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Superintendent's Letter - February 2017

Dr. Rosas

Dear San Mateo-Foster City Community,

I am proud to report that during the January 19, 2017 Board meeting,  the San Mateo–Foster City School District Board of Trustees passed a Resolution Setting Forth the District’s Principles in Support of Undocumented Students.  This Resolution presents a strong public message of support for all SMFCSD students.  You can read the full text of the Resolution here.

Students between the ages of 6-18 not only have a right to attend school in California but are mandated to attend school pursuant to the compulsory attendance laws.  The U.S. Supreme Court has held that no state may deny access to a basic public education to any child residing within the state, whether residing in the U.S. legally or not.  (Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982))

Further, all students have a right to be in a school free from discrimination, harassment, bullying, violence and intimidation.  Students cannot learn when they do not feel welcome and safe at school.  For this reason, we work very hard to create and maintain school environments where teachers, students, and other staff members can learn and work together safely. 

Should you have concerns about your child’s safety in any way, please let your classroom teacher and/or administrator know.  The elementary schools utilize a process called Positive Behavior Intervention and Support to address behavioral issues and the Middle Schools utilize Restorative Practices.  Please check our Student Social Responsibility page on our website for further information. 
Measures A and Y
As you may be aware, Measure A expires June 2017.  This Measure provides $7 million annually to the District for a variety of educational programs.  In order to protect and maintain these programs, the San Mateo–Foster City School District Board of Trustees placed Measure Y on the March 28, 2017 mail in ballot.  Measure Y renews the previous voter approved funding.  You can find further information on both the Measure A and Measure Y pages of the SMFCSD website.
Measure X – Facilities Progress
We are full steam ahead with our Phase 1 projects which include a new elementary school in Foster City and the gyms and classrooms at Abbott and Borel Middle Schools and a gym at the Bayside STEM Academy.  Phase 2 projects are slated to begin in 2019 and include replacing and adding classrooms at Bowditch Middle School, new classrooms and MPR’s at Sunnybrae and George Hall Elementary Schools and a new neighborhood elementary school on the undeveloped portion of the College Park/Turnbull campus.  Please continue to follow our progress on the Measure X page of the SMFCSD website.

I look forward to seeing you at one of my Coffee Chats coming up, see dates and locations below.

Joan Rosas, Ed.D.