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May 26, 2020

Dear Students and Families of the Sweetwater Union High School District,

Graduations are a time-honored tradition that the entire community looks forward to every year. Unfortunately, because of the impacts of COVID-19, we have had to make adjustments to these traditions in 2020 in order to ensure the safety and security of our students, our families, our staff, and the entire Sweetwater Union High School District Community.

In late April we surveyed Seniors and their families to ask how they were feeling about graduation ceremonies. It was very clear that the great majority, 81% of students and 90% of families, believe that some type of graduation ceremony is important. The majority of students and families also believe that the ceremony should be delayed.

Given that as of now, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency Public Health Orders still prevent public events and gatherings, graduation ceremonies in the Sweetwater Union High School District are postponed.

Graduation events will be considered in late July/early August under the guidelines of San Diego County Public Health Orders at that time. If a graduation event is not possible at that time, the events will be postponed until December 2020.

In the meantime, schools will be keeping in contact with our Seniors and families to keep them up to date on any updates and changes. We appreciate the Class of 2020 and look forward to celebrating with you!

Stay safe and stay well. #InThisTogether

In Unity,

Karen Janney, Ed.D.
Superintendent

May 1, 2020

Dear Sweetwater Union High School District Students, Families, and Staff,

First, we hope that you and the ones you love and care for are navigating these very unique times as well as possible. We trust you and yours are managing to maintain good spirits – despite all the life changes and associated hardships – and staying out of harm’s way.

Second, we want to thank and recognize our amazing Nutrition Services staff. May 1, 2020 is School Lunch Hero Day and we thank them for serving our community and distributing almost 700,000 meals in the past six weeks.

Speaking of heroes, May 4-8, 2020 is National Teacher Appreciation Week, and May 6, 2020 is National School Nurses Day. More than ever, their efforts are very much appreciated, and we thank our teachers and nurses in Sweetwater. Look for more information about both of these recognition events in the coming week.

This week you may have heard that California Governor Gavin Newsom mentioned that he was considering that the 2020-2021 school year may re-open in late July. While Sweetwater and our South County elementary districts have started school in July for many years, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond stated that all schools have some major questions that need to be answered before we consider physically reopening schools, especially being able to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff.

Governor Newsom also made it very clear that there is a “roadmap” that we must follow in order to reopen the economy and public services in a multi-phase approach. You can view more detailed information about that here.

We know that South County has been impacted the greatest by COVID-19 and as we work towards what will happen in the coming months, we will continue to work with the San Diego County Office of Education and San Diego County Public Health Department in determining how, and when, to return students and staff safely to school.

Finally, we want to share with you some of the results of the survey we sent out to Seniors and their families. It was very clear that the great majority, 81% of students and 90% of families, believe that some type of graduation ceremony is important. The majority of students and families also believe that the ceremony should be delayed. Only 9% of students and 12% of families were in favor of a virtual event. Therefore, as of now, we will plan to host some form of a physical graduation ceremony at a later date.

That being said, schools are working very hard to find ways to recognize their Seniors and 8th graders now, and especially the last week of school June 1-5. Several schools have already begun to reach out and do some type of recognition and much will depend on any State and County public health guidelines. As a district we will continue to work with each community to find a plan of action that best meets the needs of our students. Please continue to monitor the district website at www.sweetwaterschools.org for all the latest information and follow us on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Please remember the new expectation: when you leave your place, cover your face!

Stay safe,


Estimados estudiantes, familias y personal del distrito escolar de Sweetwater,

Primeramente, esperamos que usted y sus seres queridos estén navegando estos momentos únicos de la mejor manera posible. Confiamos en que usted y su familia se estén manteniendo de buen espíritu, a pesar de todos los cambios en la vida y las dificultades asociadas, y que se estén manteniendo fuera de peligro.

Segundo, queremos agradecer y reconocer a nuestro increíble personal de Servicios de Nutrición. El 1 de mayo de 2020 es el Día del Héroe del Almuerzo Escolar y les agradecemos por servir a nuestra comunidad y distribuir casi 700,000 comidas en las últimas seis semanas.

Hablando de héroes, del 4 al 8 de mayo de 2020 es la Semana Nacional de Apreciación de Maestros, y el 6 de mayo de 2020 es el Día Nacional de Enfermeras Escolares. Más que nunca, sus esfuerzos son muy apreciados, y agradecemos a nuestros maestros y enfermeras en Sweetwater. Más información sobre estos dos eventos de reconocimiento será distribuido en la próxima semana.

Es posible que esta semana haya escuchado que el gobernador de California Gavin Newsom mencionó que estaba considerando que el año escolar 2020-2021 podría reabrir a fines de julio. Aunque Sweetwater y todos los distritos escolares del sur del condado tienen muchos años comensando el año escolar en julio, el superintendente estatal Tony Thurmond declaró que todas las escuelas tienen varias preguntas importantes que deben responderse antes de considerar la reapertura física de las escuelas, especialmente para poder mantener la salud y la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y personal.

El Gobernador Newsom también dejó muy claro que hay una “hoja de ruta” que debemos seguir para reabrir la economía y los servicios públicos en un enfoque de múltiples fases. Puede ver información más detallada al respecto aquí.

Sabemos que COVID-19 ha tenido más impacto en el Sur del Condado de San Diego y a medida que trabajamos para lograr lo que sucederá en los próximos meses, continuaremos trabajando con la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego y el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de San Diego para determinar cómo y cuándo devolver a los alumnos y al personal de manera segura a la escuela.

Finalmente, queremos compartir con ustedes algunos de los resultados de la encuesta que enviamos a estudiantes del duodécimo año y sus padres. Es muy claro que la gran mayoría, el 81% de los estudiantes y el 90% de las familias, creen que algún tipo de ceremonia de graduación es importante. La mayoría de los estudiantes y las familias también creen que la ceremonia debería retrasarse. Solo el 9% de los estudiantes y el 12% de las familias estaban a favor de un evento virtual. Por lo tanto, a partir de ahora, planeamos organizar algún tipo de ceremonia de graduación física en una fecha posterior.

Dicho esto, las escuelas están trabajando muy duro para encontrar formas de reconocer a sus estudiantes de último año y de octavo grado, y especialmente la última semana de clases del 1 al 5 de junio. Varias escuelas ya han comenzado a acercarse y hacer algún tipo de reconocimiento y mucho dependerá de las pautas de salud pública de del estado y condado. Como distrito, continuaremos trabajando con cada comunidad para encontrar un plan de acción que satisfaga mejor las necesidades de nuestros estudiantes. Siga monitoreando el sitio web del distrito en www.sweetwaterschools.org para obtener la información más reciente y síganos en las redes sociales:  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram y YouTube.

¡Gracias!

 

April 17, 2020

Hello Sweetwater Union High School District Students, Parents and Community,

As we prepare for the launch of our Distance Learning programs, we want to share with you the resources available for parents and students. As a reminder, the distance learning websites are available for all and continue to be updated. This week we also published a one-page set of guidelines for distance learning for all to follow. Finally, we are including a much more comprehensive guide to distance learning.

