Board Meeting Highlights

Jefferson Union High School District

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

The JUHSD District Office at Serramonte del Rey

699 Serramonte Boulevard, Room 223

Daly City, CA 94015

View the JUHSD June board agenda here.

Watch the recorded meeting through YouTube here.

- District Board of Trustees -

Board Communications

President Tejada thanked site staffs, including the District's facilities and maintenance department, for working so hard to make all graduation went off without a hitch. She was honored to present her daughter, a graduating senior at Jefferson High School, with her diploma during the JHS ceremony and is grateful to this District community for helping not just her child, but all students in time of need and support.

Vice President Lie attended Westmoor and Oceana High School's graduation ceremonies and enjoyed seeing such happy faces as students received their diplomas. He was honored to attend Pacifica's first Pride celebration and parade this past weekend. As current staff, and their families, continue to move into 705 Serramonte, he appreciated listening to profound staff member stories and those validating the reason behind this beneficial project.

Clerk Salahuddin felt fantastic after attending District graduation ceremonies and thanked site staffs for working so hard to produce such wonderful events for our students and their families, along with being proud to represent the Board during these monumental events for our graduates.

Trustee Ng-Garrett honored her LBGTQ+ brothers and sisters with a very Happy Pride Season greetings. She thanked the Thornton High School staff for hosting such a successful graduation, in which she attended. Though disheartened by current trends on the news, she hopes for a better future within this country. She wished everyone has a restful summer vacation.

Trustee Occhipinti enjoyed attending two District high school graduation ceremonies and appreciated the fact these celebrations were held in person. He acknowledged the resilience of students and the pressures in which they're facing during this day and time. Through restorative justice, he feels tragedies currently taking place in this society, are preventable.

Superintendent Report

Superintendent Toni Presta enjoyed the last few weeks of celebration within the District. From centennial celebrations and retirement parties, to awards ceremonies and graduations, she was thrilled to be a part of these events and thanked all involved.

She wished everyone a very Happy Pride Month and was proud to announce the flying of progress flags being flown at all District sites through the months of June, July, and August.

She encouraged everyone to slow down a tad as we enter these summer months and take breath to renew when the opportunity presents itself.

This coming week, she and the Executive Cabinet will attend a leadership retreat with Brene' Brown's bestseller Dare to Lead as their focus topic; she looks forward to sharing this training with District administrators in the fall.

As we pivot into the 2022-2023 school year, she was happy to report the hiring of new administrators and their having a strong caliber of leadership; a skill that will greatly support our District staff, students, and families.

COVID-19 Report

Michele Jones, District Director of COVID Response, shared that according to the San Mateo County Department of Health, COVID-19 cases continue to rise in San Mateo County and Bay Area region.

The San Mateo County Department of Public Health continues the recommendation of residents staying current with vaccinations and boosters, along with getting tested after showing symptoms of sickness.

The transmission level within the county is considered medium, with a case rate of 430.1 new cases per 100,000 people. This number is likely underreported due to the high number of self testing currently happening. Though the practice of masking while indoors is still encouraged, the county is not considering any mask mandates at this time.

In January, JUHSD had 443 positive cases reported, with 103 positive cases reported in February, 18 cases reported in March, 185 cases reported in April, 176 cases reported in May, and 8 cases now reported for June.

Due to changes within Cal/OSHA, staff members who are ready to return to work after reporting a positive COVID case, will be able to self test at home and report their negative test results via the JUHSD website’s self reporting form.

Ongoing surveillance testing is still in place, and is happening at the District Office on Mondays, at Jefferson High on Tuesdays, and at Terra Nova High on Wednesdays, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at each location.

The District has a supply of over 10,000 at home rapid tests, and have been making them available to staff and students as needed. Rapid tests will be sent home for the July 4th weekend, and will also be available for pick up during registration in August for testing prior to the start of the 2022-2023 school year.

As this is Michele Jones final board report of the year, the District wishes her the very best and thanks her for hard work as Director of COVID Response.

For additional information on how JUHSD continues to fight the COVID curve, please visit the District's COVID Response webpage.

Oceana High Welcomes a New VP

During this meeting of the JUHSD Board of Trustees, Michal Nozik was appointed to the position of Vice Principal I at Oceana High School. Michal joins us from the Sequoia Union High School District. She is a data driven, personable and equity-minded education leader. She began her tenure as a teacher and has eagerly assumed additional responsibilities, including the role of science department chair for a team of eighteen teachers. She demonstrates a passion for collaboration for the benefit of all students. Michal will officially start in her position at Oceana High School on July 1, 2022.The District is excited to have her join the OHS Sharks Team!

LCAP Public Hearing Presentation

As required by the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), all school districts must develop a three-year Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP must be updated every year, be aligned to eight areas identified as state priorities, and describe the District's overall vision for students, annual goals, and specific actions the district will take to achieve the vision and achievement targets. To view the full LCAP presentation presented by Kareen Baca, Deputy Superintendent of Educational Services, please click here.

2022-2023 Proposed Budget Public Hearing Presentation

Tina Van Raaphorst, Deputy Superintendent of Business Services, presented a proposed District budget for the 2022-2023 school year. Once the 2022-2023 State Budget has been adopted, at the end of June, more information will be available on what has changed and how to adapt locally. For additional information from this proposed budget presentation, please click here.

Special Education Program Presentation

Directors of Special Education, Grace Ventura and Lee Medvedoff, provided an update on the District's Special Education Program. To view this presentation, please click here.

Food Services Presentation

Director of Food Services, Danielle Sweeters, provided the Board with a department update, along with the official food services apron as a special gift. To view this presentation, please click here.
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Additional Information and Upcoming Board Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Public session begins at 7:00 pm (unless otherwise noted) on the JUHSD YouTube channel and in person at the District Office.