Letter from Superintendent Maldonado 10/1/2021

Camie Barnwell

Dear families, students and staff.

Fall has arrived! We are well into the school year and I would like to take some time to thank everyone for your patience, encouragement and support. While we continue to be in a pandemic, I appreciate everyone’s participation in mitigating infection rates by wearing their masks, washing hands, participating in surveillance testing, quarantine (as needed), close contact tracing and getting vaccinated.

My message this week is brief. I’d like to point out that we are working to address an issue in our ParentSquare messages that has created confusion for some families who have two or more students at the same school. It was brought to our attention that in the automated message generated in ParentSquare notifying a parent/guardian that their vaccinated student was identified as a close contact of a positive COVID case, the name of the student is not specified. We are looking at solutions to this so that each parent/guardian is clear on which of their students is impacted. 

This morning, Governor Newsom announced plans to require student vaccinations. You may follow this important update HERE. We will provide additional details as they become available. As stewards of the health and safety of our community’s children we welcome the Governor’s announcement of a COVID vaccine mandate for students pending full FDA approval. We have been steadfast in our commitment to keeping students in schools and COVID out and this announcement reinforces our decisions.

We wrapped up our last Back to School Night event on Thursday. I’d like to acknowledge the creativity and resourcefulness that went into making these online events interesting and engaging for our families in attendance. We continue to notice that when we hold these online events, attendance is good.

Lastly, October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Dyslexia is one of the most common language-based learning disabilities. Between 5-10% of the population is estimated to have dyslexia while 70-80% of those with reading difficulties are likely to have some form of dyslexia. This month, students, educators and others across the nation are raising awareness and spotlighting a range of dyslexic needs, struggles, and signs.

Please review this week’s COVID-19 Newsletter as it contains helpful information.

Follow our social media channels to learn more about what’s happening in the coming days and weeks.

Dr. Hilda Maldonado

Superintendent