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Dr. Joan Rosas

November 16, 2015

Dear Families,

I know your thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected by the violence that tore through Paris.  Words cannot begin to describe the sadness I feel.  My profound hope is that each of us will work to bring peace to our troubled world.

I realize that these events also bring questions about school security and I wanted to offer some information regarding alerts and communication protocols, emergency preparedness protocols and talking points. 


First, there is a way to stay connected to what is happening in our county by joining SMC Alert.  If you haven’t joined SMC Alert, I urge you to do so as it provides immediate notification of local emergencies that could affect your schools and communities.  It’s easy to join, just go to www.smcalert.info and register.  You can register for a particular geographic region of San Mateo County or for the entire county.  I have found it to be immensely helpful in responding to emergency situations.   

In the Bay Area, the Office of Homeland Security has quite an extensive presence and would be the primary source of information and direction.  You can access the Homeland Security webpage at: www.ncric.org

If a terrorist attack to occur in San Mateo County, there is a local emergency response affiliate of Homeland Security whose webpage you can access at the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Service website.

Additionally, I would like to remind you of our District’s communication systems.   We communicate regularly through a variety of mediums including: 

  • District Website – www.smfcsd.net
  • SMFCSD E-news – Sign up to receive district updates at www.smfcsd.net
  • Community Reports – Mailed home to all residents in San Mateo and Foster City and available on our website
  • Phone App – Download the San Mateo-Foster City SD app for your phone
  • Facebook – Like San Mateo-Foster City School District
  • Twitter – Follow us @SMFCSD
  • School Newsletters/Email Blasts – Ask your child’s school how to sign up
  • Emergency Notifications – Parents are automatically enrolled to receive time-sensitive information

We periodically email out newsletters/community notices and send emergency text messages when needed.  As a member of our school community, you are automatically subscribed to these services unless you have chosen to opt out.


The San Mateo–Foster City School District has joined all other districts in San Mateo County and the emergency support systems in our county in using a common protocol for what we term “The Big Five.”  I have included this information here - San Mateo County Big Five Protocol | en español - so that you are also aware that these five emergencies have related protocols which all districts in the county and our police and fire services utilize in order to coordinate our responses. 


Finally, in talking with your children, Common Sense Media has some excellent tips.  They can be found in the article Explaining the News to Our Kids. Below are the main points.


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Q:  How do I pre-register my children for school?

A: Please visit the how to register page for information about pre-registration.

Q: What school is closest to me?

A: Use the school lookup tool to find out. You can also look at the district map.

Q: What are SMFCSD's Magnet Schools/Programs?

A: Yes. View the list of Magnet Schools.

Q: How old must a child be to enter Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?

A: To be eligible for Kindergarten, the student’s 5th birthday must be on or before September 1, 2016.  To be eligible for TK, the student’s 5th birthday must fall on or between September 2 – December 2, 2016. Attend a SMFCSD Kindergarten Information Meeting on Monday, December 7, 2016 to find out more about what to expect - Kindergarten & TK Information Meetings.

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