SMMUSD will hold a virtual board meeting on Wednesday to discuss the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress data, their sustainability goals, COVID-19 protocols and possibly mandating the vaccine for students amongst other agenda items.

Vaccine Mandate

SMMUSD is considering a vaccine mandate for eligible students as a measure to keep children and teachers in classrooms. The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education adopted a mandate on Sept. 9. Many California districts are considering making the same move.

Recently, Pfizer said their COVID-19 vaccine works in children ages 5 to 11 and the company will seek authorization and could start vaccinating youngsters.

At the same time, according to health officials, elementary schools are where the virus is spreading more than anywhere currently.

Test Scores

Due to COVID-19, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) was not viable last year. California school districts were required to administer local assessments in order to report on growth in student performance in English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics. Malibu High School alone was able to administer the Summative CAASPP during Distance Learning.

The remaining SMMUSD schools administered the following assessments: Renaissance Star Reading assessment (Secondary English Language Arts), Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project assessments (Secondary Mathematics) and FastBridge.

The tests highlight student performance results of student subgroups identified in various regulatory and funding systems.

Wednesday’s presentation is part one of a two-part series that will focus on the 2021 Local Assessments.

Part 2 will focus on the Early Development Instrument [EDI], Advanced Placement Assessment Data, ELPAC Summative Assessment, Cohort Graduation Rates, College and Career Readiness information, Attendance, and Suspension and Expulsion Rates.

Covid update

SMMUSD will provide the Board of Education with an opportunity to hear from the superintendent with updates on COVID-19 related information. The district will go over efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus with children back in classrooms.

The district will also discuss the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s new guidelines in regards to COVID-19 safety protocols, testing, and other topics. This will continue to be a recurring theme throughout the pandemic.

Sustainability

SMMUSD’s sustainability plan was adopted by the Board of Education in Feb. 2019. It provides a strategic roadmap for the district to take action and lead by example to promote environmental stewardship and climate protection in an effective and measurable way. The Sustainability Plan was developed through a community- and district stakeholder-driven effort under the direction of the Facility Improvement Projects (FIP) Department with assistance from Cumming Corporation.

Climate, education, engagement, energy efficiency, renewables, water, solid waste, transportation, food, nutrition, wellness, green buildings and operations will be discussed and specific goals for 2020, 2025, and 2030 for these areas will be laid out.

Textbook

A new textbook is being recommended. The adoption request is for AP Human Geography, a history elective course at Santa Monica High School. The textbook was reviewed by teachers and the grand total of adopting the textbooks would be $12,706.58.

Staff request

It is also recommended that the Board of Education approve an increase in FTEs/new position for a Bilingual Senior Office Specialist. This position is replacing an Office Specialist position, which has been abolished. The 2021-2022 budget will be adjusted $2,997 for salary and benefits. The board will also acknowledge Hispanic heritage month. This is expected to last roughly 10 minutes.

The meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. and become open to the public at 5:30 p.m. There will be public comment. To listen in on the meeting, visit https://www.smmusd.org/domain/2977

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