“Education is the most powerful [force] which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela
Good Afternoon Sequoia Union High School District:
Nelson Mandela’s words remind us to remain collectively inspired and motivated throughout this 2021-22 academic year. As we embark upon a new year, let me begin by saying how incredibly honored I am to have the opportunity to serve as your superintendent.
SUHSD, my vision is clear. My focus is resolute and my determination to ensure equitable opportunities for every child in our district is unwavering. With this in mind, we are ready to embark on a new academic year—carefully, but together!
We are feverishly working to kick off this academic year. Since arriving in this community, I have immersed myself in planning the school year with my team, visiting our school sites, observing our summer enrichment activities in action, and meeting those who are really the heartbeat of this district—our students and our teachers.
On August 11th, our doors of education will open once again. Under the current guidelines and health conditions, students will be on campus full-time, five days a week, with full (pre-covid) instructional minutes. We look forward to hearing the sounds of laughter, lessons being taught in the classroom and students learning in every corner of our district once more. Yes, the enthusiasm for learning is being felt in every corner of our great district.
However, we cannot lower our guard against COVID-19. In recent weeks, news about the various variants is enough to keep us all vigilant and we are watching closely and making decisions accordingly. Although we may feel like we are returning to normalcy, we have not been given the all-clear. The California Department of Public Health and San Mateo County Public Health Department will continue to reassess and reevaluate our protocols and mandates as the school year continues. I know that we are all collectively exhausted with living with disruptions and uncertainty, and many of you have questions about what school will look like in the Fall—but, be reassured, my team here has been working, nonstop, to ensure that we have a solid foundational plan in place.
In the coming days, a comprehensive fall plan will be posted on our website for our staff, teachers, and other essential personnel. But please know, given the uncertainty of this global pandemic, we will be providing continuous and transparent updates to all.
To ensure we are answering all pertinent questions, I will be hosting a virtual community meeting on August 5, 2021 at 6:00pm to present our plan and speak directly to staff, parents, and students—so you have answers directly from our district office staff. I recognize that these are challenging times, but by working together, I am confident that we can create a positive and safe environment for our students so they can continue to thrive in their educational pathways.
Finally, please know that you have my commitment to clear and consistent communication. This is and will continue to be a top priority for my administration. This District is invested in solidifying meaningful and long-term partnerships with you, and to do so, we must remain open and transparent.
Thank you for your continued support and I sincerely look forward to seeing you all this academic year.