Parent Letter – April 8
April 8, 2020
Dear LMSV Families,
We hope you are all healthy and have been able to enjoy this spring break. As we have previously shared, our schools remain closed due to the statewide stay-at-home order and health department restrictions on gatherings and social distancing.
In the spirit of planning for the worst, but hoping for the best, on Monday, April 13, 2020, we will launch the first phase (soft launch) of our distance learning plan. Distance learning will be made up of three key components: independent study work, teacher support, and supplemental online learning opportunities and will be launched in two phases (the week of April 13 and the week of April 27). For the independent study component, students will complete an independent study curriculum packet for their grade level. The packets will be available on our website on Monday, April 13, 2020. Hard copies of the packets will also be available at your school site for pick up next week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (April 13, 14, 15) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. An email containing detailed information about our distance learning plan will be sent to you at the end of this week. Communications are also being posted on our district website here: lmsvschools.org/coronavirus.
Next week, we will continue to provide multi-meal packs on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Bancroft Elementary School, La Mesa Arts Academy, Parkway Middle School, Spring Valley Academy and STEAM Academy.
We wanted to give you an update on school closures and packet distribution in case you need to arrange for the pick up of materials, but please don’t allow this email to add unneeded stress to your spring break.
Thank you for your continued support and patience during these challenging times. We will provide additional information and details later this week. We love you and support you. We are all in this together.
Have a wonderful end to your spring break!
Superintendent, La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools
Parent Letter – March 30
March 30, 2020
Dear LMSV Families,
We wanted to take a moment to make sure you were aware of the ongoing status of school closures and our current plans for the weeks ahead. Several school districts have made announcements about extended closures and distance learning plans, and we want to make sure there isn’t any confusion about our plans in La Mesa-Spring Valley School District.
What restrictions are currently in place?
The following county, state and federal orders, restrictions, and guidelines are currently in place:
|Health restrictions||Expiration date|
|Federal: Guidelines on gatherings and social distancing||April 30|
|State: Governor’s statewide “stay at home” order||Until further notice|
|County: Health restrictions on gatherings and social distancing||Until further notice|
Will Schools Reopen on April 13?
As long as the statewide “stay at home” order remains in place, and as long as county health restrictions on gatherings and social distancing remain in place, our schools will remain closed. Please be assured that we will inform you right away if health orders are lifted and we are able to reopen. In the meantime, we should all be prepared for the real possibility that health orders will remain in place well beyond spring break and that schools will not be able to reopen on April 13. In the spirit of planning for the worst but hoping for the best, we are developing a distance learning plan for all students in the event that our schools must remain closed beyond April 13 (more on that below).
Distance Learning Plans
If health orders are not lifted and schools must remain closed, we will provide structured opportunities for distance learning. LMSV will provide curriculum packets for each grade level that teachers will support remotely with their students and families. The packets for the first two weeks of learning (April 13 – 24) will be available online, or available for pick up at any of our school campuses on April 13, 14 and 15 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. More details about the distance learning process will be provided to you in the coming weeks, including follow up information on the use of technology and device access. We are being very mindful of the different circumstances families may be facing. It is our goal to ensure ongoing support to both our students and families as we create a system for continuity of learning for our children. We are here to support you.
Meal Service Update
We are committed to ensuring our students have access to meals during the time of school closure, this includes during our planned spring break. To help better serve our families’ needs, we are transitioning to a multi-meal pack service. Beginning this Wednesday, April 1, we will begin to provide multi-meal packs twice per week. On Mondays, we will provide multi-meal packs to include breakfast and lunch for two days. On Wednesdays, we will provide multi-meal packs of breakfast and lunch for three days. Next week only: We will provide single-meal packs through Tuesday, March 31, with multi-meal packs starting on Wednesday, April 1.
Meals will be available for pick up from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the following school locations:
- Bancroft Elementary School, 8805 Tyler Street, Spring Valley, CA 91977
- La Mesa Arts Academy, 4200 Parks Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91941
- Parkway Middle School, 9009 Park Plaza Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
- Spring Valley Academy, 3900 Conrad Drive, Spring Valley, CA 91977
- STEAM Academy, 1001 Leland Street, Spring Valley, CA 91978
As always, we are here for you, and will provide more information soon.
Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services