Coronavirus Updates

March 27, 2020 11am

 

Good morning PGUSD Families,

 

BOARD MEETING UPDATE

 

The next Board meeting will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2020.

 

The Board packet and agenda are available here: https://agendas.pgusd.org/

 

Closed session: 5:30 p.m.

 

Open session: 6:30 p.m.

 

****GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER N-25-20****

 

**RE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19**

 

THIS MEETING WILL BE CONDUCTED PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER WHICH SUSPENDS CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS OF THE RALPH M. BROWN ACT.

 

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY PARTICIPATE REMOTELY AT THE APRIL 2, 2020 MEETING VIA LIVESTREAM. THE LINK(S) WILL BE PROVIDED 24 HOURS PRIOR TO THE MEETING.  PUBLIC COMMENT ON ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA WILL BE TAKEN VIA LIVESTREAM AT THE TIME INDICATED ON THE AGENDA. PUBLIC COMMENT ON SPECIFIC ITEMS ON THE AGENDA WILL BE TAKEN DURING THE TIME THAT ITEM IS DISCUSSED. 

 

A MESSAGE FROM HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR BILLIE MANKEY

 

I want to tell all of our employees how extremely proud I am of you and the work you are doing. Each of you has jumped in to this new way of supporting our students and families, their learning and their health without complaint and with a "can do, whatever it takes" attitude. You haven't missed a beat and I know it isn't easy. I am honored to work with each of you and be a part of our PGUSD family. 

 

Till this afternoon, stay well.

 

Ralph G. Porras 

 

 

 

RESOURCES/ADDITIONAL INFO

 

Food Bank of Monterey County

 

St. Mary’s CSC Food Pantry is open for business. We are cutting back hours beginning Monday but we will continue to offer pre-packed food bags Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 1-2pm. 

 

The bags are pre-packed and we also get fresh produce. We ask for very little information. Just name, number of people in the household, how many children, how many over 62 in the household, and if they are housed. There are no income requirements or questions asked. 

 

The Food Bank of Monterey County is running low on food and they are our supplier so we are making things stretch until they are re-supplied. Some weeks the bags have more than others, but we are making it happen. 

 

We do not want anyone to be hungry. If someone is in need, please send them to St. Mary’s or one of the other food pantries. The other area Food Pantries that are currently staying open are St. Angela’s in PG on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 to 2:30. San Carlos on Sunday’s from 1-3. Shoreline on Tuesday and Thursdays from 12:30-2:30. Each of these works a little differently with different offerings. 

 

City of Pacific Grove 

 

The County’s shelter in place order has required businesses that do not serve essential functions to close. Restaurants have been ordered to cease dine-in operations and move solely to providing food via take out or delivery. The following link is a list of restaurants in Pacific Grove currently open for business during this time, provided by our Chamber of Commerce. https://www.pacificgrove.org/restaurants/open-restaurants

March 26, 2020 2pm

 

Dear PGUSD Families,

 

The Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE), most of the school districts, and charter schools, in concurrence with the Monterey County Health Department, announce they do not anticipate schools returning earlier than Monday, May 4, 2020.This includes Pacific Grove Unified School District.  If the State and Monterey County Health Officer Stay at Home/Shelter in Place Orders are lifted sooner than May 4, 2020 and schools are deemed safe and ready for student return, communities will be notified by their school at least one week prior to the reopening date. A letter signed by the county superintendent and school leaders is below, and attached, and available on our website at www.pgusd.org 

 

We will continue providing distance learning opportunities through this period of time, as well as the other services for all our families to the extent possible.

 

These are ever-changing times and we thank you for your flexibility, patience and support and we ourselves continue to grow and learn.

 

Most Sincerely,

 

Ralph G Porras

 

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Monterey County School Communities,

 

On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the Monterey County Health Department reported 24 positive COVID-19 cases and one death in Monterey County. On Tuesday, March 24, California Governor Gavin Newsom shared in an online press conference that a teenager in Lancaster, California had died of coronavirus.

 

With more and more confirmed cases in our County, our state and our nation, now more than ever, we need to heed the Stay at Home/Shelter in Place Orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

It is with this intent that the Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE), most of the school districts, and charter schools, in concurrence with the Monterey County Health Department, announce we do not anticipate schools returning earlier than Monday, May 4, 2020. If the State and Monterey County Health Officer Stay at Home/Shelter in Place Orders are lifted sooner than May 4, 2020, you will be notified by your school district at least one week prior to the reopening date. Schools will not reopen until state and local officials have determined it is safe to do so.

 

School leaders recognize that potentially schools may need to stay closed for the remainder of the academic year and will provide regular updates as the situation evolves. Extending a school closure is a local decision that will be made by each individual school district.

 

In the interest of public safety and the health of every resident, we are asking families to help reduce the spread of the virus by doing the following:

 

• Heed the strict Stay at Home/Shelter in Place Orders by staying home except to obtain or provide essential services. The Monterey County Health Department Health Officer’s full Order can be read at https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/home/showdocument?id=87957 . (Please note, in light of the Governor’s announcement of a state-wide Stay Home Order with no end date, Monterey County Health Officer Dr. Edward Moreno reissued his Shelter in Place Order that went into effect on Wednesday, March 18th. The only change made to the order was to remove the end date of April 7th to align with the state’s direction. Both the state and local orders are open-ended with no end date.)

