• New Hybrid Start Date

    Posted by Leighangela Brady on 10/15/2020

    Last night the Governing Board made the decision to delay the start of the hybrid instructional model until January 11, 2021. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution primarily due to current COVID–19 case rates in the South Bay community.

    During the meeting, the Governing Board also acknowledged the necessity to address specific needs of students that require in-person support. Therefore, we hope to be able to bring back small cohorts of students who are more in need of in person services before the official start of hybrid instruction. This could include students struggling with distance learning, students needing social emotional support, and/or students with special needs.

    Finally, we know that this pandemic has been extremely difficult on all families, especially those of essential workers in need of childcare. Consequently, we are currently exploring options to address this concern as well. More information will be forthcoming as details become available.

    Thank you all for your continued patience as we respond to changing conditions during these dynamic times. 

     

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    Estimadas Familias, 

    Anoche la Mesa Directiva tomó la decisión de posponer el comienzo del modelo de instrucción híbrido hasta el 11 de enero de 2021. Esta decisión fue tomada en abundancia de precaucion y primordialmente a causa de los ínidices actuales de casos de COVID-19 en la comunidad de South Bay. 

    Durante la junta, la Mesa Directiva también reconoció la necesidad de platicar sobre necesidades específicas de estudiantes que requieren apoyo en-persona. Por lo tanto, esperamos poder traer grupos pequeños de estudiantes que necesiten servicios en-persona antes del comienzo oficial de la instrucción híbrida. Esto puede incluir estudiantes que tengan dificultad con aprendizaje a distancia, estudiantes que necesitan apoyo social emocional, y/o estudiantes con necesidades especiales. 

    Finalmente, sabemos que esta pandemia ha sido extremadamente difícil para todas las familias, especialmente para los trabajadores esenciales con necesidad de cuidado de niños. Consecuentemente, estamos explorando opciones para apoyar esta preocupación también. Más información será comunicada a como los detalles estén disponibles. 

    Gracias por su continua paciencia mientras respondemos a condiciones cambiantes durante estos tiempos dinámicos.   

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  • Ready to Open Our Doors

    Posted by Leighangela Brady on 10/9/2020 7:30:00 AM

    Recently, September 27–October 3, 2020, the COVID-19 case rate in 91950 fell to an average of only 4 cases (7 cases per 100,000) per day. This means that we have reached the threshold set by the State for reopening safely; and if cases continue this downward trend, we will be ready to open our doors soon for in-person instruction.

    Committed to safety first, we are taking every precaution to reopen schools gradually as suggested by medical experts. Learning from districts that have opened before us, we will begin this transition with staff only. Since most teachers are still working remotely, having a phase-in model will allow staff to return before students. To ensure continuity of learning, your children will remain in distance learning for a few weeks more.

    Before the start of the school year, parents were asked to select either the hybrid or full distance learning only instructional model for the entire year. Hybrid learning means that students will participate in a combination of in-person and remote learning. In this model, students will receive two days of in person instruction at school and three days of online learning. Face coverings, social distancing, and other safety protocols will be implemented for any in-person learning. Full distance learning means the student and teacher will be in different locations. In this model, students will participate in school from home and will NOT return to the classroom this year.

    Now that we are close to reopening, we are receiving many requests to change preferences. Accommodating parent program requests may necessitate restructuring of classes. Originally, we had planned to notify parents of any potential changes during conference time. Instead, we will be notifying parents of any potential changes after reviewing the new survey results. Be sure to look for the survey being sent to families located at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/instructionalmodel.

    After we restructure classes, students will be given an opportunity to transition to their (potentially) new teacher and class. This means continuing distance learning for now; a routine that students are already familiar with. Schools will prep students for their return by sending home lessons, videos and other information regarding what hybrid students should expect when they physically return.

    We expect that students will transition to campus as part of the phase-in reopening some time in November. You will also receive information from the school on what days and times your children will attend in advance, for those families needing to make any arrangements.

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    Recientemente, del 27 de septiembre al 3 de octubre de 2020, la tasa de casos de COVID-19 en 91950 cayó a un promedio de solo 4 casos (7 casos por 100,000) por día. Esto significa que hemos alcanzado el umbral fijado por el Estado para reabrir de forma segura; y si los casos continúan con esta tendencia de baja, pronto estaremos listos para abrir nuestras puertasy recibir instrucción en persona.

    Comprometidos con la seguridad, ante todo, estamos tomando todas las precauciones para reabrir las escuelas gradualmente, según lo sugerido por los expertos médicos. Aprendiendo de los distritos que se han abierto antes que nosotros, comenzaremos esta transición en nuestra fecha planeada de reapertura el 19 de octubre de 2020 solo con el personal. Dado que la mayoría de los maestros todavía trabajan de forma remota, tener un modelo de incorporación paulatina permitirá que el personal regrese antes de que los estudiantes. Para garantizar la continuidad del aprendizaje, sus hijos permanecerán en el aprendizaje a distancia durante algunas semanas más.