For our Senior students (12th graders), we sent out a survey this week to ask about graduation and looking for both parent and student input on this. You can see the link to the survey here . We ask that parents and student log in together, as we require a Sweetwater District email address for completion. Once logged in, you can answer in either the ‘parent’ or ‘student’ section. Please share this as we’d like to hear from as many students and parents as possible.

Once again, we wanted to remind the community about our meal distribution service that will continue to take place every Tuesday, and is scheduled next for April 21, 2020 from 11 AM to 1 PM (while supplies last). Please note that meals will be distributed while supplies last. This past Tuesday, we distributed over 150,000 meals! Finally, also note that this week there will be no distribution at Eastlake High. Instead the distribution will be at EastLake Middle during the same time. For the full list of locations, click here .

Thank you and we hope you are continuing to stay well and stay safe.


Saludos estudiantes, padres y comunidad del Distrito Escolar de Sweetwater,

Mientras nos preparamos para el lanzamiento de nuestros programas de educación a distancia,
queremos compartir con ustedes los r ecursos disponibles para padres y estudiantes . Como recordatorio, los sitios web de educación a distancia están disponibles para todos y se siguen actualizando. Esta semana también publicamos un conjunto de pautas de una página para el aprendizaje a distancia para que todos lo sigan. Finalmente, incluimos una guía mucho más completa para el aprendizaje a distancia.

Para nuestros estudiantes de último año (alumnos de 12º grado), enviamos una encuesta esta semana para preguntar acerca de la graduación y buscar la opinión de los padres y los estudiantes sobre esto. Puedes ver el enlace a la encuesta aquí . Pedimos que los padres y el estudiante inicien sesiones juntos, ya que requerimos una dirección de correo electrónico del Distrito de Sweetwater para completar. Una vez que haya iniciado sesión, puede responder en la sección “padre” o “estudiante”. Comparta esto ya que nos gustaría saber de tantos estudiantes y padres como sea posible.

Una vez más, queríamos recordarle a la comunidad sobre nuestro servicio de distribución de comidas que continuará teniendo lugar todos los martes y que está programado para el 21 de abril de 2020 de 11 AM a 1 PM (mientras duren las reservas). Tenga en cuenta que las comidas se distribuirán hasta agotar existencias. ¡El martes pasado, distribuimos más de 150,000 comidas! Finalmente, también tenga en cuenta que esta semana no habrá distribución en Eastlake HIgh. En cambio, la distribución será en EastLake Middle durante el mismo tiempo.
Para la lista completa de localidades de distribución, vea aquí .

Gracias y esperamos que continúe manteniéndose bien y a salvo.

April 13, 2020

As part of the ever-changing COVID-19 environment that includes orders delivered on behalf of the Governor and agencies, we receive regular updates on social distancing and sanitation protocols required by Public Health Officials.

Please review SUHSD’s health notice for all employees and visitors.

Please know your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of our community, will remain our highest priority.

Please stay healthy, please stay safe, please stay home, and please follow our SUHSD guidelines!

April 3, 2020

Good afternoon Sweetwater District Students, Parents and Community,

First of all, we hope you are all staying safe and staying well. As we continue to see the situation evolve, we also continue to take the necessary steps to continue to serve the students and communities of the Sweetwater Union High School District.

As we shared earlier this week, Governor Newsom and State Superintendent Thurmond recommended that all school sites remain closed. This along with the most recent guidance from San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency means that for Sweetwater, we will continue to operate as we have been over the past two weeks during our Spring Break.

Specifically, the district office and school sites remain closed to the general public. As we shared last week, Sweetwater will begin our transition into distance learning. This coming week you will begin hearing from your school principal and from your teachers and counselors sharing how we will be continuing learning in the weeks to come.

This week we heard from several of our partners and were provided updates about things such as University of California and California State University requirements. We heard official an official notice from the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) that Spring sports are officially canceled. And as we shared earlier, we are looking into ways to celebrate students, especially our graduating Seniors. In the next few days we will be putting out a brief survey to students asking for their input and ideas on how we can properly celebrate their accomplishments. So please keep an eye out for that.

On a positive note, thanks to the efforts of so many of you, we’ve been able to distribute over 123,000 meals over the past three weeks and we are pleased to share that we will be continuing a meal distribution service beginning this coming Tuesday, April 7, 2020 and will continue every Tuesday during April from 11 AM to 1 PM at 14 school sites (see attachment for locations).

Finally, we want to thank each and every one of you that has reached out to us to offer your assistance and your ideas. This is a very hard situation for all of us, and especially for our students. Together as a community we can come together and show that we can overcome this together.

Thank you!

Karen Janney, Ed.D.
Superintendent


Buenas tardes Estudiantes, padres y comunidad del distrito de Sweetwater,

En primer lugar, esperamos que todos se mantengan sanos y seguros. A medida que continuamos viendo cómo evoluciona esta situación, también seguimos tomando los pasos necesarios para continuar sirviendo a los estudiantes y las comunidades del Distrito Escolar de Sweetwater.

Como compartimos a principios de esta semana, el gobernador Newsom y el superintendente estatal Thurmond recomendaron que todos los sitios escolares permanezcan cerrados. Esto, junto con la orientación más reciente de la Agencia de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de San Diego, significa que para Sweetwater, continuaremos operando como lo hemos estado durante las últimas dos semanas durante nuestras vacaciones de primavera.

Específicamente, la oficina del distrito y los sitios escolares permanecen cerrados al público en general. Como compartimos la semana pasada, Sweetwater comenzará nuestra transición al aprendizaje a distancia. La próxima semana comenzará a recibir información de los directores de sus escuelas y de sus maestros y consejeros compartiendo cómo continuaremos el aprendizaje en las próximas semanas.

Esta semana escuchamos a varios de nuestros colaboradores y recibimos actualizaciones sobre cosas como los requisitos de la Universidad de California y la Universidad Estatal de California. Escuchamos oficialmente un aviso oficial de la Federación Interscolástica de California (CIF por sus siglas en ingles) de que los deportes de primavera se cancelan oficialmente. Y como compartimos anteriormente, estamos buscando formas de celebrar a los estudiantes, especialmente a nuestros estudiantes de último año que se gradúan. En los próximos días realizaremos una breve encuesta a los estudiantes para pedirles su opinión e ideas sobre cómo podemos celebrar adecuadamente sus logros. Así que por favor estén atentos a eso.

En una nota positiva, gracias a los esfuerzos de muchos de ustedes, hemos podido distribuir más de 123,000 comidas durante las últimas tres semanas y nos complace compartir que continuaremos un servicio de distribución de comidas a partir del próximo martes, 7 de abril de 2020 y continuará todos los martes durante abril de 11 a. M. A 1 p. M. En 14 escuelas (consulte el archivo adjunto para ver las ubicaciones).

Finalmente, queremos agradecer a todos y cada uno de ustedes que nos han contactado para ofrecerles su ayuda y sus ideas. Esta es una situación muy difícil para todos nosotros, y especialmente para nuestros estudiantes. Juntos como comunidad podemos unirnos y demostrar que podemos superar esto.

