Dear Parents: If you are wondering why algebra and geometry are no longer offered in middle school, here is an amazing explanation from Mr. Pang, Calculus teacher at ECHS. Recorded at Korematsu PTSA Meeting September 15, 2020. Thanks, Sherrod
Dear Parents: Our PTA General Meeting is Tuesday January 12th at 7pm. We are excited to present a special guest speaker to talk about planning for college and/or trade school! Lisa Cook, Dean of Liberal Arts, will join us to talk about how your children can participate in Berkeley City College’s dual enrollment program during high school and/or pursue a degree program after high school as a pathway to UC and CSU.
Lisa Cook Dean of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Berkeley City College
Queridos padres: Nuestra reunión general de la PTA es el martes 12 de enero a las 7 pm. ¡Nos complace presentar un orador invitado especial para hablar sobre la planificación para la universidad y / o la escuela vocacional! Lisa Cook, Decana de Artes Liberales, se unirá a nosotros para hablar sobre cómo sus hijos pueden participar en el programa de inscripción dual de Berkeley City College durante la escuela secundaria y / o seguir un programa de grado después de la escuela secundaria como un camino hacia UC y CSU. Lisa Cook, decana de artes liberales y ciencias sociales Berkeley City College
Topic: Korematsu PTA General Meeting Time: Jan 12, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Dear Families: This year, instead of Celebrate Korematsu, the PTA is introducing something new that you can do virtually. We’re sponsoring a walkathon/scavenger hunt. The event is October 16th, but you can do your walkathon or scavenger hunt anytime up to October 16th, or even after. Just note that prizes will be calculated on October 16th. The key is to invite your family members to sponsor you using the very cool Pledgestar system, (that some of our elementary schools already use). You can upload your child’s photo and send a custom email (already written for you) to your friends and family. It’s super easy! Don’t be afraid! Just do it!Instructions here:https://pledgestar.com/korematsu/a/familyinstructions.html To participate, you can either walk 2 miles (walkathon) or do one of the following three scavenger hunts, or do a mix-and-match of any of the photos from the 3 scavenger hunts. Any level of participation is good! Try to get 12 photos, but if you can’t, don’t worry about it! In Covid, we have learned to slow down. Upload your photos here if you want to share! https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1rQeDNhPPCvZrx-HOIcjm9fpkbqnosG7V?usp=sharing Thanks for all you do! Go Phoenix! The Korematsu PTA (Española abajo…)
En Español Queridas familias:Este año, en lugar de Celebrate Korematsu, la PTA presenta algo nuevo que puedes hacer virtualmente. Estamos patrocinando una caminata / búsqueda del tesoro. El evento es el 16 de octubre, pero puede hacer su caminata o búsqueda del tesoro en cualquier momento hasta el 16 de octubre, o incluso después. Solo tenga en cuenta que los premios se calcularán el 16 de octubre. La clave es invitar a los miembros de su familia a patrocinarlo utilizando el fantástico sistema Pledgestar (que algunas de nuestras escuelas primarias ya usan). Puede cargar la foto de su hijo y enviar un correo electrónico personalizado (ya escrito para usted) a sus amigos y familiares. ¡Es muy fácil! ¡No tengas miedo! Instrucciones aquí: https: //pledgestar.com/korematsu/a/familyinstructions.html Para participar, puede caminar 2 millas (caminata) o hacer una de las siguientes tres búsquedas del tesoro, o mezclar y combinar cualquiera de las fotos de las 3 búsquedas del tesoro. ¡Cualquier nivel de participación es bueno! Intenta conseguir 12 fotos, pero si no puedes, ¡no te preocupes! En Covid, hemos aprendido a reducir la velocidad. ¡Sube tus fotos aquí si quieres compartirlas! https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1rQeDNhPPCvZrx-HOIcjm9fpkbqnosG7V?usp=sharing ¡Gracias por todo lo que haces! ¡Vaya Phoenix! La PTA de Korematsu Attachments area
Dear Parents: Welcome back to the weirdest school year ever! Hope you have practiced your zen and patience skills during the summer! It’s gonna take a little while to get the hang of this year. In case you did not receive the robocall from the principal today, here is the first of what will probably be many messages over the next two weeks. Message from Mr. Burnham:
Hello Korematsu Community! As school is fast approaching I know there are a lot of questions. It does appear there is an agreement between the district and union which will hopefully be shared later in the week. You’ll be hearing from me a lot in the next 14 days about next steps and plans. Here are some of the basics: Students will not be taking 6 classes every day. Students will have three classes a day. Students will have a homeroom or advisory class every day for about 25 minutes. More specific information will come forward in the next week. We are developing a plan along with the district on distribution of materials. For now 7th graders can keep the tablet they used last Spring. Any student without a tablet will be issued one prior to the first day of school. We are doing our best to finalize our master schedule within the framework of the new agreement.
