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2021-22

October 5, 2021

Superintendent's Message

Dear Sequoia Union High School District Community:
 
As I enter the fourth month of my superintendency, I remain excited, motivated, and committed to our students, staff, and families. Today, I have the privilege of sharing my entry plan and our district’s vision and goals for this school year. 
 
During my first months, I have spent extensive time listening and learning to formulate this plan, and to establish our vision of becoming a national and international beacon of equity and educational excellence that stands as the first choice for all families and communities within our district boundaries.
 
Our districtwide goals will support this vision by continuing its focus on academic rigor, equity, social-emotional supports, specialized and alternative programming. As we advance in-person learning, we carry forth innovative practices from distance learning and cultivate strengthening relationships and collaboration with our feeder districts.
These goals were established in partnership with our Board of Trustees. They set the foundation for my entry plan to guide my administration as the new Superintendent. I invite you to read my plan, identifying goals, action items, and guiding questions that will inform my work.
 
I want to thank each person that contributed to conceptualizing this vision and plan. I look forward to working hand-in-hand to make this a reality.
Community Conversations with Superintendent Williams
I invite you to join me, as my team and I host community meetings this Fall, that will share the district’s vision, goals, and new initiatives that we will roll out this school year. Don’t miss out!
  • Tuesday, November 2, 2021 from 5:30PM-6:30PM
  • Tuesday, December 7, 2021 from 5:30PM-6:30PM
COVID-19 Diagnostic Screening Testing
As shared in my previous communication, SUHSD now offers COVID-19 diagnostic screening testing, one of many measures our district is implementing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Through our partnership with Worksite Labs, any staff member, student, or family member who wishes to get tested will be able to do so, at no cost with or without symptoms or exposure, at any of the designated locations.
 
The testing program is available to all of our community, Monday through Friday from 9:30AM to 5:30PM at the locations listed below:
  • Mondays: Woodside + Carlmont
  • Tuesdays: Menlo-Atherton + Sequoia
  • Wednesdays: East Palo Alto Academy
  • Thursdays: Woodside + Carlmont
  • Fridays: Menlo-Atherton + Sequoia
  • 1st Wednesday of the Month: TIDE Academy 
  • 2nd Wednesday of the Month: Redwood 
Please read our COVID-19 Testing Program Overview and COVID-19 Testing Program FAQs for information and details on:
  • Testing Process
  • Test Results
  • Testing Registration
  • Testing Sites, Dates, and Times
  • Customer Support
SUHSD Visitor Policy
SUHSD follows the California Department of Public Health recommendation to limit all non-essential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations with people who are not fully vaccinated. In addition, anyone, including volunteers and visitors, who have infectious illness symptoms, such as the flu or COVID-19, should stay home and seek testing and care. 
 
All individuals on district properties and at school-related events must follow the District's current Health & Safety measures at all times. This includes daily self-health checks/screening, proper handwashing, respiratory etiquette, and wearing mask/face coverings. All visitors must check-in upon arrival to the main office building in order to obtain a Visitor Pass, discuss the District’s Health and Safety measures in detail, and they must report the following in accordance with AR125:
  • Name and/or occupation
  • Purpose for visitation
  • Proof of identity
  • Any other information as necessary (i.e. contact information for potential contact tracing (phone/email)
Board Meetings
We are pleased to announce that we are back to in-person board meetings as of October 13, 2021, and we invite you to join us!
 
In response to the expiration of Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-29-20, which temporarily suspended provisions of the Brown Act relating to public meetings, the Board will resume in-person board meetings. In the spirit of continuing transparency and public engagement, meeting participation through Zoom will remain available. Our public comment guidelines have been updated and are available to the public, here.
 
All in-person meeting attendees, including District staff members, presenters, participants, and those wishing to observe must do the following:
  • Provide proof of vaccination or a negative result of a COVID-19 test taken within the previous three days. Please arrive early to allow time for review of documentation. As an alternative, rapid antigen tests will be available for meeting attendees who do not provide vaccination verification or test result documentation. Please note, those who opt for onsite testing need to wait for approximately 20 minutes for test results before entering the meeting room.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask that covers the nose and mouth without gaps while in the building.
  • Maintain physical distancing of three feet apart from non-household members while in the meeting.
Those who do not meet the above requirements may participate remotely through Zoom.
 
For remote attendance over Zoom:
Join the meeting via this Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/290069773
 
For in-person attendance:
Sequoia Union High School District
Birch Conference Room
480 James Ave.
Redwood City, CA 94062
 
We look forward to you joining us!
 
