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Scotts Valley Unified School District

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    Update from the Superintendent - January 8th

    Happy New Year, Scotts Valley Community!

    Well, we have been back in session for our first week of 2021 with online instruction, and all has gone reasonably well. I have received some questions about the Governor’s latest proposal as well as the district’s intent to return to hybrid instruction and I want to address those items. 

    First, we are not returning to in-person hybrid instruction in the immediate future. As a reminder, we have agreements with our teachers for full distance instruction, small group in-person support, and in-person hybrid instruction. I announced in December that we would not return to in-person instruction until Santa Cruz County had been in the red tier for three consecutive weeks. We want to ensure that we are fully prepared when we are able to move to in-person hybrid instruction, so we will be transitioning elementary students to the new schedules beginning January 19th. Site administrators will continue to communicate with you about this transition. 

    On December 30, Governor Newsom provided new proposals specific to returning students in grades TK - 2 initially and then grades 3 - 6 depending on the elementary configurations. We are still unpacking the language proposal of the Governor as to what it requires and what it entails. In the meantime, we will continue with our online instruction and return to small group in-person support soon. Until further notice or legislative change, Scotts Valley Unified School District has plans to return to in-person hybrid instruction after three consecutive weeks into the red tier. The Governor’s new proposal considers waivers for the elementary grade levels and Santa Cruz County Superintendents are looking into the specifics of this proposal. Linked here is the Santa Cruz County Superintendent’s letter.

    I know there are a lot of emotions, opinions, and varied feelings about the topic of returning students and staff to a modified in-person instructional model. I am receiving arguments from all sides. We are attempting to provide the options being requested within our resource and facility abilities. Although I understand that not everyone is in agreement with the options we are offering, I believe it is important to do our best to honor the requests of our community and our staff and keep the focus on the various needs of the students.

    We plan to stay consistent with what we announced in December, and we will continue to monitor the status of Santa Cruz County and make changes based on that status.  It is my understanding that in the very near future we will be hearing about the likelihood of an extension to the stay at home order for the Bay Area which includes Santa Cruz County.  

    On a happier note, we are very proud of our SVUSD Chamber of Commerce Award winners this year:  

    Man of The Year, Mr. Michael Hanson, SVHS Principal

    Educator of the Year, Erik Wyner, SVHS Teacher

    Youth of the Year, Anika Mistry, SVHS Senior

    Please stay safe and take care out there,

    Tanya Krause

    SVUSD Superintendent

    Letter from the Santa Cruz County Superintendents - January 7th

    This letter is being sent on behalf of all of the Superintendents in Santa Cruz County:  SC County Superintendents' Letter 1/7/2021

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    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.

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    Happenings

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     FREE MEALS ARE back.  The usda waivers have been extended THROUGH THE 2020/2021 SCHOOL YEAR.  meals are available for pick up at scotts valley high school between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm daily. 

    Families who wish to borrow a chrome book for the 2020-2021 school year may do so by visiting the Brook Knoll front office Mon-Fri between 9a-3p

    Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten Registration For the 2020-2021 School Year is ONGOING.

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

    ***Please Note***

    Due to the school closures related to COVID-19, anyone wishing to register a new student for the 2020-2021 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)

    January 18  -  M.L. King Day 

    January 22 - SPIRIT DAY!  Wear your favorite winter beanie for                              "Beanie Day"

    February 12 &15 - Presidents' Days 

    February 26 - Elementary 2nd Trimester Ends

    March 12 - Professional Development (No School)

    April 5-9 - Spring Break 

    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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    Scotts Valley Unified School District will provide each student with quality educational and social opportunities needed to thrive in a modern world.

    SVUSD CORE VALUES AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES

    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.
    • We value commitment and collaboration from our engaged students, families and the community.
    • We value trust, respect and teamwork from our highly skilled and dedicated team.
    • We are accountable to our public for setting clear expectations and optimizing resources to meet our goals.
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    Spotlight

    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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