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Elk Grove Unified Asks Parents to Voice Their Preference for Sending Their Child Back to School for the 2020-2021 School Year

Parent Input Survey

Yesterday evening, the Elk Grove Unified School District released a districtwide email asking parents to voice their preference for sending their child back to school for the 2020-2021 school year. In its commitment to serve all of the District’s students and families and by taking every step possible to ensure high quality education is balanced with health and safety, District decision makers are reaching out to identify every parent’s preferences for their child(ren) to return to school in order to more effectively deploy plans to reopen schools within the recommended Sacramento County Public Health recommendations.

Click here to learn more about the survey.

Elk Grove Unified Launches Drive-Through Summer Meals Program

EGUSD Summer Meal Program

With the official conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year, the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) will begin its Summer Meals Program for students during the summer break. The Department of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) will offer a drive-through and grab-n-go meal service for more families and their children at 25 school sites from June 1 – 26, 2020.

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ALL EGUSD SCHOOLS CLOSED – March 7 to March 13

 March 7, 2020 

Dear Elk Grove Unified Families, 

The public’s health and safety is paramount to Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) and all of our community and educational partners. Friday evening, the Sacramento County Public Health Department (SCPH) confirmed that an EGUSD family was put on quarantine because of testing positive for COVID-19. After careful consideration and in light of the new information, effective immediately, the District will close its schools, cancel classes and any student-related activities from today, March 7 – March 13, 2020. 

Please know that to date, no student or staff has tested positive for COVID-19. 

At this time, we ask parents to make arrangements for their student(s) for March 7 – March 13, 2020 as all EGUSD schools will be closed, classes will be canceled and any student-related activities will also be canceled. An update on whether the school closures will be extended will be provided by the end of the day, Thursday, March 12, 2020. 

This complex decision involved close collaboration and coordination with our Board of Trustees, labor groups, the Sacramento County Office of Education and the Sacramento County Public Health Department. We will be working closely with multiple community partners to coordinate and adjust planned events as needed. We will also move up our April Traditional/Modified Traditional Spring Break to the week of March 9 – March 13, 2020 to minimize the impact to student learning and any loss of school days. Future adjustments to the school calendar may need to be made. 

We understand there are many concerns around COVID-19 and want to ensure families that we are working closely with SCPH for updates and guidance. For the latest information on COVID-19, families are encouraged to visit our EGUSD website, the SCPH webpage dedicated to COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus), and the CDC homepage. 

For questions regarding this closure, please contact our Safety and Security at (916) 686-7786. 

Sincerely, 

Christopher R. Hoffman 

Superintendent 

03-07-2020 Community Letter

Free Summer Meals

The Elk Grove Unified School District’s Food and Nutrition Services and local community partners will once again provide meals during the summer from June through August to children 18 years and younger.

Click here for locations and to learn more.

EGUSD Parent Survey

The Elk Grove Unified School District has been administering the Parent Survey for over 20 years. We continually strive to provide the best education possible for all children. The Parent Survey is an important tool we use to evaluate our success in achieving this mission. The information parents provide through this survey will be used to make further improvements to our school and district programs.

2019 – EGUSD Parent Survey – English

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Elk Grove ha administrado la encuesta de padres por más de 20 años. Nosotros continuamos esmerándonos en proporcionar la mejor educación posible para todos los niños. Esta encuesta de padres es una herramienta muy importante para evaluar nuestro éxito logrando esta misión. La información que los padres proporcionan a través de esta encuesta se usará para realizar más mejoras a nuestros programas escolares y del distrito.

2019 – Encuesta para padres del distrito escolar unificado de Elk Grove – Spanish

Học Khu Elk Grove đang điều hành sự Thăm Dò Phụ Huynh từ 20 năm nay. Chúng tôi tiếp tục cố gắng cung cấp đầy đủ một nền giáo dục tốt nhất có thể làm được cho tất cả học sinh. Sự Thăm Dò Phụ Huynh là một dụng cụ quan trọng chúng tôi dùng để đánh giá những thành quả của chúng tôi đạt được trong mục tiêu này. Những thông tin mà qúi vị phụ huynh cung cấp trong cuộc thăm dò này sẽ được dùng để cải tiến cho tốt hơn những chương trình của nhà trường và học khu.

2019 – Bảng Khảo Sát Phụ Huynh Học Sinh Học Khu Elk Grove – Vietnamese

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2019 – Elk Grove Unified School District Niamtxiv Daim Ntawv Sojntsuam – Hmong

Attendance Awareness

Attendance can help predict academic success, but too often we don’t realize how quickly absences — excused and/or unexcused — can add up and begin to lead to academic trouble.  It is important to consider that time missed from the classroom can actually surface later in a student’s academic life.  It is important to remember that the curriculum offered today differ from our years in school. In fact, the Common Core Standards are built upon the assumption of “perfect attendance” and are also dependent of past skills taught in lower grades.

Here are some helpful tips for families to help your child from Attendance Works:

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before
  • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots
  • Introduce your child to his/her teachers and classmates before school starts to help their transition
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up.  Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session

Please join Elk Grove Unified School District in making school attendance for all students a priority.  Elk Grove Unified School District joins school districts across this nation in embracing this commitment to our students and celebrating Attendance Awareness Month Campaign on all our campuses during the month of September.  Please discuss with your child the importance attendance has in every aspect of their life and most assuredly being present and prepared every day at school. EVERY STUDENT/EVERY DAY.

