Coronavirus (COVID -19) Updates

  • RJUHSD Parent Communication: COVID -19 (Coronavirus)

     

    March 26, 2020   Spanish

     

    Dear RJUHSD Families,

     

    First – thank you! Thank you for your trust and patience as we work together to navigate this ever-changing situation in our nation. 

    The health and safety of our students is a responsibility we take seriously. We are in constant communication with the Placer County Office of Education, Placer County Public Health and statewide education leaders on how we can keep our learning community safe in the midst of this growing health crisis.

    In order to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible, we have decided to extend school closures through May 1. This is a unified decision made in consultation with the Placer County Health Officer and in collaboration with school district and charter school leaders throughout Placer County. During the extended closure, plans for distance learning and meal service will continue as planned. 

    • Distance Learning will continue through May 1st with a pause over spring break (4/6/20 - 4/13/20)
    • Meals are available for pick up Monday - Friday 11am - 1pm, including over spring break
    • If you do not have internet service please call our district hotline (916) 462-9511, and leave a message with your student’s name, six digit ID#, and the nature of your issue. 
    • Graduation Update: We understand the profound impact of possibly cancelling this once-in-a-lifetime event and the anxiety that is weighing heavily on our seniors and their families. No decisions have been made at this time.

    As our district community navigates this difficult time, we must continue to follow the “shelter-in-place” order issued by Governor Newsom and stay home except for essential activities. 

    We all want students back in school and for our communities to return to normalcy as soon as possible. But, not at the risk of their health and safety. New information is surfacing rapidly and we will continue to diligently monitor the situation and re-evaluate our steps in the coming weeks.

     

    Thank you,

    Dr. Denise Herrmann

    Superintendent


     

     

    March 19, 2020

     

    Good afternoon RJUHSD families,     Spanish     Russian

    We are extremely proud of the phenomenal job our teachers and staff are doing to launch comprehensive distance learning in our district.  As one parent wrote: I want to commend the RJUHSD faculty for their proactive response to engaging online learning during this time.  It’s probably the best thing for our children to interact with their teachers and academics during this time of uncertainty.  They need school during these times. Comparing notes with other parents, RJUHSD by far sets the example for engaging the children.  Thank you for your leadership during this difficult time.”

    We appreciate our families' support as we work together during this extraordinary, complex, and unprecedented time. The California Department of Education issued updated guidance for public school districts to support the implementation of distance learning options for students. 

    State Testing Update:  Governor Newson issued an order to suspend state standardized testing. We anticipate CAASPP testing will be canceled, pending federal approval. 

    SAT Testing:  The College Board has canceled the May 2nd SAT administration, as well as the makeup test dates for March. Please visit the College Board website to keep up to date on cancellations, makeups, refunds, and more.

    Advanced Placement (AP) Testing:  The College Board is providing free resources to support remote learning, and they’re working on a plan for students to take AP Exams from home. AP COVID-19 Website.

    ACT Testing:   ACT has rescheduled its April 4th national test date to June 13th across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

    School Closure Update: Based on the Governor’s statement during his press briefing Tuesday evening, our staff is preparing for the genuine possibility of school closures being extended beyond April 13th, 2020.  I recommend that you begin planning for extended school closures, too.

    Internet Access Update: Please check in with your student to make sure they have logged into their student.rjuhsd.us email address. Students and families who do not have reliable internet access at home should call the district technology hotline at (916) 462-9511. We will do whatever we can to ensure all students have access to our distance learning program. 

    Food Service: The Roseville Joint Union High School District is committed to serving nutritious meals during the current school closure.  To that end, we have received a waiver from the State of California that allows us to provide free breakfast and lunch to ALL STUDENTS (age of 18 years and younger) in our district.  We will continue to serve to-go style meals to students from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the following school locations:

    • Antelope High School
    • Granite Bay High School
    • Oakmont High School
    • Roseville HIgh School
    • Woodcreek High School

    ?Important: A student must be present, but ID is not required. We will have drive-up and walk-up options. Meals will include lunch, in addition to a breakfast for the next day. 