    Antes del inicio del año escolar, se les pidió a los padres que seleccionaran el modelo de instrucción híbrido o de aprendizaje a distancia completo para todo el año. El aprendizaje híbrido significa que los estudiantes participarán en una combinación de aprendizaje en persona y remota. En este modelo, los estudiantes recibirán dos días de instrucción en persona en la escuela y tres días de aprendizaje en línea. Cubrimientos faciales, distanciamiento social y otros protocolos de seguridad se implementarán para cualquier instrucción en persona. El aprendizaje a distancia completo significa que el estudiante y el maestro estarán en diferentes lugares. En este modelo, los estudiantes participarán en la escuela desde casa y NO regresarán al salón este año.

    Ahora que estamos cerca de reabrir, estamos recibiendo muchas solicitudes para cambiar preferencias. Complacer estas solicitudes de programa puede requerir la reestructuración de las clases. Originalmente, habíamos planeado notificar a los padres de cualquier cambio potencial durante el tiempo de conferencias. En cambio, estaremos notificando a los padres de cualquier cambio potencial la semana del 19 de octubre de 2020. Asegúrese de buscar la encuesta que se envía a las familias ubicadas en el siguiente enlace: https://tinyurl.com/instructionalmodel

     Después de reestructurar las clases, los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de hacer la transición a su (potencialmente) nuevo maestro y clase. Esto significa continuar el aprendizaje a distancia durante algunas semanas más; una rutina con la que los estudiantes ya están familiarizados. Las escuelas prepararán a los estudiantes para su regreso enviándoles lecciones a casa, videos y otra información sobre lo que los estudiantes híbridos deben esperar cuando regresen físicamente.

    Esperamos que los estudiantes puedan hacer la transición a la escuela como parte de la reapertura paulatina en algún momento de noviembre. También, para aquellas familias que necesiten hacer cualquier arreglo, con anticipación recibirá información de la escuela sobre los días y el horario que asistirán sus hijos.

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  • Tentative Reopening Date of October 19, 2020

    Posted by Leighangela Brady on 9/28/2020 6:00:00 PM

    As our tentative reopening date of October 19, 2020 quickly approaches, I wanted to update you on our return to classroom plans.

    There has been a lot of news about rising COVID-19 cases in San Diego over the past weeks, and the potential of San Diego going back to the State’s “purple-tier” watch list. During this same timeframe, however, we have seen new case numbers in our National City zip code decrease. Specifically, this past week, we had a four-day (Monday-Thursday) average of 5.13 new daily cases per 100,000 residents. In San Diego County, the average was 6.73 over the same four days.

    These numbers are significantly lower than the seven-day averages of new daily cases per 100,000 residents for the first two weeks of the school year; 16.57 and 13.43 respectively. In addition, schools around the county have reopened safely and successfully. Therefore, if this trend continues, we too are planning to move forward with our hybrid reopening plan. The most updated version of our plan can be found on our website at www.nsd.us.

    Here are some things to look for in the coming weeks:

    1. We will be holding parent-teacher conferences October 9-16, 2020. At this time, parents will receive a report card and academic status of their child’s performance at this time of the year. This is earlier than usual; however, we know that without having had spring report cards, parents need this information. In addition, teachers will be asked to review student attendance with you. Ensuring that your child fully participates in distance learning is critical to your child’s success. Please review Dr. Kraft’s letter outlining the State’s requirements for attendance: https://tinyurl.com/y36b7co9.
    2. For parents that selected distance learning all year, your children will continue on a similar schedule that they currently have. As I mentioned in my August 17, 2020 letter, factors such as enrollment numbers, parent requests, social distancing requirements, on campus schedules, individual student needs, and other factors may influence the necessity for changes during this school year. If there will be any change to your child’s classroom placement, you will be notified during upcoming parent-teacher conferences.
    3. Hybrid instruction will tentatively begin on October 19, 2020. If COVID-19 numbers in our community continue to improve, students will return to campus and attend in-person instruction two days per week, and receive instruction remotely for the remainder of the time. If you selected this option for your child, you will receive a more definitive schedule, classroom placement, and other information during upcoming parent-teacher conferences.
    4. We understand that these are dynamic times and some families may wish to change their desired instructional model due to changing circumstances. Consideration for any changes should be directed to your site principal. Each case will be individually evaluated by the District. Every consideration will be made to accommodate your needs to the greatest extent possible.
    5. We are happy to report that we have ordered all safety equipment as outlined in our plan, and we are in the final stages of distribution of materials to our sites and classrooms. Our goal is to ensure everyone’s safety at all times.
    6. We are currently creating shuttle bus routes for students that traditionally ride our buses. Specific transportation information will be sent directly to families that have signed up to ride the bus this year. If you didn’t pre-register for transportation services, you will need to contact the Transportation Office at (619) 336-7706 as soon as possible.

