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  • A Message from Superintendent, Dr. Nancy Lynch 

    August 14, 2019

    Dear Parents and Guardians,
    Welcome back to the 2019/2020 school year in RUSD! It has been a busy summer ensuring that classrooms have been cleaned, summer projects completed, and curriculum and instructional materials ordered in preparation for your child's return. Our teachers and staff are excited, rejuvenated and brimming with ideas and plans for the new school year. 
    This summer I had the privilege of visiting schools in Nairobi, Kenya and Jaipur, India along with a team of dedicated individuals. At a school which serves 600 students, we constructed 6 additional permanent classrooms and held a dental and medical clinic that treated nearly 1000 residents of the largest slum in Nairobi. In Jaipur, India we visited a school, located next to a trash dump, where 70 students regularly attend to learn basic skills, English and other core subjects and receive a meal each day. We are working to relocate the school to a physically safer building.
    In areas where food and clean water are a constant struggle and concern, I was humbled by these grateful and happy children, who loved sharing their culture, school and experiences with us. I was touched that simple gifts were viewed as treasures and brightened their faces. 
    Therefore, it is with a deep sense of gratitude for things we may take for granted, that I look forward to welcoming you and your students to the 2019/2020 school year. 
    How RUSD has been preparing to welcome back students:
    Security Cameras
    At the regularly scheduled Board meeting on May 14, 2019, Trustees approved the installation of security cameras at each school site. Over the summer, cameras were installed on each campus according to Board Policy. Matters captured by the cameras may be used in disciplinary proceedings, investigation purposes and referred to local law enforcement as appropriate.
    Other Projects completed at each school:
    ·       New classroom lighting funded by Proposition 39 grant
    ·       Perimeter security fencing
    ·       New clocks and public address system
    ·       AED’s (automatic external defibrillators)
    ·       Various landscaping projects
    Reminders to Parents:
    School Supplies
    Each of our schools provides every student with the basic school supplies needed for the year. We understand that parents often like to purchase special items for their children, which is always appreciated.
    School Attendance
    We ask parents to ensure the regular, on-time attendance of their children at school. In accordance with Education Code Section 48260, any student having unexcused absences for 3 full days and/or more than 30 minutes on any 3 days, or any combination thereof in one school year, is considered truant. Parents will receive a letter from the school district notifying them if their child is truant.
    California Education Code Section 48205 states that absences due to illness, medical appointments, family emergencies, and/or religious observances are considered excused. RUSD requires verification of all absences. All other absences, including extended vacations when school is in session, are unexcused absences. 
    Last year our chronic absenteeism rate was the highest of the past 3 years at 8.1% of RUSD students missing 18 or more days of school. By school, the rates were 7.7% at Reed, 8.6% at Bel Aire and 8.1% at Del Mar. Together we can ensure the regular attendance of students at school.
    3rd and 6th Grade Proof of Residency
    If your child is entering the 3rd or 6th grade and you have not renewed your proof of residency, please do so today. If we do not have updated proof of residency, your child will not be placed on a class list.
    Re-Enrolling Your Student
    You received an email from RUSD and Bluepods informing returning parents to re-enroll students for the 2019-2020 school year. If you have not re-enrolled your student using the Bluepods online enrollment system, please do so immediately. The important information you provide includes updated emergency contact information, which is vital for schools’ emergency preparedness.
    Class Placements
    Parents of Reed and Bel Aire students will receive their class placement via an email from ALMA. Kindergarten parents will be notified after 4:00 pm on Tuesday, August 20th. Grades 1 through 5 will be notified after 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21st . At Del Mar, 6th grade and new students will receive their schedules at the New Student Orientation on Wednesday, August 21st. All other Del Mar students will receive their schedules on the morning of the first day of school, Thursday, August 22nd.
    I want to thank you for your constant support and endless energy in contributing to our school community that ensures students are provided outstanding educational opportunities. I look forward to meeting and re-connecting with you in the weeks ahead. Welcome to the 2019/2020 school year!
    Kind regards,
    Nancy Lynch, Ed.D.
    Reed Union School District