The 1619 Project

Should CVUSD Use the 1619 Project as Curriculum? The 1619 Project is not new, but it has been spotlighted recently as a number of school districts across America have adopted it as part of their curriculum in response to calls for enhancement of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs. There is significant controversy, however, about whether the 1619 Project has the accuracy and academic rigor to be used as actual curriculum in the classroom. It has been suggested that we should use the 1619 Project as part of the curriculum…

CVUSD Childcare

by Taylor Chian and Judah Bennett Conejo Valley School classrooms have been deemed unsafe for students and teachers to return to in-person education. These same classrooms are considered safe for use by Conejo Valley Child Care Services. The cost of full-day childcare per child is $850 a month.   Because of the rising numbers of positive Covid-19 tests in the state of California, Gov. Gavin Newsom mandated that public and private schools in 32 counties will hold classes solely and entirely online for the fall 2020 semester. The Conejo Valley Unified…

Governor Newsom shuts down schools

On July 17, Governor Newsom announced that public and private schools in 32 counties, including Ventura county, on California’s “watch list” are mandated to go completely online for fall 2020. According to Newsom, COVID-19 poses too great a safety threat to justify a return to school unless the county stays off this list for fourteen consecutive days. According to the California Department of Public Health, July 16, there has been no COVID death for ages 0 to 17 years old.  While Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) had already announced…

Children’s school alternatives: “Considering all the options”

Robert E. Lee, B.S, M.S. and Ph.D., graduated from UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a local resident with an interest in science and socio-cultural issues. No one can predict what education will look like in the fall of 2020.  Will students have to wear face masks? Will there be full-time school, or will some teaching be taught online? Will children be held to rigorous standards? How will children be socially distanced? Will children have recess? Will children wear masks, be separated by plexiglass, or stay…

CVUSD crafts financial plan to weather budget crisis

Conejo Valley Unified School District

In a 4-1 decision on June 30, the CVUSD Board approved a 2020-2021 District budget that includes plans for a loan of $25 million to make up a shortfall in funding from the State of California. The State has signaled to school districts that they can eventually expect full funding but portions of that money may be deferred because of revenue shortfalls at the State level due to the effects of COVID-19 and shutdowns. California is facing a projected $54 billion reduction in revenue and Governor Gavin Newsom and the…

When Parents are not Informed

Many things remain up in the air about what the 2020-2021 school year will look like for students in Conejo Valley schools. Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) is publicly calling for a “Reopen & Redesign,” and safety is cited as its number one stated concern: “Safety is our top priority. CVUSD will follow state and local SAFETY public health guidelines with the safety of our students, staff, families and broader community at the forefront of everything we do.” Let’s look at safety in light of a major change CVUSD…

Conejo Guardian offers free tributes to local graduating high school seniors

As a community service, the Conejo Guardian is pleased to offer FREE Senior Tributes to the Class of 2020. All graduating seniors in any high school, public or private, in Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park or Westlake Village are eligible to be honored in this way. You may publish a photo of your senior and a 50 word tribute. Your submission will be available on this online news site and will also be published in the June 2020 print edition of the newspaper, delivered to over 35,000 homes in the Conejo…

VCOE Statement on Potential Early Reopening of School Campuses – April 29, 2020

Ventura County Office of Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 29, 2020Dave SchermerDirector of CommunicationsVentura County Office of Education805-383-1922   dschermer@vcoe.org VCOE Statement on Potential Early Reopening of School Campuses – April 29, 2020 The California Department of Education today announced it is studying options for reopening school campuses after Governor Newsom suggested they could open as early as July or August. Many questions remain about the safety, fiscal and labor implications of reopening campuses before the traditional start of the next school year. For now, there has been no alteration to existing school calendars. The Ventura County…

Chasing the Dream of College Sports

Steven Shin

By Steven Shin, Northwestern Oklahoma State University football player Many high school athletes dream of competing at the college level, but for some this will always remain a dream. My name is Steven Shin. I want to share how I earned an athletic scholarship to play college football. As a kid, I loved playing football with my father. Weekends of watching football along with playing little league football inspired me to play at the next level. I woke up every weekend at around 7 AM to practice with my dad.…

Autism: A Mother’s Journey

Luke and Me

Luke loves playing with water. He loves swimming pools, spraying water out of spray bottles and especially splashing in the fountains at Janss Marketplace. Like many 8-year-olds, he is fascinated with LEGO’s, horses, climbing, exploring the neighborhood, and jumping at Dojo Boom. For Luke and his family, play is a big part of their communication.  “I feel it a great privilege to be able to express some thoughts and emotions that come with raising Luke, my 8-year-old child with Autism Spectrum Disorder,” explains Joyce Shen. “I am aware within the…