Last newsletter of the school year! The last day of school will be Thurs. 6/17. Enjoy the sunshine, read and be help others this summer! See you in the fall. https://www.smore.com/tz2y1
Here's your weekly newsletter for the week! Only one more newsletter to go! Last day of school is Thurs. June 17th! https://www.smore.com/b2x5m
Here's this week's PH/SB Newsletter. We hope you are enjoying the long weekend! Thanks to all the men and women who serve and have served our country! https://www.smore.com/tepk2-ph-sb-news
Here's your weekly PH/SB Newsletter. There is a lot going on in the last few weeks of the year. Let's do this! https://www.smore.com/jdgs7
Here's your weekly PH/SB Newsletter. Thank you to all the women out there who support the children in their lives! Happy Mother's Day! https://www.smore.com/my0bh
South Bay received a wonderful message from Ms. Sara Bareilles, encouraging us to keep up the good work and continue moving forward toward our goals. Great message as we kick off our CAASPP testing this week. Thanks for supporting us Sara B! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cP8806mPzvx3DUJbRk62juZmGm8clYUK/view?usp=sharing
Here's your weekly PH/SB newsletter! It's teacher and staff appreciation next week, so let's show our SBUSD staff how much we appreciate them. Kind words, notes and air hugs go a long way to show someone they made a difference! Have a great week. https://www.smore.com/ujq3r
Here is your weekly Newsletter. Two important bits of information: Monday distance learning will begin at 8:45 for all students at both PH and SB. Also, please be sure to complete the daily Qualtrics screening carefully on Tuesday to ensure we maintain a safe environment for all students and staff! https://www.smore.com/qb7zd
Here's your weekly South Bay/Pine Hill Newsletter. It's Spring Break! Enjoy a little R & R with family! https://www.smore.com/z9bkg-ph-sb-news
Hope you enjoyed the Spring sunshine this weekend. Here is your weekly newsletter. Lots of important information, be sure to take a look. https://www.smore.com/zbaxef
Hello Pine Hill and South Bay. Please join us on Wednesday evening, March 31, from 6:30 - 7:30 PM as we continue our important equity conversations. Your participation will help ensure that every student in our district feels welcomed, safe, valued, and has an honored identity while laughing and learning on our campuses. Join Zoom Meeting https://southbayusd-org.zoom.us/j/84092276990?pwd=aTg4Q2lVK0t4QmdYOEdNNFljMzdDUT09 Meeting ID: 840 9227 6990 Passcode: 659172
Please read this week's PH/SB Newsletter. Lots of important info in this edition... https://www.smore.com/u4zk0-ph-sb-news
Good morning Pine Hill and South Bay families. After careful review of the 3rd Trimester survey data results and conversations with our teachers, the 3rd Trimester bell schedule will remain unchanged for both in-person and distance learners. Subtle programmatic adjustments include: 1. decreasing the physical space between students from 6 feet to 4 feet - increasing in-person learning opportunities for more student scholars, and 2. providing Special Day Class students the ability to join one other stable group - allowing regular day classroom access. If you would like to change your child's current learning plan, please contact your school as soon as possible. Any classroom adjustments will be parent-initiated and begin on March 29. If you completed the survey, you're all set, and no additional action is needed. In the coming weeks, the District will be coordinating a free teacher-led Summer Learning Program and developing a 2021-22 school schedule that provides the maximum number of students on campus for the entire school day - including EXPLORE - for the South Bay School Board's consideration. As always, please feel free to contact me at your convenience at either (707) 267-9174 or email@example.com. My Very Best, Gary Storts Superintendent, South Bay Union Elementary School District
Here is the PH/SB Newsletter for the week! I hope you remembered to Spring Forward and move your clock forward an hour. Have a great evening. https://www.smore.com/js71z
Crisis Learning: March 2020—March 2021 By Gary Storts, Superintendent March 16, 2021, will mark one-year since CA Governor Gavin Newsom declared a COVID-19 State of Emergency. Every segment of society has been forever changed. At best, this past year has been trying, and at worst, this past year has been devastating. Now, as more adults are getting vaccinated and case counts are declining, the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel is beginning to get a little brighter. As a superintendent, my responsibilities continue to be listening to our families and then carrying out the South Bay School Board's directions. On February, 25, 2021, the board directed me to work with our exceptional principals and dedicated teachers’ association to accomplish the following: (1) bring more students back to in-person learning and for a more extended time (2) continue to follow the CDPH Safety Guidelines (3) provide intervention services as practicable, and (4) continue to provide a distance learning option for families. This direction will allow our dedicated staff to use the final one-third of our school year as impactfully as possible. Educators and parents alike worry about both the short-term and long-term impacts of the past year of crisis learning (see page 5). In the short-term, the school board's direction will allow school sites to address substantial attendance concerns. Currently, more than one in every three students has missed significant learning opportunities this year, with distance learning contributing to almost 90% of chronic absenteeism. Crisis learning has also impacted the most foundational of all academic skills - READING. The school board's direction to safely return more students to the classrooms will address this crucial academic indicator of future school success. An additional short-term benefit will include the ability to offer families in-person learning in the morning, followed by EXPLORE in the afternoon. Select teachers and specialists would also hold targeted social-emotional and academic supports in the afternoon hours to address crisis learning impacts. As you could imagine, a school district has many moving parts. From the staffing schedule to the instructional schedule, implementing a programmatic shift takes the careful coordination of many departments and groups. Thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility as we continue to bend but not break.
