concerns about our students' emotional needs. Please know that all of our counselors are here to provide help and resources to you, our families. (Information and contacts about our secondary counselors can be found on each school's website.)


    The past six months have been incredibly challenging for all of us and I am grateful for our community’s tolerance and patience during this time. We will of course update you to any changes as we move through these next couple of weeks. Thank you again for entrusting us with your children. It is an honor that we take very seriously. 


    Dr. Jason Peplinski
    District Superintendent


    Estimada Comunidad Escolar de Simi Valley:


    Hoy marcamos un mes desde el regreso a clases para el ciclo escolar 2020-2021. Quiero agradecer personalmente a todos nuestros estudiantes familias y personal por su paciencia mientras continuamos navegando a través de los problemas en el camino de la instrucción virtual. Mientras que sabíamos que este modelo educativo no sería el ideal para la mayoría de nuestras familias, siento un gran alivio al ver que, gracias a la creatividad, profesionalismo y compromiso de nuestros maestros y personal de apoyo, la mayoría de los estudiantes están aprendiendo.


    Se ha platicado mucho en nuestra comunidad sobre el regreso a las escuelas, obtener una exención del condado, y sobre el sistema estatal de niveles para determinar si nuestro condado puede permitir la reapertura de escuelas, negocios y otras organizaciones. Quisiera darles una actualización específicamente sobre a qué nos encaramos para la reapertura parcial o completa de nuestras escuelas en el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Simi Valley.


    Actualmente estamos considerando dos posibilidades de reapertura de ciertas maneras. La primera sería si aplicamos al condado de Ventura y nos otorgan una exención. Bajo los lineamientos vigentes, SOLAMENTE se permitiría el retorno de las primarias (JK/TK a 5° grado y los estudiantes de 6° grado de las escuelas primarias). En la reunión extraordinaria del 29 de septiembre, nuestra Junta Directiva de Educación discutirá el tema de someter la aplicación de la exención, y en anticipación de esta reunión, enviaremos una breve encuesta para determinar cuántos estudiantes regresarían a nuestras escuelas para instrucción en persona, si es que solicitamos y si es que se nos aprueba esa exención.  


    La otra opción para regresar a instrucción en persona proviene en que las cifras de covid de nuestro condado mejoren lo suficiente para ponernos en el siguiente nivel (nivel rojo), que nos permitiría reabrir a las cuatro semanas del momento en que alcancemos nivel rojo. Las cifras de nuestro condado están muy cerca de alcanzar está marca, por lo que es completamente posible que se nos permitiría la reapertura dentro del nivel rojo, inclusive antes de obtener la exención. El beneficio de esto sería que TODOS los grados regresarían a la instrucción en persona, no solamente las primarias.


    Debido a la probabilidad de poder lograr cualquiera de estas posibilidades, todos deberíamos empezar a planear el regreso de los estudiantes a nuestros planteles. 


    Bajo cualquier escenario, por favor tomen nota de un par de puntos importantes. El primer punto es que debemos reconocer que tendremos familias que no podrán o no querrán regresar en estos momentos a la instrucción en persona. Para esas familias, continuaremos ofreciendo instrucción virtual, como ya lo habíamos prometido. El segundo punto es que a sin importar cómo regresemos a las escuelas, debido a los lineamientos de distanciamiento social, regresaremos a la instrucción en persona dentro del modelo híbrido, en dónde los estudiantes están en el plantel durante parte del día y continuarán teniendo algo de trabajo que completar en línea en sus casas. 


    Yo tengo la expectativa que habrá un amplio rango de opiniones sobre el tema de reapertura. Por favor sepan que, cuando se abran las escuelas, el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Simi Valley hará todo lo que pueda para tener entornos seguros para nuestros estudiantes y empleados. Por supuesto, existen limitantes a lo que podemos hacer, pero nuestro modelo híbrido y nuestros protocolos han sido aprobados por el condado de Ventura para ser usados cuando llegue el momento de abrir para instrucción en persona.


    PARA NUESTROS PADRES DE LAS ESCUELAS PRIMARIAS: A lo largo de este año pasado, hemos contratado a tres consejeras estudiantiles para primarias para ayudar con las necesidades de nuestros estudiantes. Trabajando desde las oficinas del Distrito, cada una de las consejeras tiene asignado un grupo de escuelas primarias. Nuestras consejeras estudiantiles son las Sra. Kelli Sparks, Srita. Laura Doyan, y Srita.  Caitlyn McKee. Ellas crearon un maravilloso video de introducción breve sobre lo que les ofrecen a nuestras familias. El enlace a este video se encuentra AQUÍ. Estos momentos actuales en los que vivimos presentan preocupaciones exacerbadas sobre las necesidades emocionales de nuestros estudiantes. Por favor sepan que nuestras consejeras se encuentran aquí para proporcionarles ayuda y recursos a ustedes nuestras familias. (La información y contactos de nuestros consejeros estudiantiles de secundaria y preparatoria se encuentra en los sitios web de cada escuela).


    Los últimos seis meses han sido increíblemente desafiantes para todos nosotros y estoy agradecido por la tolerancia y paciencia de nuestra comunidad durante estos momentos. Por supuesto que les avisaremos de cualquier cambio al paso de estas siguientes semanas. Gracias por confiarnos a sus hijos. Es un honor que tomamos seriamente.


