• Welcome Back 2020-2021

    Posted by Leighangela Brady on 8/17/2020 6:00:00 PM

    We are excited to announce the commencement of the 2020-21 school year in the National School District. Classes will begin on August 24, 2020 in distance learning ONLY. 

    Our teachers will be returning from summer break officially on Wednesday and will be receiving their class rosters by the end of the week. This is when class assignments will be announced to you as well, after which you will receive first day login information from your assigned teacher. Please be sure that your child has a comfortable and quiet place for learning at home, that their devices are charged daily, and that they have their headphones and other school supplies handy that they may need. Students should dress appropriately, and not attend class in their pajamas. Uniforms are highly encouraged, but not required this year. 

    As the year gets underway, each school will be scheduling weekly pick-ups of materials and supplies that your children will need at home for learning. These pick-up times will provide families face-to-face touch points during the continued shut down. Each student will also receive a five-day supply of meals (both breakfast and lunch). First week of school meals will be distributed at each school on August 24, 2020 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

    Since San Diego is still not cleared for reopening in person, we have set a new target date of October 19, 2020 for beginning the hybrid model. Until then, we will be tracking local data to ensure it is safe to open school in our community. Currently, National City does not meet the same criteria for reopening as San Diego. Therefore, if COVID-19 case rates are still too high for reopening on our target date, we will remain closed and announce a new target date.

    Finally, these are dynamic times, therefore we want to be upfront that some changes to class placements may occur after the school year is underway. Thank you to all who registered through ParentVue to help us minimize potential disruptions for students during the year. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that there will be no disruptions once the hybrid model begins. Factors such as enrollment numbers, parent requests, social distancing requirements, on campus schedules, individual student needs, and other factors may influence the necessity for changes. If there will be any change to your child’s placement, your principal will notify you immediately.

    As always, thank you for your patience, flexibility, and trust during this time. If you have any questions, or need additional support, please contact your principal directly. All school contact information can be found on our district website at www.nsd.us under the ‘schools’ tab.

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    Estamos muy entusiasmados de anunciar el comienzo del año escolar 2020-21 en el Distrito Escolar National. Clases comenzaran el 24 de agosto, 2020 como aprendizaje a distancia SOLAMENTE.

    Nuestros maestros regresaran de su descanso de verano oficialmente el miércoles y estarán recibiendo sus listas de clase para el fin de la semana. Seria en ese momento cuando las clases asignadas serán anunciadas a ustedes también, en ese momento usted recibirá la información del primer día de inscripción de su maestro asignado. Por favor de asegurarse que su hijo/a tenga un lugar cómodo y callado para aprendizaje en casa, sus dispositivos cargados diariamente, y que ellos tengan sus audífonos y otras herramientas escolares que pudieran necesitar cerca. El estudiante deberá vestirse apropiadamente, no atender a la clase en pijamas. Uniformes son altamente recomendados, pero no son requeridos este año.

    Mientras continúe el año, cada escuela estará programando un horario semanal para recoger herramienta y material que sus hijos necesitarán en casa para su aprendizaje. Estos horarios de recoger proveerán a las familias momentos de cara a cara durante el cierre continuo. Cada estudiante también recibirá la cantidad de alimentos de cinco-días (ambos desayuno y almuerzo). La primera semana serán distribuidos en cada escuela el 24 de agosto, 2020 entre el horario de 8:00 a.m. y 12:00 p.m.

    Ya que San Diego todavía no está libre para reabrir en persona, hemos programado una nueva fecha de meta del 19 de octubre, 2020 para comenzar el modelo hibrido. Hasta entonces, estaremos monitoreado los datos locales para asegurar si es seguro para abrir las escuelas en nuestra comunidad. Actualmente, National City no cumple el criterio para reabrir como San Diego. Entonces, si los casos del COVID-19 todavía está altos para nuestra fecha de meta de reapertura, nos mantendremos cerrados y anunciaremos una nueva fecha.

    Finalmente, estos son momentos dinámicos y deseamos ser sinceros al comunicar que pudiera haber cambios a las colocaciones de clase después de que el año escolar este en acción. Gracias a todos ustedes que se han inscrito por medio de ParentVue para ayudar minimizar las posibles interrupciones para los estudiantes durante el año. Desafortunadamente, no podemos garantizar que no habrá interrupciones una vez el modelo hibrido comience. Factores como los números de inscripción, peticiones de padres, requisito de distanciamiento social, horarios en la escuela, necesidades individuales de estudiantes, y otros factores pudieran influenciar la necesidad de cambios. Si hay cualquier cambio para la colocación de su estudiante, su director escolar lo notificara inmediatamente.