In Collaboration,
 
Dr. Darnise R. Williams
Superintendent
 
Excellence is our Baseline
Leadership, Service, Equity
 
A Message from the Superintendent
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“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” – Coretta Scott King
 
Dear Sequoia Union High School District Community:
 
What a great start to the 2021-22 school year! As the Board of Trustees and I visited all of our school sites on the first day of school, we witnessed our school community come to life and work together so that our students experienced a smooth and safe return to 100% in-person instruction. You could feel the excitement of a new school year and the anticipation of students having the opportunity to be in-person with their peers and teachers. I was pleased by the warmth and kindness our students received from staff; I am proud to be a part of such an elite team focused on leadership, service, and equity.
 
COVID-19 Procedures & Back to School Night with Superintendent Williams
 
I understand that parents have questions about our COVID procedures. In my commitment to maintaining our communication lines open and transparent, I will host a virtual Superintendent Back to School Night on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at 5:30pm. Parents will receive new information from the district office related to the Fall 2021 Opening Plan and COVID-19 procedures. 
 
For parents and staff who are unable to attend, we will post the meeting recording on our COVID-19 presentation webpage, linked here.
 
COVID-19 Dashboard 
 
Our community can now track the District’s reported and confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and staff vaccination rates through the COVID-19 Dashboard available on our website. The Dashboard will update weekly with confirmed positive COVID-19 cases reported by students, staff, and families. 
 
**Please note that you will receive a notification if your student has been in the same classroom or in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID. ** 
 
Student & Staff Diagnostic Screening Testing
 
SUHSD will be offering diagnostic screening testing for COVID-19 infections to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and communicate with those who may have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
In partnership with Worksite Labs, the District will provide dedicated, on-site, fully managed diagnostic labs and specimen collections for COVID-19 for quality and timely results. Any staff member or student who wishes to get tested will be able to at no cost with or without symptoms or exposure. More information will be shared in the coming weeks. 
 
Closing Thought 
 
As we continue to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on our campuses, I recognize that this school year still poses uncertainty for many. For that reason, I will continue to make myself accessible to our community. Together, we will make this the best possible year for our students.
 
In Collaboration,
 
Dr. Darnise R. Williams
Superintendent
Excellence is our baseline.
Leadership, Service, Equity
 
 

August 28, 2021

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“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” – Coretta Scott King
 
Dear Sequoia Union High School District Community:
 
What a great start to the 2021-22 school year! As the Board of Trustees and I visited all of our school sites on the first day of school, we witnessed our school community come to life and work together so that our students experienced a smooth and safe return to 100% in-person instruction. You could feel the excitement of a new school year and the anticipation of students having the opportunity to be in-person with their peers and teachers. I was pleased by the warmth and kindness our students received from staff; I am proud to be a part of such an elite team focused on leadership, service, and equity.
 
COVID-19 Procedures & Back to School Night with Superintendent Williams
 
I understand that parents have questions about our COVID procedures. In my commitment to maintaining our communication lines open and transparent, I will host a virtual Superintendent Back to School Night on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at 5:30pm. Parents will receive new information from the district office related to the Fall 2021 Opening Plan and COVID-19 procedures. 
 
For parents and staff who are unable to attend, we will post the meeting recording on our COVID-19 presentation webpage, linked here.
 
COVID-19 Dashboard 
 
Our community can now track the District’s reported and confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and staff vaccination rates through the COVID-19 Dashboard available on our website. The Dashboard will update weekly with confirmed positive COVID-19 cases reported by students, staff, and families. 
 
**Please note that you will receive a notification if your student has been in the same classroom or in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID. ** 
 
Student & Staff Diagnostic Screening Testing
 
SUHSD will be offering diagnostic screening testing for COVID-19 infections to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and communicate with those who may have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
In partnership with Worksite Labs, the District will provide dedicated, on-site, fully managed diagnostic labs and specimen collections for COVID-19 for quality and timely results. Any staff member or student who wishes to get tested will be able to at no cost with or without symptoms or exposure. More information will be shared in the coming weeks. 
 
Closing Thought 
 
As we continue to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on our campuses, I recognize that this school year still poses uncertainty for many. For that reason, I will continue to make myself accessible to our community. Together, we will make this the best possible year for our students.
 
In Collaboration,
 
Dr. Darnise R. Williams
Superintendent
Excellence is our baseline.
Leadership, Service, Equity
 

August 20, 2021

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August 11, 2021

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August 2, 2021

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“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.