Here's this week's edition of the Pine Hill/South Bay Newsletter. https://www.smore.com/awpes-ph-sb-news Please note, picture retakes take place this week at both schools. There is also a board meeting on Thursday evening.
South Bay Picture Retake Day is Thurs, March 11. On campus students will complete during class. Distance Learners & Independent Studies can come on campus during the following times: 7/8th graders will be 9:30-10:30, 4-6th graders will be 10:45-12:15. School Photos will be in the library. mylifetouch.com picture day ID #EVTBTRM2R
Here is your weekly Pine Hill/South Bay Newsletter. Hope you enjoyed the sunshine today, Springtime here we come! https://www.smore.com/7t810
Good afternoon Pine Hill and South Bay Stakeholders. I hope this correspondence finds you and yours well. As we continue to navigate crisis learning, March 15, 2021, marks the start of the 3rd Trimester - one year since COVID-19 impacted our campuses, straining structure and routine and affecting our ability to laugh and learn as a school community. With the large majority of staff having received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, last night, the South Bay Governing Board provided direction to maximize the amount of on-campus, in-person learning we can offer our students in Trimester 3. The Board provided additional direction to maintain the safety mitigation measures outlined in the CDPH School Reopening Guidance and to continue offering our families the option of distance learning. Next week, I look forward to beginning these conversations with the South Bay Teachers' Association (SBTA) and the California Schools Employees' Association, Elk River Chapter 766. In the coming weeks, please also look for additional outdoor school sports/athletics opportunities. Lastly, the District is planning on providing a robust summer learning program for our students. Ran in unison with the EXPLORE Summer Program, a teacher-led Summer School program is in the planning stages. As a result, we are rescheduling the March Parent-Teacher Conferences for late May/early June, when teachers will have more information about their students' strengths and areas for growth. Later in the year, we will also be able to provide greater detail about our summer learning opportunities. If you have any immediate questions or concerns about your child, please reach out to your child's teacher or school principal. As a community, I much appreciate your patience and flexibility. Please know that every employee on the Pine Hill and South Bay campuses work tirelessly to provide the best learning environment possible. As a parent and superintendent, I am inspired by my colleagues and proud to part of such a loving and caring community. My Very Best, Gary Storts, Superintendent
We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable Presidents Week Break. School is back in session tomorrow. Here's this week's PH/SB Newsletter... https://www.smore.com/67yq8-ph-sb-news
No school this week, it's President's Week. Have a great break and please stay safe. https://www.smore.com/du2e8
Hope you have enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend. Here is our PH/SB Newsletter for the week. Remember next week there is no school in honor of President's Week. https://www.smore.com/j4x7n
Here is your weekly Newsletter. There is a lot going on this week, be sure to read through the newsletter for important information! https://www.smore.com/r4wz6
Equity Coalition Meeting Wednesday evening, January 27 at 6:30 PM. Location: Zoom -- https://southbayusd-org.zoom.us/j/85376207448?pwd=eFVLTE9vSjhpY0d4K2pzSmtjQTJFZz09 Meeting ID: 853 7620 7448 Passcode: 122216 Date: January 27, 2021 Attendees: Everyone is Welcomed Time: 6:30 – 7:30 PM EQUITY COALITIONS AGENDA -- I. Welcome and Introductions a. Review Equity Coalition Purpose and Mission b. Your Connection to the South Bay Community c. Your favorite comfort food II. Establish Coalition Norms/Agreements a. Review South Bay Cultural Norms III. Establish Roles to Ensure Long-term Success a. (Facilitator, Note Taker, Time Keeper) IV. Review Exit Tickets a. What is your hope for the Equity Coalition? b. What do you hope our work will focus on? V. Building Background Knowledge a. The Opportunity Myth: TNTP b. Review and Discuss VI. Charting a Path Forward: Action Plan a. Review LCAP Goals b. Steps 1 & 2 (students and staff) c. Discuss Timeline for Deliverables: What does the Equity Committee see as our recommended first steps and when would we like to see those steps completed? VII. Next Meeting a. Establish Quarterly Meeting Schedule VIII. Exit Ticket a. What equity-related successes and challenges have you noticed during COVID-19? b. What will be the most pressing equity-related challenge our schools will need to address once students are able to return to 100% in-person, on-campus learning?
