April 16 2021


April 16, 2021 

Dear EGUSD Students, Families and Staff,

Yesterday, the Superintendent sent out a progress update with many important dates related to finishing our current year and graduations, summer learning dates and that we are starting to plan for a full return to in-person instruction for the new year. If you missed that communication, you can find a copy here. This update looks at a school with a high percentage of students now in the 4-day in-person learning model, we also have a school news story about helping to motivate and inspire students, some reminders and enrollment data.

Shout Out to Robert J. McGarvey Elementary School!

One school with 62.3% of its students now enrolled in 4-day in-person learning is Robert J. McGarvey Elementary School. EGUNEWS visited the school this morning to see one class where all students have returned to school for 4-day in-person instruction. During the EGUNEWS broadcast, viewers will have an opportunity to see how McGarvey Elementary has carefully planned out a safe return for its students and ensuring that students understand the importance of wearing face masks, keeping to their bubbles and maintaining healthy hand hygiene–all with gentle but firm reminders, too. 

Chalk drawings around the school, courtesy of their parent organization, further help students with creative ways to mind all of the safety protocols and make everyone feel welcome and missed. A big shout out goes to the Griffins for inviting EGUNEWS in to see some classes in action as well. In order, the classes we peeked in on that you will see in our broadcast were Mrs. Dees’ 6th grade, Mrs. Overholtzer’s 5th grade, Mrs. Huynh’s 6th grade, Mrs. Catlett’s 2nd grade and then Mrs. Bhopla’s 2nd grade. Everyone was welcoming and focused on learning. Thank you and thank you Mr. Jones for giving us the tour.

Thank You For the Art Samuel Jackman Middle School

EGUNEWS also visited the River Hawks at Samuel Jackman Middle School to follow-up on the mural project to motivate and inspire students. You can check out the KCRA news coverage on the story here. Thank you to Ms. Vance and Ms. Fuller for the creativity and for warming our hearts through art. 

We Need to Hear From More Parents on the ‘21-22 Learning Model Preference Survey 

Thank you very much to the parents who accounted for 8,515 students in our 2021-2022 Learning Model Preference selection process in ParentVUE. We want to hear from more of you and have reopened the selections. If you have not already done this please do so. The information is important and necessary for us to accurately plan for next year. Here are instructions and you can also contact your school’s front office for assistance with ParentVUE or making your selection. 

‘21-22 Learning Model Preference Survey (ParentVue) – Still Open! 

      • Parents, please go into your ParentVue account to express your learning model preference for your children for the ‘21-22 school year. 
      • Overview of the Learning Model Preference Survey for 2021-2022 School Year
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      • Instructions for updating the 2021-2022 Learning Model Survey Preference in ParentVUE
        English | Spanish | Hmong | Vietnamese

Elk Grove Unified is Recruiting and Hiring

Custodial Substitutes
If you thrive in a fast-paced environment, taking pride in your work, are comfortable with change and quickly adapt to different work scenarios with a positive attitude while contributing to a safe and healthy environment, then the EGUSD Maintenance & Operations Custodial Services division wants you. Elk Grove Unified School District is seeking custodial substitutes immediately and is seeking hard working, motivated and energetic individuals to work for one of the largest school districts in California where there are many opportunities to advance and qualify for benefits. If you or someone you know is searching for full-time employment with full benefits including health insurance (medical, dental, vision), a retirement program, paid time off (sick, holiday, vacation) and more, apply today and get started as a Custodial Substitute. 

School Bus Drivers
Elk Grove Unified is looking to train and hire school bus drivers in time to support our 2021-2022 school year. There is a National School Bus Driver shortage and we are looking for people who want a meaningful career supporting and caring for students. If you are interested in a career as a professional school bus driver, please visit our website and submit an application. Please make certain you include an email address in your application and qualified applicants will receive an email invitation to an upcoming new school bus driver orientation. Orientation and driver classroom training sessions will be conducted through Google Meet. Once you complete the classroom session, you will be offered behind the wheel training. Please apply and join our team if interested!

Enrollment Data from April 17, 2021

Distance Learning (DL) and Total In-Person (IP)

Students DL Total DL% IPL Total IPL%
EGUSD 64,368 42,227 65.6% 22,140 34.4%
ELEM 33,436 18,763 56.1% 14,673 43.9%
MIDDLE 10,036 7,068 70.4% 2,968 29.6%
HIGH 19,987 15,607 78.1% 4,380 21.9%
OTHER 909 789 86.8% 119 13.1%

DL and In-Person Learning Separated for 2-Day in-Person (2D) and 4-Day In-Person (4D)

DL Total DL% 2D Total 2D% 4D 4D%
EGUSD 42,227 65.6% 6,340 9.8% 15,800 24.5%
ELEM 18,763 56.1% 2,885 8.6% 11,788 35.3%
MIDDLE 7,068 70.4% 1,145 11.4% 1,823 18.2%
HIGH 15,607 78.1% 2,271 11.4% 2,109 10.6%
OTHER 789 86.8% 39 4.3% 80 8.8%

Elk Grove Unified School District continues to be focused on providing the high quality educational and social emotional programming that our students need. Of the three learning models we are offering, families selected the one that best meets the needs of their children. The earlier noted data charts compared to the same data gathered at the end of March indicate a slight total increase for in-person learning and revealed significant growth in the 4-day in-person learning model by 14,980 students. Similarly, there has been a gradual increase in the number of schools with larger percentages of students enrolled in 4-day in-person learning specifically at the elementary school level. Here is a brief overview:

  • 11 elementary schools with 41.8% to 66.1% of students in 4-day in-person learning
  • 20 elementary schools with 30.7% to 39.2% of students in 4-day in-person learning
  • 11 elementary schools with 22.5% to 29.8% of students in 4-day in-person learning

In our middle schools, the percentage of students engaged with total in-person learning ranges from 24.9% to 36.6% and at the high school level, total in-person learning is between 14.7% and 30.0%. All families will continue to have the opportunity to change their selection for any of their students. 

Collectively, we have experienced both a local and global public health crisis and many indicators seem to signal that in our area we are headed toward recovery. The stories in today’s episode illustrate how our schools, students and teachers are continuing to maintain safe learning environments and are working to bring a sense of normalcy back for everyone. In upcoming EGUNEWS episodes, we want to look ahead at healing strategies for families, trauma-informed learning practices and how we can help our students and families start a new school year with healthy minds, healthy bodies and healthy learning.

Thank you and stay safe and stay healthy,
EGUSD Leadership



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