COVID-19 Update: CVUSD announces new plan for distance learning.


Since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, the situation has continued to unfold leaving many in uncertainty. Along with sporting events and other gatherings, the Conejo Valley Unified School District had to cancel school. Here is what Lancers should know about the current status of their education:

Distance Learning

CVUSD updated its plan for distance learning, or remote online learning, today March 19. As of yesterday the anticipated start date for distance learning was April 21, but the new start date is anticipated to be March 23 for highschools and March 30 for the rest of the district. Teachers will contact students about their classes.

If students need technology, CVUSD asks they submit a technology request form online, so they can have the materials they need to carry out their schoolwork in this new format. The district is also preparing hard-copy packets for families without access to technology.

Distance learning is mandatory as it is the new format in which CVUSD is providing compulsory education. The work will be graded and these grades are expected as of now to appear on student transcripts. The district does not anticipate extending the school year despite the school closures.

Childcare and Free Lunch

The purpose of distance learning is to continue education while maintaining social distancing to protect students and the community from COVID-19. In accordance with this, CVUSD cannot provide childcare at school sites. However, CVUSD is providing free school meals at eight locations.

Standardized Testing

In regards to standardized testing, English language arts and math CAASPP testing will not take place this school year. The College Board, which administers the SAT and AP exams, canceled the March SAT makeup and the May 2 SAT. The next SAT administration is June 6, and students can register for it until May 27. They cancelled in-person administrations of AP exams and shifted the format to a 45-minute at-home FRQ test to be offered on two dates. More information about the test formats is to come by April 3. The College Board continues to update its website here. Additionally, ACT rescheduled its April 4 national test for June 13 and continues to update its website here.

End of Year Activities

With the rapidly evolving situation around COVID-19, there is no way of knowing whether or not graduation and promotion ceremonies will be held. However, CVUSD is committed to celebrating students in whichever ways they are able to when the time comes. As of now, CVUSD schools remain closed until at least May 4.

Updated March 20 7:50 p.m.