    Como siempre, gracias por supaciencia, flexibilidad y confianza durante estos momentos. Si tiene cualquier pregunta, o necesita apoyo adicional, por favor de comunicarse con su director directamente. Toda la información de contacto escolar puede ser encontrada en nuestro sitio de internet al www.nsd.us bajo la pestaña de “escuelas”.

     

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  • How will we know when to expect the hybrid model to begin?

    Posted by Leighangela Brady on 8/8/2020 8:02:00 AM

    In July we announced that we would be opening in distance learning due to county health restrictions regarding in-person classes. Today I write to confirm those plans. National School District will resume classes on August 24, 2020 in distance learning ONLY. Next week, you will be hearing from your site principal with more information around distance learning specific to your school.

    Simultaneously, we are continuing to prepare to reopen our schools (at minimum in a hybrid model) as soon as it is safe. You can view our Board Approved National School District COVID-19 Safe Reopening Plan in English or Spanish at www.nsd.us. Parents must select which model they want for the entire year through the ParentVUE app. If you have not done this, or need support, please contact your school immediately. School contact information can be found on the ‘schools’ dropdown menu of our website.

    One question that people regularly ask is, “How will we know when to expect the hybrid model to begin?” Here are several considerations that we are tracking to help answer that question:

    • San Diego County will be off of the State monitoring list for 14 consecutive days.
    • National City will be off of the county monitoring list for 14 consecutive days.
    • National City 14–day case rates will be <100 cases/100,000 population (National City currently has nearly double that and does not qualify for a K-6 reopening waiver).
    • National City will not have any community outbreaks >25 and testing positivity >8.0%. 
    • National School District will communicate transition plans to families, set bus and arrival/dismissal schedules, and ensure that the reopen date maximizes continuity of learning.

    Knowing that all of this cannot happen before August 24, 2020, the Governing Board will need to consider a new target date to launch the hybrid model. This will be discussed at our upcoming National School District Governing Board Meeting on August 12, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Once a new date has been established, we will communicate it out to families that have selected the hybrid model of instruction.

    Like us, we imagine that your children are anxious to return to school. Thankfully we have devices, programs, and tools that will allow us to begin the school year through a distance learning model for all students. Ultimately our goal is to have everyone back, full time, in a safe learning environment.

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    En julio anunciamos que abriríamos en el aprendizaje a distancia debido a las restricciones de salud del condado con respecto a las clases en persona. Hoy les escribo para confirmar esos planes. El Distrito Escolar National regresara a clases el 24 de agosto de 2020 en aprendizaje a distancia SOLAMENTE. La próxima semana, escucharán de su director escolar  con más información sobre el aprendizaje a distancia específico de su escuela.

    Simultáneamente, continuamos preparando para reabrir nuestras escuelas (al mínimo en un modelo híbrido) tan pronto como sea seguro. Puede ver nuestro Plan de Reapertura Segura COVID-19 del Distrito Escolar National aprobado por la Mesa Directiva en inglés o español en www.nsd.us. Los padres deben seleccionar cual modelo desean para todo el año a través de la aplicación ParentVUE. Si no ha hecho esto o necesita ayuda, por favor comuníquese con su escuela inmediatamente. La información de contacto de la escuela se puede encontrar en el menú "escuelas" de nuestro sitio web.

    Una pregunta que la gente se hace regularmente es: "¿Cómo sabremos cuándo esperar que comience el modelo híbrido?" Aquí hay varias consideraciones que estamos monitoreando para ayudar a responder a esa pregunta:

    • El Condado de San Diego estará fuera de la lista de monitoreo estatal durante 14 días consecutivos.
    • La ciudad de National City estará fuera de la lista de monitoreo del condado durante 14 días consecutivos.
    • La cantidad de casos de 14 días de la ciudad de National City serán <100 casos/100,000 populación (National City actualmente tiene casi el doble de eso y no califica para una exención de reapertura de K-6).
    • La ciudad de National City no tendrá ningún brote comunitario >25 y positividad de pruebas >8.0%.
    • El Distrito Escolar National comunicará los planes de transición a las familias, establecerá los horarios de autobús y llegada/salida, y se asegurará de que la fecha de reapertura maximiza la continuidad del aprendizaje.

    Sabiendo que todo esto no puede suceder antes del 24 de agosto de 2020, la Mesa Directiva deberá considerar una nueva fecha de marca para lanzar el modelo híbrido. Esto se discutirá en nuestra próxima junta de la Mesa Directiva del Distrito Escolar National el 12 de agosto de 2020 a las 6:00 p.m. Una vez que se haya establecido una nueva fecha, se la comunicaremos a las familias que hayan seleccionado el modelo híbrido de instrucción.

