July 17, 2020
Dear Newark Community,
I hope this letter finds you safe and well. I would like to introduce myself as the new Superintendent of Newark Unified. Our district is deeply committed to do what is right for our students and staff — to prioritize safety and learning — and to remain fully transparent and communicative as the district makes important decisions about the upcoming school year.
I write to update you on how schools will reopen on August 13th. Governor Newsom made a public announcement today regarding reopening of all schools in California. Based on his mandate, we will be starting the school year in distance learning, and will transition to in-person learning only after Alameda County has been off the COVID-19 County Monitoring List for at least 14 consecutive days.
I know the move to distance learning this past spring was unexpected and abrupt. We have learned a great deal since then, and are prepared to re-engage our students in high quality distance learning this fall. Our goal is to support their growth and development through rigorous, daily instruction. Equally important will be meeting the needs of the whole child and supporting the mental health of our students. Please know I want to hear from community and staff alike regarding how to best serve our students during these unusual times. To this end, I held one Virtual Town Hall meeting on July 9 and I intend to hold a second Virtual Town Hall meeting on July 23rd at 6pm to share developments and answer questions.
At the same time that we plan for opening the school year in distance learning, we are continuing to prepare for when we can return to in-person learning. Over the summer, district staff have worked intensively to prepare for when the conditions allow for us to safely reopen our schools to in-person learning. Examples include but are not limited to: procuring adequate supplies, adapting our facilities with plexiglass, reviewing handwashing stations, making appropriate adjustments with our food services department, thoroughly cleaning classrooms, offices, and furniture, and engaging planning committees in preparation for either a distance learning or a hybrid model.
I appreciate the thoughtful engagement and ideas from our community thus far as we confront this pandemic together. Wishing you and your family continued hopes for safety and well-being.
Dr. Mark Triplett
Newark Unified School District
|Please be advised that student packets are available on our district website for families. However, from March 17 through April 3rd, the district office will be closed to families and they will not be able to pick up student packets at the district office.
Classroom teachers will remain in contact with you and your child once per school day through email or classroom apps that have been established prior to this emergency. They will send reminders, learning activities that can be done at home, and encouragement. We also encourage you to connect with us on Facebook @Parents And Schilling Staff and Twitter @SchillingNUSD as we post updates and share activity ideas.
|Tenga en cuenta que los paquetes de estudiantes están disponibles en nuestro sitio web del distrito para familias. Sin embargo, del 17 de marzo al 3 de abril, la oficina del distrito estará cerrada para las familias y no podrán recoger paquetes de estudiantes en la oficina del distrito.
Los maestros del salón de clases permanecerán en contacto con usted y su hijo una vez por día escolar a través de correo electrónico o aplicaciones en el salón de clases que se hayan establecido antes de esta emergencia. Enviarán recordatorios, actividades de aprendizaje que se pueden hacer en casa y estímulo. También te animamos a que te conectes con nosotros en Facebook @Parents And Schilling Staff y Twitter @SchillingNUSD a medida que publicamos actualizaciones y compartimos ideas de actividad.