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    Update from the Superintendent - February 26th

    Dear Scotts Valley Community,

    Things are moving very quickly now so I want to make sure that you have the most recent information (at least for today!).

    The COVID-19 Safety Plan for SVUSD has been submitted and approved by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).  The California Safe School For All, District Reopening Map, reflects that SVUSD has been approved to reopen for elementary hybrid instruction. The map can be viewed here.  Given this information, the elementary schools have announced a phased return to in-person hybrid instruction during the month of March, with all grades returning in the hybrid model prior to Spring Break.   The elementary Principals sent this letter to their parents on February 19th:  Letter to Elementary Parents 2/19/2021  

    I want to reiterate that those families who have already requested an independent study program in the elementary grades will be able to maintain that program for the remainder of this year, and those families that have already requested full-time distance instruction will also be accommodated.

    Scotts Valley Middle School is prepared to begin hybrid instruction after the County has moved into the Red Tier for two consecutive weeks, and based on current numbers, this shift may occur in March before Spring Break. SVMS families have already had the opportunity to indicate if they would like to return to campus for in-person. However, families who selected online distance instruction and would like to switch to in-person instruction will have the opportunity to change their request after Spring Break, pending space availability within the classrooms. SVMS will follow the hybrid plan that was released in November 2020 and will continue to provide in-person afternoon interventions as needed. The middle school already has plans to bring back 6th graders at the beginning of March. If in fact, we are moving sooner into the Red Tier, we may postpone that plan in order to bring back the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders into hybrid instruction. We are closely watching the potential changes of the improved COVID ratings.

    Scotts Valley High School is prepared to begin their hybrid schedule after the county is in the Red Tier for 2 consecutive weeks.  Current estimates suggest this may occur in March before Spring Break.  Upon entering the Red Tier, the school will again survey parents and students to know if students will return to campus for in-person hybrid instruction, or choose to access their classes only through distance instruction. However, families who selected online distance instruction and would like to switch to in-person instruction will have the opportunity to change their request after Spring Break, pending space availability within the classrooms.  Additionally, school staff are reviewing the hybrid schedule released in December and are considering changes based on new knowledge and current conditions. The school will continue with the after-lunch Tutorial sessions offered to 9th-grade students during distance instruction, and other grade levels may be included in the Tutorial session program if the hybrid start date is pushed out past Spring Break. 

    High School athletics are also beginning to open up, and the District is working with local Public Health, Santa Cruz Athletic League, Athletic Directors, and secondary administration regarding the latest updates for outdoor youth sports.  Next week the football season opens and we will continue with conditioning until certain requirements are adhered to for practice and competition in the Purple and Red Tiers.  We were informed recently by Santa Cruz Public Health that spectators will not be allowed on the campus for these events.

    The good news is that we may be moving into the Red Tier sooner than expected. We will definitely keep you updated on this information, as we will need to be in the Red Tier for two weeks prior to transitioning to in-person hybrid schedules at the middle school and at the high school.

    I am extremely pleased that we have been able to successfully get all of our employees in for their initial vaccination, and that the round one process should be completed by the end of this week. So many people worked around the clock to make this happen and we greatly appreciate these efforts. I specifically want to express my thanks to our County Superintendent, Dr. Faris Sabbah, for his leadership and partnership with Dignity Health and Dominican Hospital that has allowed educators in Santa Cruz County to receive vaccinations for the purpose of reopening school's sooner.

    Last night, Dr. Faris Sabbah, along with the Santa Cruz County Superintendents, hosted a Town Hall Zoom event with special guests from Dignity Health and Dominican Hospital.  The topics included reopening plans, the recent vaccination implementation, other details regarding reopening schools for hybrid instruction, and the session concluded with a question and answer period.  If you missed it, you can view it here:  

    Safely Bringing Students Back to Our Classrooms -  Town Hall Recording from 2-25-2021

    I completely understand that this new phase of our COVID response is creating mixed reactions, and I want to thank you for your patience, perseverance, and kindness as we move forward.  At SVUSD we are all very excited for the opportunity to return to campus!


    Tanya Krause, Superintendent

    Update from Superintendent - February 12th

    Dear Scotts Valley Community,


    I hope you are enjoying our four day holiday weekend!

    We are very excited that we have been able to continue with the educator vaccination program offered through Dignity Health and we are sending in several of our elementary staff working with our youngest learners as well as other support staff.  We will be working over the weekend to maximize the number of slots allocated to us for this weekend. 

    Please read the attached letter from the superintendents in Santa Cruz County.


    Enjoy your Valentine's Day! 

    Tanya Krause



    FREE meals

    The USDA waivers have been extended through the end of the 2020-2021 school year.  Meals are available for pickup at Scotts Valley High School between 10:00am and 1:00pm daily.

    SVUSD Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan 2020-21:

    Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan 


    Scotts Valley Unified School District will provide each student with quality educational and social opportunities needed to thrive in a modern world.


    Our students will be socially responsible, pursuing their full potential in intellectual, social, and physical development, and be engaged, ethical and effective citizens. 

    svusd core values and guiding principles
    • Our role is to develop academically capable, culturally attuned and socially responsible students.
    • There is strength and value in diversity of thought and experience.
    • District decisions, at all levels, should be thoughtful, equitable and transparent.
    • We value commitment and collaboration from our engaged students, families and the community.
    • We value trust, respect and teamwork from our highly skilled and dedicated team.
    • We are accountable to our public for setting clear expectations and optimizing resources to meet our goals.
    SVUSD Calendar
    covid-19 safety plan

    SVUSD COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP)

    This plan includes the COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP) and the COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist


    town hall - welcoming students back safely

    Did you miss the Town Hall on February 25th?  The full recording can be viewed here:  Town Hall 2/25 Zoom Recording

    Distance instruction resources

    Quick link to the SVUSD Distance Instruction Resources

    distance learning resources from SCCOE

    The Santa Cruz County Office of Education (SCCOE) has compiled a webpage specifically for Distance Learning Resources.  

    staff timesheets

    All staff timesheets for the March 2021 pay period are posted on the Business Department webpage under:

    Payroll Timesheets

    SVUSD Student & Staff Tech Support

    Visit the district’s Help Desk page for resources and weekly drop-in support hours.  In addition, our District’s SVUSD Website has a live online Chat with an SVUSD Tech. 

    School Board Information:

    Note:  Until further notice, SVUSD school board meetings will be remote (access the public agenda page below for the link to the current meeting).

    Measure A Exemption Form 

    (for Senior/SSI parcel tax exemptions) 

    Measure A Exemption Application

    This form is for the 2021-22 tax year.  Please complete the form and submit the form and requested documentation to the District (contact information is on the form).  

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    About Us

    Scotts Valley Unified schools are ranked as some of the highest performing public schools in Santa Cruz County. We are proud of the high quality education we provide to approximately 2500 students year after year.

    Please look around to see what we do so well here at SVUSD. Be sure to visit the individual school web sites to see what's happening at Brook Knoll Elementary School, Vine Hill Elementary School, Scotts Valley Middle School and Scotts Valley High School.

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    District Area

    23 Sq Miles


    Tanya Krause

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