Community AnnouncementPosted by Leighangela Brady on 4/7/2020 4:30:00 PM
NATIONAL SCHOOL DISRTRICT COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT– SCHOOL CLOSURES
For Immediate Release– April 7, 2020
The State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the California Governor announced this week that “schools may not reopen this school year.”
To ensure the continuity of learning for our students, National School District will roll-out distance learning this coming week. Distance learning means instruction in which the student and instructor are in different locations. This may include interaction through the use of technology and/or the use of print materials.
To ensure families have what they need for distance learning, National School District will schedule technology and materials distribution from 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. at each school according to the following schedule:
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Rancho de la Nación, Kimball, John A. Otis, Ira Harbison
Friday, April 10, 2020
Palmer Way, Lincoln Acres, El Toyon, Las Palmas
During this distribution, National School District staff will be taking all necessary health precautions in order to comply with the County Health Department safety guidelines including the following. Staff will:
- be wearing protective masks and gloves
- supervise social distancing
- schedule appointments for families to avoid congregation
- provide signage alerting neighbors to heavier foot traffic and neighborhood parking
- wipe of all materials prior to distribution
- limit pick-up of materials to one member per family
This activity is considered “essential” by the Governor and is allowable under the Governor’s current “shelter-in place” order. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contract our district office. All decisions about reopening schools will be made in conjunction with local public health officials.
School Closure Update 4-1-2020Posted by Leighangela Brady on 4/1/2020 6:18:00 AM
Dear National School District Staff and Families,
I wanted to send out a quick update to the message that I sent to you on Monday in response to last night’s statement by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and today’s comment by the California Governor that “schools may not reopen this school year.”
While there is still no executive order mandating the closure of California schools, this statement is in line with our messaging that our schools will remain closed until further notice; and that we will be moving forward with a distance learning plan when we return from spring break this coming Monday, April 6, 2020. As I previously shared, we will be providing you more details on that plan by the end of this week.
Safety and learning are our top priorities during this time; and we are monitoring all county, state and federal guidance carefully. Governor Newsom’s “shelter-in pace” order remains in effect, as do federal guidelines around social distancing that extend through April 30, 2020. Please trust that we are doing everything in our power to prioritize everyone’s safety, keep our community updated, and reunite teachers and learners as soon as we can.
All decisions about reopening schools will be made in conjunction with local public health officials. We continue to hold out hope that campuses will reopen later this spring; but are moving forward with plans to continue teaching and learning through distance learning in the meantime. While schools may not physically re-open this year, I assure you that learning will not stop. As Superintendent Thurmond said, “schools are closed but classes are in.”
We are still uncertain how long this closure will last; however, we will continue to provide students and families with resources they need. For the time being, meals will continue to be distributed daily at Las Palmas from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. In addition, independent work packets have been sent to every student via US mail to practice their skills until we transition to our new distance learning program. We also know that many students, especially our sixth graders, are very concerned about missing out on end-of-year activities and celebrations. We will continue to explore how we might offer these experiences in different formats and/or at a later date.
We recognize this situation poses many challenges to all of our families, and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this extraordinary time. Thank you to our National School District community for everything that you are doing to help implement social distancing practices and to stay healthy.
Wishing you well.
Leighangela Brady, Superintendent
COVID-19Posted by Leighangela Brady on 3/20/2020 4:00:00 PM
Friday, March 20, 2020
We hope that you are staying safe and heeding the Governor’s directive to stay home while we work together to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID–19).
Last week we informed you that schools would reopen on April 6, 2020. Today we learned from the San Diego County Office of Education that our schools will be closed indefinitely. This means that we don’t have time specific information and that we are closed until further notice. We will, however, continue to update you on the status of our closure as we learn information from both the California Departments of Health and Education.
During the closure of our schools, we wanted to share with you some updated information regarding meals, childcare, and home learning:
Meals: National School District will continue to provide a grab and go meal service.