Once the new 3 class a day schedule is completed and loaded we will notify families and provide access to the schedule. Next week I will be hosting an online orientation. As I work with Korematsu staff we will send out an agenda for information and how to access the orientation. While this information is not that specific, please know we are working to support all students during this trying time. Again more to come in the next few days.
Matt Burnham, Principal Fred T. Korematsu Middle School
Message for Band Families
Ms. Carrico is trying to collect all the emails of incoming band students, so she can communicate with the parents about a zoom on the first day of school. If you are an incoming band student, please email Ms. Carrico your name, your child’s name, and whether you are a student in band or orchestra. email@example.com
PTA General Meeting Schedule 2020-2021
Schedule Tuesday Sept 15, 2020 7-9pm Tuesday Nov 10, 2020 7-9pm (Special Black Lives Matter Speaker: Mr. Phillips) Tuesday Jan 12, 2021 7-9pm Tuesday March 9, 2021 7-9pm Tuesday May 11, 2021 7-9pm
Officers Sherrod Blankner, President Manu Wong, Treasurer Eleanor Judd, Secretary Eowyn Mader, Membership
CLOSING OUT THE YEAR Dates and Times have been set to pick up and drop off of items
PICK UP Locker Contents (Gym and Regular Locker) DROP OFF TextbooksTeacher classroom library books Anything else belonging to classroomsSchool Library BooksInstruments (see below) IF LEAVING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT Please return your tablet and cords.
IF NOT LEAVING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT You may keep your tablet for the summer. EVERYTHING WILL BE PACKED FOR YOU Stay in the carEveryone in the care must wear a mask. We will either hand you your things or place them in the trunk of your car
HOW Drive around the school in a clockwise direction.Drive down Donal on the school side of the street. Items will only be given out on the school side of the street.
THE DATES AND TIMES Tuesday, June 2, 20207th GRADERS 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. LAST NAMES A-F
12-2:00 p.m. LAST NAMES G-M
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. LAST NAME N-Z
Wednesday, June 3, 20208th GRADERS 9:00- 11:30 a.m. LAST NAMES A-D 1:00 – 3 :00 p.m. LAST NAMES E-L
Thursday, June 4, 20208th Graders 9:00- 11:30 a.m. LAST NAMES M-P 1:00 – 3 :00 p.m. LAST NAMES Q-Z
There will be makeup times announced for Friday, June 5, 2020 or the following week. Please stay tuned.
BAND RETURN ETC.
June 2, 20207th Graders 7th graders who are not signed up for band for 20-21 or are not going to Korematsu in 20-21 Come to the back gate on Lawrence by the Cafe ramp. Same times are aboveJust pull up and Tiffany will take the instruments/stands/drums/bells, etc. Please stay in the car with masks, etc.
June 3, 2020 8th Graders 8th Graders who are not signed up for band at ECHS or are not going to ECHS in 20-21, please turn in your instruments/stands/drums/bells. Please stay in the car with masks, etc.
If you ARE signed up for band at ECHS for 20-21, you can keep instruments for the summer ad there will be return dates set in early August. If any of this timing does not work, there will be makeup days. Contact Tiffany firstname.lastname@example.org
Special note on trumpets: You can contact Tiffany for instructions on how to clean, valve oil, or you can return next week for cleaning next week and Tiffany will contact you when they are done. There can also be replacement instruments issued if broken. Please reach out to Tiffany directly.
El Cerrito High School PTSA Meeting
Election of Officers and Special Guest Principal Crespo will join to give us updates and introduce herself. Please consider getting involved in the PTSA. All Welcome.
1. Call to Order 2. Review Zoom Meeting Protocols 3. Elections President: OPEN Executive Vice President: OPEN Recording Secretary: Bhrett Lash Corresponding Secretary: OPEN Treasurer: OPEN Financial Secretary: OPEN Auditor: Leslie Reckler Historian: OPEN 4. Record Bank Signers 5. Presentation: Principal Crespo, School Updates 6. Announcements 7. Appreciations 8. Adjourn
Nominations for positions will also be taken from the floor. If you are interested, please volunteer! Voting is restricted to those that are dues paying members, and have been members for 30 days or more.
