Superintendent Community Update

August 12, 2022

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

First week of school is on the books! Woot!! I can already feel that the 22-23 school year is going to be awesome!

I visited all of our schools this week and saw amazing things happening! We strive to provide access, opportunity, and inclusion, so that all who are here know they belong. I was heartened to see evidence of this mission everywhere I went. From cheerleading teams welcoming students with claps and chants, to student leaders from ASB and community service programs assisting students with opening their lockers and guiding them to their classrooms, inclusion is evident within our JUHSD community.

Though getting back into a daily routine can often prove challenging, the students and staff of JUHSD have done a great job this week! I encourage you to have a restful weekend and we will see you back at your sites this coming Monday for the start of week two!


Toni Presta


- First Day of School Photos, August 9 -

COVID Response Update

As mentioned in last week's Community Update, we would like to remind you of updated guidance in regards to our COVID-19 response:

  • In accordance with the latest CDPH guidance, weekly PCR testing will no longer be offered. Sites will provide take-home self rapid tests upon student request.

  • If you test positive, you are required to fill out this form and follow the current guidance found here.

  • The wearing of masks indoors is highly recommended and masks be provided for students upon request.

  • Water fountains will be in use again this year.

  • HVAC systems, along with CO2 sensors, have been installed by LifeWings in all schools to monitor air quality.

Positive cases reported to the District will be added to the COVID Dashboard and we will send home bi-weekly notices to families regarding cases at sites.

To view JUHSD's COVID Response webpage, please click here. For COVID-related questions, please contact Christian Storm, (650) 550-7914.

Student Spotlight: ASB Presidents - Click on their photo to meet them!

Intersession Week at THS

This past week, Thornton High School hosted the return of their intersession activities. During this week, THS staff reviewed the school's vision to equitably provide their students with the academic tools and skills to achieve post-secondary success and become response citizens. From back to school presentations and trainings, to ropes course team building and trust activities, students continue to strengthen their self-worth, social-emotional growth, and engagement to the community. To see photos from this week, please click here.

Cloudy from DC Youth Poet Laureate Program

Students! Ever dream of having your creative writing published in a magazine? If so, Daly City's Youth Poet Laureate Chole Chou and the Daly City Public Library Associates has an amazing opportunity for you! Cloudy magazine's goal is to unite youth voices in Daly City, along with highlighting artistic and literary talent. While Cloudy was created in Daly City and surrounding areas, all kinds of writing and art from anywhere in the world are welcome with the hope that Cloudy will be a platform for people of all identities to share their work. For more information, please email or scan the QR code found here.

Free Online Tutoring

Raise your hand if your students could use help after-hours! JUHSD teachers and students have free access to Paper’s professional tutors, 24/7! Log in by clicking HERE or check out for more information.

Upcoming Community Events

*Fire Safety and Prevention: A Disaster Prep Town Hall (TK-12 Students, Families, Classrooms) September 1, 6:00-7:00 pm:

In this Town Hall meeting, ­­­­Fire Marshall Gareth Harris will address fire safety and prevention tips for your home and family. He will also discuss home hardening and defensible space, the buffer zone between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area. Learn more.

*Design for Belonging: How to Build Inclusion and Collaboration in Your Communities (TK-12 Students, Families, Classrooms) September 8, 5:30-6:30 pm:

Belonging brings out the best in everyone. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or community organizer, your group is unlikely to thrive if the individuals don’t feel welcomed, included, and valued for who they are. In her new book, Design for Belonging, Susie Wise, PhD, ­­­­Stanford, outlines how you can use design to create feelings of inclusion. Learn more.

*Coastal Cleanup Day 2022 (TK-12 Students, Families, Classrooms) September 17, 2022:

Looking to make an impact on the environment? San Mateo County Health is hosting neighborhood, classroom, and countywide cleanup days to celebrate Coastal Cleanup Day 2022. Join your community and volunteer to keep our waterways clean! Learn more.

SMCOE Superintendent Reelected

Chief Elections Officer Mark Church has officially certified Nancy Magee’s re-election to the office of Superintendent of Schools for San Mateo County after the primary held on June 7th, 2022. Superintendent Magee is not required to run in the general election on November 8, 2022. JUHSD congratulates Superintendent Magee and wishes her continued success in this esteemed position. To read the full press release, please click here.

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JUHSD's Equity Statement

As a district, we embrace inclusion, value diversity, and educate ourselves in order to confront and dismantle systemic inequities to bring about a more just society. JUHSD commits to engaging, educating, and empowering ALL students, with an intentional focus on those under-served, inadequately served, or disenfranchised by educational institutions and systems, eliminating disparities in educational outcomes.