    Dr. Jason Peplinski
    Superintendente del Distrito

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    Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! As we start our year in Virtual Learning, please know that we have gathered resources and information into the website section called "Virtual Instruction" (link below). Here you will find information about programs, updates from our Superintendent and administrators, social-emotional resources, and more. Please check back often as this section will be revised continually. This section can also be found on all of our schools' websites. Thank you and welcome back to Simi Valley Schools!

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    Welcome to Simi Valley Schools

    At Simi Valley Schools, we value every family passing through our schools and programs. It's so important to us that we've made it Our Promise to our community, that we will inspire each and every student to succeed in school, career and life.

    Our 28 school sites offer opportunities for every child, starting with preschool at Justin Early Learners Academy and then into one of our 18 elementary schools, three middle and four high schools. Adults seeking continuing education options will find exciting courses and certificate programs at our Simi Institute for Careers & Education. We even have a thriving homeschool/independent study program available through Monte Vista School for Kindergarten through 12th grade.

    The Simi Valley Unified School District is Ventura County's second largest school district (as of the 2018-2019 school year), and it serves the city of Simi Valley and the unincorporated Ventura County areas adjacent to the city's borders. Our size gives us the incredible advantage to offer many diverse programs and courses to meet the needs and interests of every student coming to us. Each school is distinctive and while all of our K-12 schools follow state mandated curriculum guidelines, each also offers more, through its specialized courses, programs and/or extra-curricular activities.

    Our website contains pages and links filled with school and program information, as do the websites for each school within our District. All of our friendly, knowledgeable staff are available to answer questions and give tours of their schools for interested families. You just have to call the school you're interested in and ask. 

    We hope we've inspired you to look more closely at Simi Valley Schools, if you're researching opportunities for your family. If you're already with us, thank you for being an important part of our family.



    The Simi Valley Unified School District offers the families of Simi Valley and the surrounding area a vibrant portfolio of educational choices built on a common sense of community, and the common purpose of inspiring each and every student to succeed in school, career and life.

    We believe that the best student outcomes are achieved when we provide:

    • Rigorous academic programs, relevant to a diverse and changing world;
    • High expectations that respect the differences in our students;
    • Exceptional instruction in an innovative learning environment;
    • Opportunities for our students to build confidence and strong character;
    • Participation of everyone in our students’ success.

    We are driven, proud and passionate about the personal and intellectual success of each and every student.

    No matter where the future takes you, the road to success runs through Simi Valley.

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    Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!
    Dear Simi Valley Schools Community: Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! We hope that this message finds you and your family healthy.Monday, August 17, is the first day of school for Simi Valley Schools. We know that this year is not starting the way that any of us predicted. The chaos caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives, especially education. As we start this year in Virtual Learning, we want to reassure our families that school is open, and education is happening. The delivery of instruction and range of options may look different, but our mission remains the same: to provide the best educational experiences and opportunities for all of our students.Our educators have been learning hard. Teachers have received training on how to best instruct their students using remote technologies. We have consistent policies and tools in place, as was promised to our families over the summer. We have support in place for any ongoing needs our teachers and school staffs might have. Attendance will be taken each day and class assignments will count. We are ready and excited to have your children back with us, and even if the logistics are not ideal, I know that we will provide an engaging, fun and instructive learning experience for them.At some point, we will be allowed to return to our campuses, and when that green light is given to us, we will return to our schools in person. At that time, we will offer a blended-learning model for those families who wish to have in-person instruction, and we will continue to offer virtual instruction for those families more comfortable at home. This is the main reason we have been careful with how we have scheduled our students into their classes, because we need the transition back to in-person instruction to be as seamless as possible for them. Each school has kept to its regular start times and bell schedules as much as possible. We thank you for your support as we continue to work through last-minute scheduling changes, and ask that you check your child’s schedule in Aeries on Sunday to make sure you know when and what class they will start with on Monday.I am extremely proud of our Simi Valley Schools staff, now more than ever. From our employees in our District Office to our employees at our school sites, I have watched all of them adapt to the current conditions and new requirements for performing their jobs with grace and the same attention to detail as I see during normal times. They have worked countless hours—and still are—to make sure that all of the many details involved with starting a new school year in a new manner are handled. There will be hiccups along the way; we are doing things that have not been done before on this scale, and we will most assuredly have problems that need to be solved. But after watching the commitment and expertise around me, I know that we will pull it all together and successfully teach our students from here on. Please continue to grant us the gift of your patience as we start this new year.Whether we are in-person or virtual, we want our students and their families to celebrate their first day of school. After all, our traditions are more important than ever in these non-traditional days. For those who are willing, we ask that any pictures of your children that you post to your social media of choice (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), that you include the hashtag #SimiSchoolsFirstDay2020 on your posts. That way we can all enjoy our community’s first day of school through your photos.Thank you for trusting us with your children. We are proud to serve our families. And remember that at Simi Valley Schools, our students go from here to anywhere, even virtually!Dr. Jason PeplinskiSuperintendentSimi Valley Unified School District
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