MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT APRIL 1, 2020
MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT MAY 21, 2020
This message is from Dave Olney, Superintendent of the Hesperia Unified School District.
As every year winds down, I typically reflect on how the year has gone. I don’t think I ever could have predicted a year quite like this. That said, I am very proud of our teachers, our students, our families, and all of our support staff that have made the best of a difficult situation. Our district, who has for years has been striving to stay current with technology and developing critical thinking skills in our students, I believe was far better prepared for this crisis than most. Thank you for all of your support during this time.
It was my hope, and that of our school board, that we would have restrictions lifted in time to honor the Class of 2020 in grand fashion and in person. Unfortunately, those restrictions have not been lifted. To recognize our graduates, each high school will be having both a virtual graduation and a drive-through diploma ceremony. The virtual graduation will include our principals’ address, student speeches, and even a few special guests; and each of our graduates will be honored. I’d like to personally invite all of you to the virtual graduations that can be accessed through links we will provide on our website, the schools’ websites, and social media. Oak Hills High School’s virtual graduation will premier on May 26 at 6:00pm, Sultana High School’s virtual graduation will premier on May 27 at 6:00pm, Hesperia High School’s virtual graduation will premier on May 28 at 6:00pm. Our smaller high schools will premier their virtual graduations on May 29 with Shadow Ridge at 4:00pm, Mojave High School at 5:00pm, and Canyon Ridge at 6:00pm. I hope you are able to join us in recognizing the Class of 2020.
I know there are many questions about our plans for the future. First, summer school for middle and high school students will continue in the distance learning format we are currently in. Elementary summer programs will also be held through distance learning. Please contact your child’s school or website for more information.
For the 2020-2021 school year, we have three teams currently working on a variety of plans. My hope is that we are able to fully reopen our schools in August. If that is the case, we have a team working on safety and cleanliness protocols to ensure students and staff remain as safe as possible. We are looking to invest in safeguards that are researched to work with the Coronavirus. Our other teams are planning for other scenarios that could occur, including improving distance learning should we be forced to return to that process. We are using public health and Centers for Disease Control guidelines, and are keeping up to date with all of the latest developments. The good news is that the high desert has not experienced COVID-19 to the same extent as our neighbors down the hill. Regardless, while I do hope to have our schools fully open on August 6th, we will take every precaution for our young people, our staff, and our community.
Once again, thank you for all of your support not just over the past couple of months, but all year long. I wish you all a wonderful and safe summer. We will continue to keep you updated on our district’s plans moving forward.
During the initial closure, we have provided supplemental resources that you can use with your children. Distance learning began on April 6. You can read our plan for distance learning here: https://5il.co/e08q
San Bernardino County Public Health Department: http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
What if my child does not have a Chromebook, a textbook, or other materials he or she needs?
All secondary students should already have their Chromebooks. If your 1st - 6th grade student did not pick up their Chromebook, please visit the Chromebook Support website to email your site to make pickup arrangements.
I need help with my Chromebook. What do I do?
Visit our Chromebook Support website for direction.
Will Graduation, Prom and/or other extracurricular events still happen?
A virtual graduation for each site will be produced. The video will include a message from the principal, student speeches, all names being called, and pictures of every graduate, along with other elements. Release dates are as follows:
Oak Hills: May 26 - 6pm
Sultana: May 27 - 6pm
Hesperia High: May 28 - 6pm
Canyon Ridge: May 29 - 6pm
Mojave: May 29 - 5pm
Shadow Ridge: May 29 - 4pm
In addition to the virtual graduation, the high schools are planning Diploma Ceremonies. The events will be held in a drive-thru format, with students being assigned a designated time slot by alpha. The graduate will exit the vehicle, a counselor or administrator will read the graduate’s name, the graduate will walk across the stage and the principal will hand him or her a diploma. The graduate will also receive a keepsake graduation program that will include the names of the speakers for the virtual format, as well as all graduates’ names and their accolades, and information on accessing the video.
All of the comprehensive sites are conducting the drive-thru Diploma Ceremony on June 2nd and 3rd. The alternative sites are conducting their Diploma Ceremony as follows: Shadow Ridge School on May 21, Mojave High School on May 27, and Canyon Ridge High School on May 28.
Will my child get a refund for any prepaid activities like Prom?
Once schools re-open and we know what events were not able to take place, site ASBs will work to refund those monies to parents and students.
Pre-K Registration for next year
To receive an application, please see our Enrollment Page for the information you need to submit via email before an application will be mailed to you.
General Registration Questions
Enrollment and registration for new TK through 12th grade students will take place online with your child’s school. See our Enrollment Page for more information.
How long are we going to be closed?
In coordination with Governor Gavin Newsom, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Office, and other San Bernardino County school districts, the Hesperia Unified School District will keep our schools closed through the end of the school year (May 28).
What should I do if I am not receiving notifications from the District?
Please email your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your student's name as well.
What if I need transcripts?
Transcripts are available by requesting online via Parchment. They are being processed. There is no fee for current students. Previous students will pay $3.75 per transcript.
For proof of GED, go to this website to make a request.
What do I do if I think I may have COVID-19?
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I need a student work permit. What do I do?
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Support for Parents and Students
The California Parent and Youth Helpline provides support and resource referrals to parent and youth during the current COVID-19 pandemic, 7-days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Call or text 1-855-4APARENT (855-427-2736) for services in English, Spanish and other languages. For more information, please visit: https://caparentyouthhelpline.