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A Message from the Superintendent

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A Message from the Superintendent

(*Para leer este mensaje en Español, haga clic aqui.)
“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
Excellence is our baseline.
Leadership, Service, Equity