Superintendent Community Update

August 27, 2021

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

It is hard to believe that we are at the end of our third week of school. I have really enjoyed being on school sites and appreciate how students and staff are adapting to campus routines and procedures. Along with being required to wear masks indoors, it's been encouraging to see the large number of students and staff wearing masks outdoors, too. I encourage you to visit the COVID Response page found on the district's website to monitor the ways in which JUHSD continues to address COVID-19.

This week kicked off our fall Back to School Nights with Thornton High School on Wednesday, August 25th and Terra Nova on Thursday, August 26th. With caution and safety in mind, schools have tweaked plans in order to enable physical attendance at Back to School Night events. Seeing parents, staff, and students in person has been awesome and I look forward seeing you in person soon.

Have a wonderful weekend and know that my door is always open!


Toni Presta


Back to School Night Schedule

This past week, Thornton and Terra Nova High Schools safely welcomed students and guardians to their fall Back to School Nights.

For a list of our site's Back to School Night dates and times, check out this doc!

Back to School Night Photos, Thornton and Terra Nova High Schools

District plans to help fund student education by replacing outdated facilities with a new family-friendly neighborhood

JUHSD is currently taking steps towards preparing our Serramonte Del Rey site to build much needed market-rate and low-income housing on this district property in Daly City.

This new walkable, bike-able, sustainable development would provide an ongoing additional funding stream for our schools that could be used for teacher and staff salaries, arts, athletics, other student programs, or any educational purpose. These funds could not be taken away by the State.

One step in preparing for this potential development is to hold 7-11 Committee meetings. This committee looks at whether or not the district needs to keep this property to house students and what potential uses of the property might be acceptable to the community. While the committee is advisory and does not have decision making power, they will provide the school board with recommendations.

For more information about the 7-11 Committee meetings, please visit

For more information about the exciting proposed Serramonte Del Rey Revitalization Project, please visit

Questions may be directed to Associate Superintendent, Tina Van Raaphorst, at

Free Online Tutoring for Students

JUHSD will continue to offer free 24/7 online tutoring through PAPER! Students, use this amazing service by clicking HERE!

Surprise Helicopter Landing at JHS!

This past Tuesday afternoon, a coastguard helicopter made a surprise landing on the Jefferson High School baseball field after experiencing engine concerns.

Principal Kesha Emmendorfer, and the school's campus supervisors, quickly ensured that everyone involved was safe and able to continue school business as normal. Great job, Principal Emmendorfer and team!

JUHSD's COVID Dashboard

Stay up to date with positive COVID-19 cases reported within JUHSD by visiting the district's COVID Dashboard. Please note this dashboard is updated when a positive case is reported to the district.

Site COVID Testing Update

We thank you for your patience as the district works out details for hosting weekly site COVID testing and we'll notify you with more information soon!

Bay Area Health Officers Reaffirm Support for Full In-Person School

Yesterday, August 26th, the San Mateo County Office of Education released an article of Bay Area health officials stating their support of in-person learning and students to continue safely attending school.

Read the full press release by clicking HERE.

State Superintendent Hosts Discussion of Latest COVID-19 Science, Safety and State Assistance for Schools

On Wednesday afternoon, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond brought experts in the fields of public health and education together for a wide-ranging discussion of COVID-19 data and mitigation efforts that have resulted in the safe reopening of thousands of schools across California.

Dr. Naomi Bardach of the Safe Schools for All team and State Board President Linda Darling-Hammond shared information on California's robust and multi-layered approach to COVID-19 prevention, which has resulted in no school reopening delays thus far.

Thurmond acknowledged the resilience he’s witnessed first-hand on his recent visits to schools across the state. “COVID-19 is the toughest challenge I think most of us will experience in our lifetime,” said Thurmond. “We can’t control what the coronavirus does, but we can control what we do and how we respond to it—we’re all in this together and as hard as it is, it can be done and the reward is great: giving students the opportunity to have in person instruction.”

The Safe and Successful Schools webinar includes American Sign Language interpretation service and may be found on the CDE Facebook page. Slides from the presentation are available for download on the California Department of Public Health website. To find a vaccine clinic near you, visit the My Turn - California COVID-19 website.

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

Vaccination Clinic at Daly City Youth Health Center

San Mateo County Health has confirmed that every Wednesday is a Pfizer Vaccination Clinic at the Daly City Youth Health Center, and your students and families can register for that specific location on the website.

Vaccination Clinic for Youth with Sensory issues or Anxiety

Sequoia Hospital, Hope Technology School, and BACC are partnering to provide COVID-19 vaccines for individuals 12 and older who require a more sensory-sensitive environment. For youth with sensory issues or anxiety that require trained staff members who are skilled in providing vaccinations to students with disabilities, the Sensory Friendly Vaccination Site is available for you. Whether it is walk up or drive through, know that this clinic includes the following: short wait times, minimal transitions, no crowds, visual reminders, social stories on pads, drive through, visual aids and timers, fun rewards, quiet areas, and calm stations.

College and Career Readiness

Click here for a newsletter from our district's Career and Technical Education department!

For more information on our district's CTE programs, please email coordinator Denise Shreve,

Dual Enrollment with Skyline College

JUHSD Students! Are you interested in taking classes from Skyline College while still being in high school? If so, please click here for the Fall 2021 flyer for HSCI 180-Gateway to Health Careers dual enrollment opportunity.

This class will be ONLINE, starting the week of September 20, 2021, and virtual onboarding workshop dates/details are noted on the flyer and below:

-All interested students will need to complete the Fall 2021 College Connection Form

-Onboarding workshops will be conducted, via Zoom, using this Zoom link

Official Class Start Dates:

1: CRN# 96783

Week of 9/20/2021

Application Workshop over zoom:

CRN# 96783

9/1/2021 @

3:30 pm-5:30 pm

Upload Workshop over zoom:


9/8/2021 @

3:30 pm-5:30 pm

Enrollment Workshop over zoom:

CRN# 96783

9/15/2021 @

3:30 pm-5:30 pm

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