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    Santa Cruz County Superintendents Town Hall February 25th

    Dear Scotts Valley Community,


    Please join the School Superintendents of Santa Cruz County for a Town Hall discussion regarding welcoming students back to our classrooms safely:  Thursday, February 25th at 5:00 PM.  The details are on the flyer below and you will need to register using this link:  Register for Town Hall

    Update from Superintendent - February 12th

    Dear Scotts Valley Community,


    I hope you are enjoying our four day holiday weekend!

    We are very excited that we have been able to continue with the educator vaccination program offered through Dignity Health and we are sending in several of our elementary staff working with our youngest learners as well as other support staff.  We will be working over the weekend to maximize the number of slots allocated to us for this weekend. 

    Please read the attached letter from the superintendents in Santa Cruz County.


    Enjoy your Valentine's Day! 

    Tanya Krause


    Update from the Superintendent - February 5th

    Greetings Scotts Valley Community,

    Let me start by expressing our gratitude and appreciation for our amazing school counselors as this is National School Counseling Week!

    I have received a number of inquiries trying to better understand the status of the reopening plans from the State of California, the status of Santa Cruz County, and specifically the status of Scotts Valley Unified School District regarding reopening. As was recently mentioned, the Governor’s latest proposal is fraught with controversy and challenge and the requirements that he set forth are already being suggested for modification. It is my understanding that two new Assembly Bills have been proposed this week that may replace a portion or all of the latest reopening proposal presented by the Governor.

    I know there is a lot of confusing, conflicting, and erroneous information from media sources.

    I will do my best to try and clarify some of the confusion regarding the current parameters around reopening schools.  One of the required criteria in the Governor’s most recent proposed plan, includes having a COVID adjusted case rate in the county under 25 for five consecutive days, and on Tuesday, Santa Cruz County announced that we are currently at an adjusted case rate of 25.  However, that is only one of the required criteria for reopening. As of now, in order to open in the purple tier, districts need to have completed a COVID safety plan (replacing the K-6 waiver process), which includes more frequent testing of staff.  It also includes student testing, which we don’t have the capacity for currently. This safety plan requires approval from Public Health and the State of California, and our District is doing everything within our resource ability to adhere to all of the ever-changing requirements and new proposals to reopen. 

    Superintendents are working very hard with the County Superintendent of Schools to try and get our educators vaccinated, as that is what we are hearing will expedite this process for teachers to feel safe to return to school.  Unfortunately, the Santa Cruz County Director of Public Health has not yet prioritized educators for vaccinations, which would be a great help to open our schools in the purple tier. While there is dialogue about opening in the purple tier, the details required to do so are not as simplistic as reported on the news, and our current agreements with teachers do not allow us to open before we are in the red tier.  

    Currently, our focus is on securing vaccinations for employees.   The priority for the re-opening is primarily at the elementary grades starting with the very youngest students, and we have already begun to vaccinate some of the teachers of our youngest learners.  All sites are focusing on continuing to offer small group support, and the high school is sending out a communication and survey to freshman parents regarding bringing back freshmen in the afternoons for tutorial and social-emotional support later in the month.  If that is successful, we will begin to add other grade-level groups.

    Big news - Happy Valley School District made an announcement last night that effective July 1st, Michelle Stewart will be the next Principal/Superintendent for the Happy Valley School District.  Michelle has worked in SVUSD for over 26 years.  She taught multiple grade levels at Vine Hill School before becoming the Principal, and after serving 5 years as the Principal, she came to the District Office and served initially as the Director of Curriculum and Assessment and over the past few years filled the role of Assistant Superintendent. Michelle will be significantly missed but we are thrilled that she will be our neighbor leader!  

    Please join me in a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Michelle on her well-deserved accomplishment! 

    Site Highlights:


    * The Middle School has just completed their first full week of the new ACP program (Academic Coaching Program). They are excited about helping students create academic and life goals.

    * The SVMS Student Council is sending out ValenKIND grams promoting kindness through positive messages. Students can get more information about how to send a message of kindness to a friend through their grade level Google Classroom page.

    * SVMS students will have an opportunity to spread positive messages to the community through an art project with Mr. Sampson. Students should see their grade level Google Classroom for more information on how to share ICARE character traits with others.

    Elementary Counselors:  

    * General class wide Socio-Emotional Videos from Mr. Ryan and Ms. Keller can be found on the School Website Counseling Pages to supplement the “My Feelings Journals”. More videos will be added as they are created from both SVUSD elementary school counselors.

    * Brook Knoll: Our School Counseling Page   

    * Vine Hill: Ms. Keller's Counseling Corner

    As a reminder, next weekend, February 12 - 15, is a four day weekend for SVUSD as we combined our Presidents’ Day holidays.


    Tanya Krause


    Information on Debris Flow Evacuations

    Please read this important letter from the Santa Cruz County Superintendents.  Superintendent Krause is working with local emergency service agencies for assistance as needed.


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    Meals are available for pickup at Scotts Valley High School for all SVUSD students between 10:00am and 1:00pm daily."

    In An Emergency

    In the event of a crisis situation we may not be able to answer calls or receive visitors on campus.  In these circumstances, information & instructions will be posted on the District's Website

    When we are not able to answer our telephones or are unreachable, additional news may be heard by tuning to KSCO am 1080 or via local television news stations.

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