    All classified staff will be returning to campuses as of October 1, 2020 in preparation for our students’ return and will continue to distribute materials and meals to support families. At this time, please be aware that our teachers are still working remotely to maintain continuity of learning while we prepare for the start of our hybrid model. While we are excited about the possibility of returning to campuses for the next reporting period, we continue to do so with caution. If conditions worsen at any point in the school year our District may have no choice than to return to a distance learning model.

    Thank you for your continued patience and support. If you have specific questions or concerns about our reopening plans, please reach out directly to your site principal. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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    A medida que se acerca rápidamente nuestra fecha tentativa de reapertura del 19 de octubre de 2020, quería informarles sobre nuestros planes de regreso al salón de clase.

    Ha habido muchas noticias sobre el aumento de casos de COVID-19 en San Diego durante las últimas semanas, y la posibilidad que San Diego regrese a la lista de vigilancia de "nivel púrpura" del estado. Sin embargo, durante este mismo período de tiempo, hemos visto los números de casos nuevos en nuestro código postal de National City disminuir. Específicamente, esta semana pasada, tuvimos un promedio de cuatro días (lunes a jueves) de 5.13 nuevos casos diarios por cada 100,000 residentes. En el condado de San Diego, el promedio fue de 6.73 durante los mismos cuatro días.

    Estos números son significativamente más bajos que los promedios de siete días de nuevos casos diarios por cada 100,000 residentes durante las primeras dos semanas del año escolar; 16,57 y 13,43 respectivamente. Además, las escuelas alrededor del condado han vuelto a abrir de forma segura y satisfactoria. Por lo tanto, si esta tendencia continúa, nosotros también estamos planeando seguir adelante con nuestro plan de reapertura híbrida. La versión más actualizada de nuestro plan se puede encontrar en nuestro sitio web en www.nsd.us.

    Aquí hay algunas cosas que debe buscar en las próximas semanas.:

    1. Tendremos conferencias de padres y maestros del 9 al 16 de octubre de 2020. En este momento, los padres recibirán una boleta de calificaciones y el estado académico del desempeño de su hijo en esta época del año. Esto es antes de lo normal; sin embargo, sabemos que, sin haber tenido las boletas de calificaciones de primavera, los padres necesitan esta información. Además, se les pedirá a los maestros que repasen la asistencia de los estudiantes con usted. Asegurarse de que su hijo participe plenamente en el aprendizaje a distancia es fundamental para el éxito de su hijo. Por favor de repasar la carta de la Dra. Kraft que describe los requisitos Estatales para la asistencia: https://tinyurl.com/y34c5vtk.
    2. Para los padres que seleccionaron aprendizaje a distancia durante todo el año, sus hijos continuarán en un horario similar al que tienen actualmente. Como mencioné en mi carta del 17 de agosto de 2020, factores como el número de inscripciones, las solicitudes de los padres, los requisitos de distanciamiento social, los horarios de la escuela, las necesidades individuales de los estudiantes y otros factores pueden influir en la necesidad de cambios durante este año escolar. Si hubiera algún cambio en la ubicación del salón de su hijo, se le notificará durante las próximas conferencias de padres y maestros.
    3. La instrucción híbrida comenzará tentativamente el 19 de octubre de 2020. Si los números de COVID-19 en nuestra comunidad continúan mejorando, los estudiantes regresarán a la escuela y asistirán a instrucción en persona dos días a la semana, y recibirán instrucción de forma remota por el resto del tiempo. Si seleccionó esta opción para su hijo, recibirá un horario más definitivo, ubicación del salón de clase y otra información durante las próximas conferencias de padres y maestros.
    4. Entendemos que estos son tiempos dinámicos y algunas familias pueden desear cambiar su modelo de instrucción deseado debido a circunstancias cambiantes. La consideración de cualquier cambio debe dirigirse al director de su escuela. Cada caso será evaluado individualmente por el Distrito. Se tomarán todas las consideraciones para satisfacer sus necesidades en la mayor medida posible.
    5. Nos complace informar que hemos ordenado todo el equipo de seguridad como se describe en nuestro plan y que estamos en las etapas finales de distribución de materiales a nuestras instalaciones y salones de clase. Nuestro objetivo es garantizar la seguridad de todos en todo momento.
    6. Actualmente estamos creando rutas de autobuses para estudiantes que tradicionalmente viajan en nuestros autobuses. La información específica de transporte se enviará directamente a las familias que se hayan inscrito para viajar en autobús este año. Si no se ha preinscrito para los servicios de transporte, deberá comunicarse con la Oficina de Transportación al (619) 336-7706 lo antes posible.

    Todo el personal clasificado regresará a las escuelas a partir del 1 de octubre de 2020 en preparación para el regreso de nuestros estudiantes y continuará distribuyendo materiales y comidas para apoyar a las familias. En este momento, tenga en cuenta que nuestros maestros todavía están trabajando de forma remota para mantener la continuidad del aprendizaje mientras nos preparamos para el inicio de nuestro modelo híbrido. Si bien estamos entusiasmados con la posibilidad de regresar a las escuelas para el próximo período del informe, seguiremos haciéndolo con precaución. Si las condiciones empeoran en cualquier momento del año escolar, es posible que nuestro Distrito no tenga otra opción más que volver a un modelo de aprendizaje a distancia.

