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Message from Superintendent Steffano-Davis

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Dear SHUSD Families and Staff,

I want to first celebrate and acknowledge the extraordinary work and efforts of our talented and dedicated educators and families here in the Southern Humboldt Joint Unified School District.  In a school year filled with innovation and challenges, we are grateful for the professionalism, commitment, and excellence of our teachers and staff who support our nearly 700 students on a daily basis. Our staff serves as instructional leaders, role models, social/emotional supports, advocates, cheerleaders, and mentors for each student, each day. Thank you to our families and community stakeholders who have expressed confidence and a willingness to work together for our students in our school district.

During this flurry of end-of-year activities, I want to take a few moments to share a few important reminders:

  • The SHUSD Board of Trustees at the April 5, 2021 board meeting approved the 2021-2022 academic calendar. View the calendar on the District website or Click Here
  • Continue to keep a close eye on communications, as we will continue to send updates as needed via SchoolWise texts, social media pages, emails, and snail mail. 
  • To register students for the upcoming school year, registration forms can be found on our website and school offices during summer school.
  • Summer School dates are June 21-July 29; classes will meet in person 4 days/week.

Looking ahead to next year, we are closely following the state’s changes to permissible learning options. In the Governor’s May budget update, the state is ending the emergency authorization funding for Distance Learning. The state budget proposal assumes a return to full-time, in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year as the default for students and schools. The state’s independent study framework is currently under revision to add possible enhancements due to COVID-19. Indications at this time is that public schools may offer only two options: full in-person school or Independent Study. If there are any changes, we will share the information as we receive it.

Regarding breakfast and lunch during summer school and in the fall, the school district’s Food Services Department will continue to serve meals at no cost to anyone under 18 years of age.

Congratulations and best wishes to our 6th graders as they move on to junior high school, and to our 8th graders as we welcome them to high school!

Tonight we celebrate our Osprey and South Fork High School Senior Class who have endured and have thrived and then worked to overcome so much this year. The Class of 2021 has reached this major milestone in life through resilience, persistence, and determination —our best wishes to them that these qualities and more will serve as a strong foundation for the challenges of the future. We are all excited to hear about these graduates’ next endeavors!

Please enjoy a fun and safe summer!


Stephanie Steffano-Davis
District Superintendent


Verizon recalls Ellipsis Jetpack Mobile Hotspot Devices:

Update required to help students stay connected until new devices arrive.

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Southern Humboldt Families,

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Verizon has issued a recall in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for the Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack mobile hotspot devices in use for distance learning. Over the last several weeks, they were made aware that the lithium-ion battery in the hotspots can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard.

We are working with Verizon as quickly and efficiently as possible to exchange all Ellipsis Jetpack devices that were issued by the school for an Orbic Speed mobile hotspot.

To help students stay connected until they receive their new device, Verizon will immediately push two (2) automatic, over-the-air software updates to the affected Ellipsis Jetpacks.

  • Students will need to power on their devices in order to receive the software update
  • The updates will (a) enable the device’s identifying number to be viewed on its scrolling screen to help facilitate its exchange and (b) prevent the device from charging while the device is plugged in and powered on.

If your device is currently turned off, please turn it on so that the Ellipsis Jetpack can receive two (2) over-the-air, automatic software updates. It is very important that you power cycle your device in order to perform these critical updates. You will know the software update has been applied when you see the device’s identifying number scrolling across its screen. After the software update is applied, users should leave the device plugged in while it is powered on. When not in use, the device should be turned off, unplugged from its power source, and securely stored until you receive your replacement device.

The school/district will be working directly with Verizon to exchange the devices. Please contact your school site to exchange your device.

As a reminder, and to help promote the safe operation of all devices, please follow these best practices:

  • When not in use, turn the device off and unplug it.
  • Place your device on a flat, solid and sturdy surface such as a floor or table.
  • For proper ventilation, do not use the device in a bed, sofa, chair or other soft surface, and ensure your device is not covered by a pillow, blanket or other item.
  • Keep devices near room temperature when in use.
  • Use only approved charging cables, including the cable provided.
  • Do not expose the units to extreme temperatures for extended periods of time.
  • Do not expose the unit or its battery to water or other liquids.
  • Do not drop the units and do not insert foreign objects into the battery or unit.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have any questions or concerns about the technology issued to you, please contact your school for support.


Estimados padres,

Verizon en cooperación con la Comisión de Seguridad de Productos para el Consumidor de los EE. UU. ha emitido el retiro del mercado de los dispositivos de punto de acceso móvil Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack que se utilizan para el aprendizaje a distancia. Durante las últimas semanas, se les informó que la batería de iones de litio en los puntos de acceso móvil puede sobrecalentarse, lo que representa un riesgo de incendio y quemaduras.

Estamos trabajando con Verizon de la manera más rápida y eficiente posible para intercambiar todos los dispositivos Ellipsis Jetpack que fueron emitidos por la escuela por un punto de acceso móvil Orbic Speed, sin ningún costo.

