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IMPORTANT COVID-19 Update 4-2-20

Dear BUSD Community, 

In alignment with the recent guidance from Governor Newsom, State Superintendent of Instruction Tony Thurman, and supported by the Solano County Health Department, the Benicia Unified School District will continue with the distance learning model we started on March 18, 2020, for the duration of this school year. Learning will continue but unfortunately, students and staff will not be returning to campuses during this school year.  

We are living in unprecedented and anxious times. With that being said, we want to do everything we can as a school district to protect our students and staff as we fully participate in the effort, of which we are now enlisted, to help flatten the curve of COVID-19.  We are deeply appreciative, inspired, and strengthened by the impressive efforts of all staff members in our amazing school district. I want to thank our parent community for their continued support, generosity of spirit and understanding, knowing they are making sacrifices in their daily lives as they balance their many roles. 

I also want to acknowledge our brilliant and talented student body.  As your superintendent, I’m so sorry to let you know we are closing schools for the remainder of the year. I know you miss your friends, teachers and staff members.  We miss you too! Teachers are doing their very best to stay in close contact with you and assure your learning and development continues. We care for you deeply.  

As the remainder of the year progresses, we will undoubtedly need to work through challenges as they present themselves.  We are enthusiastic about our progress to date and confident our amazing teaching and support staff will continue to engage our students to support their ongoing learning and development.

We recognize that with school closure through the end of the school year many of our most special traditions and memorable events are affected.  Student athletics and performing arts will not be held for the remainder of the school year. We also understand this greatly affects our Seniors, the Class of 2020, who have been looking forward to events such as prom and graduation. Please know we are working on alternate plans for the senior activities as well as the transition events for our fifth and eighth graders and will get those details to you in the coming weeks. 

We are providing Additional Resources for Home that you can choose to use with your students. Please know the activities on the additional resources document will not be assigned, collected, or graded by teachers, but are optional opportunities. We will continue to update this document as we gather more resources.

Our Food Service Department will continue to provide meals to students, at the same locations and designated times found here until the end of the school year, including Spring Break. 

In closing, I sincerely hope all is well in your households.  Although this whole experience seems so surreal and trying, I have an overwhelming feeling we are going to get through this united as a society. For me, I know I will have, and already do, an even deeper sense of gratitude and appreciation for all of the many blessings in my life, including getting to serve and work with all of you.  

Please be well and know we will continue to update you regularly.  

Sincerely,
Dr. Charles Young
Superintendent

COVID-19 Update 3-27-20

March 27, 2020

Dear Benicia Families,

We are winding up our eighth day of Distance Learning and want to express our gratitude to all our families, students and staff for your flexibility, adaptability and patience.  Our staff has worked very hard to be forerunners in getting Distance Learning up and going for our students. We will continue to refine our instruction during our extended school closure through May 1, 2020.

As we continue to learn about and work in this new learning dimension, we are trying to use reasonableness as a barometer for what we are asking our students and families and staff to do. Throughout the closure, our goal is to reinforce and practice key State Content Standards and concepts taught to this point in our school year.  We have asked staff that any new content taught should be viewed through the lens of being critical and essential for students in their grade level, or subject area class. We are being mindful of the amount of content and time we are asking kids and families to work as many of you are juggling working from home, parenting, and now supporting your child’s learning. 

To support our families and staff as we enter an extended Distance Learning timeframe we are:

  • Dedicating Wednesday, April 1 as a Professional Planning Day for teachers to determine the key concepts/standards and pacing that students must learn through the end of this year. Your children can continue to work on schoolwork, but teachers will not be available that day. 
  • Strongly encouraging all families and staff to unplug and take a true break during April 6 – 10: Spring Break. 
  • Dedicating Monday, April 13 as a Non-student day to provide an additional day of Professional Planning for teachers.  
  • Resuming Distance Learning for students Tuesday, April 14.
  • Dedicating Each Friday after break (April 17, 24 & May 1) as Professional Planning Days for staff  to support planning and collaboration. Your children can continue to work on schoolwork, but teachers will not be available these days. 

We greatly appreciate your partnership knowing this is a challenging time for our society.  I sincerely hope all is well in each and everyone of your households.  

