Having visited every school site at the start of the school year, the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District Board thanked parents, students, staff and administration for a successful start to the school year, including following health guidelines.

In the district administration’s visits to each school site, they included messages of hope and optimism for the new school year, such as greetings painted on classroom windows, and they noted that they are providing new resources to address learning loss and acceleration.

Among some of the updates are additional resources that will be provided by the district to support learning, including the MAP Accelerator for grades three through eight and Newsela, an instructional reading content platform for grades two through eight. Newsela is customized according to each student’s MAP score.

Another item of note was the board’s discussion of a first reading of its plans to make a change to its suicide prevention policy. The policy had been for seventh and eighth grade staff but the new version of the policy is expanding the list of participants for an annual suicide prevention training to include all grades in the district. The district will provide suicide prevention training in which all staff will participate.

The board noted that its Bright Future Learning Academy (BFLA) at Lake Canyon, which offers a personalized blended learning experience, has 89 students enrolled across its schools. BFLA families access the grade level curriculum through the district-adopted materials and online supplemental programs. Activities offered at school sites, such as music, PE, library and other electives, are made available to students, and going to school assemblies and field trips can also be arranged.

Board Policy 5146, which supports married, pregnant or parenting students with the intention of helping to keep them in school, such as providing a private room for lactating students to utilize, was passed.

The last of the major updates, a proposal related to Architectural Design Services, was approved for 16 new classroom sinks for Greer Elementary School. The sinks are for 16 portable classrooms that do not have sinks. Students have been using handwashing stations in the meantime.