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01/15/2021

DEMOLITION PROGRESSING ON JACOBS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS


EUREKA, CA – January 15, 2021 – As many have noticed, the Jacobs Junior High campus is busy with activity, as demolition crews and District staff work on various projects. Eureka City Schools has received calls from various community members inquiring about the status of the Jacobs Junior High campus, located at 674 Allard Avenue in Eureka. This update is being provided to the Community in response to the interest expressed.

The Jacobs campus was built in 1956 around the peak of the timber industry, and it served as a junior high school up until 1982. After its closure as a junior high, the facility continued to be used for various functions such as adult education and a continuation high school until the facility was closed following the 2008-09 school year. In anticipation of its closure, Eureka City Schools went through the legal steps of declaring the Jacobs property as surplus in 2008. Other than storage and the soccer fields, the property has been largely unused and the buildings unmaintained since that time.

Over the last couple of years, the District has taken the legal and procedural steps in order to move forward in abating and demolishing the site, which contained hazardous materials including lead in the paint and asbestos in the ceilings, roofing, and other various insulation products. The buildings were to a point where demolition was the only real option moving forward. Eureka City Schools is pleased to announce the abatement and demolition is scheduled to be complete by mid-February 2021. After completion, the Jacobs campus will be a vacant lot.

Eureka City Schools has had conversations with four public agencies in the past 10 years relating to the possible sale of the property. Two of these agencies, the City of Eureka and the California Highway Patrol, remain interested in the property and conversations are continuing.

Please note the soccer fields adjacent to the Jacobs campus will not be included in a future sale and will remain the property of Eureka City Schools and utilized by students at Alice Birney Elementary School.




Contact:

Micalyn Harris, Executive Assistant
Superintendent’s Office
harrismicalyn@eurekacityschools.org
Tel: 707-441-2414

Jennifer Snipes, Confidential Administrative Assistant
Business Services
snipesj@eurekacityschools.org
Tel: 707-441-2412

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Important Information for Students/Families
01/08/2021

January 8, 2021

Greetings Eureka City Schools Families,

Last night, the Eureka City Schools Board of Trustees met to discuss the return to in-person instruction. It has been determined that in-person instruction will be available for all grade levels following the availability of the second dose of the COVID vaccination to our staff. We have been working closely with Dr. Hoffman from Humboldt County Public Health and we are optimistic this plan will allow in-person instruction following the February break, on Monday, February 22nd. This is subject to change, pending the availability of the vaccine in Humboldt County.

In the meantime, we will be resuming in-person instruction for intervention classes and the Winzler Children’s Center on Tuesday, January 19th, and self-contained classrooms for students with disabilities on Thursday, January 14th. Some classes at sites, which use equipment not available at home, and some interventions, will start as early as Monday, January 11th. Finally, athletic conditioning and club activities can resume on Monday, January 11th, pending the approval of their COVID safety plans. Your student’s school will be in contact with the site-specific details.

Please remember, in observance of Martin Luther King, there will be no school on Monday, January 18th.

Meal delivery into neighborhoods by our busses will continue through Wednesday, January 13th, at which time a new meal distribution plan will be communicated out.

As students return to in-person instruction, please be advised that all students must wear a face covering and follow travel advisory and contact quarantines as directed by Humboldt County Public Health.

Please pause and consider your plans for safe interaction with others. Please follow the advice of Humboldt County Public Health to help keep your family and our community safe.

Stay healthy and stay strong.

This message will be posted on our website and Facebook

Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.

Superintendent

 


Saludos familias de las escuelas de la ciudad de Eureka,

Anoche, el Consejo de Administración de las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Eureka se reunió para discutir el regreso a la instrucción en persona. Se ha determinado que la instrucción en persona estará disponible para todos los grados después de la disponibilidad de la segunda dosis de la vacuna de COVID para nuestro personal. Hemos estado trabajando de cerca con el Dr. Hoffman de Salud Pública del Condado de Humboldt y estamos optimistas de que este plan permitirá la instrucción en persona después de las vacaciones de febrero, lunes 22 de febrero. Esto está sujeto a cambios, dependiendo de la disponibilidad de la vacuna en el condado de Humboldt.

Mientras tanto, empezaremos la instrucción en persona para las clases de intervención y el Centro Infantil de Winzler el martes 19 de enero y las clases independientes para estudiantes con discapacidades el jueves, 14 de enero. Algunas clases en las escuelas, que usan equipos que no están disponibles en el hogar, y algunas intervenciones, comenzarán el lunes, 11 de enero. Finalmente, el acondicionamiento atlético y las actividades del club pueden empezar el lunes 11 de enero, en espera de la aprobación de sus planes de seguridad de COVID. La escuela de su estudiante se pondrá en contacto con los detalles específicos de cada escuela.

Por favor recuerde, en observancia de Martin Luther King, no habrá clases el lunes, 18 de enero.

La entrega de las comidas por nuestros autobuses continuará hasta el miércoles, 13 de enero, momento en el que se comunicará un nuevo plan de distribución de comidas.

A medida que los estudiantes regresen a la instrucción en persona, tenga en cuenta que todos los estudiantes deben usar un cubrebocas y seguir las advertencias de viaje y las cuarentenas de contacto según lo indicado por la Salud Pública del Condado de Humboldt.