¡Gracias!

Karen Janney, Ed.D.
Superintendente

April 1, 2020

Dear Sweetwater Union High School District Community,

As many of you saw last night and this morning, Governor Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond released information that stated, “Due to the current safety concerns and needs for ongoing social distancing, it currently appears that our students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the school year. This is in no way to suggest that school is over for the year, but rather we should put all efforts into strengthening our delivery of education through distance learning.” Superintendent Thurmond urged all school districts in California to move towards and/or continue to strengthen distance learning programs and opportunities for students at this time.

With this new information and with an abundance of caution, the Sweetwater Union High School District, along with school district superintendents from across the State of California, are taking a safety-first approach and immediate action to extend the school facility closures through the end of the school year. However, in the future, if the stay-at-home order is lifted and the COVID-19 situation improves, we will certainly do our best to reopen school facilities.

To be clear, the 2019-20 school year is not over, it has just transitioned from classroom instruction into distance learning. As we have been sharing, the specific details on distance learning will be coming in the next few days.

We want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we are all quickly transitioning into a new way of teaching and learning to meet the health and safety needs of our community due to the impacts of COVID-19. It’s challenging to many educators, our students and families to learn and communicate in a very new world; however, working together we can and will meet this challenge.

We are also committed to supporting the social and emotional well-being of all of our students and staff are working on ways to stay connected, even at a distance. We are aware that our seniors were looking forward to graduation ceremonies and, along with families, are very concerned about missing out on these momentous celebrations. Please know that district leaders will be planning how we might offer these experiences in different formats and/or at a later date. In the coming days and weeks, we will provide families with information regarding how grades, graduation, transcripts, scholarships, summer school, and continued distance learning instruction will be handled.

While we recognize this extension of school facility closures poses challenges and hardships to many families in our community, the most effective way to slow and disrupt the transmission of COVID-19 is by continuing to implement stay at home orders and social distancing practices. We are grateful to our students, staff and families throughout our community for your tremendous prevention efforts during this unique and difficult time.

With sincere appreciation,

Sincerely,

Karen Janney, Ed. D.
Superintendent


1º de abril, 2020

Estimada Comunidad del Distrito Escolar de Sweetwater,

Como muchos han visto en los últimos días, los comentarios del Gobernador Gavin Newsom y el Superintendente Estatal de Instrucción Pública, Tony Thurmond divulgaron información que decía: “Debido a las preocupaciones actuales de seguridad y las necesidades de distanciamiento social actual, en este momento nuestros estudiantes no podrán regresar a nuestras escuelas antes del final del año escolar. Esto de ninguna manera sugiere que la escuela haya terminado para el año, sino que debemos hacer todos los esfuerzos para fortalecer nuestra entrega de educación a través del aprendizaje a distancia “. El superintendente Thurmond sugirió a todos los distritos escolares de California que siguieran avanzando y / o continuando el fortalecimiento de los programas y oportunidades de aprendizaje a distancia para los estudiantes en este momento.

Con esta nueva información y mucha precaución, el Distrito Escolar de Sweetwater, junto con los superintendentes del distrito escolar de todo el estado de California, están tomando un enfoque de seguridad y acción inmediata para extender el cierre de las instalaciones escolares hasta el fin del año escolar. Sin embargo, en el futuro, si se levanta la orden de cuarentena y la situación de COVID-19 mejora, ciertamente haremos todo lo posible para reabrir las instalaciones escolares.

Para ser claros, el año escolar 2019-20 no ha terminado, simplemente ha pasado de la instrucción en los salones al aprendizaje a distancia. Como hemos estado compartiendo, los detalles específicos sobre el aprendizaje a distancia llegarán en los próximos días.

Queremos agradecerle su paciencia y comprensión, ya que todos estamos haciendo una transición rápida hacia una nueva forma de enseñar y aprender al enfrentar los impactos en la salud y la seguridad de COVID-19. Para muchos educadores y nuestras familias es un desafío aprender y comunicarse en un mundo muy nuevo, pero trabajando juntos podemos enfrentar este desafío y lo haremos.

También estamos extremadamente preocupados por el bienestar social y emocional de todos nuestros estudiantes y estamos trabajando en formas de mantenernos conectados incluso a distancia. También sabemos que muchos estudiantes, especialmente nuestros estudiantes de último año, que estaban ansiosos por celebrar la promoción y las ceremonias de graduación, están muy preocupados por perderse estas importantes celebraciones. Tenga en cuenta que los líderes del distrito planificarán cómo podrían ofrecer estas experiencias en diferentes formatos y / o en una fecha posterior. En los próximos días y semanas, los distritos proporcionarán a sus familias información sobre cómo se manejarán las calificaciones, la graduación, las transcripciones, las becas, la escuela de verano y la instrucción continua de aprendizaje a distancia.

Si bien reconocemos que esta extensión del cierre de las instalaciones escolares plantea desafíos y dificultades a muchas familias de nuestra comunidad, la forma más efectiva de frenar e interrumpir la transmisión de esta pandemia es continuar implementando prácticas de distanciamiento social. Estamos agradecidos con los miembros de la comunidad en toda nuestra comunidad por sus tremendos esfuerzos de prevención durante este momento único y difícil.

Sinceramente,

Karen Janney, Ed. D.
Superintendente

April 1, 2020

Dear Senior Students of the Sweetwater Union High School District,

We know that you have many questions regarding this school year in regards to community service requirements, credit completion, prom, grad night, graduation, and other important milestones. Many of these items are still under consideration and will be addressed in detail in another communication in the near future. However, we did want to immediately address the current requirement of 30 hours of community services. Our official guidance for this school year is that the class of 2020 will not be required to meet the community service hours in order to be eligible for graduation. Because the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency has extended the order to stay home and eliminate any gatherings, and the social distancing requirements remain in place, we do not want to expose students to any potential harm. The community service requirement has been eliminated for this school year.

Thank you and we hope you and your families are safe and well.



​Estimados estudiantes del doceavo ano del Distrito Escolar de Sweetwater,

Sabemos que tienen muchas preguntas con respecto a este año escolar con respecto a los requisitos de servicio comunitario, finalización de crédito, graduación, noche de graduación, y otros hitos importantes. Muchos de estos elementos todavía están bajo consideración y se abordarán en detalle en otra comunicación en un futuro próximo. Sin embargo, queríamos abordar de inmediato el requisito actual de 30 horas de servicios comunitarios. Nuestra orientación oficial para este año escolar es que no se requerirá que la clase 2020 cumpla con las horas de servicio comunitario para ser elegible para la graduación. Debido a que la Agencia de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de San Diego ha extendido la orden de quedarse en casa y eliminar cualquier reunión, y los requisitos de distanciamiento social siguen vigentes, no queremos exponer a los estudiantes a ningún daño potencial. El requisito de servicio comunitario ha sido eliminado para este año escolar.

