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July 10, 2020 Friday Letter Volume 2, No. 6
Posted 7/10/20

Roadmap to Reopen Update – Adjustments and Board Presentation

     Last week, our Preliminary Reopening Plan was published, and our Task Force leaders were glad to hear an abundance of feedback from MDUSD families and staff. Collaboration has been and will continue to be central to our planning process.

     Next in our Roadmap to Reopen, district administration will present a progress update to the Governing Board during its July 13th regular meeting. You can tune in to the presentation on Monday evening by locating the broadcast details at mdusd.org/agendasminutes. The next day, there will be a video recording and PDF of the July 13th presentation available on the Roadmap to Reopen website. During and after the presentation, as the ultimate decision makers for the district, our Governing Board Members will discuss the reopening plans and provide guidance to district staff.

Upcoming Business: Superintendent Appointment and MDEA Tentative Agreement

     As always, board meeting agendas and attachments are available for public viewing, and in alignment with the Brown Act, districts are required to post such at least 72 hours in advance of regularly scheduled meetings.

    You can find the July 13th Board Meeting Agenda and all attachments here. The agenda header includes information about the live broadcast and the opportunity for public comments.

    Of particular significance, the Governing Board will be considering the appointment of Dr. Adam Clark as the next Superintendent (Items 10.1 and 10.2), and will be considering a Tentative Agreement with the Mount Diablo Education Association (Item 16.1).

From Board Member Linda Mayo: The Value of Parent Involvement

     Research shows family engagement advances student success. My personal focus on parent engagement began when my first child was enrolled in a cooperative preschool. As a young parent with no family in the area, I recognized the intrinsic social, emotional, educational, work based, and leadership growth that my engagement afforded my child and me as well. When my oldest child was enrolled in Kindergarten, volunteering in the classroom and with the PTA and Girl Scouts were rewarding next steps.

     Parent involvement can mean many things, such as reading to your child before bed or asking questions about a friend, new lesson or the homework. It can also mean attending school activities or communicating with your child’s teachers. It can mean helping out at school and serving on school committees. It can include joining the school’s PTA, parent faculty club and/or booster club and possibly volunteering with their efforts. The choice and extent of involvement is yours.

     As our school community navigates the next steps for school re-opening, these proven practices will help your child and you. Model confidence in the learning environment choice you make for your child. Create the sense of excitement and joy for the first day and each day thereafter. Reach out to your child’s teacher/s to understand how the learning environment may be different and how you can best support your child. Practice hand washing, mask wearing and social distancing at home and as you venture out in the community. Practice makes these good habits as routine as buckling a seat belt. As staff and parent groups reach out to you, welcome their contact and determine how best you can be informed, involved and provide feedback. Take care of yourself; stay connected with your supportive social groups. For reading: California State PTA Highlights Six Ways Parents Can Get Involved

My pandemic busters are engagement, confidence, information, excitement, and routines. What are yours?

https://capta.org/focus-areas/family-engagement/  | https://www.facebook.com/LindaMayo4MDUSD/

More Than a Check - MDUSD Education Foundation Partnership

     This morning, the composition of our central office entrance was something special. Mary Gray, President of the MDUSD Education Foundation, and Matt Lovett, Treasurer, ceremoniously presented the district with a check in the amount of $38,156.65, directly from the Coronavirus Remote Learning Fund.

     In a social media post from last week, the MDUSD Education Foundation proudly shared, “We reached our fundraising goal of $100,000 for the 2019-20 school year! Because of donors like you, we can fund enrichment programs for MDUSD students & help provide remote learning tools. It’s been a tough year for our students, and you have made it a little better. Thank you!”

     MDUSD is so proud to have its strong partnership with the MDUSD Education Foundation. The work they do is about creating opportunities for students, and their ability to organize and facilitate is impressive to say the least. They reached their fundraising goal because we have a community that truly cares to see our families succeed, and with the challenges of distance learning this year, donations have been particularly valuable in keeping our students connected. On behalf of the district families who will directly benefit, thank you to the MDUSD Education Foundation and to our generous community!

The Office of the Superintendent
and Governing Board of Education