Haga una pausa y considere sus planes para una interacción segura con los demás. Siga los consejos de Salud Pública del Condado de Humboldt para ayudar a mantener a su familia y nuestra comunidad a salvo.

Mantente saludable y fuerte.


Fred Van Vleck,Ed.D

Superintendente

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Register now for Fall 2021!
12/21/2020

Eureka City Schools is now accepting applications for kindergarten and transitional kindergarten registration. During our open enrollment period (January 4th, 2021 – January 22nd, 2021), applications for intradistrict requests for the 2021 – 2022 school year are also available!

Kindergarten Registration – If your child will turn five years of age on or before September 1, 2021, visit a Eureka City Schools elementary school or the District Office to pick-up your registration packet.

Transitional Kindergarten Registration – In addition, if your child will turn five years of age on or between September 2, and December 2, 2021, visit a Eureka City Schools elementary school or the District Office to pick-up your registration packet.

Middle School Registration for Students New to Eureka City Schools – If your child will enter 6th, 7th, or 8th grade from a district other than Eureka City Schools, visit a Eureka City Schools middle school or the District Office to pick-up your registration packet.

Open Enrollment - All students currently enrolled in Eureka City Schools are eligible to apply for transfers to other schools in Eureka City Schools during the open enrollment period. This is the opportunity to request that your child attend a school other than the one he is currently attending. During this open enrollment period all applications for transfer will be considered equally. Open Enrollment forms are available at all school sites as well as the District Office located at 2100 J Street and online at www.eurekacityschools.org.

High School Enrollment - If your student is entering grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 this year, visit Eureka High School to pick-up and/or submit the registration packet for your student.
You may also download a registration packet by visiting our website or clicking here for a packet

https://www.eurekacityschools.org/for_parents/student_registration

For more information about the opportunities available for students call the Student Services Office at 441-3383.


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Important Information for Students/Families 11/20
11/20/2020

Greetings Eureka City Schools Families,

Last night, the Eureka City Schools Board of Trustees met to discuss the strong recommendation by Humboldt County Public Health Department to return to a full distance learning model for instruction following the Thanksgiving and Winter breaks. It has been determined that it is in the best interest of our students, staff, and community, to move to full distance learning for all students with a potential return to in-person instruction on Tuesday, January 19th for grades preschool-6th and Monday, January 25th for grades 7-12.

The break from in-person learning includes clubs, athletics, interventions, and other activities where students have been in-person on our sites. The Board plans to meet again during the week of January 4th to evaluate the COVID status in our community to determine if the tentatively planned return to in-person dates will remain as scheduled.

When we return to instruction on November 30th, all students will be in a distance learning model. The schedule for those who chose in-person learning will be modified to match the distance learning schedule for their site/grade level. If you have specific questions about schedules, please contact your student’s school site.

During the break from in-person instruction, meal service for students will continue. Further updates will be provided shortly.

Please pause and consider your plans for the Thanksgiving break. Please follow the advice of County Public Health to help keep your family and our community safe.

Stay healthy and stay strong.

This message will be posted on our website and on Facebook.

Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.

 


20 de noviembre de 2020

Mensaje importante para estudiantes / familias

Saludos Escuelas de Eureka,

Anoche, la Escuelas de Eureka Junta Directiva reunidos para discutir la recomendación fuerte por El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Humboldt volver a un modelo de aprendizaje a distancia completo para la instrucción después de las vacaciones de Thanksgiving e Invierno. Se ha determinado que es lo mejor para nuestros estudiantes, el personal y la comunidad, pasar al aprendizaje a distancia completo para todos los estudiantes con un posible regreso a la instrucción en persona el martes 19 de enero para los grados preschool a 6th y lunes, 25 de enero para los grados 7-12.

El descanso del aprendizaje en persona incluye clubes, deportes, intervenciones y otras actividades en las que los estudiantes han estado en persona en nuestros sitios. La Junta planea reunirse nuevamente durante la semana del 4 de enero para evaluar el estado de COVID en nuestra comunidad y determinar si el regreso tentativamente planeado a las fechas en persona se mantendrá según lo programado.

Cuando regresemos a la instrucción el 30 de noviembre, todos los estudiantes estarán en un modelo de aprendizaje a distancia. El horario para aquellos estudiantes que escogan el aprendizaje en persona se modificará para que coincida con el horario de aprendizaje a distancia para su sitio / nivel de grado. Si tiene preguntas específicas sobre los horarios, comuníquese con la escuela de su estudiante.

Durante el descanso de la instrucción en persona, el servicio de comidas para los estudiantes continuará. En breve se proporcionarán más actualizaciones.

Haga una pausa y considere sus planes para las vacaciones de Thanksgiving. Siga los consejos de Salud Pública del Condado para ayudar a mantener seguras a su familia y nuestra comunidad.

Mantente saludable y fuerte.

Fred Van Vleck,Ed.D

Superintendente

 

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10/28/2020

October 28, 2020

Important Information for Students/Families
Mensaje importante para estudiantes / familias

Greetings Eureka City Schools Families,

Last night, the Eureka City Schools Board of Trustees met to discuss our learning model given Humboldt County’s recent change in COVID risk level from orange to yellow, the lowest level. After a lengthy discussion, the Board provided direction to offer a choice for in-person learning for grades Transitional Kindergarten through sixth grade. The Board asked staff to bring back these students as soon as practicable. As such, we have already been working on our plans to accommodate this direction.