 

• Do not allow students to socialize in person with friends. This includes congregating for sports, games, or any other outings. Students, and all residents, must stay in their homes unless traveling for an essential function.

 

• Help students find new ways to connect with friends using age-appropriate apps, phones, videos, etc. See below for some technology ideas to connect us all.

 

• Remember, the less time we all spend in public, the more lives we will save.

 

During this time, our school leaders and their staff, students and families are doing all they can to ensure that learning continues and that vital nutrition and meal services are provided. Our educators are working hard to provide instructional resources for distance learning opportunities for every student they serve. To find where and when your school is distributing meals for students 18 and younger, please visit our Nutrition Services summary page at 

 

https://www.montereycoe.org/resources/alerts/coronavirus/nutrition/

 

If any family is in need of food, shelter, or any other resources during this difficult time, please visit your district’s website, dial “2-1-1” or visit United Way’s comprehensive 211 webpage at

 

https://www.unitedwaymcca.org/211. For essential employees that need to work and need child care, please reach out to the Monterey County Child Care Resource and Referral on (831) 757-0775 or use the online referral at https://montereycountychildcare.org/ for available child care in your area.

 

While we recognize this extension of school facility closures poses challenges and hardship to many families in Monterey County, the most effective way to slow and disrupt the transmission of this pandemic is by continuing to implement social distancing practices. We are grateful to community members throughout Monterey County for their tremendous prevention efforts during this unique and difficult time.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Dr. Deneen Guss, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools

 

Jim Koenig, Alisal Union School District

 

Jonathan Sison, Big Sur Unified School District

 

Ian Trejo, Bradley Union School District

 

Dr. Barbara Dill-Varga, Carmel Unified School District

 

Roberto Rios, Chualar Union School District

 

Yvette Irving, Gonzales Unified School District

 

Rosemarie Grounds, Graves School District

 

Zandra Jo Galvan, Greenfield Union School District

 

Daniel Stonebloom, Lagunita School District

 

Dr. Jinane Annous, Mission Union School District

 

Dr. PK Diffenbaugh, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District

 

Kari Yeater, North Monterey County Unified School District

 

Dr. Ralph Gómez Porras, Pacific Grove Unified School District

 

Martha L. Martinez, Salinas City Elementary School District

 

Dan Burns, Salinas Union High School District

 

Josh Van Norman, San Antonio Union School District

 

Dr. Catherine Reimer, San Ardo Union School District

 

Jessica Riley, San Lucas Union School District

 

Tim Ryan, Santa Rita Union School District

 

Tim Vanoli, Soledad Unified School District

 

Dr. Brian Walker, South Monterey County Joint Union High School District

 

Eric Tarallo, Spreckels Union School District

 

Gina Uccelli, Washington Union School District

 

Karina Barger, Bay View Academy

 

Aimee Alling, Big Sur Charter School

 

Sean Madden, International School of Monterey

 

Kenneth Lawrence-Emanuel, Learning for Life Charter School

 

Cassandra Bridge, Monterey Bay Charter School

 

Justin McCollum, Monterey County Home County Charter School

 

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Comunidades Escolares del Condado de Monterey,

 

El jueves, 26 de marzo de 2020, el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Monterey reportó 24 casos positivos de COVID-19, y una muerte en el Condado de Monterey. El martes, 24 de marzo, el Gobernador de California Gavin Newsom compartió en una conferencia de prensa en línea que un adolescente en Lancaster, California, había muerto de coronavirus.

 

 

 

Con más y más casos confirmados en nuestro condado, nuestro estado y nuestra nación, ahora más que nunca, debemos prestar atención a las órdenes de permanecer en casa/refugio en el lugar para evitar la propagación de COVID-19.

 

 

 

Es con esta intención que la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Monterey (MCOE), y la mayoría de los distritos escolares y escuelas autónomas, en concurrencia con el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Monterey, anuncian que no anticipamos el regreso de las escuelas antes del lunes, 4 de mayo de 2020. Si el Gobernador o el Funcionario de de Salud del Condado de Monterey levantan las órdenes de permanecer en casa/refugio en el lugar antes del 4 de mayo de 2020, su distrito escolar le notificará al menos una semana antes de la fecha de reapertura. Las escuelas no pueden volver a abrir hasta que los funcionarios estatales y locales hayan determinado que es seguro hacerlo.

 

 

 

Los líderes escolares reconocen que posiblemente las escuelas necesitan permanecer cerradas por el resto del año académico, y proporcionarán actualizaciones periódicas a medida que la situación evolucione. Extender el cierre de una escuela es una decisión local que tomará cada distrito escolar individual.

