Parent COVID19 Resources

Dear Parents, Caregivers, & Community,

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District school board is meeting at 2pm today to discuss details & logistics of the school closure.

In the meantime, here are a few resources I've compiled so far that might be useful for you beyond the official CDC, CDE, CCHS sites:

Free resources:

Education companies offering Free subscriptions

Seattle parent list of online & offline resources/ideas

Free Internet & Wifi for 2 months from Comcast

Free ZOOM videoconferencing for school & student email addresses

 

How To Talk Guides:

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource

How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus: Keeping your own anxiety in check is key

● New York Times Article on talking with teens about the virus

COVID19 Facts InfographicCOVID19 Espanol

 

Anti-Racism & Coronavirus:

● COVID19 Anti-Stigma Toolkit for social media

Teaching Tolerance Guide to speaking about racism & coronavirus

 

For Students:

● MDUSD Student Portal 

BrainPop video & quiz on What is Coronavirus 

● A comic-edition piece & radio from NPR that focuses on the COVID-19 topic

 

Family Emergency Preparedness:

Develop a Family Disaster Plan - California Department of Public Health

  • Desarrollar un Plan Familiar - click "Select Language" at top for translation to 100 languages

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African American History Awareness & Resources

Thank you to all staff, teachers, parents, and students who promoted African American Awareness month as an integral part of our history and cultural identity during the month of February! Here are a few of the inspirational events, recognition and resources that I was fortunate to see.  I want to share these out and remind everyone that though the awareness month of February has ended, African American history is something that we should all be incorporating into our lessons and activities all year long:

  • Concord student wins Humanitarian of the Year!
  • HBCU fair
  • Dr Carrie Frazier, Ruah Community Outreach
  • MDUSD Parents for Multicultural Education
  • Resources on Equity & Diversity
  • East County NAACP Membership & Scholarship Gala

Contra Costa Humanitarian of the Year – Christina Mazzi

Did you know that a student from MDUSD’s Concord High won a countywide recognition of her work?  Yes!  Christina Mazzi is a senior at Concord High who decided to build a more positive culture on Instagram by featuring successful women of color.  Visit ProjectWOC to be inspired by women of color athletes, academics, artists, and more. https://www.instagram.com/projectwoc/

Not only that, she was named a 2018 Buck Scholar and has won a scholarship from Chevron.  "In my 10 years working at Concord High School Christine is the first student that has left me speechless when I think of all that she has accomplished and how she is changing lives for women of color; I can honestly say that I have never worked with a more selfless teenager than Christine," said School Counselor Becky Heindlel.

 

HBCU Fair

Thanks to Brian Brown, college and career counselor at Mt Diablo High, our school district hosted the HBCU (historically black colleges & universities) Fair for the 2nd year in a row at Mt Diablo High.  Students from all over our district attended, and over $2 million in scholarships were awarded on the spot. 

 

Dr. Carrie Frazier, Ruah Community Outreach 

Ruáh Community Outreach is a non-profit, community service organization founded by Dr. Carrie Frazier. https://www.ruahoutreach.com/

Dr. Frazier has been bringing her African American history exposition each year to Bel Air Elementary!  Here she is in action:

 

MDUSD Parents for Multicultural Education

Students and parents at Valhalla Elementary took the initiative to celebrate Black History Month by putting up posters around the school, and from there it grew into a full on event on Feb 28th including activities, inventions, books & book marks!  I recently met parents Cri and Michelle, who started a Facebook page to share out resources and ideas to all families, teachers and staff in Mt Diablo schools.  Follow them here: https://www.facebook.com/multiculturalparents/

  

 

and here’s a resource list provided by them for teachers & parents:

Black Lives Matter at School

https://blacklivesmatteratschool.com/classroom-resources/

Zinned Project

https://www.zinnedproject.org/materials/?cond%5B0%5D=themes_str:African+American&cond%5B1%5D=media_types_str:Teaching+Activities+(Free)&cond%5B2%5D=levels_str:Grades+3-5

