03.19.20

The March 23, 2020, regular board meeting is being held as a telephone conference meeting

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

MARCH 23, 2020, REGULAR BOARD MEETING

6:00 p.m. – Via Teleconference

The March 23, 2020, regular board meeting is being held as a telephone conference meeting, pursuant to Executive Orders N-25-20 and N-29-20, issued by CA Governor Gavin Newsom.  All board members and members of the public will be participating in the meeting via teleconference.

To view the Board Meeting Agenda, please click here:  http://schoolboard.sweetwaterschools.org/agendas-and-minutes/

Beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23, the public can view the meeting online at https://www.youtube.com/user/suhsdk12.  Members of the public can participate and request to address the board by completing the PDF form below and submitting it to Deanne Vicedo, Clerk of the Board, deanne.vicedo@sweetwaterschools.org.

Please call Deanne Vicedo at 619/585-4405 with any questions.

Request for Communication – Teleconference Meeting – March 23 2020 – Click here to access PDF form

03.05.20

Coronavirus Answers to Common Questions

En Español

March 05, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus Answers to Common Questions

Dear Sweetwater Union High School District Community:

The District, in partnership with San Diego County Health and Human Services and other state and regional agencies, continues to closely monitor the novel coronavirus COVID-19. As of this letter, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Sweetwater Union High School District schools.

We will continue to keep our students, staff, and families informed as we receive guidance from public health officials. In the meantime, please scroll down for answers to some of the most common questions we’ve received from our community in recent days. For the most up-to-date information from health officials, please visit the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency website.

Q: How are student absences being handled?
A: All absences due to illnesses are excused with parent confirmation, per Board Policy.

Q: Are there any plans to alter or cancel travel, field trips, school dances, etc. due to concerns?
A: At this time, there are no recommendations from public health officials for cancellation of public events or field trips. Nevertheless, things are changing on a daily basis so if in doubt, please reach out. We highly recommend reminding all students and families, particularly those attending field trips to continue to practice the same precautions they do during the cold and flu season.

For information on travel plans you or families might be planning for Spring Break, please
consult the US State Department’s website for travel guidelines.

Q: Are additional sanitization procedures taking place at sites and in classrooms?
A: School sites and district offices are already implementing additional sanitation procedures. Lead custodians will work with staff on cleaning procedures, including specific guidelines to daily disinfect high-traffic locations using state-recommended cleaning materials. All soap dispensers will be filled daily.

Q: Are alcohol-based hand sanitizers allowed in SUHSD schools?
A: Yes. For more details from the California Department of Education please click here.

Q: My school bathroom is out of soap. What should I do?
A: Contact your school administration as soon as possible so they can be refilled or fixtures replaced.

Q: What if a student catches the virus?
A: Any time a student is confirmed to have a communicable disease San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency will contact the Sweetwater District for directives and guidance preventing the spread of the specific communicable disease. This not only applies to coronavirus but other health conditions as well (H1N1, tuberculosis, meningitis, etc.)

Q: Who will make a decision to close schools?
A: If an outbreak occurs, and school closures are recommended or ordered, decisions will be made following discussion between the school district and San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. We will also consider guidance from the California Department of Education. SUHSD is unable to know if or when individuals are exposed to any illness, which is why we follow guidelines from expert agencies like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the San Diego County Department of Health and Human Services. Rather than recommending the cancellation of schools and public events, at this time, these agencies are asking people who may have been exposed to the virus to stay home.

Q: What if someone in a staff member’s immediate family is diagnosed? Are all quarantined in that household?
A: If students or staff come in contact with someone confirmed to be an infected person they should stay home and contact their medical provider immediately.

Q: If, in a worst-case scenario, a school gets shut down, what “distance learning” protocols are being considered?
A: The District is currently looking at this option. With most students having access to a district-issued device, online resources are being developed and will likely be available to all students via those online resources. Accommodations will be made available for students who do not have internet access as needed. More details will be communicated as they are available.

Q: Does the District have an emergency response plan specifically for pandemics?
A: In an actual event, SUHSD, in collaboration with local officials, will enact the established Emergency Operations Plan for immediate response to schools and district departments. Specific pandemic response activities will be highly dependent on emerging data and direction provided by health authorities. As with any emergency plan, this Emergency Operations Plan is a living document and will be subject to updates.

