Superintendent Community Update

September 3, 2021

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

It's hard to believe we're wrapping up our fourth week of school! It has been a privilege for me to safely visit with you and your families at our Back to School Nights. I have enjoyed meeting you and I thank you for trusting us with your children.

With Labor Day taking place this coming Monday, I would like to thank the JUHSD community for supporting our schools. The hard work, dedication, and resiliency of our students and staff is evident. This certainly has been the most interesting back to school yet, but our campuses are alive again and it is all worth it!

Have a restful three day weekend and know that my door is always open!


Toni Presta


Labor Day Holiday

In honor of Labor Day, Monday, September 6th, our district office and school sites will be closed for the day. Please take a moment to thank those hardworking individuals who make our lives that much better!

For a brief history of Labor Day, click here.


Back to School Night Schedule

This past week, Westmoor and Jefferson High Schools safely welcomed students and guardians to their fall Back to School Nights.

For a list of our final site's Back to School Night dates and times, check out this doc!

Back to School Night Photos, Westmoor and Jefferson High Schools

JUHSD Hires COVID Director

After receiving a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg COVID-19 Relief and Response Initiative, JUHSD is grateful to hire Michele Jones as our new COVID Response Director.

Michele brings strong experience in the development of COVID policies and procedures for contact tracing, and infection response. She has a heart for ongoing client services and a passion for problem solving. Michele is also deeply committed to the education sector, which is what most interested her in coming to work for the Jefferson Union High School District. She is eager to hit the ground running and started in her role on September 1, 2021.

Substitute Teacher Shortage

Adequate substitute teacher coverage is of critical importance to students and staff. We recognize that unfilled teacher absences directly impacts the student experience. To help decrease the number of unfilled teacher absences, JUHSD has partnered with two contract agencies to help provide coverage when we do not have enough district substitute teachers to cover all teacher absences.

We are pleased to share that during the last two board meetings, we successfully onboarded eight new district substitute teachers, along with our current student teachers. Of note, we are pleased to welcome back two of our recently retired teachers as district substitute teachers.

Public Input Wanted

Last week, the district mentioned plans to help fund student education by replacing outdated facilities at Serramonte Del Rey with a new family-friendly neighborhood.

Community members have the opportunity to learn more about the project, and let their voices be heard on this topic, during the JUHSD 7-11 Committee meeting on Monday, September 13, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held remotely and can be accessed via Zoom by following this link at the time of the meeting,

For more information about the 7-11 Committee meetings, please visit

For more information about the exciting proposed Serramonte Del Rey Revitalization Project, please visit

Questions may be directed to Associate Superintendent, Tina Van Raaphorst, at or (650) 550-7954.

JUHSD's COVID Dashboard

Stay up to date with positive COVID-19 cases reported within JUHSD by visiting the district's COVID Dashboard. Please note this dashboard is updated when a positive case is reported to the district.

Site COVID Testing Update

We thank you for your patience as the district works out details for hosting weekly site COVID testing and we'll notify you with more information soon!


Safe, free, effective COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone age 12 and up—regardless of immigration or insurance status. Stay healthy, protect others and help us end the pandemic. Find a walk-in clinic or make an appointment today by visiting My Turn CA.

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond recently released a statement urging parents to vaccinated eligible California students. Please see the attached letter from the California Department of Education, available in English and Spanish.

Air Quality Updates

As wildfire smoke makes its way into the Bay Area, many staff have asked about how the district is monitoring air quality. Please see the below notes:

*Areas that are served by our HVAC system have fully functioning, hospital grade, MERV-13 filters. With the doors closed, these filters will be able to filter viruses out of the air and filter smoke particles as well.

*With the doors open, some of the air breathed out is disbursed out the door rather than through the filter, but our systems will function just as well with the doors closed. There is no need for additional filtration in areas served by our HVAC system.

*Areas that are not served by the HVAC system have already been provided with portable air purifiers.

*All school sites have been provided with CO2 sensors that can be used to spot check air circulation. CA Standards set 1,100ppm as the upper limit CO2 level of a properly ventilated classroom.

Image credit: ABC7 News

CA COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program

Needing assistance with rent? Check out the below flyer from the state's rental assistance program from more info on hosted webinars presented by the Daly City Community Service Center.

Recommended Read: Parenting a Teen--Navigating High School

From setting realistic expectations to your teen, to giving them opportunities to openly communicate with you, take a moment to check out this article full of helpful advice on parenting a high schooler.


Free Online Tutoring for Students

JUHSD will continue to offer free 24/7 online tutoring through PAPER! Students, use this amazing service by clicking HERE!

2021 Child Tax Credit

The 2021 Advance Child Tax Credit program might be able to support you and your family!

For more information on this IRS program, please visit their website.