    Gracias por su continua paciencia y apoyo. Si tiene preguntas o inquietudes específicas sobre nuestros planes de reapertura, comuníquese directamente con el director de su escuela. ¡Esperamos verlos pronto!

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  • Welcome Back 2020-2021

    Posted by Leighangela Brady on 8/17/2020 6:00:00 PM

    We are excited to announce the commencement of the 2020-21 school year in the National School District. Classes will begin on August 24, 2020 in distance learning ONLY. 

    Our teachers will be returning from summer break officially on Wednesday and will be receiving their class rosters by the end of the week. This is when class assignments will be announced to you as well, after which you will receive first day login information from your assigned teacher. Please be sure that your child has a comfortable and quiet place for learning at home, that their devices are charged daily, and that they have their headphones and other school supplies handy that they may need. Students should dress appropriately, and not attend class in their pajamas. Uniforms are highly encouraged, but not required this year. 

    As the year gets underway, each school will be scheduling weekly pick-ups of materials and supplies that your children will need at home for learning. These pick-up times will provide families face-to-face touch points during the continued shut down. Each student will also receive a five-day supply of meals (both breakfast and lunch). First week of school meals will be distributed at each school on August 24, 2020 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

    Since San Diego is still not cleared for reopening in person, we have set a new target date of October 19, 2020 for beginning the hybrid model. Until then, we will be tracking local data to ensure it is safe to open school in our community. Currently, National City does not meet the same criteria for reopening as San Diego. Therefore, if COVID-19 case rates are still too high for reopening on our target date, we will remain closed and announce a new target date.

    Finally, these are dynamic times, therefore we want to be upfront that some changes to class placements may occur after the school year is underway. Thank you to all who registered through ParentVue to help us minimize potential disruptions for students during the year. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that there will be no disruptions once the hybrid model begins. Factors such as enrollment numbers, parent requests, social distancing requirements, on campus schedules, individual student needs, and other factors may influence the necessity for changes. If there will be any change to your child’s placement, your principal will notify you immediately.

    As always, thank you for your patience, flexibility, and trust during this time. If you have any questions, or need additional support, please contact your principal directly. All school contact information can be found on our district website at www.nsd.us under the ‘schools’ tab.

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    Estamos muy entusiasmados de anunciar el comienzo del año escolar 2020-21 en el Distrito Escolar National. Clases comenzaran el 24 de agosto, 2020 como aprendizaje a distancia SOLAMENTE.

    Nuestros maestros regresaran de su descanso de verano oficialmente el miércoles y estarán recibiendo sus listas de clase para el fin de la semana. Seria en ese momento cuando las clases asignadas serán anunciadas a ustedes también, en ese momento usted recibirá la información del primer día de inscripción de su maestro asignado. Por favor de asegurarse que su hijo/a tenga un lugar cómodo y callado para aprendizaje en casa, sus dispositivos cargados diariamente, y que ellos tengan sus audífonos y otras herramientas escolares que pudieran necesitar cerca. El estudiante deberá vestirse apropiadamente, no atender a la clase en pijamas. Uniformes son altamente recomendados, pero no son requeridos este año.

    Mientras continúe el año, cada escuela estará programando un horario semanal para recoger herramienta y material que sus hijos necesitarán en casa para su aprendizaje. Estos horarios de recoger proveerán a las familias momentos de cara a cara durante el cierre continuo. Cada estudiante también recibirá la cantidad de alimentos de cinco-días (ambos desayuno y almuerzo). La primera semana serán distribuidos en cada escuela el 24 de agosto, 2020 entre el horario de 8:00 a.m. y 12:00 p.m.

    Ya que San Diego todavía no está libre para reabrir en persona, hemos programado una nueva fecha de meta del 19 de octubre, 2020 para comenzar el modelo hibrido. Hasta entonces, estaremos monitoreado los datos locales para asegurar si es seguro para abrir las escuelas en nuestra comunidad. Actualmente, National City no cumple el criterio para reabrir como San Diego. Entonces, si los casos del COVID-19 todavía está altos para nuestra fecha de meta de reapertura, nos mantendremos cerrados y anunciaremos una nueva fecha.

    Finalmente, estos son momentos dinámicos y deseamos ser sinceros al comunicar que pudiera haber cambios a las colocaciones de clase después de que el año escolar este en acción. Gracias a todos ustedes que se han inscrito por medio de ParentVue para ayudar minimizar las posibles interrupciones para los estudiantes durante el año. Desafortunadamente, no podemos garantizar que no habrá interrupciones una vez el modelo hibrido comience. Factores como los números de inscripción, peticiones de padres, requisito de distanciamiento social, horarios en la escuela, necesidades individuales de estudiantes, y otros factores pudieran influenciar la necesidad de cambios. Si hay cualquier cambio para la colocación de su estudiante, su director escolar lo notificara inmediatamente.

