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Scotts Valley Unified School District

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    Update from the Superintendent - September 10

    Dear SVUSD community,

    As most of you are aware, we have implemented voluntary on-site PCR testing for students and staff at all of our sites this past week. We knew there would be some initial challenges, but overall it has run reasonably well. We will continue testing next week, and each of your sites should be communicating with you about those specific testing windows.

    Additionally, all districts are working on setting up dashboard data based on the information we are receiving through this new testing process since we have not been able to obtain that information from county public health.

    For those who attended the Town Hall webinar sponsored by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education last night regarding COVID-19 and schools, I’m hoping you were able to get some of your questions answered. The session was recorded. 

    Additionally, more student vaccination clinics are happening this Sunday:  Registration and Locations for September 12th Clinics

    While we acknowledge there are a lot of strong and varying opinions regarding voluntary on-site COVID testing, please know our intention is to do our best to keep kids in school, provide the safest environment possible for students and staff, and prevent school exposures to the best of our ability.

    Here is today’s letter from the County Superintendents:  

    September 10 Letter - English

    September 10 Letter - Spanish

    Thank you for your participation and partnership in this process.

    Sincerely,

    Tanya Krause

     

    Letter from the Santa Cruz County Superintendents - September 1st

    Dear SVUSD Community,

    Our educational community has suffered a very sad loss.  

    The Santa Cruz County Superintendents gathered together in unity to send this communication in support, and in response, to this tragic event.  We are collectively assisting Aptos High School and want to remind everyone how important it is to check in with kids about these serious kinds of events.  

    Our collective letter is attached.

    Most sincerely,

    Tanya Krause
    Superintendent

    Update from the Superintendent - August 27th

    Hello Scotts Valley Community,

    We’re a little over two weeks into this new school year and while we are excited to see students back on campus, our site teams have spent a significant amount of time focusing on being trained to administer site-based COVID testing, being trained on the multiple required communications and data entry for CDPH, and unfortunately, not able to spend as much time focusing on how we normally kick off the school year.

    In the past two weeks, there have been many changes starting on the first day of school with the Public Health Order, and CDPH continuing to make alterations and changes to processes and procedures with requirements for schools. I have asked the site administrators to be in more direct communication with their school communities as situations differ from site to site.

    Please know that it is our intent to be communicative, but we have been focusing on addressing the new regulations, doing our very best to keep students and staff safe, and adhering to the new requirements.  Please read the letter from the County Superintendents.

    We are pleased to see students participating in school, athletics, drama, and outdoor activities.

    All school sites will be holding their back-to-school nights in the near future and you will be hearing more from them about the specific details.

    The staff has been working hard to learn and transition to the new student information system and we continue to work out the kinks. This year our district is focusing on common assessments to support teaching and intervention. Teachers across the district are currently working to assess students and determine how to best support them in content areas. Middle and High School teachers are using various assessment tools to monitor student progress on standards. Elementary teachers are assessing students’ reading, writing, and math, to determine how best to shore up areas of need and support students’ academic growth. Additionally, our elementary teachers recently participated in a refresher on literacy assessments.

    Thank you for your ongoing support, flexibility, and patience as we continue to experience new ways of doing things.

    Sincerely,

    Tanya Krause, Superintendent

     

    Resources

    Safety/Behavior Concerns

    We're here to help so let us know about cases of bullying, academic dishonesty, mental health issues, or other concerns you may have about the safety and/or well-being of our students.  If you see something, say something.

    Student Safety/Behavior Reporting Form

    Facility Use Forms

    Instructions, Rules, Fee Schedules and Forms to use any of the school site facilities can be found on the SVUSD website.

    Facility Use Forms

    NSCC SELPA 

     

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    Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten Registration For the 2021-2022 school year opens February 1, 2021.

    Please visit the New Student Registration link to the left to learn more about registering your student.

    ***Please Note***

    Anyone wishing to register a new student for the 2021-2022 school year (in any grade level), must first visit the New Student Registration link and then contact our registrar at JKannegaard@scottsvalleyusd.org for additional information and instructions.

    Upcoming School Dates

    (mark your calendars)

    September 15 & 16 - School Picture Day 

    October 15 - Professional Development (Non-Student Day)

    October 23 - Brook Knoll Fall Festival (BKEC)

    November 11 - Veterans Day Observed (School Closed)

    November 8, 9, 10 & 12 - Elementary Conferences (Minimum Days)

    November 22-26 - Thanksgiving Break (School Closed)

    December 20-31 - Winter Break (School Closed)

    January 17 - M.L. King Day Observed (School Closed)

    February 18 & 21 - Presidents' Days Observed (School Closed)

    March 12 - Brook Knoll Auction

    March 18 - Professional Development (Non-Student Day)

    April 4-8 - Spring Break (School Closed)

    May 4 - Brook Knoll Open House

    May 26 - Last Student Day (Minimum Day)

    Elementary Safety and Site Protocol can be viewed here.

    BKE Student & Staff Tech Support

    Visit the district’s Help Desk page for resources and weekly drop-in support hours.  In addition, our District’s SVUSD Website has a live online Chat with an SVUSD Tech

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    Our students will be socially responsible, pursuing their full potential in intellectual, social, and physical development, and be engaged, ethical and effective citizens. 

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    Our role is to develop academically capable, culturally attuned and socially responsible students.

    • There is strength and value in diversity of thought and experience.
    • District decisions, at all levels, should be thoughtful, equitable and transparent.
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    Brook Knoll School

    About Us

    Brook Knoll Elementary School, a California Distinguished School and Gold Ribbon Award winner, was constructed and opened its doors in 1964 as part of the Scotts Valley Unified School District.  The school is located in a quiet, family-oriented community located approximately 30 miles southwest of San Jose near the coastal resort of the Santa Cruz Mountains, where its inhabitants enjoy a mild climate and a safe, tight-knit community.  Our Pre-K through 5th grade student enrollment numbers approximately 550.

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