- Beginning next week, March 23, 2020, daily meal distribution will be consolidated to one site– Las Palmas Elementary School at 1900 E. 18th, National City, CA 91950
- Distribution for both breakfast and lunch meals will be from 10:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
- Meals are available for all children under 18 years old
- Children must be present to receive meals
Childcare: YMCA Childcare Resource Service (CRS) is helping families in need of child care find the options that might work for their families. YMCA’s CRS department offers families options with open child care centers and family child care homes who are licensed and inspected. For more information, or to find childcare options for your family, please visit the following website:
Home Learning: Moving into what would have been our spring break, there will not be any assigned work for students for the coming week. We will, however, be sending home some learning activities for students to engage in for the second week of break. In the event that our schools remain closed after the break, we will send home updated information on home learning activities during the week of April 6, 2020.
Again, we hope that your families are staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times.
The Census is Coming!Posted by Leighangela Brady on 2/1/2020 7:40:00 AM
I wanted to take this opportunity to share important information about an event that will take place in Spring 2020: the U.S. Census.
According to CaliforniaCensus.org, the The census is a count of all people living in the U.S. and takes place every 10 years. It is simple and confidential to complete.
For the first time, you can respond online. You will receive a unique identifying number in the mail, which will allow you to fill out the online form beginning in March 2020. It will ask questions about your household such as how many people reside in your home, date of birth, race, and sex. Here are some things you should know:
Your identity remains anonymous. Any personal information you provide on the census form is protected by law and cannot be shared with anyone or any other federal agency. Regardless of your immigration status, the information cannot be used against you or to invade the privacy of you or any members of your family.
The Census is important. The Census is important because it helps to decide how much federal money our schools will get over the next ten years, and how much money our state will get for our parks, neighborhood improvements, public health, transportation, and many other programs and services.
The Census is safe. All the data collected through the census is protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code. Records are confidential for 72 years by law. All U.S. Census Bureau employees swear a lifetime oath to protect respondent information. The U.S. Census will never share a respondent’s personal information with other government agencies. Data is only released in summary tables; no individual records are released. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is up to 5 years imprisonment and/or a fine of $250,000.
What do you need to do? Complete the short and easy form online. If you don’t have a computer at home, you can use one at a library or at a location in your community clearly identified Census Questionnaire Assistance Center. If you have any trouble finding a computer to use, do not hesitate to ask for help at your child's school.
Resolution 2020Posted by Leighangela Brady on 1/17/2020 11:45:00 AM
As far back as the 1970’s, schools and districts have been identifying persistent disparities of achievement among student subgroups. Fifty years later, achievement gaps still exist, and include contributors to this disparity described as an opportunity gap. Opportunity gaps examine factors that contribute to lower aspirations and attainment.
They say hindsight is 2020, yet one of the greatest inhibitors to progress is the statement, “This is the way we have always done it.” We tend to do things out of habit, however the only way to truly grow and improve is to look forward, and New Year’s is a perfect time to make meaningful changes.
“We have the opportunity to be intentional about our tomorrows and release the binds of past patterns, preconceived ideas, destructive inhibitions, and limited perspectives. Through imagining the possible, questioning the status quo, building on strengths, and connecting to others in meaningful ways we can envision, embrace, and enliven our own futures and release our own limitless potential.”
- Dr. Alan Daly, Associate Professor of Education, University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
In National School District, we strive to open doors for our students and provide the greatest opportunities possible. As we enter a new decade, we resolve to learn from our past in order to create intentional tomorrows for our students. Only committing to statements like, “What can we do better?” can we truly dream big, challenge the status quo, and ensure success for all students.
School Safety EffortsPosted by Leighangela Brady on 10/6/2019 2:30:00 PM
In National School District, safety is a top priority. Therefore, we believe that it is important to continually keep our families updated on our efforts to ensure the safety of our schools. This letter is intended as an overview of our ongoing efforts; however, we recognize that our work in this area is never done.
As such, we have safety plans in place at each school, and provide continual training to our staff so that they are best prepared for what to do in case of an emergency. California requires all public schools to have a Comprehensive School Safety Plan. These are updated in collaboration with National City Police and Fire Departments. A summary is available to the public at each site. We encourage you to reach out to your site principal about opportunities to learn about plans specific to your children’s school.
As parents and community members, I understand your concern for school safety, and want to share some additional safety measures the District has put into place:
- The District has a unique relationship with the National City Police Department, which has assigned school resource officers who have a presence at all our schools campuses. These law-enforcement professionals make regular appearances at our schools and are on-call for immediate assistance.