Gracias y esperamos que usted y sus familias estén sanos y salvos.


March 27, 2020

As you were previously notified, all school sites continue to be closed until further notice.

Please read our message below regarding distance learning and teacher preparation.

Dear Sweetwater Union High School Students and Parents/Guardians,

Despite the uncertainty that students, parents and community members are currently facing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, please rest assured that your health, well-being, and safety are our highest priority. We were committed over the past two weeks to continue providing meals for students at our designated food distribution centers. Please see our district webpage for locations and updates (http://www.sweetwaterschools.org) for next week.

The Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) acknowledges that parents and students have concerns about the remainder of the school year. We can assure you that we are working around the clock to provide students with the necessary tools to continue their course work. As we prepare to academically re-engage with students after spring break that ends April 3, the SUHSD has been working with teachers and counselors to ensure that learning continues for the rest of the school year. At this time, we are planning for two weeks of teacher and counselor preparation to transition to distance learning for students in mid-April. You will be notified with specific instructions when this happens. While teachers and counselors are getting trained from April 6 through April 17, we are encouraging students to take advantage of the enrichment activities that can be found on our district webpage beginning on April 6.

Please know that the California Department of Education developed guidelines for Distance Learning. Distance learning means that you would not be taught in the typical teacher-classroom setting, rather students and teachers interact from different locations. We know that the transition from in-person/classroom learning to distance learning may be challenging, so we will ensure there are a variety of supports in place for students and parents.

We are working hard on making sure to provide access for each student as we develop and refine our distance learning program. The goal of this plan is to continue, and not interrupt, your middle or high school education. Distance learning will be delivered in digital (computer-based) or non-digital (paper) depending on your access; we are currently developing the best format that will meet your academic needs. Another update will be sent on April 3, 2020. During these unprecedented times, we believe the best way forward is to work together with you, teachers and counselors to make sure the process for educating each student continues. We will follow the guidelines provided by the California Department of Education and the San Diego County Office of Education as we finalize our plans, keeping you updated along the way.

The first step, to ensure we have the best information, is for you to complete a survey. Parents/Guardians, please sit with your student to complete this survey to inform us of your needs for technology and WIFI access: https://bit.ly/DLstudentsurvey It’s important we hear back from each and every student; we ask that each student in your household complete a survey.

Again, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we address everything needed to get us through this uncharted territory. We continue to engage with public health experts, the California Department of Education and the San Diego County office of Education about best practices related to COVID-19 readiness and response, and also next steps we may need to take. We are working diligently to keep up with this information and to inform you as quickly as possible about any changes caused by evolving events. We definitely need your help and support going forward.

With appreciation,

Karen Janney, Ed. D.

Superintendent


March 20, 2020

Dear Sweetwater Staff, Students, Families and Community,

In this time of great uncertainty, our first priority is the health and welfare of our students, families, staff, and community. This is an unprecedented situation that doesn’t come with an instruction manual. Here in Sweetwater we are working together to figure it out as new information becomes available.

The last few days has continued to be challenging. As you are all aware, last night Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order for Californians to stay at home except for essential needs. This order is in place until further notice. You can read more about the order here: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/

In a unified effort to protect the health of students, staff and school communities, the Sweetwater Union School District and other school districts countywide, in collaboration with the County Department of Public Health, made the collective decision to remain closed until further notice.

The Governor’s order acknowledges the essential role of school districts. We are committed to carrying out essential services such as preparing and distributing meals to students and any function associated with keeping the continuity of learning moving forward.

As of now, here is the latest information we have received about testing and Advanced Placement (AP) exams:

  • The Federal government has suspended all national testing requirements for this school year, therefore the English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC) and the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science are cancelled.
  • The Advanced Placement exams are planning on continuing with modified exams that students can take in their homes. The details of that announcement can be found on the AP Central website:https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update. The organization that administers International Baccalaureate Exams, which are given at Bonita Vista High and Castle Park High, has not yet announced its plan. They promise to provide an update by March 27 here: https://www.ibo.org/news/news-about-the-ib/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/.

We have been working closely with our employee groups to define what this all means as we go forward and we will continue to update you with any and all news in as timely a manner as we can. We have also been listening to the concerns and ideas from students and parents. In the meantime, we want to thank you for supporting us over the last few days. Our staff will continue working hard to feed thousands of students, we will continue to communicate with students, staff and parents and reassure you that things will be okay, that our facilities will be clean, and ensure that our campuses are safe and secure.

Please continue to monitor the district website at: www.sweetwaterschools.org

Meals will be served to families on Monday, March 23, 2020 and Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at six (6) locations – Chula Vista Middle, Montgomery Middle, National City Middle, Southwest Middle, Hilltop High, and Southwest High. Specific information on meal services for the next two weeks can be found here.

There is no doubt that we are in uncharted territory, but of this we are certain: we will get through this, stronger and more resilient than ever. We thank each of you for every creative, innovative, and compassionate effort made as we work together to continue addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Take care of yourselves and take care of your loved ones.

With much appreciation,

Karen Janney, Ed.D.

Superintendent


Estimado personal de Sweetwater, estudiantes, familias y comunidad,

En este momento de gran incertidumbre, nuestra primera prioridad es la salud y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes, familias, personal y comunidad. Esta es una situación sin precedentes que no viene con un manual de instrucciones. Aquí en Sweetwater estamos trabajando juntos para resolverlo a medida que haya nueva información disponible.

Los últimos días han seguido siendo desafiantes. Como todos saben, anoche el gobernador Gavin Newsom emitió una orden para que los californianos se queden en sus casas, excepto por necesidades esenciales. Esta orden está vigente hasta nuevo aviso. Puede leer más sobre el pedido aquí: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/

En un esfuerzo unificado para proteger la salud de los estudiantes, el personal y las comunidades escolares, el Distrito Escolar de Sweetwater y otros distritos escolares de todo el condado, en colaboración con el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado, tomaron la decisión colectiva de permanecer cerrados hasta nuevo aviso.

La orden del Gobernador reconoce el papel esencial de los distritos escolares. Estamos comprometidos a llevar a cabo servicios esenciales como preparar y distribuir comidas a los estudiantes y cualquier función asociada con el mantenimiento de la continuidad del aprendizaje.

A partir de ahora, aquí está la información más reciente que hemos recibido sobre las pruebas estatales y los exámenes de Colocación Avanzada (AP):

  • El gobierno federal ha suspendido todos los requisitos de exámenes nacionales para este año escolar, por lo tanto, la Evaluación de dominio del idioma inglés para California (ELPAC) y la Evaluación de rendimiento y progreso del estudiante de California (CAASPP) en artes del lenguaje inglés, matemáticas y ciencias se cancelan.
  • Los exámenes de Colocación Avanzada están planeando continuar con exámenes modificados que los estudiantes pueden tomar en sus hogares. Los detalles de ese anuncio se pueden encontrar en el sitio web de AP Central: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update. La organización que administra los exámenes de Bachillerato Internacional, que se realizan en Bonita Vista High y Castle Park High, aún no ha anunciado su plan. Prometen proporcionar una actualización antes del 27 de marzo aquí: https://www.ibo.org/news/news-about-the-ib/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/

Hemos estado trabajando estrechamente con nuestros grupos de empleados para definir qué significa todo esto a medida que avanzamos y continuaremos actualizándolo con todas y cada una de las noticias de la manera más oportuna posible. También hemos estado escuchando las preocupaciones e ideas de estudiantes y padres. Mientras tanto, queremos agradecerle por apoyarnos en los últimos días. Nuestro personal continuará trabajando arduamente para alimentar a miles de estudiantes, continuaremos comunicándonos con los estudiantes, el personal y los padres y les aseguraremos que todo estará bien, que nuestras instalaciones estarán limpias y nos aseguraremos de que nuestros campus estén seguros y protegidos.