Si su dispositivo está apagado actualmente, enciéndalo para que el Ellipsis Jetpack pueda recibir dos (2) actualizaciones automáticas de software de forma inalambrica. Es muy importante que apague y encienda su dispositivo para poder realizar estas actualizaciones críticas. Sabrá que se ha aplicado la actualización del software cuando vea el número de identificación del dispositivo en la pantalla. Una vez aplicada la actualización del software, los usuarios deben dejar el dispositivo conectado mientras está encendido. Cuando no esté en uso, el dispositivo debe apagarse, desenchufarse de su fuente de carga y almacenarse de forma segura hasta que reciba el dispositivo de reemplazo.

La escuela/distrito trabajará directamente con Verizon para intercambiar los dispositivos. Póngase en contacto con su sitio escolar para cambiar su dispositivo.

Como un recordatorio y para ayudar a promover el funcionamiento seguro de todos los dispositivos, siga estas recomendaciones:

  • Cuando no esté en uso, apague y desenchufe su dispositivo.
  • Coloque su dispositivo sobre una superficie plana, sólida y resistente, como un piso o una mesa.
  • Para una ventilación óptima, no utilice el dispositivo sobre una cama, sofá, silla u otra superficie suave. Y asegúrese de que su dispositivo no esté cubierto por una almohada, manta u otro artículo.
  • Mantenga los dispositivos a temperatura ambiente cuando estén en uso.
  • Utilice solo cargadores aprobados, incluido el cable proporcionado.
  • Desenchufe su dispositivo una vez que esté completamente cargado. Los dispositivos no deben dejarse enchufados de forma continua.
  • No exponga las unidades a temperaturas extremas durante períodos prolongados.
  • No exponga la unidad o su batería al agua u otros líquidos.
  • No deje caer las unidades y no inserte ningún objeto dentro de la batería o la unidad.

Gracias por su paciencia y comprensión. Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud sobre la tecnología que se le proporcionó, comuníquese con su escuela para obtener ayuda.




The news broke earlier in the week that cheer squads, which were classified as a support group rather than a recreational sport, would not be allowed to perform on the sidelines for the upcoming games.

On March 19, 2021, State officials announced that cheer squads will be permitted at games, after all, reversing a controversial decision from earlier in the week.

The H-DNL also announced on Friday morning that local health officials are allowing two spectators per student-athlete and two spectators per cheerleader at each game, instead of the one that California health officials have called for.


At this time non-student-athletes are unable to attend the games or be present on the field.

H-DNL Observer Guidelines for Outdoor Athletic Competition (per County guidelines)

• Immediate Family Members Only up to 2 (ADULTS) per household per student-athlete

• Masks will be required

• Observers must social distance and sit with their household only

• Some facilities will allow observers to bring their own chairs

• Observers may arrive at the facility no earlier than 10 minutes before game time

• Observers must leave the facility immediately following the game.

BREAKING — Cheer squads, two spectators per player now allowed at games



Southern Humboldt Families and Staff

This is a reminder that there will be zoom classes, onsite intervention pods, and food distribution for all Southern Humboldt Unified Schools this Monday and Tuesday, November 23, and November 24. Please remember to call in or contact your teacher for attendance on Monday and Tuesday or your student will be considered absent.

Due to the delayed start of school this year and to avoid pushing the end of the school year out any further, Thanksgiving break begins Wed. Nov. 25 through Fri. Nov. 27. For more information please check the District Calendar available on the District Website at sohumusd.com, a link has been sent out via email and text and is available on the Districts Facebook Page.

Have a wonderful break and please remember to stay safe and follow all CDC recommended holiday safety guidelines.



Familias y personal del sur de Humboldt

Este es un recordatorio de que habrá clases de zoom, cápsulas de intervención en el lugar y distribución de alimentos para todas las escuelas unificadas del sur de Humboldt este lunes y martes, 23 de noviembre y 24 de noviembre. Recuerde llamar o comunicarse con su maestro para la asistencia el lunes y Martes o su estudiante será considerado ausente.

Debido al retraso en el inicio de clases este año y para evitar retrasar el final del año escolar, las vacaciones de Acción de Gracias comienzan el miércoles. Del 25 de noviembre al viernes. 27 de noviembre. Para obtener más información, consulte el calendario del distrito disponible en el sitio web del distrito en sohumusd.com, se envió un enlace por correo electrónico y mensaje de texto y está disponible en la página de Facebook del distrito.

Que tenga un maravilloso descanso y recuerde mantenerse seguro y seguir todas las pautas de seguridad de vacaciones recomendadas por los CDC.


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


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



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.


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.


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.


Notice of Public Hearing for Energy Service Contract

SHUSD Notice of Public Hearing for Energy Service Contract







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



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.





Closing out a very unique school year…

…A message from the SHUSD District Office and Leadership Team




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

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

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


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