    Como siempre, gracias por supaciencia, flexibilidad y confianza durante estos momentos. Si tiene cualquier pregunta, o necesita apoyo adicional, por favor de comunicarse con su director directamente. Toda la información de contacto escolar puede ser encontrada en nuestro sitio de internet al www.nsd.us bajo la pestaña de “escuelas”.

     

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  • How will we know when to expect the hybrid model to begin?

    Posted by Leighangela Brady on 8/8/2020 8:02:00 AM

    In July we announced that we would be opening in distance learning due to county health restrictions regarding in-person classes. Today I write to confirm those plans. National School District will resume classes on August 24, 2020 in distance learning ONLY. Next week, you will be hearing from your site principal with more information around distance learning specific to your school.

    Simultaneously, we are continuing to prepare to reopen our schools (at minimum in a hybrid model) as soon as it is safe. You can view our Board Approved National School District COVID-19 Safe Reopening Plan in English or Spanish at www.nsd.us. Parents must select which model they want for the entire year through the ParentVUE app. If you have not done this, or need support, please contact your school immediately. School contact information can be found on the ‘schools’ dropdown menu of our website.

    One question that people regularly ask is, “How will we know when to expect the hybrid model to begin?” Here are several considerations that we are tracking to help answer that question:

    • San Diego County will be off of the State monitoring list for 14 consecutive days.
    • National City will be off of the county monitoring list for 14 consecutive days.
    • National City 14–day case rates will be <100 cases/100,000 population (National City currently has nearly double that and does not qualify for a K-6 reopening waiver).
    • National City will not have any community outbreaks >25 and testing positivity >8.0%. 
    • National School District will communicate transition plans to families, set bus and arrival/dismissal schedules, and ensure that the reopen date maximizes continuity of learning.

    Knowing that all of this cannot happen before August 24, 2020, the Governing Board will need to consider a new target date to launch the hybrid model. This will be discussed at our upcoming National School District Governing Board Meeting on August 12, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Once a new date has been established, we will communicate it out to families that have selected the hybrid model of instruction.

    Like us, we imagine that your children are anxious to return to school. Thankfully we have devices, programs, and tools that will allow us to begin the school year through a distance learning model for all students. Ultimately our goal is to have everyone back, full time, in a safe learning environment.

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    En julio anunciamos que abriríamos en el aprendizaje a distancia debido a las restricciones de salud del condado con respecto a las clases en persona. Hoy les escribo para confirmar esos planes. El Distrito Escolar National regresara a clases el 24 de agosto de 2020 en aprendizaje a distancia SOLAMENTE. La próxima semana, escucharán de su director escolar  con más información sobre el aprendizaje a distancia específico de su escuela.

    Simultáneamente, continuamos preparando para reabrir nuestras escuelas (al mínimo en un modelo híbrido) tan pronto como sea seguro. Puede ver nuestro Plan de Reapertura Segura COVID-19 del Distrito Escolar National aprobado por la Mesa Directiva en inglés o español en www.nsd.us. Los padres deben seleccionar cual modelo desean para todo el año a través de la aplicación ParentVUE. Si no ha hecho esto o necesita ayuda, por favor comuníquese con su escuela inmediatamente. La información de contacto de la escuela se puede encontrar en el menú "escuelas" de nuestro sitio web.

    Una pregunta que la gente se hace regularmente es: "¿Cómo sabremos cuándo esperar que comience el modelo híbrido?" Aquí hay varias consideraciones que estamos monitoreando para ayudar a responder a esa pregunta:

    • El Condado de San Diego estará fuera de la lista de monitoreo estatal durante 14 días consecutivos.
    • La ciudad de National City estará fuera de la lista de monitoreo del condado durante 14 días consecutivos.
    • La cantidad de casos de 14 días de la ciudad de National City serán <100 casos/100,000 populación (National City actualmente tiene casi el doble de eso y no califica para una exención de reapertura de K-6).
    • La ciudad de National City no tendrá ningún brote comunitario >25 y positividad de pruebas >8.0%.
    • El Distrito Escolar National comunicará los planes de transición a las familias, establecerá los horarios de autobús y llegada/salida, y se asegurará de que la fecha de reapertura maximiza la continuidad del aprendizaje.

    Sabiendo que todo esto no puede suceder antes del 24 de agosto de 2020, la Mesa Directiva deberá considerar una nueva fecha de marca para lanzar el modelo híbrido. Esto se discutirá en nuestra próxima junta de la Mesa Directiva del Distrito Escolar National el 12 de agosto de 2020 a las 6:00 p.m. Una vez que se haya establecido una nueva fecha, se la comunicaremos a las familias que hayan seleccionado el modelo híbrido de instrucción.