Continúe monitoreando el sitio web del distrito en: www.sweetwaterschools.org

Las comidas se servirán a las familias el lunes 23 de marzo de 2020 y el martes 31 de marzo de 2020 en seis (6) ubicaciones: Chula Vista Middle, Montgomery Middle, National City Middle, Southwest Middle, Hilltop High y Southwest High. Puede encontrar información específica sobre los servicios de comidas para las próximas dos semanas aquí.

No hay duda de que estamos en un territorio desconocido, pero de esto estamos seguros: lo superaremos, más fuertes y resistentes que nunca. Agradecemos a cada uno de ustedes por cada esfuerzo creativo, innovador y compasivo realizado mientras trabajamos juntos para continuar abordando la pandemia de COVID-19.

Cuídense y cuiden a sus seres queridos.

Con mucho aprecio

Karen Janney, Ed.D.

Superintendente

March 18, 2020

Good morning SUHSD Community,

This is a very unique and unprecedented time and we want to thank you all for your efforts and cooperation as we continue to work through this situation. We wanted to provide you with a few updates on a couple of topics.

School Site and District Office Closures

Beginning Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20, 2020, all of our school sites will be closed with minimal site staff. Additionally, many District Office departments will be minimally staffed, however the two entrances at 1130 Fifth Ave. will be open through Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Meal distribution at the current sites will continue through Friday, March 20, 2020. For information on those locations, visit: http://www.sweetwaterschools.org/suhsd-school-closure-feeding-locations-meals-will-be-served-from-11am-1pm/

As of Monday, March 23, 2020, during our scheduled Spring Break, the District Office and school sites will be closed to the public.

Instruction

We thank you all for supporting your students through this time. Please note that the expectation is that teachers will not assign mandatory assignments for students to complete during March 16th – April 3rd. As we move forward, and receive further guidance, we are looking into ways to ensure equity and access to instruction and instructional resources for all students in case of prolonged school closure.

We will continue to provide updates as we move forward and we thank you for making adjustments as we continue to receive more information and more precise guidance from public health authorities, the California Department of Education, the San Diego County Office of Education, and our own Sweetwater District.

Once again, we may need to make additional changes and, therefore, ask that you continue to monitor your email and visit the SUHSD COVID-19 information website


Buenos días comunidad SUHSD,

Este es un momento único y sin precedentes queremos agradecerles a todos por sus esfuerzos y cooperación mientras continuamos trabajando en esta situación. Queríamos brindarle algunas actualizaciones sobre un par de temas.

Sitios escolares y cierres de oficinas del distrito

Desde el miércoles 18 de marzo hasta el viernes 20 de marzo de 2020, todos nuestros sitios escolares estarán cerrados con un personal mínimo. Además, muchos departamentos de la Oficina del Distrito tendrán un personal mínimo, sin embargo, las dos entradas en 1130 5ª Ave. estará abierto hasta el viernes a las 4:30 p.m.

La distribución de comidas en los sitios actuales continuará hasta el viernes 20 de marzo de 2020. Para obtener información sobre esos lugares, visite: http://www.sweetwaterschools.org/suhsd-school-closure-feeding-locations-meals-will-be-served-from-11am-1pm/

A partir del lunes 23 de marzo de 2020, durante nuestras vacaciones de primavera programadas, la Oficina del Distrito y los sitios escolares estarán cerrados al público.

Instrucción

Les agradecemos a todos por apoyar a sus estudiantes durante este tiempo. Tenga en cuenta que la expectativa es que los maestros no asignarán tareas obligatorias para que los estudiantes completen del 16 de marzo al 3 de abril. A medida que avanzamos y recibimos más orientación, estamos buscando formas de garantizar la equidad y el acceso a la instrucción y los recursos de instrucción para todos los estudiantes en caso de cierre prolongado de la escuela.

Continuaremos brindando actualizaciones a medida que avanzamos y le agradecemos por hacer ajustes a medida que continuamos recibiendo más información y orientación más precisa de las autoridades de salud pública, el Departamento de Educación de California, la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego y nuestro Distrito de Sweetwater.

Una vez más, es posible que necesitemos hacer cambios adicionales y, por lo tanto, solicitar que continúe monitoreando su correo electrónico y visite el sitio web de información SUHSD COVID-19.

March 17, 2020

Beginning Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20, 2020, all of our school sites will be closed with minimal site staff.  Additionally many District Office departments will be minimally staffed, however the two entrances at 1130 Fifth Ave. will be open through Friday at 4:30 p.m.

As of Monday, March 23, 2020, during our scheduled Spring Break, the District Office and school sites will be closed to the public. Thank you for your understanding and support.

We will continue to provide updates as we move forward and we thank you for making adjustments as we continue to receive more information and more precise guidance from public health authorities, the California Department of Education, the San Diego County Office of Education, and our own Sweetwater District. Once again, we may need to make additional changes and, therefore, ask that you be attentive to your district email and visit SUHSD COVID-19 information website

March 13, 2020

Dear SUHSD Community,

As you know, current events involving COVID-19 are developing rapidly in our country and our region. In consultation with County Public Health and superintendents from school districts across San Diego County, all public schools will close beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. In the South County, the Chula Vista Elementary School District, National School District, San Ysidro School District, South Bay Union School District and Sweetwater Union High School District will each close schools through Friday, April 3, 2020. At this time, classes are scheduled to resume April 6, 2020. This cancellation includes all school and district events, including athletics.

Students should stay home and minimize social contact as much as possible to keep all family members safe. South County districts are exploring with our cities, the County of San Diego, and community organizations, what it can do to support students and families while schools are closed during the week before Spring Break, as well as the break.

This decision was made with the best interests of students and staff in mind. Instead of doing reactive, school by school closures, we’re going to focus the next three weeks on how we can provide essential support for our community in this new reality. It is likely we will be seeing many more cases of COVID-19 in the coming weeks and months and this will require a measured, sustained response.

Key district and site staff will be working to monitor the situation, continue operational planning, and to support students in essential areas as needed. Community and family services will continue to be available. For more information on this, please contact our Student Support Services Department at (619) 691-5564.

Given the many uncertainties of this situation, district leadership and staff are making every effort to minimize the impacts on long-term student learning.