The 7th grade lottery for SBC 2021-22 school year is today at 3:30. You do not need to be in attendance, but are more than welcome to join the Zoom Meeting. Families will be notified Thurs. 1/21 if their student has been admitted to the class or is on the waitlist. https://southbayusd-org.zoom.us/j/83497776196?pwd=YkhUend1cGU1c2ZoQkw5UlUzUlEwUT09
Tomorrow 1/19 we continue with our hybrid AM & PM on-campus and distance learning. If your student is scheduled to be on-campus please be sure to complete the Qualtrics Screening (will arrive in student email) prior to arriving on campus. Please read the screening questions carefully as it has been updated to reflect the most recent HCPH guidelines. Thank you for helping to ensure our campus is safe for everyone's return.
Here is this week's Pine Hill/South Bay Newsletter. Remember, there is no school Monday as we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. https://www.smore.com/jnmew-ph-sb-news
Good morning Pine Hill and South Bay Families. We are excited to welcome students back to campus on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. All of the safety precautions implemented in October and November will continue on our campuses. Students must wear face coverings, stay 6 feet physically distant from one another, wash their hands frequently, stay in a single cohort of students, and complete a self-certification symptom check before being allowed on-campus. In addition to the precautionary measures implemented in October and November, in response to the growing state and local COVID-19 positivity counts, and in unison with requests from CSEA, Elk River 766, and our Parent Teachers Student Association (PTSA), students and staff must follow the Travel Advisory issued by the California Department of Public Health on January 6, 2021. In a recent email distributed to local district superintendents regarding Humboldt County's Travel Advisory, Deputy Public Health Officer, Teresa Frankovich wrote, "At this time, HCPH is still recommending 14 days for quarantine for individuals in school settings and our guidance documents still use this number." With both state-level and county-level travel advisories in mind, and with the aim to keep our campuses open to in-person learning for the remainder of the year, all students and staff need to refrain from all "non-essential" travel, defined as…travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. Further, should a student or staff member travel for a non-essential reason, they will be required to contact their site principal for distance learning details and self-quarantine for 14 days. A travel-related question has been to your daily text or email self-certification survey. I am incredibly grateful for the dedication demonstrated by our support staff, teaches, and principals. Our commitment to students and families is to do everything possible to ensure we can provide on-campus, in-person learning to all families who want it. A growing body of evidence shows that if we follow our public health officials' recommendations, we can continue to operate schools in a safe and educationally rewarding manner. Thank you in advance for your efforts to help keep our campus doors open. My Very Best, Gary Storts Superintendent South Bay Union Elementary School District
6th grade families, this is your final reminder that applications for 7th grade South Bay 2021-22 are due this FRI. 1/15 by 3:15pm. Applications received after that time/date will be put into the 2nd lottery and will automatically be on the waitlist. The lottery for 7th grade admittance will be on Wed. 1/20 and families will be notified on Thurs. 1/21 if they have been placed into the 7th grade class or on the waitlist. Thank you
Please review the travel advisory from CDPH attached below. Following the guidance below will ensure that our students can return safely to school. Thank you. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Travel-Advisory.aspx
Hello SBUSD Families! We getting ready for some students to return back to campus next Tuesday. We are returning to our Hybrid Schedule, with some kids on campus and some kids remaining in distance learning. The schedule remains the same as before the Thanksgiving Break. If you don't know which cohort your child is in please contact PH or SB office. Thank you for your support.
Happy 2021! We hope you all had a relaxing break and are ready to jump back into school tomorrow. We will be distance learning until Tues. 1/19, when we move back to hybrid learning. Here is your weekly newsletter. https://www.smore.com/p50en
Tomorrow if Friday and the last day of school for 2020! Please come by the office to pick up library books, musical instruments, school pictures and Shark Shack items from 8-3:15 tomorrow. We will also have weekly food distribution from 11-1pm.
