In an academic year that feels like it began years ago, it is hard to believe that we have finally reached the end of the 2019-20 academic year. To the graduating class of 2020, on behalf of the Sequoia Union High School District, congratulations on finishing your high school careers. We can all agree that this will be a memorable year for you, and I want to recognize the grace, maturity, tenacity, and resilience that you have demonstrated during this unprecedented time.
I also want to thank our entire Sequoia family. By working together, we created as much stability as possible for our students.
As we look to the future, the path forward requires that we continue our joint efforts in order to overcome future obstacles. In that spirit, the District has established an Academic Operations Task Force that consists of over 100 staff, parents, students, administrators and other local partners comprising 10 working groups to make recommendations as to how we will reopen in the fall. The working groups cover a myriad of logistics required for the reopening of our schools such as: learning environment, health and safety, instruction, assessment, and student services. Each is driven by the goal of providing the best possible educational experiences within the highest levels of safety protocols and procedures established by the San Mateo County Health Department and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
We ask you to help inform and guide the “big lift” that the task force has before it, by filling out THIS SURVEY. Please take the time to fill it out, as your response will allow the Academic Operations Task Force the opportunity to take your feedback into account during its deliberations.
Through this task force, we will establish a road map that will assist us, as we continue navigating through uncharted waters. Although we are optimistic about “opening” in the fall, the reality is that, as a result of COVID-19, “open for business” takes on more than one meaning as the landscape continues to be dynamic and nebulous. We will absolutely be educating our teens this fall in enriched, innovative instructional platforms, but in what capacity students will access our campus and classrooms will continue to be confined and defined by evolving county health orders and state guidelines.
It’s been a bumpy ride, so please reach out to your teachers and end the year strong. Make sure to get some “non-screen time rest” this summer, but don’t forget to stay safe and continue adhering to social distancing guidelines!