Update on Reopening School Models

Dear Benicia Families.  

I hope this communication finds all of you safe and well.  In my previous update, I discussed the work we would be undertaking to develop educational models for the fall.  As you can imagine, this is no small task in light of the many uncertainties related to COVID-19.  The Design Team, comprised of teachers, parents, administrators, and a board trustee, has done an outstanding job reflecting deeply on the needs of our students, staff, and parents while also responding to state and local guidance measures specific to COVID-19.  

I have included a link to the presentation made at last night’s school board meeting regarding our latest, best thinking for what school could look like in the fall.  The presentation goes into great detail and I sincerely hope you are able to take time to view it, knowing we are doing our level best within the various limitations and constraints all school districts are having to address. (https://youtu.be/GhVzduSHb0E)

We will continue to communicate details throughout the summer as elements of the plans get worked through further, including any parts that may need to be bargained with our employee unions, shifts in the COVID-19 guidance, or how the state budget, that is required to be passed by the end of this month, will affect our planning. 

In addition, we will be sending out a survey in the near future that we will need all families to complete in order to gather information to help us solidify plans for the fall. 

We deeply appreciate your partnership and patience as we continue to dedicate our efforts to serving our students in the best manner possible.   

Sincerely,
Charles F. Young, Ed.D.

Revised Food Service Extended Date through June 5th

REVISED FOR EXTENDED SERVICE DATE

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

This memo has been revised with the EXTENDED SERVICE DATE listed below. You are receiving this letter to inform you that during the school closures, the Food and Nutrition Services Department will be serving free student meals for all of our students.

Parents or students may drive or walk up to any of the locations listed below to pick-up breakfast and lunch for their students.  Each student will receive a lunch for the day and a breakfast for the next day. They will be put together in a grab-and-go bag for your convenience.

Student Meal Pick-Up Procedures:

  • New Extended Date: Monday April 6 through Friday June 5 (served Monday through Friday). We will be closed Monday May 25th for Memorial Day Holiday.
  • Locations:
    • Robert Semple Elementary School
    • 2015 E 3rd St, Benicia, CA 94510
    • *Entrance of the Staff Parking Lot
    • Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Benicia High School
    • 1101 Military W, Benicia, CA 94510
    • *Turn into Plaza de Oro and keep right pass the gates until you see us
    • Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • 91 Riverview Terrance Complex
    • *Look for the Benicia USD Van
    • New Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, (starting March 30)

If you have previously signed up for these student meals, there is no need to reply to this email.

If you have not signed up for these student meals, please reply to this email: tcourtney@beniciaunified.org and let us know if your child(ren) will pick up a free student meal and which Pick-Up Location will be used. Please include the student name(s), so we can anticipate how many student meals to prepare.

Sincerely,
Tania P. Courtney
Director of Nutrition & Food Services Department
Benicia Unified School District
1101 Military West, Benicia, CA 94510
Phone: (707) 748-2758
E-mail: tcourtney@beniciaunified.org

 

 

 

REVISADO PARA LA FECHA DE SERVICIO EXTENDIDO

Estimado padre (s) o tutor (es),

Esta nota ha sido revisada con la FECHA DE SERVICIO EXTENDIDA.Usted está recibiendo esta carta para informarle que durante los cierres de la escuela, el Departamento de Servicios de Alimentos y Nutrición estará sirviendo comidas gratuitas para estudiantes para todos nuestros estudiantes.

Los padres y los estudiantes pueden conducir o caminar hasta cualquiera de los lugares enumerados a continuación para recoger el desayuno y el almuerzo para sus estudiantes. Cada estudiante recibirá un almuerzo para el día y un desayuno para el día siguiente. Se colocarán en una bolsa para llevar para su conveniencia.