Tomorrow is the day to swing by South Bay! We'll have food distribution from 11-1. From 8-3:15 we will have the following ready for pick up: musical instruments, shark shack orders, school pictures, 8th grade AR applications, library books, classroom work and "create your own ugly mask" kits for South Bay students. Parents, please check in with your child to know what they will need from school. Thanks you, see you Friday!
If you ordered school photos from Lifetouch they have arrived in the school office. They are available for pick up between 7:30 and 3:15 Mon-Fri.
It's food distribution day! Please come by South Bay between 11am-1pm to pick up 5 days of breakfast and lunch for your students! We hope to see you soon.
Today is pick up day! 5 day food distribution is available for pick up between 11am-1pm. at South Bay. If you have Sharkshack items, EL packets, library book orders, art packets or packets from your SB teachers that is also ready for pick up today. See you soon.
Interdistrict Transfer forms are going out in the mail today. If you have a student attending Pine Hill or South Bay in TK-5th grade and live in another school district you will receive this form to complete and return to PH or SB before Jan. 29th. Please complete ASAP so we can have you attend school with us for the 21-22 school year!
We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving break. Here is your weekly Newsletter. Remember we are going back to distance learning for the time being. https://www.smore.com/9qgpu
Greetings South Bay District Families. The school board’s decision to go back to distance learning after the Thanksgiving break has generated a lot of questions, so we’d like to clarify expectations and answer questions many of you have. Trimester 2 will begin on Nov. 30th after the Thanksgiving break. Morning and afternoon cohorts will continue as planned, but will all be distance learning. If your student was going to move cohorts, they will continue to move to their new cohort as planned. If you have any questions about which cohort your student is in please contact either the Pine Hill (443-4596) or South Bay (443-4828) offices. All students will be required to quarantine for the first two weeks after Thanksgiving Break. On the third week after Thanksgiving break, the week before winter break, our SDC, speech, and other students that receive specialized services on site could be allowed back on campus, provided that they pass the Qualtrics screening. Site principals will be working closely with service providers to schedule opportunities for on campus supports for those students. Teachers are currently working on rolling out a new online learning platform called Edmentum. This program will provide students a more individualized learning experience that will be based on their STAR Reading and STAR Math assessments, helping to fill gaps in their learning and push them to excel academically. Curriculum distribution will remain on Mondays for Pine Hill and Fridays for South Bay. Your student’s teacher will let you know if there is a packet waiting for your student. Food distribution can be picked up at South Bay School on Fridays from 11-1pm for any and all students within the district. This will be a five day food distribution with breakfast and lunch for each child. The Afterschool program will continue in a distance learning model via Zoom, with support for homework help and online activities to help students maintain their social connections with peers. Pine Hill Explore will be from 3:00-4:00 and South Bay will be from 3:15-4:15. We know this time is difficult for all families and we appreciate the support of your students and the school. Together we can help one another stay safe and connected. The Family Resource Center is available to all families in the district. Contact Cassi Le-Hue (445-5933) our FRC Coordinator,if your family has a need during this time. Also, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Mr. Grimmett (443-4596 ext 11) or Mrs. Becksted (267-9165) if you have any questions or need additional information. Saludos cordiales, familias del distrito South Bay. La decisión de la Junta de Administración del Distrito Escolar de South Bay Union de volver al aprendizaje a distancia después de las vacaciones de Acción de Gracias ha generado muchas preguntas, por lo que nos gustaría aclarar las expectativas y responder las preguntas que muchos de ustedes tienen. El segundo trimestre comenzará el 30 de noviembre después de las vacaciones de Acción de Gracias. Los grupos de la mañana y de la tarde continuarán según lo planeado, pero todas serán de aprendizaje a distancia. Si su estudiante iba a cambiarse de grupo, continuarán moviéndose a su nuevo grupo según lo planeado. