SLCUSD Family Communication #12

Monday, May 18th


Dr. Eric Prater, Superintendent

I am excited to see San Luis Obispo High School’s pool project completed and filled with water. Even as our students are engaged in distance learning, our Measure D projects are moving ahead. I look forward to seeing students practice, compete, and enjoy this long-awaited addition to their campus.Our district team has started the complex process to create the reopening plan for our school district in the fall. Assistant Superintendent, Kimberly McGrath, will lead the process to ensure we align with SLO County’s START Plan and California’s health and safety guidelines. We will keep you informed as the details of the plan emerge from the team. Our goal is to provide you with timely information in a transparent manner.In the coming weeks, news reports will fill the airwaves with budgetary concerns and the corresponding unemployment rates across the nation. Anxiety and fear will dominate our collective consciousness; however, I would like to provide an alternative narrative while these scary things unfold. There are some

positive and enduring opportunities in front of us if we take the time to quiet our inner voices. Let’s try to listen.
Ryan Pinkerton, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services
May Revise Budget Information Coming OutNeedless to say, COVID 19 is going to have a dramatic effect on state revenues. The Governor will give his “May Revise” budget presentation next week. Several outlets are reporting potentially drastic reductions ahead of this presentation, far worse than the 2008 Great Recession. The governor is also asking for federal stimulus funds to assist. I’ll share the information in next week’s bulletin after the May Revise is out for public consumption. We have done well in the past to handle the reductions from 2008 as well as Diablo Canyon, and we will do the same as we learn more about the impacts of COVID-19 on our budget.
Kimberly McGrath, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
Students Have Spring FeverEvery school year about this time students begin to get restless and check out of school and think about summer. This is only exacerbated by distance learning. Summer will be here soon enough and hopefully, we can all get out with the possible lifting of shelter at home. In the meantime, help your child to continue to engage with their class and classmates until the very end. Hang in there! There are only three weeks to go before the last week of school. We appreciate the effort everyone has made to make distance learning work.Reopening Plans UnderwayUsing SLO County’s START Plan as our guide, we are developing a process to reopen our schools. August 17 will still be the starting date of the 2020-2021 school year. The floor continues to move underneath us as we plan and prepare; however, we are confident that our process will lead us to an excellent set of options.May is Mental Health Awareness MonthMental Health Awareness Month has been observed during the month of May in the United States since 1949, reaching millions of people through the media, local events, and screenings. This May, the San Luis Coastal Unified School District joins the rest of the country in raising awareness around mental health. Our Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, teachers and staff agree that mental health awareness and supports for students and families struggling with mental health concerns is of critical importance. We know that we have students, staff, families, and community members affected by mental illness, and that the pandemic and shelter in place orders can exacerbate these concerns.Please don’t hesitate to contact your school counselor if you need advice or support regarding mental health issues at this time. This link (Spanish) provides information and contact details for local agencies that families can contact with concerns regarding mental health needs.

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