Parents of students in these grades will be contacted by their respective sites this week to start the detailed conversation on how and when the in-person learning model will be implemented.

The Board also provided direction to allow clubs at Eureka High School to develop plans for safely meeting in-person for club activities. More information will be coming from club advisors at Eureka High School.

Over the coming weeks, we will move from our current model of having a limited number of students in-person on our campuses to having many of our students on campus. As we bring back our younger students, we will be continuing to develop our plans for grades 7-12 to offer a choice for in-person instruction so we are prepared once the Board authorizes it.

We look forward to seeing many of our students back in schools for in-person learning soon.

Stay well and stay strong.

This message will be posted on our website and on Facebook.

Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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Saludando a las familias de Eureka City Schools,
Anoche, la Junta de comisarios de las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Eureka se reunió para discutir nuestro modelo de aprendizaje dado el reciente cambio en el nivel de COVID del Condado de Humboldt de naranja a amarillo, el nivel más bajo.Después de una larga discusión, la Junta brindó instrucciones para ofrecer una opción de aprendizaje en persona para los grados del kinger al sexto grado.
La Junta pidió al personal que trajera de regreso a estos estudiantes lo antes posible. Como tal, ya hemos estado trabajando en nuestros planes para adaptarnos a esta dirección.

Los padres de los estudiantes en estos grados serán contactados por sus respectivos sitios esta semana para iniciar una conversación detallada sobre cómo y cuándo se implementará el modelo de aprendizaje en persona.

La Junta también proporcionó instrucciones para permitir que los clubes de Eureka High School desarrollen planes para reunirse en persona de manera segura para las actividades del club. Recibirá más información de los asesores del club de Eureka High School.

Durante las próximas semanas, pasaremos de nuestro modelo actual de tener un número limitado de estudiantes en persona en nuestros campus a tener muchos de nuestros estudiantes en el campus.
A medida que recuperemos a nuestros estudiantes más jóvenes, continuaremos desarrollando nuestros planes para los grados 7-12 para ofrecer una opción de instrucción en persona para que estemos preparados una vez que la Junta lo autorice. Esperamos ver pronto a muchos de nuestros estudiantes en las escuelas para el aprendizaje en persona.

Mantente bien y mantente fuerte.

Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D
Superintendente

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10/22/2020

Greetings families of English Learner students!

All of us at Eureka City Schools hope that you are staying safe and well during this challenging time. We are reaching-out to you today with an invitation to attend our next District English Learner Advisory Committee, or DELAC, meeting that will take place virtually via Google Meets on Monday, October 26, 2020 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. To receive a link to the online meeting, or to join the meeting with a phone call please contact Natalie Carrigan, Administrative Assistant for Educational Services, by phone at 441-3363 or via email at carrigann@eurekacityschools.org. Spanish translation services will be available for the meeting.

Thank you!

 

Saludos a las familias de los estudiantes de inglés!

Todos en las escuelas de la ciudad de eureka esperamos que se mantenga sano y salvo durante este tiempo desafiante. Nos comunicamos con usted hoy con una invitación para asistir a nuestra próxima reunión del comité asesor de estudiantes de inglés del distrito, o Delac, que se llevará a cabo virtualmente a través de Google Meets el lunes 26 de octubre de 2020 de 6:00 a 7:00 p.m. Para recibir un enlace a la reunión en línea, o para unirse a la reunión con una llamada telefónica, comuníquese con Natalie Carrigan, Asistente de servicios educación, por teléfono al 441-3363 por correo electrónico a
carrigann@eurekacityschools.org. Los servicios de traducción al español estarán disponibles para la reunión.

Gracias!

 

Txais tos cov yim neeg ntawm cov menyuam kawm lus Askiv! (English Learner students)!

Peb txhua tus ntawm Eureka City Schools vam tias koj yuav nyob nyab xeeb thiab tsis muaj mob thaum lub sijhawm nyuaj no. Hnub no peb xav caw koj tuaj koom peb lub rooj sib tham hais txog cov menyuam uas tab tom kawm lus Askiv ( District English Learner Advisory Committee, los yog DELAC) lub rooj sib tham nyob ntawm Google Meets rau hnub Monday, Kaum Hlis 26, 2020 thaum 6:00 txog 7:00 PM. Yog tias koj xav tuaj koom lub rooj sib tham thov hu rau Natalie Carrigan, hu xov tooj ntawm 441-3363 lossis hauv email ntawm carrigann@eurekacityschools.org.

Ua tsaug!

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Important Information for Students/Families - Special Meeting September 15th
09/04/2020

Important Information for Students/Families

Mensaje importante para estudiantes / familias

 

Greetings Eureka City Schools Families,

On September 15th, the Eureka City Schools Board of Trustees is holding a Special Meeting to discuss our learning delivery model moving forward. Specifically, they will discuss whether or not to return to in-person learning. We have been working diligently to prepare our campuses for the potential return of students. I encourage you to visit the website for your student’s school and click on the COVID-19 Info tab where you will find the Site-Specific Protection Plan (SSPP) which has been reviewed by the Humboldt County Office of Public Health.

