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25
August

Community Update from Superintendent Steffano-Davis 8/25/2020

Dear Southern Humboldt Families,

August 31st is the first day of school! On August 6th our school board voted to postpone the
first day of school and to begin school in a Distance Learning model, like most districts in the
state, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Southern Humboldt Unified School District (SHUSD)
administration and the Board of Trustees will continue to reevaluate school reopening for inperson
instruction on a monthly basis starting in October. We remain committed to returning
to on-campus learning as soon as it is determined safe.

This year’s new school leaders are a powerhouse team working hard to support our skilled
and highly qualified teaching staff as we embark on this new year of school. Principal’s
letters from your children’s schools were sent home on August 24th with more school site
specific information and beginning of the year activities.

SHUSD will loan devices to students in need from our inventory of Chromebooks and other
devices. Communication about how to access devices will be forthcoming on our district
website: www.sohumusd.com We recognize that internet access is challenging for many of
our students and we are working to address that. We are committed to providing high quality
education and daily contact by phone, Zoom, or other means for each of our students, while
we navigate the challenges of learning and staying healthy during a world-wide pandemic.

Our Food Services Program will be offering breakfast and lunch. Additional Food Services
information will be forthcoming on our district website including days, times, and locations.
SHUSD staff are working closely with the Southern Humboldt Family Resource Center
(FRC) to reduce food insecurity among our families.

I look forward to working closely with our community stakeholders as this year develops. I
am grateful to all of you for your support and participation as we work together to educate
the young people in our community.

Sincerely yours,
Stephanie Steffano-Davis
Superintendent

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Estimadas familias del sur de Humboldt:

¡El 31 de agosto es el primer día de clases! El 6 de agosto, nuestra junta escolar votó para posponer la

primer día de clases y comenzar la escuela en un modelo de aprendizaje a distancia, como la mayoría de los distritos en el estado, debido a la pandemia COVID-19. Distrito Escolar Unificado del Sur de Humboldt (SHUSD)La administración y la Mesa Directiva continuarán reevaluando la reapertura de la escuela para instrucción sobre una base mensual a partir de octubre. Seguimos comprometidos con regresar al aprendizaje en el campus tan pronto como se determine que es seguro.

Los nuevos líderes escolares de este año son un equipo poderoso que trabaja arduamente para apoyar a nuestros y personal docente altamente calificado mientras nos embarcamos en este nuevo año escolar. Del director las cartas de las escuelas de sus hijos se enviaron a casa el 24 de agosto con más escuelas información específica y actividades de inicio de año.

SHUSD prestará dispositivos a los estudiantes necesitados de nuestro inventario de Chromebooks y otros dispositivos. La comunicación sobre cómo acceder a los dispositivos estará disponible en nuestro distrito. sitio web: www.sohumusd.com Reconocemos que el acceso a Internet es un desafío para muchos de nuestros estudiantes y estamos trabajando para abordar eso. Estamos comprometidos a brindar alta calidad educación y contacto diario por teléfono, Zoom u otros medios para cada uno de nuestros estudiantes, mientras navegamos los desafíos de aprender y mantenernos saludables durante una pandemia mundial.

Nuestro Programa de Servicios de Alimentos ofrecerá desayuno y almuerzo. Servicios alimentarios adicionales la información se publicará próximamente en el sitio web de nuestro distrito, incluidos los días, las horas y los lugares. El personal de SHUSD está trabajando de cerca con el Centro de Recursos Familiares del Sur de Humboldt (FRC) para reducir la inseguridad alimentaria entre nuestras familias.

Espero trabajar en estrecha colaboración con las partes interesadas de nuestra comunidad a medida que avanza este año. Yo Estoy agradecido con todos ustedes por su apoyo y participación mientras trabajamos juntos para educar los jóvenes de nuestra comunidad.

 

Sinceramente tuyo,

Stephanie Steffano-Davis

Superintendente

21
August

First Day of School Delayed to August 31,2020

Hello parents, families, and students,

As many of you know, our school board has decided to have the Southern Humboldt Unified School District on distance learning for the beginning of this school year. We are working hard to make sure that we provide quality education to our students. The first day of school will be Monday, August 31. A link has been sent out via text and email with this update. More information can be found on the District Website and Facebook. If you have any questions, please call the District Office at (707) 943-1789.

