Message from the Superintendent of Schools
Dear CVUSD Community:
The last several days have been extremely challenging ones for our community and I have been in awe of the resiliency, strength and togetherness shown through acts small and large. As we hope and pray for continued safety in the days ahead, at Conejo Valley Unified School District we are doing all we can to help guarantee safe and clean classrooms meet our students and employees when classes resume. As such, please read the following update regarding the current status of CVUSD schools, and the planned steps ahead:
Today we finished the final assessments of our schools and District offices. Upon completion, we met with our Planning, Maintenance, and Custodial leadership, as well as with our insurance carrier and disaster restoration specialists.
The status of our CVUSD schools is as follows:
- Five schools require intensive disaster restoration
- Eleven schools requiring deep cleaning
- Seven schools require exterior clean up
- Five schools have to be surface cleaned
- All of our schools require at least a horizontal cleaning, air scrubbing, deodorization, and replacement of air filters
We are fortunate to not have sustained any structural damage, however our school restoration(s) will take up to 10 days.
The safety and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority, and as such prior to the reopening of our schools, we will seek the opinion of an environmental hygienist. The results from those tests may take up to one week. We expect to complete all restoration and testing within the next 10 days.
Based on the aforementioned, all Conejo Valley Unified Schools will remain closed for the remainder of this week, and next week through the Thanksgiving break. We expect all schools to reopen on Monday, November 26.
All on-site activities including outside permit use is cancelled until further notice. Our sports and activities that are held away from our schools will be evaluated based upon the safest accessible route and the air quality at the destination. Changes to scheduled student events and activities will be communicated by each respective school.
District offices are currently being cleaned and will be ready for re-occupancy Tuesday November 13 at 8:00 a.m. Our leadership team will be coordinating our re-entry efforts, reviewing our instructional goals to make adjustments, and working to ensure District operations return to normal as soon as possible.
Thank you, and please know that we do not take the decision to close our schools for such an extended period lightly. This decision was made after conferring with experts, and evaluating how we can help guarantee our school campuses are at the highest quality, and safety levels prior to our students returning to learn.
Our continued thoughts, and well wishes for safety are with you and your families.
Dr. Mark McLaughlin
Superintendent, Conejo Valley Unified School District