Attendance – English

Attendance – Spanish

Attendance – Hmong

Attendance – Vietnamese

 

EGUSD Update: Gastrointestinal Illnesses and Requested Preventative Steps

GASTROINTESTINAL ILLNESSES AND REQUESTED PREVENTATIVE STEPS

As a result of multiple gastrointestinal illness (GI) outbreaks, presumably norovirus, at infant care centers and schools in six Sacramento County schools, Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH) has asked all district school officials in the county to work closely with them to investigate GI illnesses. Out of an abundance of caution, however, EGUSD does ask that parents monitor their student for any of the flu-like symptoms listed below. The SCPH also recommends that students with symptoms go to their primary physician to be tested for norovirus.

Symptoms

Flu or gastrointestinal types of illnesses are extremely contagious. Influenza and cold viruses are spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing. Norovirus is spread by touching surfaces or objects and/or by eating food or drinking liquids contaminated with the virus.

Common symptoms of influenza flu include:

  • Fever, headache, muscle and body aches, chills, sore throat, exhaustion and dry cough.
  • Children may also have nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Norovirus, the stomach bug, causes:

  • Acute gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines) and infected persons can feel extremely ill with diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain/cramping.
  • They also may experience headache and fever.

Steps to help keep your child healthy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent influenza infection is to get a flu vaccine. There is no vaccine available for norovirus. Talk to your child about practicing good health habits:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Cover mouth and nose into the inside of the elbow or with a tissue when sneezing or coughing and dispose of the tissue immediately into the trash.
  • Avoid touching the “T zone”- eyes, nose and mouth and sharing drinks, water bottles, eating utensils and cell phones.

Help prevent spreading illness to others

  • If your child has had symptoms of a GI Illness, we ask that you keep your sick child home from school until he/she has been fever/vomiting/diarrhea-free for 48 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication). It is important for your ill child to get rest and drink plenty of fluids.
  • At home, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, toys and commonly shared items. Wash contaminated clothing or linen immediately with detergent at the maximum available cycle length and then machine dry.

For any medically-related questions, EGUSD encourages you to contact your primary care physician or Sacramento County Public Health at (916) 875-5881.

School Accountability Report Cards Available

The current School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is available online at the Elk Grove Unified School District website at

http://www.egusd.net/academics/assessments/school-accountability-report-cards/

Both a long detailed format and a short executive summary are posted for parents to learn more about the schools in our community.

Each school’s SARC summarizes the school’s mission, goals, accomplishments, and highlights the school’s unique programs.  In addition, state law requires that the SARC contain all of the following: demographic data, school safety and climate for learning information, academic data, school completion rates, class sizes, teacher and staff information, curriculum and instruction descriptions, postsecondary preparation information, fiscal and expenditure data.

The federal law requires that SARCs contain reports concerning the “adequate yearly progress” of students in achieving state academic achievement standards; Title I Program Improvement status; graduation rates at the secondary level; and the extent to which “highly qualified” teachers are teaching core academic subjects.

A hard copy of these reports can be requested by visiting your child’s school office.  Additionally, these reports have been translated in Spanish and Hmong at schools with large populations of families who speak these languages. Any questions regarding the SARCs can be answered by your child’s principal or by contacting Learning Support Services at 686-7712.

Click this link for Hmong translation – SARC – Hmong

Click this link for Spanish translation – SARC – Spanish

 

Map Your Future

map-your-future

What will your students be when they grow up? Has your child had the opportunity to see a wide variety of the future career options that are available to him or her? Did you know that EGUSD offers a diverse array of career-themed academies and pathways? Here’s your chance to find answers to these questions!

Students in 4th through 9th grades are invited to attend EXPLORE: Map Your Future, an event for students and families to explore career academy and pathway programs. Map Your Future will take place on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at the SES Hall, 10428 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, 95624, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Guests may arrive at any time during the two-hour window.

Also, attendees may reserve a spot on a District school bus if transportation is needed (at least one family member must ride with the student on the bus). If interested, please click here to sign up for bus service: https://goo.gl/forms/GcODUv2Gm7zMft1K3 . Or, you may sign-up at the school’s front office if you are interested.

For overflow parking, Elk Grove High School will be available with free shuttle service to and from the SES Hall.

Want to read more about academy and pathway programs? Please visit:www.EGUSDExplore.com !

Click here to download flyer.

 

Lawsuit Forces California Department of Education to Release Student Private Personal Data

The California Department of Education (CDE) has been ordered by the courts to release to a non­profit called California Concerned Parents the “protected personal information of children, including children with disabilities, children who requested an assessment or who were assessed for special education eligibility, and children who are attending, or who have attended a California school at any time since January 1, 2008.”
The Elk Grove Unified School District was never involved in the lawsuit or subject to any of the allegations in the suit.  The CDE is required by the court directive to turn over the personal records of all students it collects statewide. Data collected by the state from EGUSD is limited.
Click here to learn more and to file an objection.Parents have until April 1, 2016 to inform the court of their objection.
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