To control an epidemic, public health professionals will work closely with a range of specialists, such as epidemiologists (scientists who study the spread of diseases among animal and human populations), medical specialists, virologists, and immunologists. Control of epidemics almost always consists of four types of preventive measures—quarantine, immunization, mass education about prevention, and early and aggressive treatment of ill people.


Asunto: Respuestas para las preguntas frecuentes sobre el coronavirus

Estimados miembros de la comunidad del distrito Sweetwater Union High School District:

El Distrito, en colaboración con los Servicios Humanos y de Salud del Condado de San Diego y otras agencias estatales y regionales, continúa monitoreando de cerca el nuevo coronavirus COVID-19. Hasta el momento de la emisión de la presente, no hay casos confirmados de coronavirus en las escuelas del distrito Sweetwater Union High School District.

Seguiremos manteniendo informados al alumnado, personal de las escuelas y familias a medida que recibamos indicaciones de los funcionarios de salud pública. Mientras tanto, incluimos en la presente respuestas a algunas de las preguntas más frecuentes hechos por los miembros de la comunidad en los últimos días. Para obtener la información más reciente por parte de los funcionarios de salud, favor de visitar la página de Servicios Humanos y de Salud del Condado de San Diego.

P: ¿De qué manera se está resolviendo el asunto de las inasistencias de los alumnos?

R: Toda inasistencia por motivo de incapacidad médica se justifica con la confirmación de los padres del alumno, de acuerdo a la Política de la Mesa Directiva del Distrito.

P: ¿Existe algún plan para alterar o cancelar paseos, excursiones, bailes escolares, etc. debido a inquietudes causadas por la situación actual?

R: En este momento, no existen recomendaciones de los funcionarios de salud pública para la cancelación de eventos públicos o excursiones. Sin embargo, las cosas cambian a diario, por lo tanto, en caso de dudas, comuníquese para esclarecer sus inquietudes. Recomendamos encarecidamente recordar a todos los alumnos y familias, especialmente a los que participan en excursiones, que sigan tomando las mismas precauciones que practican durante la temporada de resfriados y gripe.

Para obtener información sobre los planes de viaje que usted o sus familias podrían estar considerando para el período de vacaciones de primavera, favor de consultar la página de internet de recomendaciones de viajes del Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos.

P: ¿Se están llevando a cabo procedimientos de desinfección adicionales en los planteles y en las aulas?

R: Las escuelas y las oficinas del Distrito iniciaron la implementación de procedimientos de saneamiento adicionales. Los conserjes titulares trabajarán con el personal en los procedimientos de limpieza, que incluyen las normas específicas para desinfectar diariamente las áreas de mayor concentración de personas utilizando materiales de limpieza recomendados por el estado. Todos los dosificadores de jabón se llenarán diariamente.

P: ¿Se permiten los desinfectantes para manos con base de alcohol en las escuelas de SUHSD?

R: Sí. Para obtener más detalles del Departamento de Educación de California, por favor oprima el enlace.

P: En el baño de mi escuela se terminó el jabón. ¿Qué tengo que hacer?

R: Póngase en contacto con la administración de su escuela lo antes posible para que los rellenen o remplacen.

P: ¿Qué pasa si un alumno contrae el virus?

R: Cada vez que se confirme que un alumno contrajo una enfermedad contagiosa, la Agencia de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de San Diego se comunicará con el Distrito de Sweetwater para compartir indicaciones y orientar con el fin de prevenir la propagación de la enfermedad contagiosa en cuestión. Lo anterior no sólo se aplica al coronavirus sino también a otras afecciones de salud, es decir, H1N1, tuberculosis, meningitis, etc.

Q: ¿Quién tomará la decisión de suspender labores escolares?

A: Si se produce un brote y se recomiendan u ordenan suspensión de labores escolares, las decisiones se tomarán después de una decisión de común acuerdo entre el distrito escolar y la Agencia de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de San Diego. También consideraremos las disposiciones del Departamento de Educación de California. El FCUSD no puede saber si las personas están expuestas a alguna enfermedad o cuándo, por lo tanto, seguimos las normas de las agencias expertas en la materia Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC*) y el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de San Diego. En lugar de recomendar la cancelación de labores y eventos públicos, en este momento, dichas agencias están solicitando a las personas que hayan estado expuestas al virus que permanezcan en casa.

Q: ¿Qué sucede si alguien de la familia inmediata de un miembro del personal es diagnosticado? ¿Todos los miembros de dicho hogar quedan en cuarentena?

