10/19/20: Halloween Covid-19
10/14/20: Back to School Process
9/30/20: Orange in October
9/17/20: ABCs of Distance Learning
9/9/20: Meals and Resources for 20-21
The USDA has issued updated guidance that meals can be provided at no cost to all children 0-18 years old through December 31, 2020. District schools are offering pre-packed breakfasts/lunches for children. Some districts are distributing meals daily while others are on a 3 day schedule. Please check with the district nearest to you to verify their pickup schedule and locations.
Families in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD) should note that FCUSD has decided not to offer free meals to all children 0-18. GVCS families in FCUSD will need to travel to an adjacent district to pick up their meals. All other districts in the Sacramento area are offering meals to children 0-18 regardless of student status or enrollment.
Please check with the district nearest to you to verify their pickup schedule and locations.
- Elk Grove Unified School District
- Folsom Cordova Unified School District
- Sacramento City Unified School District
- San Juan Unified School District
- Roseville City School District
- Tahoe Truckee Unified School District
- More Regional Districts
Area Food Banks
- Orangevale Food Bank - 916-304-FOOD
- Sacramento Food Bank - 916-456-1980
- River City Food Bank - 916-446-2627
- Sierra Community House - 775-545-4083
- 211 Truckee - 211
9/8/20: California Parent & Youth Helpline
In partnership with Governor Newsom, Parents Anonymous® Inc. recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to the Coronavirus to provide free trauma-informed, evidenced-based emotional support to Parents, Children and Youth in any language via calls, text, live chat and email. The California Parents & Youth Helpline operates 7 days a week from 8:00AM-8:00PM. Parents can Join a Weekly Online Support Group NOW through the website: caparentyouthhelpline.org. In this confidential setting, Parents address their underlying emotions and build resiliency to strengthen their family.
Given the stress and anxiety families are experiencing as schools are opening, we are requesting that you add the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Support Groups, which are FREE and a valuable resource for Parents, Caregivers, Children and Youth on your website and/or social media platforms. I have attached the outreach ads in both English and Spanish.
8/27/20: Update From the Executive Driector
8/5/20: Welcome Back 20-21
7/15/20: Important Announcement
Good Afternoon Golden Valley River and Orchard Parents,
Today the Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools has announced that all 17 districts will move into a distance learning model for the Fall semester. In order to protect our community of teachers, students, and families, Golden Valley will also begin school in a distance learning model.
The situation since our last town hall has rapidly deteriorated and will not allow us to implement our plans we discussed in June. There has been a great effort to create an outdoor learning plan and move instruction outside in a way that maintains safety and teaching. We have been very impressed by all of the creative discussions surrounding teaching and remaking our school day. For now, we will have to call these - plans for the future - and instead move into a distance learning model until the environment supports students being on campus.
There will be a special board meeting on Friday at 4pm to discuss updating our school plans and the school calendar. Look for the Zoom link in a future announcement.
The faculty has also reviewed our experience from the Spring and is well aware of what they would like to modify for the next semester in order to have a more robust distance experience than before. This decision will now focus our efforts for the rest of the summer. This week, teachers are already conducting online meetings in groups to discuss how to make this the best Waldorf oriented experience possible. Considering safety requirements, there are a number of opportunities for activities to keep the life of the school active and resilient during the Fall. Golden Valley Charter Schools stands united to care for all students and bring them a sense of wonder and knowledge even while not on campus. Please look for more details to follow as the first day of school approaches.
Caleb Buckley, EdD, Executive Director
Heather Fraser Hurtt, Board of Trustees, Chair
6/15/20: Wellness Resources
Dear Golden Valley Families,
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to impact our world and communities, we are sharing these community resources to aid in your physical and mental wellbeing during our Summer Break and as we anticipate our return to school in the Fall. Attached to this email are the following resource documents:
Our hope is that you find something helpful for you and your family.
Caleb J. Buckley, EdD
4/3/20: Distance Learning (PDF)
With the guidance of health officials and in coordination with the other local school districts, Golden Valley Charter Schools has made the decision to extend campus closures for the duration of the 19/20 school year. While our original goal was to re-open schools after spring break, it has become clear that the best way to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community is to extend our campus closures and transition to distance learning.
The faculty and administration at Golden Valley Charter Schools are working hard to continue our uniquely social education remotely. Nearly every day this past week our faculty have met remotely to review the responses of other schools, learn about online platforms, and discuss our plan. This communication will provide an outline of the Golden Valley Charter Schools distance learning plan during the COVID-19 pandemic. Distance Learning PDF
- Pre-packed breakfasts/lunches for children. These are drive up locations at district schools and children must be present when picking up. Here are links to the districts closest to our schools and students:
- Area Food Banks
- Type in your address and find food resources near you
- Find out if your family qualifies for CAL-Fresh
3/30/20: Extended Campus Closure
Dear Golden Valley Families,
Both Sacramento and Placer Counties have acknowledged that they will not be having kids on campus again through the first of May. I predict that this will be extended to the end of the semester. This is why Golden Valley is currently writing a new web page to keep parents informed of our timeline for distance learning to begin. For the period up until Spring Break, we have asked faculty to supply families with enrichment activities to practice learned skills. Please check the COVID-19 Resource Page later this week for more updates.
Caleb J. Buckley, EdD
3/23/20: Meals for Families
Dear Golden Valley Families,
We want you to know there are resources for you to obtain lunches (and often breakfasts too) for your children. There are multiple locations throughout the region to pick up meals from. These meals can be obtained from district schools with meal programs. Most of our Sacramento families are in the San Juan Unified School District and most of the Tahoe families reside in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. You do NOT need to be a student at these schools in order to receive a meal. You do need to have your children with you when you pick up the meals.
Please continue to practice social distancing during this crucial time.
3/13/20: Be well: Schools Closed until 4/13 (Sacramento) & 4/20(Tahoe)
Hello Golden Valley Families,
We hope that you have had some time to digest the news of the school closure and start making contingency plans for the daytime care of your children in the upcoming weeks (GVOS and GVRS will be closed to students from March 16 – April 13; GVTS will be closed to students from March 16 – April 20). Golden Valley will be in communication with you as we receive further updates from the districts and state.
Please keep in mind that a school closure is done as a last resort and solely out of necessity. (Both Placer and Sacramento County have canceled school for all districts.) Here are some things to keep in mind while we navigate this new territory.
- Practice every day preventative measures to stay healthy.
- Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
- If you or your child is sick, contact your physician and follow their advice.
- Practice social distancing as much as you are able.
- Meetings are planned for staff Monday morning to address continuing to deliver a quality education to your children.
- If your child participates in the meal program through SJUSD, there are multiple locations where they can pick up two daily meals beginning on Tuesday, March 17. Where school meals in Sacramento region are available during coronavirus closures.
- Stay calm. The newness of the situation makes this scary but we’re going to get through it.
- Golden Valley has made this decision because we care about your children, you, and the greater community.
Caleb Buckley, EdD