This is a difficult decision, but necessary, as our nation tries to slow the spread and transmission of COVID-19. Please continue to look for updates from us and we ask that you continue to monitor the district website at www.sweetwaterschools.org.


Estimados miembros de la comunidad del distrito SUHSD:

Como ya es de su conocimiento, los acontecimientos actuales relacionados al COVID-19 evolucionan rápidamente en nuestro país y en nuestra región. En consulta con el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado y los superintendentes de los distritos escolares del condado de San Diego, todas las escuelas públicas cerrarán a partir del lunes 16 de marzo de 2020. En los siguientes distritos escolares: South County, Chula Vista Elementary School District, National School District, San Ysidro School District, South Bay Union School District y Sweetwater Union High School District, respectivamente, las escuelas permanecerán cerradas hasta el viernes 3 de abril de 2020. Hasta el momento, está programado que las clases reanuden el 6 de abril de 2020. Dicha disposición de cancelación incluye todos los eventos escolares y del distrito, incluyendo actividades deportivas.

Los alumnos deben permanecer en casa y limitar al mínimo el contacto social hasta donde sea posible con el fin de proteger a todos los miembros de la familia. Los distritos del sur del condado (South County), en colaboración con los funcionarios de los municipios correspondientes, el Condado de San Diego, y las organizaciones de la comunidad, están explorando que se puede hacer para apoyar a los alumnos y a las familias mientras las escuelas permanecen cerradas durante la semana previa a las vacaciones de primavera, así como también durante las vacaciones de primavera.

Dicha decisión se tomó teniendo presente los mejores intereses del alumnado, y del personal. En lugar de ir cerrando escuelas individualmente de manera reactiva, nos centraremos durante las próximas tres semanas en cómo podemos proveer apoyo esencial a nuestra comunidad en esta nueva realidad. Es probable que veamos muchos más casos de COVID-19 en las próximas semanas y meses, lo cual requerirá una respuesta medida y constante.

El personal clave del distrito y del plantel trabajará para monitorear la situación, para seguir la planificación operativa y apoyar a los alumnos en áreas esenciales conforme sea necesario. Los servicios comunitarios y familiares seguirán estando disponibles. Para obtener más información al respecto, favor de comunicarse con el personal del Departamento de Servicios de Apoyo Estudiantil de SUHSD al teléfono (619) 691-5564.

Debido a la infinidad de incertidumbres de la situación, el equipo administrativo y el personal del distrito están haciendo todo lo posible para minimizar los efectos adversos a largo plazo en el aprendizaje del alumno.

A medida que avanzamos, esperamos que toda la comunidad sigamos haciendo lo que nos corresponde para limitar la propagación y transmisión de COVID-19. Solicitamos de la manera más atenta que continúen consultando y monitoreando la página de internet del distrito para obtener nuestra información más reciente en: www.sweetwaterschools.org.

 


March 13, 2020

Good morning Sweetwater Community,

After careful consideration, and based on guidance from the State of California, the California Department of Education, and the San Diego County Office of Education, the Sweetwater Union High School District, along with all other public school districts in San Diego County, will be closing all schools and cancelling all school-related activities as of Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, April 3, 2020.

Please note that today, schools will be operating as scheduled and it will be business as usual. Joint information will be coming from all of the districts in South County in the coming hours and over the next several days.


Buenos días Comunidad de Sweetwater,

Después de una cuidadosa consideración, y con base en la orientación del Estado de California, el Departamento de Educación de California y la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego, el Distrito de escolar de Sweetwater, junto con todos los demás distritos escolares públicos en el Condado de San Diego, serán cerrar todas las escuelas y cancelar todas las actividades relacionadas con la escuela desde el lunes 16 de marzo de 2020 hasta el viernes 3 de abril de 2020.

Tenga en cuenta que hoy, las escuelas funcionarán según lo programado y seguirán funcionando como de costumbre. La información conjunta vendrá de todos los distritos del sur del condado en las próximas horas y en los próximos días.

March 12, 2020

Good morning SUHSD Community,

Taking into consideration guidance provided by Governor Gavin Newsom today, district and school site officials continue to meet to discuss the rapidly evolving situation related to COVID-19.

As of today, the Sweetwater Union High School District will be canceling the following events for the remainder of this week (Thursday March 12, Friday March 13, and Saturday March 14):

  • School field trips – both local and out of town
  • District events such as:
    • Visual and Performing Arts events
    • National Math and Science Institute (NMSI) events
    • Robotics events
    • Professional development events
    • School assemblies
    • Large group parent meetings
  • *Please note that athletic events have not been canceled, but state and local CIF officials are considering all possible scenarios. More information will be coming later today.

A decision about events occurring after this weekend will be made, and communicated, to our community in the very near future.

School will continue to be in session, and as we communicated yesterday, any decision to close schools in San Diego County will be done under the advice of the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency and the San Diego County Office of Education.

Please continue to monitor the Sweetwater Union High School District Website regularly at http://www.sweetwaterschools.org/covid-19-information . Thank you for your continued support and efforts with ensuring the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, and community.


Buenos días miembros de la comunidad del distrito SUHSD:

Teniendo en cuenta la guía proporcionada el día de hoy por el gobernador Gavin Newsom, los funcionarios del distrito y de los planteles escolares siguen reuniéndose para tratar la situación, que evoluciona rápidamente, relacionada con el COVID- 19.

A partir de hoy, el distrito Sweetwater Union High School District cancelará los siguientes eventos durante el resto de la semana (jueves 12 de marzo, viernes 13 de marzo y sábado 14 de marzo):

  • Excursiones escolares, tanto locales como fuera de la ciudad.
  • Eventos del distrito tales como:
    • Eventos del programa de Bellas Artes (VAPA*).
    • Eventos del Instituto Nacional de Matemáticas y Ciencias (NMSI*).
    • Eventos de Robótica.
    • Eventos de desarrollo profesional.
    • Asambleas escolares.
    • Juntas de padres de familia en grupos grandes.
  • **Favor de tener presente que los eventos deportivos no se han cancelado, no obstante, los funcionarios estatales y locales de la CIF están considerando todas las alternativas posibles. Se proporcionará más información posteriormente el día de hoy.

Se tomará una decisión sobre los eventos programados para después de este fin de semana y se les informará a la mayor brevedad posible.

No se han suspendido las clases, y al igual que les informamos ayer, la decisión de cerrar las escuelas en el condado de San Diego se tomará de acuerdo a la recomendación de la Agencia de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de San Diego y la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego.

Por favor continúe monitoreando regularmente la página de internet del distrito Sweetwater Union High School District en http://www.sweetwaterschools.org/covid-19-information . Gracias por su apoyo y colaboración constante para garantizar la salud y el bienestar de nuestros alumnos, miembros del personal, y de la comunidad.

(*Por sus siglas en inglés.)

March 11, 2020

COVID-19 Communication 

Like all K-12 districts in California and across the nation, the Sweetwater Union High School District continues to closely monitor the rapidly changing status of COVID-19.

