Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

As of Friday June 5 as of 5:40 PM

NVMI SOCIAL DISTANCING PROTOCOL: hoo_safer_at_home_for_covid_04102020_appa.pdf

 

 

 

 

Good Day, Cadets!​

Congratulations on making it to the end of the school year, this is one year that will be talked about in history books!

Life is very confusing and sometimes frightening right now. For everyone, adults and kids. It helps to have someone you can talk to, as you try to make sense of what is happening. Someone who will care about you even if you have different opinions than they do. We need, more than ever, to stand as one community, our community of NVMI. Part of standing together is to talk about what's happening and how we feel about it. One of the great things about NVMI is that everyone of you has that person. Your Company Counselors are standing by and ready to talk to you; if you're angry and need to vent, if you're confused about what is even happening right now because it's a lot! If you're frightened, and you need comfort. All of the counselors have their work cell phones charged and ready! Or, if you don't want to talk on the phone, you can always email your counselor.

Ms. De Avila - HQS and HQM - 747-257-4820 (vdeavila@novamil.org)

Ms. Bailey - Alpha Company - 747-215-1861 (gbailey@novamil.org)

Cpt. Theodore - Bravo Company - 747-400-7830 (rtheodore@novamil.org)

Ms. Sanchez - Charlie Company - 747-258-0458 (jsanchez@novamil.org)

Have a good weekend,

Gina Wilson
Director of Student Support Services

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One School-One Story   Ender’s Game 

Considered by some to be the best sci-fi novel ever written, Ender's Game hits the trifecta: deeply emotional and character-driven, brilliantly intellectual, and exciting as all get out. This is the kind of book the phrase "page-turner" was invented to describe: Most people finish it in one sitting, unable to put it down - Common Sense .

Join the NVMI family as we read the book Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.  We want everyone - Cadets, Staff, Families - to enjoy reading the book together this summer.  We will have special events and competitions throughout our reading time!  Come together as a community as we read the incredible science fiction novel, Ender’s Game!

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Starting on June 15, you can listen and read along to an audio version of the book specially produced for NVMI.  We will be releasing two chapters a week - one on Monday and one on Thursday on our NVMI YouTube channel!

We will also have book clubs for both Middle and High School on Wednesday at 11, starting June 17.  The link for these Zoom groups will be found on the One School-One Story page of the school website, where there will also be information about the book, discussion questions and activity ideas.  

Copies of Ender’s Game will be available for free at the school.  They will be handed out during your assigned time to return material from the current school year starting June 8.  

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From Goodreads: 

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.

But Ender is not the only result of the experiment. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway almost as long. Ender's two older siblings, Peter and Valentine, are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. While Peter was too uncontrollably violent, Valentine very nearly lacks the capability for violence altogether. Neither was found suitable for the military's purpose. But they are driven by their jealousy of Ender, and by their inbred drive for power. Peter seeks to control the political process, to become a ruler. Valentine's abilities turn more toward the subtle control of the beliefs of commoner and elite alike, through powerfully convincing essays. Hiding their youth and identities behind the anonymity of the computer networks, these two begin working together to shape the destiny of Earth-an Earth that has no future at all if their brother Ender fails.

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MISSION COLLEGE - If you are taking summer Mission College classes, please come SATURDAY JUNE 13 to pick up your free textbooks (or computers if you are taking a Computer Science or Multimedia class) as follows:

Student going into grade 9 – come at 9AM

Student going into grade 10 – come at 10AM

Student going into grade 11 – come at 11AM

Student going into grade 12 – come at noon

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GRADUATION: As you know, our seniors voted overwhelmingly not to do a virtual graduation, but instead to wait until we can do a face-to-face graduation. At this point, given the extension of the stay-at-home order, it looks like graduation may have to occur when students are on winter break in mid-to-late-December. We will keep you posted about plans as they evolve.

In the meantime, NVMI is celebrating our seniors with custom lawn signs and special edition class of 2020 rings that will be delivered to students next Thursday as noted on the attached flyer for pick up/drop off. We are very proud of the Class of 2020 as they move on to college.

