With the passing of the 4th of July, we now have just over 4 weeks left before the start of school. As always, the summer break is passing quickly.
During the first half of the summer, the District was busy with summer school, which ran from June 2nd through June 29th. Summer school was offered for all students grades kindergarten through 12th. The goal of summer school for K-8 students was to address any learning loss that students experienced due to the pandemic along with provide enrichment activities for those that were at or above grade level. Although there was a focus on language arts and math, teachers also provided activities in science, social studies, art and PE. The focus for high school students was credit recovery in order to ensure that they remain on schedule for graduation.
I want to thank the Chino Valley Education Foundation for their support of our summer school students. The CVEF provided $5,000 in incentives ranging from pool passes to Nintendo Switches to encourage students to attend summer school. Over 460 students, more than 20% of District enrollment, attended summer school.
Recently we received our latest graduation rate information. For the class of 2020, Chino Valley High School had a graduation rate of over 92% for all students. This is in comparison to the graduation rate for all Arizona students of just over 78%. This is an indication of the hard work of all of our teachers, K-12, but particularly those at CVHS. In addition, our counselors and administration put our students first in order to help them graduate. This information supports the CVHS motto, “Success begins with a CVHS diploma.”
I imagine that there are many families that are wondering what school will look like on August 4th, the first day of school for Chino Valley Schools. A lot has been learned over the past year regarding the spread and prevention of COVID-19 and with this in mind, for most people, school will look very similar to what school looked like prior to the pandemic.
Behind the scenes, custodial staff will continue the deep cleanings of classrooms and common areas. Hand hygiene, washing hands and use of hand sanitizer, will be encouraged for students and staff, which helps with not only COVID-19 but the flu and other illnesses as well. Staff is recommending that face coverings be optional for students and staff and only required when mandated by local, state, or federal authorities.
The District will continue to follow Centers for Disease Control and Arizona Department of Health Services quarantine and isolation guidelines when students and staff are either diagnosed with COVID-19 or come into close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Students and staff that are fully vaccinated are not subject to quarantine requirements if they have a close contact.
Vaccinations are now available for everyone 12 years of age and older which includes our middle and high school students. A discussion will take place at the next CVUSD Governing Board meeting on Monday, July 12th on the COVID-19 mitigation strategies on our campuses.
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