Weekly Update - May 28, 2021

Friday, May 28, 2021

There are just seven days left of the 2020-2021 school year. While it’s been a challenging year, our students have shown tremendous grit and resiliency and remained committed to achieving new academic and personal milestones. We are looking forward to hosting in-person commencement and graduation ceremonies to celebrate the accomplishments of GGUSD students. Click here for the dates and times of the ceremonies along with the links to watch a livestream broadcast of our high school graduations for those who cannot attend in person. 

Over the summer, ALL GGUSD campuses will offer in-person Summer Bridge programs to ensure that students have support to address learning loss. Schools have developed programs to provide targeted supports where they are most needed, including reading, writing, math, and AVID/self-regulatory strategies, with science and history offered at 7-12. Additionally, elementary schools may offer summer assessments and 7-12 schools may also offer programs to prepare students for enrollment in Advanced Placement Courses. Schools will continue to share Summer Bridge program details with their families and all students eligible for TK-8 Summer Institute or 9-12 Summer School for credit recovery have received details about our in-person district summer programs. 

As you know, Governor Newsom has announced June 15th as the date to fully reopen California’s economy and eliminate most restrictions in the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy.  Click here for details from the California Department of Public Health. The state is expected to issue school-specific guidance prior to June 15th and we will certainly share with our families, students, and staff when we receive updates.

As a reminder, the Orange County Health Care Agency Vaccination Super Pods remain open for walk-in appointments through June 6. A list of sites, hours of operation, and vaccine information can be found at www.CovidVaccineFacts.com or by calling the County’s COVID-19 hotline at (714) 834-2000. We will continue to provide our families with information regarding vaccination opportunities in our area, including those offering the Pfizer vaccine to children age 12 and older. Local pharmacies have requested to host mobile vaccination clinics on our school sites, which we may consider based on interest level. As a reminder, COVID-19 vaccinations are completely voluntary. Children cannot get vaccinated without parental consent and must be accompanied by a parent/guardian when getting the vaccination.

California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond visited Eisenhower Elementary School this week to observe the school’s safe in-person instruction as well as targeted interventions to address learning loss and the school’s outdoor education garden.  We were excited to showcase our wonderful school and to serve as a model for safe school practices. That’s the Garden Grove Way.  Click here to read more about Superintendent Thurmond’s visit.

Next week, we will send our final Weekly Update for the school year with additional updates sent over the summer as we have information to share.  

As always, thank you for your continued partnership as we work together to support the needs of ALL students.