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Message from Superintendent Dr. Frederick Navarro | June 2, 2020
Posted 6/2/20

Dear Newport-Mesa families and staff,

The end of this school year has been difficult and we sincerely appreciate your support and understanding as we continue to plan and make adjustments to support student learning. To that end, I would like to provide you an update regarding our end of school year changes for high school, summer programs, and budget implications of COVID-19.

End of School Year Changes for High School

Instruction ends on June 5, 2020 for students in grade 12 and June 10, 2020 for students in grade 9-11.

Every year, classes end early for seniors to assure that teachers have ample time to submit final grades and allow counselors to confirm that seniors have completed all graduation requirements.

This year, to also allow students with “incomplete” additional time for credit completion, instruction for students in grade 12 will end on June 5, 2020.

For students in grades 9-11, finals are scheduled the last week of the semester and regular classes end a week early. This year, to also allow for credit completion, instruction for students in grade 9-11 will end on June 10, 2020.

In an effort to support students as they focus on completing coursework for the Spring semester, our district formed a Credit Completion Committee. The committee, composed of counselors, teachers, principals, and district leadership, will focus on students who received an “Incomplete” mark. The committee is tasked with finding ways to support students to help maintain progress toward graduation. 

Teachers will maintain office hours through the school year to provide opportunities for students to work with them in determining how to complete unfinished assignments and earn passing marks or raise their grade.  

Our District will begin summer credit completion, via Distance Learning, on June 8, 2020 for grade 12 students and June 11, 2020 for grades 9-11. Teachers and school administrators will be in contact with students that are referred to participate in credit completion.

While instruction is ending early, keep in mind that traditional end of year activities typically occurring the last week or two of school will not be taking place this year. Therefore, we are maximizing the use of this time to support students in meeting grade-level standards and obtaining credit via the modified A-C grading scale

2020 Summer Programs 

Our academic Summer programs will continue for students who require additional support, such as Title I Math, English Learning Language Academy, and other credit recovery/completion programs. These programs will continue via Distance Learning. Teachers and/or school administrators will be in contact with you if your student is referred to participate in these summer programs. 

Due to the hands-on nature of many of our Summer enrichment programs and social distancing requirements, our Summer enrichment programs, such as engineering, theatre and athletics, will be canceled for summer 2020. 

Budget Implications of COVID-19

The recession that we have entered, as a result of COVID-19, will have significant impacts on our school district. Projections indicate that school funding and budget reductions will exceed those of the last Great Recession. 

While it is not clear how long this recession will last, or how quickly the economy will recover, the District is preparing for a significant reduction in revenue that could last several years. As we develop the 2020-2021 budget, we must make difficult decisions in response to these financial losses, which for our District could be a loss of up to $13.6 million. 

As we develop the 2020-2021 budget, we are grateful to be in a better position than many other districts in California to address these challenges as we have sound financial management practices. 

Despite the fiscal challenges ahead of us, we remain committed to identifying cost-saving options that preserve services to students. We are grateful to be able to weather this major financial crisis with minimal impacts at this time and that employee layoffs or changes to staffing ratios are not part of the solution to a balanced budget in our District. 

A budget update was presented to the Board of Education on May 29, 2020. A video of that presentation will be available on the District’s YouTube channel soon (Board of Education Special Board Meeting - May 29, 2020).

Thank you for all you do in support of our students.