 

 

 

En el interés de la seguridad pública y la salud de cada residente, estamos pidiendo a las familias que ayuden a reducir la propagación del virus haciendo lo siguiente:

 

• Preste atención a las órdenes estrictas de quedarse en casa/refugio en el lugar excepto para obtener o proveer servicios esenciales. La orden completa del Funcionario de Salud del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Monterey, se puede leer en  https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/home/showdocument?id=87957 . (Tenga en cuenta que, a la luz del anuncio del Gobernador que la orden de estadía en el hogar es para todo el estado, sin fecha de término, el Funcionario de Salud del Condado de Monterey, Dr. Edward Moreno, volvió a emitir su orden de quedarse en casa/refugio en el lugar que entró en vigencia el miércoles 18 de marzo. El único cambio realizado a esta orden era eliminar la fecha de finalización del 7 de abril para alinearse con la dirección del estado. Tanto los pedidos estatales como los locales son abiertos sin fecha de finalización.)

 

• No permita que los estudiantes socialicen en persona con amigos . Esto incluye congregarse para jugar deportes, juegos o cualquier otra excursión afuera. Los estudiantes y todos los residentes deben permanecer en sus hogares a menos que viajen para una función esencial.

 

• Ayude a los estudiantes a encontrar nuevas formas de conectarse con amigos utilizando aplicaciones móviles, teléfonos, videos, etc. que sean apropiados para su edad. Vea a continuación algunas ideas tecnológicas para mantenernos conectados con otros.

 

• Recuerde, cuanto menos tiempo pasemos todos en público, más vidas salvaremos.

 

Durante este tiempo, los líderes de nuestro distrito escolar y su personal, estudiantes, y familias están haciendo todo lo posible para asegurarnos que continúe el aprendizaje y que se proporcionen servicios vitales de nutrición y comidas. Nuestros educadores están trabajando arduamente para proporcionar recursos educativos para oportunidades de aprendizaje a distancia para cada uno de sus estudiantes. Para saber dónde y cuándo su escuela distribuye comidas para estudiantes de 18 años o menos, visite nuestra página de resumen de Servicios de Nutrición en https://www.montereycoe.org/resources/alerts/coronavirus/nutrition/ . Si alguna familia necesita alimentos, refugio o cualquier otro recurso durante este momento difícil, marque "2-1-1" o visite la página web integral de United Way en https://www.unitedwaymcca.org/211 . Para los empleados esenciales que necesitan trabajar y necesitan cuidado infantil, comuníquese con el Centro de Recursos y Referencias de Cuidado Infantil del Condado de Monterey al (831) 757-0775 o use el referencia en línea en https://montereycountychildcare.org/  para cuidado infantil disponible en su área.

 

 

 

Si bien reconocemos que esta extensión del cierre de las instalaciones escolares plantea desafíos y dificultades para muchas familias en el Condado de Monterey, la forma más efectiva de frenar e interrumpir la transmisión de esta pandemia es continuar implementando prácticas de distanciamiento social. Estamos agradecidos con los miembros de la comunidad en todo el Condado de Monterey por sus tremendos esfuerzos de prevención durante este momento único y difícil.

 

 

 

Sinceramente,

 

Dr. Deneen Guss, Superintendente de las Escuelas del Condado de Monterey

 

Jim Koenig, Distrito Escolar Unido de Alisal

 

Jonathan Sison, Distrito Escolar Unificado de Big Sur

 

Ian Trejo, Distrito Escolar Unido de Bradley

 

Dr. Barbara Dill-Varga, Distrito Escolar Unificado de Carmel

 

Roberto Rios, Distrito Escolar Unido de Chualar

 

Yvette Irving, Distrito Escolar Unificado de Gonzales

 

Rosemarie Grounds, Distrito Escolar Graves

 

Zandra Jo Galvan, Distrito Escolar Unido de Greenfield

 

Daniel Stonebloom, Distrito Escolar de Lagunita

 

Dr. Jinane Annous, Distrito Escolar Unido de la Mission

 

Dr. PK Diffenbaugh, Distrito Escolar Unificado de la Península de Monterey

 

Kari Yeater, Distrito Escolar Unificado del Norte del Condado de Monterey

 

Dr. Ralph Gómez Porras, Distrito Escolar Unificado de Pacific Grove

 

Martha L. Martinez, Distrito Escolar Elemental de la Ciudad de Salinas

 

Dan Burns, Distrito Escolar Unificado de Preparatorias de Salinas

 

Josh Van Norman, Distrito Escolar Unido de San Antonio

 

Dr. Catherine Reimer, Distrito Escolar Unido de San Ardo

 

Jessica Riley, Distrito Escolar Unido de San Lucas

 

Tim Ryan, Distrito Escolar Unido de Santa Rita

 

Tim Vanoli, Distrito Escolar Unificado de Soledad

 

Dr. Brian Walker, Distrito de Preparatorias Conjuntas del Sur del Condado de County

 

Eric Tarallo, Distrito Escolar Unido de Spreckels

 

Gina Uccelli, Distrito Escolar Unido de Washington

 

Karina Barger, Academia Bay View

 

Aimee Alling, Escuela Chárter de Big Sur

 

Sean Madden, Escuela Internacional de Monterey

 

Kenneth Lawrence-Emanuel, Escuela Charter Learning for Life

 

Cassandra Bridge, Escuela Chárter de la Bahía de Monterey

 

Justin McCollum, Escuelas Chárter en el Hogar del Condado de Monterey

 

 

 

https://www.catapult-connect.com/cf/3523/402/monterey-county-extends-school-closures-03.26.20.pdf

https://www.catapult-connect.com/cf/3523/403/monterey-county-extends-school-closures-03.26.20-spanish.pdf

March 25, 2020 11am

 

Good morning PGUSD Families,

 

We hope you enjoy some supportive words and heartwarming stories to start your day.