EL Cerrito High School PTSA Needs You
DID YOU LOVE THE SENIOR YARD SIGNS?THE PTSA MADE THAT HAPPEN
DID YOU ATTEND AND GET BENEFIT FROM LESLIE COHEN’S FREE COLLEGE AND CAREER PRESENTATION?ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO SIMILAR WHEN YOUR CHILD IS READY?THE ECHS PTSA ARRANGED THAT
THESE YOUNG LADIES WENT TO SACRAMENTO AND MET WITH LEGISLATORS.THEIR ADVOCACY HELPED TO CHANGE A LAW ON SCHOOL START TIMESTHE PTSA LIFTED THEIR VOICES
We enrich the school and hold community together in so many ways. We need your help. There are many positions open, and we especially need a president and a treasurer to continue our work. Some previous experience is helpful, but is not necessary. This need not take up a lot of your time. Training is available. You will be supported, and will find this to be a rich and rewarding experience.Please consider this opportunity to serve.
El Cerrito High School Incoming 9th Grade Band Families
I would like to invite parents and students to attend ECHS Band Info Night on Wednesday, June 3rd at 6pm via Zoom. The purpose of the meeting is to provide you an overview of the band program at ECHS, discuss plans for next school year, instrument checkout procedures, what you can expect through online learning in the fall, hear from current band students and parents, and ask any questions you may have. To attend, simply click on the following link: https://wccusd.zoom.us/j/82649117013?pwd=TTFOSXdtQW1ZNXk3WTZJblNWWWo1dz09
Also, please consider joining us for our Virtual Recital and Band Awards this Friday, May 29th at 6pm. LIVE performances by members of the ECHS Wind Ensemble and All-Star Alumni. To get more information and register to attend, please visit http://echsbands.com/virtualrecital/ We hope you’ll join us for both events! Keith
Gail Simpson is inviting you to a scheduled 8th GRADE Zoom meeting.
Topic: HIGH SCHOOL meeting for 8th grade STUDENTS ONLY (no parents, siblings, etc) TUESDAY May 26, 2020 12:00
HIGH SCHOOL MEETING FOR PARENTS
TOPIC: HIGH SCHOOL
Please come early. In the event the Zoom meeting runs out of room, more meetings will be scheduled.
Gail Simpson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Parents’/guardians’ HIGH SCHOOL information meeting Time: May 27, 2020 11:00 Pacific Time (US and Canada)
EMERGENCY RELIEF FOR KOREMATSU FAMILIES
The COST team has created a Go Fund Me with the goal of supporting families in our community during this difficult time. I wanted to shoot out the link in hopes that many of us could share it on social media and any other way you may deem appropriate.
Below I have also included what I wrote on my own social media when sharing the GFM if you would like to see an example.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about this. Thank you for taking the time to support our community!!
“Hey all, my school has created a Go Fund Me to support families that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Any support you can provide (whether financial or by sharing this post) would be much appreciated!
My experience in the classroom has shown me how important mental health can be to student success. Financial resources for food and other personal necessities are crucial in this. With 43% of Korematsu families classified as low-income we know there is need in our community and we believe that by providing this much needed financial support we will, in turn, be better supporting the social, emotional and academic needs of our community.
If we meet our goal of $5,000, we will be able to provide 10 families with $500 gift cards to purchase food and other personal necessities. Recipients of this support will be determined by the COST (Coordination of Services Team) at Korematsu Middle School, using data collected through a survey that has been distributed to students and families through email and social media.
Thank you so much for your partnership!”
Social Studies Teacher
Fred T. Korematsu Middle School
M.A. in Urban Education Policy and Administration
During this time of struggle, I’d like to take a moment to thank The Arlington and all that they’ve given to Korematsu and ECHS, and ask you to help show appreciation by supporting them.
The Arlington owners (who are also parents in our ECHS family) have been more than generous to our students and events. Throughout the years, they’ve gone above and beyond – supporting events at cost, and asking very little in return. As the co-chair of the Korematsu auctions, the 2019 Grad Night Committee, the Ultimate Crab Feed, and many others, I can honestly say these events couldn’t have happened without their generosity. We are forever grateful!