Sincerely,
 
Dr. Darnise Williams
Superintendent

November, 2021

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Dear Sequoia Union High School District Community:
 
As you make plans for the holiday, please keep the following in mind for a safe and healthy holiday and return to campus.
 
The CDPH notes that getting tested for COVID-19 when symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 (see below) will help with rapid contact tracing and prevent the possible spread at schools. CDPH recommends the following: 
 
■ Staff members and students with symptoms of COVID-19 infection should not return for in-person instruction until they have met these criteria: 
○ At least 24 hours have passed since the resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; AND
○ Other symptoms have improved; AND
○ They have a negative COVID-19 test, OR a healthcare provider has provided documentation that the symptoms are typical of their underlying chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma) OR a healthcare provider has confirmed an alternative named diagnosis (e.g., Streptococcal pharyngitis, Coxsackie virus), OR at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset. 
 
Follow the CDC’s guidelines for Staying Home when Sick and Getting Tested:
 
■ Students, teachers, and staff who have infectious illness symptoms, such as influenza (flu) or COVID-19, should stay home and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care. 
■ Parents and guardians should keep children home and get them tested if they are showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19. 
 
Thank you for your partnership. Wishing you a safe and joyful season of giving thanks.
 
 
 
Please refer to the SMCOE Pandemic Recovery Framework for more information about how to stay healthy and safe this season.
 
In Collaboration,
 
Dr. Darnise R. Williams
Superintendent.

December, 2021

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Dear Sequoia Union High School District Community:
 
Thank you for your continued support throughout the first half of the school year. It is our hope that you stay healthy and safe during the remainder of the holiday season. Along with Governor Newsom and the San Mateo County Office of Education, Sequoia Union High School District is committed to continuing in-person instruction. In order to keep our community healthy, we strongly recommend that all of our students and staff get a COVID-19 test prior to returning to campus on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. COVID-19 testing will be made available at selected school sites.
 
As we follow the state and county guidelines to keep our community safe, below are available resources and preventative measures in place for our students and staff.
 
LOCAL TESTING OPTIONS
 
COVID-19 testing will be available at Sequoia High School on Sunday, January 2, 2022, from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for all SUHSD staff, students, and families. Additionally, SUHSD’s regular COVID-19 testing schedule resumes on Monday, January 3, 2022, at Carlmont High School and Woodside High School. The testing window is from 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and is open to staff, students, and families from all SUHSD schools. You can find more information, register, and schedule COVID-19 testing at: schools.worksitelabs.com/suhsd.
 
Individuals can also get tested through county programs or their insurance carriers. Learn more about available testing in San Mateo County at www.smcgov.org/testing. You may also access California for All website at https://covid19.ca.gov/. Follow the “Find Testing Near You” link, where you can search testing sites by address, city, county, or ZIP code.
 
Additionally, to further support testing, the California Department of Public Health will provide rapid tests for student use in the first weeks after the winter break as they return to school.
 
HOME TEST KITS FOR STUDENTS
 
To further support testing, the California Department of Public Health has provided rapid tests for student use in the first weeks after the winter break. Starting Tuesday, January 4, 2022, schools will begin distributing test kits to students.
 
VACCINATION INFORMATION
 
The CDC urges every eligible person to get the COVID-19 vaccine and booster. 
 
Vaccination options are listed on the San Mateo County Health website and are now widely available for children ages 5-11. You can find more information at https://www.smchealth.org
 
San Mateo County Health Department encourages families to vaccinate their children who are eligible and has arranged several school-based vaccination clinics in January and February. Information can be found on the MyTurn and County Health websites.
 
As winter break comes to a close, we look forward to welcoming our Sequoia Union High School District community back to school. The rise in COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron Variant is an important reminder that we need to continue to work together to do all we can to keep our schools safe. To this end, we want to assure you that we are taking every possible precaution available to ensure that our students and staff are safe and well-informed. 
  
SAFETY REMINDERS
 
Remember, by following a few basic safety procedures, schools and families can have a safe return to school following the holiday break.
 
- Stay home if you are not feeling well. Do not return to school, attend celebrations, or participate in group activities if you are feeling sick or experiencing symptoms. A runny nose, headache, and vomiting are all symptoms of COVID-19. Stay home if you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are not vaccinated. If you have come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19 and you are not yet fully vaccinated, stay home. 
 
- Wear a face mask. Even if you are vaccinated, you can contract COVID-19 and carry and spread the virus without showing symptoms. Masks are an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, is still required to wear a face mask in indoor public settings. Face masks are recommended in private settings where some attendees are not vaccinated or when the setting includes people who are otherwise medically vulnerable or whose immune systems are compromised.
 