 

Board President Debbie Crandell: 

 

On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank each and every one of you for the continued patience and support of the PGUSD staff and each other. Through these challenging times, we have shown how great of a community we have.  “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”– Duke Ellington

 

Pacific Grove High School Principal Matt Bell: 

 

A parent shared a sign in their house that says “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do- John Wooden”

 

Director of Human Resources Billie Mankey: 

 

Many of our families say that coming to pick up lunch is the highlight of their day now. We have walkers, bike riders, and drive through. Even the family dog comes out to greet us.

 

Pacific Grove Middle School Principal Sean Roach: 

 

Kids giggle, laugh and jump up and down when they come pick up their lunch. I've had countless parents say that the walk to and from lunch service is the highlight of their day!

 

Forest Grove Elementary School Principal Buck Roggeman:

 

Check out today's mindful moment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb0k-vhQK_I   I’m doing a daily mindful moment video and posting on my Facebook page, as well as on the District PGUSD Facebook page.  

 

Pacific Grove Middle School Assistant Principal Jason Tovani:

 

We’ve had several families stop and pose in front of our marquee this week.  One lady even pulled over to grab a pic! The marquee says “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

 

PGTECH

 

We continue to check-out chromebooks to any family in need. If you have not already done so, please complete this brief home technology survey (no need to take the survey more than once): https://forms.gle/vfsRSHh45dZtteL97  We are distributing Chromebooks to any family in need everyday this week between 9 and 10:00 a.m. at the Pacific Grove High School library.  

 

If you indicated (through the survey) a need for at-home wifi connectivity, we expect to receive a batch of wifi hotspot units soon and we will be contacting you directly for check-out/pick-up details. In the meantime, Xfinity by Comcast is offering free wifi connectivity throughout their hotspot network locations. To learn more about this service, visit http://wifi.xfinity.com/

 

Additionally, your household may qualify for low-cost home internet service from several providers. For details about this program and the different plans available: GetConnected CETF Affordable Internet Today

 

If you or your child are experiencing technical difficulties at home during distance learning sessions, please inform your student's teacher(s) and they will elevate the matter to PGTech. We will respond as quickly as possible to resolve the issue.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

Lastly, you can connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Facebook: Pacific Grove USD

 

Twitter: @PacificGroveUSD

 

Till this afternoon, stay well.

 

Ralph G. Porras

March 24, 2020 11am

 

Good morning PGUSD Families,

 

FOOD SERVICE

 

PGUSD's Food & Nutrition Services Department is committed to maintaining social distancing and minimal contact with individuals while distributing meals. We ask our families to help ensure meals are distributed and received as safely as possible.

 

We are enforcing "walk-up" tables where we take your child's order and place the number of meals onto the table for you/your child to grab. If a family is ahead of you, please maintain 6-feet distance from the family, until it is your turn to come up to the table.

 

For "drive-thru" pick-ups, we are using trays to pass out the number of meals ordered to minimize handling and potential contact.

 

Below at the current sites for meal distribution, 11:30a - 12:15p, Monday through Friday during school closures:

 

• Pacific Grove High School: distribution in student parking lot off of Sunset Dr.

 

• Robert Down Elementary: distribution in front of Pine Ave. gate between the main building and kinder wing  

 

• Corner of Arkwright/Moreland

 

Till this afternoon, stay well.

 

Ralph

 

RESOURCES/ADDITIONAL INFO

 

FOOD BANK FOR MONTEREY COUNTY

 

Food for families in need- Friday, March 27 at 9am

 

Two sites:

 

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  • Los Arboles Middle School 294 Hillcrest Ave., Marina 

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  • Seaside High School 2200 Noche Buena St., Seaside

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*While supplies last. Recipients are encouraged to stay in their vehicles and drive through to access food.

 

CENTRAL COAST YMCA

 

The Central Coast YMCA is focusing our resources to best support the most pressing needs in our community. We are aligning with our community partners to serve parents who must work including health care workers, first responders and all “essential” employees in our community. Our facilities and resources will be used to provide crucial child care for the children of those essential workers.

 

Day Camp Details:

 

There will be a limited number of Day Camp participants

 

Camp will be offered on a Daily or Weekly basis - First Come, First Serve

 

Essential Camp hours are 8:30am - 5:30pm for $35 /day or $170 / week

 

TK* to 8th grades (*must be potty trained)

 

STEM, Homework Time and Y KidFit exercise are part of the camp curriculum

 

If you or a family member fall into one of these categories, please contact your local Central Coast YMCA, branch for more details and current information.