The Board is very interested in hearing your plans. Staff from your student’s school will be reaching out to you by telephone starting mid-next week to ask: “If your student’s school returns to in-person learning, will you send your student to school or will you continue with distance learning?” We will also be surveying teachers for their input.

The advantages to in-person learning are clear - it is much better for student learning and for their mental health. The disadvantages are many, and will be weighed against the advantages.

Some examples of disadvantages are:

  • Health and safety of students and staff.
  • Many students will be assigned to different teachers, as not all of our students will return to in-person learning.
  • There is potential students will have to quickly move back to distance learning.
  • As we move into the cold and flu season, there will likely be confusion between cold and flu symptoms and COVID symptoms.
  • The distance learning program for high school and middle school students who choose to stay on distance learning will not be as specialized, as we will likely shift to a web based learning platform not taught by a subject area specialist. In other words, a math class may be on a web-based program, not taught by a math teacher.

When the Board meets, there are several possible outcomes. Some of these outcomes may include:

  • Maintain our distance learning plan with only some students with disabilities reporting to campus.
  • Bring students who need additional support on campus for small intervention groups in areas such as
  • Math, English, Reading and English Language Acquisition in addition to the current distance learning model.
  • Bring students who are in classes with specialized equipment such as science labs, shop classes, art classes, etc., back to in-person learning for those classes.
  • Following the safety protocols outlined in our SSPP, bring back all who want in-person learning and wish to do so.

The State of California and the Humboldt County Office of Public Health have cleared students in Humboldt County to come back to in-person learning. It is now up to the Board to determine our specific plan for Eureka City Schools moving forward. If they do select in-person learning at the meeting on the 15th, the earliest we would likely return to in-person learning would be Monday, September 28th.

This message will be posted on our website and on Facebook.

Stay well and stay strong.

Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.

Superintendent


Saludos a las familias de Eureka City Schools

El 15 de Septiembre, la Junta Directiva de Eureka City Schools celebrará una Reunión Especial para discutir nuestro modelo de entrega de aprendizaje en el futuro. Discutirán si regresar o no al aprendizaje en persona. Hemos estado trabajando para preparar nuestros campus para el posible regreso de los estudiantes. Le animo a que visite el sitio web de la escuela de su hijo y haga clic en la pestaña de información de COVID-19 donde encontrará el Plan de protección específico del sitio (SSPP) que ha sido revisado por el Condado de Humboldt de Salud Pública. La Junta está muy interesada en escuchar sus planes. El personal de la escuela de su hijo(s) se comunicará con usted por teléfono a partir de mediados de semana para preguntarle: "Si la escuela de sus hijos regresa al aprendizaje en persona, ¿enviará a su hijo(s) a la escuela o continuará con el aprendizaje a distancia? También estaremos encuesta a los maestros para obtener sus comentarios.

Las ventajas del aprendizaje en persona son claras: es mucho mejor para el aprendizaje del estudiante y para su salud mental. Las desventajas son muchas y se compararán con las ventajas.

Algunos ejemplos de desventajas son:

  • Salud y seguridad de estudiantes y personal.
  • muchos estudiantes serán asignados a diferentes maestros, ya que no todos nuestros estudiantes regresarán al aprendizaje en persona.
  • Existe la posibilidad de que los estudiantes tengan que volver rápidamente a la educación a distancia.
  • A medida que nos adentramos en la temporada de resfriados y gripe, es probable que haya confusión entre los síntomas del resfriado y la gripe y los síntomas del COVID.
  • El programa de aprendizaje a distancia para estudiantes de high school y middle school que eligen permanecer en el aprendizaje a distancia no será tan especializado, ya que es probable que cambiemos a una plataforma de aprendizaje basada en la web no impartida por un especialista en una materia.

Cuando la Junta se reúne, hay varios resultados posibles. Algunos de estos resultados pueden incluir:

  • Mantener nuestro plan de aprendizaje a distancia con solo algunos estudiantes con discapacidades reportándose al campus.
  • Traiga a los estudiantes que necesitan apoyo adicional al campus para grupos de intervención pequeños en áreas como matemáticas, inglés, lectura e idioma inglés, además del modelo actual de aprendizaje a distancia.
  • Traiga a los estudiantes que están en clases con equipo especializado como laboratorios de ciencias, clases de taller, clases de arte, etc., de vuelta al aprendizaje en persona para esas clases.
  • Siguiendo los protocolos de seguridad descritos en nuestro SSPP, traer de vuelta a todos los que quieran aprender en persona y deseen hacerlo.

El Estado de California y el Condado de Salud Pública de Humboldt han autorizado a los estudiantes del Condado de Humboldt a regresar al aprendizaje en persona. Ahora depende de la Junta determinar nuestro plan específico para que las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Eureka sigan adelante. Si seleccionan el aprendizaje en persona en la reunión del día 15, lo más pronto posible que regresemos al aprendizaje en persona sería el lunes 28 de septiembre.

Mantente bien y mantente fuerte.