    Class of 2020: We want to acknowledge the Class of 2020 and their families.  We realize this is a stressful time for high school seniors in our district, in California, and across the nation.  We will work with teachers, counselors, and school site administrators to communicate next steps about end-of-year activities as they become available. 

    West Park High School is still expected to open on time for the 2020-21 school year. Construction is considered an essential service and will continue should Placer County order a ‘stay at home’ directive.  WPHS staff is working remotely and is available via email. 

    Social Distancing: Some parents have requested additional guidance from others on how to implement social distancing with teenagers. Here are a few links that you might find useful: 

    Sacramento County recently announced a ‘stay at home’ order for its residence, effective at 11:59 pm tonight.  Complete list of Public Health Order FAQs

    All of our schools will continue with meal pick up Monday - Friday from 11am - 1pm 

    Q: Am I allowed to leave my home while this Order is in effect?

    A: Yes. Individuals may leave their place of residence to: 

    • acquire or receive essential services or supplies to ensure the health and safety of yourself and your family
    • engage in outdoor activity that does not involve close contact with other people
    • obtain services and supplies for yourself and your family
    • to perform employment functions that are permissible under the Order

     

    Thank you for your kindness, flexibility, and grace as we navigate through these uncertain times.  We commit to doing our absolute best to care for our families, staff, and students during this global health crisis.   

     

     Respectfully,

     

    Denise Herrmann

    Superintendent

     

    Enclosures:   CDE Guidance on Distance Learning

                        CDE Guidance on School Meals

     

    March 17, 2020        Spanish      Russian

    Good afternoon RJUHSD families,

    As we enter new territory with school closures, I want to compliment our families, principals, teachers, support staff, Board of Trustees, and students as we have prepared for distance-learning these next three weeks. The overall tone and feedback from parents and staff has been positive, understanding, collaborative, and solution oriented.

    It is our intent to support the request to limit exposure to others, therefore, we are making arrangements to close the District Office to the public beginning today, Tuesday, March 17. Upon closing, we will have on the front door information to reach District staff as well as on the website with links and email addresses. Similar to our site-level staff and leaders, District staff will be accessible via email. There may be times the District Office has activity such as critical pre-arranged appointments and deliveries. 

    Distance Learning begins tomorrow, students should check their student email for instructions from their teachers. 

    We remain committed to providing updates in this rapidly evolving matter. In the meantime, we will use this opportunity to answer some of the common questions that have surfaced from staff and families in recent days:

     

    How long are schools closed? 

    All schools are closed through Spring Break and scheduled to reopen April 14, unless the District receives new direction from Placer County Public Health. 

    Any precautions families and staff should take while schools are closed? 

    While students and staff are out of school, Federal, State and County Public Health officials stress the importance that everyone maintain appropriate social distancing measures (avoiding gatherings, staying home as much as possible, etc.). This is crucial to help slow the spread of the virus among both the school-aged and general population. 

    Will employees be paid during the closure?

    • Yes, base salary and benefits will continue for all employees (certificated and classified).
    • Short- and long-term substitutes (certificated and classified) will be notified they are released. This notification makes them eligible for unemployment benefits. 

    Will students have to make up this time in the summer? 

    Given the gravity and scale of this emergency throughout California, we expect and await direction from the state for specific instructions, including processes to apply for a waiver which would not require make-up days.

    What do we do for students who don’t have internet access at home?

    Students and families who do not have reliable internet access at home should call the district hotline at (916) 462-9511. 

    When can I pick up my student's materials/medications/etc. that were left behind before my school's closure? 

    We are sorry for this disruption and inconvenience for our students and families, and appreciate everyone's patience and flexibility at this time. We will make sure to communicate specific details and instructions to our families once they are available; until then, it is crucial that we limit activity on our school sites per Public Health guidelines. 

    Will meals be served to students who rely on school nutrition? 

    Yes. 

    • Meals will be available outside the front office of each comprehensive school site Monday - Friday 11am - 1pm (no service over Spring Break, 04/06/20 - 04/13/20)
    • To avoid large congregations of people, we will offer drive-thru and walk-up service

    Will distance learning options be available to students?

    Distance Learning begins Wednesday, March 18th students should check their student email for instructions from their teachers. 

    How will Special Education students be served?

