NUSD: 6.11.2021 NUSD Supt. Update – New administrators, school bell schedules 2021-22 and school visits

As the year draws to a close, I want to thank each of you for all that you have done for our children and our community over the past two years. These are years that will be written in the history books. I appreciate that everyone is doing their best during a very difficult time.

One of the beautiful things about the school cycle is that with the school closing for the summer, there is an opportunity for a fresh start. After these two years, the NUSD is in dire need of it. Our team has worked diligently to prepare for it and we are confident that 2021-2022 will be a great year for our children and our community. To succeed, this whole community will play an essential role. I believe in Novato and its ability to come together. The 2021-2022 school year will be a great opportunity to demonstrate this.

The topics included in today’s update are:

  • New members of the administrative team for 2021-2022
  • Bell schedule for 2021-2022
  • School visits
  • Virtual learning academy

New members of the administrative team for 2021-2022

Next year will see several new members of the administrative team. I want to take this opportunity to introduce a few. They are:

Lois Standring, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations. Ms. Standring joined NUSD on June 1 and comes from Windsor Unified School District where she has served as Chief Business Officer since 2014. See Press release for more information.

Jennifer Larson, Assistant Superintendent of Education Services. Ms. Larson most recently served as Acting Assistant Superintendent of Education Services and Director of Student Success. She has worked with NUSD for 22 years. See Press release for more information.

Mike Casper, Director of the College of San José. Effective July 1, 2021, Mr. Casper will become Principal of San Jose High School after serving as Deputy Principal of San Marino High School for 16 years. See Press release for more information.

Lori Nuño, Principal of Olive Primary School. Ms. Nuño joined NUSD on July 1, 2021. She was most recently Deputy Principal of Rancho Milpitas Middle School. See Press release for more information.

Tony Quan, Principal, Pleasant Valley Elementary School. Effective July 1, 2021, Mr. Quan will be the Principal of Pleasant Valley Elementary School. Mr. Quan teaches the Grade 5 GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) standalone class at Olive Elementary School and has worked with NUSD for 7 years. See Press release for more information.

Bell schedule for 2021-2022

NUSD is excited to start next year with a full comeback! As communicated earlier this week, the NUSD board unanimously approved a resolution for a full return for the 2021-2022 school year. You can find this resolution here.

The school bell schedules for the 2021-2022 school year are available here: For high school students, you will notice that the start time is now 8:30 a.m. and not 8 a.m. as was the case for the 2019-2020 school year. AB328, adopted in October 2019, requires school districts to put in place schedules that ring the bell for the first period no earlier than 8:30 a.m. for high schools and 8 a.m. for middle schools starting in the 2022-2023 school year. Our high schools have chosen to implement this change next school year as we move into a new school year.

School visits

As of June 14, the majority of our schools will organize a visit or a meeting to answer your questions about their school. To consult the schedule, go to here.

Virtual learning academy

The link to this week’s VLA College newsletter is below:

College – June 9, 2021

I wish you all the best and hope this summer brings you peace, hope and a feeling of being back to normal.


Kris Cosca

Novato Unified School District
1015 7th Street
Novato, CA 94945



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This press release was produced by the Unified School District of Novato. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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