MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT APRIL 1, 2020
This message is from Dave Olney, Superintendent of the Hesperia Unified School District. Yesterday, after my message to you, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond stated that schools should prepare for distance learning for the remainder of the school year. At noon today, Governor Newsom supported that statement, stating that schools should be physically closed. Late this afternoon, our County Superintendent and County Director of Public Health issued a press release recommending that all districts in the county continue with distance learning for the remainder of the year and keep our schools physically closed to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
That said, Hesperia Unified School District, along with the rest of the San Bernardino County school districts, will remain physically closed and provide distance learning for the remainder of the school year. Chromebook distribution for our elementary students will begin tomorrow and distance learning will officially kick-off on Monday, April 6. Student meals will continue to be provided at our three “grab and go” sites, Hesperia High, Sultana, and Cedar Middle for the rest of the school year.
I want to assure you that our school board and I will do everything we can to recognize the accomplishments of our graduating seniors. Please continue to monitor updates on our webpage and social media.
I appreciate your patience in this transition. The Hesperia community will get through this time together.
MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT MARCH 31, 2020
This is from Dave Olney, Superintendent of the Hesperia Unified School District. We hope you and your family are safe and well. We wanted to take a moment to thank you for your patience, understanding, and cooperation as we all work together to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus. Your childrens’ safety is our primary concern and we are doing all that we can to reduce unnecessary exposure to COVID-19.
As a reminder, we have Supplemental Learning Activities available on our Hesperia Unified School District Website for use this week. Starting Monday, April 6, 2020, Distance Learning will begin. You will be receiving information directly from your school site as to the Distance Learning Plan for your student. If you do not hear from someone at your school by Monday, April 6, please call or email your school office to get this information.
For our elementary school students who do not have their Chromebooks at home, each school site will be distributing them on Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3. You should have received or will be receiving your date and time for pick up at your school. Again, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call or email your school office.
Meals for students are still being offered at our three “grab and go” locations: Hesperia High School, Sultana High School, and Cedar Middle School. Please remember that students must be in the vehicle to receive a meal.
There have been many questions about student registration for the 2020-21 school year. We will begin an on-line registration process beginning April 13. You will be receiving more information soon. Kindergarten, transitional kindergarten, and preschool registrations are more involved, but we are working to make this process as smooth as we can and, hopefully, as much of an on-line process as possible to maintain the social distancing recommended at this time. Kindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten and Preschool registration may occur later and we will keep you informed.
In consideration of the guidelines issued by our president and governor, our facilities remain closed to public access. District staff members are available by phone or email during the school closures and we will do everything we can to assist our community remotely. We are taking every precaution in the distribution of meals and Chromebooks, and, if necessary, other resources to help our students with distance learning.
Lastly, I know our seniors and their parents are concerned about end-of-the-year activities. As superintendent, I share your concerns. While we are not certain how long schools will be closed and gatherings will be restricted, we will make every effort to hold or reschedule these important events. I am meeting frequently with our county superintendent and the Department of Public Health to make the determinations of future closures and events, and we continue to update our website with new information and frequently asked questions, so please check www.hesperiausd.org for other details.
Once again, thank you for your support during this very challenging time. I would also like to thank our nutrition service employees who have continued to provide meals, our teachers and administrators who have worked diligently to provide resources and learning activities, and the many amazing members of Hesperia Unified School District who are committed to serving our students and community.
During the initial closure, we have provided supplemental resources that you can use with your children. Distance learning will begin after our spring break. You can read our plan for distance learning here: https://5il.co/e08q
San Bernardino County Public Health Department: http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
What if my child does not have a Chromebook, a textbook, or other materials he or she needs?
All secondary students should already have their Chromebooks. Each site should be contacting you this week to schedule a pickup time on either April 2 or April 3.
I need help with my Chromebook. What do I do?
Visit our Chromebook Support website for direction.
Will Graduation, Prom and/or other extracurricular events still happen?
Like all of you, we want nothing more than to honor our students for their accomplishments. The thought of graduation ceremonies being canceled is heartbreaking, and we will do all we can to make them happen. At this time, we have not canceled or postponed our graduation ceremonies. In the event that the current public health concerns continue, we will explore future dates to recognize our students for their achievements.
Will my child get a refund for any prepaid activities like Prom?
Once schools re-open and we know what events were not able to take place, site ASBs will work to refund those monies to parents and students.
TK-K Registration for next year
We are working out details for the online registration process and will update as soon as we have a plan in place. Our goal is April 13.
How long are we going to be closed?
In coordination with Governor Gavin Newsom, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Office, and other San Bernardino County school districts, the Hesperia Unified School District will keep our schools closed through the end of the school year.
What should I do if I am not receiving notifications from the District?
Please email your contact information to email@example.com. Be sure to include your student's name as well.
What about intra-district transfers?
Open enrollment was set to close on 3/20/20. In light of the COVID-19 situation, we will be postponing the end of open enrollment to 4/20/20. Parents may submit their intra-district transfer applications up to that date, mail them to the school site (with an appropriate postmark date) and/or scan and email it to the site (with an appropriate email send date).
My child is in the middle of an Expulsion, what happens now?
We will begin looking at alternate methods of completing the process (whether via Zoom meetings or some other conference app or phone conference).
What do I do if I think I may have COVID-19?
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I need a student work permit. What do I do?
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