8th Graders: While there is no culmination ceremony for 8th graders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cadets who successfully complete all culmination requirements will pick up culmination certificates the week of June 8 when they come to campus to return items and pick up other items as noted in the attached flyer for pick up and drop off. A reminder the requirements for an 8th grader to culminate include:

  • Passing all classes in grades 6, 7, and 8
  • Attaining the rank of Cadet Sergeant or higher
  • Completion of the parade requirement each semester at NVMI (excluding this semester due to COVID-19)
  • No unexcused absences
  • No more than 39 permanent demerits
  • Participation on an interscholastic sports team at NVMI during the middle school years
  • Completion of the Indoor Obstacle Course Test in 5 minutes of under
  • Passage of the Fitnessgram when last administered in fall semester

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We are taking a few moments to update you on our current situation and share with you some of our thoughts and concerns about the fall.  NVMI families and staff have done an amazing job adapting to distance learning. Cadets are provided with a regular day of virtual instruction, Special Education and counseling services, virtual sports team practices and even after school clubs and activities.  We are confident that cadets are provided far more instruction and services than most schools during this current crisis.  NVMI families have risen to meet the challenge of this time.  NVMI staff are here for our cadets and for our families, and we will continue to be.  We know that this is a difficult period for everyone - and we know that we will get through it together. 

Unless told otherwise by state and local officials, we plan on starting our school year August 31, 2020.  However, what that will look like exactly has yet to be determined.  Because we are located on an LAUSD campus we will be greatly impacted by LAUSD policies and procedures, especially as it relates to deep cleaning and disinfecting multiple times a day, as recommended by the CDC.  We included in the daily bulletin an email sent to the district about these matters and have yet to receive a response. We also believe that it is likely that LAUSD will not make announcements about these decisions until much later this summer. This means that NVMI cannot make definitive decisions about the next year until much later than we would like. 

At NVMI, the safety of our cadets, families and staff will always be the priority.  All decisions made moving forward will be made to best ensure the health of all members of our community.  

For schools to reopen, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends social distancing, use of masks for all hours of the school day, and extensive cleaning and sanitation routines.  This means that we will have to limit the number of people allowed on campus. Also, we expect that all members of the school community will struggle with wearing masks for this period of time.  Frankly, we recognize it is uncomfortable, and we are concerned about students being unable to keep masks on for such long periods of time.

We are working with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), and the district to prepare our school resources and practices to allow for social distancing, routine hand-washing, appropriate lunch and passing period procedures, additional hand sanitizing stations, appropriate classroom cleaning and sanitizing practices, masks and other appropriate PPE for cadets and staff.  However, no combination of safety measures can eliminate all risk.   

One of the challenges that the school faces is ensuring that appropriate cleaning and sanitation standards are met.  Because of our agreement with LAUSD, we are dependent on them for many of these services.  In light of recent budget cuts, we have concerns about the campus being cleaned to appropriate standards. We cannot allow cadets and staff on campus unless this happens. 

Additionally, most of the scientific models regarding the virus point to the probability of a second wave in the fall.  This means that while infection rates could decrease over the summer, as the temperature drops, it is likely that the virus will spread again during the fall and winter.  This is something NVMI and families must consider as it makes its plans for school reopening.

Because there is currently no vaccine, we know that there are many concerns about returning to the school site or classroom setting. Some parents feel that it is still too risky and would prefer to remain at home with distance learning until a vaccine is available.  Some parents feel that returning is critical. They are ready to return to the classroom provided appropriate preventative measures and practices are in place to limit potential exposure to illness.  

To meet the needs of all families, NVMI is currently exploring options.  Two of the options are: 

1)    Distance Learning - For the continued safety of all cadets, staff and families, NVMI will continue to operate, with some refinements, as we currently are.  Classes will be taught to cadets using a variety of distance learning platforms to best meet the educational needs and protect the health of our cadets.  If a family prefers this option for their cadet, it will be made available regardless if the blending learning option has been put into effect. Given what we know at this time, this is the most likely option. However, things are changing rapidly, and we will not know more until later in the summer. 

