Dear Live Oak District Staff and Families,
This is such an unusual way to end the school year, instead of students leaving with class party treats and backpacks full of finished work and memory books, we are holding virtual goodbye parties and drive-by graduations. This has been quite an amazing (and at times challenging) three months of Distance Learning!
Our mission is to empower, inspire and ensure equitable opportunities for every student to thrive. We teach and nurture the whole child in an academically rigorous, collaborative and innovative environment.
The Live Oak School District was established in 1872 and currently serves approximately 1,900 students in three elementary schools, one middle school, one K-8 independent charter school, and one alternative school. The student population is 50% Hispanic, 31% White, 19% Other, 30% English learner, and 60% Socioeconomically disadvantaged.
We are very proud of our schools, teachers, students, and community and are especially excited by developments in recent years to further support our students' experiences. In 2016, Live Oak renewed a parcel tax to support school libraries, art, music, science, and physical activities; this fund will provide approx. $500,000 to schools for these purposes every year. Also in 2016, a new Boys and Girls club opened at Shoreline Middle School that is a result of a partnership between the Live Oak School District, Boys and Girls Club, and the County of Santa Cruz. In 2013, Live Oak was designated a "Playful City USA" community by KaBOOM! for its commitment to childhood play; and in 2013, Live Oak Elementary School won an Imagination Playground through a KaBOOM! grant/Facebook vote. These activities demonstrate the investment and excitement about living and learning in Live Oak that we hope will continue.
I hope that you and your family are well and keeping safe. As we prepare for the first day of school on August 13th, I would like to update you on our district’s plan for Distance Learning in the new school year. As you know, all schools in Santa Cruz County will be implementing a Distance Learning model at least through December 2020 due to the increasing COVID-19 transmission rates in Santa Cruz County and in our state. I am very aware that this creates challenges for many families and that students learn best through in-person instruction, however, we must always put the safety of students, staff and families first.
Our mission is to empower, inspire and ensure equitable opportunities for every student to thrive. We teach and nurture the whole child in an academically rigorous, collaborative and innovative learning environment.