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Eclipse Solar: ¡Disfrútelo con Seguridad!


On Monday, August 21st, there will be a Solar Eclipse occurring and a partial Eclipse will be viewable in our area between the hours of 9:01am and 11:37am, with the maximum eclipse at approximately 10:15 am. The eclipse will last a total of about 2 hours 36 minutes from start to finish.


Although this is a very exciting event to witness, we want to communicate the importance to all students, families, and staff of the potential safety risks.


It is never safe to look at any part of the sun directly--this includes during a partial or total eclipse. This can cause retinal burns and damage to the eye. Sunglasses are not sufficient protection for viewing the solar eclipse--only look directly at the eclipse using special-purpose solar filters, better known as “eclipse glasses” that state clearly their compliance to the international safety standard ISO 12312-2. If your eclipse glasses do not indicate safety standards - DO NOT USE THEM. For further safety information visit NASA’s Safety Webpage.


All PVUSD schools will be on inclement weather (rainy day) schedules during will be on an inclement weather (rainy-day) schedule during recess, PE, and/or breaks. Students will not be outside unsupervised without safety viewing equipment, unless there is a planned activity, appropriate supervision and approved eclipse-viewing glasses. The safest recommendation, especially for lower elementary grades, is to project a live feed indoors of the Eclipse to students. Live Feed:http://eclipse.stream.live/


Here is the Parent Letter that was sent home to all families in PVUSD.  For further information regarding safety and alternative viewing options, please visit our Solar Eclipse Resource Page.





El lunes, 21 de agosto, habrá un Eclipse Solar y un Eclipse parcial será visible en nuestra zona entre las 9:01 am y 11:37 am, con el eclipse máximo aproximadamente a las 10:15 am. El eclipse durará un total de aproximadamente 2 horas y 36 minutos desde el principio hasta el final.


Aunque este es un evento muy emocionante para testificar, queremos comunicar la importancia de todos los estudiantes, familias y personal de los posibles riesgos de seguridad.


Nunca es seguro mirar directamente a ninguna parte del sol - esto incluye durante un eclipse parcial o total. Esto puede causar quemaduras en la retina y daños en el ojo. Las gafas de sol no son una protección suficiente para ver el eclipse solar. Solo mira directamente al eclipse usando filtros solares de propósito especial, más conocidos como "gafas eclipses"  (special-purpose solar filtersque indican claramente su cumplimiento con la norma de seguridad internacional ISO 12312-2. Si sus gafas de eclipse no indican los estándares de seguridad - NO USARLO. Para obtener más información sobre seguridad, visite la página web de seguridad de la NASA (NASA’s Safety Webpage).


Todas las escuelas de PVUSD estarán en horarios de clima inclemente (día de lluvia) durante el tiempo de lluvia (día de lluvia) durante el recreo, PE y / o descansos. Los estudiantes no estarán fuera sin supervisión sin equipo de seguridad, a menos que haya una actividad planeada, supervisión apropiada y gafas de observación aprobadas. La recomendación más segura, especialmente para los grados elementales más bajos, es proyectar un alimento vivo dentro del Eclipse a los estudiantes. Live Feed: http://eclipse.stream.live/


Aquí está la Carta de Padres (Parent Letter) que fue enviada a casa a todas las familias en PVUSD. Para obtener más información sobre seguridad y opciones de visualización alternativas, visite nuestra página de recursos de Solar Eclipse (Solar Eclipse Resource Page).





August 16, 2017


Dear PVUSD Colleagues,


The beginning of a new school year, like the start of a new day, reminds us that the future holds endless possibilities and excitement. I hope that your summer was peaceful, as well as filled with explorations and good health because you deserve it.  It was an honor and pleasure meeting the grand majority of you as I visited classrooms, departments and attended events at your schools during my inaugural year as your Superintendent.  I look forward to continuing to build connections with you in the 2017-18 school year. I will continue to give you my unwavering commitment of leadership and dedication, in addition to a relentless focus on students, as we propel Pajaro Valley Unified School District towards even greater success. I wish everyone the greatest success as we welcome over 20,000 students to their educational journey of 2017-18. I know that our students are in the capable hands of our highly focused teachers and staff committed to making PVUSD the most innovative and successful school district in Santa Cruz County. 


Like all successful organizations, we are constantly reinventing ourselves to better serve our students, parents and community. We have awesome staff doing tremendous work.  Let's celebrate together by looking at a few highlights of the significant investments we are making to ensure our students have a world-class education. 


