The district has sent the following letter to families in the Clayton Valley attendance area, informing them that Clayton Valley High will convert to a charter school in the fall. A letter from the charter was also enclosed. I have posted it below the district’s letter, along with some other information from the charter’s website.
“February 7, 2012
Dear Clayton Valley High School Families,
On January 11, 2012 the Contra Costa County Board of Education approved the conversion of Clayton Valley High School to a charter school.
Effective June 30, Clayton Valley High School will close and convert to Clayton Valley Charter High School. As a result of this conversion, parents will have the option of which high school they would like their child(ren) to attend in fall 2012.
We are pleased to announce that on February 6, 2012, the Board of Education approved the option for Clayton Valley High School students to attend any Mt. Diablo Unified School based on space and program availability. Once the high school is selected and approved, the high school becomes the student’s resident school. They will remain at the school for the remainder of their high school career.
Our District’s Student Services Office established a new open enrollment transfer period February 9 – March 9 to accommodate the Clayton Valley High School students. Enclosed are the Option Transfer Form and Question & Answer sheet. I strongly encourage you to consider your option of having your child(ren) attend one of our high schools.
Option Transfer Forms are due March 9 and must be submitted to your child’s school office or the Student Services Office located at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord 94519. Parents will be notified by April 30 of their child’s new resident school.
Thank you for considering the educational options for your high school child(ren).
Steven Lawrence, Ph.D.
Along with the letter, the district included a Frequently Asked Q & A. Here is the link: http://www.mdusd.org/Departments/SpecialEducation/Documents/FAQ%20CVHS%20Transfers%202012.pdf.
Here is the letter from the Clayton Valley Charter High School:
Charter High School
Date: January, 2012
To: Current and Prospective Clayton Valley Families
From: CVCHS Governing Board
Re: Enrollment for the 2012-2013 Academic Year
Dear CV Students and Families:
At their January 11, 2012 meeting, the Contra Costa County Board of Education approved the conversion of our school to a charter school. Admission to Clayton Valley Charter High School is governed by the California Education Code, and, by law, all students in California are entitled to attend a charter school. No student is required to attend CVCHS, however, and enrollment should be an informed, carefully considered decision.
This letter and the attached Enrollment and Authorization to Release Information form indicates your intent to attend CVCHS for the 2012-2013 school year and beyond to graduation. Upon receiving the Enrollment and Authorization to Release Information form, current CVHS students will be automatically enrolled in the new CVCHS for the 2012-2013 school year. Enrollment will be complete upon receipt of a full registration packet by April 19, 2012. Failure to submit the full registration material may result in a forfeiture of your space.
In addition, upon receiving the Enrollment and Authorization to Release Information form, all incoming freshmen from the current CVHS feeder pattern schools and living within the CVHS attendance area will be automatically enrolled in the new CVCHS for the 2012-2013 school year. Students new to CVCHS for the 2012-2013 school year residing in the attendance area will need to fill out registration forms in the front office of Clayton Valley High School. Proof of Residence is required. Enrollment will be complete upon receipt of a full registration packet by April 19, 2012. Failure to submit the full registration material may result in a forfeiture of your space.
We hope you are as excited as we are about this change. If you have questions or concerns about the enrollment process, please go to our website at claytonvalley.org/enrollment. You may also email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed and signed forms may be dropped off no later than February 24, 2012, in the front office of Clayton Valley High School, 1101 Alberta Way, Concord, CA. Forms may also be faxed to 925-825-7859.
CVCHS Governing Board
CVCHS does not charge tuition and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance or any other characteristic described in Education Code section 220. CVCHS is nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices and in all other operations.”
Here is the CVCHS proposed calendar information, which is posted on its website:
“The CVCHS Governing Board is soliciting community input on the following school calendar for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year.
Under the proposed calendar, school would begin for students on Wednesday, August 15, with the fall semester ending with Christmas break on December 21, 2012.
The spring semester would begin January 14, 2013 and end on May 31. The calendar also includes mandatory summer transition for incoming 9th graders and sessions for those students needing remediation before the school year begins and just before the spring semester begins.
The proposed calendar, as outlined in more detail below, can be found here. The Governing Board will be soliciting input at the CVCHS Celebration on Saturday, February 11 and will make a final decision at a special meeting that evening. Comments on the proposed calendar can also be directed here.
M‐TH July 23 ‐ 26, 2012 Mandatory 9th Grade Summer Transition
M‐TH July 30 ‐ Aug. 2, 2012 Remediation
W‐Th Aug. 8 ‐ Aug. 9, 2012 Registration
Wednesday August 15, 2012 First Day of School for Students
Monday September 3, 2012 Labor Day ‐ No School
Monday November 12, 2012 Veteran’s Day ‐ No School
Th‐Fri Nov. 22 ‐ Nov. 23, 2012 Thanksgiving Break
T‐Fri Dec. 18 ‐ Dec. 21, 2012 Fall Finals
M‐F Dec. 24, 2012 ‐ Jan. 11, 2013 Winter Break
M‐F Jan. 7 ‐ Jan. 11, 2013 Remediation
Monday January 21, 2013 Martin Luther King Holiday ‐ No School
Monday February 11, 2013 Lincoln’s Birthday ‐ No School
Monday February 18, 2013 President’s Day ‐ No School
M‐F Apr. 1 ‐ Apr. 5, 2013 Spring Break
Monday May 27, 2013 Memorial Day ‐ No School
T‐F May 28 ‐May 31, 2013 Spring Finals
Friday May 31, 2013 Last Day of School”
Here is a link to information about the CVCHS Governing Board meetings: http://claytonvalley.org/governing-board/
The district board will vote Feb. 27 on a proposal to allow the school to keep equipment purchased by boosters and other parent organizations.
Are you satisfied with the information you have received from the district and the charter committee regarding the transition of Clayton Valley High from a district-run school to a charter campus in the fall?