    The Governor's March 13 Executive Order directs the state to issue guidelines by Tuesday, March 17 that ensures students with disabilities receive a free and appropriate education program as required by state and federal law. The Director of Special Education will send a separate communication to families. 

    What about state testing? 

    Given the gravity and scale of this emergency throughout California, we expect and await direction from the state.  

    I'm not receiving emergency alerts (text, email, phone, etc) from the District. What can I do? 

    Updates to your personal contact information are made online via Homelink. We will be posting updates on our website: www.rjuhsd.us/coronavirus

    What is the status of the Personal Finance Course for class of 2020 and class of 2021? 

    Class of 2020: The Personal Finance course for the class of 2020 can now be completed entirely online - even the final assessment. Information will be shared with seniors that will enable them to access the course final after completion of all the units.

    Class of 2021: The Personal Finance course for the class of 2021 will be closed down for maintenance and repair until May.

    Why did students receive a Zoom invitation? 

    In order to streamline communication the district has adopted the Zoom online meeting platform. On March 17th, all students received a Zoom invitation to their student email Students should click on Google and use Google login credentials. Be on the lookout for additional information.



     

    March 13, 2020     Spanish     Russian

     

    Dear Families and Students, 

     

    After long and careful deliberation with the Placer County Office of Education and Placer County Public Health , the entire county will close schools to students beginning Monday, March 16 through the end of regularly scheduled spring break (which ends Monday, April 13).  We are taking this measure in order to protect the health and safety of students and school communities. 

    Schools are an essential service and crucial to our communities. We are facing an unprecedented health crisis in our community, and new information is surfacing rapidly. It is likely our community will be seeing many more cases of COVID-19 in the coming weeks and months and this will require a measured, sustained response. 

    Academic Information Our dedicated teachers have organized lessons and materials for distance learning during our closure. Following two days of additional teacher preparation, we anticipate the start date for these distance learning lessons to be Wednesday, March 18th, 2020.

    Food Services We are actively working with our nutrition services department to ensure students have access to meals during this time. Beginning Monday meals will be available for pick-up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on each comprehensive high school campus. More information will be available soon.

    Health and Safety Reminders Per public health officials, please continue to avoid large groups of people and remain at least six feet away from others. Do not gather in other locations such as shopping malls, movie theaters or community centers even while school is closed. Be mindful in childcare decisions to avoid exposure to vulnerable populations. Remember to continue efforts to reduce the spread of germs by washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, cover your cough or sneeze, stay home if you are sick and continue to disinfect frequently touched surfaces. 

    While school is closed, our custodian teams will be taking additional measures to disinfect classrooms, restrooms, the multi-purpose room and frequently touched surfaces such as desks, keyboard and doorknobs using state-recommended cleaning materials. 

    We understand that there are many unanswered questions. We will contact you regularly throughout the school closures to share new information as it becomes available. 

    We thank you for your patience as our district community navigates these uncharted waters. The safety and wellness of our students and staff is our top priority, and we thank you for your cooperation and support in helping us to maintain a healthy and safe learning environment. 

    Respectfully, 

    Denise Herrmann 

    Superintendent 

     

     

    March 12, 2020

    Dear RJUHSD Families,

    At this time, based on information provided by the Placer County Health Officials, all RJUHSD schools remain open.

    Our highest priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of our community during the rapidly changing COVID-19 health threat. With the recent suspension of athletic activities by nearly all professional sports and a growing number of collegiate and high school athletic programs throughout the state and country, we are suspending all athletic contests and practices and all other after school activities effective today through April 13, 2020. We understand and acknowledge the disappointment felt by student-athletes, coaches, and families as a result of this decision.

    This decision is based on our inability to ensure these events do not contribute to the spread of the pandemic. We will continue to work closely with PCOE and Placer County Department of Public Health to evaluate the status of possible school closure.



    Respectfully,


    Denise Herrmann

    Superintendent  

     

     

    March 11, 2020

    Dear RJUHSD Families,

    At this time, based on information provided by the Placer County Health Officials,  all RJUHSD schools remain open. In order to better communicate we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions below. We will continue to work closely with the County Health Services and Placer County Office of Education to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.