    Como nosotros, imaginamos que sus hijos están ansiosos por volver a la escuela. Afortunadamente, tenemos dispositivos, programas y herramientas que nos permitirán comenzar el año escolar a través de un modelo de aprendizaje a distancia para todos los estudiantes. En última instancia, nuestro objetivo es tener a todos de regreso, a tiempo completo, en un ambiente de aprendizaje seguro.

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  • Governor's Reopening Order

    Posted by Leighangela Brady on 7/17/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Today, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order requiring all districts that are located in counties on the state’s public watch list to start the school year with distance learning until certain conditions are met. This includes San Diego County. In addition, the new order clarifies some of the state-level expectations around face coverings, physical distancing, and when to reopen or reclose schools.

    Our Governing Board will meet virtually this coming Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 4:00 p.m., to determine what the guidance means for our schools and approve a plan for National School District moving forward. We appreciate your understanding as we adjust to these ever-changing conditions. Our number one priority is to keep students and employees safe and emerge from this pandemic 

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    Hoy, el Gobernador Gavin Newsom emitió una orden exigiendo que todos los distritos escolares ubicados dentro de condados que están en la lista de observación del estado empiecen el año escolar con aprendizaje a distancia hasta que no se cumplan ciertas condiciones. Esto incluye el Condado de San Diego. Adicionalmente, la orden nueva aclara algunas de las expectativas a nivel estatal acerca del uso de mascaras, el distanciamiento stronger than ever.físico, y cuándo volver a abrir y cerrar escuelas.

    Nuestra Mesa Directiva se reunirá virtualmente este martes 21 de julio de 2020 a las 4:00 p.m., para determinar qué significa la dirección de nuestras escuelas y aprobar un plan para que el Distrito Escolar National avance. Agradecemos su comprensión mientras nos adaptamos a estas condiciones. Nuestra prioridad número uno es mantener a los estudiantes y empleados seguros y salir de esta pandemia más fuerte que nunca.

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  • Reopening of School Update

    Posted by Leighangela Brady on 7/10/2020 5:00:00 PM

    By now, we had hoped to have had a more definitive update on our reopening of school plans for the 2020-2021 school year. However, external conditions and factors affecting these plans continue to change almost daily. In light of this, we wanted to provide you with the information that we know today:

    • We received a great response on staff and parent surveys regarding distance learning and reopening models. We are using this feedback to inform our plans that will include both a full distance learning option as well as a hybrid learning option of distance learning and increasing time on campus as feasible throughout the year. Parents have been receiving multiple correspondence regarding creating a Parent Vue account. This is a necessary first step to enable parents to be able to choose one of these two instructional models. This can be done via cell phone or District issued student device. Parents needing assistance should contact nsd-parentvue@nsd.us or (619) 336-7783.
    • Since before the school-year ended, we have been working closely with a taskforce of employees from various assignments to explore needs and recommendations for reopening schools, specific to National School District, from their expert perspectives.
    • Our Governing Board has thoughtfully considered all recommendations from the taskforce; and has directed administration to draft a plan that puts staff and student safety at the forefront. We will continue to monitor public health advisories closely, with every intent to adhere to all health and safety precautions.
    • To provide more time to prepare a detailed reopening plan, we have postponed the reopening of the school year with students slated to return August 24, 2020. We are planning for instruction to resume on this date; at minimum through distance learning if county health orders do not permit on-site instruction. Once drafted, our plan will be posted on our website for public viewing and comments.
    • Food service will continue throughout the remainder of the summer at Las Palmas School on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (multiple meals served each day).
    • We are also working side-by-side with our labor leaders to ensure that our final plan is failsafe.

     We will be sending you another update in August as the start of the school year gets closer. Please stay connected by checking our website regularly at www.nsd.us. Wishing you all good health during this time.

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    Para estas fechas, nos hubiera gustado tener una actualización más definida sobre nuestros planes de apertura para el año escolar 2020-2021. Sin embargo, condiciones externas y factores afectando estos planes continúan cambiando casi a diario. Teniendo esto en cuenta, nos gustaría proveerles la información que tenemos hasta ahora:

