July 30 2021

July 30, 2021

Dear Elk Grove Unified Students, Parents and Families,

On August 12th, all Elk Grove Unified schools will be open for full-time, in-person instruction. In preparation, we revised our COVID-19 Safety Plan and we welcome your feedback on it. Our promise for maintaining safe and positive learning environments also means that all students have a right to attend school free of bullying, intimidation and discrimination and we want our students who identify as Black and African American to know that every school has people they can rely on to create a safe space. We bring awareness to this because during the summer, we learned about an employee who had placed a Confederate flag in a district van. This behavior was unacceptable and that employee no longer works for Elk Grove Unified. We also took appropriate action with employees who did not stand up to report this intolerable behavior. We want everyone—students and staff—to make good choices and make our schools safe learning environments and remind everyone that if you see something, say something.

How can you help us all stay safe?

Participate in any one of the following vaccination clinics:

Protect others by wearing a mask when visiting our schools and if sick, stay home: 

July 29th: Sacramento County Order of the Health Officer
July 12th: CDPH Guidelines for K-12 Schools

Stay informed on matters related to public health:

Report concerns using our online incident reporting tool: Our online Incident Reporting System offers students, parents and community members a web accessible method to report incidents of bullying, discrimination and/or harassment, harm to school and/or property or harm to self. This system is monitored regularly and can be accessed from anywhere online through a unique link located on every school’s website. For emergencies and/or urgent situations requiring immediate help, people will still be encouraged to call 911 or contact EGUSD’s Safety and Security office at (916) 686-7786. For information about the online reporting tool, click here.

How can you help us allocate resources?

Understand our resources and where we can use them:  Your feedback has been invaluable throughout the pandemic and has been used to guide planning and decision making. Now, we have received $191 million in federal resources categorized under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief fund (ESSER III). In order to access these funds, we will need to address students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs, as well as any opportunity gaps that existed before, and were worsened by, the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are to be used to support continuous and safe in-person learning, and to address lost instructional time. These funds will expire on June 30, 2024. Give us your feedback and complete our survey: The survey opens on Friday July 30, 2021 and closes on Tuesday August 17, 2021: Here’s the link.

Share our Request for Proposals (RFP) process with others: We are requesting proposals from interested parties with expertise and confirmed results in supporting the academic and social emotional needs of K-12 students who identify as Black/African American. It’s required that all organizations planning to submit a completed RFP attend an informational meeting scheduled for Monday, August 2, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. 

Make sure organizations you know of learn about the RFP and deadline: Please visit this page for RFP details and to download the EGUSD Request for Proposal: “Targeted Programs for Students Who Identify as Black/African American”. The deadline to submit a completed RFP is by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 13, 2021. 

How can you help your high school student with their grades?

Read our letter regarding Pass or No Pass grade options: Recent legislation provides that high school students may request to change a letter grade to a Pass or No Pass* grade for a course taken during the 2020-2021 school year. For more information, please read this letter and here is the link to the form needed to request a grade change.

How can you help us hire an awesomely caring diverse staff? 

Tell others about our newly open positions: 

Look at all of our open positions – we still have many open technology positions: EDJOIN

How can you engage with our Board of Education?

Participate in our Board Meetings and submit public comments: The next Board Meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 10th. We’ve revised our method for public comment per the changing conditions of the pandemic and revised safety protocols. 

Take time to listen to our past Board Meetings: Here’s the YouTube link to the July 20th Board Meeting where the Board voted in favor of Option C for public comment moving forward.

Thank you and stay safe and stay healthy,

EGUSD Leadership

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