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The Southern Humboldt Unified School District is a geographically mountainous area about half the size of Rhode Island. It covers approximately 773 square miles of steep terrain, deep river valleys, large Redwood State Parks, coastal mountain ranges and a small ocean fishing community. Employment in the southern part of Humboldt County is supplied mostly by timber, commercial fishing, tourism, the school district and state agencies.

The Southern Humboldt Unified School District consists of what was formerly nineteen separate school districts. These original nineteen independent districts were combined into one unified district in 1948.

The district is currently comprised of four elementary schools, one junior high school, one high school and The Osprey Learning Center, which is an umbrella for the alternative programs including Independent Study and Continuation classes. Our current enrollment is 780 students.

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April 2, 2020

Dear Southern Humboldt USD Families,

In light of the increasing seriousness of the current COVID-19 pandemic and based on the recommendations by California Govenor Gavin Newsom, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, Humboldt County Office of Education, and Humboldt County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Teresa Frankovich, all Southern Humboldt Unified School District school sites will remain closed throughout the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Although our school sites will remain closed to the public during this time, educational activities, enrichment and distance learning opportunities facilitated by SHUSD teachers for all students will remain in place. Please continue to stay in contact and be in communication with your child’s teacher(s) through Thursday, June 11, 2020.

Southern Humboldt Unified School District will continue to provide meal to students under the age of 18. Starting Monday April 6, 2020 Southern Humboldt USD will be changing our schedule for food distribution at our designated location.

We will continue to distribute bagged meals at Redway and Agnes J Johnson Elementary, as well as at South Fork High School and the Garberville Bus Stop. Rather than providing this service each weekday, we will begin providing on-site meal pick-up on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Two days’ worth of meals will be provided on Mondays and Wednesdays. Pick-up times will be changing and will now be from 12:00 -12:30 at South Fork and at Agnes Johnson Elementary. Redway Elementary will also be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday but will remain 11:30-12:30 and meals will still be available for pick up Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the top of the Garberville Bus Stop from 12:30-12:45pm.

The van delivery service of meals to outlying areas will continue to be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, following the schedule listed on our Food Distribution Site. We will be providing two days’ worth of meals on Mondays and Wednesdays.

During this time, we are encouraging everyone to continue to shelter in place and to honor social distancing guidelines. We sincerely hope you and your family remain safe and healthy.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or leave a message at your child’s school.

Sincerely,
Southern Humboldt Unified School District.
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Posted: March 27,2020

Dear Southern Humboldt USD Families,

As we end this week, we all find ourselves in the same unexpected place: a place of realization that our lives as we knew them have changed. Our new “normal,” for now at least, is very different from what it was two weeks ago. While some of us can and must continue working, others cannot, and many are working from home while trying to juggle the reality of a workday along with children who have had their routines turned upside down. This is the same reality faced by our teachers and staff, as they work diligently to provide distance learning to students, despite these challenges.

This week our staff and teachers have spent tireless hours creating education enrichment and activities for our students to provide continuity of learning and an opportunity for these students to enrich their daily activities and expand their minds as we navigate this new sense of reality.

Southern Humboldt is home to four elementary sites, 1 junior high,1 high school, and an alternative education school. In total, teachers are committed to educating over 800 students within our community. Over the past couple of days, all Southern Humboldt Schools’ staff worked together to prepare packets, and virtual classrooms, for what could be an extended distance-learning environment. Preparation has consisted of contacting parents and guardians, prepping packets/virtual classrooms for continued learning, and establishing a stable routine for students and families.

By now your child’s school site or individual educator should have been in contact to give you the specific directions for obtaining your students school packets or virtual classrooms. Because we understand the vast landscape and unique community that we have here in Southern Humboldt we cannot offer just one generic system for all of our students. Please contact your school site for specific details if you have not already been in contact.

Redway, Casterlin and AJJ Elementary started distributing packet this past Wednesday March 25th. If you were unable to pick up your child’s packets please contact your school site or child’s teacher to make arrangements.

Whitethorn Elementary distributed student packets today Friday March 27 in the school parking lot. Each student received their own bag of materials and directions were included. Teachers will be contacting families next week to set up regular times for ongoing support and to help establish a study routine that works for your child and you.

South Fork High School and Miranda Junior High School Students will begin distribution of student packets Monday March 30th. Students can pick up their packets at the designated pick up location nearest to their residence. Packets will also be going out in conjunction with the food distribution vans, locations and times are available on the Districts Food Distribution Site.

Please visit our Continuity of Learning Site which will be updated by Monday March 30th with updates and schedules for our distance learning and enrichment opportunities.

Your family’s health and safety are a priority to us here. If you are feeling overwhelmed during this time of uncertainty, please discuss these concerns with your childs teacher for assistance with the distance learning, also addition resources are available on our Mental Health Resource during Covid-19 Site.

We know that the disruption caused by the closure of our schools has created many issues and uncertainties – from childcare and remote learning to graduation plans and college preparation. Please know the Southern Humboldt Unified School District will continue to support our students, families, and staff during this unprecedented time.

Sincerely,
Southern Humboldt Unified School District.
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Posted Friday, March 20, 2020

Dear Southern Humboldt USD Families,

First and foremost we want to recognize how amazing our staff here at Southern Humboldt USD have been through this difficult situation! They have been working countless hours to sanitize our school sites, prepare bagged lunches, and have been diligently preparing the extended learning opportunities for our students.

While we were tentatively scheduled to resume school on March 27th, due to the shelter in place orders from Humboldt County Public Health and the continued risk to community health posed by the coronavirus, all school districts in Humboldt County will continue to be closed at least through April 10. This will be followed by the already scheduled week of spring break starting April 12th through April 19th. Please be aware that there will be no food distribution or education activities during spring break. We are taking this time to allow our staff to regroup and plan for the coming weeks ahead.

We all continue to hope for the best, but we are strongly encouraging families to prepare for the possibility that that schools may be closed through the summer break. We are preparing as though this may take place as stated by Gov. Gavin Newsom in a press conference on Tuesday, but remain hopeful that conditions will improve to allow schools to reopen before the end of the school year.

Today, our teachers were busily working on developing education activities and extended learning options with a plan for deployment to students hopefully by the week of March 30th. Specific directions will be communicated by each school site starting Monday March 23rd, please expect phone calls or communications from each site to each family in our district.

As a reminder, if your student does not have access to an internet-connected device, we will have alternative options available.

Schools’ updates will be shifting away from text message alerts to the pre-recorded phone calls, the District website and Facebook starting Monday March 23th unless there is major development further impacting our community. You will now be receiving a text message with a link to the most recent update along with the pre-recorded message and emails.

We will continue making food available to the students in our community. Bus drivers will be making their schedules stops Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays. This schedule can be found on our Food Distribution Page. We will also be serving meals daily Monday through Friday between 11:30. and 12:30 p.m. at Redway Elementary, Agnes J Johnson Elementary and South Fork High School. All students in our community 18 and under can receive a free meal regardless of where they attend school but the child must be present. A list of school pick up sites is available online through the HCOE School Status List

All school offices, along with the District office, will be closed to the public starting Monday, phone appointments can be made by request. The main lines for our schools will have their voicemail monitored, so calls will be returned. The order to shelter in place has designated the meal service and extended learning from schools as essential services to our community.

Finally, please follow the guidelines from Public Health and CDC in regard to sheltering in place and stay healthy. More updates and guidelines are available on the District Covid-19 page and updates will continue to go out as often as possible.

Sincerely,
Southern Humboldt Unified School District.
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