Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 6/9/2020 - 7:00 PM
Category: INFORMATION / DISCUSSION ITEMS
Type: Info
Subject: 9.5 LVJUSD Responds and Rises to the Challenges of COVID-19
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Quick Summary / Abstract: Our Superintendent will present a summary to the Board of Education highlighting our district’s response to the challenges of school dismissal, while adhering to the shelter-in-place directive from the Alameda County Health Department, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Background: Prior to school dismissal, the LVJUSD was actively aware, and strictly following Alameda County and Center for Disease Control (CDC) health guidelines and protocols in response to COVID-19. LVJUSD leadership focused on education, awareness, campus sanitation, and personal hygiene practices, while monitoring and working proactively to prevent the spread of the virus among our school community. LVJUSD leadership communicated to all staff and families on a regular basis.

On March 1, 2020, the Alameda County Public Health Department declared a State of Emergency due to the outbreak and spread of the COVID-19 virus, and COVID-19 cases continued to increase in Alameda County. On March 4, 2020, the Governor of California declared a State of Emergency due to the outbreak and spread of the COVID-19 virus and COVID-19 cases continued to increase in California. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 virus a world-wide pandemic and cases continued to increase globally. On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a State of Emergency due to the outbreak and spread of the COVID-19 virus with COVID-19 cases continuing to increase in the United States.

Subsequently, on March 13, 2020, in an Emergency Board Meeting, our Board of Education voted unanimously to dismiss students and temporarily suspend in-classroom instructional operations through April 3rd, followed by Spring Break, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Adopted Resolution No. 049-19/20, to that effect.

A second Emergency Board Meeting was held on April 3rd. Our Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt Resolution No. 052-19/20, thereby extending the school dismissal period through the end of the academic year. In addition, our Board of Education voted unanimously, to authorize the transfer of surplus Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the City of Livermore. A third resolution was adopted on April 3rd, in which our Board voted unanimously, Designating Public Works Projects as Essential Government Function and Delegating Authority to Designate Further Public Works Projects as essential government function.
Status Throughout the school dismissal period and in keeping with the Shelter-in-Place edict by Alameda County Health Department, our district has focused on and remained committed to continuing its essential functions: teaching and learning and providing food for youth and families in our community. Our Board, leadership team and staff at all sites have focused on providing resources to support physical and emotional health and safety, delivering instruction via Distance Learning, connecting with students and families, and ensuring equitable access to technology tools for all students. Four food distribution sites have been in operation throughout, ensuring all children have access to food.

The LVJUSD Board of Education and leadership also transferred vital personal protective equipment (PPE), to our city's first responders and medical agencies. We forged new partnerships and strengthened existing ones, with multiple community businesses and organizations in order to increase our support for our students and families during school dismissal. Thanks to community partners, we provided Kinsa thermometers, art supply kits, grocery gift cards, Girl Scout Cookies, See's Candies, and decorative Grab and Go lunch bags to our youth and their families. Many additional community partners came forward to ensure that our Class of 2020 graduates felt valued and celebrated, including the Vine Cinema, the Golden State Warriors, the Oakland A's, the Safe & Sober Grad Night Committees, the Independent Newspaper, Pastor John Bost, Jodi Amos Productions, and so many more.

The LVJUSD recognizes the importance of the strength in numbers and the value of our partnerships. We are fortunate that our entire community has rallied in support of our students during this global pandemic.

As we look ahead, with COVID-19 still a factor and health threat, the LVJUSD is closely monitoring all public health advisories and our community health status, while actively developing a Roadmap to Reopening our schools, in anticipation of welcoming our students back for the first day of school, on August 25th.
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Superintendent's Recommendation: The report is informational only and requires no action be taken by the Board of Education.
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Recommended By:
Signed By:
Cathy McConnell - Board Secretary
Signed By:
Kelly Bowers, Ed.D. - Superintendent