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Superintendent’s Update to Ukiah Unified Families: October 16, 2020

Thank you for your support and continued partnership in providing the best distance learning possible for our children! As a parent of three Ukiah Unified students, I know how difficult it is to balance kids’ academic needs with a job, your family, and the current craziness in our daily lives. Each day is a new learning experience for the schools in the state as we try to understand the rules by which we are playing to get our students back in school in person as soon as possible.  I know it all seems so confusing, but I can assure you that we miss seeing your kids in person, and we have every intention of bringing them back to school in person as soon as the state guidance allows it.  Please continue to be patient as we work together to get through this.  When can we return to In-Person Learning?

City of Ukiah After School Programs: We are excited to partner with the City of Ukiah to offer two free after school programs for any Ukiah Unified student ages 5 - 12 starting Monday, October 19, 2020, space available. 

  • Students will be in pods. All pods will be the same for the session’s duration and will consist of small groups of 14 or less; 1-2 counselors and 12 campers. 
  • Pods will be socially distanced from each other, and proper sanitation will happen for any shared equipment or spaces.
  • Free food will be provided every day.
  • Mandatory temperature readings are required for all campers and staff.
  • All counselors will wear face coverings while campers under 12 are not required.
  • Sign up here. Visit or call 707.463.6231 for more information.

Pomolita Middle School  • 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Designated reading times and distance learning support while also including exercise, arts & crafts, activities, and games.

Yokayo Elementary School • 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Exercise, arts & crafts, activities, and games.

Ukiah Unified received additional funding to support students during this time. One of the areas of support identified by our Ukiah Unified Board of Trustees is after school in-person activities.  Under the current health order, we are able to run after school in-person activities.  Ukiah Unified is offering some of these programs with our available staff members; however, we wanted to expand the offerings to our families and were able to do so through our partnership with the City of Ukiah.  We are very excited to be able to provide this for our Ukiah Unified families.  

Technology Update: I realize how much distance learning depends on technology and how difficult it is to have a Chromebook or internet connectivity problem. Please understand we are doing everything we can to make sure our students have the tools necessary to thrive. Chromebooks and hotspots are still on backorder, but we have had some recent indications that the supply chain is beginning to normalize, and we can expect to receive some new Chromebooks soon. I want to thank Senator Mike McGuire for his assistance in helping us receive timely technology orders moving forward.

Help with Technology: We have set up a Google Meet where our technology support staff will assist families virtually.  Go to anytime from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also call our Technology Support Hotline at 707-472-5074 from noon to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Click Here for Technology Login Instructions

K-8 Chromebook Curfew 11:00 p.m. A curfew is set on K-8 Chromebooks to ensure that students are getting the rest they need to be at their best for learning during the day. All Kindergarten through 8th-grade student Chromebooks will not have access to the internet from 11:00 p.m. - 5:30 a.m. Getting proper sleep is crucial to a child’s health. This is especially true for our children during distance learning. Contact your school with questions.

Please continue to do your part in reducing the cases of COVID by supporting the three Ws:  wearing a mask, watching your physical distance from others, and washing your hands.  Our actions make a big difference in getting us back to in-person learning.

Thank you for supporting your student and our staff!  Please reach out to your school for assistance, or call our District Hotline at 707-472-5003.