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre a qué grupo pertenece su estudiante, comuníquese con las oficinas de Pine Hill (443-4596) o South Bay (443-4828). Todos los estudiantes deberán estar en cuarentena durante las primeras dos semanas después de las vacaciones de Acción de Gracias. En la tercera semana después de las vacaciones de Acción de Gracias, la semana antes de las vacaciones de invierno, nuestro SDC, estudiantes de foniatría y otros estudiantes que reciben servicios especializados en el sitio pueden volver al campus, siempre que pasen la evaluación de Qualtrics. Los directores de sitio trabajarán en estrecha colaboración con los proveedores de servicios para programar oportunidades de apoyo en el campus para esos estudiantes. Los maestros están trabajando actualmente en la implementación de una nueva plataforma de aprendizaje en línea llamada Edmentum. Este programa proporcionará a los estudiantes una experiencia de aprendizaje más individualizada que se basará en sus evaluaciones STAR Reading y STAR Math, lo que ayudará a llenar las diferencias en su aprendizaje y los animará a sobresalir académicamente. La distribución de tareas permanecerá los lunes para Pine Hill y los viernes para South Bay. El maestro de su estudiante le informará si hay un paquete para su estudiante. La distribución de comida se puede recoger en la escuela South Bay los viernes de 11 a 1 pm para todos los estudiantes del distrito. Esta será una distribución de alimentos de cinco días con desayuno y almuerzo para cada niño. El programa después de la escuela continuará en un modelo de aprendizaje a distancia a través de Zoom, con apoyo para las tareas y actividades en línea para ayudar a los estudiantes a mantener sus conexiones sociales con sus compañeros. Pine Hill Explore será de 3:00-4:00 y South Bay será de 3:15-4:15. Sabemos que esto es difícil para todas las familias y agradecemos el apoyo de sus estudiantes y de la escuela. Juntos podemos ayudarnos mutuamente a estar seguros y conectados. El Centro de Recursos Familiares está disponible para todas las familias del distrito. Comuníquese con Cassi Le-Hue (445-5933) nuestro coordinador de FRC, si su familia tiene una necesidad durante este tiempo. Además, no dude en comunicarse con el Sr. Grimmett (443-4596 ext 11) o la Sra. Becksted (267-9165) si tiene alguna pregunta o necesita información adicional.
November 19, 2020 Dear Pine Hill and South Bay Families, Last night, the South Bay Union Elementary School District's Governing Board of Trustees voted – with the strong recommendation from Humboldt County Public Health Officer, Dr. Teresa Frankovich – to move all students to distance learning following the Thanksgiving Break. Dr. Frankovich clarified her recommendation via email stating, "Although schools have done a remarkable job of implementing preventative measures to promote safety in on-site education, we anticipate a marked increase in local infections due to travel and gatherings occurring around Thanksgiving. This would threaten rapid identification and containment of cases, leading to increased transmission in the school setting." When taking Dr. Frankovich's strong recommendation into account, and continued concern for expected travel and gatherings during Christmas and New Years' Eve, after the Thanksgiving Break, all students will be placed in distance learning with the option of returning to on-campus, in-person learning on January 19, 2020. The District's recommendation and ultimate approval from the South Bay Governing Board did not come without acknowledging the impacts this decision places on students, families, and staff. The many stresses this virus has caused each of our families and too numerous to count. Want I can promise are my commitments to bolster our distance-learning efforts. As a staff, we pride ourselves on our ability to improve continuously. You can expect enhancements to our distance-learning efforts, including more personalized learning opportunities with more frequent student check-ins to maintain positive student-teacher relationships. The District will also work to provide on-campus access to specialized services. Please look for more detailed communication from your school's principal very soon. My hope, not only as a superintendent but also as a father of a kindergartner and fifth-grader, is that this is the last time we are forced into distance learning. That said, our ability to safely keep our campus doors open depends on our entire community's preventative efforts. Everyone needs to follow the lead of Humboldt's schools by (1) wearing a face-covering, (2) providing 6ft of physical distance, (3) practicing great hand and respiratory hygiene, and (4) staying home if you are feeling sick. If we do these four simple measures when we return to campus in mid-January, I believe we can remain in-person for the remainder of the school year. And our efforts start with the holidays. I urge all our Pine Hill and South Bay stakeholders to follow the Travel and Private Gathering Guidance. Thank you all in advance for doing your part to ensure when we return to on-campus, in-person laughing and learning on January 19, 2021, we can do so through the end of the school year. My Very Best, Gary Storts Superintendent, South Bay Union Elementary School District
Good evening Pine Hill and South Bay Stakeholders. A Special Board Meeting has been scheduled for tomorrow evening, Wednesday, November 18, 2020. A single item - Humboldt County moving into the RED/Substantial COVID-19 category will be the topic of discussion. The Open Session, which includes public comment, will begin at 6:30 PM. You can access the agenda, packet, and zoom link on our website - southbayusd.org. My Very Best, Gary Storts, Superintendent
Here's your weekly PH/SB News. Please be sure to read, there is lots of important information for families. Have a great evening! https://www.smore.com/adng7
We have all worked so hard to be able to offer our families the option of on-campus, in-person learning. With the steady increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Humboldt County, you can help Pine Hill and South Bay keep our campus doors open by following the CDPH Guidance for Private Gatherings. Thank you in advance for keeping your family, neighbors, and our greater school community safe and healthy.