Advancing Academic Achievement:

Our top priority is to expand opportunities and access to high quality learning environments. This summer, thousands of students have engaged for the first time in:

  • Hands on Science Learning with the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
  • Coding training with Education Training Research (ETR)
  • Performing arts experiences with West Theatre and Tandy Beal Dance Company
  • Expanded credit recovery completion by 867 secondary students
  • Newly established Freshmen Bridge Program at Watsonville High to support students' transition to high school


For the upcoming school year, many innovative programs will be introduced to our schools:

  • Edward James Olmo's award winning Latino Film Institute Youth Cinema Project at Starlight Elementary and Cesar Chavez Middle schools
  • El Sistema of Santa Cruz is providing music instruction at Radcliff Elementary.
  • Paso a Paso: Creciendo Juntos (Step by Step: Growing Together) to support early literacy for preschool through 3rd grade as well as for all children and families in our community
  • College and Career Centers are being supported at all three comprehensive high schools; Aptos High School will be included for the first time this year
  • VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) program expansion to include music offerings at all middle schools 


Investing in Human Resources:

Since February, PVUSD has been engaged in recruitment efforts to ensure students are taught by high quality staff. In addition we are:

  • Continuing to on-board new staff
  • Launching a Human Resources site visitation with all new teachers to support a seamless transition into their teaching profession
  • Working diligently to reduce teacher vacancies to only 7 teacher vacancies as of the first day of school
  • Offering "Voice and Choice" Professional Development days to support building of teacher capacity;   Teachers will be able to select their topic for professional learning days.
  • Implementing four benefits committee approved additional medical plans for employees.


Improving Learning Environments with Maintenance and Facilities:

We are dedicated to continually improving the learning environment for students.  This year, our students will be welcomed into many modernized and renovated facilities.  The District completed 50 modernization projects at 27 schools this summer. Some highlights include:

  • Aptos High School: lighted walkway and updated 21st Century Library
  • Mar Vista: new portables and replacement of fire alarm system
  • Pajaro Middle School: new basketball court
  • Mintie White: updated façade and fencing
  • Rolling Hills: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) laboratory

We believe our learning environments extend beyond the classroom, therefore we have:

  • Placed hot spots for Wi-Fi access on long-ride buses to facilitate digital literacy and student learning with Chromebooks
  • Began a pilot program to find green fuel alternatives for buses
  • Installed GPS on all buses
  • Implemented Z-pass system on buses to increase efficacy and safety of student loading and unloading

Serving the Whole Child:

PVUSD values a holistic approach based on meaningful relationships to achieve student success.  To accomplish this goal, the following initiatives are moving forward:

  • Lead counselor position to facilitate mobilization of resources to support wrap around services
  • New Socio-Emotional Counselors at alternative secondary sites to support our most fragile students
  • Professional development for teachers and staff on mindfulness
  • Positive behavior training at all sites to support innovative disciplinary practices
  • Nutrition enhancement through salad bars at all highs schools
  • California Thursdays for fresh meal choices at all high schools
  • Harvest of the Month program expanded to K-12
  • New pre-school assessment clinic and full time administrator at Special Education site Duncan Holbert

We will ensure student success through providing high quality learning environments, expanding parent and community partnerships, and maintaining quality staff. We will continue to place students' learning at the center of all decisions.  Thank you for all that you do everyday for our students.





The Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and the law firm of Fagen Firedman & Fulfrost published a 2-page fact sheet regarding ...more


The Pajaro Valley Unified School District (Local Educational Agency) has adopted a policy that prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation , or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. The policy includes the following: a) A statement that it applies to all acts related to school activity or school attendance within a school under the jurisdiction of the superintendent of the school district. b) Requirement that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
(Ed. Code (EC) §§ 200, 220, 221.5, 234.1, and 260; Gov. Code (GC) § 11135; Pen. Code (PC) § 422.55; Cal. Code of Regs., Title 5 (5 CCR) §§ 4900, 4902, and 4960)

Complaints alleging noncompliance with this policy of discrimination should be directed to: 

  • The following person is designated as District Coordinator for Nondiscrimination and Title IX Coordinator – Assistant Superintendent in charge of Human Resources, Ian MacGregor.   Contact information is:  Email – ian_macgregor@pvusd.net Phone – 831 786-2145  
  • District 504 Coordination – Director of Special Education, Heather Gorman.  Contact information is:  Email – Heather_Gorman@pvusd.net.   Phone – 831 786-2130
  • A copy of the district’s Uniform Complaint Policy is available at our website in Board Policy and Regulation 1312.3, (PDF Policy; PDF Regulation)  Nondiscrimination 4030 (PDF Policy) Sexual Harassment Board Policy 4119.11(a) (PDF Policy; PDF Regulation), It is also found in our Parents Rights and Responsibilities Handbook on page 13. (PDF click here)  For the Spanish version, click here

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(Wednesdays remain as early dismissal days for 2017-18. Exceptions: August 16th and June 6th - they are a regular day!)




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