Facing History

https://www.facinghistory.org/resource-library?f%5B0%5D=fh_search_api_search_type%3Acontent&f%5B1%5D=multi_field_subject%3A837

https://www.facinghistory.org/educator-resources

POC Online Classroom

http://www.poconlineclassroom.com/blog/2018/2/7/black-history-month-resouces?rq=black%20history

Education Post

https://educationpost.org/if-we-really-want-to-teach-black-history-in-schools-were-going-to-need-more-diverse-books/

Gender Spectrum

https://www.genderspectrum.org/quick-links/books-and-media/

Raising Luminaries

https://booksforlittles.com/info/archives/

Embrace Race

https://www.embracerace.org/resources/action-guides

Teaching for Change

https://www.teachingforchange.org

Re-thinking Schools

https://www.rethinkingschools.org

Equity Literacy Institute

https://www.equityliteracy.org/educational-equity-resources

Race Conscious

http://www.raceconscious.org/2016/06/100-race-conscious-things-to-say-to-your-child-to-advance-racial-justice

 

Additional resources I find helpful

Build Culture, Conditions & Competence in Equity: National Equity Project

www.nationalequityproject.org

Teaching Tolerance – free resources to educators to help youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy

https://www.tolerance.org/

Resources for parents on how their choices impact school diversity:

https://integratedschools.org/resources/  

“How Students Benefit from Diversity,” by Jeremy Adam Smith:

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_students_benefit_from_school_diversity

School to Prison Pipeline Reduction - Fact Sheets & Tools:

https://advancementproject.org/home/

 

Coming Soon: East County NAACP Membership & Scholarship Gala

Save the date for the NAACP Unity Gala, April 25th!  For information & tickets, email info@eastcountynaacp.com

Please keep sharing your actions & resources with me and with each other!  Next up, Women's History Month.

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March 9th board mtg - budget reductions vote

Thank you to all who spoke at Monday's meeting or emailed us with your perspective on the budget reductions! The list is now being adjusted based on the Board direction that was given that night.

What's next?

Our School Board is meeting next Monday, March 9th at 7pm. You are welcome to attend, speak, or watch online. Agenda will be posted here: https://mdusd.org/agendasminutes

We will vote on:

1. a list of budget reductions by item type and cost, to add up to a total of $21.1 million
2. the final PKS list - this is the list of "particular kinds of service" - certificated positions that could be removed for the 2020-21 school year.

As was explained, our board MUST identify all $21.1 million in reductions before the county office of education will agree to approve our ratifying the Tentative Bargaining Agreement with our teachers union. 

Feel free to email the board and superintendent with your feedback, or speak at the board meeting. Together we'll prioritize as best we can for students!

What else can you do to help? 

Please call the governor and all state legislators who represent our district, to ask them to significantly increase funding for public education immediately.  Here is a phone list from the grassroots Contra Costa Coalition to Fund Education Now - bit.ly/FENWcallscript 

(follow CCCFEN on Twitter @cccfunded #FundCAEd )

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Budget Reductions mtg Monday March 2nd

Please note we added a Special Board meeting for this Monday, March 2nd at 6pm. You are welcome to attend, speak, or watch online.

Agenda is posted here: https://mdusd.org/agendasminutes

It includes:

1. a list of possible budget reductions by item and cost
2. a draft PKS list - this is the list of positions to receive pink slips

(What is a pink slip? the state of CA requires all certificated employees to receive a "pink slip" notification by March 15th. This tells the teacher/staff that his/her position "might" be lost due to reductions for next school year. It is not a final decision, as the state doesn't give their final budget until May, and then school districts vote on their final budget for 2020-21 in June)

Our districtwide budget reductions are targeted at $21.1 million for 2020-21. See the Budget Presentation and recommended list here, and feel free to email the board and superintendent with your feedback, or speak at the board meeting. 

You'll see on slide 15 that after additional administrative and departmental cuts, the remaining target is now $14.5 million.

Together we'll prioritize as best we can for students!

