School offices open on August 17th!
Today, a message was posted on the DNUSD webpage and Facebook page regarding the Del Norte Virtual Learning Program flyer. On behalf of the District, I would like to personally apologize for any misunderstanding regarding this post.
I would like to clarify the following:
1. The District is not planning on only offering online learning for the 2020-2021 school year. At this point, we are expecting to be able to return with at least 50% of our students in attendance on campus at any given time. In a previous survey, 65% of our families indicated that they would prefer that school be offered fully in person, as we have always done, while an additional 25% indicated that they would prefer a blended learning model. Our intent is to try to offer programs that meet the needs of each child, in person to the fullest extent possible.
2. That same survey indicated that approximately 10% of our families expressed an interest in participating only in online or distance learning. In order to move forward with determining whether this option is viable, it is necessary that we get an accurate count of students, by grade level and school of residence, as quickly as possible. This “application” was designed as a way to get this information for planning purposes only.
3. I have been meeting with the leadership of the Del Norte Teachers’ Association and the local California School Employees Association on a steering committee to discuss issues and options in reopening for 2020-2021. We have discussed the desire and survey results for an online program, but no discussion has been held regarding this “application” or a final configuration of an online program.
4. We are in the process of completing a survey for all district staff and families to gather additional information regarding the three reopening options that the steering committee, site principals, and other consulting groups have discussed: an in-person AM/PM model with 50% of students in attendance at either session, a two day per week in-person model with 50% of students in attendance 2 days each week with distance learning occurring during days when they are not receiving in-person instruction, and the distance learning-only model.
5. Given the confusion caused by the post and the need to more accurately reflect the intent of the form, we will be revising the current document and reposting it so that it better meets its intended purpose. To avoid continuing confusion, we will “expire” the post, so that only the corrected version is available. The updated document will be available in Spanish, as well.
I would, again, like to apologize for any confusion that these posts may have caused. In an attempt to gather information quickly, we did not communicate clearly or adequately. We have just over 40 days in which to rethink 100 years of educational structure and respond to the most significant health crisis in recent history, prior to the start of the school year. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we move through this process.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 464-0200.
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Mr. Tony Fabricius
Dear Sunset Students,
Welcome to Sunset High School, a student-centered high school based on mutual respect that supports our pupils’ educational needs, fosters high expectations, and promotes academic achievement. This is seen through the following avenues:
*Smaller, direct instruction classes;
*Opportunities for hands-on learning;
*Participation in school-wide programs such as our Experiential Learning Adventures, which includes an on-campus Redwood interpretative trail, hosting 3rd and 5th graders from around Del Norte County to discover our local wonders.
At Sunset High School, we teach students, NOT SUBJECTS. Student learning is our main focus. We ask our students, “what are you learning?”, not “what are you doing?” It is our priority to provide students with skills and resources that will enable you to continue your education through life, college, trade schools, or the armed services.
Sunset High School is fully accredited from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Our Motto is “Pride in School---Pride in Self”, and we have only 3 rules: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible. All of our actions and conduct, both for students and staff, can be addressed by those 3 rules. Sunset High School has an incredible reputation for having pride and passion for our unique school, but more importantly, pride and passion for the people and relationships that are built here. There is one very important factor that is essential to your whole outlook on education and life, and that one factor is YOU!
One of the most important lessons that you will take away from here is that you are responsible for all of your decisions, actions, and behaviors. Your true character emerges when you’re faced with adversity. When we acknowledge that we must not point fingers, or blame others for our misfortune, but realize that our life, our decisions, and our future direction is influenced from our own initiative; only then will we have grown. We encourage on-going communication between our students, teachers, principal, and parents regarding any decisions and actions that will affect student achievement at Sunset High School.
At Sunset High School, each student, every day will have opportunities to develop personal abilities, skills, potential, and a foundation for what is expected for future success in college, career, or when beginning a family of your own.
On behalf of the staff at Sunset High School, we welcome you and hope you accept the accountability to contribute for a successful and rewarding year for yourself, and our school.
Tony Fabricius, Principal
Sunset High School