Fred Van Vleck,Ed.D

Superintendente

 

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Notice of Public Hearing - Eureka City Schools’ Learning Continuity Plan
09/04/2020

When: September 15, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

What: Eureka City Schools’ Learning Continuity Plan

Where: Regular Board Meeting – Virtual Meeting
(Livestream: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp1jJyIJwcJWUsDt2Mg1NGQ/live)

At its special meeting on September 15, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. the Eureka City Schools Governing Board will hold a public hearing to receive public comment (submitted via email) to seek input and take testimony from the public in regard to Eureka City Schools’ Learning Continuity Plan.

The Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (Learning Continuity Plan) is a key part of the overall budget package for K-12 that seeks to address funding stability for schools while providing information at the local educational agency (LEA) level for how student learning continuity will be addressed during the COVID-19 crisis in the 2020–21 school year.

Instructions on Public Comments: You can submit public comment for the Public Hearing by emailing Eureka City Schools at publiccomment@eurekacityschools.org. Comments must include the agenda item number in the subject line of the email and if you want your entire comment to be read during the meeting, it MUST be under 500 words — which would take about three minutes to read. (If the comment is not under 500 words, it will not be read during the meeting.) Note: Any comments specifically related to agenda items must be received prior to the item being discussed.

For copies of documents relating to this Board item, please contact:

Michael Davies-Hughes
Assistant Superintendent Educational Services
Eureka City Schools
Tel: 707-441-3363

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Notice of Public Hearing - Sufficient Instructional Materials
09/04/2020

When: September 17, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

What: Public Comment on Sufficient Instructional Materials

Where: Regular Board Meeting – Virtual Meeting
(Livestream: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp1jJyIJwcJWUsDt2Mg1NGQ/live)

At its regularly scheduled meeting on September 17, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. the Eureka City Schools Governing Board will hold a public hearing to receive public comment on the determination of whether each pupil in the District has sufficient textbooks or instructional materials, or both, in each subject consistent with the content and cycles of the curriculum framework adopted by the State Board of Education.

Instructions on Public Comments: You can submit public comment for the Public Hearing by emailing Eureka City Schools at publiccomment@eurekacityschools.org. Comments must include the agenda item number in the subject line of the email and if you want your entire comment to be read during the meeting, it MUST be under 500 words —which would take about three minutes to read. (If the comment is not under 500 words, it will not be read during the meeting.) Note: Any comments specifically related to agenda items must be received prior to the item being discussed.

For copies of documents relating to this Board item, please contact:

Michael Davies-Hughes
Assistant Superintendent Educational Services
Eureka City Schools
Tel: 707-441-3363

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Notice of Public Hearing - Energy Service Design-Build Contract for the Eureka City Schools’ Solar PV and Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project
09/03/2020

When: September 17, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

What: Public Comment on the Energy Service Design-Build Contract for the Eureka City Schools’ Solar PV and Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project

Where: Regular Board Meeting – Virtual Meeting
(Livestream: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp1jJyIJwcJWUsDt2Mg1NGQ/live)

At its regularly scheduled meeting on September 17, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. the Eureka City Schools
Governing Board will hold a public hearing to receive public comment on the District’s consideration of entering into an energy service design-build contract pursuant to the provisions of the California Government Code Section 4217.10, et seq.

Instructions on Public Comments: You can submit public comment for the Public Hearing by emailing Eureka City Schools at publiccomment@eurekacityschools.org. Comments must include the agenda item number in the subject line of the email and if you want your entire comment to be read during the meeting, it MUST be under 500 words — which would take about three minutes to read. (If the comment is not under 500 words, it will not be read during the meeting.) Note: Any comments specifically related to agenda items must be received prior to the item being discussed.

For copies of documents relating to this Board item, please contact:

Lou Jacobson
Director of Fiscal Services
Eureka City Schools
Tel: 707-441-2436

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20-21 Learning Plan Update
07/31/2020
Greetings Parents,

Last night, the Eureka City Schools Board of Trustees met for over three hours to hear public input on, discuss and determine our learning plan for the upcoming school year. After much deliberation, direction has been provided that we will start the school year on August 24th with a Distance Learning Model. The Board will meet on September 15, 2020 to reevaluate returning to face-to-face instruction.

To support this model, we will have all of our students who are struggling report to school for intervention in small, socially distanced groups. In the coming weeks, we will be focusing our efforts and professional development on creating the best possible distance learning experience for students. While the details of this plan are not yet completed, it will include some face-to-face instruction for struggling students, but the core of the plan will be learning from home.

The decision was difficult for the Board as they worked to balance student and staff safety with the learning needs of students. As the plan is solidified, your student’s school will be in contact with additional details.

Stay well and stay safe.

Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.
Superintendent
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20-21 Actualización del plan de aprendizaje
07/31/2020
Saludos Padres,

Anoche, la Junta de Fideicomisarios de las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Eureka se reunió durante más de tres horas para escuchar los comentarios del público sobre, discutir y determinar nuestro plan de aprendizaje para el próximo año escolar. Después de mucha deliberación, se ha proporcionado la dirección de que comenzaremos el año escolar el 24 de agosto con un modelo de aprendizaje a distancia. La Junta se reunirá el 15 de septiembre de 2020 para reevaluar el regreso a la instrucción presencial.

