English Learner Advisory Committee – Meeting 3/7/22

3/2/22

Dear Parents/guardians of English learners:

You are cordially invited to attend our English Learner Parent Meeting on Monday March 7th at 6:30 PM. The meeting will be held virtually via ZOOM.  

Come learn all about the English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) and how you can get involved to support and improve the English learners program and services at Korematsu Middle School.  

Agenda: 

Conduct ELAC Elections
Complete ELAC Roster and Meetings Schedule
MDAC Delegate 4
Review data-Spring 2021 Annual Data Protocol 
Good of the Order

When: March 7th, 2022

Time: 6:30 PM


3/2/22

Estimados padres/tutores de estudiantes de inglés:

Están cordialmente invitados a asistir a nuestra reunión de padres de estudiantes de inglés el lunes 7 de marzo a las 6:30 p. m. La reunión se realizará de manera virtual vía ZOOM.  

Venga a aprender todo sobre el Comité Asesor del Idioma Inglés (ELAC) y cómo puede participar para apoyar y mejorar el programa y los servicios para estudiantes de inglés en la Escuela Intermedia Korematsu.  

Agenda: 

Llevar a cabo elecciones de
ELAC Lista completa de ELAC y calendario de reuniones
delegados de MDAC 
-Primavera de 2021 Protocolo de datos anual 
Bien de la orden

Cuándo: 7 de marzo de2022Hora : 6:30 p. m. 

Updates 2/28/22

Hello Korematsu Families, 

I hope everyone had a restorative break. It was great to see our students back on campus today and we look forward to more stable days ahead with COVID seemingly on the steep decline. I am very happy to make this call and not my usual COVID call. 

As we push into Spring I wanted to share a few things:

  • Over the next several weeks students will begin selecting courses for next school year. The high schools will send counselors and administrators to talk about what courses students can take and assist them in choosing classes. We will also meet with current 7th grades and our incoming 6th grade students. We will send out reminders to families once those dates are firm. We just wanted to give everyone a heads up as to what is coming. 
  • As I am sure you are aware we are still in dire need of substitutes. Our teachers are using prep time to cover classes which takes away from grading papers and designing lessons. If you have even one day a week to help please consider applying to substitute.
  • Prior to the break we saw an increase of students abusing bathroom privileges. Some students were spending far too much time outside of class. Please remind your student that it is important to take advantage of all learning opportunities by limiting their time outside the classroom. We certainly don’t want to deny student bathroom trips, but please have a conversation about not using the restroom every single period as some have done.
  • We also want to remind families that the daily announcements students hear during the week can be found on our website. You can find it on the Important Updates and link sidebar.
  • And finally quarter 3 progress reports went home with students today.

Please remind your student to do their best every day. We want our students to be responsible, respectful, resilient and allies to each other and our adults every day.

WCCUSD Vaccine Mandate

The following letter was sent to all WCCUSD families from Dr. Hurst.

Dear WCCUSD community:

We believe vaccination is part of a comprehensive strategy in slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, along with following safety guidelines and conducting weekly testing. Recently, WCCUSD’s Board of Education approved a series of COVID-19 vaccine mandates for students, staff, volunteers, community partners, contractors and vendors who work on school campuses.

To assist families and staff in meeting the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for our District and the state, we are asking families to upload their student’s vaccination documentation status through a secure online portal. Families will be able to add this information in a few easy steps. For your convenience, we have provided an online tutorial to show you how to navigate the platform (see links at end of this message). In the event a family cannot upload into the portal, they may submit a paper copy of the vaccination card to the school site. 

Click here to begin the process of uploading your student’s health record.

As a reminder, eligible WCCUSD students aged 12 and above and staff have until November 15 to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The second shot should be taken no later than December 15 in order to meet the full vaccination deadline of January 3, 2022. To assist staff, students and families in getting the COVID-19 vaccine, WCCUSD is co-hosting a number of vaccine clinics in conjunction with the Contra Costa County Health Services.

Parents who believe their student may have a medical condition which would prevent the student from being safely vaccinated must work with their medical provider to obtain a Medical Exemption through the CAIR-ME system. Click here for more information.

Students aged 12 and above who are not fully vaccinated by January 3, 2022 will submit to weekly COVID-19 testing at their school site between January 3 and the end of the first semester (January 14, 2022). Any WCCUSD student who is not fully vaccinated or who does not have a qualified and approved exemption by January 3, 2022 may not attend in person instruction for the spring semester 2022 and must register in the Vista Virtual Academy. Click here for more information

For students with qualified and approved exemptions, the school site will schedule an interactive meeting to discuss safety protocols and develop individualized accommodations.   

If your student will not be vaccinated and does not have a qualified and approved exemption, please complete this form.

We know that you have many questions and concerns and we appreciate your patience and feedback to help us keep students and staff safe. In an effort to provide transparency and improve communication, the District created a FAQ page to answer your questions, and you can also email us your specific vaccination questions here

Here is the how-to doc for parents/students ENG | SPANHere is are the video instructions for parents/students ENG | SPAN

African American Parent Advisory Committee Meeting Tonight

Throughout this school year KMS will hold several African American Parent meetings. These meetings will be centered around supporting students and families with academic and social emotional learning at Korematsu. We will share data and help one other find resources to support students and families.

We would like to invite you to attend a COVID informational talk sponsored by the WCCUSD Office of African American Student Achievement as our first meeting. We know there are a lot of questions about the COVID safety at our schools and the new vaccine mandate. This talk is an excellent opportunity to hear from experts.

The talk will take place on Monday, November 8th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM over zoom. Just go to Lifelong.info/wccusd-call. We will post this information on the Korematsu website as well.