- Keep gatherings small. Large gatherings, even if they are outdoors, pose a risk for transmission of COVID-19. Get tested one to three days before holiday gatherings and prior to returning to school. 
 
- Gather outdoors. Indoor activities where people from different households mix pose a higher risk for transmission of COVID-19 — especially for persons not yet vaccinated. Be cautious when eating. Eat outdoors, if possible, maintain distance while eating and drinking, and practice good hand hygiene. 
 
- Follow this guidance after an event, gathering, or travel: Get tested 1-3 days prior to travel. Test upon return from travel. Test again three to five days later. To further protect yourself and your loved ones, be sure to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after participating in celebrations, activities, or travel. Pay special attention from days three to seven following activities, as this is when people are most likely to develop symptoms. If you learn you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive, get tested, and if not fully vaccinated, stay home to quarantine. 
 
- SUHSD continues to follow the California Department of Public Health, San Mateo County Health, and San Mateo County Office of Education guidance. While the CDC recently updated COVID-19 isolation and quarantine recommendations for the general population, SUHSD will maintain our current protocols and timelines until further notice from our County partners. 
 
While we are continuing to learn how to manage on-going Covid-19 related issues, it has been our collective patience and flexibility that has made it possible to focus on advancing learning opportunities for our students. 
 
Again, thank you for your support, and remember, if students or staff are not feeling well, have recent known exposure to COVID-19 or test positive, stay home regardless of vaccination status, and notify your school Health Office and covidresponse@seq.org
 
We look forward to welcoming our SUHSD community back next week.
 
In Collaboration,
 
Dr. Darnise R. Williams
Superintendent
 
Excellence is our Baseline.
Leadership, Service, Equity

January 7, 2022

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Superintendent's Message
 
 
Dear Sequoia Union High School District Community:
 
Together, we have made it through the first week of instruction in this new year. Thank you for all of your efforts to keep our school healthy and open!
 
Once again, our country has been shaken by Covid-19 and its impact. While the country is paying close attention to Omicron’s next move, Educational Leaders are staying abreast of health updates and putting systems in place to support the safety of students and staff.
 
Our team has been working to address many concerns related to safety, testing, school closures, and staffing. I have responded to many emails and made phone calls in an attempt to allay fears around possible school closures and to reiterate the district’s commitment to maintain safe spaces for staff and students. Our goal is to keep schools open for in-person instruction.
 
I continue to collaborate with my superintendent colleagues within the county. We are all in the same place; working together to develop strategies to address the challenges ahead. The community can view our COVID-19 case data on the COVID-19 Dashboard, which continues to be updated, as our team works through cases and communications. We had approximately 640 reports of positive cases across the district out of over 11,000 staff and students, as of Thursday evening.
 
The health and safety of our students, staff, and families are our top priority.
 
In line with California Department of Public Health and Pandemic Recovery Framework protocols, individuals with COVID have been asked to self-isolate and consult with a healthcare provider before returning to campus. Consistent with privacy laws and our own policies, we are not able to share more specific information concerning COVID-positive community members. As members of a compassionate and caring community, we ask everyone to respect each other’s privacy, especially around health information. 
 
We continue to send AB685 notifications to our staff. Additionally, given the prevalence of the virus, we are advising staff, students, and families to test regularly, wear a high-quality mask, and pay close attention to health symptoms that indicate they may be positive.
 
SUHSD follows the California Department of Public Health, San Mateo County Health, and San Mateo County Office of Education guidance, which has recently been updated and is reflected in this communication.
  
ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE UPDATES
 
If staff/student have been exposed at school please refer to the following:
 
-testing is recommended 5 days after the date of last exposure OR following any symptoms 
-if fully vaccinated (14 days past final dose in COVID-19 vaccination series):
-No symptoms you may continue coming to school 
-if unvaccinated (or not fully vaccinated) and were in close contact (within 6 ft for more than 15 minutes) with no mask you must quarantine and are not able to attend school 
-continue to monitor for symptoms and wear a well-fitting mask at all times for at least 10 days following an exposure 
-if experiencing ANY symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and seek testing (see below for resources) 
 
If staff/student tests positive: 
 