Our efforts have included keeping up to date with several closures of local colleges and universities such as UCSD, SDSU, and Southwestern College. However, Sweetwater and other local school district have remained open and instruction is continuing as planned.

Our schools follow the advice of local and state health officials, specifically the San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. Although district superintendents have the authority to declare a school or district emergency, during a public health emergency, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is the county’s lead agency. At this time, they have not recommended school closures or event cancellations. Should that change, we will follow their recommendation along with the advice and input from the San Diego County Office of Education.

Over the next few days and weeks, we will continue to make adjustments and decisions about school related events and activities. Until then, please be assured that we are in constant contact with local authorities about COVID-19 and we will continue to seek and follow guidance of our County Health and Human Services Agency and the San Diego County Office of Education.

For information about COVID-19, please go to the Sweetwater District website at http://www.sweetwaterschools.org/covid-19-information/ that includes links to all official sources and our latest communications, including other Frequently Asked Questions.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, and community.


Comunicación COVID-19

Al igual que todos los distritos K-12 en California y en todo el país, el Distrito escolar de Sweetwater continúa monitoreando de cerca el estado rápidamente cambiante de COVID-19.

Nuestros esfuerzos han incluido mantenerse al día con varios cierres de colegios y universidades locales como UCSD, SDSU y Southwestern College. Sin embargo, Sweetwater y otros distritos escolares locales han permanecido abiertos y la instrucción continúa según lo planeado.

Nuestras escuelas siguen los consejos de los funcionarios de salud locales y estatales, específicamente la Agencia de Salud y Servicios Humanos de San Diego. Aunque los superintendentes del distrito tienen la autoridad de declarar una emergencia escolar o del distrito, durante una emergencia de salud pública, la Agencia de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de San Diego es la agencia principal del condado. En este momento, no han recomendado el cierre de escuelas o cancelaciones de eventos. En caso de que eso cambie, seguiremos sus recomendaciones junto con los consejos y aportes de la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego.

Durante los próximos días y semanas, continuaremos haciendo ajustes y decisiones sobre eventos y actividades relacionados con las escuelas y el distrito. Tenga la seguridad de que estamos en contacto constante con las autoridades locales sobre COVID-19 y que continuaremos buscando y siguiendo la guía de nuestra Agencia de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado y la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego.

Para obtener información sobre COVID-19, visite el sitio web del Distrito de Sweetwater en http://www.sweetwaterschools.org/covid-19-information/ que incluye enlaces a todas las fuentes oficiales y nuestras últimas comunicaciones, incluidas otras preguntas frecuentes.

Gracias por su continuo apoyo y compromiso con la salud y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes, personal y comunidad.

March 09, 2020

COVID-19 Statement

We know that the increased attention to COVID-19 over the past couple of weeks has also raised a number of questions and concerns in our own community.

As of today, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Sweetwater District community, and one case that is pending positive confirmation within all of San Diego County. However, this does not mean that we are not actively creating and implementing plans and strategies to address this growing concern.

We have launched an informational page on the district website, and we have begun sending updates to parents and staff with the latest information known to us. We continue to monitor and share the most recent and vetted information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, and the San Diego County Office of Education.

As a direct response, the district has convened an Operations Team where we are addressing a number of topics that impact student and staff health, physical operations, facilities, safety and security, communications, and teaching and learning. This team is working with staff from across the district and was also recently invited to a county-wide planning group with several partner agencies to ensure any swift actions are taken should the need arise.

There are a few actions that we have taken in direct response to travel concerns. First, because of US State Department travel guidelines, we did have one student group who was scheduled to go to Europe over Spring Break. We have worked with that school and their travel agency to delay that trip until clearance is given. Second, since almost the start of the semester, we have ceased several of our exchange programs where students are coming from, and going to, affected parts of the world.

Finally, as has been stated by others, we ask our community to continue to be vigilant about hygiene practices such as hand washing and staying home if they feel ill. By working together, we can ensure that we remain a healthy community. For more information and resources, please continue to visit the district website. Thank you.


Declaración COVID-19

Sabemos que la mayor atención a COVID-19 en las últimas semanas también ha generado una serie de preguntas y preocupaciones en nuestra propia comunidad.

Hasta el día de hoy, no hay casos confirmados de COVID-19 dentro de la comunidad del Distrito de Sweetwater, y un caso que está pendiente de confirmación positiva en todo el Condado de San Diego. Sin embargo, esto no significa que no estamos creando e implementando activamente planes y estrategias para abordar esta creciente preocupación.

Hemos lanzado una página informativa en el sitio web del distrito y hemos comenzado a enviar actualizaciones a los padres y al personal con la información más reciente que conocemos. Continuamos monitoreando y compartiendo la información más reciente y examinada de los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC), la Agencia de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de San Diego y la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego.

Como respuesta directa, el distrito ha convocado un Equipo de Operaciones donde estamos abordando una serie de temas que afectan la salud de los estudiantes y el personal, las operaciones físicas, las instalaciones, la seguridad, las comunicaciones, y la enseñanza y el aprendizaje. Este equipo está trabajando con personal de todo el distrito y también fue invitado recientemente a un grupo de planificación de todo el condado con varias agencias asociadas para garantizar que se tomen medidas rápidas en caso de que sea necesario.

Hay algunas acciones que hemos tomado en respuesta directa a las preocupaciones de viaje. Primero, debido a las pautas de viaje del Departamento de Estado de EE. UU. Tuvimos un grupo de estudiantes que estaba programado para ir a Europa durante las vacaciones de primavera. Hemos trabajado con esa escuela y su agencia de viajes para retrasar ese viaje hasta que se otorgue la autorización. En segundo lugar, desde casi el inicio del semestre, hemos dejado de varios de nuestros programas de intercambio de donde los estudiantes vienen y van a partes afectadas del mundo.

Finalmente, como han dicho otros, le pedimos a nuestra comunidad que continúe vigilando las prácticas de higiene como lavarse las manos y quedarse en casa si se sienten enfermos. Al trabajar juntos, podemos asegurarnos de seguir siendo una comunidad saludable. Para obtener más información y recursos, continúe visitando el sitio web del distrito. Gracias.

March 05, 2020

COVID 19 Update – March 5, 2020

As we continue to monitor the unfolding situation re: COVID-19, we wanted to share a few more Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that we have been hearing. Those are attached for your information and can also be viewed on our website at: http://www.sweetwaterschools.org/coronavirus-answers-to-common-questions/

In addition, we have been in contact with officials from the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHS) and the City of Chula Vista regarding a situation involving a retail store in Chula Vista. The following statement from the City of Chula Vista is a clear summary of the situation:

“On March 4, 2020, the City of Chula Vista was informed by County of San Diego health officials that an individual recently tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 and had close, yet minimal, contact with persons within the city of Chula Vista. The individual is a resident of another CA county and had recently traveled to a high-risk region as defined by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC). County health officials have made contact with those persons believed to have been in close contact with the individual. Although County health officials indicate the risk to other persons is low, County officials advised all involved persons to follow CDC guidance to self-quarantine. These persons will continue to be monitored for 14-days. The City of Chula Vista is providing this information out of an abundance of caution. The City of Chula Vista believes the current risk to our community is low and will continue to coordinate with the County of San Diego to monitor the on-going situation. For questions or more information about COVID-19, please visit the County of San Diego Public Health Services webpage (https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/hhsa/programs/phs/) or call 2-1-1.”