Sincerely,
Dr. Charles Young
Superintendent

Latest Food Service Update through May 1st

Date: March 27, 2020            

REVISED FOR NEW PICK-UP TIMES AND EXTENDED SERVICE DATE

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

This memo has been revised with the NEW PICK-UP TIMES AND 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 March 30 through Friday May 1 (served Monday through Friday)

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

 

 

 

 

Fecha: 27 de marzo de 2020

REVISADO PARA NUEVOS HORARIOS DE RECOGIDA Y FECHA DE SERVICIO EXTENDIDO

Estimado padre (s) o tutor (es),

Este memo ha sido revisado con NUEVOS TIEMPOS DE RECOGIDA Y FECHA DE SERVICIO EXTENDIDO que se enumeran a continuación. Recibirá esta carta para informarle que durante el cierre de la escuela, el Departamento de Servicios de Alimentos y Nutrición estará sirviendo comidas gratis 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: martes 30 de marzo a viernes 1 de mayo (servido de lunes a viernes)

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

Solano County School Closure Communication UPDATE 3-26-20

March 26, 2020

Dear Solano County Families,

Solano County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators have made a unified decision to extend school closures through May 1, 2020. This is a coordinated response that represents a continued effort to reduce the number of affected  individuals with COVID-19 and to keep our communities as safe as possible pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-33-20, the current Solano County Order to Shelter At Home, and in consultation with Solano County Public Health. The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community are our highest priority.

Solano County Office of Education, Solano County School Districts, and Charter Schools will continue to provide remote learning opportunities for our students. Food services will also continue for our students on a daily basis. 

This is difficult and uncharted territory and it will require patience, flexibility, and understanding from all of us. Our ability to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community will not only help to save lives, but will also determine when schools may reopen safely for students and staff. We are reminded by our Public Health Officials that it is crucial during this temporary school closure that every member of our community follow the illness prevention and social distancing requests made by state and local public health officials.  They include:

  • Maintaining social distancing 
  • Washing hands often with soap and water
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Staying home if you are feeling sick
  • Contacting your healthcare provider, if you are experiencing any symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing 
  • Engaging  in regular exercise or physical activity

Our situation continues to evolve and we will continue to communicate updates with any new information as we work through this together. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time and we wish you and your families safety and good health. 

26 de marzo de 2020

Estimadas familias del Condado de Solano,

Los Superintendentes del Condado de Solano y los Administradores de las Escuelas Autónomas han tomado la decisión unificada de extender el cierre de las escuelas hasta el 1 de mayo de 2020. Esta es una respuesta coordinada que representa un esfuerzo continuo para reducir el número de personas afectadas con COVID-19 y mantener nuestras comunidades seguras. como sea posible de conformidad con la Orden Ejecutiva 26-20 del Gobernador, la Orden del Oficial de Salud Local, y en consulta con el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Solano. La seguridad y el bienestar de los estudiantes, el personal escolar y la comunidad son nuestra máxima prioridad.

La Oficina de Educación del Condado de Solano y todos los Distritos Escolares y Escuelas Autónomas del Condado de Solano continuarán brindando oportunidades de aprendizaje a distancia para nuestros estudiantes. Los servicios de comida también continuarán para nuestros estudiantes diariamente.

Este es un territorio difícil e inexplorado y requerirá paciencia, flexibilidad y comprensión de parte de todos.  Nuestra capacidad para mitigar la propagación de COVID-19 en nuestra comunidad no solo ayudará a salvar vidas, sino que también determinará cuándo las escuelas pueden reabrir de manera segura para los estudiantes y el personal. Nuestros funcionarios de salud pública nos recuerdan que es crucial durante este cierre escolar temporal que todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad sigan las solicitudes de prevención de enfermedades y distanciamiento social hechas por los funcionarios de salud pública estatales y locales. Incluyen:

  • Mantener distanciamiento social
  • Lavarse las manos frecuentemente con agua y jabón.
  • Evitar tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca.
  • Quedarse en casa si se siente enfermo
  • Comunicarse con su proveedor de atención médica si experimenta algún síntoma como fiebre, tos o dificultad para respirar.
  • Participar en ejercicio regular o actividad física

Nuestra situación continúa evolucionando y continuaremos comunicando actualizaciones con cualquier información nueva a medida que esté disponible mientras trabajamos juntos en esto.

