From the Desk of Superintendent Dr. John Baker:
Dear RCSD Community,
I’d like to start this monthly note to you by highlighting one of the many votes that our Board of Trustees has made this month.
You probably have read the recent headlines of the youth epidemic regarding electronic cigarettes. Always focused on what is best for our students, the RCSD Board of Trustees approved a new resolution this month regarding the health and wellness of all RCSD children. The Board unanimously approved Resolution No. 12: Resolution Declaring Public Health Emergency Needing Action Now: Epidemic Youth Use of E-Cigarettes at the public School Board meeting on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. While we don’t serve high school students in RCSD and we certainly are not a public health department, we are responsible for our students, their academic performance, and their overall well being. We have seen cases of middle school students using e-cigarettes at school and this resolution is important to our community because a student whose health is compromised obviously cannot learn.
The intent of Resolution 12 is to call attention to the harm this trend is doing to our youth, including our very own children in Redwood City. As policy makers, by approving this resolution, our Trustees are teaming up with other local lawmakers to help our youth before we witness tragedies such as what we’ve seen at the national level. If you have questions and are looking to learn more about what experts are calling this new epidemic, consider attending this Stanford Medicine event at Kennedy Middle School in November.
I’d like to close this note by saying a special thank you to our school principals this National School Principals Month. All of us are getting adjusted to our new smaller school district with larger schools. As our schools grow back to what they were several years ago, our school principals are playing a key role leading their communities during this year of transition. So, as school principals everywhere celebrate the month in their honor, our RCSD principals deserve not one but two pats on the back for the job that they are doing this 2019-20 school year.
We are very fortunate to have leaders of their caliber in RCSD and for that I #thankaprincipal.
RCSD News and Headlines
RCSD Students Outperform their State Counterparts
RCSD Parents Invited to District Workshops on Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth
The workshops are part of a larger scope of presentations centered around the school district’s new Board policy on creating safe learning environments for all students including transgender, gender non-conforming, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) students.
A number of workshops for parents have been scheduled throughout the district and parents are invited to attend any of the following identical presentations.
Monday, Oct. 28. - Roosevelt School - 6:00-7:30 pm
Parents from Clifford, Cloud, and Roosevelt schools are invited this evening. One session will be held in English and a second one in Spanish.
Monday, Nov. 4 - MIT - 6:00-7:30 pm
Parents from Adelante Selby, Garfield, Henry Ford, Hoover, Kennedy, Mandarin Immersion, MIT, North Star Academy, Orion Alternative, and Taft are invited this evening. One session in English will be held in the gym and two sessions in Spanish will be held in the auditorium.
School Board Approves New Tenants for Vacant Facilities
The facilities became vacant after the Board of Trustees voted to merge and move programs and consolidate schools as part of a community engagement process after a loss of 2,000 students in six years. The enrollment decline is due to families moving out of the Bay Area as a result of the high cost of living and three charter schools that operate within the RCSD attendance zone.
The three properties and the newly approved tenants are as follows:
815 Allerton St. - Creative Learning Center with an average revenue of $591,756 annually
3150 Granger Way - Stratford Schools with an average revenue of $1,418,036 annually
909 Roosevelt Ave. - Kidz Konnect, Building Kidz, and L’ Academy, and Touchstone with an average revenue of $1,309,991.20 annually
Learn more here. The future tenants now move to the City of Redwood City for final permit approval.