Today is the day to ensure you understand how to complete the Daily Health Screening for your student. This will be REQUIRED to come on campus tomorrow. Please check your STUDENT'S school email today to sign up! Thank you for making our school a safe campus. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-gSnFmOxcF8M-y2SSX-EwANaoMybRZDD/view?usp=sharing
Here's your weekly PH/SB Newsletter. Please read carefully for important information. Reminder that the Qualtrics Health Screening in your student's email must be completed daily. Thanks for making our campus safe. https://www.smore.com/hts0w
The Qualtrics health screening has been up and running for a few weeks now, and we appreciate all of you that have been completing it daily! Beginning on Mon. 11/9 if a student has NOT completed the daily Qualtrics screening they will NOT be allowed on campus. The daily screening is sent to your student's email daily with an option for texts to be sent to any cell number you choose. Please complete this screening daily!
Here's your weekly newsletter! Please be sure to read through for all the important information the schools would like to share. Remember Monday school is distance learning and attendance is required. Have a great night. https://www.smore.com/f42ac
Good evening. Here's the PH/SB Newsletter for the coming week. I hope you've enjoyed your weekend! Please remember Monday is distance learning for all students. https://www.smore.com/qmajs-ph-sb-news
Here's this week's version of the Pine Hill/South Bay Newsletter. Please remember that all students receive instruction through distance learning every Monday. https://www.smore.com/8c6ne-ph-sb-news
Please watch the following video about how to complete the daily health screening for students coming onto campus. This new screening will begin on Tues. 10/20. Thank you for helping to ensure our campus is safe for everyone. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-gSnFmOxcF8M-y2SSX-EwANaoMybRZDD/view?usp=sharing
October 13, 2020 TO: South Bay Union Elementary School District Families SUBJECT: In-Person, On-Campus Learning On March 13, 2020 – exactly seven months ago – was the last time students were on our campuses laughing and learning. Today, the South Bay campus welcomed students back into classrooms, and tomorrow, the Pine Hill campus will greet our youngest students as they begin the start of their in-person school year. The road to get here involved the coordination and creative problem solving of many dedicated professionals and educators – a list of names too long to write here. That said, I do feel it necessary to call our community attention to the extraordinary efforts of our school principals, Ms. Heather Becksted and Mr. Tim Grimmett, who without, in-person learning would not have been possible. I feel privileged to call them colleagues, and as a parent with a child at each site, I trust their leadership completely. THANK YOU, Heather, and Tim! Now as parents, the option to continue in-person, on-campus learning lies largely in our control. The following steps will greatly increase a prolonged and sustainable in-person learning opportunity: 1) If you are sick, stay home. I can’t say that too many times or loud enough. Every individual coming onto campus must complete a self-symptom screening to ensure the health and safety of our school community. 2) Face coverings are required. Please have multiple masks and wash them regularly. 3) Wash your hands often. Proper hand hygiene and avoiding touching your face is a simple and effective way to prevent infections. 4) Practice physical distancing. 6foot space, while masked is the gold standard. 5) Review and follow the CDPH Guidance for Private Gatherings. In general, the more people from different households a person interacts with at a gathering, the closer the physical interaction is, and the longer the interaction lasts, the higher the risk that a person with a COVID-19 infection, symptomatic or asymptomatic, may spread it to others. A few details from the guidance -- a. Consistent 3 Household Maximum b. Gather Outdoors c. Don’t Attend Gatherings If You Feel Sick or You Are in a High-Risk Group d. Practice Physical Distancing and Hand Hygiene at Gatherings e. Wear a Face Covering to Keep COVID-19 from Spreading f. Keep it Short (2 hours or less) g. Singing, Chanting, and Shouting Are Strongly Discouraged Together, we find ourselves in the middle of the most important public trust exercise of our lifetime and it is our collective social responsibility to not only look after the health and welfare of ourselves and our family, but our entire South Bay community. Together, by taking the COVID-19 guidance to heart, I’m confident we can keep our campus doors open and begin to create our new South Bay normal. My Very Best, Gary Storts, Superintendent
Here's this week's Pine Hill/South Bay Newsletter with lots of info. In-person instruction begins this week. Please read! https://www.smore.com/4hye3-ph-sb-news
Here's the Pine Hill/South Bay Newsletter for the coming week. Expect more information regarding hybrid and distance learning throughout the week as well. https://www.smore.com/tzwj1-ph-sb-news
An Air Quality ADVISORY is issued today for Eureka (including Rio Dell to Trinidad) - Unhealthy conditions, smoke anticipated to reduce throughout the day. http://www.ncuaqmd.org/files/Wildfire/Notifications/NCUAQMD%20PSA%20for%209-29-20.pdf