(largely adapted from CA State PTA)CA State PTA is urging all members and (non-members) to take action right now to prevent school funding cuts. Use and share the links below. CALIFORNIA BUDGET: BAD NEWS FOR SCHOOLS ADVOCACY NEEDED NOW Despite efforts by Governor Newsom to minimize cuts to education and children’s services, the revised May California budget proposal leaves schools and other programs facing significant cuts.The largest cut to K-12 funding is a 10 percent reduction to the Local Control Funding Formula ($6.5 billion in 2020-21).Schools throughout the state, already bracing for cuts before the pandemic, now have to cut budgets even further. The financial hurt stretches beyond the coming school year, with even greater economic challenges in the following years.The pandemic has overwhelmed the state’s capacity to adequately support the education, health and welfare of California’s children.
What does that look like her in the WCCUSD? Understand that changes occur daily. So, as of yesterday……
Bracing for cuts before the pandemic: 2020-2021 -$29.8 million Already WCCUSD Board-Approved 2021-2022 -$22.5 million bracing for cuts before the pandemic 2021 -2022 -$18.5 million additional caused by COVID-19 TOTAL -$41 million
To put it in terms that we can understand, $1 million dollars = 10 teachers. So, the cuts in 2021-2022 are equivalent to more than 400 teaching jobs. 410 to be exact.
Time for Advocacy We all must act now to cushion this blow. We need to speak up and advocate for more money: More money from the federal government, more money at the ballot box, and more revenue in the state budget. Even consider local measures.
Contact your state representatives: Let them know what the impact of the proposed budget will be on your school.To find your representatives click here. Let them know in our district $1 million dollars is the salary of 10 teachers. We cannot afford any more cuts to our district. http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/
Advocate for More Federal Funding: Contact your federal representatives and ask them to support an additional $200 billion in federal funds for schools. It is very likely that CA’s representatives already support this legislation. Send a message to your federal representatives anyway. Then, share this link with friends and relatives that live in other states and urge them to sign. Unless Congress acts – specifically the Senate – schools will experience major budget cuts triggered by the pandemic. https://www.votervoice.net/CAPTA/campaigns/74058/respond
Help pass the Schools and Communities First ballot initiative which is on the November ballot: This could raise about $11.5 billion dollars each year for our schools and local communities. In an average year with normal business and industry operations, this might mean $18 million for our school district. Click here to learn more. https://www.schoolsandcommunitiesfirst.org/
TAKE THE CENSUS Census results affect planning and funding for education—including programs such as Head Start, Pell Grants, school lunches, rural education, adult education, and grants for preschool special education. Your information is secure and won’t be shared. The future counts more than ever! https://2020census.gov/
Be open to the discussion of a local funding measure. The WCCUSD may well put a local funding measure on the November ballot. Understandably, it is a difficult topic in this unprecedented time. Be open to this discussion. Please remember….. $10 million dollars = 100 teaching jobs.
It is going to take all of us to change the tide and weather this storm. Thank you for your support.
RISING 8th GRADERS…..
Are you passionate about student leadership?
Want to learn more?
YES, YOU!!! THINK ABOUT IT!
Announcing the Ed100 Online Summer Academy for California Student Leaders
Student Leaders: Apply by June 6. It’s Free!
California’s student leaders are essential — this year more than ever. So, it’s time for something new: an online conference that prepares California high school student leaders with the knowledge and connections they need to make a difference.
Apply now and mark your calendar: July 20-23. We invite California’s high school student leaders to join together at the Ed100 Online Academy for Student Leaders, a new virtual conference for students who in the coming school year will be serving:
on a school site council or ELAC
on their school board,
on a PTA board or nonprofit school organization
in other student led or student-focused organizations
Students who aren’t yet in these roles but aspire to them may also apply.
Ed100 Student Academy Partners
Spread the Word!
We need your help.
Please share this email with high school student leaders in your school community — especially rising juniors and sophomores. We want to make sure that there is at least one applicant from every single high school!
Please share this email beyond your own school community. The price to attend is zero, but we worry that some schools will be left out just because they don’t hear about it. That’s an equity issue.
We are not charging students to participate in this event. We are actively seeking donations and sponsors.
We’ve been working with students and organizations around the state to develop a great program. Want to join us to help make it happen? If you have available time and this project speaks to you please email us: email@example.com.
