First, let me begin by wishing all of our mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day! Know that your San Miguel family appreciates you and hopes you have a wonderful weekend.
This week, the Lemon Grove School District held its first weekly virtual Town Hall Meeting. The meetings are held in Spanish and English and are posted on the district website. This week’s Town Hall outlined our district’s Distance Learning Plan. Next week’s Town Hall will focus on Social Emotional Learning Supports. Parents may send questions to the district ahead of time at
and they will answer them at the end of each virtual meeting. Some of the questions that were addressed during this week’s Town Hall are listed below:
Will we have promotions this year?
Each school site is required to have some type of celebration for students promoting from preschool, 6th grade and 8th grade. While we will not be able to host in-person ceremonies due to safety concerns and COVID restrictions, each school site is currently working on a plan to safely and appropriately recognize our students who are promoting. We will share more information when it becomes available.
Do we think schools will reopen in the Summer?
Governor Newsome announced that students can begin returning to school in July. However, the district has not budgeted for teachers to be on campus during the Summer and due to teacher union contracts, this would be a negotiable item. As such, our expectation is that we won’t be returning to school until the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
How can the district be sure that students will be safe upon return if people can be asymptomatic?
Most likely, we will have smaller class sizes in order to maintain social distancing in the classroom, lunch area and on the playground. We may consider an alternating day schedule to allow for social distancing. We will have dedicated supplies for students, PPE for staff, and procedures and supplies to maintain deep cleaning and sanitation. While these are just some of the considerations, we will follow state and county recommendations to ensure that our students and staff are safe and appropriate safety measures are in place when that time comes.
How long will students be able to keep the Chromebooks?
All students will keep their Chromebooks until they return to school in the Fall, with the exception of 8th grade students who will be leaving the district to attend high school. Those students will likely return the devices during our food pick up days at some point during the Summer.
Why isn’t Lemon Grove using ZOOM or some type of Face-to-Face interaction with the students to help parents with instruction?
We will be working with our teacher’s union to develop a plan this week to ensure that our teachers are prepared to enter students homes (virtually) beginning late next week. The district’s plan was to ensure that the teachers were trained and comfortable using online instruction before diving into virtual face-to-face instruction. Parents will need to sign a waiver or permission slip that allows students to participate in live virtual instruction. Those forms as well as more information will be available next week.
Will our students have a Summer Break this year?
Yes, it is our intention to maintain the district calendar as it currently stands. However, students will keep their devices throughout the Summer and we will have some type of extra support for those students who would like to work over the Summer independently (classroom teachers will not be available over the Summer).
What resources can you offer students whose parents work or aren’t able to assist them with their school work?
This is one of the main reasons we are moving to face-to-face instruction. We want students to be able to get their questions answered, and teachers to be able to offer extra support when needed.
What will be needed for my student to pass the current grade and move up?
If parents haven’t had conversations with the classroom teacher or site administrator regarding retention prior to the shut down, then all students will matriculate to the next grade level at the start of the new school year.
These are just a sampling of some of the questions that parents submitted, so please keep your questions coming. Our district is listening and we are making adjustments and refining our support for students based on your feedback. If there is something you’d like the district to address, please email them at
. Remember, your voice matters and we are all in this together.
Yours in learning,