Superintendent Community Update

February 18, 2022

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

As we head into the Presidents' Day holiday and February Recess, I encourage you to take time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate, along with enjoying the sun as it begins to usher in Spring.

At a press conference yesterday, Governor Newsom shared the release of the California SMARTER Plan: The Next Phase of California’s COVID-19 Response. The SMARTER Plan addresses:

Shots – Vaccines are the most powerful weapon against hospitalization and serious illness

Masks – Properly worn masks with good filtration help slow the spread of COVID-19

Awareness – Continuing to stay aware of how COVID is spreading, evolving variants, clear communication, and coordination of state and local government response

Readiness – Being prepared with the tools, resources and supplies needed to quickly respond and keep public health and the health care system well prepared

Testing – Getting the right type of tests, PCR or antigen, where they are needed most

Education – California will continue to work to keep schools open and children safely in classrooms

Rx – Evolving and improving treatments will become increasingly available and critical

Remember that the mask mandate is still in effect in schools. Governor Newsom shared that on February 28, the state will inform us of the date when the masking mandate will eventually be lifted in schools will be announced. He clarified that the mandate itself will not be lifted on that date.

Please enjoy the week off and we look forward to seeing you back at school on February 28!


Toni Presta


Home COVID Testing During Break

Yesterday, all District students and staff received two free take-home rapid antigen COVID tests. During next week's February Recess, the District encourages everyone to take these tests on the Sunday/Monday morning prior to returning to campus, and again on Wednesday during that first week back.

Please share positive test results with the local health department through this Primary Health link. Additional details and instructions on this process was distributed with the test kits sent this week. For COVID-related questions, please contact JUHSD COVID Response Director Michele Jones.

February Recess

In observance of Presidents' Day and the February Recess, all school sites will be closed February 21st-25th and will resume instruction on Monday, February 28th.

District Office Hours:

*Monday, February 21st, closed.

*Tuesday-Thursday, February 22nd-24th, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

*Friday, February 25th, closed.

To view our District calendar, please click here.

Financial Aid Virtual Workshops

uAspire will hold several virtual support workshops designed to provide tips to help our families better understand the financial aid process, including a tool that helps calculate the cost of college. To view the times and dates of these events, along with how to sign up, click here to view this electronic flyer.

Selfies From Our Site Principals!

Adult School Classes & Electives for Everyone!

Learn English, Spanish, earn your diploma, prepare for your citizenship, develop job skills, learn technical skills, community classes, and more! Our adult education classes and programs are offered at a low cost or free and available throughout the city! Click HERE to see a full list of classes and electives offered through the District's Adult School Programs!

Photo: Adult School teacher Victoria McAuley supports a student with her homework in the Serramonte del Rey Galleria.

THS Makes Paper With ATP

Thornton High School students and Paraprofessional Sandy McGurty made a special visit to Serramonte del Rey this past Wednesday and taught our Adult Transition Program (ATP) students how to make paper!

Through this course offered at THS, students learn about the conservation of resources, along with fostering ways to be more innovative in helping save the environment. As the class fine-tunes the process of paper consistency, they recycle Thornton's paper waste into new sheets of paper that will be used campus-wide, including the creating of special stationary! Swing by the DO or THS to purchase these one-of-a-kind cards, envelopes, and more!

See more photos of this cool partnership between THS and ATP below!

JUHSD Celebrates Valentine's Day

Woodlawn Foundation Update

The Experiment In International Living is awarding more than $81,000 in need-based scholarships to Daly City schools through the Woodlawn Foundation grant and an individual donor’s gift for summer 2022!

Alexandra Mullin, WHS French Teacher, shared with the District that thirteen students from Oceana, Jefferson, and Westmoor will take part in this summer's program:

*Zi He, JHS, The Galapagos Islands & The Andes

*Kimberly Ramirez, JHS, Spain

*Allen Jasper Aquino, JHS, Japan

*Daniela Cardona Urbina, Italy

*Andrews Liu, OHS, Portugal

*Liam Calloway, OHS, Serbia & Croatia

*Andrey Liu, OHS, Switzerland

*Lily Mah, WHS, Ecuador

*Aram Rami Hidalgo, WHS, Japan

*Stephanie Wu, WHS, France

*Joshua John Castaneda, WHS, Japan

*April Pham, WHS, The Netherlands

*Jillian Padgett, WHS, Italy

Safe travels this summer, participating students!

Board Meeting Highlights, February 15th

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 Jefferson High's Shana Chen receiving the District's January Student of the Month, by clicking HERE.

Save the Date!

On Friday, May 13, 2022, JUHSD will celebrate its 100 years of serving San Mateo County students and staff since 1922! This monumental day will showcase the history of the District, along with the recognition of alumni and their contributions to the region.

In conjunction with this centennial jubilee, a ribbon cutting ceremony will officially usher in staff to the newly constructed Educational Housing Building with tours to follow.

JUHSD 100th Anniversary/Educational Housing Ribbon Cutting

Friday, May 13, 2022

5:00 - 7:00 pm

705 Serramonte Blvd., Daly City

Photo: Lila Magbilang, Jefferson High School 12th Grader, holds her winning logo for the centennial celebration.

Survey from San Mateo County

Did you know that one in three San Mateo County residents were born in another country? If you identify as an immigrant, the County’s Board of Supervisors wants to hear from you. Today, the County invites immigrants who live in San Mateo County, plus all who work or go to school here, to take this survey that will help shape services and resources. All responses are anonymous and kept confidential with questions being optional. You will receive a $10 gift card for completing the survey. For more information on this program, please click here.

Recommended Read: NY Times - The Morning

As the Omicron wave recedes, some of the remaining pandemic restrictions will recede. This New York Times "Morning" article focuses on five steps that can help protect the vulnerable as society moves back toward normal. To read the full article by David Leonhardt, please click HERE.