R: Si los alumnos o el personal entran en contacto con alguien confirmado como una persona infectada, deben quedarse en casa y contactar a su médico de inmediato.

Q: Si, en el peor de los casos, la escuela cierra, ¿qué protocolos de “aprendizaje a distancia” se están considerando?

A: El Distrito actualmente está considerando la siguiente opción. Debido a que la mayoría de los alumnos cuentan con acceso a un dispositivo proporcionado por el distrito, se están desarrollando recursos en línea que probablemente estarán disponibles para todos los alumnos a través de esos recursos en línea. Se harán la adaptaciones necesarias que se pondrán a disposición de todo alumno que no cuente con acceso a internet de acuerdo a las necesidades. Se proporcionarán más detalles a medida que estén disponibles.

Q: ¿El Distrito cuenta con un plan de contingencia específico para casos de pandemias?

A: En dicho caso, SUHSD, en colaboración con funcionarios locales, pondrá en marcha el Plan de Operaciones de Emergencia establecido para una respuesta inmediata a las escuelas y los departamentos del distrito. Las actividades específicas de respuesta ante una pandemia dependerán en gran medida de los datos emergentes y las indicaciones proporcionada por las autoridades de la salud. Al igual que con cualquier plan de emergencia, este Plan de Operaciones de Emergencia es un documento vivo y estará sujeto a actualizaciones.

Para controlar una epidemia, los profesionales de la salud pública trabajarán en estrecha colaboración con una gama de especialistas, como epidemiólogos (científicos que estudian la propagación de enfermedades entre las poblaciones animales y humanas), médicos especialistas, virólogos e inmunólogos. El control de epidemias casi siempre consiste en cuatro tipos de medidas preventivas: cuarentena, inmunización, educación masiva sobre prevención y tratamiento temprano y agresivo de personas enfermas.

(*Por sus siglas en inglés.)

11.22.19

2020-2021 Budget Process Timeline

Good afternoon,

As we begin planning for the 2020-2021 school year in the Sweetwater Union High School District, we wanted to take an opportunity to remind you about the timelines that we follow as we work through this process. We believe that this is a collaborative effort and we look forward to receiving input from you and all of our stakeholders in the coming months.

Thank you and we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Sweetwater 2020-2021 Budget Planning Timeline

  • December 16, 2019 – First Interim Report at Board Meeting
    Staff/Community Budget Ideas Form open on District Website
  • January – Budget Workshops for the Board of Trustees
  • January 10, 2020 – Governor’s 2020-2021 State Budget Proposal
  • January/February – Budget/LCAP Input from staff and community
  • March 9, 2020 – Second Interim Report at Board Meeting
  • April – LCAP input from DELAC/DPAC
  • May 10, 2020 – Governor’s 2020-2021 Budget Revision
  • May 11, 2020 – Third Interim Budget Report at Board Meeting
  • June 8, 2020 – Public Hearing for 2020-2021 Budget/LCAP at Board Meeting
  • June 22, 2020 – Adopted 2020-2021 Budget/LCAP at Board Meeting
  • June 30, 2020 – Governor’s Final Approval of 2020-2021 State Budget
11.21.19

Sweetwater Union High School District is pleased to announce a new online facility request and rental system designed to provide a positive user experience for all.

Sweetwater Union High School District is pleased to announce a new online facility request and rental system designed to provide a positive user experience for all. With the new system, reservation requests can be submitted easily and will be handled more efficiently. Renters will be able to access photos and descriptions, see real-time availability, get estimated quotes and pay online.

In partnering with Facilitron, Sweetwater Union High School District has launched custom facility use sites for the district and each school – allowing facility use requests to be submitted at any time. You can view and request all district facilities at: https://www.facilitron.com/suhsd91911

Although the process of requesting/approval/management of facility use is now digital, what’s implemented on Facilitron, remains the same as dictated by Sweetwater Union High School District’s board policies on facility use. The district’s administrative staff makes final decisions on all facility use requests.

Facilitron will assist with the set-up of organization and user accounts along with verification of non-profit status (if applicable). Facilitron will also collect payment and proof of insurance (certificate of insurance) on Sweetwater Union High School District’s behalf. Payments can be submitted conveniently on Facilitron. Payment options include major credit cards, checks, ACH/eCheck, and Paypal. Proof of insurance (certificate of insurance) can also be conveniently uploaded into the system, and/or it can be obtained directly through Facilitron.