 

AIM YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

 

Mental & Emotional Health Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

 

National Resources:

 

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

 

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Admin: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

 

Crisis Hotlines: 1-877-663-5433 or locally at 831-458-5300

 

The National Crisis Text Line: text Connect to 741741

 

National Hopeline Network: 1-800-784-2433

 

LGBTQ+ National Youth Talkline: 1-800-246-7743

 

California Based Resources:

 

California YOUTH Crisis Line: 1-800-843-5200

 

California Peer-Run Warm Line: 1-855-845-7415

 

Beacon Health, Mental Health referrals for Medi-Cal beneficiaries: 1-855-765-9700

 

Monterey County Based Resources:

 

Natividad Medical Center Crisis Line: 831-755-4111

 

Monterey County Behavioral Health: 888-258-6029

 

Community Human Services: 831-658-3811

 

Interim, Inc. OMNI Warmline: Call 831-800-7660, text 831-998-7916, omni@interiminc.org

 

Valley Health Associates: Youth Outpatient Drug Treatment: 831-424-6655

 

Equine Healing Collaborative, Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers, 831-582-1017

 

Harmony at Home: Carmel (831) 625-5160, Salinas (831) 272-6644, Sarah@Harmony-At-Home.org

 

NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) Monterey: info@namimonterey.org or 831-422-NAMI

 

Monterey County United Way: Call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211

 

Sam’s Guide: http://mcdss.co.monterey.ca.us/docs/SAM's_GUIDE_2019.pdf

 

THRIVING YOUNIVERSITY

 

A resource shared by Monterey County Office of Education.

 

Thriving YOUniversity would love to gift you our short ebook "Taking Time to B.R.E.A.T.H.E." for free. It is filled with research-based reflections and activities to help you strengthen your wellbeing, increase your resilience, and build your capacity to empower yourself to show up consistently as the person you want to be. In this ebook, you will learn about and engage in exercises related to the following:

 

B - Building Belonging

 

R - Reflecting On Your Purpose

 

E - Engaging In Self-Compassion

 

A - Amplifying Attention, Awareness, and Awe

 

T - Tapping Into Thankfulness and Appreciation

 

H - Harnessing Your Thoughts

 

E - Empowering Empathy Everyday

 

This is a time for all of us to learn, stretch, and grow... and find out how amazingly resilient we can be. We all deserve to B.R.E.A.T.H.E. a little easier! https://thrivingyouniversity.com/resources/

 

FREE ZOOM MASTERCLASS

 

Dr. Norouzi teaches a Conscious Parenting class through the PG Adult School and is offering a free Zoom Masterclasses for both conscious parenting and mindfulness to the public. Join the class on Thursday, March 26 at 5pm. No need to register. Any questions, please contact Dr. Arayeh Norouzi directly at 831.915.9438 or arayeh@yahoo.com

 

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March 23, 2020 11am

 

Good Monday Morning PGUSD Families,

 

I hope that this message finds you well.  I'd like to start by thanking you all for supporting our teachers and staff as we are finding our groove with distance learning. I am so grateful for the team's creativity and flexibility. Many families reached out to me, and other administrators this weekend, offering assistance wherever it might be needed. The generosity of PG is inspiring.

 

There are a few news items that went out over the weekend. Perhaps the most important was the Federal acknowledgement of California's declaration of emergency/disaster. This permits our state to access federal emergency funds where needed, which will be helpful for the citizens and public agencies throughout California. 

 

Secondly, the Monterey Health Department released a new issuance aligning Monterey County with the Governor's directive. Our Shelter in Place is essentially the same as the Stay at Home Order. The Health Department did adjust the end date of the Shelter in Place from April 7th to 'no specific end date' as aligned with the Governor's directive. We will continue to advise as we get more info. I have cut and pasted the Health Office issuance below.

 

Many folks have asked about meal distribution during our Spring Break. Typically, we do not receive government funding for meals during breaks, and we have not traditionally distributed meals during that time. Clearly, these are not typical times. I want to assure you that we are also greatly concerned about serving families during this difficult time and are already working through this to see what we can do. Please be patient, and we will inform everyone in a timely fashion once we've come to a conclusion. 

 

Finally, please know that all our staff are in tune with the effect that our shelter in place may be having with your families. All our teachers have this in mind as they are planning assignments. We hope everyone is keeping a gentle pace, and planning time throughout the day to take breaks from screen time, work and other pressures in order to regather a little peace of mind.  Please let your teacher, principal or district office administrators know if you need further resources for your family to maintain that social-emotional balance.

 

FOOD SERVICE

 

PGUSD's Food & Nutrition Services Department is committed to maintaining social distancing and minimal contact with individuals while distributing meals. We ask our families to help ensure meals are distributed and received as safely as possible.

 

We are enforcing "walk-up" tables where we take your child's order and place the number of meals onto the table for you/your child to grab. If a family is ahead of you, please maintain 6-feet distance from the family, until it is your turn to come up to the table.

 

For "drive-thru" pick-ups, we are using trays to pass out the number of meals ordered to minimize handling and potential contact.

 

Below are the current sites for meal distribution, 11:30a - 12:15p, Monday through Friday during school closures:

 

• Pacific Grove High School: distribution in student parking lot off of Sunset Dr.