Here is your weekly PH/SB Newsletter. There is a lot of important information this week. https://www.smore.com/aq4cp
Parent Choice: Instructional Preference Survey Good afternoon Pine Hill and South Bay Families. Last night, the South Bay Governing Board voted 3-1 (yes: Carver, Noga, Quintrell / no: Coan) to grant parents and families the option of continuing with a distance learning instructional model or to choose a hybrid learning model. You will be receiving a survey this afternoon asking that you commit to an instructional model that best fits the needs of your family. Below, please find additional details that will help your choice. Distance Learning This model is a continuation of the distance learning experience we are currently using. Students will have a mix of live daily instruction from their teacher and independent remote work assigned by their teacher. For families choosing the distance learning model, targeted interventions and supports will be provided to students via Zoom. A family may request a transition from one learning model to another at any time. Based on classroom capacity, the transition would occur at the beginning of the trimester. For reference, the start of the second trimester begins on November 20, 2020. Hybrid Learning The hybrid learning model will combine in-person instruction with remote/distance learning. In the hybrid instructional model, students will be placed in either an A.M. or P.M. cohort where in-person learning would focus on social-emotional learning, reading, writing, and math. In the hybrid instructional model, when students are not learning on-campus and in-person, they will be learning remotely focusing on extension and enrichment learning opportunities or receiving targeted interventions and supports. On Mondays, ALL students will participate in distance learning. The first 45 minutes of their cohort will be done via Zoom, and the remainder of the day will be independent learning. At Pine Hill Elementary, the A.M. cohort would attend school from 8:15-11 A.M., and the PM cohort would attend from 12-2:45 P.M. At South Bay Elementary and Middle School, the A.M. cohort would attend school from 8:30 - 11:15 A.M., and the P.M. cohort will attend from 12:15-3 P.M. In order to provide parents with a choice between either distance learning or hybrid learning, your child may need to be placed into another classroom. Student movement between classrooms will be kept to a minimum. All students and staff (regardless of age) are required to wear facial coverings at all times (except when eating or drinking, or with a medical exemption) and are expected to maintain a minimum of six (6) feet of physical distance between themselves and others both indoors and outdoors. If wearing a face-shield, an attached drape that has the ability to be tucked into a shirt is required. Each cohort will have one 15-minute outdoor recess/snack time, with a limited number of classes on the playground at one time, and located in separate areas. Stable cohorts will be strictly monitored and composed of 12-14 students depending on class size, maintaining six (6) foot distancing inside the classroom. Students will remain with the same teacher and classroom aides. To minimize cohort mixing, music, art, PE, and library services will remain virtual. There will also be no assemblies or in-person classroom volunteers. The EXPLORE after school program will only be available to students in the P.M. cohort. Additionally, capacity in the EXPLORE program is limited and only available for students with the highest needs score (identified on registration packets) and as adequate staffing allows. Lunch and breakfast will not be served on campus. Meal bags will continue to be made available on Tuesdays from 8- 1 P.M. with distribution to occur on the South Bay campus. Bussing will only be made available in the A.M. cohort. Additionally, families requesting transportation will need to be able to document an identified hardship (i.e. no other way to get to school). Survey: Online or by Phone With the above information in mind, the South Bay Union Elementary School District will be surveying families online (thru Monday, 12 P.M.) or by phone Tuesday and Wednesday. Your timely response is greatly appreciated and allows time for our educators to prepare for the next leg of our 2020-21 educational journey. Our Very Best, Heather Becksted, Pine Hill Principal Tim Grimmett, South Bay Principal Gary Storts, South Bay Union Elementary School District
Good morning Pine Hill and South Bay Families. I wanted to invite you to attend tomorrow evening’s South Bay School Board Meeting. Among the agenda items, the school board will be providing direction on whether or not to continue with distance learning or to provide an option of hybrid/in-person learning. Your attendance is encouraged and your feedback is valued. You may address the South Bay Board of Trustees during the meeting or by submitting an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please find the agenda and supporting board packet documents here. The Zoom link is located at the bottom of page 1. Open session begins at 7 PM. Please know I’m here to serve you, our parents and customers. And as always, feel free to reach out to me at your convenience at 707.267.9174 or by email at email@example.com. My Very Best, Gary Storts Superintendent, South Bay Union Elementary School District
