Dear MVA Family,
This week I have met with our Education Superintendent and the California Department of Education webinars in order to stay current with all the information to make the best decisions for our students, staff, and families.
Our goal is the following as a priority:
- Keep our students, faculty, and MVA families safe.
- Provide a quality College-Prep, Adventist Christian Education.
- Be a place where our students see and experience Jesus.
Although Santa Clara County is on the Governor's current watch-list, we are hopeful that we will be able to come together soon. In order for us to have students on campus again, the following must occur:
- Once we are off the watch-list for 14 days, our students may return to school, on campus. As a school we will be gradually working up to this ultimate goal.
We will begin school on Thursday AUGUST 20.
Regardless of what happens at the county level, we will begin virtually or in person because we are ready for in-person, remote learning, and/or hybrid learning if necessary.
If MVA is forced to begin with remote learning, we know our students will be in school so enough, so we are working hard to make sure they are set up to have a good start to the school year. We have learned so much at the end of last year when we suddenly had to shelter in place. We know that our transition went smooth academically and your students did not miss a beat in their education but we also know where we need to be different in order to serve your student better.
Here are some of the MAJOR On-Campus Changes that will be implemented:
- Our students will remain in the same space for the duration of the day, for all classes. The teachers will move from class to class.
- Lunch will be eaten in class groups. Lunches will not be served this year, so please plan accordingly.
- In-door assemblies are suspended until further notice. We do, however, have plans to hold chapels virtually on a daily basis with other options in the works.
- PE Classes will be held outside and there will be a combination of self-paced curriculum and in person instruction.
- Due to Santa Clara County regulations, MASKS will be required at all times except when eating and drinking.
We are blessed with an amazing community that truly is a family and we want to make sure you know we are doing all we can so your student has the best school year, even if it may look different!
Here is what you can do next:
- COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION. It is important for us to know that you will to return to school, so we can plan accordingly due to space limitations in each cohort.
- COMMUNICATE TO YOUR STUDENTS about the reopening plans, specifically the need to be flexible in the ever changing environment. Our commitment is to work together to ensure your student(s) is successful academically, intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally during this time.
- TRY NOT TO STRESS TOO MUCH about all things school. We want to be the part of your life that you're least worried about. In fact, everything we have been working on this summer is to make sure your student is able to come back feeling safe and happy to be at school again!
- CALL US!! How can we help you? Is there something we need to explain or modify or find? We are a phone call or email away.
We will be sending out more detailed information closer to our start date or as details become confirmed in our weekly communication, but if you want to know something sooner, please pick up the phone or email us so we can help you during this time, we are here for you!
Happy Sabbath! May God continue to give you rest, peace, and comfort as we Trust in Him for all our plans and needs!
In His Service,
Sara Baroro, Principal
Mountain View Academy