Para apoyar este modelo, haremos que todos nuestros estudiantes con dificultades se presenten a la escuela para intervenir en pequeños grupos socialmente distanciados. En las próximas semanas, centraremos nuestros esfuerzos y desarrollo profesional en crear la mejor experiencia de aprendizaje a distancia posible para los estudiantes. Si bien los detalles de este plan aún no se han completado, incluirá algunas instrucciones presenciales para estudiantes con dificultades, pero el núcleo del plan será aprender desde casa.

La decisión fue difícil para la Junta, ya que trabajaron para equilibrar la seguridad de los estudiantes y el personal con las necesidades de aprendizaje de los estudiantes. A medida que el plan se solidifique, la escuela de su estudiante estará en contacto con detalles adicionales.

Mantente bien y mantente a salvo.

Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.
Superintendente
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Governor Newsom Update - 2020-2021 School Year
07/17/2020
July 17, 2020

Important Information for Students/Families

Greetings all,

Today, Governor Newsom held a press conference outlining California’s plan for what education will look like this fall in light of COVID-19. In his plan, he presented guidelines for when schools can conduct face-to-face learning and when schools need to resort to distance learning. The plan is good news for Humboldt County as data has kept us off the State’s watch list. Below is a brief outline of the Governor’s direction:

In order to conduct face-to-face learning (Eureka City Schools Plan B):

-Humboldt County must not be on the state’s watch list and if we go on the state’s watch list, we must be off the list for 14 consecutive days prior to starting face-to-face instruction.
-All students above the second grade and all staff must wear face masks or face shields.
-All students in second grade and below are encouraged to wear face masks or face shields.
-All staff members must adhere to six feet of social distancing from others, including students.
-For students, priority is given to having a stable classroom of students rather than six feet of social distancing.

In-person learning should close when (Eureka City Schools Plan C)?

-A classroom cohort has a confirmed case (assumedly for 14 day quarantine period).
-Multiple classroom cohorts have cases or when more than 5% of a school tests positive.
-A District goes home if 25% of their schools are closed within a 14 day period.

**Note, schools should consult with a public health official first.

There will be much more information to come prior to school opening. This information is a good preliminary indicator of Eureka City School’s ability to open for face-to-face instruction. Given the current COVID statistics for Humboldt County, we will be able to open. Please keep in mind, this can change quickly, even after the school year begins. The Governor reminded us to wear a mask, physically distance, wash our hands, and minimize mixing.

As a community, this gives us the ability to work together to control the spread of COVID and allow our children to receive face-to-face instruction, the delivery model our children need. Please stay tuned and we will continue to provide updates on what school will look like this fall. Remember, the first day of school is August 24. The Governor’s guidance has provided some optimism we will be able to bring our children and teachers back, but it is up to our community to keep the spread of COVID low.

Finally, even if we are able to open for face-to-face instruction, we will continue to provide a distance learning platform for students who choose this model. If you are planning on keeping your student home regardless of whether or not we offer face-to-face instruction, please contact your school to make arrangements.

This message will be posted on the District Facebook page. Stay well and stay strong.

Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.
Superintendent
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Información importante para estudiantes/familias
07/17/2020
Saludos a todos,

Hoy, el gobernador Newsom celebró una conferencia de prensa que describió el plan de California sobre cómo se verá la educación este otoño a la luz de COVID-19. En su plan, presentó pautas sobre cuándo las escuelas pueden realizar el aprendizaje presencial y cuándo las escuelas deben recurrir al aprendizaje a distancia. El plan es una buena noticia para el Condado de Humboldt, ya que los datos nos han mantenido fuera de la lista de vigilancia del Estado. A continuación se muestra un breve resumen de la dirección del gobernador:

Para llevar a cabo el aprendizaje cara a cara (Eureka City Schools Plan B):

-El Condado de Humboldt no debe estar en la lista de vigilancia del estado y si vamos a la lista de vigilancia del estado, debemos estar fuera de la lista durante 14 días consecutivos antes de comenzar la instrucción cara a cara.
-Todos los estudiantes que están por encima del segundo grado y todo el personal debe usar máscaras o caretas.
-Se alienta a todos los estudiantes de segundo grado y menores a usar máscaras o caretas.
-Todos los miembros del personal deben cumplir con seis pies de distancia social de los demás, incluidos los estudiantes.
-Para los estudiantes, se da prioridad a tener un aula estable de estudiantes en lugar de seis pies de distanciamiento social.

El aprendizaje en persona debe cerrarse cuando (Eureka City Schools Plan C)?

-Una cohorte de aula tiene un caso confirmado (supuestamente por un período de cuarentena de 14 días).
-Varias cohortes de aula tienen casos o cuando más del 5% de una escuela da positivo.
-Un distrito se va a casa si el 25% de sus escuelas están cerradas dentro de un período de 14 días.

Habrá mucha más información antes de la apertura de la escuela. Esta información es un buen indicador preliminar de la capacidad de Eureka City School de abrir para la instrucción presencial. Dadas las estadísticas actuales de COVID para el Condado de Humboldt, podremos abrir. Tenga en cuenta que esto puede cambiar rápidamente, incluso después de que comience el año escolar. El Gobernador nos recordó usar una máscara, distanciarnos físicamente, lavarnos las manos y minimizar la mezcla.