- All of our campuses are secured. Guests can only enter via the front office and must sign in and obtain a visitor’s pass to be allowed access to classrooms or other areas of the school. In addition, our campuses use a visitor management system to allow the office staff to better identify unwanted visitors.
- The District uses School Messenger, as well as Twitter to communicate accurate and official information quickly and efficiently.
- Schools conduct monthly drills to practice what to do in case of an emergency, so that first responders will be able to quickly reach the scene of a critical incident.
- Staff have received ongoing training opportunities focused on various safety scenarios and protocols.
The District also has implemented the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) system that uses positive approaches to encourage good behavior. We strongly believe that setting clear expectations and creating an inclusive, respectful school culture leads to student success. In addition, the District has counselor and psychologist support available at all school sites.
Finally, we have the benefit of having parents, students, and staff on our campuses, and we ask that you report any unusual or suspicious activity to your site principal. As accurate information is critical to the speed of every investigation, we ask all community members please refrain from circulating unofficial information on social media. Please talk to your children to remind them that they can also report anything suspicious. We want everyone on our campuses to be empowered to speak up about anything that looks out of place.
The National School District continues to focus on protecting the well-being and safety of our students and staff. We appreciate your support in these efforts.
Global Goals for NSDPosted by Leighangela Brady on 8/1/2019 6:20:00 PM
In National School District WE are World Citizens and WE are on a mission to contribute to the World’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. WE want to partner with YOU!
Learn more about SDGs here: https://tinyurl.com/SDGs4NSDnow
Email your idea for a potential partnership here: Superintendent@nsd.us
Welcome Back 2019-20!Posted by Leighangela Brady on 7/19/2019 6:00:00 PM
We are excited to welcome you back to another school year in National School District. If you are new to us, we thank you for choosing to enroll your children in our schools.
Our vision in the National School District is to promote exceptionally prepared learners; innovative and compassionate world citizens. We believe that everyone in our District is a learner, and we strive to always be better tomorrow than we are today.
Our Board and staff value the diversity in our community and encourage all parents and guardians to volunteer and engage in activities at your school sites and throughout the District. Ask your principal about opportunities such as the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC), and School Site Council (SSC). We also invite you to stop by our Board meetings anytime. Regular meetings of the Board are open to the public and are normally held at 6:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the District Office.
Our hope is to empower parents to be our partners. Have confidence that NSD is a welcoming District and does not request or maintain any records that specify the citizenship status of any students or members or their families. Our Board has even gone a step further by updating and adopting all policies with guidance from the Attorney General to protect and safeguard the rights of all of our families. For more information please visit our website at www.nsd.us. Our website is optimized for both mobile and desktop devices. Be sure to check the website for updates and announcements, our Superintendent’s blog, and information about our Board.
Frequent communication with your child’s teachers and administrators will help us send a powerful message to your children that we are working together to support their learning. Stay connected through email correspondence and School Messenger. Find flyers regarding school and District events by signing up for our Peachjar system at www.peachjar.com. Connect with us on Twitter @NationalSD/#NSDnow for up to date news and to follow our learning, progress, and accomplishments.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your principal or the Office of the Superintendent. Thank you for allowing us to provide your children with a world-class education.
Dr. Leighangela Brady
Estamos emocionados de darle la bienvenida a un año más en el Distrito Escolar National. Si son nuevos a nuestro Distrito, le agradecemos por elegir inscribir a sus hijos en nuestras escuelas.
Nuestra visión en el Distrito escolar National es promover a nuestros estudiantes en ser preparados excepcionalmente; ser ciudadanos del mundo innovadores y compasivos. Creemos que todos en nuestro Distrito somos aprendices, y nos esforzamos siempre para ser mejor mañana, de lo que somos hoy.
Nuestra mesa directiva y personal valoran la diversidad en nuestra comunidad y alientan a todos los padres y tutores a participar en actividades en sus escuelas y el Distrito. Favor de preguntar a su director/a acerca de oportunidades tales como: La Asociación de Padres y Maestros, El Comité Asesor de Estudiantes de Inglés y El Consejo Escolar. También lo invitamos a que visite cualquiera de las juntas de la mesa directiva. Las juntas están abiertas al público, y normalmente se llevan a cabo a las 6:00 p.m., el segundo y cuarto Miércoles de cada mes en la oficina del Distrito.