    • Recibimos una gran respuesta de los cuestionarios para el personal y padres, referentes a aprendizaje a distancia y modelos de reapertura. Estamos usando estas opiniones para informarles nuestros planes sobre ambas opciones, aprendizaje a distancia completa, así como también una opción de aprendizaje hibrido de aprendizaje a distancia, aumentando más tiempo en la escuela mientras sea viable. Nuestros padres han recibido múltiples correspondencias con información para crear una cuenta de padres. Este es el primer paso necesario para poder escoger uno de estos dos modelos de instrucción. Esto puede ser hecho por medio de un celular o un dispositivo estudiantil provisto por el Distrito. Padres que necesitan asistencia, deberan comunicarse a nsd-parentvue@nsd.us ó (619) 336-7783.
    • Desde antes que terminara el año escolar, hemos estado trabajando estrechamente con un Equipo Especial conformado de empleados de varias asignaciones. Con sus perspectivas expertas, exploramos las necesidades y recomendaciones para una reapertura escolar especifica para el Distrito Escolar National.
    • Nuestra Mesa Directiva ha considerado cuidadosamente todas las recomendaciones del Equipo Especial y ha dirigido a nuestra administración crear un plan preliminar que coloca la seguridad del personal y estudiantil en primer lugar. Continuaremos monitoreando las advertencias de salud publica cercanamente, con toda la intención de adherirnos a todas las precauciones de salud y seguridad.
    • Para proveer más tiempo a la preparación de un plan detallado sobre la reapertura, tenemos que posponer la apertura del año escolar. Estudiantes están programados a regresar el 24 de Agosto, 2020. Estamos planeando que la instrucción resuma en esta fecha; por mínimo, con aprendizaje a distancia si las ordenes del condado de salud no permiten instrucción física en la escuela. Una vez creado, el plan será publicado en nuestra pagina de internet para difusión publica y comentarios.
    • Los servicios de alimento continuaran durante el resto del verano en la escuela Las Palmas cada Lunes, Miércoles, y Viernes de 10:30 a.m. a 12:30 p.m. (alimentos múltiples son servidos cada día).
    • También estamos trabajando lado a lado con nuestros lideres laborales para asegurar que nuestro plan final es infalible.

    Les enviaremos otra actualización en Agosto, cuando el año escolar este más cerca. Por favor manténganse informado, conectándose regularmente a nuestra pagina de internet www.nsd.us. Deseamos que tengan buena salud durante este tiempo.

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  • End of the Year Update

    Posted by Leighangela Brady on 5/20/2020 9:15:00 PM

    When schools suddenly closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no one imagined that we would still be in shelter-in-place status. Our hearts are saddened as the end of the year approaches, and the reality sets in that we will not be able to reopen even to close out the year with our students. Sadder, are the milestones of end-of-year activities and promotions that we must now reimagine.

    For our sixth graders, we are so proud of their accomplishments! In addition to a keepsake video, we are planning to hold drive through promotions at each of our schools to wave to our students and celebrate within the health parameters. Should health restrictions be lifted by the County Health Department in the next two weeks, we may also invite students into the school to “walk the stage” and take those cherished remembrance photos. Preschool and kindergarten teachers are also planning something special for their anticipated promotions specific to each school site. Your site principal will be reaching out soon with more details on these events for those of you with children in these grades.

    While these last few months have been difficult for all, I want to thank you for your support during this time. Our staff worked hard to provide our students with devices, materials, and meals; and our teachers applied their expertise to teaching in virtual classrooms through distance learning. Your partnership and support at home made all of this possible. We are happy to report high levels of engagement by students; despite lots of obstacles to navigate. Because this was an unplanned closure, we felt strongly that student grades be held harmless during this time. Hopefully you received and reviewed our grading policy through one of our many communication tools such as School Messenger, Class Dojo, PeachJar, or on our COVID-19 updates page on our website at www.nsd.us.

    Finally, with so many things still uncertain, we have created a taskforce to review steps needed to reopen school; and will be carefully considering our calendar to determine the best date to open school with the confidence that we can do so safely. Please look for a parent survey that will be coming out shortly and be sure to provide us with feedback to help inform our decisions. Arrangements will be made for students that commit to returning in the fall (on this survey) to keep their student devices for the summer; and will be given summer access to continue learning using our suite of online programs. Also, if you will be returning to National School District for the 2020-21 school year, we will be asking for you to fill out intent to return paperwork in June. If your family will not be returning, please contact your principal to arrange a date and time to turn in your device as it will no longer work after June 3, 2020.

    Again, we thank you for your partnership to provide the best education for your children. These are dynamic times, and we are here to support you and your families through them.

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  • DISTANCE LEARNING – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Posted by Leighangela Brady on 5/7/2020 5:30:00 PM

    What is distance learning and what does it mean for students, teachers, parents and principals?

    Distance learning means instruction in which the student and instructor are in different locations. Methods could include online instruction, take home packets, phone calls, emails, text reminder applications, and other means of communication. Differences in teaching and learning will vary between classrooms, just like they do in our physical schools. What doesn’t vary is our focus on standards, and our expectations for students to engage and try their best. The principal’s job is to continue supporting our teachers by providing training, visiting classrooms, holding staff meetings, and securing resources. There is no instructional expectation of parents; but we do request that parents provide dedicated time and a place for students to learn- similar to when students are doing homework.

    How is the district supporting families with devices and technology?

    Each school held a technology distribution day the week we returned from spring break, and a second day the following week for families who couldn’t make it out to the first distribution day. As a result, every student should now have either an iPad (grades TK–2) or a Chromebook (grades 3–6), a power cord, and earbuds. Families without Internet connections at home also received a hotspot device. Devices are configured so that Internet access is only possible through a secured district filter which blocks inappropriate sites and protects students’ privacy. Programs are used regularly by students in our physical classrooms, so we are confident that our students will thrive in this new virtual environment. Students have a single sign-on to avoid the need for multiple logins and passwords, and teachers are able to monitor online access and program use. If students experience any issues with their devices, parents can do one of the following: 1.) Email tech@nsd.us, 2.) Complete NSD Device Issue survey, 3.) Leave a message with the Help Desk at (619)-336-7783. Devices with issues will either be fixed remotely or swapped out for a different device by appointment.