The new Facilitron system is now live for all sites. Moving forward, the only way to request use of a district facility is by creating a Facilitron account and submitting a request online. Please click HERE for an introduction to placing a request. For those who had reservations with Sweetwater Union High School District prior to Facilitron, accounts have already been created on your behalf, and an automated email has been sent to you to create a password to access your renter account. If you need any assistance setting up an account and/or in submitting a facility use request, you can contact Facilitron directly at: support@facilitron.com, or by calling them at: 800-272-2962 ext 1.

09.19.19

Now Hiring Substitute Positions in Nutrition Services Department

Now Hiring Substitute Positions in Nutrition Services Department

The Nutrition Services Department is currently looking for individuals who have a positive attitude, are customer service driven, energetic, and experienced to work in various school kitchen locations, in a dynamic fast-paced environment.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 1-2 years of food service and/or handling experience (preferred),
  • Possess or in process of obtaining a current San Diego County Food Handler’s Card or ServSafe Certificate
  • Must take and pass the Sweetwater Union High School District Classified Exam (sign up online: www.sweetwaterschools.org or call Human Resources (619) 691-5530)

Job Duties:

Include basic hot & cold food preparation, following standardized recipes, kitchen equipment usage, serving meals to students, using Point-of-Sale cash registers, adhering to safety practices & clean-up procedures.

Pay & Hours:

$15.02/hour for a 3.5 hour position

After application submission to Human Resources, qualified candidates who have passed the Classified Exam are then called for an interview. If hired, substitutes undergo a clearance process, then, if applicable, trained and assigned a job and placed in the substitute pool.

If interested in becoming part of the Nutrition Services Department substitute pool, please contact Human Resources / (619) 691-5530, or visit the Nutrition Services Department office/(619) 691-5510, or apply at: http://edjoin.org and accessible through district website: www.sweetwaterschools.org in “substitutes” menu on Human Resources Department page.

09.11.19

Notice of Public Hearing 2019-2020 Revised Budget

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING OF THE SWEETWATER UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT REVISED 2019-2020 BUDGET

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Trustees of the Sweetwater Union High School District at its Regular Meeting to be held on October 8, 2019, will conduct a Public Hearing to take action on revisions to the 2019-2020 budget.

The Public Hearing of the District will be held on October 8, 2019, and will begin at 6:00PM or as soon thereafter as practicable, in the Board Room at the district office located at 1130 5th Avenue, Chula Vista, California. This matter will be considered at such time as the agenda item is considered by the Board of Trustees of the District.

07.26.19

Message Re: Recent Media about SUHSD

Over the past few days, there has been some discussion in the media about a loan of $12 million that is being offered to the Sweetwater Union High School District by the San Diego County Office of Education. We’d like to take a few moments and share some additional information with our community about this matter.

As most of the community is aware, the 2018-2019 school year was a challenging one for the Sweetwater District. However, with the hard work of all of our stakeholders and the implementation of ongoing budget solutions, our Board of Trustees passed a balanced budget for the 2019-2020 school year.

During the development of our district budget for the 2019-20 school year, several aspects of the district finances were shared, including the district’s practice of temporary borrowing from other funds within the district, specifically the Community Facilities District Fund (Fund 49 – also known as the Mello-Roos Fund).

Since the Sweetwater Union High School District does not receive enough funding from the State to cover payroll expenses in the months of July and August, it is necessary to borrow money to pay our staff.

California Education Code 42603 permits school districts to temporarily borrow from other district funds to address the timing of cash received with certain conditions. Any and all dollars borrowed by the district’s General Fund must be repaid with interest to the fund that was borrowed, thereby increasing the total dollars in the fund upon repayment. Sweetwater has typically borrowed upwards of $70 million from Fund 49 and then repaid it, with interest, once State revenue is received during the school year.

Beginning early in 2019, during presentations to the Board of Trustees, the district shared publicly there would be a balance of between $8 to 14 million still owed to Fund 49 at the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2019). The final amount owed to Fund 49 as of June 30, 2019 was $12 million.

The fiscal stabilization plan created by the Sweetwater District accounted for this balance. Per the 2019/20 budgeted cash projections the balance is projected to be at $0 by June 30, 2020.

On July 10, 2019, the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) emailed the Sweetwater District with an offer to immediately pay the $12 million back to Fund 49 and Sweetwater would have until June 30, 2020 to pay back the $12 million, plus interest to the SDCOE – approximately $200,000-300,000. The SDCOE Board approved this offer on July 24, 2019 at their regularly scheduled Board Meeting.

