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SRV student who had COVID-19 petitions district to delay reopening

San Ramon Valley High senior Nic Prescott tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 19 and has since created the Compassionate Reopening petition, which calls for the reopening of San Ramon Valley Unified School District campuses only when the district can ensure the safety of everyone.
Senior Nic Prescott thinks schools should wait to let students back on campus after his challenging experience with the coronavirus last month
November 10, 2020

Feeling nothing out of the ordinary on Oct. 17, San Ramon Valley senior Nicolas Prescott went about his normal routine by going to work and grabbing a bite to eat.  In the early morning hours of...

District gives students choice to stay remote or switch to hybrid learning

In a letter emailed to Cal High parents on Monday, Principal Megan Keefer included visuals of what a hybrid learning model would look like on campus.
A binding declaration must be submitted by Friday so schools can start preparing for a return to campus on Jan. 5
November 9, 2020

We are currently conducting an anonymous survey for students and teachers alike to collect opinions on the reopening of Cal in the next semester. Click here to access the survey. To go hybrid or to stay...

Are breakout rooms really beneficial?

Many students turn off their cameras while in Zoom breakout rooms, making it difficult for everyone to collaborate and communicate with classmates.
Teachers and students struggle to make this Zoom, Google Meet feature more engaging
November 6, 2020

Sophomore Praneeta Agrawal sat in silence and stared awkwardly at the black boxes and muted mics on her screen. She took it upon herself to start the conversation by essentially asking, “Hey guys, what...

Participation levels drop during remote learning

Many students are having trouble staying on task
 during virtual classes. Junior Carter Honsinger is doing everything but focusing on his school work during his virtual class.
Students struggle to stay engaged during class with cameras and mics off
November 6, 2020

As the end of the first semester draws near, many students are still keeping their mics muted and cameras off after 13 weeks of awkward silences during virtual classes and cringeworthy breakout rooms.  “In...

Online schooling has brought out a whole different side of us

Adapting to remote learning has been a challenge for all of us, but some people have chosen to cope in unique ways...
Unfortunately, the side shouldn't always be shown on Zoom and Google Meets
November 4, 2020

Google Meet and Zoom recently faced some new security features from the district to keep unwarranted that happened earlier in the year out of classes. Those changes may be working, but they’re not...

How exactly do I run a mile inside my house?

Remember when PE was interactive and with other students? Now during remote learning, elementary school students like Maxwell Gerbracht get to shoot hoops by themselves while their teachers watch through a computer screen. High schoolers watch video workouts through the PLT4M fitness app and perform exercises.
P.E. students and staff are adapting to physical education through a screen
October 9, 2020

PE is looking quite different this year with all courses being online.  The switch to virtual PE became official in July after the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education voted...

San Ramon Valley High senior organizes protest at district office

A protest against remote learning was originally organized for Monday at the San Ramon Valley High School campus, but it has been moved to the district office at 699 Old Orchard Drive in Danville.
In retaliation to the continuation with online learning, students have arranged a protest to take place on Monday and possibly through the week
October 2, 2020

Doak Walker will not be attending school on Monday. In fact, the San Ramon Valley High senior hopes to miss the entire week of school. Walker has organized a sit-in protest at the San Ramon Unified...

District rethinks recording virtual classes

Despite some benefits of recording virtual classes, teachers are not allowed to do this because it violates the California State Education Code.
Legal issues prevent teachers from recording students during Zoom, Google Meet
September 30, 2020

After a week of allowing teachers to record online classes to monitor their students, the district backpedaled and announced that this practice is no longer permitted because of legal issues. In the...

School board needs to get campus reopening right this time after the disaster of last summer’s decision-making process

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education originally recommended students return to campus in August under a hybrid model, but then it was forced to reverse course and keep students away from campuses. The board is now reviewing the best way for students to return to campus later this school year.
September 28, 2020

With the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education scheduled to further explore how to safely reopen school campuses for more than 32,000 students and 3,500 employees beginning Tuesday...

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