 

p.s. I was at a school board training on Friday, where I heard from so many other districts that are also needing to make massive cuts right now, and some are even consolidating schools. It was clear that this is truly a statewide issue of vastly underfunding public education.

What else can you do to help? Please call the governor and all state legislators who represent our district, to ask them to significantly increase funding for public education immediately.  

Here is a phone list from the grassroots Contra Costa Coalition to Fund Education Now - bit.ly/FENWcallscript 

(follow them on Twitter @cccfunded - Frustrated with cuts in your school district? Seeing them in nearby districts too? Enough is enough. Call the Governor TODAY plus every state legislator that represents MDUSD: bit.ly/FENWcallscript #FundCAEd )

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List of Possible Budget Reductions - coming soon

Dear community,

I've received hundreds of emails in the past few days asking us not to cut certain programs or positions. Please know that I have received and am reading each message in detail, but it will take time to reply to each one. Your perspectives are all so important and valuable to these heartbreaking decisions. Thank you for taking the time to speak up.

In the meantime, I want to be sure you know that at the Board meeting on Monday Feb 24th, the staff said they would provide 2 items by this Friday Feb 28th at 5pm:
1. a list of possible budget reductions by item and cost
2. a draft PKS list - this is the list of positions to receive pink slips, which our board is scheduled to vote on at our Monday March 2nd board meeting.

(What is a pink slip? the state of CA requires all certificated employees to receive a "pink slip" notification by March 15th. This tells the teacher/staff that his/her position "might" be lost due to reductions for next school year. It is not a final decision, as the state doesn't give their final budget until May, and then school districts vote on their final budget for 2020-21 in June)

Thanks to staff diligence, our budget reductions are now targeted at $21.1 million instead of $22 million. They continue to work to find any/all savings possible.

We added a Special Board meeting for this Monday, March 2nd at 6pm, specifically for budget and PKS decisions. You are welcome to attend, speak, or watch online. Agenda will be posted here: https://mdusd.org/agendasminutes

What else can you do to help? Please call the governor and all state legislators who represent our district, to ask them to significantly increase funding for public education immediately.  

From the grassroots Contra Costa Coalition to Fund Education Now (follow them on Twitter @cccfunded )

Frustrated with cuts in your school district? Seeing them in nearby districts too? Enough is enough. Call the Governor TODAY plus every state legislator that represents MDUSD: bit.ly/FENWcallscript #FundCAEd

Districts across CA are in the same boat, reducing budgets and cutting positions and programs that are crucial and valuable, but that simply are unaffordable when the state funds districts at significantly less than the expectations and obligations it sets for us.

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Feb 2020

Did you see that MDUSD is looking at approximately $22 million in necessary budget cuts?

Here are details and actions you can take:

1. Community Input on Budget - attend final meetings TONIGHT

2. Fund Ed Now - call the Governor

3. African American Awareness Month - share your actions & photos

4. Superintendent letters & Next School Board meeting

 

Community Input for Budget Decisions

Attend meetings TONIGHT! 
Thursday, February 20th - 5:30 pm Riverview Middle School Multi Use Room
Thursday, February 20th - 7 pm Pleasant Hill Middle School Multi Use Room

Visit https://mdusd.org/budgetsolutions for details, presentations, surveys and more.

Can't attend in person? You can still give your ideas online in English or Spanish at bit.ly/mdusdfeedback

Fund Education Now

Fund Education Now Week is over, but our advocacy has just begun. This week, take 5 minutes to call the governor & our local state legislators.

  • --> Call to say that MDUSD is right now needing to make $22 million in cuts due to years of state under-funding of public schools. A Stanford 2018 study showed that to simply fund a basic level of adequacy for CA public schools, there should have been an additional $25 billion of state investment.  For MDUSD that would be an additional $150 million!  If the state even invested one quarter of that, we could keep and grow opportunity for our students. Urge the state for #FullandFairFunding of public schools. 
    • Governor Newsom (916)445-2841
    • Asm Tim Grayson (916)319-2014
    • Asm Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (916)319-2016
    • Sen Steve Glazer (916)651-4007
    • Bill Dodd (916)651-4003

Stay involved!