COVID-19 Update 3-23-20

Dear Benicia Community,

I hope this communication finds everyone safe and sound as we enter our second week of school closures, distance learning and a state-wide shelter in place. Understandably, all of this is a considerable challenge for us as a society and community as there are many unknowns with a good deal of fear out there. However, I am confident we will get through this together. I realize there must be a good deal of adjustment taking place within your homes and I am so appreciative of the “we-are-in-this together” response from our parents, staff, and community members. 

With challenges comes a silver lining, and I am so proud of our teachers and team members in all departments of BUSD. The response from all levels has been impressive and inspiring. Learning is taking place and students are being fed daily. Teachers, support staff, site and district leaders are staying in close contact with their school communities and are here to provide support and answers to your questions. 

Our goal is to continue providing a reasonable level of learning opportunities for our students, knowing we are all balancing our social, emotional, and physical well being.  

I will continue to keep you updated regarding any changes and am sending all of us thoughts of strength, compassion and resolve.  

Thanks for being an amazing community! 

Dr. Charles F. Young

Extended School Closure Update 3-17-20

Dear Benicia Parents and Guardians. 

In light of recent guidance from the State and Federal Government regarding Covid-19, the Benicia Unified School District is extending its school closure through April 10, which includes spring break. We are monitoring all of this daily and will continue to provide updates.

We deeply appreciate everyone’s patience and partnership during this critical time in world history.  

I came across the following from one of my favorite authors Brene Brown:  “”

Fear and anxiety can drive us to become very self-focused. This global pandemic is a real case of ‘getting sick together’ or ‘staying well together.’ Our choices affect everyone around us. There is no such thing as ‘individual risk’ or ‘individual wellness.’

In partnership,
Dr. Charles Young

COVID-19 Update 3-16-20

March 16, 2020

Dear Families,

Thank you for your patience as we continue to adjust to the new information and requirements as it relates to COVID-19.  

We worked closely with Site and District leaders today to refine the guidelines for staff to use as they create distance learning opportunities for your children.  We know these learning opportunities will not mirror the complexities and quantity of what children do day to day in school. Instead we focused on providing reasonable levels of learning opportunities for students to practice, reinforce, and explore some new content along with teachers providing feedback and being available to answer questions, coach and support students virtually. 

You will be hearing from your Principal today and your child’s teacher by Wednesday with more information about what the learning will look like. 

In addition, we want to let you know we are able to offer free lunch and breakfast to all students and sent out a communication regarding this earlier today. 

We feel grateful to be part of this amazing Benicia Community who is pulling together to support all families during this crisis. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.


In partnership,
Dr. Charles Young
Superintendent

Food Service Communication

Date: March 15, 2020

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

You are receiving this letter to inform that during the school closures, the Food and Nutrition Services Department will be serving free meals for all of our students.

Parents and students may drive or walk up to any of the two locations listed below to pick-up breakfast and lunch. If at all possible please bring your students to receive those meals. Each student will receive a lunch for the day and breakfast for the next day. They will be all put together in a grab and go bag for your convenience. It’s food that’s in, while school is out. Come one day or come every day it is your choice, but don’t miss this opportunity!

Meal Pick-Up Procedures:

  • Start date: Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 27
  • Locations:
    • Robert Semple Elementary
      • 2015 E 3rd St, Benicia, CA 94510
      • *Entrance of the Staff Parking Lot
    • Benicia High School
      • 1101 Military W, Benicia, CA 94510
      • *Turn into Plaza de Oro and keep right past the gates until you see us
  • Time: 11:00AM – 1:00PM

We are asking you to respond to this email: tcourtney@beniciaunified.org  if you would like your child(ren) to participate in this program and which of the two serving schools they will pick up their meals. Please include their names, so we can anticipate how many 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

Fecha: 15 de Marzo de 2020

Estimado padre (s) o tutor (es),

Recibirá esta carta para informarle que durante el cierre de la escuela, el Departamento de Servicios de Alimentos y Nutrición estará sirviendo comidas gratis para todos nuestros estudiantes.

Los padres y los estudiantes pueden conducir o caminar hasta cualquiera de los dos lugares enumerados a continuación para recoger el desayuno y el almuerzo. Si es possible por favor llevar a sus estudiantes a recibir esas comidas.  Cada estudiante recibirá un almuerzo para el día y un desayuno para el día siguiente. Todos se juntarán en una bolsa para llevar para su conveniencia. Es comida la que está adentro, mientras que la escuela está afuera. ¡Ven un día o ven todos los días, tú eliges, pero no pierdas esta oportunidad!

