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With the announcement that school facilities will remain closed through this school year, we want to emphasize that school is not over. Learning will continue at every grade level and we have designed a robust remote learning plan that will start after spring break, on April 13, and continue through the rest of the school year. We know these efforts cannot replicate the rich variety of experiences that we offer in our schools, but we are committed to engaging students in new and creative ways. 

NVUSD teachers and staff have been heroic in their efforts to build schedules, resources and learning platforms appropriate for our elementary and secondary levels. In partnership with the teacher unions we now have new protocols in place to ensure our teachers are available and prepared for remote instruction.

Please click here to review the new distance learning plan. If you have any questions, please contact your principal.

Technology and Chromebooks
Any NVUSD student that needs a Chromebook is eligible to receive one. You must fill out the Technology Survey if you haven’t already done so. Please know we are just starting to distribute the chromebooks and this process will continue throughout spring break and beyond if needed. Once you complete the survey, you will get an invitation for a scheduled time and location to pick up your students Chromebook. Please be patient as we have thousands of chromebooks we are trying to distribute in a safe and orderly manner. If you have any questions please email cbdeployment@nvusd.org.

Posted 4/3/20

Effective immediately, all NVUSD facilities, including playgrounds, outdoor sport courts, and fields, are closed to the public. The closure is necessary to comply with both the State of California and the Napa County Health Officer’s Shelter at Home order. 

The order specifically states that “all non-essential public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a household or living unit are prohibited.” Since the order was issued, police departments and the Napa County Health Department have received numerous reports of groups of people gathering on NVUSD properties. 

“NVUSD is committed to complying fully with the State and County’s Shelter at Home order, and believe it is our responsibility to close areas that serve as natural gathering places for groups, either intentionally or unintentionally. To protect the health and safety of our community, we all must adjust to, and respect new guidelines and protocols,” said Mike Pearson, NVUSD Assistant Superintendent of Operational Services.

Posted 4/3/20

All NVUSD schools are closed through the end of the school year. 

As such and effective immediately, NVUSD is requiring cancellation of all outside user functions at all NVUSD school sites. This ban on using NVUSD facilities will be in effect until at least June 5, 2020, and will be revised as necessary as this is a very fluid situation.

Facilitron -- the online reservation vendor used in renting NVUSD facilities -- has been informed of the restrictions and will be working to refund any outside organizations who have already made a reservation/payment. Contact Facilitron

This situation is developing rapidly. Please check our  COVID-19 Update webpage for important updates and community resources to utilize during this uncertain time. 

NVUSD staff apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this decision. However, we hope you understand this decision is grounded in our commitment to keeping student and public safety as a top priority.

Thank you for your ongoing support and patience. 

Posted 4/3/20

The Napa County Office of Education has announced that all Napa County public school facilities will remain closed for the remainder of the school year while we continue remote learning. This collaborative decision was made after considering the strong recommendations from the California Department of Education and Governor Gavin Newsom, as well as the continued health alerts from Napa County amidst the current shelter at home public health orders.

Although schools are closed, we are 100% dedicated to carry on the learning and engagement of our students. In preparation for this potential scenario, our teachers, administrators and staff  have been developing a comprehensive distance learning plan for every grade. 

Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment during this unpredictable and unprecedented time. Please know our students remain our number one priority. Our NVUSD community is resilient, and together, we will overcome this moment of adversity and be stronger because of it. 

Posted 4/2/20

NVUSD has initiated the process to transition to trustee-area based elections for the Board of Education. This requires a redistricting of the areas represented by our current trustees.

Public input is welcome and encouraged. 

Provide your input >>

Posted 3/20/20

NVUSD today announced that Valley Oak High School was awarded the distinction of Model Continuation High School (MCHS) by the California Department of Education. 

“I was thrilled to receive the letter of recognition from State Superintendent Tony Thurmond awarding Valley Oak with this distinctive honor,” said NVUSD Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti. “This award signifies another example of how NVUSD is committed to providing lifelong learning in each and every student in our district.”

The Model Continuation Education Recognition Program recognizes outstanding programs at schools across California and creates a resource bank of quality programs for school visitations focused on school that offer alternative settings or pathways to help students complete graduation requirements. These schools provide exemplary programs to at-risk youth through the use of innovative instructional strategies, flexible scheduling, and guidance and counseling services.

“This is a wonderful honor and underscores our commitment to continuing education,” said Principal Maria Cisneros. “I’m proud of all the teachers for the work they do everyday to make education a priority for our students. In addition, Valley Oak is fortunate to partner with community agencies that provide critical social/emotional support and experiences beyond the classroom. These efforts assist us in meeting our student learning outcomes where graduates will be effective collaborators, communicators, critical thinkers, compassionate, self-determined, creative and eco-literate citizens.”

Valley Oak HS will be recognized at the March 26 Board of Education meeting and will receive an award at a Gala during the 2020 CCEA State Conference in May.

The Model Continuation Education Recognition Program is sponsored by the California Department of Education, Educational Options Division, in cooperation with the California Continuation Education Association (CCEA).

About Valley Oak High School

Valley Oak High School is an accredited educational option for 16- to 18-year-old students who need an alternative setting and/or an alternative pathway to complete their graduation requirements. VOHS teachers and administrators are committed to helping students achieve academic and social/emotional growth through the three R's - Relationships, Relevance and Rigor – in a safe and welcoming culture that emphasizes Compassion, Respect, Safety and Responsibility.  

For more information, please visit the Valley Oak HS website

Posted 3/9/20

The 2020-2021 Student Calendar has three additional days added to this school year allowing for possible PSPS/fires school closures: April 5, April 30, May 28. If there are no school closures due to PG&E PSPS shut offs or fires, then additional days will become breaks during the second semester. By January 11, 2021, the district will confirm and communicate the status of these days with staff and families. View 2020-21 Calendar

The end of the school year remains fixed, no matter what, in order to facilitate a stable calendar for end-of-year activities including promotions, graduations, grad night, finals, etc.

 A committee of mixed stakeholders including teachers, staff and parents, will convene at the beginning of next school year to redesign the calendar for 2021-22 and beyond. We invite anyone interested to volunteer to this committee to apply using this form.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Has there been any thought to returning to a traditional two week winter break? 
A: NVUSD adopted a three-week winter break many years ago which was a welcome lengthy break for many families and faculty. That said, we recognize that there are both pros and cons to continuing this schedule. We are looking forward to seeking input from a broader section of our community, including parents, via a new committee where we will re-examine our schedule. If you are interested in volunteering on this committee, please click here to apply.

Q: Did you consider using the two faculty/staff Professional Development days as possible emergency replacement days? 
A: While it is one option, we felt strongly that consistent professional development across all school sites is a critical component to give our teachers and support staff the opportunity to enhance their skills and professional growth. District Professional Development days are a key initiative in our strategic plan and an investment priority which has a direct benefit to our students.

Q: Are the extra three days reserved solely for PSPS or can they be used for other school closure situations, such as air quality issues or smoke days?
A: The current direction from the CDE is specific to PSPS days only; however addressing the probable PSPS cancellations with extra built-in days means we are still eligible for waivers in case of unanticipated cancellations due to air quality, smoke, or other unforeseen disasters.

Q: What happens on those selected three days if we do not experience school closures due to PSPS or other reasons?
A: If we are fortunate, and no PSPS cancellations occur next year then the April 5, April 30 and May 28, 2021 days (designated red on the calendar) will be days off school for students and teachers. It also ensures that the last day of the school year remains fixed in order to accommodate the many end-of-year activities that require substantial planning.

Posted 1/22/20