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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, dorien.koene@gilroyunified.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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Good evening GUSD families,

We are excited to welcome our students back to school tomorrow, and want to share a few final announcements with you as we all prepare to return to our distance learning campus.

Before tomorrow morning:
1. Students should log-in to their GUSD email accounts. Open gmail.com in a new internet browser tab and enter the student email address: studentIDnumber@GilroyUnified.org. An example of a student email is 999999@gilroyunified.org. The password for student email is the student's birthday: mmddyyyy. An example of a password is 01012001.

2. Students should access their Google Classroom sites and join all of their Google Classroom invitations. Some teachers have automatically enrolled their students in their Google Classrooms. Some students will have to accept the Google Classroom invitation from their teacher to join. You can access a Google Classroom through student email or online: www.classroom.google.com.

3. Students should test their Zoom connectivity using camera and audio. Instructions on activating a student Zoom account was emailed from the GUSD IT Department on Sunday, August 9. Zoom invitations for joining a class are usually posted in a teacher's Google Classroom. Click here for more help with Zoom: https://bit.ly/3fNWzrg

If your student is having problems connecting to their Zoom meetings or accessing their GUSD email or Google Classroom, please let us know immediately by emailing or messaging the teacher in Parent Square or calling the front office.

For Chromebook issues, please contact our IT Department: ITSupport@GilroyUnified.org or call 669.205.4060.

FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS: Make note of your student's schedule and timeframes. Please note: On Wednesdays, including August 12, middle and high school students will not have zero period but will attend all other periods. You can find more information here: https://www.gilroyunified.org/enroll-in-gusd/distance-learning-6th-to-12th-grades

FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS: Make note of your student's schedule and breaks. Please note: Wednesdays, including August 12, are early release days for elementary school students. You can find more information here: https://www.gilroyunified.org/enroll-in-gusd/distance-learning-tk-to-5th-grades

We understand that internet connectivity is an issue for some families at our schools. And we know that the first week of school is going to be filled with some challenges for our families to join distance learning online. Students will not be penalized if they are having connectivity issues, either with internet connection or challenges with joining online class meetings. Please communicate with the front office staff at your child's school via phone or reach out to your child's teacher(s) if you are experiencing trouble. Schools will be following up with students who are not logging into class meetings. Your child will not be dropped from classes if they cannot log-in.

The Gilroy Unified School District will provide hotspots to students without internet connection. If you have not received a phone call from school or District Office staff and you need help with an internet connection, please contact your child's school site to schedule an appointment. Hotspot distribution is ongoing.

Thank you,
GUSD Communications

 
   
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Hello GUSD Families,

As Gilroy Unified School District transitions into the 2020-2021 school year, the Child Nutrition Department looks forward to welcoming your students back to the cafeteria.  In preparation for this, we would like to bring your attention to a few important items.

Although we have been serving FREE meals since school closed in March, this ended on July 31st. Effective August 12th, meals be served everyday under the National School Lunch Program & School Breakfast Program.

We have updated your meal prices for the 2020-2021 school year:

  Breakfast Lunch Non-Student

Elementary Reduced

$0.20

$0.40

n/a

Elementary Paid

$1.25

$3.00

$4.25

Secondary Reduced

$0.20

$0.40

n/a

Secondary Paid

$1.50

$3.00

$4.25

Per Senate Bill 265, the State of California requires school districts to feed any student who requests a meal, regardless of whether that student has money on his/her account.  All enrolled students have a meal account and have the ability to purchase/charge reimbursable meals. 

 Meals will be served at the following locations 5 days a week between 12:00pm – 2:00pm:

  • Eliot Elementary
  • Glenview Elementary
  • Las Animas Elementary
  • Luigi Aprea Elementary
  • Rod Kelley Elementary
  • South Valley Middle School
  1. If your household is unable to pay for your child(ren) meals, we strongly encourage you to apply for free/reduced-priced meals.   Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020-2021 school year and can be downloaded and printed.  You can pick-up and return to any of the six school sites serving food during the week.  Please see attached information regarding the importance of applying for free/reduced-price meals.
  2. For Paid families, parents 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 please contact the Child Nutrition Department at 669-205-4000 (English, ext. 304044, Spanish, ext. 304074).

We look forward to seeing all our students when school begins!   Please help us prepare for this exciting time by completing your meal application and participating in our wonderful lunch program.