    Como nosotros, imaginamos que sus hijos están ansiosos por volver a la escuela. Afortunadamente, tenemos dispositivos, programas y herramientas que nos permitirán comenzar el año escolar a través de un modelo de aprendizaje a distancia para todos los estudiantes. En última instancia, nuestro objetivo es tener a todos de regreso, a tiempo completo, en un ambiente de aprendizaje seguro.

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  • Governor's Reopening Order

    Posted by Leighangela Brady on 7/17/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Today, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order requiring all districts that are located in counties on the state’s public watch list to start the school year with distance learning until certain conditions are met. This includes San Diego County. In addition, the new order clarifies some of the state-level expectations around face coverings, physical distancing, and when to reopen or reclose schools.

    Our Governing Board will meet virtually this coming Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 4:00 p.m., to determine what the guidance means for our schools and approve a plan for National School District moving forward. We appreciate your understanding as we adjust to these ever-changing conditions. Our number one priority is to keep students and employees safe and emerge from this pandemic 

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    Hoy, el Gobernador Gavin Newsom emitió una orden exigiendo que todos los distritos escolares ubicados dentro de condados que están en la lista de observación del estado empiecen el año escolar con aprendizaje a distancia hasta que no se cumplan ciertas condiciones. Esto incluye el Condado de San Diego. Adicionalmente, la orden nueva aclara algunas de las expectativas a nivel estatal acerca del uso de mascaras, el distanciamiento stronger than ever.físico, y cuándo volver a abrir y cerrar escuelas.

    Nuestra Mesa Directiva se reunirá virtualmente este martes 21 de julio de 2020 a las 4:00 p.m., para determinar qué significa la dirección de nuestras escuelas y aprobar un plan para que el Distrito Escolar National avance. Agradecemos su comprensión mientras nos adaptamos a estas condiciones. Nuestra prioridad número uno es mantener a los estudiantes y empleados seguros y salir de esta pandemia más fuerte que nunca.

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  • Reopening of School Update

    Posted by Leighangela Brady on 7/10/2020 5:00:00 PM

    By now, we had hoped to have had a more definitive update on our reopening of school plans for the 2020-2021 school year. However, external conditions and factors affecting these plans continue to change almost daily. In light of this, we wanted to provide you with the information that we know today:

    • We received a great response on staff and parent surveys regarding distance learning and reopening models. We are using this feedback to inform our plans that will include both a full distance learning option as well as a hybrid learning option of distance learning and increasing time on campus as feasible throughout the year. Parents have been receiving multiple correspondence regarding creating a Parent Vue account. This is a necessary first step to enable parents to be able to choose one of these two instructional models. This can be done via cell phone or District issued student device. Parents needing assistance should contact nsd-parentvue@nsd.us or (619) 336-7783.
    • Since before the school-year ended, we have been working closely with a taskforce of employees from various assignments to explore needs and recommendations for reopening schools, specific to National School District, from their expert perspectives.
    • Our Governing Board has thoughtfully considered all recommendations from the taskforce; and has directed administration to draft a plan that puts staff and student safety at the forefront. We will continue to monitor public health advisories closely, with every intent to adhere to all health and safety precautions.
    • To provide more time to prepare a detailed reopening plan, we have postponed the reopening of the school year with students slated to return August 24, 2020. We are planning for instruction to resume on this date; at minimum through distance learning if county health orders do not permit on-site instruction. Once drafted, our plan will be posted on our website for public viewing and comments.
    • Food service will continue throughout the remainder of the summer at Las Palmas School on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (multiple meals served each day).
    • We are also working side-by-side with our labor leaders to ensure that our final plan is failsafe.

     We will be sending you another update in August as the start of the school year gets closer. Please stay connected by checking our website regularly at www.nsd.us. Wishing you all good health during this time.