May 12 Closure Update: End of school procedures coming soon; sobering state budget news
Dear WCCUSD Families,
As the weather continues to improve and the shelter-in-place orders are being relaxed, I hope that you are finding ways to keep yourselves entertained and engaged while staying safe and healthy. The last two months have not been easy and this summer will not be a typical summer. But I hope that we can all have a strong finish to the school year.
We are hearing from a number of students and staff who want to return to their campuses to clean out lockers, desks and classrooms. We are working on arrangements to facilitate this work. We will have a plan in place next week and will communicate it to you at that time.
I also want to share some information with you about the budget situation. While we have come very close to meeting the budget reduction targets we set for next school year, the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis has significantly affected the fiscal outlook for the nation, the state and this school district.
As you know, we have worked our way through most of our intended budget reductions. We started the year with a goal of reducing $48 million for next year. We amended that goal to $32 million with the plan to push out that other $16 million in reductions for one more year.
With a lot of hard work, we have been able to reduce our expenditures by $30 million, coming $2 million short of our target for this year. We have always planned to cover that $16 million shortfall through our last bit of extra reserves. Our hope was that new revenue might help us–additional funding from the state, the Schools and Communities First ballot initiative, new money for Special Education, increased enrollment, or improved attendance.
We have been implementing our plan and doing so collaboratively with our labor partners but we had no idea what was coming: COVID-19. The state anticipates an $18 billion reduction to education funding. The Governor released his May Revision this week and we may have to reduce $26 million or more for the 2020-21 school year. It is also possible that the State may announce additional cuts beyond this amount in the late summer or fall.
This is sobering news, but I truly believe that we will get through this crisis, as with all the others, together. As I get more clarity around what impact the economy will have on our work, I will make sure we communicate that with you.
Thank you again for your continued patience and support.
With the help of parent/family leaders we created these Distance Learning Guides for Preschool; TK, K, 1st; 2nd-6th, and Middle and High school.The guides are available in English and Spanish at https://www.wccusd.net/dlguides.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ELECTIONS CATCH UP WITH MR. BURNHAM EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION
We’ll have presentations from both Principal Burnham and Principal Crespo. They will join us for general questions and the 2020 enrollment process (as much as we know). We’re sending links to registrants directly Tuesday afternoon after 5:00 p.m. Please submit questions by Tuesday, 5:00 p.m. To maintain an orderly meeting and be efficient with our time, we are taking questions in advance. We will combine the similar ones together and will submit them to our guests in advance so they are prepared to answer them. SIGN UP FOR THE MEETING/SUBMIT A QUESTION HERE
MS. SIMPSON’S 8th WEEKLY GRADE SUPPORT GROUPS 12:00 noon Pacific Time (US and Canada) PASSCODES IN ZOOM May 12, 2020 12:00 May 14, 2020 12:00 May 19, 2020 12:00 May 21, 2020 12:00 May 26, 2020 12:00 May 28, 2020 12:00 Jun 2, 2020 12:00
MS. SIMPSON’S 7th WEEKLY GRADE SUPPORT GROUPS 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada) May 11, 2020 11:00 May 15, 2020 11:00 May 18, 2020 11:00 May 22, 2020 11:00 May 25, 2020 11:00 May 29, 2020 11:00 Jun 1, 2020 11:00
Dear Korematsu families, during these trying times the staff and teachers at Korematsu wanted to reach out and find ways in which we can support one another within our school community. We recognize that it’s challenging to identify trusted information in a time of crisis. And understand parents are struggling to balance work, child care and self-care while keeping worries — both your children’s and your own — under control. You don’t have to do it alone.
We recognize that families have lost their jobs, and do not have enough money to pay their bills. While the district has been distributing meals, many families continue to struggle to provide food for their loved ones. In this time of major uncertainty, we ask families to provide us with information regarding support and services they may need or support and services they can offer. In an effort to support one another, we want to find ways in which families can support/sponsor those who may be facing an urgent financial crisis.
Please take a few minutes to fill out this brief survey. The information gathered will help us identify school wide and individual needs. Additionally, all the information will be kept confidential.
As a community, we must come together and encourage, lift, and strengthen one another.