Procedimientos de recogida de comidas:

  • Fecha de inicio: martes 17 de marzo a viernes 27 de marzo
  • Ubicaciones:
    • Robert Semple Elementary
      • 2015 E 3rd St, Benicia, CA 94510
      • * Entrada del estacionamiento del personal
    • 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

Le pedimos que responda a este correo electrónico: tcourtney@beniciaunified.org si desea que sus hijos participen en este programa y cuál de las dos escuelas que sirven recogerán sus comidas. Incluya sus nombres para que podamos anticipar cuántas comidas 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

Follow up Parent Communication Regarding School Closure

March 13,2020

Dear Benicia Families,

Earlier today you received our Solano County School Closure information.  As you know, all schools in Solano County are closed from March 16-27. Our staff has been working diligently to create at-home learning lessons and activities  for our students. The purpose is to provide a reasonable amount of learning opportunities and activities that students will complete during this school closure.  Students are expected to complete the assignments from their teachers. 

Families can expect to get further directions from their teachers by Wednesday, March 18, 2020 about the ongoing plans for  learning opportunities for their specific classes. Please be sure to complete the survey regarding your child’s ability to access technology and internet from home from this morning’s communication if you have not done so.  

While it is not possible to match the instructional practices in our classrooms, our teachers and staff are dedicated to doing what they can to make sure learning continues.  We are so appreciative of their hard work.

For students who received specialized instruction and services, please look for a separate communication from our Student Services Director, Mrs. Julie Corona. 

We will continue to update you as we learn more information.  We feel so grateful to work with our amazing community and staff as we navigate these difficult decisions and times.  Thank you for your support and flexibility.  

Sincerely,
Dr. Charles Young
Superintendent

13,2020 de marzo

Estimadas familias de Benicia:

El día de hoy recibió nuestra información sobre el cierre de escuelas del condado de Solano. Como saben, todas las escuelas del condado de Solano están cerradas del 16 al 27 de marzo. Nuestro personal ha estado trabajando diligentemente para crear lecciones y actividades de aprendizaje en el hogar para nuestros estudiantes. El propósito es proporcionar una cantidad razonable de oportunidades de aprendizaje y actividades que los estudiantes completarán durante el cierre de esta escuela. Se espera que los estudiantes completen las tareas de sus maestros.

Las familias pueden esperar obtener más instrucciones de sus maestros el miércoles 18 de marzo de 2020 sobre los planes en curso para oportunidades de aprendizaje para sus clases específicas. Asegúrese de completar la encuesta sobre la capacidad de su hijo para acceder a la tecnología e Internet desde su casa desde la comunicación de esta mañana si no lo ha hecho.

Si bien no es posible igualar las prácticas de instrucción en nuestras aulas, nuestros maestros y el personal están dedicados a hacer lo que puedan para asegurarse de que el aprendizaje continúe. Estamos muy agradecidos por su arduo trabajo.

Para los estudiantes que recibieron instrucción y servicios especializados, busque una comunicación separada de nuestra Directora de Servicios Estudiantiles, la Sra. Julie Corona.

Continuaremos actualizándolo a medida que obtengamos más información. Nos sentimos muy agradecidos de trabajar con nuestra increíble comunidad y personal mientras navegamos por estas decisiones y tiempos difíciles. Gracias por su apoyo y flexibilidad.

Sinceramente,
Dr. Charles Young
Superintendente

Solano County School Closure Communication

 

 

Solano County School Closure Communication

March 13, 2020

Dear Benicia Unified Families,

In light of the ever-changing situation with COVID-19, Solano County schools will be closed ­­­­­­­­­for 2 weeks beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020.  We will make a determination at that time about any further closures.

We did not take this decision lightly and recognize that this may cause a hardship for some families.  Each school district and charter school will continue to communicate directly with families and staff with updates about re-opening, learning alternatives, and the availability of school meals.

School administrators across Solano County appreciate the proactive illness prevention steps that our families and staff have committed to. Illness prevention steps make a significant difference in safeguarding the health of our communities, and we encourage continued attention in this effort.

We will be sending follow-up communication regarding specifics for BUSD school closures.

Sincerely,
Dr. Charles Young
Superintendent
Benicia Unified School District Superintendent

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