 

• Robert Down Elementary: distribution in front of Pine Ave. gate between the main building and kinder wing  

 

• Corner of Arkwright/Moreland

 

PGUSD TECHNOLOGY

 

We will continue to check-out chromebooks to any family in need of a student device. If you have not already done so, please complete this brief home technology survey: https://forms.gle/vfsRSHh45dZtteL97 

 

If you have already responded to this survey, are in need of a device, and have yet to check one out, please inform your student's teacher and they will convey that information to us. We will contact you to arrange a pick-up time. 

 

To those of you who have indicated through our survey a need for at-home wifi connectivity, we are working diligently to secure wifi hotspots from our technology vendors. As you can imagine, school closures across the country have put an unprecedented strain on both the availability and distribution of wifi hardware. We expect to take delivery of a set of wifi hotspots within the next week or so. If your household is still in need of home connectivity, please consider obtaining wifi access through Xfinity's new Free Wifi Program. We will provide updates to you about this as we learn more.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.  

 

If you or your child are experiencing technical difficulties at home during distance learning sessions, please inform your student's teacher(s) and they will elevate the matter to PGTech. We will respond as quickly as possible to resolve the issue.  

 

Till this afternoon, stay well.

 

Ralph

 

Here are some other info items:

 

Monterey County Health Office Reissues Shelter in Place Order

 

New resources available for those with questions, concerns

 

Post Date:03/20/2020 4:00 PM

 

In light of the Governor’s announcement of a state-wide Stay Home Order, Monterey County Health Officer Dr. Edward Moreno is reissuing his Shelter in Place Order that went into effect on Wednesday, March 18th.  The only change being made to the order is to remove the end date of April 7th to align with the state’s direction.

 

“Older adults are at greater risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19.  It is imperative that all county residents adhere to my County Health Officer Shelter in Place Order and the statewide Stay Home Order. You should stay at home unless you need to access essential services or are a provider of essential services. In addition, all employers should identify solutions that allow employees to work from home,” states Dr. Edward Moreno, Monterey County Health Officer. 

 

The Monterey County Health Officer Order is consistent with the statewide order and orders issued by other Bay Area local Health Officers.

 

There is no difference between a “Shelter in Place” and “Stay at Home” order. They are different titles for the same important action to safeguard everyone in our community. 

 

Monterey County Health Officials continue to work with state leaders to further clarify the statewide order and provide guidance on interpreting it locally. Local Health Officers may be more restrictive than the statewide order based on their unique needs as well as number of cases impacting each community. Monterey County’s Order includes additional accommodations for essential agricultural services. 

 

If you have questions about what you should do while the order is in place and what are the best ways to protect yourself and other from COVID-19, there are many options available for information:

 

• The Monterey County Health Department COVID-19 webpage is continuously updated with news, information and data: www.mtyhd.org/covid19

 

• Call our new information hotline at 831-755-4521. This is staffed Monday - Friday 8 am to 5 pm.

 

• Email your questions to COVID-19@co.monterey.ca.us

Pacific Grove Unified School District

March 20, 2020 3pm

 

Dear PGUSD Families,

 

An anonymous poet once wrote, "We wildly underestimate the power of the tiniest personal acts of kindness." During these difficult times I have been truly awestruck by the acts of kindness that I have witnessed; acts both subtle and great, bestowed by families, friends, colleagues and unknown individuals who just wanted to give. So often in our lives, our jobs, and in our busy errands throughout the day, we miss opportunities as we move along. This past week, while difficult, exhausting and sometimes scary, I am grateful for the opportunities that we have all been given to unite, to give, to care and to provide even total strangers a moment of kindness. Thank you, everyone in Pacific Grove, and beyond, for contributing to the education of our students, supporting all the needs that challenge many of our families, and patiently taking each day as it comes with the understanding that we will move past our current trials. Most importantly, thank you to ALL of our staff who have given so selflessly to ensure that we continue to provide great learning opportunities for ALL of our students. PG stands united and strong!

 

"PG will shine tonight

 

PG will shine

 

PG will shine tonight 

 

All down the line

 

PG will shine tonight

 

PG will shine

 

The moon goes up

 

The sun goes down

 

PG will shine… Go Breakers!"

 

I wish you all a peaceful and healthy weekend.

 

RESOURCES

 

• Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and Montage Health entities remain at the ready to care for our community. As part of our support, Dr. Susan Swick, Physician in Chief, Ohana, has put together a sample schedule and some tips for parents to help them navigate this transition with their children. www.montagehealth.org/swick-tips

 

In addition, Montage Health is offering free eVisits for anyone with minor respiratory symptoms such as flu, allergy, or suspected COVID-19. Visit evisit.montagehealth.org

 

• Monterey County has a great resource called 2-1-1 that will get you information on supports such as mental health support, child care, and other questions that might be relevant at this time. Dial 211.

 

•  Community Human Services has taken significant actions to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus, protect their staff, and continue to provide essential services to their clients. Effective Wednesday, March 18th the following programs have modified services:

 

Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

 

o Genesis House: Operational during shelter-in-place order but closed to the public. No new admissions.

 

o Outpatient Treatment Centers: Closed to the public. Counseling services offered via tele-health and telephone. 

 

o Substance Use Prevention Program (SUPP): Closed to the public. Counseling services offered via tele-health and telephone.

 

o DAISY: Closed to the public. Counseling services offered via tele-health and telephone. 

