July 19, 2020 (Via Email)

Dear SLV Families & Friends-

I hope this finds all of you healthy and well. As summer wears on, there appears to be ongoing confusion as to the status of the schools in California. Due to increases to COVID 19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, many counties in California have been required to plan for online learning. Currently, Santa Cruz County is on the "watch list" and will most likely be required to start with online learning. More information will follow as I receive it.

SLV prepared to start the first two weeks of school online in May/June. Staff participated in staff development and grade level planning time at that time. SLV is also prepared to offer small, fixed group instruction on campus (if allowable by Public Health and State Guidelines). The exact instructional options that can be offered have not been determined by the State. The SLV staff will be working together to determine the best options for opening school. We will continue to work with the other districts in Santa Cruz County and prepare for both online and/or in class instruction. Parents will have some options as to the programs their children are enrolled in.

I have heard from many parents and I know everyone is concerned about how school will start. SLV will continue to monitor conditions and follow all directives from the State of Ca. and the Office of Public Health. Our number one priority is safety for students and staff. Thank you for your extreme patience in this matter. We are working on it and will keep you informed.

I will be sending out additional information on Reopening and State requirements in the days to come. 

I apologize to all the parents and guardians of 2020 graduating students who are receiving this email, as our email lists cannot be updated until all student registration for 20-21 is complete. 

Be Well- Laurie 

"Coming together is a beginning; 

Keeping together is progress;

Working together is success."

Dr. Laurie Bruton,  

SLVUSD Superintendent


July 19, 2020 (Via Email)

Dear SLV Family - 

As several of you have pointed out, Santa Cruz County is not on the official state "watch list" that mandatorily requires schools to be online and NOT in session. However, there is every indicator that many additional counties will be added to the list in the coming weeks. The following is a letter from the SCCOE and Superintendents outlining specific sources that explain the requirements and the probability that schools will open online.

Additional information will be provided as it is available.

Dr. Laurie Bruton,  

SLVUSD Superintendent
Source: Vickie Bergquist, Exec. Asst. to Superintendent