Dear GUSD Parents, Staff and Students,
Thank you all so much for your hard work, patience and persistence during these first days of the school year. The first week of school has been challenging with everyone learning how to use computers, software programs and Zoom all at once. Your understanding and cooperation is greatly appreciated. This has been a true team effort.
I visited all of our school sites over the first three days of school to check-in and thank our school administrators, office staff, teachers and others who were onsite. It was great to see everyone and hear the stories about how things were going, including the challenges and how things were improving each day. Most of our students were able to participate in distance learning this week, and I am confident that more students will join us online next week.
Each school is maintaining a list of students who need further assistance to access distance learning either due to internet or technology needs. Providing these resources is a top priority for our school district and a team of district and school site staff continues to address this. If you need a hotspot for internet access or need a Chromebook, please contact the office manager at your school site. Contact information for schools can be accessed here.. If you have already spoken to school site staff about your connectivity needs, there is no need to submit an additional request. If you are a teacher, please let your principal know if you are experiencing technology issues so that we can also address your concerns.
Our IT Department has been providing technical support to staff, students and families since the first day of school, and will continue to do so throughout the school year. If your student is having challenges accessing daily Zoom meetings, their email address, Google Classrooms or anything else, please contact the IT Support Department: ITSupport@GilroyUnified.org or 669-205-4060 and one of our technicians will reach out to you within 24 hours.
On Wednesday, August 12, the Gilroy Unified School District began serving meals to students at six school sites: Eliot Elementary, Glen View Elementary, Las Animas Elementary, Luigi Aprea Elementary and South Valley Middle School. Two meals are being served daily, lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following day, Monday through Friday, from 12:00 pm through 2:00 pm and are available for any student in the Gilroy Unified School District.
If your household is unable to pay for your meals, please apply for our free or reduced-priced meal program. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020-2021 school year online. The application packet is also attached to this email to download and print. Applications can also be picked-up and returned to any of the six school sites serving food during the week.
Parents also have the option to credit student accounts online at Titan School Solutions. There is a service charge of $2.60 for any amount applied to the student account. Questions regarding meal service, applications or online accounts can be directed to the Child Nutrition Department at 669-205-4000 (English, ext. 304044, Spanish, ext. 304074).
GUSD buses will be delivering meals to students who live along rural bus stops who are qualified for transportation during the normal school year. Our buses will leave Gilroy High School at 11:45 am and complete deliveries by 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Stop times will fluctuate over the next few days until stops are established for those receiving the service. Parents can contact transportation at 669-205-7900, for more information. Buses will also have free/ reduced meal application with them and will collect them for parents for processing.
Distribution of textbooks, school supplies and other materials is underway at all of our school sites. Your child’s school will be contacting you directly about this process, if they haven’t already.
We launched our new communications tool this week: Parent Square. Parent Square and Aeries will be the main tools for information and communication between the district, staff, teachers, parents and students. Parent Square communications will come to you in the app, via email, call and text. Please download the Parent Square app and log-in with your contact email or phone number to receive notifications to your phone. For help with Parent Square or Aeries, please contact Dorien Koene, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408.722.8414.
I know that there have been challenges this week and new challenges will likely arise this week. Please know that all of our staff members, administrators and teachers are working tirelessly, sometimes around the clock, to provide support and resources to all of the stakeholders in our district. Please continue reaching out for answers to questions, for help with technology, and to access other resources. If your child is struggling with connectivity issues, and isn’t able to attend classes, I encourage you to contact their teacher on a regular basis. We know that online learning presents its own set of issues to tackle and I am proud of the perseverance that you are showing as we continue to move forward. I hope you are able to rest and regroup this weekend, and we will try again on Monday.
Take care of each other,
Dr. Deborah A. Flores, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Gilroy Unified School District
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