10
August

FALL 2020 Re-Opening Plan POSTED AUG 7,2020

Greetings Southern Humboldt Community,

Last night, the Southern Humboldt Unified School District Board of Trustees met for almost three hours to hear public comment, discuss, and determine what the District learning plan for the upcoming school year would look like. After much discussion from our very passionate stakeholders, with nearly sixty participants in the virtual board meeting and another fifty watching live on Facebook and through our live-stream, The Board voted, and direction has been provided that we will start the school year on August 31st with a full Distance Learning Model. The Board will meet on October 8, 2020, to re-evaluate and look at the possibility of bringing back small groups of students and returning to face-to-face instruction or whether to continue with the Distance Learning Model. The Board will continue to re-evaluate regularly with the ultimate goal of returning to face-to-face instruction when it is safe to do so.

In the coming weeks, we will be focusing our efforts and professional development on creating the best possible distance learning experience for our students.

The decision was difficult for the Board as they worked to balance student and staff safety with the learning and social-emotional needs of students. Each school will contact staff and families with more information as it is available.

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Saludos, comunidad del sur de Humboldt,

Anoche, la Mesa Directiva del Distrito Escolar Unificado del Sur de Humboldt se reunió durante casi tres horas para escuchar los comentarios del público, discutir y determinar cómo sería el plan de aprendizaje del Distrito para el próximo año escolar. Después de mucha discusión por parte de nuestros apasionados interesados, con casi sesenta participantes en la reunión virtual de la junta y otros cincuenta viendo en vivo en Facebook y a través de nuestra transmisión en vivo, la Junta votó y se proporcionó la dirección de que comenzaremos el año escolar en agosto. 31 con un modelo de aprendizaje a distancia completo. La Junta se reunirá el 8 de octubre de 2020 para reevaluar y considerar la posibilidad de traer de regreso pequeños grupos de estudiantes y regresar a la instrucción presencial o si continuar con el Modelo de Educación a Distancia. La Junta continuará reevaluando regularmente con el objetivo final de regresar a la instrucción presencial cuando sea seguro hacerlo.

En las próximas semanas, centraremos nuestros esfuerzos y desarrollo profesional en crear la mejor experiencia posible de aprendizaje a distancia para nuestros estudiantes.

La decisión fue difícil para la Junta, ya que trabajaron para equilibrar la seguridad de los estudiantes y el personal con las necesidades de aprendizaje y socioemocionales de los estudiantes. Cada escuela se comunicará con el personal y las familias con más información a medida que esté disponible.

25
June

Notice of Public Hearing for Energy Service Contract

SHUSD Notice of Public Hearing for Energy Service Contract

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING JUly 9, 2020

 

CONSIDERATION OF ENTERING INTO ENERGY SERVICE DESIGN-BUILD CONTRACT FOR

THE SOUTH FORK HIGH SCHOOL SOLAR PV PROJECT

 

Notice is hereby given that on July 9, 2020 at 4:00 pm at a special meeting of its Governing Board, Southern Humboldt Unified School District (“District”) will conduct a public hearing via Zoom, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83511142210, to obtain comment regarding the District’s consideration of entering into an energy service design-build contract pursuant to the provisions of the California Government Code Section 4217.10, et seq.

The Hearing will be open to the public.  At any time before that date and time set forth in this notice for the Public Hearing, written comment on the proposal may be filed at the District Office 100 School Road, Miranda, CA.  All persons wishing to comment at the public hearing will be given an opportunity to be heard.

For additional information, please contact Karl Terrell, Construction Manager at 707-943-1789 ext. 150

 

Posted:            June 24, 2020

 

8
June

Parent Survey By Site

The Southern Humboldt School leaders are working diligently to prepare for the very best start to the 2020-2021 school year we can possibly offer our students and families. Your feedback is important, so we ask that you take a moment to respond to a short survey, links to each school site’s survey are available on the District Website Parent Survey Portal . As more details become available from the CDC, Humboldt County Public Health, and state and county educational leaders, we will take your feedback in tandem with suggested safeguards to inform our plans for students, staff, and parents.

 

 

CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO VIEW THE PARENT SURVEY’S BY SITE

8
June

Closing out a very unique school year…

…A message from the SHUSD District Office and Leadership Team

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMMUNITY UPDATE

 

Dear Southern Humboldt USD Families and Staff.

This year, the efforts and accomplishments of the Southern Humboldt community stand out against a backdrop

of a mighty global health threat that has challenged us socially, economically, and emotionally in profound ways. No one
has been untouched, and our condolences go out to those who have lost family and friends to the virus. The SHUSD
faculty, staff, students, and graduates this year have demonstrated endurance, compassion, integrity, and achievement
throughout the turbulence.

As most know, our schools transitioned to remote learning in mid-March due to the COVID-19 shelter-in-place
order. It has been inspiring to witness how remarkably the Southern Humboldt Unified School District community has
come together and continued to provide dynamic learning and social-emotional support to one another.

