Superintendent Community Update

January 21, 2022

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,


I hope this message finds you well. These past few weeks have been particularly challenging due to Omicron, and I thank you very much for your support. Please know that we continue to work hard to keep students safe and learning as this variant sweeps its way through the Bay Area. With that said, I share a bit of hopeful news.


In this past Monday's edition of the San Francisco Chronicle, an article entitled Omicron may have peaked in parts of the Bay Area as California COVID surge slows, stated that "for the first time in a month, average Coronavirus cases have dipped week over week across the Bay Area, suggesting that much of the region may be near, or possibly past, the peak of the winter Omicron surge."


Though we are seeing a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, it is important that we continue following COVID protocols outlined by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and San Mateo County Department of Public Health. We continue to update our JUHSD COVID Response Page, so please check there periodically.


As I mentioned last week, please be sure to get vaccinated and boosted, consistently wear a high quality mask, eat outdoors, and keep as socially distanced as practicable. I thank you for helping ensure the health and safety of yourself and others.


Finally, in case you missed it, the United States Postal Service will deliver a free rapid antigen COVID-19 test kit of 4 to your home address. To place your free test kit order, please click HERE.


I want to be sure that I am responsive to your emails, but have found a few sneaking into other locations, such as my spam folder. If you have yet to receive a response to an email recently sent my way, please reach out again.


Have a restful weekend.


Warmly,


Toni Presta

Superintendent

KN95 Masks Distributed Districtwide

This past week, KN95 masks were distributed to all District students and staff. KN95 masks, along with N95 and KF94 masks, are made with layers of high-tech filtering material that traps 94-95% of risky airborne particles and are one of the most effective masks in fighting off COVID-19. Students and staff are required to wear masks at all times while on campus and the District hopes to provide more of these masks when available. For additional information on KN95 masks, please read this article from The New York Times.


*Image: Students in Danielle Messer's Adult Transition Program properly wear their new KN95 mask distributed by the District.

Become a Substitute Teacher for JUHSD!

Governor Newsom signed an Executive Order 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:


https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1525142.


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

JUHSD Turns 100 Official Logo Contest

2022 marks the 100th anniversary of Jefferson Union High School District, first opening its doors to JHS students in 1922! To honor this historic year for the District, a celebration will be held in conjunction with the official ribbon cutting of the newly constructed Educational Staff Housing Complex later on this spring, and we're looking for current students or staff to design the official logo for this event! To review the official rules/guidelines for this contest, and enter this contest, please click HERE. The deadline for this submission form is Tuesday, February 1st. For more information, please email Austin Worden, District Director of Communication and Staff Housing.

Free Online Tutoring Continues

Hey, JUHSD Students! Are you still using PAPER, the free 24/7 online tutoring platform provided by the district? This amazing tool provides academic support in:


*Homework help

*Writing feedback

*Student support and more!


To log into/create your account, click here!

A Message from Skyline Community College

This semester, Skyline College will be offering COUN 650: Kapatiran Seminar: College Success Factors to all Jefferson Union High School District students! This fully online seminar is designed to get students thinking about their cultural identity and how it relates to their educational journey while teaching them all about the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to be successful in college. While this seminar is grounded in the Filipinx/Filipinx American experience, students do not need to be Filipinx to enroll!


SEMINAR LOGISTICS:

  • Instruction Method: Fully online via Zoom

  • Semester Length: February 9 to May 2, 2022

  • Date & Time: Wednesdays, after school from 5:00-7:00 pm

  • Units: 2 (CSU-transferable college credit)


WHO SHOULD ENROLL IN KAPATIRAN SEMINAR?

  • Students who plan to go to college and want to thrive once they get there

  • Students who want to get ahead and earn college credit before graduating high school

  • Students who want to gain tangible skills for being successful in their academics and future careers

  • Students who want to prepare for college social life by getting connected with peers from across the district

  • Students who are eager to explore how their cultural identities influence their educational experience (You do not need to be Filipinx/Filipinx American identified to enroll!)


If you would like to enroll in the Kapatiran Seminar to learn about college success, explore your story, and have tons of fun while earning 2 units of college credit, please reach out to Francesca Dolor at dolorf@smccd.edu or click on this electronic flyer ASAP! Seats are limited.

Safe Bathroom State Committee Formed

Tony Thurmond, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, has formed an ad hoc committee to that will charged with making recommendations to expand the availability of gender neutral bathrooms on California school campuses. Superintendent Thurmond will form a committee comprised of students, school staff, and key partners to brainstorm solutions for ensuring that schools have these facilities. Anyone who wishes to join the ad hoc committee can contact safeschoolbathrooms@cde.ca.gov.

Special Event Hosted by SMCOE

Social-Emotional Learning and Positive School Climate – What Parents Need to Know and Can Do, January 25, 6:00pm-7:30pm:

San Mateo County Office of Education is hosting a special event that will help parents learn about social-emotional learning and what a positive school climate looks like. Attendees will receive advocacy and other resources to help create social-emotional learning opportunities and build a positive climate at their students’ school. Click here to learn more.

Work With Us!

Interested in working for our dedicated JUHSD community?


Check out the Employment Opportunities page for current job postings and more!


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Article: Revitalizing Your Exhausted Teens

As we wrap up our third school week of the new semester, some parents and guardians have noticed a drop in their student's energy levels. According to John Duffy of CNN, this is normal. In his online article, "Revitalizing your exhausted tweens and teens, post-quarantine," Duffy provides 15-minute solutions to helping get your student back into the swing of school. To check out these helpful tips and suggestions, please read the full article here.