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May 6, 2022 update from Superintendent Flores: upcoming events, dress code expectations and welcome new Assistant Principals!
GUSD Communications

Dear GUSD staff and families,

On May 3, I participated in the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce’s State of the City event during which I provided an overview about the school district to attendees.  I was particularly interested in information that was shared about the impact that the drought is having on Gilroy and measures that are being taken to address its impacts. 

I was reminded that we can all help in small ways by doing our part to conserve water by taking fewer and shorter showers, watering our yards less, and even turning off the sink when brushing our teeth.  These actions are small, but go a long way in helping in the efforts to conserve water for all.  The district has drastically reduced the amount of water we use by minimally watering athletic fields and landscaping and using drought tolerant landscaping on our campuses and at district buildings.

Upcoming Events

There are many wonderful events coming up in the last five weeks of the school year.  I am looking forward to all of these end-of-year celebrations

Senior Awards

  • May 12—Mt. Madonna High School Senior Awards Night
  • May 17—Gilroy High School Senior Awards Night
  • May 18—Christopher High School Senior Awards Night

High School Graduations

  • May 26—GECA graduation (and Senior awards)
  • June 1—Adult Education graduation
  • June 7—Mt. Madonna High School graduation
  • June 9—Christopher High School graduation
  • June 10—Gilroy High School graduation

Middle School Celebrations, June 8

  • Brownell, 9:00 am
  • Solorsano, 11:00 am
  • South Valley, 2:00 pm (at Gilroy High School)


  • May 16—GUSD annual Retirement Dinner
  • May 27—Minimum day for all students
  • May 30—No school (Memorial Day observed)
  • May 31—Teacher Records Day (no school for students in Tk-5th grades)
  • June 10—last day of school

Dress Code

With the warmer weather, we want to make sure that students are aware of the expectations regarding appropriate dress on our campuses.  These expectations are universal, for all students. 

Allowable dress for students:

  • The “core” of the body must be covered
  • Undergarments must be hidden at all times
  • Tops should have two straps or sleeves (no strapless garments)
  • State law requires appropriate footwear which includes tennis shoes for physical education and closed toed shoes for shop classes and labs during lab times.

Prohibited attire includes:

  • Apparel that promotes drugs or alcohol
  • Apparel that includes profanity
  • Apparel that incites violence or promotes violence against others
  • Apparel that promotes sexual degradation/ violence

Should you or your student have questions about the expectations for appropriate dress in the Gilroy Unified School District, I encourage you to reach out to your site principal or my office for clarification.

New Assistant Principals Appointed at Christopher High and South Valley Middle

The Gilroy Unified School District is pleased to welcome two new assistant principals to the leadership team: Kay Guenther at Christopher High School and Tim Alvernaz at South Valley Middle  The official announcement was made at the May 5, 2022 regular Board Meeting where the appointments were accepted by the Board of Education.

South Valley Middle School Rebuild

The construction at South Valley Middle is moving along at a steady pace.  The new classrooms (on Murray Avenue) are up and will be completed by early August.  You can follow along with the project’s progress online.  Soon after this school year ends, everything will be moved from the existing buildings to the new classroom buildings and then the current buildings will be demolished.  During the next school year (2022-23), the following will be constructed;  administration building, library, MPR, band room, gym, and track and field along with ample parking.

Vaccine Clinics on pause

As of May 5, 2022, the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health is no longer hosting mobile vaccination clinics in our County and therefore, will not be holding mobile clinics at any of our schools.  Santa Clara County is currently at 91.1% of residents ages 5 and older fully vaccinated.

However, the County of Santa Clara mass vaccination sites will remain open for appointments and drop-in services. You can find hours of operation, available appointments, and providers on the County’s website:

Bay Area Community Health is looking at upcoming dates to host vaccination clinics in Gilroy and we will let you know those dates, times and locations when they are finalized. 

Finally, thanks to all of our participants and volunteers for a very successful 2022 Run for Fitness event on April 23.  We had over 400 student participants and over 150 volunteers for the event, and we were thrilled to see everyone back on the track at Gilroy High School.

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend.  I am hopeful you are able to do something fun.

Take care of each other,

Dr. Deborah A. Flores, Ph.D.
Gilroy Unified School District

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