Superintendent Community Update

January 14, 2022

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

I hope this message finds you well and that your week is ending on a positive note. Speaking of notes, I want to be sure you have received my JUHSD Community Messages. Please take some time to read, if you haven't had a chance yet. The Omicron Variant still continues to affect students, families, and staff in the Bay Area and we receive updated COVID response guidance on a daily basis. So, thank you in advance for understanding that we will need to pivot as rules and guidance change.

Of note this week is our new procedure for students who have been isolated for 5 days and are ready to return to school after a negative rapid test. Linked here is our 5 Day Isolation Return Verification Form links. You may also find the links on our District Website.

Please remember to check our website's COVID Response Tab, where you will find the most updated information. Just yesterday, we added the new Quarantine guidance for Students and Quarantine Guidance for Staff. COVID-19 Dashboard numbers are updated on a regular basis, so please keep an eye on those numbers, as well.

In today's Friday Update, I address pertinent community concerns including the difference between Remote Independent Study and Distance Learning, the importance of mask wearing, and how the District is addressing the substitute teacher shortage affecting us and the state.

I wholeheartedly thank you for the resiliency you have shown since our return to school at the start of this month. I am hopeful that we will begin to see the decline of Omicron.

Please be sure to get vaccinated and boosted, consistently wear a high quality mask, eat outdoors, and keep as socially distanced as practicable.

Please have a restful three-day weekend.


Toni Presta


No School, January 17th

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, all district sites will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2022.

For a brief history on MLK, Jr., and his fight for civil rights during the 1950s and 60s, please check out this online article from

Remote Independent Study

Assembly Bill 130 allows districts to provide Remote Independent Study. This provides an option for individualized study for a pupil whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent/guardian of the pupil. Though this program provides the required state educational requirement of meeting weekly with a certificated district teacher, students are independently learning through a digital platform. This is not the same as hybrid or remote learning taught by our teachers, and does not allow for engaging with a group/class of students. Please know that it is an option, but that it presents a few drawbacks:

*AP (Advanced Placement) classes are not offered

*Students cannot participate in extracurricular school activities or athletics

*Classes offered through independent study would not align with a current class schedule and instead are offered through an online learning platform.

*There is no guarantee that a student would receive their same class schedule or even their original school site if they were to return to on-campus learning.

Please visit our website for a webinar and slide show presentation with more information on our District's Remote Independent Study program. Please follow the slide presentation link to view slides.

PCR COVID Testing for Students and Staff

We provide free PCR COVID testing for all students and staff at all district sites. You must register before testing, but only need to register once for this school year. No appointment is needed and you can arrive to your site testing center between classes, during brunch, lunch, or during non-instructional time. Typical testing time takes 3-5 minutes. To register, along with viewing testing locations, days, and times, please click on the blue link associated with your school’s name found HERE.

Wear a mask!

JUHSD has provided staff with KN95 masks, and will provide both staff and students with KN95 masks next Wednesday. We will provide them weekly during this surge and will have them on hand for possible surges that may follow.

Parents and guardians, we ask that you please continue reminding your student(s) to wear their masks while at school, especially when indoors. We know that wearing a mask is not always the most comfortable thing to do during the school day, but it's important for everyone's health, especially now during this Omicron surge, that we wear an appropriate face covering while on campus. We thank you for your support with this. For more information on masking, please visit the CDPH website. Check out more on masking from the San Mateo County Office of Education by clicking on the below flyer.

Board Meeting Highlights, January 11, 2022

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 by clicking HERE.

SamTrans Clipper Card/Phone App Updates

Do you take a SamTrans bus to school? Starting February 1st, all passengers will need to use a plastic Clipper card or a Clipper App to ride. Clipper Card can be purchased at any BART or MUNI stations or you can now download the card to your phone, along with reloading your account, through the Clipper Card app. If you have any questions about obtaining a Clipper card, please see your school's account clerk.

For more information on SamTrans Get 2 School Program, please click HERE.

Become a Substitute Teacher!!

Governor Newsom signed an Executive Order this week, lowering barriers to substitute teaching. The flexibilities will support schools in dealing with staffing shortages, and we are very grateful.

One way this affects JUHSD, is that we may now hire anyone with a Bachelors Degree to come join our amazing school district as a Substitute Teacher! To apply, simply fill out the Substitute Teacher Fast Track application at:

Applicants only need to complete the application and list two references. For more information, please contact District Director of Human Resources, Daina Lujan.

Care Solace is here for you!

As a district, we know the trying times of life can sometimes be quite a bit to handle. When days are difficult, we encourage you to visit the Care Solace section of our website. Care Solace’s care navigation services are confidential and free to Jefferson Union High School District’s students, staff, and their families. Care Solace’s team is available 24/7/365 and can support you in any language. To see how this program is supporting our families firsthand, please read this recent testimonial posted to their website:

"I was treated with dignity, and my needs were heard. My care solace person was incredibly consistent and thorough at making sure my two children got therapists, and then diligently followed through to make sure that I also got a therapist. I have been looking for a therapist through my insurance company for years for myself and my children, and have been unable to do this on my own. I am very thankful for this program. It is a game changer"

We thank you for supporting our Serramonte del Rey Project!

JUHSD would like to extend a very sincere thank you to District staff and community members who have taken time to positively support the Serramonte del Rey Project. Your presence in writing letters, speaking at district and city council meetings, and sharing words of encouragement have been heard loud and clear.

At this past Monday's Daly City Council Meeting, with a four to one council member vote, the Serramonte del Rey Project Prelimiinary Plan proposal was approved to move onto its next stage. To see slides shared at this past Monday's meeting in favor of the project, please click HERE..

CISC Leadership Symposium Art Contest

The Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) invites you to participate in their 2022 art contest, "Liberate: Our Voice, Our Time." During the annual February conference in Monterey, California, selected student winners will have their art displayed at in-person and virtual galleries throughout the venue, as well as on their website and other media publications. For more information on this amazing opportunity, please email Austin Worden,

Extra, Extra!

This past week, the Pacifica Tribune newspaper posted three stories featuring high schools from JUHSD! Take a moment to read these articles highlighting a few of the many amazing things taking place within our District, including ways for you to volunteer at the beach this coming Saturday!

*Schools prepare for vibrant Black History Month

*Schools struggle with absences

*Annual beach planting set for this weekend

In Remembrance of John Madden

John Madden graduated from Jefferson High School in 1954 where he played baseball, basketball, and football. Mr. Madden passed away on December 28, 2021.

After college, Mr. Madden coached football at San Diego State University and then at age 32, was named the NFL's youngest coach at the time as leader of the Oakland Raiders.

He became one of the most successful coaches in NFL history, leading the Raiders to numerous playoffs and a Super Bowl win in 1977, a legendary Emmy-winning sports broadcaster, and the face and spirit of the Madden NFL video game.

He was inducted into the Daly City Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2000. At the Hall of Fame dinner, he announced that he would donate to Jefferson High School the cost of purchasing and installing stadium lights for the football field, which are now known as the "Madden Lights". He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

We, JUHSD, send our condolences to the Madden Family and Jefferson High School looks forward to highlighting his contributions to the Daly City community during their school's 100th Centennial Celebration this March.

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