Foothill MS Community Memo

October 26, 2020

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Just a quick update for campus activities this week at Foothill MS. Additionally, there is a Board Meeting tonight discussing Phase 2 Limited Hybrid reopening. Please see details below. If you are unable to view it live there will be a recording so you can watch.

Sincerely serving the Foothill community, Mrs. Vaiana

Looking ahead:

  • Monday, October 26:

    • SPIRIT DAY-- Drugs are old school wear 60’s clothes
    • 6 pm: MDUSD Board Meeting regarding reopening

    Tuesday, October 27:

    • SPIRIT DAY--The future is bright: Wear Sunglasses

    Wednesday, October 28:

    • SPIRIT DAY-- Wear RED

    Thursday, October 29:

    • SPIRIT DAY-From head to toe, I am drug free. Wear crazy hair and socks.

    Friday, October 30:

    • Halloween @Foothill (6th period class)

District updates - from Superintendent's Friday newsletter

A Phase 2 Limited-Hybrid Model seems to be on the horizon. At the October 21 Special Board Meeting, the Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark presented a status report to the Governing Board (See Presentation Files | See Video Presentation), and sought out specific direction from the board, asking for the following:


  • Direction from the Board on a targeted date of a physical return (Phase 2 Limited-Hybrid)
  • Direction on whether Phase 2 should prioritize students that are most affected by learning loss, or if Phase 2 should prioritize certain student groups like English learners, foster and homeless youth, children with special needs, and elementary grade levels.

By the end of the meeting, two things were clear:

  • The Governing Board directed the superintendent to bring recommendations for Phase 2 to the October 26 regular meeting. The superintendent formally responded with an October 26 Governing Board Meeting Agenda Item, which reads that the superintendent recommends the board to take the following actions at the upcoming October 26 regular meeting:

  1. Authorize allowable student contact and on-site participation for activities consistent with Contra Costa County Public Health Department guidelines, regardless of a full, in-person return to instruction.
  2. Authorize staff to implement a limited hybrid, staggered in-person learning model, subject to minor revisions, beginning on January 11, 2021.
  3. Authorize family choice between the limited hybrid model and full-year distance learning programs.


  • The Superintendent and Governing Board echoed what the Superintendent had communicated in an all-staff message days prior: "We will continue to work in good faith and in a highly professional way with our labor partners to establish appropriate protocols [for next phases]."

Tune in to the October 26 meeting broadcast (6:00PM) and feel free to send a public comment email to BoardComments@mdusd.org on the meeting day. If you are not able to watch—do not worry—after the meeting, our office will ensure communication with our community about any decisions or actions taken.


View the complete October 26 Board Meeting Agenda

1st Quarter Report Cards

  • Official 1st quarter Report Cards are being mailed this week.
  • We've already begun the 2nd quarter therefore grades may look different when you log into Aeries/HomeLink accounts.
  • If your child and you have any questions please contact the teacher directly.
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INTRADISTRICT TRANSFERS...

Intradistrict transfers are for students who reside inside the MDUSD boundaries requesting to transfer to another MDUSD school.



Online Application Request Periods for the 2021- 2022 School Year. The application for Secondary Grades 6-12 will be available: October 15, 2020 - November 15, 2020.


Please note your next home school if you are moving from 5th-6th grade or 8th-9th grade.


Student Services will have a limited number of laptops available in the Board Room on October 15, 2020 from 9:00am - 4:00pm for families that need assistance completing the application.


Elementary Grades TK-5 (including Two Way Dual Immersion and Bilingual Program transfer requests): February 10, 2021 - March 10, 2021

“Unassigned Area” Applications 2021-2022

The “Unassigned Area” application for the 2021-2022 school year will be available beginning on October 15, 2020. The online application, along with more information on the process is available at mdusd.org/unassignedarea.


Reminder letters to current 8th graders that live in the “Unassigned Area” to complete the “Unassigned Area” application for high school were sent out last week. A list of students, along with a copy of the letter they received, was sent to their site administrators.