  • Follow @CCCFundEd and @MtDiabloUSD on Twitter
  • Visit www.cocoschools.org/cccfunded 
  • --> Share your story on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram about what significant cuts could mean for your classroom or school, and copy/paste these tags: @GavinNewsom @BauerKahan @AsmGrayson @Steve_Glazer @BillDoddCA @CCCFundEd #FundCAed

African American Awareness Month

The school board passed a resolution on January 27th in recognition of February as African American Awareness month.  This includes encouraging all schools to "commemorate the occasion with appropriate instructional materials.  My next blog will feature a compilation of student, parent, teacher and staff actions in Mt Diablo schools for African American Awareness month. 

Do you have a photo or story to share? Please send it to me and I'll include it!

Superintendent’s Friday Letter

Read Superintendent Dr Martinez’s February 14th letter here, including celebration of Silverwood Elementary's Distinguished School Award, and the following Mt Diablo winners from Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 6: 

  • Classified Leader - Dominic Machi
  • Adult Education Administrator - Cynthia Paige Endo
  • Special Education Administrator - Jenny Vargas

These are always posted at mdusd.org and on Facebook & Twitter.  To receive them as emails, write to superintendentsoffice@mdusd.org to request to be added to the Superintendent’s email list.

Next School Board meeting February 24th

Budget discussion will continue, including data & results from surveys & meetings.  Visit https://mdusd.org/agendasminutes to see the agenda when it is posted, and all meeting agendas & videos.

Thank you to all who are participating!

Sincerely,

   

p.s. OGMS 8th grade students organized a successful Community Immigration Fair this month! 

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Tough Budget Decisions

Did you miss yesterday's MDUSD school board special budget meeting?

It was chock full of information and a road map for tough decision ahead.  Here's a summary with links to how you can get involved.

1. Schools & Communities First Initiative

2. Community Input on Budget - answer online survey this week

3. Fund Ed Now Week - post your story on social media 

4. Mt Diablo Community Against Vaping - join this new Facebook group

5. Superintendent letters & Next School Board meeting

School Board endorses Schools & Communities First ballot initiative

We began the meeting by unanimously passing a resolution endorsing Schools and Communities First Initiative, which is gathering signatures now for the November ballot. We join a long list of supporters including CTA, MDEA, and national PTA. Learn more & get involved at www.schoolsandcommunitiesfirst.org

Next, CBO Lisa Gonzales gave an in depth report of state impacts on our finances.

Community Input Plan for Budget Decisions

District staff then laid out a full plan for community input & engagement around tough budget decisions. See the new Budget Solutions district webpage at https://mdusd.org/budgetsolutions for details and please

--> fill out a quick online budget survey there in English or Spanish, open until this Friday Feb 7th, 5pm.***

That page also links to https://mdusd.org/communityforuminvitations - in person opportunities for you to give input. In addition to presentations at existing committee meetings, the community and staff are invited to the following meetings:

Tuesday, February 18th - 7 pm Ygnacio Valley High School Multi Use Room
Thursday, February 20th - 5:30 pm Riverview Middle School Multi Use Room
Thursday, February 20th - 7 pm Pleasant Hill Middle School Multi Use Room

Thank you all for sharing your perspective online, in person, in English or Spanish or other translation as needed. Please share this out and bring your friends/colleagues to the table too. The more voices involved, the better decisions we can make.

(p.s. Yesterday's budget mtg is online. Watch video, see agenda here: https://mdusd.org/agendasminutes)

Fund Education Now Week Feb 3-7, 2020

This week is Fund Education Now Week!  Join parents, students, teachers, superintendents, school board members in Contra Costa and Alameda counties - the more voices the better - in contacting our state legislators and the governor.

Join us!

