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Update from the Superintendent - January 7th
Posted 1/7/22

Dear Scotts Valley Community,

We hope you had an enjoyable and safe winter break.  We have certainly started off this new year with significant challenges due to the current COVID situation.  I first want to start off by acknowledging your frustration about the current impacts related to COVID.   We too are frustrated with the situation.  Like many others, we are woefully short staffed and in addition, some of our staff members also have contracted COVID and we don’t have adequate coverage for those positions.

Recently, many students tested positive. As you know, members of our district team handed out free home-based antigen test kits for students and staff on Sunday which prevented a number of students coming to school on Monday and adding to the exposure. There has been some confusion around the time period for quarantine if exposed because the CDC and the CDPH have had different guidance. California public schools follow the CDPH guidance.

Attached, is a letter from county superintendents addressing some of the questions that we are all receiving including recent updated information in hopes of providing more clarification. 

Some of you have inquired why we can’t go to distance instruction. The state of California discontinued allowing distance instruction effective July 1, 2021. We do not currently have that legal option to provide for students. Independent Study is still an allowable option if the program is available, or modified quarantine study utilizing Google Classroom is also still an acceptable option. Again, we know that there is a lot of frustration, confusion, and anger about this ongoing situation and we share those sentiments. Our staff are doing their very best with limited support to be able to keep our schools open. Unfortunately, we feel like we’re on our own here in Santa Cruz County without much support from local public health nor the state of California to be able to have other options for providing instruction for our students right now. 

I am receiving inquiries regarding the district's COVID dashboard.  The dashboard results are from the Inspire Diagnostics results, as well as from self reported results.  There are so many alternative means to obtain test results, and not all results are reported to the district.  We acknowledge that the information posted is only as accurate as what is being reported to us.  The positivity rate is most likely higher, but the dashboard results will always be understated if test results outside of Inspire are not forwarded to us.

We are hopeful that this surge will pass through quickly and then we can come out of it in February in better shape.

Please take care and try to stay healthy,

Tanya Krause, Superintendent