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    MAY 22, 2020: IMPORTANT PARENT UPDATE

    Dear Simi Valley Schools Community:

     

    As we enter our last two weeks of school, I hope all of you are all doing well and staying healthy.

     

    There is a lot to share with you, so I ask that you please read this message to the end. The most important thing is that we have created a Parent Survey to help direct us with future learning options should we continue to face guidelines from the Covid-19 outbreak.

     

    Please go to the link below to take this short survey. We are asking that if you have more than one child in our schools, that you retake the survey for each child, as your experiences will vary among teachers and grade levels.

     

    MAY 2020 PARENT SURVEY-ENGLISH

     

    MAY 2020 PARENT SURVEY-SPANISH

     

    The deadline for submitting this survey is Friday, May 29. It should take no more than a few minutes to finish, but the information you provide is vitally important for guiding us in next year’s instruction.

     

    Usually I am reluctant to ask for opinions when I can’t be sure if we can deliver on your responses, but in order to start planning for next fall, we need your input, even if the eventual guidelines we receive dictate that we can’t move in the directions we see now.

     

    Which brings me to some additional updates. I want to clarify what we currently know about what school will look like next fall and about our budget. There is a lot of misinformation circulating that needs to be corrected.

     

    NEXT FALL

     

    Right now, we have no information from the California Department of Education or Ventura County Public Health on what guidelines we will have to follow, assuming we’re allowed to reopen our campuses. We receive our direction from these agencies and then work with our neighboring Ventura County school districts to develop plans that are as consistent as possible. As we sit in this wait-and-see position, we know that our neighboring districts are in the same place.

     

    We are preparing for several different scenarios for the coming year, which include a normal return to school, a hybrid model (Distance Learning and in-person combined), and a Distance Learning model. (This is why the survey information we are requesting from you is so important. Please complete it as soon as possible.) If we have to remain with Distance Learning, please know that it will be conducted with a lot more structure and consistency, and that we will work closely with our teachers to make sure they are comfortable and supported with these new modes of instruction.

     

    Until we receive our guidelines from the county and state agencies, we do not know which direction we are pursuing. Because we know that every other district is in the same position, please understand that any information you might have heard about other districts having a set plan for next year is simply not true.

     

    As we have concrete information to share with our community, we will share it. As always, make sure that your email addresses are current in your child’s Aeries account and also know that you can check on our Facebook page and on the District’s website, www.simivalleyusd.org, for the most current information available.

     

    BUDGET:

     

    Most of you are aware that the State of California predicts large budget shortfalls in the coming years which could have a huge impact on public education. I want everyone to know that our District has done amazing work over the last few years to put ourselves in a very good fiscal position. Although these cuts will ultimately be devastating for school districts across the State, we are in a better position than most. While we may have to look at cuts in the future, based on what we’ve been told recently, we are not in crisis mode right now.

     

    The State is working on many scenarios to help fill the expected funding gaps, but please know that like the start of next school year, we do not have any real guidance yet on how to work our budget. We don’t expect to receive guidance until after the start of the next school year because the State’s tax revenue collection was extended until July. We also can’t submit the normally required three-year budget plan because we have no guidelines for the next few years. Again, we are not in crisis mode right now. We are preparing for the possibility that this could change with the information coming in the fall. We are looking into the future and will continue to be extremely conservative with our funding, but any reports of cuts, layoffs or other radical measures at the SVUSD are not true as of now.

     

    As I keep saying, I could not be prouder of our community. We know that this has not been perfect for every family, but I know that we have done our best given the extreme circumstances. Our staff, students and families have consistently remained patient and flexible throughout this ordeal. As we come to the end of the school year, even with stay-at-home orders still in place, I still feel as united as possible with you all. Thank you for all that you are doing.

     

    Dr. Jason Peplinski

    Superintendent

    Simi Valley Unified School District

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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.

    OUR PROMISE

     

    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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