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    Para estas fechas, nos hubiera gustado tener una actualización más definida sobre nuestros planes de apertura para el año escolar 2020-2021. Sin embargo, condiciones externas y factores afectando estos planes continúan cambiando casi a diario. Teniendo esto en cuenta, nos gustaría proveerles la información que tenemos hasta ahora:

    • Recibimos una gran respuesta de los cuestionarios para el personal y padres, referentes a aprendizaje a distancia y modelos de reapertura. Estamos usando estas opiniones para informarles nuestros planes sobre ambas opciones, aprendizaje a distancia completa, así como también una opción de aprendizaje hibrido de aprendizaje a distancia, aumentando más tiempo en la escuela mientras sea viable. Nuestros padres han recibido múltiples correspondencias con información para crear una cuenta de padres. Este es el primer paso necesario para poder escoger uno de estos dos modelos de instrucción. Esto puede ser hecho por medio de un celular o un dispositivo estudiantil provisto por el Distrito. Padres que necesitan asistencia, deberan comunicarse a nsd-parentvue@nsd.us ó (619) 336-7783.
    • Desde antes que terminara el año escolar, hemos estado trabajando estrechamente con un Equipo Especial conformado de empleados de varias asignaciones. Con sus perspectivas expertas, exploramos las necesidades y recomendaciones para una reapertura escolar especifica para el Distrito Escolar National.
    • Nuestra Mesa Directiva ha considerado cuidadosamente todas las recomendaciones del Equipo Especial y ha dirigido a nuestra administración crear un plan preliminar que coloca la seguridad del personal y estudiantil en primer lugar. Continuaremos monitoreando las advertencias de salud publica cercanamente, con toda la intención de adherirnos a todas las precauciones de salud y seguridad.
    • Para proveer más tiempo a la preparación de un plan detallado sobre la reapertura, tenemos que posponer la apertura del año escolar. Estudiantes están programados a regresar el 24 de Agosto, 2020. Estamos planeando que la instrucción resuma en esta fecha; por mínimo, con aprendizaje a distancia si las ordenes del condado de salud no permiten instrucción física en la escuela. Una vez creado, el plan será publicado en nuestra pagina de internet para difusión publica y comentarios.
    • Los servicios de alimento continuaran durante el resto del verano en la escuela Las Palmas cada Lunes, Miércoles, y Viernes de 10:30 a.m. a 12:30 p.m. (alimentos múltiples son servidos cada día).
    • También estamos trabajando lado a lado con nuestros lideres laborales para asegurar que nuestro plan final es infalible.

    Les enviaremos otra actualización en Agosto, cuando el año escolar este más cerca. Por favor manténganse informado, conectándose regularmente a nuestra pagina de internet www.nsd.us. Deseamos que tengan buena salud durante este tiempo.

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  • End of the Year Update

    Posted by Leighangela Brady on 5/20/2020 9:15:00 PM

    When schools suddenly closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no one imagined that we would still be in shelter-in-place status. Our hearts are saddened as the end of the year approaches, and the reality sets in that we will not be able to reopen even to close out the year with our students. Sadder, are the milestones of end-of-year activities and promotions that we must now reimagine.

    For our sixth graders, we are so proud of their accomplishments! In addition to a keepsake video, we are planning to hold drive through promotions at each of our schools to wave to our students and celebrate within the health parameters. Should health restrictions be lifted by the County Health Department in the next two weeks, we may also invite students into the school to “walk the stage” and take those cherished remembrance photos. Preschool and kindergarten teachers are also planning something special for their anticipated promotions specific to each school site. Your site principal will be reaching out soon with more details on these events for those of you with children in these grades.

    While these last few months have been difficult for all, I want to thank you for your support during this time. Our staff worked hard to provide our students with devices, materials, and meals; and our teachers applied their expertise to teaching in virtual classrooms through distance learning. Your partnership and support at home made all of this possible. We are happy to report high levels of engagement by students; despite lots of obstacles to navigate. Because this was an unplanned closure, we felt strongly that student grades be held harmless during this time. Hopefully you received and reviewed our grading policy through one of our many communication tools such as School Messenger, Class Dojo, PeachJar, or on our COVID-19 updates page on our website at www.nsd.us.

    Finally, with so many things still uncertain, we have created a taskforce to review steps needed to reopen school; and will be carefully considering our calendar to determine the best date to open school with the confidence that we can do so safely. Please look for a parent survey that will be coming out shortly and be sure to provide us with feedback to help inform our decisions. Arrangements will be made for students that commit to returning in the fall (on this survey) to keep their student devices for the summer; and will be given summer access to continue learning using our suite of online programs. Also, if you will be returning to National School District for the 2020-21 school year, we will be asking for you to fill out intent to return paperwork in June. If your family will not be returning, please contact your principal to arrange a date and time to turn in your device as it will no longer work after June 3, 2020.

    Again, we thank you for your partnership to provide the best education for your children. These are dynamic times, and we are here to support you and your families through them.

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  • DISTANCE LEARNING – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Posted by Leighangela Brady on 5/7/2020 5:30:00 PM

    What is distance learning and what does it mean for students, teachers, parents and principals?

