Superintendent Community Update

December 10, 2021

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

The recent school shooting in Michigan has surfaced fears about safety and I want to assure you that JUHSD is committed to ensuring that our campuses are safe and inclusive for everyone.

As you may be aware, there was a unfounded threat of violence at Jefferson this week and a peaceful demonstration against sexual assault/harassment at Westmoor. Staff and students acted with grace and safety and I am very proud of all.

Events like these can impact the physical and mental well-being of our students, staff, and families. I encourage you to connect with your friends and family and support each other and seek help as it is needed.

Remember that you are not alone and that support is available at school and in our community. If you or someone you know needs support, there are helpful resources through the JUHSD Wellness Page of our District's website.

Please have a restful weekend!


Toni Presta


Finals Week Tips

Students! As we move into our last few school days of the fall semester, please take a moment to practice these suggestions and tips to get through finals week:

*Keep up healthy habits. Eat three meals, get plenty of sleep, and include physical activity into your daily routine.

*Make time for yourself, even if it’s just 15 minutes. Read a book, take a walk, or call a friend to slow down and catch your breath.

*Be mindful of your schedule. Plan ahead and learn to say “no” to activities in which you’re feeling overwhelmed.

*Reach out for help. Acknowledge your feelings and talk to someone when needed.

Whatever you are managing, we want you to know you are not alone. We wish you well and are always here to support you. Hang in there...winter vacation is only one week away!

Student Spotlight: Meet Our 2021-2022 ASB Presidents

Board Meeting Highlights, December 7th

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 a special shout-out to our District's December Student of the Month recipient, Katalina Huazano, by clicking here.

San Mateo County Holiday Donations

This holiday season, primarily due to COVID-19, is unlike any other. Many San Mateo County families many are in need and we want to remind you to give what you can and give where you live. Share the joy of the holidays by donating to your favorite local charities by clicking here.

Needing Extra Support?

With winter vacation just around the corner, the JUHSD Wellness Team is here to provide a list of helpful resources for you and your family! From sharing local free food and clothing distribution locations, to housing/rental assistance and employment opportunities, check out this resource guide found on the JUHSD Wellness Page of the District's website.

COVID-19 and School Attendance

When your student is not feeling well, or is close contact to someone exposed to COVID-19, we encourage you to follow the steps listed in blue on our District's Quarantine Requirements Flow Chart. If your student falls into a category in which they should quarantine, please contact your student's school attendance office.

For a list of COVID-19 resources, please visit our COVID Response Page from the District's website. Additional COVID-related questions or concerns can be sent to COVID Response Director Michele Jones.

Boosters for Youth Ages 16-17

The CDC has approved COVID-19 booster shots for youth ages 16-17, effective immediately. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walenshy said, "We know that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and I strongly encourage adolescents ages 16 and 17 to get their booster" if it has been at least six months since their last dose of vaccine. For San Mateo County vaccination and booster information, please click here.

Nothing But Net from District's Adult Transition Program!

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