 

Take care,

GUSD Child Nutrition Department

669-205-4000, ext. 304075

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Dear GUSD families:

We are eagerly anticipating the opening of the 2020-21 school year next week on August 12.   I am sending this letter to remind you of a few key points and also to share with you the distance learning schedules for the school year.  The attached distance learning schedule will be the framework for your child’s school day.  Your child’s teachers will share specifics about the daily schedule closer to the start of the year with you.  Please expect communication from them to your email address and your student’s GUSD email address in the next few days.

First day of school specifics: The first day of school is Wednesday, August 12.  All students will begin the school year online, either in the distance learning program or GUSD Virtual Learning Academy.  Our physical campuses will NOT be open.   Please do not bring your children to school.  They should begin the school day online.

Every year our Communications Department puts together a video highlighting the first day of school.  If you'd like to share a photograph of your child on the first day of school, please email a photo to communications@gilroyunified.org by August 21.  You can also download and print first day of school signs to use for your memories.
 

Two programs being offered: All students in the Gilroy Unified School District are automatically enrolled in the distance learning program.  There is nothing else that you need to do.  If you applied to the GUSD Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) and were accepted, you will be notified.  Teachers in the VLA will be assigned by Friday, August 7.  Further information about the VLA will be available regarding scheduling, teacher names and the first day of instruction after that. 

School day schedules: Instruction for students in distance learning begins no later than 8:00 am, Monday-Friday.   For students in middle and high school participating in zero period classes, please confirm the start time using the attached schedules.  Students will typically complete their instructional day (specific time with teachers) by noon. Students will be expected to complete additional assignments and homework in the afternoon.  

Teacher office hours: All teachers will hold drop-in office hours every day of the week except Wednesday.  They will confirm their availability with their classes and students in the next few days.

Teacher assignments and class schedules: Teacher assignments for elementary school students will likely be released by Monday, August 10.   Please continue to be patient as class rosters and teacher assignments are still being finalized.  

Class schedules for middle and high school students will be available on Aeries next week.   Please continue to be patient as class rosters and teacher assignments are still being finalized.

Technology for students: All students in the Gilroy Unified School District must have access to a device and the internet to participate in distance learning and the VLA.  Chromebook distribution has been ongoing this week and will continue, by appointment only, next week at school sites.  Please contact your school’s office manager right away if you have not been contacted about a Chromebook and you need one for your child to begin distance learning.  

Meal service for GUSD students: Meals to students in the Gilroy Unified School District will resume on August 12.  Two meals daily, lunch for the day and breakfast for the next day will be provided from 12-2 pm daily, at six school sites: Eliot Elementary, Glen View Elementary, Las Animas Elementary, Luigi Aprea Elementary, Rod Kelley Elementary and South Valley Middle School, and can be paid for like school meals during a typical school year.   Adults may pick up meals for any child in the district in their home. Applications for free and reduced meal service are being accepted now.  You can pick-up a paper application at any food distribution site.  

Enrolling in school: Registration for all students is ongoing and open!  If you have not yet registered your child for school in the Gilroy Unified School District, please do so as soon as possible.  Our school offices are open and are currently accepting hard copy registration paperwork.  If you have questions about enrollment or your child’s registration, please contact the office manager at your school.  To enroll your child online or for answers to registration questions, please visit our website.  The instructional calendar, which shows holidays, breaks, and other information can be accessed here in English and Spanish.

I am thinking of all of you as we prepare for a new frontier in public education.  I understand that these past few months have been filled with uncertainty for all of us.  I am confident that our teachers are prepared to welcome your children into their virtual classrooms and will provide high expectations and academic rigor, with the same devotion and confidence as if they were teaching in brick and mortar buildings.  My hope for you is that you find peace in the next few days knowing that your children are going to excel in their own ways, as they always do, in spite of these circumstances.  We are all working for the same goal: to educate the next generation of world citizens and lifelong learners, and we are all in this together.

Take care of each other,


Dr. Deborah A. Flores, Superintendent

Gilroy Unified School District

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The Gilroy Unified School District and the Gilroy Teachers Association are pleased to announce that distance learning schedules for all students in the Gilroy Unified School District have been finalized.  

Schedules have been posted on the distance learning pages of the GUSD website, and can be accessed here for elementary school students and here for middle and high school students.  

Please contact the office manager at your child's school if you have questions about the distance learning schedules.

Teacher assignments for elementary school students and school schedules for middle and high school students are still under development and will be communicated to families by school sites closer to August 12.

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