Procedimientos de recogida de comidas del estudiante:

  • Fechas:             Lunes 6 de abril hasta el viernes 5 de junio  (servido de lunes a viernes). Estaremos cerrados el lunes 25 de mayo para el Día de los Caídos.
  • Ubicaciones:
    • Robert Semple Elementary School
    • 2015 E 3rd St, Benicia, CA 94510
    • Entrada del estacionamiento del personal
    • Hora: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Benicia High School
    • 1101 Military W, Benicia, CA 94510
    • Gire a la Plaza de Oro y manténgase a la derecha pasando las puertas hasta que nos vea
    • Hora: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • 91 Riverview Terrance Complex (a partir del 30 de marzo)
    • Busque la furgoneta Benicia USD
    • Hora: 11:30 AM-12: 30 PM

Si se ha inscrito previamente para estas comidas de estudiantes, no es necesario que responda a este correo electrónico. Si no se ha inscrito para estas comidas estudiantiles, responda a este correo electrónico: tcourtney@beniciaunified.org e infórmenos si su hijo (a) recogerá una comida estudiantil gratuita y qué lugar de recogida se utilizará. Incluya los nombres de los estudiantes para que podamos anticipar cuántas comidas de estudiantes preparar.

Sinceramente,
Tania P. Courtney
Director del Departamento de Nutrición y Servicios Alimenticios
Distrito escolar unificado de Benicia
1101 Military West, Benicia, CA 94510
Teléfono: (707) 748-2758
Correo electrónico: tcourtney@beniciaunified.org

 

CDE News Release Communication 4-30-20

Dear Benicia Community. 

 
I am sharing the following statement from Tony Thurmond, the State Superintendent of Schools (if you haven’t already seen it). In his statement, Thurmond responds to the Governer’s comments a few days ago about when schools may open again.    
 
On our end, please know that NO decisions for next year have been made yet. We are just starting the planning process, considering various scenarios, etc., but really cannot and will not make concrete decisions and plans until we get much more clarity from the Governor’s Office, the State Superintendent of Schools, and the Health Department.
 
We will keep everyone thoroughly updated as we go along.
 
Please be well and I hope all is going well with each and everyone one of you.  We miss you! 

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Issues Statement in Response to Governor’s Remarks for Potential Earlier School Year

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond issued the following statement today in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s remarks that public schools might start the next school year earlier: 

“We all heard for the first time today the idea of schools reopening as early as July or August. If possible, this could help us address equity issues facing our most vulnerable students while providing an opportunity to start recovering the learning loss we know students have experienced between the time we closed campuses and shifted to distance learning.

“We also recognize the importance of schools reopening to help parents and caregivers in their much-needed return to work.

“If this is going to work, there are some major questions we will have to answer. First and foremost: Can this be done in a way that protects the health and safety of our students, teachers, and school staff?

“We also must consider the fiscal implications. Social distancing in schools may require smaller class sizes, but schools are going to need additional resources to make it happen—including the possibility of hiring more teachers. Additionally, teachers and school staff will need personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies so that our schools are sanitized. We expect that some form of social distancing will be with us through the summer, so if we start school early, we need resources to make it a reality.

“Clearly, for now, we still have more questions than answers. But now is the time for us to problem-solve and plan for the future. My team will be in regular communication with our partners in the Governor’s Office, the State Board of Education, the Legislature, the Department of Finance, public health leaders, employee group leadership, and superintendents and educational leaders from all across the state and nation.

“Together, we will create a path forward that works for all students.”

Distance Learning Plan Update 4-23-20

Dear Benicia Community. 

I hope this communication finds you well and managing the stay at home order as best as possible.  There are many unknowns as we move forward, in particular, what school will look like for all of us next year. We will keep everyone updated as we hear more from the Governor, the State Superintendent of schools, and the Health Department and how their guidance will affect our planning.    

In the meantime, in our ongoing effort to provide clarity regarding our efforts with Distance Learning, I have attached the BUSD Distance Learning Plan, knowing it is not perfect, but does reflect our intentions, the good work to date and the Memorandum of Understanding with the teacher’s union.  I am very proud of where we are, knowing we were quick in our response to distance learning and that we continue to reflect, learn, and refine our processes as we go along.  Teachers and all staff care deeply for their students, are striving to support them in the new Distance Learning model, and are looking forward to seeing them again in the hopefully not too distant future.    

Thank you so much for your patience and support!  

Sincerely,
Dr. Charles Young
Superintendent

In light of the ever-changing situation with COVID-19, Benicia Unified schools will be closed ­­­­­­­­­beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through July.Click Here for The Latest Info
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