Good Afternoon GCC Staff,
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all maneuver in this new and challenging world. As you know, the Core Values of the GCC are summarized and stated simply as “SERVICE” and in this vein we are incredibly proud of the job our administrators, teachers and staff are doing to implement distance learning and educational support for our students. On Tuesday, the California Department of Education issued updated guidance for public school districts to support the implementation of distance learning options for students. I am proud to say that prior to this guidance coming out, our GCC school site staff teams had already met, created plans and were already working and implementing strategies to support our students in their learning.
I would like to update you on a few key areas;
1) State Testing Update: Governor Newsom issued an order to suspend state standardized testing.
2) School Closure Update: Based on the Governor’s statement during his press briefing Tuesday evening, our Cabinet and school administrative teams are preparing for the genuine possibility of school closures being extended beyond April 14th, 2020. We will keep you updated as we receive guidance from the state and county. I recommend that you begin planning for the possibility of these extended school closures as well.
3) Class of 2020: We want to acknowledge the Class of 2020 and their families. We realize this is a stressful time for high school seniors in our schools in California and across the nation. We will be working with teachers, counselors, and school site administrators to consider and communicate next steps about diplomas, graduations and other end-of-year activities as they become available.
4) State of California, Sacramento County and Yolo County recently announced a ‘stay at home’ order for its residence.
5) COVID - 19 Reminder: We care deeply about you and your health. Should you have confirmed exposure and/or confirmed diagnosis of COVID - 19 please contact Director of Human Resources Laura Barragan as we have a duty and responsibility to work cooperatively with county officials regarding reporting requirements.
6) CKH (Capturing Kids Hearts): I would encourage you to consider supporting students and families to create their own social contract, this will allow students and parents to continue to support the great work you have been doing in your classes and on your site.
7) Support for our vulnerable student populations: It is our heart to always serve our students and families. As such, we are concerned about our students and families who may be at risk and/or vulnerable within our population. Any staff member who receives knowledge, concerns or questions related to service needs, please contact your Principal or Vice Principal and they will follow up with Assistant Superintendent Dr. Christine McCormick.
8) Resources: We will continue to update information on the GCC website for staff on the resources you need to support your students. Additionally, the GCC is regularly providing your administrators with new information and resources as they become available.
We here in the GCC Cabinet have been simply blown away by your response to this challenge and the heart you have shown in serving our students and families. Thank you for your continued kindness, flexibility, and grace as we navigate through this unusual time. Alongside each of you, we commit to doing our absolute best to care for our families, staff, and students during this global health crisis.
We know you have more questions - we do too. We continue to participate in research, meetings, information sharing and more to track changes as they transpire (nearly daily) and to adjust our 'sails' on this journey. It is clear that we will all need to continue to be patient on this unprecedented journey.
Thank you for all you are doing every day in difficult circumstances.
Cindy Petersen, Ed.D.
Gateway Community Charters
Creating quality school choice in the greater Sacramento area since 2003.