Hope you had a great weekend! This week we have Parent/Teacher Interviews, be sure that you have signed up! Here is your weekly PH/SB Newsletter. https://www.smore.com/2hj6c
Dear Pine Hill and South Bay Families, If you haven't already, please take this short survey to help determine our potential in-person learning plans. Take good care. _GS https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQudKGMHG3Gt0J37lm6Sgc19-ya-PXTYZP2UAGb5AbrRLPnA/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0&gxids=7628
Air Quality Update 9/11/2020 Eureka (including Rio Dell to Trinidad) - Unhealthy conditions expected with some improvement tomorrow http://www.ncuaqmd.org/files/Wildfire/Notifications/NCUAQMD%20PSA%20for%209-11-20.pdf
Please see the attached document regarding an Air Quality Public Service Announcement. Stay safe and reach out if we can help in any way. http://www.ncuaqmd.org/files/Wildfire/Notifications/NCUAQMD%20PSA%20for%209-9-20.pdf
Here's our Weekly PH/SB Newsletter! Have a great day off on Monday. Happy Labor Day! https://www.smore.com/ucb12
Pine Hill and South Bay families: Here's the Pine Hill/South Bay Newsletter for the first week of school. We look forward to seeing you online in the morning! https://www.smore.com/q8hzk-ph-sb-news
Here's the Weekly Newsletter for both Pine Hill and South Bay. Be sure to read through the newsletter to learn valuable information regarding the start of school next Mon. 8/31. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday and Friday for device pick-up (see newsletter for the schedule)! https://www.smore.com/btp0c
Pine Hill and South Bay families, the 2020-2021 school year is fast approaching! This is the principals' first newsletter of the the coming year. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We look forward to partnering with you this year! We're in this together! www.smore.com/vhkzr-ph-sb-news
Good evening Pine Hill and South Bay, Today, the District met with the South Bay Teachers’ Association and the decision was made to postpone the start of the school year for both students and staff by one week. The first day of instruction for students will be August 31, 2020. It goes without saying that our 2020-21 back-to-school efforts are very different, and unlike anything educators have ever had to prepare for. The extra week of preparation will be used to organize the best possible distance learning instruction for our students – they deserve it! While the physical location of where our student will receive live daily instruction from their teachers may change, our goal will remain the same – to meet the learning needs of each and every student we are fortunate enough to teach. I give you my word that as educators, the South Bay Union Elementary School District will do everything within our control to meet this difficult moment by keeping learning a priority regardless of the instructional model. As always, please feel free to reach out to me at your convenience at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-267-9174. Thank you in advance for your flexibility and adaptability during these challenging times. We will get through this together. My Very Best, Gary Storts Superintendent, South Bay Union Elementary School District
July 23, 2020 Dear Pine Hill and South Bay Families, I am sending this letter today to let you know that we are accepting Explore After School Program registrations for the 20-21 school year. There will be limited spaces in the Explore After School Program, so placement will be given based on the acceptance points matrix (see Explore Application). Please register by visiting our website at https://www.southbayusd.org/. Download and fill out the Explore After School Registration Form, and email it to Julie Bonomini at email@example.com or mail it to 6077 Loma Ave, Eureka, CA 95503 by August 5, 2020. Families will be notified by Aug. 14, 2020 of acceptance into the Explore After School Program. If you have already filled out a registration form, you can disregard this letter. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Julie Bonomini at (707) 616-7875. Thank you, Julie Bonomini Coordinator of Explore After School Program 23 de julio de 2020 Estimadas familias de Pine Hill y South Bay: Hoy les envío esta carta para informarles que estamos aceptando inscripciones en el programa Explorar Después de la Escuela para el año escolar 20-21. Habrá espacios limitados en el programa Explorar Después de la Escuela, por lo que la colocación se otorgará en función de la matriz de puntos de aceptación (consulte la Solicitud de exploración). Regístrese visitando nuestro sitio web en https://www.southbayusd.org/. Descargue y complete el formulario de registro Explorar Después de la Escuela, y envíelo por correo electrónico a Julie Bonomini a firstname.lastname@example.org o envíelo por correo a 6077 Loma Ave, Eureka, CA 95503 antes del 5 de agosto de 2020. Las familias serán notificadas antes del 14 de agosto, 2020 de aceptación en el programa Explore After School. Si ya ha completado un formulario de registro, puede ignorar esta carta. Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, comuníquese con Julie Bonomini al (707) 616-7875. Gracias, Julie Bonomini Coordinador del programa Explore After School
Here's your last newsletter for the year. We will send updates during the summer for Fall 2020. https://www.smore.com/9pun6