 

o Off Main Clinic: Operational weekdays during shelter in place order and closed on weekends. New dispensing hours M-F, 7:30-9am. Counseling services offered during normal operating hours via tele-health and telephone. 

 

Family and Mental Health Programs: 

 

o Family Service Centers: Closed to the public during shelter-in-place order. Mental health services offered via telehealth and telephone. Parent education, supervised visitation and domestic violence groups have been suspended. Support offered to parents and families via tele-health and telephone.

 

Homeless Youth Programs:

 

o Safe Place: Closed to the public during shelter-in-place order. Counseling services offered via tele-health and telephone. Driveway drop-by hours for distribution of hand sanitizer, basic aid such as food, water and clothing, crisis counseling, information and referral, etc., 10am – 4pm 7 days a week.

 

o Safe Passage: Operational but closed to the public. No new admissions.

 

o Salinas Valley and Peninsula Street Outreach Programs: Operational during shelter-in-place order 7 days a week.

 

o 24-hour helpline: 831.241.0914.

 

o Shelter: Open at 7 p.m. nightly, 7 days a week.

 

Kind regards,

 

Ralph G Porras

Pacific Grove Unified School District

March 20, 2020 11am

 

Dear PGUSD Families,

 

Thank you again for your continued support and patience.

 

UPDATES

 

• As you may have heard, our Governor announced that California went into a stay home order effective March 19, 2020.  At this time, the order does NOT change or impact our role, considered essential, and our duty to carry out the following essential services:

 

--Meals being prepared and delivered to students.

 

--Any function associated with keeping the continuity of learning moving forward.

 

Please see the link for the full announcement and Executive Order from the Governor at https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/

 

• The other significant order by the Governor this week was his order to suspend the federally required student assessments this year and pursue a federal waiver from those requirements. The federal government is now supporting the state in regards to no further testing. Here’s the quote:

 

This morning, President Trump announced that the U.S. Department of Education will not enforce federal standardized testing requirements for K-12 schools in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

• Just a reminder: due to the Health Department Order to remain closed until April 8th, we have currently extended this through the end of Spring Break, April 13th. This order may very well change, especially in light of the Governor's comments. Please stay tuned to any changes. Thank you for your patience.

 

• We encourage parents who have not logged into Google classroom to do so with their children.

 

FOOD SERVICE

 

Drive-thru or walk-up to either location for a free meal comprised of lunch and next-day breakfast from 11:30a - 12:15p, Monday through Friday during school closures.

 

• Pacific Grove High School: distribution in student parking lot off of Sunset Dr.

 

• Robert Down Elementary: distribution in front of Pine Ave. gate between the main building and kinder wing  

 

• Corner of Arkwright/Moreland

 

TECH UPDATES

 

Last night's Board meeting has been uploaded to our youtube channel, here is the link:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsJgcVkYuOs 

 

The District now has a Facebook page: Pacific Grove USD

 

And Twitter: @PacificGroveUSD 

 

It is an honor to serve you, your students and the PGUSD staff. Take care and be well.

 

Most Sincerely

 

Ralph G Porras

Forest Grove Elementary

4:00pm 3/19/20

Dear Forest Grove Families,

 

Here is our Thursday afternoon update.

 

  • Distance learning is up and running. Each of your teachers has set up a Google Classroom with lessons and fun activities. If you have not logged in to your teacher’s Google Classroom, please do so. If you are not sure how to log in, contact your teacher for instructions.

  • Food service provided meals to 322 students this afternoon. The meal consists of lunch and breakfast for the following day. ALL PGUSD students are eligible to receive these free meals. Distribution centers are set up at PGHS, Rober Down, and at the corner of Arkwright and Moreland.

  • If you would like to watch the PGUSD school board meeting tonight, there will be a livestream. Here is a link Zoom Meeting Web Conferencing

 

Our teachers are enjoying the interaction they are having with students online. Keep logging in to your Google Classrooms every day to view the latest lessons.

 

Thank you,

 

Buck Roggeman, Principal

Forest Grove Elementary

Dear Forest Grove Families,

 

Here is our update for this afternoon.

 

  • We served 246 lunches today. In addition to serving lunches at PGHS and Robert Down, we have begun lunch service at Arkwright Court daily from 11:30-12:15.

  • Teachers have started distance learning activities. If you need help logging in to their Google classroom, contact the teacher, and we will get you assistance.

  • The Board of Education meeting tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. will be live streamed. Please see the district message for the link.

 

We would like to thank all of our families for helping with the education process for our children as we implement distance learning. We are learning as we go, and we appreciate your patience with this process.

 

By the way, it was great to see those of you who picked up lunch at the high school!

 

Thank you,

Buck Roggeman, Principal

March 18, 2020 3pm

 

Dear PGUSD Families,

 

Thank you again for your continued support and patience.

 

Updates

 

 

Board Meeting

 

Our Board Meeting will be live-streamed through Zoom Meeting Web Conferencing on Thursday, March 19th, 2020 @ 6:30PM. To join the meeting virtually please click on the link on the front page of our website: https://pgusd.org/

 

The Board will be taking public comment both in person and through Zoom’s chat room.

