Courtesy of Hollister School District Superintendent Diego Ochoa:
We as an entire school community of parents, teachers, staff, and students have been through intense and significant changes since March 13, 2020. This pandemic has tested us in ways that we never imagined. It has been difficult for all of us. However, this pandemic has brought our community closer together, each day, as we have worked on behalf of our students. I have seen employees work themselves tired every day to ensure that our children have food and educational materials to facilitate learning. I want to publicly thank these employees for their incredible work.
It is now time for a collective pause as we enter spring break. Consistent with the school calendar, Spring Break begins on April 6, 2020 and ends on April 10,2020. We will hold our first “Monday MealDay” on April 6 so that families can receive five days of breakfast and lunch. Food may be received at all sites, except GH/HDLA.
We will be up and running after spring break for the new reality of school closures through the end of the year. Fortunately, the dedicated teachers, principals, and district office staff have been working hard to put plans in place to educate students for the remainder of the year. We will transition to the Home Enrichment and Learning schedules, TK-3 School of Attendance Learning Packets, Grades 4-8 Google Classroom assignments, and Live Teacher instruction and support via Zoom or Google Meets.
Week of April 13-17
All Hollister School District students will continue learning primarily from their packets for all grade levels! Packets will be picked up on April 15 and April 16 from 10am – 1pm at all sites. All students/parents will pick up their packets at their school of attendance, including GH/HDLA. All TK-3rd grade students should use Footsteps 2 Brilliance for a minimum of 20 minutes per day.
Weeks April 20 – June 11
All students/parents will pick up their packets at their school of attendance, including GH/HDLA. The Home Enrichment Learning Schedule contains links to activities that are designed to meet the needs of students in a grade span. All links have been evaluated by administration and were provided by our very own team of teachers who know and care about the students they teach. Please make sure your child adheres to their schedule. We do not want students to miss out on a chance to extend their learning.
The TK-3rd grade packets will become specialized by school. These specialized packets will be available beginning on April 15th and April 16th and every Wednesday and Thursday to follow. Teachers will also be reaching out to call students each week through the end of the year.
4th-8th Grade at Calaveras, Cerra Vista, Ladd Lane, RO Hardin, Sunnyslope, AAA, and GH/HDLA:
Beginning on April 20, 2020, no more packets for students in grades 4-8 at these schools.
Instead, teachers and students will reconnect via online meetings and Google Classroom. All teachers will have a Google Classroom to reinforce the expectations, norms, and activities of learning on a schedule. The academic lessons for all grades are specially selected to prepare students with essential skills needed for their grade level. Teachers will be regularly reviewing student work and will be in contact with students, they are dedicated to supporting your child’s learning and well-being. Students must visit their Google Classroom every day, Monday through Friday. They will receive classwork, invitations for class online meetings, and submit their work for review.
Students at Maze Middle School and Rancho San Justo Middle School
Beginning on April 20, 2020, no more packets for our middle school students. All middle school students will need to follow the Home Enrichment Learning Schedule for middle school students. When students log into their class at the assigned time, they will receive instruction from the teacher using Zoom, Google Meet, or YouTube. This will be followed by a tutorial with their teacher also either Zoom and Google Meet. Students must visit their Google Classroom every day, Monday through Friday. This schedule includes time for English, math, science, history, extended opportunities to exercise, read, write, and set learning goals.