Update from Principal Luong 11/09/20
Mon, Nov 9 2:08pm

Good afternoon Jaguar Families,

Just a reminder that no Meal Distribution and no school this Wednesday, 11/11, in honor of Veteran's Day.

 

Aeries and Google Outage

On Wednesday, November 11th (Veteran's Day) all District systems, including Aeries, Gmail, and Google Drive, will be unavailable.  The outage is expected to last from 6:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 11th until 6:00 A.M. on Thursday, November 12th. This outage will enable the Tech Department to conduct some critical maintenance and upgrades.  We apologize for any inconvenience.
Superintendent Floats Detailed Hybrid Schedule Drafts for Review

     We want our families to know the same important information that Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark sent to staff just this morning:

     "At the October 26 Governing Board meeting, a date was approved to begin phasing students back onto our campuses using a hybrid learning model. Included in my recommendation to the Board was a vague and generic sample hybrid schedule. I received many emails and messages from parents, students and staff requesting a more detailed draft schedule. Also, included in these messages were pleas to keep current teacher and school assignments. After receiving these messages loud and clear, I am providing an elementary draft schedule. See attachment.

     It must be noted that these are challenging times and anxiety levels are running high throughout our community of stakeholders. I will schedule employee town halls through Zoom to hear directly from any of you who would like to have a conversation. Unfortunately, factual information often gets lost in translation. With that said, I am happy to speak with any employee groups.

     All public schools in Contra Costa County were eligible to reopen on October 13, 2020. The MDUSD reopening plan targets January 11, 2021 as the date we start bringing back small groups of students. Our Governing Board and District Administration is committed to continuing discussions with our labor partners on any negotiable effects related to the return to 'in-person' learning.

     I attached the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements informational document. There will be information coming out from the Human Resources Department shortly that will shed light on working remotely, underlying health conditions and leaves of absence.

     I appreciate all that each of you do. My commitment is to work with each of you to create the best environment for our students to be safe and successful."

     If district families or district staff have questions or comments about this particular schedule, we want to hear from you; use this Google Form to submit questions or feedback specific to this schedule. The next time our community can expect to hear from Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark will be at the November 9 regular board meeting in his report to the board.

"ParentSquare" to Serve as District-Wide Communications Tool

     MDUSD is moving to adopt, "ParentSquare," as our new, uniform, easy-to-use tool for communications district and school-wide. 

     ParentSquare is a tool that will be embedded and synced into AERIES and will allow for mass communication as well as two communication with our families and students in many languages. In addition to a ton of school-wide features, there are elements available for teachers to use as well. This is intended as a single tool to replace the myriad of tools necessary to communicate with our families and students. 

     ParentSquare is designed to keep parents informed and facilitate participation at school. It provides a safe way for the school principal, teachers, staff, and parents to send and receive school and class information, share pictures and files, see calendar items, survey, and much more, all in one place. 

     District administrators and staff will continue to receive initial training so that the ParentSquare adoption can be as smooth as possible.
  

Keep calm and Jaguar on,

Principal Luong