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 SPOTLIGHT:  SHOW IUSD THE MONEY! 

 

 
A year ago, the California State Budget projected a revenue shortfall of $54 billion.  Funding thru Proposition 98 had been cut by approximately $13.5 billion for current year. However, with dramatic and unanticipated revenues exceeding projections by roughly $38 billion, Prop 98 funding has resulted in an additional $5 million in on going money available for IUSD allocation. With the governor’s January Budget proposal and the signing of AB 86, IUSD is expected to receive additional categorical funding grants for:
  1. In-Person Instruction - $10.6 million
    Allowable uses can include Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), ventilation improvement (see IN THE CLASSROOM below), learning spaces, salaries for teachers/classified staff to support in-person instruction, and social & mental health support services associated with in-person instruction
  2. Expanded Learning (focused on Learning Recovery) - $22.5 million
    Allowable uses can include extending school year, expanded summer school or intersessional instructional programs, tutoring/learning recovery programs, addressing other “barriers to learning”, community learning hubs that provide access to technology, and hiring paraprofessionals (10% shall be used)
A plan must be developed by June 1, 2021.  Grant funding must be spent by August 31, 2022. However, school districts across the state may seek to ask for an extension since the duration of learning recovery could take longer with much to still figure out.

At the federal level, Congress passed the $900 billion Response and Relief Act which included $6.8 billion for the State of California.  IUSD is forecast to receive approximately $8.2 million as part of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) II fund.  Allowable uses include PPE, educational technology, mental health services, summer learning, after school programs, nutrition services, and programs targeting support of disadvantaged students. Funds must be spent by September 2023.

Another federal stimulus funding source comes from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan where California is estimated to receive $17.5 billion.  IUSD is forecast to receive approximately $18.2 million.  Allowable uses include:
  1. 20% must be used to address learning loss with implementation of evidence-based interventions, summer school, extended instructional time, after school programs
  2. Programs recognizing disproportionate impact on each major racial and ethnic group, foster youths (<.14%), English language learners (20%), those qualifying for Free and Reduced Meals (18.8%), homeless (<.1%), children with disabilities (8.4% Special Ed), and migrant students
  3. Other activities necessary to maintain the operation and continuity of services (including employment of existing staff)
Funds must be spent by September 2023.
 
ReferencesIUSD Second Interim Report; various dollar amounts presented are best current estimates or projections as they may change; Demographic estimates from Ed Data 2019-20 and IUSD Data 2019

IN THE CLASSROOM


In addition to following federal, state and local agency safety guidelines, IUSD was one of the few school districts in the entire state to offer the return of students to the classroom last Fall. With input from the re-opening taskforce and expert agencies such as Forensic Analytical, Keenan, and International Sanitary Supply Association, IUSD’s maintenance and operations team developed a safety protocol that included increasing ventilation and filtration through its HVAC systems and placing portable air purifiers in every classroom in the district.
 
Since the beginning, The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has provided research and guidance on COVID-19 Reopening Strategies.  They recommend a 1-2-3 approach to ventilation.

IUSD has implemented this approach with increased outdoor air ventilation by ~50% of normal and upgrades of MERV-8 to MERV-13 filters.  The suggested target of clean air exchanges per hour is 4-6. IUSD has recently assessed representative classrooms at various school sites per the Harvard guidance and found the classrooms to range from 5-11, thus meeting or exceeding recommended targets.  The initial cost of MERV-13 filters to the district was $53,485.95.  IUSD is working on finding the best filter replacement schedule that will continue to meet safety guidelines.  Currently,  IUSD is replacing the filters quarterly at an annual cost of approximately $220,000 (90-day replacements).

 
Here is a quick look at IUSD’s new portable air purifiers:
 

Want to read more about Ventilation & Air Filtration?
 
View Superintendent's Report | See 3/16 Meeting Agenda

FOURTH DISTRICT 2021 CONVENTION TEE!


Since the California State PTA Convention is virtual this year, we are offering shirts to our entire Fourth District community for the low price of $10 each to wear on screen! >Purchase Here

The dark gray shirts come in both ladies and unisex sizes with a list of all our Fourth District Councils and Units on the back. As you click through the webstore, you can check the sizing chart to get the best possible fit and easily pay with a credit/debit card. The deadline to place your order is on Sunday, April 25, and we will be offering in-person pick up on May 4th from 10am - 1pm at the Fourth District office: 1520 Brookhollow Drive, Suite #40, Santa Ana, CA 92705. Don't miss out on this amazing and inclusive 2021 Convention tee! Get yours today!

If your Unit/Council is in financial need, Fourth District is once again offering Convention Scholarships for registration fees. The form is due by April 25th at 9PM via email, and can be viewed and downloaded by visiting www.tinyurl.com/4Dcon21.
>This is the Year to Attend Convention if You've Never Been!