  • Follow @CCCFundEd and @MtDiabloUSD on Twitter
  • Visit www.cocoschools.org/cccfunded 
  • --> Share your story about what education funding looks like in your classroom or school on any social media, and copy/paste these tags: @GavinNewsom @BauerKahan @AsmGrayson @Steve_Glazer @BillDoddCA @CCCFundEd #FundCAed

 

In other news...

Mt Diablo Anti-Vaping Group Forming

Also last night, Monument Youth Alcohol & Drug Coalition (MYADC) presented at YV High PTSA meeting about a new group forming to help parents, students & community encourage cities within Mt Diablo school district to ban the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping devices. 

--> Join their Facebook group here:  Mt Diablo Community Against Vaping.

Learn how to contact city council members and speak at meetings to encourage them to take action as soon as possible for the health of our youth in Concord, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Clayton, Pittsburg and Martinez .

The FDA, CDC, and California Department of Public Health have issued health alerts urging everyone to quit vaping altogether, no matter the substance or source.

Superintendent’s Friday Letter

Read Superintendent Dr Martinez’s January 31st letter here. It includes resources to prevent Human Trafficking that you can bring to your school.

These are always posted at mdusd.org and on Facebook & Twitter.  To receive these as emails, send a message to superintendentsoffice@mdusd.org to request to be added to the Superintendent’s email list.

Next School Board meeting February 10th

District staff will present results of this week's budget survey.  Visit https://mdusd.org/agendasminutes to see the agenda when it is posted, and all meeting agendas & videos.

As always, share your ideas with our board via email or attend and speak at our board meetings.

Sincerely,

   

Community leaders & partners are so important in this work for our students!  

Here I am with my EmergeCA sister Tiffanee Jones, who shared her powerful story at the 32nd District PTA Gun Violence Prevention Forum.

And Antioch Council member Monica Wilson hosted #RedSandProjectAntioch to raise awareness for Human Trafficking. You can bring this hands on project to your school to protect even more kids.

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Jan2020 - Vaping, Fund Education Week, & Foundation Launch

Happy 2020!  Here are some highlights of the year so far:

  1. School Board Passes Anti-Vaping Resolution

  2. Fund Education Now Week Feb 3-7, 2020

  3. EduTrack Foundation launch

  4. Superintendent Friday Letters

School Board Passes Anti-Vaping Resolution

On January 13th, our first MDUSD school board meeting of 2020, we unanimously passed a resolution asking local cities to ban the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping devices.  

I encourage you to read the entire resolution and share it out far and wide.  Then please call or email your city council members in Concord, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Clayton, Pittsburg and Martinez to ask them to take action immediately.

As a school board member and parent, I've been hearing a lot about students in our high schools and middle schools that are vaping, that are addicted, and that are struggling to cope.  Contra Costa County Supervisors passed a similar resolution on November 12, 2019.  I joined MDUSD parents and students, along with TUPE and many community members at that meeting, to speak in favor of the resolution.  The stories the students told were heartbreaking, and the county found that the vast majority of students get vape devices from storefronts.  The county ban is only for unincorporated areas, so banning the sale within city limits would make a huge difference.

The FDA, CDC, and California Department of Public Health have issued health alerts urging everyone to quit vaping altogether, no matter the substance or source.

The popularity of electronic vaping devices has soared among youth, with a national increase of 135% within the past two years. According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, 1 in 20 middle school students, as well as 1 in 4 high school students are vaping. A 2016 survey showed that one in three 11th graders in Contra Costa admitted to having vaped.

Fund Education Now Week Feb 3-7, 2020

We also passed a resolution recognizing Fund Education Now week, Feb 3-7, 2020, in which school districts throughout Alameda and Contra Costa will have actions each day to inform the community and state legislature of our dire need for education funding.The growing Coalition includes Contra Costa County students, teachers, staff, school board members, parents, and superintendents united to bring full and fair funding to California public education.

Join us!

