HCSD Friday Newsletter

Lunar New Year, NAVICA App, Spring Break Travel & More

In Celebration of Lunar New Year! Part 2

I am proud to announce the premiere of "Trilogy 2" from our "Lunar New Year Trilogy - HCSD 2021" which features members of our own community. Part 2 begins with Crocker Middle School Principal, Mrs. Brady, followed by students from all schools! Please CLICK HERE or click the button below to watch Part 2. Keep an eye out for Trilogy 3 in the coming weeks!


Dear Parents,

As part of our safe return to school after Spring Break, we are encouraging all HCSD in-person students returning to school on April 13th to take a rapid antigen test (gentle nose swab) on Monday, April 12th. This test will give results in 15 minutes instead of our regular 2-3 days.

Additional details will be provided about the HCSD testing event, but as a first step, we need all parents/guardians to download the NAVICA app to their smartphones and create an account. Directions can be found below. Please know that there will be additional steps in the coming weeks to make sure our testing program is safe and organized (including forthcoming permission forms, test appointment signups, and connecting your app to HCSD when invited) but we feel these inconveniences are well worth our time to get back to campus safely on April 13th.

We appreciate your cooperation as we attempt to streamline and simplify our COVID testing strategies! Thank you, as always, for your continued patience and partnership.

Creating a NAVICA Parent/Guardian Account

First: Download the NAVICA app from the Apple App Store or Google Play store

Next: Create an account through the NAVICA app.

This will require:

  1. agreeing to a number of privacy notices
  2. providing your email to receive a verification code
  3. entering verification code into the app
  4. creating a password
  5. adding your address and profile information
  6. creating a “managed profile” for each of your children attending HCSD schools

If you have any trouble downloading the app or setting up a parent account please contact Maureen Sullivan at: MSullivan@hcsdk8.org

Anti-Asian Hate and Violence - A way to talk with little ones...

In light of continued horrific attacks on the wider Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, I am resending a portion of my communication from last week and adding a new resource for parents with younger children. We must all become upstanders, not bystanders. We are dedicated to making sure our schools are places where all students feel safe, seen, and supported. We re-affirm our HCSD statement on racism & equity.

If you are having a hard time finding the right words to talk to your little ones about the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes since the beginning of the pandemic, here is Miss Katie to help. Miss Katie Sings

Here are some actionable steps we can take to support our AAPI community during these challenging times:

Learn What To Do if You Experience or Witness Hate

  • This article by Learning For Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance) offers specific strategies for responding to racism and xenophobia. How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism

  • Read these tips from Stop AAPI Hate to learn what to do if you experience hate and how to safely intervene when you see harassment or a hate crime taking place

  • There are many [free] training opportunities provided by national, state, and local organizations on being a more informed and ready member of the community. Here are 2 upcoming free virtual trainings: AAJC/Hollaback! De-Escalation AAJC/Hollaback! Bystander Intervention

Continue Learning:

Each and every one of us benefits from learning how to be anti-racist. Here are some resources to help learn about the history of racism against Asian Americans, as well as the ways that Asian Americans have been integral to our joint movement for equity.

In Continued Partnership,


Plans for the Week After Spring Break - Please Read Closely

Spring Break is Friday, April 2nd through Sunday, April 11th

Monday, April 12th will be a Distance Learning Day for ALL students.

Tuesday April 13th will be a return to in-person school for students.

Dear Families,

Our plan is for students to return to in-person programming on Tuesday, April 13th. On Monday, April 12th, we will host a testing event for students using the Abbott BinaxNOW Test (see information above - NAVICA app). April 12th will be a virtual learning day for all students. Our leadership team members have been trained to administer the Abbott BinaxNOW test and will do so on April 12th.The beauty of this is that we can get results the same day and communicate these results to families immediately.

Traveling Over Spring Break? See the information below.

While there are new guidelines from the CDC regarding people who are fully vaccinated, you will note that there are no changes to the travel guidelines (at this time) and we will continue to implement guidelines from the CDC (if you travel - via airport travel - there is a 10 day quarantine upon your return OR a 7 day quarantine if you test negative between 3-5 days after you return).

Please see the graphic below as it clearly outlines next steps for your child depending on your travel plans for Spring Break.

If your child will need to quarantine after Spring Break, for our K-5 students, please contact your child's teacher directly. If your child is a Crocker Middle School student please email crockerabsences@hcsdk8.org to let them know your plans.

HCSD Post-Spring Break Flowchart

This guidance is the same as the chart below - this view can be enlarged to better see the details of the guidance. Additionally, there is a link below to download this graphic.

Big picture

Cycles for San Mateo on Sat. March 20th at Crocker - TOMORROW! See details below.

To help provide relief to struggling families and to the children who need exercise and something to do during and after quarantine, we believe providing bicycles to children of all ages for families in need would be a welcome relief. Together, we’ve founded Cycles for San Mateo, a project with the goal to provide bikes to Bay Area children and families in need.

As former HCSD alumni, we know how supportive our town is and hope that your generosity will benefit those in need. Join us from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday March 20th, Saturday April 3rd or Saturday April 24th at the front entrance (MPR) of Crocker Middle School and bring your bikes and bike gear for donation. Bikes for all ages and sizes are welcome!

Thank You, Cycles for San Mateo (Jack Murphy, Oscar Morganstern, and Zack Tuzar)

Kinder Registration and Placements

Attention Parents of Incoming Kinder Students

We are always going to give priority placement (at their current school) to siblings of children who are already attending our schools. If you have a child who is an incoming kinder student for the 2021-22 school year and you have NOT YET REGISTERED your child, we need you to do so ASAP and no later than next week. We want to assure your kinder child is placed at the same school as their sibling(s)! If you have already registered your incoming kinder student - you are all set!

Here is the link to the online registration forms.

If you have any questions, please contact Margaux Mansfield.

San Mateo County Moves to Orange Tier

Click here to read the full press release and details on the loosened restrictions.

San Mateo county is now in the less restrictive “orange tier” which allows the easing of certain restrictions and most indoor businesses to operate with modifications.

The county moved to the orange “moderate” tier due to two metrics calculated by the state: the adjusted case rate has fallen to 2.8 per 100,000 in population and test positivity rate, excluding prisons, is 1.1 per 100,000. The health equity quartile positivity rate is 1.9 per 100,000 in population. The health equity quartile measures rates of infection with the virus in the county’s most disadvantaged communities based on the California Health Places Index.

With the move to orange tier, the following the following is guidance for youth sports programs, including school-based, club and recreational programs, and adult recreational sports including limitations for competitions.

For further information by industry sector, visit the state’s Industry Guidance website.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines in San Mateo County: https://www.smchealth.org/covidvaccine

Learn more about COVID-19 testing options in San Mateo County: https://www.smcgov.org/testing