Como comunidad, esto nos da la capacidad de trabajar juntos para controlar la propagación de COVID y permitir que nuestros hijos reciban instrucción cara a cara, el modelo de entrega que nuestros hijos necesitan. Estén atentos y continuaremos brindando actualizaciones sobre cómo se verá la escuela este otoño. Recuerde, el primer día de clases es el 24 de agosto. La orientación del gobernador ha proporcionado cierto optimismo de que podremos traer a nuestros niños y maestros de regreso, pero depende de nuestra comunidad mantener baja la propagación de COVID.

Finalmente, incluso si podemos abrir para la instrucción presencial, continuaremos brindando una plataforma de aprendizaje a distancia para los estudiantes que elijan este modelo. Si planea mantener a su estudiante en casa sin importar si ofrecemos o no instrucción en persona, comuníquese con su escuela para hacer los arreglos.

Este mensaje se publicará en la página de Facebook del Distrito y en nuestro sitio web. Mantente bien y mantente fuerte.

Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.
Superintendente
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School Schedule Change Notice
07/10/2020
Important Information for Students & Families:

On June 25th, the Board of Trustees moved the first day of school from Wednesday, August 19th, to Monday, August 24th. The first day of school was adjusted to allow for three Professional Development days to be moved from within the school year to the beginning of the school year. We did this to allow for planning and training of staff members to adjust to our learning plans for next year. (Staff development days scheduled on the previously adopted calendar throughout the 2020-21 school year will now be regular school days.)

As indicated in the District’s update on June 9th, Eureka City Schools is planning for three possible options for the upcoming school year: Plan A (traditional face-to-face instruction), Plan B (socially distanced learning between groups of students - T/Th, W/F, alternating Mondays) or Plan C (distance learning). Winzler Children’s Center will be talking with their families separately about their plans. Zoe Barnum High School will have an AM/PM schedule where students will attend school every day for ½ the day. We will have options available for your students if you choose to keep them home for distance learning.

Due to daily changes relating to Covid-19 in our State and community, we have yet to determine whether we will be on Plan A, B, or C. This determination will be made under the advice of the State and Humboldt County Department of Public Health. Once we have determined which plan we will be on, we will send out a communication to our families.

ECS School Calendars: https://www.eurekacityschools.org/calendar
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No toleraremos el racismo
06/12/2020
Estimados estudiantes, familias, personal y comunidad de las escuelas de la ciudad de Eureka,
Como presidente del distrito escolar más grande y con mayor diversidad étnica en el condado de Humboldt, me siento obligado a hablar en nombre de la junta de educación de las escuelas de la ciudad de Eureka y el distrito.
No toleraremos el racismo ni ningún otro prejuicio en nuestras escuelas, incluida la supremacía blanca o la lucha contra la negrura. Como comunidad educativa, debemos escucharlo, detenerlo y educar a nuestra próxima generación sobre por qué no es aceptable. Además, todos presenciamos otra injusticia perpetrada contra un ciudadano negro, no podemos evitar sentirnos conmovidos. Las protestas contra el asesinato de George Floyd y el asesinato policial de muchas otras personas desarmadas de BIPOC a lo largo del tiempo que han tenido lugar en todo el país nos moverán a cambiar. El número de jóvenes directamente involucrados en este movimiento es una luz brillante en esta oscuridad. Ser testigo de la juventud que habla apasionadamente contra la injusticia nos da la esperanza de que el verdadero cambio finalmente llegará.
Como distrito, nuestra prioridad es, y siempre será, los estudiantes a quienes se nos ha encomendado servir y educar. Apoyamos a nuestros estudiantes y estudiantes de todo el país en esta lucha contra la injusticia y la lucha por la verdadera equidad. Apoyamos a nuestros estudiantes que se expresan para hacer de nuestra comunidad y país un lugar mejor, Continuaremos apoyando este movimiento escuchando y promulgando mejores políticas y programas del Distrito para satisfacer las necesidades de todos los estudiantes.
Estamos ansiosos por dar la bienvenida a un nuevo miembro de la Junta de Estudiantes a la Junta de Escuelas de la Ciudad de Eureka, que fue nombrado en mayo para representar al estudiante del Distrito. También es la presidenta de la Unión de Estudiantes Negros de la Escuela Secundaria Eureka. Como Junta y Distrito, nuestro trabajo es escuchar y apoyar a nuestros estudiantes. Esperamos tener un estudiante en nuestra Junta que proporcione una voz directa a los estudiantes de nuestro distrito para nuestra comunidad de estudiantes BIPOC. Queremos que nuestros estudiantes se sientan seguros para hablar, abogar y hacer que se escuchen las voces para el cambio.
Alentamos a los miembros y estudiantes de nuestra comunidad a preguntar a los estudiantes, maestros y miembros de la comunidad de BIPOC cómo se ven afectados por el racismo en nuestras escuelas y comunidad. Sea proactivo interviniendo y deteniéndose.
En el futuro identificamos nuestros prejuicios y pondremos en práctica un mayor desarrollo profesional para nuestro personal para servir mejor a nuestros estudiantes y adoptar un plan de estudios, que es culturalmente sensible para la comunidad BIPOC. Nos ecaremos en reforzar nuestras prácticas de restauración y ser proactivos a través de prácticas y políticas para asegurarnos de que nuestros procedimientos disciplinarios sean equitativos y justonfos.
Nuestro compromiso como Junta y Distrito es hacer todo lo posible para detener la injusticia social que ocurre en nuestra comunidad y escuelas. Fomentamos la justicia social para promover la equidad y proporcionar una educación de calidad en nuestras escuelas donde todos los estudiantes se sientan bienvenidos y seguros.
Alentamos a los miembros de nuestra comunidad y a los estudiantes a dialogar y empatizar mientras escuchan y aprenden de las experiencias de las comunidades de BIPOC: pregunte cómo los estudiantes, los maestros y los miembros de la comunidad se ven afectados por el racismo en general. Recuérdese mutuamente que el racismo es intolerable y si ven racismo, sean proactivos interviniendo y deteniéndose.
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Equity Statement
06/12/2020
Dear Eureka City Schools Students, Families, Staff and Community,

