Letter from Superintendent 12-21-21

Letter from Superintendent 12-21-21
Posted on 12/21/2021
Letter from Superintendent 12-21-21

Dear Redding Families,

The winter season is upon us and the sounds of holiday cheer float in the air. Wishing you a wonderful time with family and friends during the upcoming break and a safe time as you celebrate the joy of the season with your family.

The Redding School District continues its commitment to in-person instruction across our schools. I would like to express gratitude to all of our families and students throughout our district for your unyielding support as we work hard to put students at the center of our decisions.

Reading Support over Break:

  1. Reminder about the Free myON Digital Library Access. A personalized digital library at every student’s fingertips. The State of California has arranged for free access to thousands of digital books and daily news articles on the myOn Renaissance network. Your children and families will have free 24-hour online access to books in English and Spanish over break and beyond. This access begins December 1, 2021, and continues until January 31, 2022.

    1. Go to https://www.myon.com/index.html and click on “myON login”

    2. Sign in using the single statewide shared account credentials

      1. School Name: Gift of Literacy

      2. Username: myon

      3. Password: read

    3. The following link will take you to a helper page for getting on the site.

    d. https://www.renaissance.com/california-myon-gift-of.../

  2. I would also encourage you to utilize your child’s local Shasta County Public Library Card and find books online for free. https://www.shastalibraries.org/digital-library/.

  3. You can also use the Little Free Books libraries all over the county.

    https://first5shasta.org/lflibraries

  4. Your child also has access to Brainfuse online tutoring and writing support. It is embedded within the Clever portal but can be accessed here as well. https://www.brainfuse.com/highed2/home.asp?a_id=57c871a8&ss=&r=

COVID-19 Information:

Many questions continue in regards to the Governor’s October 1, 2021 announcement that the COVID-19 vaccine will be mandatory for students in the future. This is not yet true. There are some key pieces of information that need to be clarified about his announcement.

● There currently is no mandate for full student vaccinations. If this mandate moves forward then it may apply in July of 2022 or January of 2023 for students twelve and older. Right now, we have no vaccination mandate.

  • ●  Personal belief exemptions and medical exemptions, as stated in his announcement, will be available and the Redding School District has no intentions of removing those as options for our families.

  • ●  Shasta County Public Health offers a FAQ page here:

    https://www.co.shasta.ca.us/ready/covid-19/vaccinations/vaccine-frequently-asked-quest ions

    The Redding School District is committed to serving our students and doing everything possible to support their learning. As you may be aware, on August 11, 2021 a public health order mandated all school employees, volunteers, and service contractors to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing or show vaccination status. We are working with our labor partners and all members of our community to comply with this mandate. We’ve been successful in our efforts of offering all modifications and choices to our employees to make sure they are able to focus on the education of your children. We will do our best to continue to innovate and maintain a high quality educational program for all students.

    District staff will continue to participate in state-wide discussions in regards to the topics listed above. A letter signed by me was sent to our state leaders stating some of the concerns that we have heard at our board meetings and in emails. I also continue to express those concerns with regular emails to those same officials. The Redding School District Board continues to support the personal and medical exemptions as an option for our families.

    The Redding School District appreciates all the communication of support it has received over the past months and year. Continuing to do our best to inform you of changing circumstances is a top priority. We also recognize that closures are hardships for many families. Know that we are committed to keeping the continuity of service for our students and making sure that our published school calendar is kept intact. Barring a weather emergency, our schools will be open every day as promised in the published calendar.

    Finally, as we make our way through our holiday break and enter into a new year, I wish for you to be encouraged by the successes of students within all of our programs. See you all again on January 11, 2022 when students return.

    Robert Adams Superintendent Redding School District

 

Sups Message December 21, 2021.pdf

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