-Isolate from all school activities for at least 5 days 
-Isolation can end after day 5 if: 
     -Symptoms are not present or resolving AND a diagnostic specimen* collected on or after day 5 is negative (*antigen test preferred       as PCR results may continue to show positive for up to 90 days after) 
     -Must wear a well-fitting mask around others at all times for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings 
Isolation can end after day 10 if: 
     -Unable to test, or choosing not to re-test 
     -Symptoms are not resolving by day 5, especially fever 
     -Unable to wear a well-fitting mask while around others
 
If staff/student have been exposed outside of school please refer to the following:
 
-Boosted, or Fully Vaccinated but not yet booster eligible* (received 2nd dose within the last 6 months): 
-No quarantine required 
-Test on/after day 5, continue coming to school if negative 
 
-Unvaccinated OR Vaccinated booster eligible* (*6 months past final dose) but have not yet received booster dose: 
-Quarantine for at least 5 days following the date of last exposure to person with COVID-19 
-Test on/after day 5, return to school if negative 
-Quarantine can end after day 5 if: 
     -Symptoms are not present AND 
     -A negative test collected on day 5 or later
-Quarantine can end after day 10 if: 
     -Unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present 
-Regardless of vaccination status, continue to monitor for symptoms and wear a well-fitting mask at all times for at least 10 days following an exposure 
-If you/your student are experiencing ANY symptoms of COVID-19 stay home and seek testing (see below for resources) 
 
VACCINATIONS
Vaccinations and boosters continue to be the best way to provide protection against contracting and spreading COVID-19. Another benefit of being vaccinated is those who are vaccinated experience less severe illness if they do become infected. San Mateo County Health is offering pediatric COVID-19 vaccines at eight sites throughout the county during the month of January. Free and open to the public, these clinics will offer the Pfizer vaccine to children aged 5-11.  
 
Advance appointments are encouraged and may be scheduled through MyTurn, but families may also come without appointments. Appointments for second doses will be scheduled automatically at the same location three weeks after the first dose.  
 
BOOSTERS
Boosters are now recommended and available for everyone 12 years and older, five months after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series. This CDC table summarizes who is eligible and for which vaccine. Local, state, and federal health agencies all strongly recommend that those who are eligible get boosted ASAP. 
 
ATTENDANCE
If you/your student will be absent from school on quarantine, isolation, following an exposure, or for symptoms we will clear the attendance accordingly. Please have your student check CANVAS for any of their work and have them check in with their teachers about being absent if they need to. If you are a staff member, please report your absence to your administrator and follow all normal attendance reporting channels via Frontline/AESOP
 
SAFETY
Remember, by following a few basic safety procedures, schools and families can help keep our schools safe.
 
- Stay home if you are not feeling well. Do not return to school, attend celebrations, or participate in group activities if you are feeling sick or experiencing symptoms. A runny nose, headache, and vomiting are all symptoms of COVID-19. Stay home if you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are not vaccinated. If you have come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19 and you are not yet fully vaccinated, stay home. 
 
- Wear a face mask. Even if you are vaccinated, you can contract COVID-19 and carry and spread the virus without showing symptoms. Masks are an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, is still required to wear a face mask in indoor public settings. Face masks are recommended in private settings where some attendees are not vaccinated or when the setting includes people who are otherwise medically vulnerable or whose immune systems are compromised.
 
- Wash your hands. Washing hands can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of infections from one person to the next. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.
 
-Get tested. Thank you to all of our students and staff who took COVID tests when returning to school from winter break. COVID-19 testing is available for all SUHSD staff, students, and families onsite at various district locations throughout the week ongoing throughout the school year. You may test at any of the testing site locations within the district. You can register, get more information and schedule an appointment at schools.worksitelabs.com/suhsd. An appointment and pre-registration is required for each person wishing to test. If you have not received your at-home testing kit please contact your school site directly for information regarding distribution and usage. (At-home kits are for student use only). 
 
Individuals can also get tested through county programs or their insurance carriers. Learn more about available testing in San Mateo County at www.smcgov.org/testing. You may also access the California for All website at https://covid19.ca.gov/. Follow the “Find Testing Near You” link, where you can search testing sites by address, city, county., or ZIP code.
 
Remember, if you test positive at a testing site or with a kit, haveCOVID symptoms, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID, please stay home from school and report the information to covidresponse@seq.org to receive further directions. Our team will respond to these communications as quickly as possible. 
 
We are all experiencing the pandemic together and together we will see this through. 
 
Thank you for your continued support and efforts to keep our schools safe and open!
In Collaboration,
 
Dr. Darnise R. Williams
Superintendent
 
Excellence is our Baseline.
Leadership, Service, Equity
 
COVID-19 Resources