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Read the most recent Superintendent Update from Dr. Joan Rosas

Friday, FEBRUARY 19, 2021

Hello Everyone,
Today’s newsletter will provide you with updated information about reopening, the calendar for 2021-22, a new Equity Statement and the Superintendent Search.

INFORMATION ON REOPENING FOR IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION - ELEMENTARY

At the Board Meeting last night, Trustees approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Return to Work with the California School Employees Association (CSEA) which was ratified by CSEA in January. 

Additionally, on Wednesday, February 17, the San Mateo Elementary Teachers’ Association (SMETA) and the District reached a tentative Hybrid MOU for elementary grades. The MOU is out for review and ratification by union members and the Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on this MOU at their Special Board Meeting, Friday, February 26 at 3:30 pm.  

We thank our union leadership and the negotiation teams for their many hours of collaboration that led to these agreements. 

In reviewing the reopening schedule, Trustees determined that the March 5 end of trimester should be considered in the reopening process and directed staff to reopen for in-person learning starting on Monday, March 8. The updated plan is as follows:

  • Last day students and teachers will meet in their current classes will be Wednesday, March 3
  • Asynchronous days will be held Thursday, March 4 and Friday, March 5
  • Grades TK-2 and all SDC begin in the Hybrid Model on Monday, March 8
  • Grades 3-5 begin in the Hybrid Model on Monday, March 15

As part of the reopening steps, our COVID-19 Safety Plan was submitted to the State of California, San Mateo County Office of Education and San Mateo County Health and we await their final approval. Our District Reopening Handbook has also been updated to comply with the new guidance for schools released by California Department of Health in January. All of these documents can be found on our COVID-19 Updates webpage. Individual school procedures and other guidance have been prepared and will be shared with families by principals. 

INFORMATION ON REOPENING FOR IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION - MIDDLE SCHOOL

Following the Board’s previous direction, Strategic Cohorts for middle school began at  Bayside Academy and Bowditch Middle School on February 10 and at Abbott and Borel on February 17. They opened at North Shoreview Montessori today.  

The Board also directed staff to develop a middle school Hybrid Model to begin after spring break 2021. This work continues next week with Family Engagement Meetings being held by each middle school. Families are encouraged to attend your student’s school meeting and, if you have not already, you will receive invitations and login instructions from your principal.

  • Monday, Feb 22 at 6:00 pm - Bayside Academy
  • Tuesday, Feb 23 at 5:00 pm - Bowditch Middle School
  • Wednesday, Feb 24 at 6:00 pm - Borel Middle School
  • Thursday, Feb 25 at 6:00 pm - Abbott Middle School
  • Saturday, Feb 27 at 2:00 pm - North Shoreview Montessori

NEW CALENDAR FOR 2021-22

The Board approved the District Calendar for the 2021-22 school year 

UPDATE ON IMPORTANT EQUITY WORK

At their January 30, 2021 Board Study Session, the Trustees reviewed and edited the District's Equity Statement and adopted it last night. You can view the updated Equity Statement on the Equity Task Force web page. 

Also, since our last update there have been openings on the Equity Task Force and, through an application and interview process, new members are joining the team. The Equity Task Force welcomes Anthony Barnhill, classified member, and Mira Park, parent. 

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH 

The Board of Trustees sent out a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Superintendent search firm. The three proposals received were from Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates; Leadership Associates; McPherson & Jacobson. The Board will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, February 22, at 1 pm to: 

  • Finalize the interview questions (1:00 – 1:30 pm)
  • Hold interviews at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30
  • Make a final selection for a search firm

You can stay up to date on the search process through our Superintendent Search 2021 web page. 

COFFEE CHATS

Our spring Coffee Chats begin today via Zoom. There will be a presentation and time for Q&A. Please find Zoom logins and a link to submit a question in advance on our Coffee Chats web page 

  • Friday, February 19, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Monday, February 22, 10:00 - 11:00 am
  • Tuesday, February 23, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 25, 7:30 - 8:30 pm, hosted in Spanish

 Sincerely,
Joan Rosas, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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