Superintendent Community Update

March 4, 2022

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

I hope that you enjoyed time with family and friends over the Presidents' Week break. Students and staff have returned rested and eager to engage in many planned spring activities!

As I am sure you have heard, on Monday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released updated masking guidance for schools. Under the new guidance, the universal masking requirement for K-12 and Childcare settings will terminate on March 11, 2022. Beginning March 12th, the CDPH will shift its guidance to a strong recommendation that students, teachers, and others continue to mask while indoors in school settings.

San Mateo County Health has aligned itself with the CDPH guidance and confirmed that once the statewide requirement ends, masks will be strongly recommended in all public and private schools in the county.

Cal/OSHA also updated its guidance this week, as well, and no longer requires – but strongly recommends – masks to be worn by unvaccinated workers indoors, helping alleviate possible confusion between student and staff guidance.

At the March 15th Board Meeting, the board will discuss the recent change in masking guidance from the CDPH and Cal/OSHA and determine if our local masking policy will change now, or if we will continue to mandate masks in district buildings. I will send out a communication to our district community on March 16th with our local decision. Until then, students and staff are required to wear masks while on campus.

This month is Women's History Month, a month to celebrate the vital role women play in American life and history. JUHSD promises to empower our youth, ensuring that women continue to be trailblazers, pioneers, innovators, and leaders. We will continue to encourage girls and young women to speak up, challenge expectations, and be on the front lines of change. Stay tuned for a focus on women this month in my weekly updates.

Finally, I am really excited to attend Mission Fusion's show at Jefferson High School this weekend. Their shows are always amazing. I encourage you to come tonight, tomorrow night, or both! See below for details.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Toni Presta


A-G Completion Grant

Great News! JUHSD will be receiving a one-time A-G Completion Grant totaling approximately $700,000. Kareen Baca, Deputy Superintendent of Educational Services, met with the District Teacher Leads this week to hear ideas on how to best utilize these funds to increase the A-G rate of all our students, especially our low-income students, foster youth, students learning English and students with IEP.

To learn more about the A-G Completion Grant and the District’s A-G rate, click on the slide decks in this Padlet Wall. If you have other ideas or feedback, using the same Padlet Wall, click on the plus sign, type your ideas, and click “Publish.” Please note that this Padlet is open to all JUHSD students, parents, staff, and community. For questions, please contact Kareen Baca at

Board Meeting Highlights, March 1, 2022

Important information is shared during JUHSD Board of Education meetings, yet not everyone is able to attend or view the entire meeting.

Please view highlights from Tuesday’s Board Meeting, including Westmoor High's Justin Bergado receiving the District's February Student of the Month award, by clicking here.

Save the Date!

Don't miss the District's 100th Anniversary Celebration and Educational Housing Ribbon Cutting on Friday, May 13th, 5:00-7:00 pm, at Serramonte del Rey! Email District Director of Communication and Staff Housing Austin Worden,, for more info!

Buy a shirt, become a sponsor!

Honor 100 years of Jefferson Union High School District's educational excellence to the community by purchasing this commemorative tee shirt. In purchasing this shirt, you'll become a sponsor of the District's centennial jubilee! Click here to purchase!

Mission Fusion Show Tonight & Tomorrow

Jefferson High School's Mission Fusion is back! This year's show, HOPE, takes place on March 3rd, 4th, and 5th in the school's little theater. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the show starts at 7:30 pm. Purchase your tickets at, or at the door the night of the show. This is an event you do not want to miss!

Get your popcorn!

Adult Transition Program (ATP) student Matthew Manuel sells popcorn to Dorene Basuino, District Associate Superintendent of Student Services and Human Resources. Every Wednesday, students from Mrs. Danielle Messer's class sell freshly popped corn to employees working in the Serramonte del Rey District Office complex. Along with providing staff the chance to buy a tasty treat, students are given the opportunity to strengthen their social and communication skills through this enjoyable activity. For more information on the District's Adult Transition Program, please contact Adult Programs Principal Mark Beshirs.

DCYHC's New Website Address

The Daly City Youth Health Center has a new web address,! Visit this site and find helpful resources for our students, along with learning about about the services and programs offered through the DCYHC. Through this site, you'll also meet their team and how they can offer support and guidance to the youth and families of this community. Connect with them today!

Project Yellow Light Scholarship

Project Yellow Light is a scholarship competition designed to bring about change. People know distracted driving is dangerous, but they do it anyway. As an applicant you have one clear mission: create a PSA to encourage your friends to avoid distracted driving, specifically using your phone while driving. Whether it’s sending a text, commenting on a photo, or messaging your friends in your favorite app, it’s never ok to message while driving. Together, we can spread the word and help keep our roads safer. Learn more about this scholarship opportunity by clicking HERE.

Menus for the Month

March 2022 Breakfast Menu

March 2022 Lunch Menu

For more notifications from our District's Food Services Department, please click here.

San Mateo County Youth Summit 2022

On Saturday, March 19th, eight community service groups from across San Mateo County will come together to host "All For One, Together We Can," Youth Summit 2022. This virtual event is designed to uplift youth voices from students living in San Mateo County. For additional information on this upcoming event and to RSVP, please click on this electronic flyer.

Mind Out Loud Mental Health Event

The CDE is partnering with Wellness Together School Mental Health and the San Diego County Office of Education to co-sponsor the second annual Mind Out Loud Virtual Student Mental Health Event on March 12th. This event will encourage middle and high school students to hear from each other about mental health and wellness and gain practical tools and resources to advocate for their peers on campus. For more information on this event and the ongoing MOL Student Rep Program, visit

Rape Trauma Services

Rape Trauma Services: A Center for Healing and Violence Prevention, will host a virtual eight-week support group for females (ages 13-18) identifying as survivors of sexual violence starting March 9th, 4:45-6:00 pm. During the course of this group, counselors will discuss boundaries, healthy relationships, and the understanding of trauma. If you, or someone you know, is interested in attending this group, please contact Intake and Assessment Specialist/Trauma Counselor Dominique Jones, (650) 273-6209,