EduTrack Foundation Launch

Dr Martinez often talks about the importance of student voice. Here's some news about students taking action right here in MDUSD!  Concord High graduate and former ASB President Aasim Yahya is now a university student at Cal, but he's still working on building up student leadership here in our high schools.  On Saturday he, sister Azeema, mom May, and a dedicated new team of Board members launched the nonprofit EduTrack - to provide scholarships as well as student-led college and career programs.

"We believe that students are the best individuals to educate and equip their own peers with college and career resources. That's why our high school programs provide students with the ability to empower their peers. All of our high school programs are led by high school students who use both the resources and guidance of our EduTrack staff and digital tool box to build their own on-campus programs. We are committed to creating our high school programs at sites that serve students who identify with primarily underrepresented or underprivileged communities." Interesting in bringing a program to your campus? Visit http://www.edutrackfoundation.org/get-involved2.html

Superintendent’s Friday Letter

Read Superintendent Dr Martinez’s January 10th and January 17th Friday letters. They include key information such as the newly elected DELAC leaders (District English Language Advisory Committee) and DVC's Diamonte Scholars (offering college credit during high school on a path to transfer & career for STEAM - science, tech, engineering, art, math).

These are always posted at mdusd.org and on Facebook & Twitter.  To receive these as emails, send a message to superintendentsoffice@mdusd.org to request to be added to the Superintendent’s email list.

Next School Board meeting January 27th

Here is the agenda.  Items include reports on Holbrook Dual Language expansion and Governor's budget, info/discussion of draft 2020-21 School calendars, and a resolution to support the Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2020 that is on the March ballot.

Visit https://mdusd.org/agendasminutes to see all meeting agendas & videos.

As always, share your ideas with our board via email or attend and speak at our board meetings.

Sincerely,

It was great to see recent Concord High ASB President Hannah Jenevein at the EduTrack event!

 

Thank you East County NAACP for organizing another beautiful MLK Jr Day celebration!

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December2019

Hi friends,

I hope you all have a restful and rejuvenating winter break!

A huge thank you to all of you who have engaged with our district.  Together we are making a difference - every one of you who donated to HOPE or MDUSD Education Foundation, taught students and are grading finals, led field trips, wrote school goals as a site council rep, coached a team, negotiated a contract, led a student or parent organization, drove a school bus, or much much more. We should all be #MDUSDProud.

The biggest #breakingnews this week is that MDUSD reached a Tentative Agreement with Mt Diablo Education Association (MDEA)!  This was made possible by many hours of negotiation by dedicated teams of teachers and administrators.  See details and quotes from MDEA president Anita Johnson and Superintendent Martinez here.

And here are a few key updates from this month:  

December 16 School Board mtg 

We held the last MDUSD school board meeting of the year this week on Monday. The agenda included:

  • Organizational meeting - Congratulations to President Lawrence and Vice President Mason!  
  • Review of SPSAs (single plans for student achievement) - Have you read your school plan? Find every school SPSA plan here on MDUSD website (under Parents/Reports&Plans).  Have ideas about how to improve it?  Contact your principal or site council reps.
  • Review & approval of tentative agreement between CSEA & MDUSD for 2018-19 - Note that Contra Costa County sent MDUSD a letter in response to this, asking us to make $5 million in budget adjustments in order to stay fiscally solvent.  Truly, our state must do better to fully fund our schools.

Also at the meeting, President Lawrence encouraged people to donate to HOPE (homeless & foster youth in MDUSD - Venmo @MDUSDHOPE), and last I heard your donations surpassed $10,000!  Truly when we act as a community, we can all help take care of every student. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

Visit https://mdusd.org/agendasminutes to see all mtg agendas & videos.

Threats

In two of our schools recently, as has happened at schools in nearby districts and nationally, students have made threats of harm.  In both cases, thankfully, the police investigated and found them to be non-viable. I think it’s important now to clarify our district policy for these types of instances, and also to remind everyone how each of us can “Say something” as Sandy Hook Promise encourages. 