IUCPTA REFLECTIONS WINNERS RECEIVE STATE RECOGNITION

Congratulations to our Irvine students who have been recognized at the State PTA level.  We thank the Reflections chairs and Parents for supporting this national PTA art program. A huge thanks goes to our Reflections Chair, Manjula Swaminathan, for all of her hard work and creative way to celebrate all of our IUCPTA winners at the trophy pick-up last month. 

For those that were not able to pick up their trophy, please email reflections@iucpta.org for instructions.
 
STUDENT FIRST GRADE DIVISION ARTS CATEGORY TITLE OF ARTWORK PTA NAME State Award
Noah L. Middle School Literature Reasons Vista Verde Elementary PTA Award of Merit
Sofia M. Middle School Music Composition Only One of Me Rancho San Joaquin Middle School PTA Award of Merit
Svanik A. Primary Photography The One Hibiscus. Portola Springs PTA Participation
 

MEMBERSHIP MADNESS DRAWING!

Make sure to get those most recent memberships in before the April President's meeting to be entered into our March Madness drawing! One K-6, one K-8, one middles school and one high school will be chosen to receive $75 for their PTA! Even one membership gets you into the drawing!

This is also a great time to try out Totem and get a practice run with online memberships for next year! Please reach out to our Membership VP, Patricia (membership@iucpta.org), with any questions!
SACRAMENTO STUDENT ADVOCACY PROGRAM 22021
The Sacramento Student Advocacy Program sponsored by IUCPTA is an educational program for IUSD high school juniors and seniors. These students are selected by their high schools through an application process. During this program, students explored issues that impact IUSD, formed their own views, and met with state lawmakers and staffers to express their ideas regarding public education. 

After more than a month of preparation and meetings with Terry Walker (IUSD Superintendent), the IUSD executive team, as well as the IUSD Board of Education, the selected students traveled virtually to Sacramento on March 8th and 9th to meet with the California Legislators. During their two days of meetings, the students met with Erika Hoffman (Legislative Advocate – California School Boards Association), Kevin Gordon (President of Capitol Advisors Group), State Senator Dave Min (D-37), Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-74), and Assemblyman Steven Choi (R-68) to discuss various topics including mental health, social justice and diversity, the impact of Covid-19, learning loss, school funding, and more.

The students were also given the option of attending a Senate Education Committee meeting in which two of the students chose to participate and make comments during the public comment period. 

Lastly, the students had the opportunity to connect with members of the Legislative Analyst's office in a smaller group for more intimate discussions on topics related to Public Education. Some of the comments made by the LAO representative after the meeting were: 

 

“Thank you! I feel 1000x better after interacting with such amazing students!” 

“Always a good time and so refreshing to listen to students’ perspectives.” 

“It was very enjoyable and I learned a lot!” 

“The IUSD students are rock stars!” 


These students represented the district with the utmost professionalism and erudition.

see IUSD's Legislative Priorities
IDEAS FOR FAMILY ENGAGEMENT
  • ohyay is the virtual meeting place you create for fun and entertainment.  Imagine your next virtual event on ohyay and make the experience an unforgettable one.  See what all the excitement is about and visit https://ohyay.co
     
  • Did we mention this is currently FREE to use? For help setting up your account, contact team@ohyay.co and mention that Katricia Lee from Oak Creek Elementary referred you
Graduating Senior? Last Call for Applications!
 
IUCPTA Scholarship Application – Deadline April 11th

Honorary Service Awards (HSA) are available at the Unit and Council level to recognize the service and dedication of both individuals and organizations. The HSA Program includes the:
  • Very Special Person Award
  • Honorary Service Award
  • Continuing Service Award
  • Golden Oak Service Award
  • Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Outstanding Administrator Award
A person may receive more than one of any of these awards and in any order. If you have someone you'd like to spotlight through Council, the IUCPTA HSA team would love to receive your nominations by April 21st via email to Programs@iucpta.org.  Know that you can check to see if your nominee has won previous awards by clicking here.

All funds collected from this program go towards California State PTA Scholarships and Grants.
>Download HSA Nomination Form

Summer School Registration Opens April 12th

>more info

PARENTS APPRECIATING TEACHERS & STAFF (PATS)

Teachers and school staff always play such a special role in the lives of our students. However, this past year these education heroes shined even brighter for our children. Against all odds, their dedication, creativity, love, and compassion towards our students was a silver lining in a year of significant challenges!  

Now is your opportunity to show your appreciation and gratitude by honoring the extraordinary teachers, principals, and other school staff members in your family’s life. 