2)    Blended-Option - Given that social distancing will be the norm for some time, the school would provide a blended-learning format for cadets.  Small groups of cadets will attend school, using appropriate safety precautions, part of the week and will participate in distance learning the remainder of the week. The actual number of days of student physical attendance at school vs. the number of distance learning days is to be determined. NVMI has determined that for students to be socially distanced, the average class should have no more than eight students. 

We understand that neither option addresses the needs of many essential workers.  It is our hope that city, county, and state officials will address this challenge soon. 

If state and local officials determine that it is necessary to continue distance learning, we will investigate ways to provide in-person socially distanced Special Education and counseling services, as well as some in-person tutoring and other activities.  

NVMI is committed to a full range of sports programming for all grades.  However, we cannot make definitive decisions regarding fall sports until CIF, Parks and Rec and the other independent leagues make their final announcements about moving forward.  We are however committed to offering programming to the greatest extent safely possible. 

Soon, a team member from NVMI will be calling you to get your feedback regarding which of the following best describes your current viewpoint:

  1.  Because of health and safety concerns, I do not feel comfortable sending my cadet to the campus at this time and would prefer to continue in a distance learning environment.  Or 
  2. I would like my cadet to be on campus, if possible, even if only for one or more days of the week, given that the school and my child can follow all appropriate safety protocols. 

We know that this situation is hard on everyone.  We want to get back to all of the things we love about our school - having cadets on campus, in classrooms, on the fields - one community - together. We will get back to that as soon as we, with the guidance of DPH, LACOE, and all governmental authorities, determine when that it is appropriate.  

Sincerely, 

Dr. Ryan 

 

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Item return and document pick up:

Last Names beginning:

• A– 8:00-10:00 am

• B– 10:00– 11:00am

• C– 11:00-1:00pm

• D– 1:00-2:00pm

• E– 2:00-3:00pm

• F– 3:00-4:00pm

 

 

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Item return and document pick up:

Last Names beginning:

• G– 8:00-10:00 am

• H– 10:00– 11:00am

• I– 11:00-12:00pm

• J– 11:00-12:00pm

• K– 11:00-12:00pm

• L– 12:00-1:30pm

• M– 1:30-3:30pm

 

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Last Names beginning:

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• O– 8:00– 10:00am

• P– 8:00-10:00am

• Q– 10:00-12:00pm

• R– 10:00-12:00pm

• S– 12:00-2:00pm

• T– 12:00-2:00pm

• U, V, W, X, Y, Z– 2:00-4:00pm

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LOS ANGELES MISSION COLLEGE STUDENTS WILL PICK UP THEIR SUMMER COURSE TEXTBOOKS TODAY:

 

Those entering grade 9 come at 9AM

 

Those entering grade 10 come at 10AM

 

Those entering grades 11 or 12 come at 11AM

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FOOD SERVICES: Here is a link to an interactive map of both LAUSD and Charter sites distributing food to families in need: this map of all LAUSD and LA County charter schools

 

 

 

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FOOD SERVICES: Here is a link to an interactive map of both LAUSD and Charter sites distributing food to families in need: this map of all LAUSD and LA County charter schools

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NO CLASSES – 4th of July Holiday

 

OFFICE CLOSED

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A REMINDER THAT THE NVMI OFFICE IS CLOSED DURING THE COVID-19 STAY AT HOME ORDER, EXCEPT IF YOU MAKE AN APPOINTMENT IN ADVANCE WITH DR. RYAN BY CALLING HIS CELL AT 323-217-4481. When you come to the campus with a prior appointment, please know that:

  • Only one family at a time will be permitted on campus and only in the main office; no other part of campus is accessible
  • Avoid coming to campus if you have a fever or cough
  • No restrooms are available on campus for public use
  • Social distancing of at least 6 feet is required
  • Face coverings must be worn by everyone on campus
  • Hand sanitizer is available in the main office

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GRADES 6 AND 7 ORIENTATION (TIMES TO BE ANNOUNCED)

 

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FIRST DAY OF CLASSES

FOOD SERVICES: Here is a link to an interactive map of both LAUSD and Charter sites distributing food to families in need: this map of all LAUSD and LA County charter schools

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