Superintendent Community Update

January 7, 2022

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

Happy New Year!

I welcome you back to school and to a new year filled with hope, blessings, and new opportunities.

As we embark on our second semester, I encourage you to place a high importance on health. As you are aware, COVID-19 cases are on the rise and the contagious Omicron variant is spreading throughout the Bay Area. Please note that there are several items in today's update that focus on COVID.

I am linking the messages that I have sent to our District community in the past week, for your convenience. You may find them by clicking here. I have not addressed quarantine time, as the guidance for schools may change. Until that time, we continue to follow the quarantine guidance that we have posted on our website.

As always, I thank you for supporting our amazing District and I thank our staff for their dedication and hard work in these challenging times. I look forward to a healthy and happy new year.


Toni Presta


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COVID-19 Self Reporting Form

In an effort to stream-line reporting, the District has added a COVID-19 Self Reporting Form to the website. This is one way to report being COVID Positive, but not the only way. Staff and Students should still call their site attendance office or the Site COVID Leads. For additional information on how to appropriately use this form, please contact District COVID Director Michele Jones.

Site COVID Testing for Students

We will continue to deliver free on-site testing at each of our district locations to staff and students.

Mondays, Thornton High School, 8:30-11:00 am

Mondays, Adult School/District Office, 1:00-3:00 pm

Tuesdays, Jefferson High School, 7:30-2:00 pm

Wednesdays, Westmoor High School, 7:30-2:00 pm

Thursdays, Terra Nova High School, 8:00-2:00 pm

Fridays, Oceana High School, 8:00-2:00 pm

For additional information, please email District COVID Response Director, Michele Jones.

Site COVID Leads

As COVID-19 cases continue to spike in the Bay Area, we encourage your students to know their status and take COVID tests on a regular basis. If a student tests positive, we encourage them to report this absence to their site attendance office AND contact their school's COVID lead:

*Jefferson High School, Vice Principal Jason Krikava, (650) 550-7796

*Oceana High School, Principal April Holland, (650) 550-7301

*Terra Nova High School, Principal Megan Carey, (650) 550-7670

*Thornton High School, Principal Dennie Marenco, (650) 550-7843

*Westmoor High School, Vice Principal Mei-Feng Howell, (650) 550-7475

*Adult Programs, Principal Mark Beshirs, (650) 550-7874

COVID Dashboard

Stay up to date with confirmed student and staff COVID-19 cases reported to the District by visiting our Dashboard. Please note that cases reported during the weekend will be denoted on the Dashboard that following Monday and only confirmed cases by the District are listed. For additional COVID-related resources, please visit the District's COVID-19 Response Page.

A Message from SMCOE

Please take a moment to read this message from The San Mateo County Office of Education: San Mateo County Schools Prepared for In-Person Learning After the Winter Break.

Social-Emotional Learning Event

Peninsula school parents are invited to a community conversation on supporting students’ social-emotional learning (SEL) and a positive school climate. Parents will gain tools to better understand how to work with their children’s school to promote SEL skills among students, teachers, and themselves.

This free, virtual event will take place on January 25th from 6:00-7:30 pm. Opening remarks will be made by San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine. For registration information, please click HERE.

District's Title IX Policy

Title IX is a federal law that was passed in 1972 to ensure that male and female students and employees in educational settings are treated equally and fairly. This law protects against discrimination based on sex (including sexual harassment). In addition, Title IX protects transgender students and students who do not conform to gender stereotypes. State law also prohibits discrimination based on gender (sex), gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

You can find information about the District’s policies and procedure on harassment and bullying prevention of sexual misconduct and abuse, nondiscrimination/harassment, sexual harassment, and Title IX rights here.

Additional Title IX information may also be found on the District's website here.

HAP-Y Program

StarVista's HAP-Y (Health Ambassador Program-Youth) program is hosting a training opportunity that will offer support and education around mental health and wellness for teens and young adults in San Mateo County. Youth who successfully complete this program will earn a completion bonus of $700. Submit your application today but scanning this electronic flyer. For more information, please email

Parent Support Groups

Looking for ways to better assist a child with learning differences or needing mental health support? The Children's Health Council is for you! Their website provides life-changing services for children, teens, and young adults. Along with providing these services, the CHS also holds weekly online support groups for parents and guardians. To view upcoming group events, please click on this electronic flyer.

Menus for the Month

January Breakfast Menu

January Lunch Menu

For more information and news from our District's Food Services Department, please visit their webpage.

Healthy New Year's Resolutions for Teens

From eating healthier and getting more sleep, to taking stress breaks and resisting peer pressure, Dr. Lanre Falusi offers New Year's resolution ideas for teens in this easy-to-read article from