Estimadas familias de Korematsu, durante estos tiempos difíciles, el personal y los maestros de Korematsu querían conectar y encontrar formas de apoyarnos unos a otros dentro de nuestra comunidad escolar. Reconocemos que es difícil identificar información confiable en tiempos de crisis. Y comprendemos que los padres están luchando por equilibrar el trabajo, el cuidado de los niños y el cuidado personal mientras mantienen las preocupaciones, tanto las de sus hijos como las suyas, bajo control. No tienen que hacerlo solos.
Reconocemos que familias han perdido sus empleos y no tienen suficiente dinero para pagar sus cuentas. Mientras el distrito ha estado distribuyendo comidas, muchas familias continúan luchando para proporcionar alimentos a sus seres queridos. En este momento de gran incertidumbre, pedimos a las familias que nos brindecn información sobre el apoyo y los servicios que puedan necesitar o el apoyo y los servicios que pueden ofrecer. En un esfuerzo por apoyarnos unos a otros, queremos encontrar formas en que las familias puedan apoyar / patrocinar a quienes se enfrentan en una crisis financiera urgente.
Por favor, tomen unos minutos para completar esta breve encuesta. La información recopilada nos ayudará a identificar las necesidades individuales y de toda la escuela. Además, toda la información se mantendrá confidencial.
Como comunidad, debemos unirnos, levantarnos y fortalecernos unos a otros.
May 8, 2020 Dear WCCUSD Families,First, I would like to wish all of the mothers a Happy Mothers Day and Día de las Madres. Even though a normal celebration may not be possible due to the stay-at-home orders, I hope that you all find a time to celebrate the mothers in your life. It’s hard to believe, but we are in the eighth week of our school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Time has moved quickly and we are just over a month away from the end of the school year. I want to thank you all for your continued patience and perseverance as we continue navigating the challenges associated with keeping students learning from home.I have spent a lot of time hearing from students and families about how they have been affected by this crisis and trying to understand what we can do to provide the resources they need. Each week, I meet with a small focus group of students to get their impressions and hear their ideas on what we can do better. I also meet weekly with parent leaders and this week, we held a community conversation where more than 500 people joined to ask questions and express their concerns. This feedback is invaluable and has helped me and the senior leaders of this district focus our efforts on areas of concern.Two of the largest areas are around grading and graduations. We have finalized the grading policy for the work being done during the time school buildings are closed and we are close to having a plan to celebrate the Class of 2020.This week, the Board of Education approved a temporary grading policy that will keep students on track for graduation and college. The Board approved a Pass/No Mark grading standard for secondary students and a narrative progress report for elementary students for the last grading cycle of the 2019-2020 academic year. This is consistent with California Department of Educationand University of California grading and admissions policies.Elementary school students will receive clear and meaningful teacher feedback on report cards, using strengths-based narratives in place of marks for the third trimester. Middle and high schools will adhere to a Pass/No Mark system. Students who complete work at a level equivalent to C- or higher will receive a “Pass” and shall receive credit towards the A-G requirements for the class. Students who complete work at a level that is lower than a C- will receive a “No Mark” but will receive credit toward high school graduation. A “No Mark” will not be eligible for credit towards the A-G requirements.We are also close to finalizing plans for each high school to celebrate their graduating seniors. I know this is an important milestone that needs to be properly acknowledged. It is our hope that we are able to get our law enforcement partners, county health department and county office of education to approve the plans being submitted by the high schools. It is my hope to have more clarity and be able to announce those plans in the next week.In recent days, there has been a lot of discussion about easing some of the stay-at-home restrictions and reopening businesses and recreational opportunities. This is welcome and positive news. However, we urge you to continue to follow all social distancing guidelines and respiratory etiquette when the restrictions are relaxed. While some recreational facilities have been reopened, District facilities, including playgrounds and athletic fields, remain closed. We are working on a plan to reopen them, but we currently do not have the staff available to monitor and maintain our athletic fields and playgrounds.Finally, please remember that there are a number of resources available if you or someone you know needs assistance. You can access many of those resources at www.wccusd.net/districtclosure. If you have questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (510) 965-4444 or (510) 965-4443 for Spanish.Thank you again for your support and patience.In community,Matthew Duffy Superintendent En Español
DISTANCE LEARNING GUIDES
DISTANCE LEARNING GUIDES: With the help of parent/family leaders we created these Distance Learning Guides for Preschool; TK, K, 1st; 2nd-6th, and Middle and High school.The guides are available in English and Spanish at https://www.wccusd.net/dlguides.