Today, State Superintendent of Schools, Tony Thurmond, announced that California schools will continue with distance learning for the remainder of this school year given the current COVID-19 safety concerns. This week, seven Bay Area jurisdictions, including San Mateo County, updated the Shelter-in-Place Order until at least May 1st.
We are facing rapid changes, and I know that anxiety is taking a toll on our community. For that reason, I gently urge you to invest time in self-care and listen to this podcast that I found to be helpful.
During this time, we need to remember that shelter-in-place does not mean social isolation. Technology and other means can help us maintain relationships with family, friends, and colleagues, and protect our mental health and well-being.
In that spirit, please take the time to read the following updates and follow the District's Facebook page (@SeqUHSD). This page is an important community resource and channel that we are using to share information and personal messages to our staff and community. This morning, I shared a video message on that platform to keep us connected and united as a community.
In collaboration with educational and health care agencies, we have made information, resources, and articles available to parents related to student mental health, homeschooling, safety, and wellness. Please click on the following links to access that information.
Programs that help replace your income if you are unable to work
Ideas to help you reduce expenses or obtain resources you need
Ideas for small businesses and nonprofits
Finding resources in your state
Enrollment & Address Verification
Our Student Services Department has compiled answers to Frequently Asked Questions by parents regarding enrollment and the address verification process that include:
Since the district is currently closed to the public, how can I complete Address Verification?
If we are new to SUHSD, how do I enroll my child?
I have a question, but I'm not sure who to contact?
It can be a stressful time for students and families as we work to adjust to this new normal. I want to remind parents of ways they can check-in to ensure that their student has the academic and social-emotional support they need.
Have your child show you what work their teachers have given them for each class.
Have your child show you what they've turned in and ask them to explain the work to you.
If they have questions for their teacher, help them develop the communication, but have it come from them.
To the extent possible, given your situation, provide your child with a consistent place in the home to work along with a regular schedule.
If their teacher hosts an online conference or lesson, help remove any obstacles that may interfere with your child's participation.
Remind your child that our current situation is new for all of us: teachers, students, and parents. Encourage your child to be understanding and patient.
Encourage your student to check in on their friends and classmates.
Find outlets for some fun!
The COVID-19 pandemic is perhaps the biggest challenge the world has ever collectively faced. In the blink of an eye, our lives as we know them, have been upended. As we face an uncertain future, let's do so with the confidence that, regardless of what the future holds, we still have each other.
Let me close with the beautiful words composed by Laura Kelly Fanucci, shared by a Portola Valley parent. Let her words give you the hope and optimism for a brighter tomorrow.