As the President of the largest, most ethnically diverse school District in Humboldt County, I feel compelled to speak on behalf of the Eureka City Schools Board of Education and the District.

We will not tolerate racism or any other form of prejudices in our schools, including white supremacy or anti-Blackness. As an educational community, we need to listen for it, stop it, and educate our next generation as to why it is not acceptable. As we all witnessed yet another injustice perpetrated against a Black citizen, we cannot help but be moved to tears. The protests against the killing of George Floyd and police killing of many other unarmed BIPOC people over time that have taken place across the nation will move us to change. The number of young people directly involved in this movement is a shining light in this darkness. Witnessing youth speaking passionately against injustice gives us hope true change will finally come.

As a District, our priority is, and will always be, the students whom we are entrusted to serve and educate. We support our students and students across the nation in this fight against injustice and the fight for true equity. We support our students who are expressing themselves to make our community and county a better place. We will continue to support this movement by listening and enacting better District policies and programs to meet the needs of all students.

We are eager to welcome a new Student Board Member to the Eureka City Schools Board, who was appointed in May, to represent the students of the District. She is also the President of the Black Student Union at Eureka High School. As a Board and District, our job is to listen to, and support our students. We look forward to having a student sitting on our Board who will provide a direct voice to the leadership of our District for our BIPOC student community. We want our students to feel safe to speak up, advocate, and make voices for change heard.

We encourage our community members and students to ask BIPOC students, teachers and community members how they are affected by racism in our schools and community. If you see racism, be proactive by stepping in and stopping it.

Moving forward we will identify our implicit biases and put into action increased professional development for our staff to better serve our students and adopt curriculum, which is culturally sensitive for BIPOC community. We will focus on bolstering our Restorative Practices and being proactive through practices and policy to make sure our disciplinary procedures are equitable and fair. Our pledge as a Board and District is to do everything we can to stop the social injustice happening in our community and schools. We foster social justice to promote equity and provide a quality education in our schools where all students feel welcome and safe.

We encourage our community members and students to dialogue and empathize as they listen and learn from the experiences of BIPOC communities-ask how students, teachers, and community members are affected by racism at large. Remind one another that racism is intolerable and if you see racism, be proactive by stepping in and stopping it.
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Learning Schedule for 2020-2021 School Year
06/09/2020
This is Fred Van Vleck with an important message regarding school next fall. The California Department of Education just released their guidelines for socially distanced learning and in accordance, we are developing our plans as an A, B or C option. Plan A is traditional face-to-face instruction like we did before COVID, and Plan C is distance learning, like we are doing now. Plan B, which is socially distance learning, is the plan we are likely to be on next fall. With the exception of Winzler Children’s Center and Zoe Barnum High School, our Plan B will include the following: Schools will be divided into two groups and will attend school on different days. Group 1 will attend school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Group 2 will attend school on Wednesdays and Fridays. Mondays will be alternated between Group 1 and Group 2. As such, students will have either 2 or 3 days of face-to-face instruction each week with distance learning on the other days.
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After School Program Survey
06/04/2020
Eureka City Schools is interested in receiving your feedback regarding your child’s experiences in the ASES program during this school year. This feedback will help us plan for continued success in the program next year. An online survey may be found at the Eureka City Schools website (eurekacityschools.org).
To access the survey click on the drop down menu “For Parents” and select “After School Program.” Please ensure you select the survey that corresponds to your child’s school. We ask that you complete the survey by Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

We are looking forward to the opportunity to serve your children again in the Fall.
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Parking at EHS
01/09/2020
Following approval by the City Council on November 19th, 2019, Public Works and the Eureka Police Department are implementing a no-fee Residential Permit Parking zone in the Eureka High School (EHS) area. Poles and signs have installed in zones where residential parking permits will be enforced. Enforcement of the permit zones will begin in January when the new semester begins for Eureka High School. Warnings will start happening now. Enforcement hours for the permit zones will be from 8am to 5pm except for weekends and when EHS is not in session.
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Albee Stadium Press Release
12/03/2019
Following assessments by an independent structural engineer that Eureka High School’s Albee Stadium poses a significant health and safety hazard with potentially fatal implications, Eureka City Schools has placed an Emergency Measure on the March ballot to address urgent needs.
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