Sun, Mar 29 7:24pm
Dear Gates families,
Are you missing seeing your favorite Gates teachers and staff every day? Make sure you like the Ralph A. Gates Elementary school Facebook page to see wonderful photos, videos, and messages from the staff, such as Mr. Henry, a message from our librarian, and virtual Spirit Days!
Like the Ralph A. Gates Elementary Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/GatesElementaryTWI/
Updates from SVUSD
In case you missed it, the district sent out some important information and updates:
Video Message from SVUSD:
Watch this video message which speaks to some of the amazing events that happened throughout the district over the past 2 weeks as we transitioned to school dismissal and distance learning.
As a reminder, a Chromebook is not the only method to access learning, and students may use a tablet or home computer for those programs or courses which may require a compatible device. If your student is still in need of a device, or needs assistance with an SVUSD Chromebook, please contact the Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org (949) 855-4357 between 7:30 am and 4:30 pm (Monday-Friday). Families of students without devices or internet access are still participating in distance learning and are able to obtain printed materials from their school sites. Please reach out directly to your teacher or principal regarding printed materials.
For those families that are in need of home wifi, please see the Cox Connect2Competeoffer providing free internet access for 60 days to new customers, and the ATT Internet Offer (Phone support (English): 855-220-5211(Spanish): 855-220-5225). Requirements for each program are slightly different, but include:
- Household must have at least one K-12 student and participate in one of the following programs:
- The National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and/or
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); who receive Tenant-Based Vouchers, Project-Based Vouchers or Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA); and/or who live in Public Housing.
To assist families in need, on Monday, March 30th, SVUSD Nutrition Services will email all families who applied for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) a copy of their letter.
Throughout the closures, SVUSD continues to provide lunch service for our students. Please note that the take away lunch service locations are operating on Mondayand Thursday only between 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm. On Monday, students will receive lunch for 3 days and Thursday for 2 days. Please note that in order to receive a meal, the child must be present and families can only go to one location daily. Locations are:
- El Toro High School: 25255 Toledo Way, Lake Forest, CA 92630
- Laguna Hills High School: 25401 Paseo De Valencia, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
- Mission Viejo High School: 25025 Chrisanta Dr, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
- Trabuco Hills High School: 27501 Mustang Run, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
- District Nutrition Services: 25566 Peter A Hartman Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
The social-emotional needs of our students remains a priority throughout this time. We are aware that the shift to distance learning and physical isolation is likely impacting our students and I want to assure you that our school counselors and guidance staff are working to provide support for our students. You may have already received information from your school regarding guidance and counseling support and I encourage you to reach out to your school administrators or guidance department (secondary schools) for resources. Additionally, you may access the SVUSD Mental Wellness Resources website here, which provides an array of resources.
Throughout the closure, all school site facilities are also closed. This includes fields, stadiums, playgrounds, basketball courts, etc. We know that many families are looking for outdoor space during this time, however, please do not access these school site facilities. We are all working together to “flatten the curve” and maintain our sites and facilities as sanitized as possible and ask that you please help by avoiding these common areas. Please note that there are still site personnel on campus and they have been directed to ask visitors to please leave if seen on school property.
School Closure Timeline:
SVUSD continues to evaluate the school closure timelines and will provide you with updates as available.