I was excited to get my kids both vaccinated last week when it opened to ages 12+. Did you know we’re offering the vaccine now at school sites? This week Tuesday-Saturday, 8am-3pm it is at Ygnacio Valley High, free and open to anyone 12+ with no appointment needed. Details and flyers linked below.
Last week I also had the pleasure of visiting Horizons and Prospect High school to congratulate Teacher of the Year Libby McDonough. Principal Brennan showed me around, explaining the nuances between the various alternative education offerings. These are crucial for MDUSD parents and students to know about when they are seeking flexible, personalized learning options. I’ve summarized some of them below.
Read on for:
- School Board meeting May 26th - in person
- COVID vaccines at MDUSD schools for everyone 12+
Superintendent’s Friday letter
- Student School Board member applications
- New summer meals schedule & flyers
- Alternative Education options
School Board Meeting May 26th - in person
This week’s board meeting will again be fully in person, and held next door to district headquarters at Monte Gardens Elementary school (3841 Larkspur Dr, Concord, CA 94519). The public is welcome, following all COVID safety protocols including distancing and required masks. The open meeting will begin at 6pm. Members of the public may submit a card to comment.
Alternatively, there are still distanced options: the public may view the livestream video and/or may submit a public comment via email to [email protected] .
Find the agenda and viewing/participation information here: https://mdusd.org/boardmeetings
Recognitions/resolutions on the agenda include:
- Recognition of Foothill Middle School as a CA Distinguished School
- Resolution Recognizing June as LGBTQ+ PRIDE month
- Resolution Recognizing May as Jewish American Heritage month
Key business items on this agenda include:
- One Time Employee Stipend
- Third Interim Financial Update
- Public Hearing of contract for HVAC Upgrades to Northgate High School
- ELO - Extended Learning Opportunity grant application
- Summer School revised compensation rate
COVID Vaccines at MDUSD schools
COVID-19 vaccine is now available for anyone who is 12 or older, and to help our families find a convenient vaccination opportunity, Concord High School, Ygnacio Valley High School and Mt. Diablo High School are hosting a no-cost clinic. See the dates and times below.
Everyone is welcome, including students who are 12 or older, family members and members of the community.
La vacuna contra el COVID-19 está disponible para cualquier persona de 12 años de edad o mayor. Para ofrecer a nuestras familias la oportunidad de vacunarse, Concord High School, Ygnacio Valley High School y Mt. Diablo High School estará realizando una clínica de vacunación sin costo. Vea las fechas y horas a continuación.
Todos son bienvenidos, incluyendo a los estudiantes de 12 años de edad o mayores, los miembros de sus familias y los integrantes de la comunidad.
Superintendent's Friday letter
Click here to read Dr Clark’s May 21st letter, full of information including:
- Garden plant giveaway success
- Foothill Middle School recognized as CA Distinguished School
Student School Board member applications
- 10th or 11th grade students in MDUSD - check with your school for the application form and email our current student board member, Michelle Alas, with any questions at [email protected]
New meal distribution schedule
- FOOD & NUTRITION SERVICES - Curbside Meal Distribution and Bus Meal Distribution will end on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 except for Foothill Middle School and Valley View Middle School which will end on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. All Curbside Meal Distribution Centers will be closed on Friday, June 4, 2021. The following Curbside Meal Distribution Centers will reopen on Monday, June 7, 2021. Here are the flyers in Spanish and English
Alternative Education Options
Are you considering Independent Study or an alternative education option?
Here are some key schools/programs that might interest you. These are all well established programs in Mt Diablo Unified School district that continue to be available for the coming school year.
- Independent Study at Horizons - This is an option for grades 9-12. Here is an Independent Study FAQ from Horizons that answers a lot of questions I’ve heard lately, and feel free to call the school office to discuss further.
Horizons Home study is a program within our district for grades TK-8 as well. They provide an entire library chock full of curricula and hands-on experiences, as well as a supportive network of other Home Study families to connect with.
- Prospect High School, located in Pleasant Hill, is “an alternative high school focused on small class sizes, close interaction with teachers and staff, and credit recovery. We welcome all students who may perform well in a smaller high school environment or need to make up credits in order to graduate.”
- Gateway High School is the Bay Point campus of Horizons, providing alternative options for students in that community.
- Olympic High School is located in Concord. Their purpose is “to meet the needs of students who, for a variety of reasons, are not on track to graduate from high school. Teachers and staff use standards-based instruction, best practices, and data informed decision making to help each student get on track toward graduating from Olympic High School, graduating from her/his comprehensive high school, or passing the GED.”
- Crossroads High School is located in Concord, and is a necessary small high school that serves pregnant and parenting teens and their children. They provide an alternative academic program aimed at high school graduation and beyond.
- College Now, housed at Diablo Valley College, is a two year program for 11th & 12th grade students. (Tenth graders normally apply by February, so this is something to plan ahead for and discuss with your counselor.) College Now students take a block of three high school courses taught by MDUSD teachers, and they take the rest of their courses at DVC with other community college students. They earn both high school and college credit for those DVC classes.
I look forward to seeing many of you at various MDUSD graduation ceremonies in the coming week!