    What reassurances do we have that students won’t suffer significant learning loss during this time?

    The timing of our school closure plays a significant role in our assessment of grade level achievement. Teachers typically focus on the core clusters of the grade level standards in the first two trimesters up and through spring break. The third trimester (which we are in now) is an opportunity to review standards for mastery and apply standards at deeper levels. With the suspension of State testing this year, teachers actually have more time for this purpose through distance learning. Of course, to ensure that students have not missed any learning, we are recommending that teachers start next year with a thorough review of the previous year’s standards.

    What other resources are available for families?

    The best place for families to look for resources and information is our District website at www.nsd.us. Once there, just click on the COVID-19 button. This link provides current updates on school closures, meals, and distance learning. During the COVID-19 pandemic, National School District will continue to serve breakfast and lunch daily at Las Palmas School from 10:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. Starting on Monday, May 4, 2020 a second location will be open at El Toyon School. Weekend meals are also available for pick-up on Fridays at either of these two locations. We have also developed parent specific section on the COVID-19 section of our websiteto provide families with community resources, family support, tutorials and training. We encourage any parent in need to also reach out to their child’s teacher or principal for any reason.

    How are teachers providing students with feedback? What about report cards?

    As mentioned previously, the third trimester is an opportunity to review standards for mastery and apply standards at deeper levels. Therefore, students have already received grades on progress toward grade level standards in the first two trimesters. Due to the unexpected closure of schools, we have decided not to provide formal grades this trimester. Instead narrative comments about distance learning will be placed in each child’s file. Students will still be required to complete assignments, and teachers will still be providing students with feedback on completed work; however, without the pressure of formal grades, we hope students and teachers will explore the possibilities and depths of distance learning to the fullest extent possible.

    When do you anticipate schools will reopen? What will be the same, what will be different?

    Unfortunately, we still do not have exact information about when and how schools will reopen again. What we do know is that schools will likely stay closed through the end of this school year and hopefully reopen as planned in July for the 2020-21 school year. Students will finish this school year with their current teachers; and move on to the next grade level with new teachers for 2020-21 (except for our sixth graders who will promote on to the middle school). While we would love to return to school as normal, it may not be possible for health and safety reasons. Depending on the evolving state of this pandemic, classes may continue in distance learning, open with modifications to ensure social distancing, or open fully if the public health department allows. Only time will tell, but we will continue to monitor the situation carefully and provide updates as they become available.

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  • Community Announcement

    Posted by Leighangela Brady on 4/7/2020 4:30:00 PM

    NATIONAL SCHOOL DISRTRICT COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT– SCHOOL CLOSURES

    For Immediate Release– April 7, 2020

    The State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the California Governor announced this week that “schools may not reopen this school year.”

    To ensure the continuity of learning for our students, National School District will roll-out distance learning this coming week. Distance learning means instruction in which the student and instructor are in different locations. This may include interaction through the use of technology and/or the use of print materials.

    To ensure families have what they need for distance learning, National School District will schedule technology and materials distribution from 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. at each school according to the following schedule:

    Date

    Schools

    Wednesday,  April 8, 2020

    Central, Olivewood

    Thursday,  April 9, 2020

    Rancho de la Nación, Kimball, John A. Otis, Ira Harbison

    Friday, April 10, 2020

    Palmer Way, Lincoln Acres, El Toyon, Las Palmas

    During this distribution, National School District staff will be taking all necessary health precautions in order to comply with the County Health Department safety guidelines including the following. Staff will:

    • be wearing protective masks and gloves
    • supervise social distancing
    • schedule appointments for families to avoid congregation
    • provide signage alerting neighbors to heavier foot traffic and neighborhood parking
    • wipe of all materials prior to distribution
    • limit pick-up of materials to one member per family

    This activity is considered “essential” by the Governor and is allowable under the Governor’s current “shelter-in place” order. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contract our district office. All decisions about reopening schools will be made in conjunction with local public health officials.

     District Contact:

    Superintendent@nsd.us

    (619) 336–7500

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Superintendent

  • Dr. Brady

    To our students, I promise that we will strive every day to provide you a world-class education. You are the reason we wake up every day, and the purpose behind what drives our work.

    To our parents, I pledge to ensure your children receive the best education possible. Thank you for your trust and confidence in us to ensure your children grow up with the ability to contribute to our National City community and beyond.

    To our community partners, I commit to reach out and learn how we can prepare our students to be your future employees, business owners, and civic leaders.

    To our staff, I vow to roll up my sleeves and support your efforts in any way possible. You are the backbone of what we do.

    To the world, I'll guarantee to you that the students of National School District will be ready to amaze you!