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Fall 2021 Plan

May 2021

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May 2021
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Fall 2021 Plan 

The Sequoia Union High School District is moving ahead to return to 100% in-person instruction for all students in the Fall. Under the current guidelines and health conditions, students will be on campus full-time five days a week, with no asynchronous Wednesdays and full (pre-covid) instructional minutes. Only students under Independent Study will be allowed to remain with a Distance Learning option
 
Graduations 
 
As promised, SUHSD is doing everything possible to provide our seniors with a proper send-off as we close out the school year. Although each site is planning their site specific commemorations, we are not missing the opportunity to congratulate our students. All social events and much anticipated graduation ceremonies are well underway. Let's go class of 2021!!!
 
Athletics Update
 
SUHSD's schools have done a phenomenal balancing act focusing on the health and safety of all students, coaches, and families while returning to play for the resocialization of student-athletes within a safe and controlled environment. As a result of this effort, thousands of student-athletes have safely (Return to Play Safety Plan) participated in successful athletic seasons under strict local and state guidelines. 
 
As the school year winds down, the district is supporting schools focusing on Graduation, AP testing, Summer School, and planning for the upcoming school year. Due to these needs, as well as the increased strain on facilities, the district will not be participating in any of the Central Coast Section (CCS) Playoffs (CCS April 26th Press Release). Doing so would require the district to end athletic seasons early (less regular season games) and extend participation beyond the end of the school year. Additionally, athletics schedules did not address or facilitate participation in these playoffs when they were created. 
 
The district stays committed to supporting student-athletes throughout the spring and finishing all scheduled contests, regardless of CCS playoff implications.
 
If you have any questions, please reach out to your school's Athletic Director or administrator.
May 2021

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May 2021
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Labor Negotiations Update

On Wednesday, May 5, the Sequoia District Teachers Association and the Sequoia Union High School District bargaining team met to continue to negotiate the specifics of the Fall 2021 reopening of schools.  
 
With the current health and safety regulations the District continues to include in its proposal that 100% of staff and students would return to school full-time in the schedules that existed before the shift to distance learning occurred in March of 2020.  
 
The plan includes all protective measures (masks, increased ventilation, physical distancing) to be maintained to the extent required by the San Mateo County Health Department.  
 
The District's proposal assumes a fully in-person model for all students. SDTA is preparing a written response to the District's proposal, which will be discussed at the next scheduled negotiations session on May 20.
 
The District did respond to several items in their counter proposal.
 
Areas where we are still working out details of an agreement:
 
  • Providing teachers with extra planning hours and support for addressing learning needs.
  • Health and safety guidelines around air quality.
 
State & Local Guidelines
 
As of June 15th, the State of California requires school districts to adhere to their local public health department and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health guidelines. Consequently, our Fall plan calls for all protective measures (masks, increased ventilation, physical distancing) to be maintained to the extent required by the San Mateo County Health Department. 
 
My office will update you if changes to the health and safety guidelines impact our reopening plan for the Fall.  
 
Vaccinations 
 
To date, 65% of San Mateo County has been vaccinated. All of our SUHSD staff has been provided an opportunity for vaccination, and we will continue to facilitate further opportunities for staff as needed. Our focus is now shifting to community partnerships to assist in student's opportunities for vaccination.
 
Superintendent Office Hours
 
The Superintendent will hold COVID-19 Superintendent Office Hours for the remainder of the semester to answer parent questions.
 
  • April 29, 2021 at 6:00pm (English)
  • May 19, 2021 at 7:00pm (Spanish) 
  • May 20, 2021 at 6:00pm (English)