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Scotts Valley Unified School District

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    Update from the Superintendent - May 22nd

     

    TGIF and happy holiday weekend Scotts Valley Community,

    We are beginning to close out this school year, and you should be hearing from teachers and site administration regarding the end of the year procedures. This next week, we will be closing out final student assignments, and the following week we will be wrapping things up.  We have finalized planning for our fifth and eighth-grade promotion celebration events. The June 4th high school graduation has been postponed in hopes of lifting the current restrictions, and we are waiting and hoping for changes to the social distancing restrictions in order to provide some form of high school graduation. 

    This past week, we’ve spent the majority of our time looking at the options and possibilities for opening schools in the fall. It is so difficult to do so since we have to work with three options:  low, medium, and high restriction options.  With each of these options, there are a variety of considerations that we need to address for students, staff, and social distancing requirements which include preventative measures. In addition, we have been reviewing the state budget implications, as districts have been asked to cut approximately 10% out of our budget, while also adhering to the new and potentially costly CDC guidelines that have recently been published.

    We are trying to put together multiple, large complex puzzles with various pieces, and currently, many pieces are missing. To help fill in some of those pieces, you will be receiving a parent survey in the next week.  Please respond and give us your feedback.  Your opinion matters to us, and it is important that we are considering all of the needs of our community. The survey that we are sending to parents will help guide us with what worked well, as well as what areas we could improve upon when looking at our options for the fall of 2020. We will also be communicating and asking for input over the summer when we have clearer parameters of what our approved options look like.  Please keep in mind that we are looking at our needs at all respective grade levels, and especially for the little ones who are just starting school. If, in fact,  we are required to continue with remote learning in the fall, our focus will be to regularly provide new content and instruction, as if we were in a classroom setting.  

    Please know that we continue to spend countless hours trying to figure out options, and every time we do, the parameters change. I expect this will continue on through the summer, which means that we have to have multiple plans in place in anticipation of all of the potential changes that may come to us. Meanwhile, we are being asked to cut 10% out of our overall budget, which in our district, could be up to $2 million if the Federal Government does not provide additional assistance to the State of California. The ramifications of these potential cuts are painful and create added challenges to the year ahead.

    As you know, our budget forecast is gloomy, and planning is a challenge as we are faced with new and potentially costly restrictions.  Please know that Santa Cruz County Superintendents are advocating for educational needs with our local legislators.  This morning, we met with Congressman Jimmy Panetta, and we are meeting with Assemblymember Mark Stone next week as well as Senator Monning’s office.  We are reaching out to John Laird, and I am also reaching out to Congresswoman Anna Eshoo for their support.

    Even with all of the unknowns and changing landscape, we have a creative and supportive community here in Scotts Valley, and we are going to figure out how to support our students in this transition, as they are always our primary focus.

    As we receive additional information regarding concrete budgetary data, as well as public health directives and parameters, we will be providing those updates to you.

    Our mission has been and always will be to provide the highest quality educational program to all students, no matter what it takes.  Your students' safety and wellbeing, as well as their education, matters deeply to all of us.

    Again, thank you for all of the positive and supportive parent emails that I have received, regarding the great work that has been done to make this quick shift to online learning to finish out the school year. Things will look different in the fall, and although I can’t tell you what it looks like just yet, rest assured, we will have plans in place and your children will continue to receive a quality education.

    Enjoy your holiday weekend.

    Most Sincerely,

    Tanya Krause

    Resources

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    New Student and Parent Info

    NEW BK Student Registration

    If you are new to the area and have a student to register at Brook Knoll, please read below and come to our campus with all the proper documents.  Please call with any questions and we'll be happy to help you.

    You must bring four documents in order to register:

    1) Original-Certified Birth Certificate or Passport

    2) Current Immunization Record

    3) Two forms of Address Verification (one must be utility bill and one other bill/statement that is delivered to your address)

    Please visit our Kinder/TK/New Student Registration page for more information.

    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

    Happenings

    Updated Brook Knoll Office Hours

    Monday - Friday 9:30a-1:30p

    If you need help outside of these hours, please call or email for an appointment: (831) 423-2454 or LSeldon@scottsvalleyusd.org 

    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

    Kindergarten Registration is ComingTransitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten Registration For the 2020-2021 School Year is NOW OPEN.

    Please visit the New Student Registration link to the left to learn more about registering your student, the upcoming Parent Information Night for currently registered families, and our scheduled tour dates for prospective parents.

    ***UPDATED***

    Due to the recent school closures related to COVID-19, anyone wishing to register a new student for the 2020-2021 school year, must first contact our registrar at JKannegaard@scottsvalleyusd.org.  Further information and instructions will be provided by Mrs. Kannegaard.

    Upcoming School Dates

    (mark your calendars)

    April 13th - June 4th - DISTANCE LEARNING

    May 4th - 15th - Read-a-Thon Fundraiser for the PTO

    May 25th - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

    June 4th - Last Day of School

    Scotts Valley Unified School District

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    VISION

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

    MISSION

    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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    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

    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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