Nuestra esperanza es capacitar a los padres para ser nuestros socios. Tenga confianza que National es un Distrito acogedor y no solicita ni mantiene ningún registro que especifique el estado de ciudadanía de ningún estudiante, miembro o sus familias. Nuestra mesa directiva ha tomado un paso más allá al actualizar y adoptar todas las politicas con la orientación del Fiscal General para proteger y salvaguardar los derechos de todas nuestras familias. Para obtener más información, visite nuestro sitio web enwww.nsd.us.Nuestro sitio web está optimizado para ambos, dispositivos móviles y de escritorio.Asegúrese de revisar el sitio web en busca de actualizaciones y anuncios, el blog de nuestra Superintendente e información sobre la mesa directiva.
La comunicación frecuente con los maestros y administradores de su hijo/a nos ayudará a enviar un poderoso mensaje a sus hijos que estamos trabajando juntos para apoyar su aprendizaje. Manténgase conectado a través correo electrónico y School Messenger. Encuentre volantes con respecto a eventos de la escuela y del Distrito inscribiéndose en nuestro sistema Peachjar. Conéctese con nosotros en Twitter @NationalSD / #NSDnow para recibir noticias actualizadas y seguir nuestro aprendizaje, progreso y logros.
Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en comunicarse con su director/a o la Oficina de la Superintendente. Gracias por permitirnos brindar a sus hijos una educación de alto nivel.
Dra. Leighangela Brady
Have a Great Summer!Posted by Leighangela Brady on 6/7/2019 5:00:00 PM
School is out for summer!
Students return on Monday, July 22, 2019. We look forward to seeing you all next month.
State of the District 2019Posted by Leighangela Brady on 5/27/2019 8:00:00 AM
This month I completed my final State of the District presentation for 2019, and I am extremely proud of our District's achievements. For the past three years, we have been focusing on four main themes: building a strong vision, challenging the status quo, becoming a more sustainable district, and bolstering engagement of our students, staff, families, and our National City community.
Our vision is built on the foundation of a strong mission statement developed through an inclusive strategic planning process. Our promise is to provide our students with a world-class education, in a safe and nurturing environment, and prepare them to compete in a global society. This promise led to our refreshed vision of exceptionally prepared learners; innovative and compassionate world citizens. Last year we kicked off our vision work with our #BeExceptional campaign, promoting high expectations for all.
This year we focused on innovation and compassion by looking at our past practices, and refreshing our focus to align to our evolving world around us. We have been challenging the status quo by piloting updated classroom furniture options and trying out several variations of flexible learning spaces. Approximately 20% of our classrooms have updated interactive white boards, with a full District roll-out scheduled for this summer/fall. New furniture is being ordered for our school libraries, and a full classroom furniture refresh is on the horizon.
In addition, we are committed to developing social and emotional skills of our students. Teachers are committed to building Positive Behaviors and Intervention Supports (PBIS) in classrooms, and our site-based counselors provide weekly Sanford Harmony lessons to all students. This work led to seven of our schools receiving the Silver PBIS award from the state and three schools received the Bronze award.
Our green efforts are also picking up speed. Student pilots are in the forefront of rolling out best practices across the District. This school year, we have eliminated plastic straws and replaced the traditional spork packet with utensil and napkin dispensers. Increased recycle efforts are underway at several schools, additional school gardens are being built, and food waste audits are being conducted. A green team has been established, and student councils are electing green commissioners.
Lastly, we believe that meaningful engagement of all stakeholders is critical to the work we do. Thank you to our staff, parents, and community partners that contribute to our amazing District. What is happening in #NSDnow is truly remarkable, and I am proud to be a part of it.
To our students, I promise that we will strive every day to provide you a world-class education. You are the reason we wake up every day, and the purpose behind what drives our work.
To our parents, I pledge to ensure your children receive the best education possible. Thank you for your trust and confidence in us to ensure your children grow up with the ability to contribute to our National City community and beyond.
To our community partners, I commit to reach out and learn how we can prepare our students to be your future employees, business owners, and civic leaders.
To our staff, I vow to roll up my sleeves and support your efforts in any way possible. You are the backbone of what we do.
To the world, I'll guarantee to you that the students of National School District will be ready to amaze you!