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Interested in serving on the Superintendent Parent Advisory Committee?  Submit your name to your school site principal by August 28, 2019

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!

I am writing to update you about membership on the Superintendent Parent Advisory Committee (SPAC). The SPAC meets monthly during the school year on the first Monday from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. The first meeting of this school year will be held on September 9, 2019.

The purpose of the SPAC is to provide two-way communication between parents and the Superintendent. At each meeting, I provide information about various topics related to the district and respond to parent's questions. Each parent gives a short report about activities at their school. Special topics identified by the SPAC parents are presented at meetings by district staff.

Each school selects a parent to represent their school and an alternative in the event the·SPAC representative cannot attend a meeting. In the past, the SPAC representative from each school has often been a member of the school's Home and School Club (HSC).

This school year, the membership will be expanded to include one representative (and alternative) from the HSC and one member (and alternative) at-large. If you are interested In joining the SPAC as a member-at-large, please submit your name to your principal by August 28. 2019. The member-at-large (and alternative) will be selected through a lottery process.

Thank you for your time and have a wonderful year.

Sincerely,

Dr. Deborah A. Flores, Ph.D.

Superintendent, Gilroy Unified School District

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Traffic patterns are expected to be severely impacted when students return to school on August 14 due to the Christmas Hill Park and Miller Avenue closures.  Please plan your travel time accordingly.

As we approach the beginning of the school year on Wednesday, August 14, please be aware that traffic will likely be severely impacted due to the Miller Avenue closures. Miller Avenue, at Uvas and Luchessa, and Christmas Hill Park will be closed until further notice. Please note: there is no public access to Christmas Hill Park at this time.

The Gilroy Unified School District and City of Gilroy- Public Information Office expect this closure to impact traffic flow at most school sites and along the Santa Teresa corridor.

Parents dropping off and picking up children at Ascencion Solorsano Middle School should use Club Drive. Families with students at most other school sites can expect to have their commute times impacted due to the Miller Avenue closure and Christmas Hill Park closure. Please plan accordingly and leave plenty of time to travel.

As a reminder, student and staff safety is always our highest priority and we remain committed to providing a safe learning environment for our children beginning on August 14. 

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As of August 2019, food delivery, from professional delivery and food brought from home, is no longer allowed at any Gilroy Unified School District school site.

As of August 2019, for student safety reasons and to control disruptions of school operations and the learning environment, the Gilroy Unified School District will no longer allow outside food delivery, including professional delivery and food brought from home, to students during school hours.  

The increasing number of attempted deliveries is disruptive to both the school operations and the learning environment.  The State legislature has directed school districts through Education Code Section 32212 to control interruptions during school hours.  District Board Policies 1250 and 6116 require school staff to ensure that disruptions to school operations and classrooms are kept to a minimum.  In keeping with these directives, the District has determined that food delivery causes a major disruption to the campus as it takes school staff away from essential duties. 

Please know that we will refuse delivery of any food items delivered to campus. Gilroy Unified School District will not be held responsible for any costs associated with the ordering of food in violation of Board policy.  This applies to any food brought from off campus including food brought from home. Accepting such deliveries not only disrupts campus operation, but also would require us to keep all items in facilities required by health code. These facilities are not available in our offices and storing food improperly poses a health risk to students.  The District asks for your cooperation in not ordering food to be delivered or bringing food to your child. 

Students are allowed to bring their lunch from home or purchase food from the cafeteria.

Thank you for your understanding and support.


Food Delivery FAQ

 

Q. Why did the Gilroy Unified School District enact this policy?

A.  First and foremost, this is about the safety of all students. Food delivery services have increased making it more difficult for us to supervise students and our schools. We must be able to manage and control the number of people coming onto our campuses. Also, this is a risk to student health as we do not have the facilities to store food in the offices at our school sites. The enforcement of this policy also decreases the chances of cross-contamination of food which otherwise would place our students and staff with food allergies at higher risk.   

 

Q. Is Gilroy Unified School District the only district with this policy?

A.  Many districts across the country have limited or stopped the practice of food delivery for these same reasons. 

 

Q. What happens if my child forgets lunch?

A. The student may eat lunch in the cafeteria. A student is never refused a meal.  Gilroy Unified School District feeds all students the same meals, regardless of ability to pay.

 

Q. I heard that students that do not have money on their account are given a different lunch is that true?

A.  No. All students are provided with the same options regardless of the status of their lunch account.

 

Q. My child has severe food allergies. What happens if my child forgets lunch and is on a special diet? 

A.  The Food Service Department does accommodate alternative food for students with allergies when the attached Medical Statement from their Doctor is provided. 

 

Q. I still have questions who should I ask?

A.  We understand that individual families might need further clarification. If you have questions not addressed above please email communications@gilroyunified.org

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Crisis counseling will continue through Friday, August 9, at Brownell Middle School and Gilroy High School from 4pm-8pm each day for students, staff and community members.

Beginning Monday, August 5, 2019 through Friday, August 9, 2019, crisis counselors will be onsite providing services to staff, students and community members at both Gilroy High School and Brownell Middle School from 4pm-8pm.

Additionally, the Gilroy Unified School District will be providing crisis counselors onsite at all 15 of our school sites from August 14-16 for students as they return for the 2019-2020 school year. Please continue to encourage your children to take advantage of the available services for them as we return to school.

Finally, as we enter the 2019-2020 school year, we realize that different families have spoken to their children about the tragedies in Gilroy, El Paso and Dayton this last week in different ways.  Inevitably, these conversations will take place at school sites, in passing conversations, on the playground or during extra-curricular activities, and probably in classrooms.  If you have not yet addressed the mass shootings with your children, we highly encourage you to do so prior to August 14.  If you need some assistance with conversations, here is a link with some help in speaking to kids about violence, click here.  Included in this Google Drive link are folders with appropriate information for elementary school students, teen-aged students and all students and parents.

For information about steps GUSD is taking in all aspects of Emergency Preparedness, click here.

Rest assured that the entire Gilroy Unified School District team is working hard to ensure the safety and support the well-being of all of our staff and students.  In the days and weeks that come as our community continues through the healing process we will continue to provide all available resources and support to all who we serve.

 

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Our focus continues to be on the victims of the shooting, their families, and the staff, families and students of the Gilroy Unified School District, impacted by this tragedy. Please email any media inquiries to Public Information Officer, Melanie Corona: Melanie.Corona@GilroyUnified.org.

Since Sunday’s horrific Garlic Festival shooting, the Gilroy Unified School District has been flooded by requests from reporters for information regarding the suspected shooter.  Media reports have stated that the person who shot and killed three young people and injured many others, who are still in the hospital, was a Gilroy High School student. The District can verify that he attended Gilroy High school for one school year (2016-17) - his senior year, after transferring to GUSD from Monte Vista High School.  He did not attend any GUSD schools prior to his senior year.

While the District continues to actively cooperate with local and federal investigators, our focus continues to be on the victims of the shooting, their families, and all others, including all families and students of the Gilroy Unified School District, impacted by this tragedy.

We have been providing counseling services to our Christopher High School since Monday, July 29, and will continue through the week. The Victim Assistance Center at Rucker Elementary School is also providing a wide-range of services to victims. Our thoughts continue to be with all those as our community begins to heal.

Please email any further questions to the attention of our Public Information Officer, Melanie Corona: Melanie.Corona@GilroyUnified.org.  At this time, representatives from the Gilroy Unified School District will not be conducting any live or phone interviews.