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Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!  The Vista de Las Cruces staff has missed each of you.    We hope you are ready for the new school year.

We are excitedly awaiting your return to school on Thursday, August 19th.  School begins at 8:25 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  Fridays will be our early dismissal day with class starting at 8:25 a.m. and ending at 1:50 p.m. (Early dismissal on Friday provides a dedicated weekly time for our educators to engage in professional development, known as Professional Learning Communities.)  Our School Office hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.  

In preparing to welcome each student for a successful school year, our focus has been on promoting engagement with all students.  We ask that together we all join and support the following practices:

  1. Attend school daily and arrive on-time to be ready for the day’s learning experience; 
  2. Read every day. Read a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes per day outside of the school day. Reading is a lifeline to one’s future; and,
  3. Share the day’s learning experiences with one another; Ask the question, “what was your favorite part of the day?” 

Parents interested in being involved in the school may join one of the following:

School Site Council/Local Control & Accountability Plan Committee;

English Learning Advisory Committee (ELAC);

Vista Volunteers; and/or

Vista Foundation. 

For more information, you may contact me at

We continue to be inundated with information and news about the COVID virus and, specifically the delta variant.  The Santa Barbara County Public Health Office has issued a universal mask mandate for everyone (adults and students) while indoors on the school campus.  This mandate has been backed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and by the CDC in its Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools (updated July 27, 2021).  Masks are generally considered the most effective and simplest safety measure to prevent transmission of COVID-19.  Implementing effective practices for the health and safety of students and staff will be of utmost importance.  

With Wildcat Pride, “Learning for Life” welcome to 2021-2022!

Sincere Regards,

Dr. Lois