As we bring an end to the 2019-2020 school year, we celebrate the
graduating class of 2020. While they have missed many important events, they
are a part of a historical event that may help us be more humanitarian and
noble in our future. Regardless of the past 12 weeks’ events, these graduates
are celebrated for the hard work and perseverance they have demonstrated.
We are proud of our graduating class of 45 seniors. As we say goodbye
to the class of 2020, we wish you good will and a future full of hope and
prosperity.

For those who follow behind in elementary, middle, and high school, we
thank you for your willingness to finish strong! It has been a challenging ending
to the school year, but we hope you have found ways to embrace the change to our typical routines. Maybe there were
fewer morning rushes and more morning walks, fewer evening commitments and more evening family dinners, fewer
scheduled events, and more time for personal growth. No matter what, we have all learned to adapt and be nimble in
our response.

  • We often have little control over what happens to us in life, but we have full control over how we choose to
    respond. Thank you, students, parents, staff and teachers for finding new ways to learn, teach, communicate, and grow.
    As we prepare to close out another year and retool for the 2020-2021 school year, we know there are many questions
    and unknowns at this point and while we all share the same feeling of uncertainty, there are several things we know:
  •  Southern Humboldt USD will celebrate the graduating class of 2020 through a community celebration. This
    event has been put on by our devoted parents and community members and will be at the Community Park on
    Saturday June 13 at 6 PM. Full details are available at sohumusd.com/sfhs/graduation2020 .
  •  Southern Humboldt USD Schools will be distributing 6th grade and 8th grade promotion certificates with drive
    thru style commencements on Wednesday June 10th from 2:00 – 2:30 pm in the Bus Lane (Redway
    Elementary) and Thursday June 11th from 6:00 -7:00 pm in front of the Art Building (Miranda Junior High).
    Specific details will be going out to students and their families. Please adhere to the same safety protocols for
    distance learning distribution, no one will be permitted to get out of their vehicles and all public health safety
    measures and social distancing protocols will be adhered to by all staff members involved.
  • Southern Humboldt USD Food Services will be serving food at each of the school sites through the last
    scheduled day of school, Wednesday June 10. The transportation department will continue to deliver food for
    the Southern Humboldt Family Resource Center until Friday June 26. Please contact the Family Resource Center
    for information regarding summer emergency food distribution.
  • Southern Humboldt School leaders will work diligently to prepare for the very best start to the 2020-2021
    school year we can possibly offer our students and families. Your feedback is important, so we ask that you
    take a moment to respond to a short survey, links to each school site’s survey are available on the District
    Website Parent Survey Portal . As more details become available from the CDC, Humboldt County Public Health,
    and state and county educational leaders, we will take your feedback in tandem with suggested safeguards to
    inform our plans for students, staff, and parents.
  •  We will work all summer to prepare with proven cleaning and disinfecting supplies with a thoughtful plan for
    ongoing disinfecting strategies.
  • We will ensure all suggested safety guidelines are met for the protection of our staff, students, and families.
  •  We will continue to communicate and keep parents and students informed as we progress over the next few
    weeks.

These are unparalleled times, and there are many questions and concerns for when and how our schools will
reopen. All California schools are awaiting guidelines from the California Department of Education and county public
health recommendations before plans can be finalized. Southern Humboldt Unified School District anticipates a safe
return to in-person instruction as soon as the fall, and details of that reopening are being worked out with our own
SHUSD Fall 2020 Planning Group and with our Humboldt County Office of Education partners. As we navigate these
preparations, considerations are being discussed regarding the following:

  •  Preventing infection
  • Transporting students
  • Entering school buildings
  •  Serving meals
  •  Transitioning between classes
  • Conducting large group gatherings
  •  Supporting teaching and learning
  •  Protecting vulnerable populations

Each school site has individual needs and capacities, and this will be taken into consideration by our Fall 2020
Planning Group. As part of its work, the group will explore possible modifications to class sizes and schedules,
different ways of using spaces, enhancing the use of technology in instruction, and methods for protecting the more
vulnerable members of our community by allowing them to learn or work remotely.

Thank you for your patience and support while we begin making appropriate preparations for this fall with reopening
plans that respect the health, well-being, and educational needs of our students, staff, and community. We look forward
to welcoming our students back as soon as possible.

The Southern Humboldt USD Leadership Team

 

3
October

National Free and Reduced School Breakfast/Lunch Qualification Information

Public Media Release regarding the national School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

To view please click on below

Free and Reduced Meal Qualification info

10
June

Tobacco Free Certification (TFC)

SHUSD participates in the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) Consortium Grant and is required to maintain and enforce Tobacco Free Certification (TFC) in order to continue to receive the CHKS funding. Below you will find a link to the California Smokers Helpline or you can give them a call at 1-800-NO-BUTTS.

https://www.nobutts.org/