Superintendent Community Update
October 22, 2021
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Dear JUHSD Community,
October was first declared as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month in 2011. Since then, October has been a time to promote substance abuse prevention efforts and the help that is available in our community. It is also a time to acknowledge the over 20 million Americans who struggle with addiction, those that have lost their battles with addiction and those in recovery, as well as the family and friends who support them.
Key to substance use prevention is talking openly with your kids and helping them understand the impact of substance use and this abuse on their health. Studies show that the earlier an individual starts smoking, drinking, or using other drugs, the greater the likelihood of this developing into an addiction. For every year that substance use is delayed during the period of adolescent brain development, the risk of addiction and substance abuse decreases.
Below are resources on how to help build awareness of substance use and where to get help in our community:
- SAMHSA’s substance use prevention campaign, “Talk. They Hear You” helps parents and caregivers start talking to children about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs.
- Partnership to end addiction - provides science and research supported information to help you help your child prevent drug and alcohol use .
- Harvard Medical Blog - “Teens and Drugs: 5 Tips for Talking with your kids”
- National Institute on Drug Abuse - Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know & Talking to Your Kids: Communicating the Risks
Jefferson Union High School District is committed to raising awareness about substance use and helping our community access the quality treatment for substance use or mental health. We have partnered with Care Solace to support the well-being of students, staff, and their family members. Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential care coordination service that can help you quickly find mental health or substance use treatment options matched to your needs regardless of circumstance.
If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:
- Call 888-515-0595 available 24/7/365 in any language
- Visit www.caresolace.com/juhsdfamilies and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.
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Save Our Schools!
Please take a moment to sign this online petition in support of the Serramonte del Rey project proposal and JUHSD by clicking HERE.
For more information on the Serramonte del Rey project, including answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the SDR Project Website.
Board Meeting Highlights, October 19th
Please view highlights from Tuesday’s Board Meeting, including a special shout-out to our District's October Student of the Month recipient, Julie Nash, by clicking HERE.
ServSafe Manager Exam Prep
COVID-19 Booster Vaccination Clinics
If you are eligible (click HERE for eligibility information) and interested in receiving a booster at the Event Center, you can come directly to the drive through clinic during operating hours. No appointments are needed! However, if you would like to make an appointment, please go to MyTurn and search for the Event Center address: 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo (see directions below, or on the SMC Health Facebook page).
For more information, please visit the San Mateo County Health Department's website by clicking HERE.
Safe Schools and Vaccinations for Youth Discussion
Priorities for a Strong Recovery from the Pandemic
San Mateo County Office of Education wants to know your top needs and priorities for an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The San Mateo County Recovery Initiative started over a year ago and through input from community leaders, cities, and institutions, millions of dollars were allocated to support food access, housing, childcare, digital access, small businesses and more. A year and a half into the pandemic, we continue to experience more severe impacts on our communities of color and low-income communities. For more information on their outreach series starting Saturday, October 23rd, 9:00 am, please click on the below electronic flyers:
Social-Emotional Learning Events
Recommendations for COVID-Safe Fall Activities
By following a few basic safety steps, schools and families can ensure that fall activities and events are fun and safe, especially for young children who are not vaccinated. For more suggestions on how you can safely celebrate fall holidays, please check out the below electronic flyers from San Mateo County Office of Education:
Congressional App Challenge
Make A Difference Day
Honoring Culture and Tradition: Asian Pacific American Cultures
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JUHSD is Turning 100!
For more information, please email District Director of Communication Austin Worden, email@example.com.