Start of the 2020/2021 School Year
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Updated 7-31-2020
To all our Cavitt Cowboys:
We are working daily to get ready for the 2020-2021 school year.  After the Board’s decision to start the year in a Distance Learning model, we wanted to share the plans we have developed so far for the reopening of our school on August 13.  We are being very thoughtful and intentional with our plans to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and the entire Cowboy community while providing a rich learning experience for your child both in and out of the classroom. 
The only way this will be successful is to do it TOGETHER!  More than ever, we need everyone in the community to cooperate and align with the policies and procedures put in place to reopen our school safely.  We’re up for the challenge, but we can only do it with our whole Cowboy Community together!    
Go Cowboys!
Jennifer Platt, Principal
Chris Smith, Asst. Principal
The following information is provided in hopes of answering many of the questions you may have about the opening of school. 
Office Opens
Thursday, August 3.  The office will be open on a limited basis after the first day of school while we are in Tier 5 - Distance Learning.
Annual Student Information Update
All parents are required to complete the online Annual Student Information Update for the upcoming school year.  A notification was sent by our District Office in early May and more reminders have been sent throughout the summer.  This process replaces the paper forms usually sent home at the beginning of each school year. You will use the PowerSchool Parent Portal to access the Annual Student Information Update.  Please complete prior to the first day of school.
7th Grade and New 8th Grade Student WEB Orientation 
We are very excited to welcome your incoming 7th grader and/or new 8th grader to Cavitt Jr. High, and we look forward to seeing them at our Virtual 7th Grade Orientation Day on Wednesday, August 12th between 5:30pm-6:30pm or 6:45pm-7:45pm. You will be contacted soon with your child’s exact time of their Orientation.  Although school will look different this year, we are still able to get your students off to a great start with our Cavitt Jr. High WEB Program!.
Distance Learning
As ordered by the Governor, and determined by the EUSD Board of Trustees, Cavitt will open the school year in a Distance Learning model of instruction.  This will be more rigorous and structured than the emergency “Pandemic Teaching” model we engaged in the Spring.  Every student will have a full 6-period schedule with all academic subjects, enrichments, and Physical Education included.  Schedules, when they are finalized in August, will be posted to PowerSchool.  Every student and parent will be given instructions for logging into PowerSchool, their school-issued Google account, and how to add their teacher’s Google Classroom.
We will post Academic Schedules to PowerSchool as early as possible - including instructions for how to enroll in each teacher’s Google Classroom and Calendar.  We typically have printed schedules ready for pick up the day before school starts, but we anticipate posting the schedules online.
Students will be assigned classes in a “Cohort” model to the extent possible so that the same group of students will follow the same class schedule throughout the day.  This reduces the intermixing of students as recommended by the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Daily Schedule for Distance Learning
Students and teachers will follow a daily schedule of instruction where their participation will be tracked for attendance purposes.  We will provide daily online instruction and interactions with teachers (synchronous) along with opportunities to complete academic work independently (asynchronous).  
First Days of School
Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14 will be shortened days to help get everyone on-board with Distance Learning.  We will follow the WEDNESDAY schedule of classes for both days.
School Supplies
We know that shopping for school supplies can be an exciting time to prepare for the school year.  We are not expecting our students to have all of their supplies by the first day of school.  Since students in Jr. High will have different schedules with different classes and teachers, there is no “standard” grade-level supply list.  We recommend you wait until after the first few days of school to know specifically what your teachers require for their classes.  As we will be starting the year with Distance Learning, we expect that the supply lists will be a lot different than previous years and will evolve if/when we transition to on-campus instruction.
Textbooks and Materials
There will be an opportunity for the distribution of materials textbooks for our students before school starts.  As this plan develops, we will send information out to families for how to pick up these materials.
Chromebook checkout will be handled through the District Office. Check the schedule here.
We will be using our School Messenger system (connected to PowerSchool) as our main communication method.  Our website will continue to be updated with the latest information as it comes available. 
Fall Sports Tryouts
At this time we do not anticipate the opportunity to allow students to participate in after-school athletics.  Under the Tier Matrix, Tier 3 or above does not allow after school athletics.  Compounding this issue is the budget reductions we’re facing by the district.  Athletics for Olympus is a program that costs over $40,000/year and has been supported by EUSD and supplemented by voluntary athletic contributions from parents.  If/when we are able to offer athletics later in the year, it would have to be 100% supported by parent contributions.
Homework assignments will be posted to Teacher calendars and Google Classroom sites by the teacher.  Students will subscribe to the calendars in the first few days of school.  Students can always check assignments by logging in to their school Google account and checking their calendar.  Homework is considered “asynchronous” learning time.  Completion of homework is counted for attendance and participation.
Parents and students may check grades online through PowerSchool: 

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