September 2, 2020
Dear Loma Parents:
What a start to our year! Who would have thought that my most meaningful greeting to people these days would be, “I hope your weekend was uneventful!” But that is certainly what I wish for everyone right now. I hope that you have found time to settle and reorganize.
Some or our staff members are working from their classrooms. Yesterday, I was checking on things around campus and was able to listen in on Zoom classes from the doorways. It was the first time in months that I got to hear groups of students talking. The “vibe” that happens when learners are excited, and all want to talk at once is a welcomed and much missed familiar sound. We cannot wait to see our kids in person again.
Billy Martin, Principal
Loma Prieta Joint Union School District
- Labor Day-No School - September 7, 2020
Mountain Strong - Got Your Gear?
Through the creative talent of LPEF member Elyse Fairweather, LPEF has teamed up with Bonfire to sell “Santa Cruz Mountain Strong 2020” gear. Bonfire will donate a generous percentage of all profits from the sale of the gear back to LPEF. Please use this link to learn more and see what could soon be your Mountain Strong gear! https://www.lpef.org/merch
NEWS AND INFORMATION
LPJUSD Attendance & Engagement Update
California Senate Bill 98 was signed by Governor Newsom prior to the beginning of this school year. This bill makes substantive changes to instructional time and how school districts report attendance and instructional minutes for the 2020-2021 school year. The changes require school districts to maintain records regarding daily participation and weekly engagement for students receiving instruction in distance learning starting September 1, 2020. This new mandate is meant to ensure that students are engaged in synchronous and asynchronous instruction and assignments in distance learning. In addition to maintaining records, schools are required to develop a tiered intervention and support plan for students identified as chronically absent or disengaged. Below is LPJUSD’s tiered intervention plan.
Tier 1 Interventions for Student Attendance & Engagement
- Teachers will make individual contact via email or phone with student and/or family after student has acquired three or more unexcused absences within a school week, or if a student shows signs of non-engagement (e.g., missing assignments, not participating during synchronous and/or asynchronous learning).
- As needed, teacher, school principal or technology department will work with family to identify and remove barriers if possible, to student’s access and/or participation in distance learning program.
Tier 2 Interventions for Student Attendance & Engagement
- If after making individual contact the issue persists, the teacher will refer student to Principal for additional follow up.
- Principal will work with the family to identify and remove barriers to student’s access and/or participation in distance learning program.
- Principal will refer student to a Case Manager if the student has an IEP or 504 Plan.
- Student may be referred to school counselor or youth leader for social-emotional support.
Tier 3 Interventions for Student Attendance & Engagement
- If student continues to struggle with online learning an SST team may be convened to discuss supports, including a possible 504 plan or additional assessments.
- Students with an IEP will be monitored by the case manager and an IEP meeting will be held to review existing accommodations/modifications to address difficulties with distance learning. Student’s Distance Learning Plan (DLP) will be reviewed and discussed at an addendum IEP team meeting.
Student will be referred to school counselor or youth leader for social-emotional support.
If your child is unable to attend their scheduled distance learning class program, please contact our school attendance lines to report the absence.
Loma 408-353-1106 x1
CT English 408-353-1123 X1
LOMA HOME & SCHOOL CLUB
The Loma HS&C would like to remind everyone that classroom parent volunteers are still needed even while we are in distance learning. For more information about Loma Prieta Elementary School’s Home and School Club, including how you can get involved, please visit https://www.lomaprietahsc.org/