Santa Cruz County Public Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel held a press conference earlier today in which she indicated that Santa Cruz County currently meets the criteria to be on California’s COVID-19 watch list. In order to comply with the state mandate prohibiting schools – including public, charter, and private – in listed counties to open for on-site learning, MVC will begin the 2020-2021 school year providing remote learning for all students according to our Level 4 Operating Modality.
All of us at MVC share your disappointment that a return to in-person learning in our county is prohibited at this time. Believe me, there is nothing we want to see around here more than our incredible students!
Be encouraged that we have been hard at work since before last school year ended to make sure we have the tools, training, and planning in place to successfully facilitate remote learning in a whole new way this fall.
MVC’s Reopening Plan has more details about that, as well as the preparations we continue to undertake here on campus to ensure that as soon as in-person learning is deemed safe once again, MVC will be ready to Open for Good.
We welcome your questions about these plans and invite you to join me and other MVC leaders for a MVC Families Q&A Session via Zoom this coming Monday, July 27 at 7:00 pm. We will take questions via the chat feature during that time and also invite you to submit questions in advance to Gretchen Cortes.
Be on the lookout for some exciting updates about the start of the school year in light of the move to remote learning. Our faculty and staff are committed to staying connected with you through it all, which will involve unique opportunities for students and parents to enjoy over the next few weeks.
These developments are certainly not what we had hoped for, but they are among the scenarios for which we prepared. In light of those plans and the continued grace of God – for 94 years and counting – I am confident that we will continue to learn together in new and innovative ways throughout this coming school year!
With hopeful anticipation of all that lies ahead,
Mitchell Salerno, Ed.D.
Head of School