We have been advised by County HHS that there are no direct connections to any students, parents, or staff within the Sweetwater District. Anyone that is potentially at risk was contacted directly by County HHS and that the risk of anyone who might have been in the area, or visited the store, is low.

A page on the district website has been established where we will share new and important information as we receive it – http://www.sweetwaterschools.org/covid-19-information/


February 29, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Like most of you, the Sweetwater Union High School District is continuing to closely monitor the developing situation of the coronavirus (now named COVID-19). Although there are no cases in our area, as a community we want to make you aware that we are planning and preparing as a district.

As of this week, County health officials report there are only two known cases of coronavirus in San Diego County. Both individuals were on repatriation flights from Wuhan, China and are under federal quarantine at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

You may also be aware that the disease has spread to other countries and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new travel warnings with increased concern for South Korea, Japan, and Italy. Travel warnings for China have not changed, and the CDC has lowered its level of concern for travel to Hong Kong and Taiwan. Additional detail about these warnings can be found on the CDC website.

The CDC also recently shared that the coronavirus almost certainly will begin spreading in communities in the United States, and Americans should begin preparations now. We are working with county school and health officials to establish protocols for schools in the event that coronavirus does spread in San Diego. Be assured, we are prepared for a range of possible contingencies, such as school closures, should this situation develop. In the event that school must be dismissed for an extended period of time, we want to assure you that we will incorporate a variety of instructional strategies to connect with the home. In all eventualities, we are committed to providing you with clear, timely communications about this fluid situation.

More information will be shared as this plan develops. In the meantime, current information about the coronavirus is available on the CDC and County of San Diego/Health and Human Services websites.

As a reminder, if your child is sick, please keep them home from school. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu, follow these important tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.
  • Get vaccinated every year.

Additionally, the California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of face masks for general prevention and says that handwashing provides better protection from infectious diseases. Our District is taking the following steps:

  • Monitoring the COVID-19 situation daily and working with our partners at San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, the San Diego County Office of Education and our feeder elementary districts.
  • Following guidelines provided by the California Department of Public Health and Center for Disease Control.
  • Informing our staff, students, and families of proper hygiene.
  • Updating our emergency plans based on the information provided by these reputable agencies to prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus and to ensure procedures are in place in the unlikely case that we have a wide-spread outbreak in Chula Vista.

The Sweetwater Union High School District will continue to monitor this situation and will be posting information on our website with resources. Thank you for your continued support of the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and the entire community.


29 de febrero de 2020

Estimados padres de familia o tutores:

Al igual que la mayoría de ustedes, el distrito Sweetwater Union High School District sigue monitoreando de cerca la situación en desarrollo del coronavirus (ahora llamado COVID-19). Aunque no se han detectado casos en nuestra área, como comunidad queremos mantenerlos informados sobre nuestros planes y cómo nos estamos preparándonos como distrito.

A partir de esta semana, los funcionarios de salud del Condado informan que únicamente se ha sabido de dos casos de coronavirus en el condado de San Diego.  Ambas personas estaban en vuelos de repatriación desde Wuhan, China y permanecen bajo cuarentena federal en la Estación Aérea del Cuerpo de la Marina de Miramar.

Asimismo, posiblemente también estén conscientes de que la enfermedad se ha extendido a otros países y los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC*) han emitido nuevas advertencias de viaje con mayor preocupación por Corea del Sur, Japón e Italia. Las advertencias de viaje a China no han cambiado, y los CDC han disminuido su nivel de preocupación para viajar a Hong Kong y Taiwán. Si desean obtener más información sobre dichas advertencias, favor de consultar la página de internet de los CDC.

Los CDC también compartieron recientemente que es casi seguro que el coronavirus empezará a propagarse en las comunidades de los Estados Unidos, y que los estadounidenses deberían empezar a prepararse desde ahora. Estamos trabajando con los funcionarios escolares y de salud del condado con el fin de establecer protocolos para las escuelas en caso de que el coronavirus se propague en San Diego. Tengan la seguridad de que estamos preparados para una serie de posibles contingencias, como el cierre de escuelas, en caso de que esta situación avance. En caso de que se suspendan las clases por un período prolongado de tiempo, queremos asegurarles que incorporaremos distintas estrategias de enseñanza para conectarse con el hogar. En todo caso, nos comprometemos a proporcionarle información clara y oportuna sobre esta situación un tanto inestable.

Se compartirá más información a medida que se desarrolle el plan. Mientras tanto, la información actual sobre el coronavirus está disponible en las páginas de internet de los CDC y de Servicios Humanos y de Salud del Condado de San Diego respectivamente.

Como recordatorio, si su hijo (a) está enfermo, es necesario que permanezca en casa. Para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de virus respiratorios, inclusive del coronavirus y la gripe, sigan los siguientes consejos importantes:

  • Lavarse las manos con frecuencia con agua y jabón durante al menos 20 segundos. Si no hay agua y jabón disponibles, utilice un desinfectante para manos con base de alcohol.
  • Evitar tocarse los ojos, la nariz, y la boca sin antes lavarse las manos.
  • Evitar el contacto cercano con personas que están enfermas.
  • Quédese en casa cuando esté enfermo.
  • Cubirse la boca al toser. Estornudar utilizando un pañuelo desechable, y luego tirarlo a la basura.
  • Limpiar y desinfectar objetos y superficies que se tocan con frecuencia.
  • Las personas con problemas de salud crónicos o las personas que experimentan síntomas graves deben ser examinadas por personal médico profesional.
  • Vacunarse todos los años.

Por otra parte, el Departamento de Salud Pública de California no recomienda el uso de mascarillas para la prevención general y afirma que el lavado de manos proporciona una mejor protección contra las enfermedades infecciosas. El Distrito de Sweetwater está tomando las siguientes medidas:

  • Monitorear diariamente la situación de COVID-19 y trabajar con nuestros socios de la Agencia de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de San Diego, la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego y los distritos de educación primaria correspondientes.
  • Seguir las guías proporcionadas por el Departamento de Salud Pública de California y el Centro para el Control de Enfermedades.
  • Informar al personal, alumnos y a las familias sobre la higiene adecuada.
  • Actualizar nuestros planes de emergencia con base en la información proporcionada por dichas agencias acreditadas para prevenir la propagación del virus COVID-19 y asegurar que se implementen los procedimientos en el caso poco probable de que tengamos un brote generalizado en Chula Vista.

El distrito Sweetwater Union High School District seguirá monitoreando esta situación y publicará información y recursos en nuestra página de internet. Les agradecemos su apoyo constante a la salud y el bienestar de nuestros alumnos, del

personal, y de toda la comunidad.

(*Por sus siglas en inglés.)

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.