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Feb 10 - Return to Learn Community Message

Hello JLS Families,   

This has been another busy week!  With many things happening, I hope you find this weekly communication helpful!  This message contains information about: 

  • Principal Coffee/Chat - Opening 6th Grade, and 7th & 8th Grades
  • Santa Clara County Vaccination Information
  • A Message from MS Literature Review and Stamped Review Committee
  • JLS Online Newspaper - PAW Prints Issue II
  • (School Connect) Family Resource - Analyzing Stress Management Strategies

JLS Principal Coffee/Chat: As you know, our plans for opening 6th Grade Hybrid and 6th Grade Full Distance Learning classrooms are underway.  Approximately 150 parents tuned in this morning to learn about the 6th Grade plans.  58% of our 6th Graders chose Hybrid and 42% chose Distance Learning, so we are now in the process of sorting our rosters and preparing our teams to open the week of March 1.  In this morning’s presentation, I also explained we are working to plan and prepare for the 7th and 8th grade return as was announced at the PAUSD School Board meeting last night. We are currently planning to have 7th and 8th graders have the opportunity to return to campus starting in March, as conditions allow.  If you did not watch last night’s Board meeting, please visit Midpen Media to view a recording.  If it is not posted yet, it will be posted shortly.  

Our next Principal Coffee/Chat is scheduled for February 17 at 8:30-9:20 AM, and we intend to share more updates about opening schools.  The following week, we have plans to present the IAB Literacy Assessment, and how we support students learning to read as well as reading to learn.

CA Department of Public Health - Santa Clara County Vaccination Information:

Many of us are looking for information regarding COVID-19 vaccines. Below is information that can be found on the county health department website, as well as a link for you to access should you like to learn more.  The Phases listed on the webpage:  Phase 1A (Tier 1 & 2), Phase 1B (Tier 1, 2, and 3), Phase 1C, and Phase 2.  Graphs below that can be found on – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Educators are located in Phase 1B (Tier 1) below graph.  Please note, Santa Clara County is currently in Phase 1A with some availability for Phase 1B (which is dependent on supply). 

  1. Who is Currently Eligible to be Vaccinated?
    • All healthcare personnel in Phase 1A are currently eligible to be vaccinated. In addition, some health systems in the County are now allowing Santa Clara County residents who are age 75 or older to receive their vaccine.
    • Eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine is determined by state and federal criteria. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced that all individuals in Phase 1A are eligible to be vaccinated, and that healthcare providers may begin offering doses to additional groups in Phase 1B Tier 1 after appropriate efforts have been made to reach higher priority groups and when demand from people in Phase 1A has slowed down.
    • Individuals who are eligible to be vaccinated, should contact their healthcare provider for more information or to make an appointment:
  1. Who Will be Eligible to Receive the Vaccine Next?
    • The federal and state government have established phases for when different populations are eligible to receive vaccines. Currently, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has instructed all counties in California to vaccinate persons in “Phase 1A” which includes healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities (e.g., nursing homes). In addition, CDPH has now provided guidance that healthcare providers may begin offering vaccine doses to some Phase 1B Tier 1 populations if appropriate efforts have been made to reach higher priority groups and vaccine demand has slowed down in the currently eligible phases. CDPH is in the process of developing further direction for healthcare providers and counties related to the groups included in Phase 1B and 1C.

Phase 1B (Tier 1 & 2) – Educators are included in Tier 1:

Table Phase 1B

A Message from PAUSD’s Middle School Literature Committee and the Stamped Review Committee: As you may know, two Instructional Materials Advisory Committees have been hard at work this school year, reading and vetting new texts for possible inclusion in the middle school curriculum.  The MS Literature Committee has reviewed a large quantity of young adult books and has arrived at The Hero Next Door and Flying Lessons & Other Stories as possible contenders for core literature in sixth and seventh grade Language Arts.  The Stamped Review Committee has reviewed Stamped:  Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi as a possible supplemental text for eighth-grade Social Studies.

In the past, we have displayed these books at the District Office and at each middle school so that interested community members are able to take a look and provide feedback.  Due to safety concerns this year, we are instead offering you the chance to provide electronic feedback on the books via this Google form.  The form closes on March 31, 2021.  Thank you for your feedback and involvement! 

Consideration for Core Lit, Grade 6

The Hero Next Door 
edited by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Consideration for Core Lit, Grade 7

Flying Lessons & Other Stories 
edited by Ellen Oh

Consideration for Supplemental, Grade 8

Stamped:  Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

If your child is in a piloting class, he or she should have received a copy of one of these texts.  We welcome you reading the book along with your child and engaging in conversations at home.  As the parent or guardian of a piloting student, you will also have an opportunity to complete an optional survey once the pilot is completed.  Thank you again for your support!

Thank you for reading all the way to the bottom of this weekly message.  I wanted to close with some happy, JLS-specific news.  First, our JLS Student Newspaper is created by the PAW Prints Club, led by Ms. Valero.  Please take a moment to read through our second online issue: PAW Prints Issue II.  Second, today’s School Connect Lesson in Advisory classes was titled “Analyzing Stress Management Strategies” - appropriate for the current times!  Please see the attached pdf for family-oriented discussion questions.  

Stay safe and healthy,  

Chris Grierson, JLS Principal (


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