Did you know our County Office of Education houses a full time coordinator for Sandy Hook Promise, and a team of fully certified trainers who will implement the SHP Know the Signs programs in every high school and middle school in Contra Costa County?  These programs include:

  • Signs of Suicide,
  • Threat Assessments,
  • Say Something, and
  • Say Hello. 

Find descriptions & contact information on the CCCOE website.  Ask your principal if this has begun yet at your school. 

There’s also a volunteer group that speaks to parent groups about Be SMART – BeSMARTforKids.org that reduces child gun deaths by encouraging responsible storage of guns and providing free gun locks.

  • Secure all guns
  • Model responsible behavior around guns
  • Ask about presence of unsecured guns in other homes
  • Recognize the risks of teen suicide
  • Tell your peers to be SMART

We all can help ensure that every student feels valued and included, in a safe and welcoming school environment.

Budget

Many parents, teachers and community came to ask our school board to increase salary, lower class sizes, and add more nurses, librarians and counselors.  I hope that all of you will campaign for and vote for the needed revenue to make that possible. Right now the revenue we receive from the state has not kept up with expenses, and so districts across CA are deficit spending and making major cuts.

One source of revenue that we can act on is the Schools & Communities First measure, gathering signatures now for the Nov 2020 ballot.  This initiative would be a start, but still not nearly enough for what we need, and IF it passes it won’t go into effect until 2022.  Out of the $11 billion it expects to raise, just $4 billion would go to schools statewide. 

That sounds like a lot, until you realize the Stanford Getting Down to Facts II study found that our state needs $25 billion in education funding just to reach national average. The study has a calculator where you can enter a school district and it will estimate needed dollars based on demographics. It says MDUSD would need: $5,067 more per student = approx. $150 million more per year.

This is why other school districts are exploring or placing parcel taxes on the 2020 ballot.  We can’t wait for 2022 and we are all facing major cuts right now.  Local taxes might be the only thing that can avoid massive cuts.

Save the date for a week of action called Fund Education Now, Feb 3-7, 2020, in which school districts throughout Alameda and Contra Costa will have actions each day to inform the community and state legislature of our dire need for education funding.

Superintendent’s Friday Letter

Read Superintendent Dr Martinez’s December 20th letter here.  These are always posted at mdusd.org and on facebook & twitter.  To receive these as emails, send a message to superintendentsoffice@mdusd.org to request to be added to the Superintendent’s email list.

Happy Holidays and Winter Break!

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Nov 2019 Board mtg

Hi everyone,

Our MDUSD school board meeting for November is tonight, 7pm at Dent Center at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord.  See agenda here. You can attend in person, or to watch from home go to https://mdusd.org/agendasminutes to watch the video of any meeting live or recorded.

Board Policy for Emergency planning 

As mentioned, we are analyzing and updating Board policies related to Emergency management.   See tonight's agenda item 19.2 - where information and sample policy will be provided. Your feedback and ideas are welcome!

You can also share your ideas on your local school safety plan anytime, directly with your Site Council or Principal.  Each school Site Council approves and submits one for their school for district approval by March 1st of each year, and all are listed on the district website here: District list of school safety plans

Presentation of Mt. Diablo Unified School District's Enrollment Data for the 2019-2020 School Year

This is item 16.1 on tonight's agenda.  The District carefully reviews attendance each year in order to ensure that services provided to students at each school site are responsive to the needs of the students attending our schools. This presentation will provide data on the overall enrollment of the District and schools based on California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS) data that is certified each year.

The variance from the 2018-2019 and the 2019-2020 school years will be reviewed, and the District will share enrollment data for each District school. Further, staff will share information regarding some of the steps that will be used to project enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year.

Superintendent’s Friday Letter

Read Superintendent Dr Martinez’s Nov 15th letter here, including student safety, special ed resources and more.  These are always posted at mdusd.org and on facebook & twitter.  To receive these as emails, send a message to superintendentsoffice@mdusd.org to request to be added to the Superintendent’s email list.

See you tonight!

p.s. I got to meet my idol, Dolores Huerta, this weekend!  Si se puede!

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