     RJUHSD FAQs for COVID-19 (3/11/20)

     

    Q:  Why are social distancing strategies being recommended for schools?

    Social distancing in public education can include: closing schools, canceling large gatherings, working from home, self-quarantine if symptomatic, and avoiding crowds. These strategies are being implemented to keep the virus from spreading fast.

    Q:  Why is it important to slow the spread of the virus?

    Epidemiologists call this strategy of preventing a huge spike in cases “flattening the curve,” and it looks like this:

    Flattening the curve CDC

    “Even if you don’t reduce total cases, slowing down the rate of an epidemic can be critical,” wrote Carl Bergstrom, a biologist at the University of Washington. The graphic above was created by the CDC. 

    Flattening the curve means that all the social distancing measures now being deployed aren’t so much about preventing illness but rather slowing down the rate at which people get sick.

    Q:  What are the benefits of our social distancing actions to public health in our region? 

    “If more of us do that, we will slow the spread of the disease,” Emily Landon, an infectious disease specialist and hospital epidemiologist at the University of Chicago Medicine. “That means my mom and your mom will have a hospital bed if they need it.”

    So, even if you’re young and healthy, it’s your job to follow social distancing measures to avoid spreading it to others and keep the epidemic in slow motion. “The more young and healthy people are sick at the same time, the more old people will be sick, and the more pressure there will be on the health care system,” said Landon.

    Q:  Could some of the large group events that were cancelled be rescheduled for a later date?

    Yes. We are hopeful some events can be rescheduled for later in the spring.  This is a fluid situation and we are working closely with Placer County Office of Education and Placer County Department of Public Health to monitor the spread of COVID -19. 

    Q:  In what ways has RJUHSD collaborated with other local districts and agencies? 

    From the onset of COVID-19 we have worked closely with surrounding districts to make sure we are coordinating efforts to ensure the safety of students and staff in the region. We have direct access to Placer County Office of Education and Placer Department of Health and make contact as needed multiple times throughout the day.

    • In the past 36 hours we consulted with Roseville City Schools, Eureka Union; Dry Creek, Rocklin, and Placer Union to compare action steps to implement social distancing in our respective districts
    • We have connected with City of Roseville officials to share our mitigation plans

    Q:  Why are we continuing to hold athletic events when all other events after 3pm are cancelled? 

    Unlike other events, athletic contests are interdependent with other schools and school districts.  We consulted with California Interscholastic Federation Sports (CIF) and our neighboring districts to move forward with holding sporting events that have approximately 50 or fewer participants and restricted the fans to immediate family members only.  All large group sporting events have been postponed or cancelled. We will continue to review the status of athletic contests in the coming days and weeks.

    Q:  Why was the SAT scheduled for 3/14 cancelled?

    Yesterday, RJUHSD used guidance from our local health department to cancel the SAT scheduled on 3/14/20 at Granite Bay HS.  Today, College Board used guidance from national health experts to cancel the 3/14 SAT in all impacted areas of the country, including California.  https://pages.collegeboard.org/natural-disasters 

     

    As of now, College Board has re-assigned the students from our 3/14 date to 3/28/20 at Granite Bay HS.  We will continue to work closely with the College Board and will alert families if that date changes or is canceled.  The next regularly scheduled SAT dates in 2020 are: May 2, June 6, August 29, October 3, November 7 and December 5.

     

    Q: Why haven’t we closed schools? 

    We are making decisions for RJUHSD based on guidance from the California Department of Education, California Department of Health and Human Services, and Placer County Health Department.  At this time, there is no recommendation from Placer County Public Health for any school(s) to close. Class instruction in our districts will continue as planned with additional community mitigation steps in place. These steps can include postponement or cancellation of public events, field trips, large gatherings, performances, and school assemblies.

    This is an understandably anxious time, and we appreciate how families and staff are working together to keep our community safe.

     

    Sincerely,

      

    Denise Herrmann

    Superintendent

     

     

    March 10, 2020 pdf

    Spanish version

    Russian version

     

    Attachment School Guidance on Novel Coronavirus or COVID -19

      

    COVID - 19 Update 03/05/20.pdf

    COVID - 19 Message to Families 03/03/20 

    COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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