Because the Sweetwater District had a balance as of June 30, 2019 there is a finding that will be mentioned in a future financial audit of the district (per California Education Code 42603). Although Sweetwater very much appreciates the willingness of the SDCOE to support our efforts, a loan any time after June 30, 2019 does not change the audit finding.

The next step is for the Sweetwater Board of Trustees to consider the offer made by the SDCOE at a future board meeting, determining if it is in the best interest of the district to borrow these funds. While there are several considerations to take into account, a major factor is repayment of interest. As mentioned earlier, when the district borrows from its own funds and makes repayments with interest, those funds stay within the district. A loan from SDCOE would also have to be repaid with interest, and those funds would go to the SDCOE.

We will continue to update the community as we are able, and we thank you for your continued support of the Sweetwater Union High School District.

07.19.19

Message to Parents regarding 12th grade devices

Dear Parents and Guardians of Sweetwater 12th graders:

Over the past several years, the Sweetwater Union High School District has implemented a 1-to-1 device program that provided either an iPad or a laptop computer to each student. In the 2018-19 school year we were able to provide devices to every student in the district. However, with each year of implementation we also encountered numerous challenges and learnings, including devices either not being returned or being returned with significant damages.

As a result, we will not immediately distribute laptop devices to our 2019-20 senior class. Our middle school devices are sufficient for the year, however for the high school devices, we have too many damaged and unreturned devices to provide every student a device for the start of the school year.

We understand this will impact our senior students, teachers, and our community. To address the situation with the senior class, we have developed multiple solutions. First, we plan to allocate a pool of approximately 1,400 available laptops across our high school sites. In addition, this pooled device program can be complemented with school site carts (COWS – computer on wheels) and labs that provide approximately 3,000 additional devices, allocating these devices for senior student use as needed. Finally, we have worked to ensure that actual textbooks will be available in all courses for seniors as needed. As we remediate and repair our damaged device inventory this year, we will distribute these devices as priority to the senior class.

In addition to these solutions, the district will be looking into other options that will allow us to provide needed technology into the hands of our senior students. More information about this will be made available during the school year.

We thank you for your continued understanding and assistance as we continue to support each student in the Sweetwater Union High School District. Thank you.


Estimados padres y tutores de los alumnos de 12vo grado de Sweetwater:

En los últimos años, el distrito escolar de Sweetwater ha implementado un programa de dispositivo 1-a-1 que proporcionó un iPad o una computadora portátil a cada estudiante. En el año escolar 2018-19 pudimos proporcionar dispositivos a todos los estudiantes del distrito. Sin embargo, con cada año de implementación también encontramos numerosos desafíos y aprendizajes, incluidos los dispositivos que no se devuelven o que se devuelven con daños significativos.

Como resultado, no distribuiremos de inmediato dispositivos portátiles a nuestra clase del 12vo año 2019-20. Nuestros dispositivos de la escuela intermedia son suficientes para el año; sin embargo, para los dispositivos de la escuela secundaria, tenemos demasiados dispositivos dañados y no devueltos para proporcionar a cada estudiante un dispositivo para el inicio del año escolar.

Entendemos que esto afectará a nuestros estudiantes de último año, maestros y nuestra comunidad. Para abordar la situación con la clase sénior, hemos desarrollado múltiples soluciones. Primero, planeamos asignar un grupo de aproximadamente 1,400 computadoras portátiles disponibles en los sitios de nuestras escuelas secundarias. Además, este programa de dispositivos combinados se puede complementar computadoras portátiles que ya están en cada escuela, y laboratorios que proporcionan aproximadamente 3,000 dispositivos adicionales, asignando estos dispositivos para el uso de estudiantes mayores según sea necesario. Finalmente, hemos trabajado para garantizar que los libros de texto reales estén disponibles en todos los cursos para personas de la tercera edad según sea necesario. A medida que reparemos y reparemos nuestro inventario de dispositivos dañados este año, distribuiremos estos dispositivos como prioridad para la clase del 12vo año.

Además de estas soluciones, el distrito buscará otras opciones que nos permitirán brindar la tecnología necesaria en manos de nuestros estudiantes de último año. Más información sobre esto estará disponible durante el año escolar.

Le agradecemos su comprensión y asistencia continuadas mientras continuamos apoyando a cada estudiante en el distrito escolar de Sweetwater. Gracias.