Community Service Procedures During COVID-19 High Restrictions
2020-2021 School Year
The Salinas Union High School District (SUHSD) and Board of Trustees continues to recognize that community service can help students develop skills, career preparation and self-esteem. Service experience can motivate students by letting them apply what they have learned to local needs and problems and by showing them they can make a contribution to the community. During these difficult times, SUHSD recognizes the efforts that students are making to give back to our community during these uncertain times as well as counting these efforts towards the community service graduation requirement.
SUHSD also recognizes the importance to focus on student safety by restricting face to face opportunities to ensure our students minimize exposure to COVID-19. Since the March 15th, 2020 order of Shelter in Place, SUHSD stopped approving community service activities for students. During the 20-21 school year, only virtual activities will be approved to count towards the graduation community service requirement until further notice. A kind reminder that the community service contracts still require to be pre-approved by the Work Experience Coordinator at each site to ensure that hours will count towards the graduation requirement. We appreciate your understanding and patience in keeping student safety as the focus of our work.
The following changes are in effect for the 2020-21 school year:
Seniors - Class of 2021
The 60 hours of community service as a graduation requirement has been waived for the class of 2021. If you are a senior and have less than 60 hours, you do not have to worry about completing this requirement in order to graduate. No further action is required. =
If you have completed more than 60 hours and you did not submit pre-approved contracts prior to the March 15, 2020 Shelter in Place Order, you may continue to submit completed, pre-approved contracts until April 30, 2021. These hours will be used to calculate the totals for the Senior Community Service Awards. Please scan or take a photo of your pre-approved contract and time-log and send them via email to the Work Experience Coordinator at your site.
Juniors and Sophomores- Class of 2022 and 2023
The completion of 60 community service hours is still a requirement for graduation. Only virtual activities will count towards your graduation requirement under Shelter in Place. Before you start the community service, please scan or take a picture of the filled community service contract and email it to the Work Experience Coordinator for pre-approval.
Freshmen- Class of 2024
The completion of 40 community service hours is still a requirement for graduation. Only virtual activities will count towards your graduation requirement under Shelter in Place. A kind reminder that:
- You may not be paid or given class credit.
- The activity must be pre-approved by your school’s Work Experience Coordinator.
- You must earn at least 10 hours in at least two of the following categories: non profit, education entity or career development.
- No more than 20 hours of credit may be earned in school related service at your school.
- No more than 10 hours of credit may be earned in Career Development.
Reminder: all Community Service Hours must be submitted by the last day of school during the academic year in which they were completed. Hours completed during summer school should be submitted upon return to school in August.
Pre-Approved Community Service Forms
If you have a pre-approved contract with hours completed prior to the March 15, 2020 school closure which you did not submit, please take the following steps:
a.) Take a picture of the completed, pre-approved community service form. Please ensure the
form is complete and all signatures legible.
b.) Take a picture of the completed Community Service Time-Log.
c.) Email or scan both files to Blanca Benitez at firstname.lastname@example.org