Board Meeting Highlights

Jefferson Union High School District

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Serramonte del Rey

699 Serramonte Boulevard, Room 223

Daly City, CA 94015


View the JUHSD January 25th board agenda HERE.

JUHSD Board of Trustees

Board Communications

President Rosie Tejada was thrilled to see students leaving Jefferson High School wearing the newly issued KN95 masks distributed to all students and staff thanked the District maintenance team for quickly delivering those to each site last week.


Vice President Andrew Lie thanked employees for doing a stellar job to provide District students with the best possible support and care during this very trying time, especially during these past three weeks after returning from the winter break.


Clerk Kalimah Salahuddin mentioned that though COVID rates had started to decrease, it's important for us to continue practicing safety protocols, along with being able to provide as much testing as possible to District students and staff.


Trustee Nick Occhipinti shared that it is important for community members to practice and promote civic engagement through freedom of speech.


Trustee Carla Ng-Garrett was not able to attend this evening's meeting.

COVID Response Report

Dorene Basuino, Associate Superintendent of Student Services and Human Resources, gave an update as to how the District has been addressing the rise in COVID-19 cases, especially with the Omicron Variant sweeping its way through the Bay Area.


*Rapid antigen tests are being voluntarily given to all current staff in the District Office Galleria, Monday-Friday, 3:30-5:30 pm.


*The District is looking at ways in which to provide site rapid antigen testing to students and staff.


*The JUHSD Dashboard continues to be updated as positive cases are reported to the District.


*Members of the District community are doing an excellent job of filling out the COVID-19 Self Reporting Form when they test positive for COVID. We thank you for doing this!


*As soon as the District received KN95 masks from the County, those were instantly delivered to all site students and staff.


*PCR Testing through COLOR, due an overwhelming number of those taking these tests areawide, is causing delays in students and staff receiving their results.


*Case and Close Contact letters are being updated to reflect new guidance and wordage from the California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA and are being sent to appropriate groups.


For more ways in which JUHSD is addressing COVID-19, please visit the District's COVID Response Page.

AFT 1481 Report

Union President Monica Casey publicly announced the District negotiations teams (labor and management) reached a tentative agreement. This agreement includes revisions to contractual language, the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 salary schedules, and work calendars for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years. This agreement came to a close with 70% of the District's union members voting and passing with a 97% yes.


The Union would like to see the State resume COVID-paid sick leave in the near future, as cases continue to rise.


Ms. Casey thanked Dorene Basuino, Associate Superintendent of Student Services and Human Resources, for hosting after school rapid antigen testing to all current staff in the District Office Galleria. She hopes to see on site rapid testing available at all sites soon.

Students Share Out

During the start of each board meeting, it's always a treat to hear our Student Trustees eloquently share site updates and concerns with the school Board of Trustees and Executive Cabinet.


Westmoor High School Student Trustee Mustafa Abuzahriyeh attended tonight's meeting and shared that the JUHSD Student Advisory Council has been more active on social media, mainly posting to their Instagram page. He shared that a student asked via social media if Lunar New Year could be made an observed holiday by the District for possibly next year. Students have also wondered if graduation credits will be similar to that of last year's pandemic grading policy. He mentioned that Westmoor students and staff received their District's issued KN95 masks last week.


Oceana High School Student Trustees Madeleine Her and Sharon Liang, though unable to physically attend tonight's meeting, shared site notes with President Tejada to read aloud. They mentioned that their first virtual career fair at OHS went very smooth with all students being fully engaged. During their Monday advisory council meeting, they shared that students at Oceana often question why students can't return to online learning, along with the rise in area infection rates.


At next month's meeting, our District Student Trustees will have the opportunity to present about events taking place at their school sites.

CalSHAPE Program

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved a contract with LifeWings/KFI Engineers to provide indoor air quality engineering services through CalSHAPE (Califonria Schools Healthy Air, Plumbing, and Efficeny) Program.


The first round of funding through this program allows for schools in the district to receive:


  • High quality, medical grade MERV filters for HVAC systems
  • CO2 sensors installed in classrooms and indoor campus spaces
  • HVAC system audits


The Board is excited to partner with LifeWings/KFI Engineers to successfully install these healthy air system programs into district schools.

Honored During Adjournment

We adjourn tonight's meeting in honor of Angela Bellante.


Angela Bellante was hired July 1, 1953. While at JUHSD, she served as a teacher and librarian and also served on numerous district and school committees until her retirement in 1989. After retirement, Ms. Bellante participated in JUHSD's Early Retirement Projects Program where she continued to work in our libraries until 1993.


Ms. Bellante passed away on December 23, 2021. She is survived by her two brothers, Anthony and Frank Bellante and two nieces, Amber Bellante and Dana Bellante Machado.


We, the Jefferson Union High School District Board of Trustees, send our condolences to Ms. Bellante's family, friends, and host of loved ones.

Additional Information and Upcoming Board Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Public session begins at 7:00 pm (unless otherwise noted) on the JUHSD YouTube channel and in person at the District Office.