    Distance learning means instruction in which the student and instructor are in different locations. Methods could include online instruction, take home packets, phone calls, emails, text reminder applications, and other means of communication. Differences in teaching and learning will vary between classrooms, just like they do in our physical schools. What doesn’t vary is our focus on standards, and our expectations for students to engage and try their best. The principal’s job is to continue supporting our teachers by providing training, visiting classrooms, holding staff meetings, and securing resources. There is no instructional expectation of parents; but we do request that parents provide dedicated time and a place for students to learn- similar to when students are doing homework.

    How is the district supporting families with devices and technology?

    Each school held a technology distribution day the week we returned from spring break, and a second day the following week for families who couldn’t make it out to the first distribution day. As a result, every student should now have either an iPad (grades TK–2) or a Chromebook (grades 3–6), a power cord, and earbuds. Families without Internet connections at home also received a hotspot device. Devices are configured so that Internet access is only possible through a secured district filter which blocks inappropriate sites and protects students’ privacy. Programs are used regularly by students in our physical classrooms, so we are confident that our students will thrive in this new virtual environment. Students have a single sign-on to avoid the need for multiple logins and passwords, and teachers are able to monitor online access and program use. If students experience any issues with their devices, parents can do one of the following: 1.) Email tech@nsd.us, 2.) Complete NSD Device Issue survey, 3.) Leave a message with the Help Desk at (619)-336-7783. Devices with issues will either be fixed remotely or swapped out for a different device by appointment.

    What reassurances do we have that students won’t suffer significant learning loss during this time?

    The timing of our school closure plays a significant role in our assessment of grade level achievement. Teachers typically focus on the core clusters of the grade level standards in the first two trimesters up and through spring break. The third trimester (which we are in now) is an opportunity to review standards for mastery and apply standards at deeper levels. With the suspension of State testing this year, teachers actually have more time for this purpose through distance learning. Of course, to ensure that students have not missed any learning, we are recommending that teachers start next year with a thorough review of the previous year’s standards.

    What other resources are available for families?

    The best place for families to look for resources and information is our District website at www.nsd.us. Once there, just click on the COVID-19 button. This link provides current updates on school closures, meals, and distance learning. During the COVID-19 pandemic, National School District will continue to serve breakfast and lunch daily at Las Palmas School from 10:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. Starting on Monday, May 4, 2020 a second location will be open at El Toyon School. Weekend meals are also available for pick-up on Fridays at either of these two locations. We have also developed parent specific section on the COVID-19 section of our websiteto provide families with community resources, family support, tutorials and training. We encourage any parent in need to also reach out to their child’s teacher or principal for any reason.

    How are teachers providing students with feedback? What about report cards?

    As mentioned previously, the third trimester is an opportunity to review standards for mastery and apply standards at deeper levels. Therefore, students have already received grades on progress toward grade level standards in the first two trimesters. Due to the unexpected closure of schools, we have decided not to provide formal grades this trimester. Instead narrative comments about distance learning will be placed in each child’s file. Students will still be required to complete assignments, and teachers will still be providing students with feedback on completed work; however, without the pressure of formal grades, we hope students and teachers will explore the possibilities and depths of distance learning to the fullest extent possible.

    When do you anticipate schools will reopen? What will be the same, what will be different?

    Unfortunately, we still do not have exact information about when and how schools will reopen again. What we do know is that schools will likely stay closed through the end of this school year and hopefully reopen as planned in July for the 2020-21 school year. Students will finish this school year with their current teachers; and move on to the next grade level with new teachers for 2020-21 (except for our sixth graders who will promote on to the middle school). While we would love to return to school as normal, it may not be possible for health and safety reasons. Depending on the evolving state of this pandemic, classes may continue in distance learning, open with modifications to ensure social distancing, or open fully if the public health department allows. Only time will tell, but we will continue to monitor the situation carefully and provide updates as they become available.

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  • Community Announcement

    Posted 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:

    Date

    Schools

    Wednesday,  April 8, 2020

    Central, Olivewood

    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.

     District Contact:

    Superintendent@nsd.us

    (619) 336–7500

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  • School Closure Update 4-1-2020

    Posted 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

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  • COVID-19

    Posted by Leighangela Brady on 3/20/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Friday, March 20, 2020

    Dear Families,

    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:

     https://www.sdcoe.net/news/Pages/YMCA-Childcare-Resource-Service-Providing-Enhanced-Child-Care-Referrals.aspx

    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.

    Sincerely,

    Leighangela Brady

    Superintendent

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  • 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.

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Superintendent

  • Superintendent Leighangela Brady 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!