 

Please note that we may experience some technical difficulties and we will do our best to resolve them.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

It is an honor to serve you, your students and the PGUSD staff. Take care and be well.

 

Most Sincerely

Ralph G Porras

Pacific Grove Unified School District

March 18, 2020 9am

 

Dear PGUSD Families,

 

I hope that you have been doing well as we all start getting a bit used to these current times.  By now you have been receiving additional 4 pm messages from the site administrators. Please continue to contact your teachers or the administration (sites or District) as you need. While site buildings are closed, we are still responding to communications in a timely manner, and wish to provide as much support as possible.

 

Apologies for the earlier update today, however I am expecting to participate in a webinar with the State Superintendent of Instruction at 10:15am. I hope that we will receive more instructions and details regarding educational programs and expectations. I will pass along any relevant information to you all on the 3 pm update.

 

Also, last night the Governor of California held a press conference, during which he commented that he thought it likely schools would remain closed (current status) through the remainder of this school year, and that distance learning would remain in place.  Please note that this was only a comment and NOT a directive. We anticipate hearing more information soon. In the meantime, as per current instructions, schools will remain closed for students through April 8. We do have a spring break already scheduled from April 6-10, 2020. I will forward more information to you about that soon, but the expectation for now is that we will honor that break from instruction for staff and families, allowing some much needed respite. If all remains the same, the return date to schools would be April 13, 2020.  Again, please stand by for more clarity on those dates.

 

I have included an attachment of the actual Shelter In Place Executive Order from the Monterey County Health Dept, in case you would like a copy.

 

Here are a few more updates:

 

Food Service

 

Drive-thru or walk-up to either location for a free meal comprised of lunch and next-day breakfast from 11:30a - 12:15p, Monday through Friday during school closures.

 

· Pacific Grove High School: distribution in student parking lot off of Sunset Dr.

 

· Robert Down Elementary: distribution in front of Pine Ave. gate between the main building and kinder wing  

 

Beginning today, we will have meal distribution from 12:30p-1:00p at the corner of Arkwright/Moreland.

 

District Technology

 

Members of PGTech will once again be available today, Wednesday, March 18 from 9-10am in the PGHS library to check-out chromebooks to any family in need of a student device. If you have not already done so, please complete this brief home technology survey: https://forms.gle/vfsRSHh45dZtteL97 

 

To those who indicated through the survey a need for at-home wifi connectivity, we expect to receive a batch of wifi hotspot units within the next day or two and we will be contacting you directly for check-out/pick-up details. Thank you for your patience.  

 

Adult School

 

Adult school students who have paid for the Spring Session, those fees will be credited to the new session when we return.  Those students wanting a reimbursement can call or email the school and we can certainly refund their tuition.

 

Reminders 

 

All school sites and the District Office are closed to the public through Wednesday, April 8, with the possibility of an extension. Staff is working remotely during this time and available via email. We encourage members of the public to please visit our website at www.pgusd.org and click 'Contact Us' to send an email to the appropriate District personnel for any District needs during this closure. If you prefer to leave a voice message, phone numbers are also listed on the website. Please note voice messages will be checked daily and your call will be returned at the earliest opportunity. We appreciate your patience during this time. 

 

As a reminder, the most effective way to slow and disrupt the transmission of the pandemic is by implementing social distancing practices. In order for these preventative measures to be effective, students should stay home and minimize social contact as much as possible to keep caregivers and adult family members safe. 

 

It is an honor to serve you, your students and the PGUSD staff. Take care and be well.

 

Most Sincerely

Ralph G Porra

https://www.catapult-connect.com/cf/3252/388/covid-19-health-officer-order-monterey-county-march-2020.pdf

March 17 update from Mr. Roggeman

Forest Grove Families,

 

By now, you have heard that Monterey County has issued a shelter in place order. For Forest Grove, this means that our school will be closed beginning tomorrow through April 8.

 

Our teachers have worked diligently over the past two days to prepare instructional materials for our students. We recognize that communicating online and accessing the resources digitally will take some adjustment time. Remember, it is completely fine for us to move slowly through this process. Our main goal is to play a role in establishing a productive routine for our students to maintain their progress and continue instruction as long as our school is closed.

 

There will be a learning curve for our students, for our teachers, and for our families. This is the perfect time for us to model the patience tool for our children. If the process is not smooth right away, we will keep trying until we get it.

 

A few reminders:

  • Lunch is being served daily at the PGHS lower parking lot. This service is NOT affected by the shelter in place order.

  • If you need technology, indicate that need on the district survey, and we will provide what you need.

  • All school activities are postponed at that this time. When school is back in session, we will reschedule those on a case-by-case basis.

  • Teachers remain your first point of contact. Their office hours are 9-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m.

  • You may still call the school. Our office staff will be checking messages from home every hour from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

 

Our Falcon Families have shown great support for our staff as we confront this new educational reality. If you can, please reach out to your teachers and any of our staff to thank them for their efforts. They are a team of dedicated educators who are learning to teach a new way. I could not be more proud of their work, and the positive attitudes they have displayed as they have faced this challenge head on.

Working together, we will not only get through this situation, but we will improve as a school because of it.

We appreciate you all,

 

Buck Roggeman, Principal