In celebration of Teacher’s Appreciation Week in May, IPSF is honored to continue our longstanding tradition by inviting Irvine families to recognize the special teachers and staff at their schools by making a gift in their honor. Each honoree will receive your family’s personal certificate of gratitude along with recognition of a PATS donation being made in their honor.  

Your tax-deductible contribution directly supports the Innovative Grants Program – helping fund grants annually to create innovative learning experiences for our students.  

Who will you PAT on the back with your heartfelt thanks today? 

 
Dedicate a PAT Now!
  • Does Your PTA Use the MEMBERSHIPTOOLKIT platform?  Connect with other PTA's to learn or share best TIPS for setting up your Website, Accounting, Fundraiser, Store, Message Boards, Calendar, Volunteer Sign-ups, Directory, and more! Connect with the PTA's at Canyon View and Santiago Hills.
     
  • Do you have DADS on your PTA exec board? Hook them up with the PTA DADS Leadership Group? Next meeting is April 20th at 7:30PM.  Location TBD  Contact:  engagement@IUCPTA.org
     
  • How are you supporting the needs of Special Education Students and Families? What kind of outreach is being done? Learn ways you can include them in next year's PTA planning by attending and collaborating with the Special Ed Community Advisory Council. Contact: iusdcac@gmail.com. Next meeting is April 8th at 6pm and OPEN to anyone.
     
  • Did you know the GATE Community Advisory Council has meetings that include a Book Club session at the beginning of their meetings?  Next meeting is April 28th 9-10:30AM.  For more info, click here.
 

  • Creative Connection - CAPTA's bi-monthly arts newsletter about arts education and resources on how to become an advocate for the arts at your school...SUBSCRIBE!
  • Monthly Advocacy Webinars...REGISTER!
  • CreateCA.org - Advocate for Arts Education in all schools...JOIN!
  • Leadership Essentials - An invaluable publication for all PTA leaders (especially new exec board members!); includes a registration link to a monthly support webinar covering all things PTA for that month...READ!
Civics Education Opportunity for High School Students
This is a FREE event, but donations are appreciated. See if your high school has any applicants by clicking here.

The Ed100 Online Academy for Student Leaders is a massive, free online conference for leaders from all of California’s 2,000+ high schools. Each California high school is invited to involve a delegation of student leaders consisting of at least one freshman, at least one sophomore and at least one junior.

Students must individually apply for admission.

The conference will be held online June 21-23, 2021. Students who apply and are admitted early are also eligible to join pre-conference online events. Late applicants will miss out on these opportunities.

👪 Parent & Community Education

 Listen Weekly 

 California State PTA's Latest Press Releases
March Newsletter Correction:  In our Mental Health Supports infographic, the current number of IUSD Counselors was shown to be 563:1, but IUSD states the number is a range from 450:1 to 550:1.  IUSD hires their own staff for middle school and high school unlike many other districts that use mental health agencies or district staff covering all their schools.  IUSD has dedicated staff assigned to schools.
  IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES

Next Council Meeting: April 21, 2021 (11am via Zoom)

  • Now Past Due! Historian forms were due to council by April 1, 2021 with the total volunteer hours from each school. If you have not done so, please make sure to get this submitted as soon as possible to historian@iucpta.org. The fiscal year is July to June so ask your members to project their hours for April through June. Also, please make sure that the President's signature is on this form.
     
  • Now Past Due!  Worker's Comp Annual Payroll Report was Due Jan 31st, but AIM is still accepting late reports.  Takes less than 60 seconds to complete form if you have nobody on a payroll via this link, here
     
  • April 7th, 6-7PM
    Suicide Prevention 101 for Parents - Sponsored by CA Dept. of Education
    >Register | Facebook Live Event
     
  • April 7th, 7-8PM 
    Strides Towards Social Justice at IUSD Webinar

    Implementation of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) practices throughout our district – Sponsored by IUCTPA
    >Register for Webinar | Flyer for Sharing
     
  • April 8th, 6PM
    IUSD Special Education Community Advisory Council Meeting; >Virtual Meeting 
    Contact:  iusdcac@gmail.com
     
  • April 11th, Deadline for IUCPTA Scholarship Application
     
  • April 21st
    HSA Nominations emailed to programs@iucpta.org
    >Download Form
     
  • April 21st, May 19th, June 11th - Checks for Remittances (membership/insurance/council) are due on the day of each president’s meeting. Please mail or drop off remittances to the district office. Checks must be received by these dates to count for this year.
     
  • May 7th, 8AM-Noon
    IUCPTA Training - more info to come
Reminder:  If your unit has not had your IUCPTA mentors attend any of your exec or association meetings, please schedule that now.  Thank you!
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