Board Highlights
from the September 8, 2020 meeting
MUSD Staff outlines Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan for 2020-21
Milpitas Unified School District Staff and Board of Education conducted a Study Session and Public Hearing to share its Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (LCP) for the 2020-21 school year and open the September 8 meeting.

The purpose of the LCP is to memorialize the planning process that took place from June to August by the COVID-19 Advisory Task Force Subcommittees, which were comprised of 260 stakeholders and their recommendations in support of: in-person instructional offerings and distance learning; pupil learning loss; mental health and social emotional well-being; pupil and family engagement; and school nutrition.

The LCP is a key part of the overall budget package for K-12 districts that targets funding stability for schools while providing information at the local educational agency (LEA) level for how student learning continuity will be addressed during the COVID-19 crisis in the 2020–21 school year.
 
Five days after LCP adoption, MUSD must file the Plan with the County Superintendent and Office of Education, which, in turn, submits its LCP to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

To review MUSD’s LCP Plan, click here.

  
RECOGNITIONS
Milpitas Knights of Columbus
Gwan Alisantosa and the Knights of Columbus were recognized by the Board of Education for their work on the $10,000 grant application for the district's Special Education Community-Based Instruction (CBI) Program that was awarded to MUSD. With MUSD special education leaders, Alisantosa and the Knights of Columbus were recognized by the Board of Education for their work on the $10,000 grant.
MUSD African Ancestry Success Committee
The African Ancestry Success Committee was recognized by District leadership for the work its members have accomplished since establishing MUSD's AASC and the impact it has had throughout our District and community.
Maintenance, Operations, Transportation Team
Director Brian Shreve and the entire Maintenance, Operations and Transportation (MOT) Team for their tireless efforts in ensuring our schools are safe during this COVID-19 pandemic.
HIGHLIGHTS
MHS student group crafts Latinx Heritage Month Resolution for Board's approval
Members of the Latinx Student Union at Milpitas High School updated the Board's Latinx Heritage Month resolution and also produced a video reading of Resolution 2021.8 Recognizing September 15 through October 15 as Latinx Heritage Month.

Students Giselle Montiel Rodriguez, Ashley Andrea Magana, Alexander Ivan Gerez, Katrina Sokkuan Lima Guan, Analiz Jiang, Alan Guzman Gutierrez, and Nicole Rosales Romero helped develop the resolution. They were assisted by MUSD Secondary Schools Latinx Community Liaison Norma Morales.

The Board unanimously approved the resolution.
Board approves a variety of key education items at September 8 meeting
At the September 8, 2020 Board of Education meeting, the Board reviewed and/or approved the following education items presented to them by District Staff:

SPOTLIGHT
Principal's Report: Sinnott Elementary maintains strong PBIS support
Led by Principal Laurie Armino, a trio from the Sinnott Elementary School team offered insights into the start of the 2020-21 school year, including an “extremely high” attendance rate and modifications for virtual Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.

“I was amazed at how smooth the school year started,” Principal Armino shared. “We were all nervous but teachers, and all staff across the district, spent many hours over the summer preparing for the opening of the year.”

Sinnott is averaging between 3 to 7 student absences per day out of a 772 student population, according to Armino, which has allowed her staff “to reach out personally to all of those families” to support them in getting their children to log-in to their classes. Armino added that staff are implementing a variety of programs to increase student engagement and balancing Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) with helpful tips to support parents.

Assistant Principal Vanessa Espitia explained that Sinnott is in its second year of implementing PBIS, and the team has worked to modify the delivery to an online model during distance learning. Sinnott has developed an online platform to support parents with at-home SEL strategies.

Sinnott fifth grade teacher Amber Loanzon was impressed with how the 2020-21 school year started in Milpitas, with students and staff well-versed in remote learning after the transition from last Spring semester.

“Most of the kids want to connect. They want to chat and have conversations. They like to be heard,” said Ms. Loanzon, who has encouraged the engagement with 1-on-1 and small group sessions, as well as online games, sing-a-longs, daily fun facts, and scavenger hunts.