2/19/21 Friday Update

Good afternoon Alcott School Community,
  • On Monday we begin our phase 1 expansion that will begin with 14 students.  Although this expansion will not include all our students, it will allow us to begin our goal of getting greater number of students back to school.  This has been a very challenging year for you and your children and I appreciate your patience.  The safety and well-being of our students, staff, families and community remain my top priority.
  • PTA Dine-Out Fundraiser:  Blaze Pizza (5604 Balboa Ave).  Support our school and pick up dinner Tuesday 4:00-8:00  (see the PTA Facebook link for details)
    • We are in great need of parents for our new PTA Board.  Without our PTA, we simply can't reach our goals to support our teachers and staff.  Your voice and participation is invaluable.  Please participate in our Alcott Elementary School PTA!  Parents and community members can become a PTA member for only $10.
    • The State Legislature made significant progress today in announcing a plan to safely reopen schools. Senate Bill 86 provides for additional funding to ensure a safe return to in-person learning, prioritizes the vaccination of school staff and sets some realistic goals and timetables. Simply put, it calls on schools to return to learning by mid-April, while recognizing that some schools are in communities with high COVID-19 transmission rates, and those may only be able to return in small cohorts of students who are in need of extra support. 
      • If rates continue to decline back down to the red tier (less than 7 positive cases per 100,000), then the measure would allow schools to reopen gradually. To be very clear, this is only a proposal. There is a long way to go before the Legislature enacts SB86 and the Governor signs it into law. 
      • However, San Diego Unified expressed general support for the plan today, because we believe it is a safe and science-based approach to reopening. Other large urban districts joined with San Diego in issuing a statement of support.
      •  In the coming days, we will continue meeting with the elected representatives of our employees, and we will continue seeking feedback from our own panel of scientific experts from the University of California at San Diego. 
        • Next detailed update on reopening will take place at the Feb. 23 Board meeting.
  • Fill Someone’s Bucket this week:  think of your neighbors, family members, school staff, etc. and ask yourselves, “When was the last time I told that person I appreciate them?”
  • I will be hosting an Alcott School Community/Family Town Hall Meeting next Thursday at 6:00 p.m.  You are all welcome to attend.  Zoom link will be provided next week.
  • We are looking at additional ways to keep our communication open and transparent for our school community.  I will continue to post pictures of activities and highlights that showcase our remarkable Alcott staff and families.  
    Follow me on Instagram @principalslewis as I strive to keep our progress and efforts at the forefront. 
  • Be sure to check out our new website:  we are revamping it to better serve you!
Have a great weekend
Mr. Lewis
Proud Principal of Alcott Elementary School



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Leaving our mark as we crash into everything.”
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