Happy César Chávez Day celebration week!
(the official date in CA is March 31st, and MDUSD observes it on Friday April 3rd)
Thank you to all of the #Heroes out there who, like Chavez did, are working hard every day to make sure every person is treated with dignity and has access to adequate food, healthcare and education. Sí se puede!
MDUSD’s next Town Hall is tomorrow, March 31st, at 3pm. Just go to mdusd.org/townhall to watch or participate. Hope you can make it! If not, you can watch the recording later, as with last week's.
In this message:
- Superintendent Friday Letter
- Monument Crisis Center – how to donate or receive food
- MYDAC update on vaping, smoking information & resources
- College Board Scholarships & free SAT practice
- MDUSD Spirit Week
Superintendent Martinez’s Friday Letter
Here is Superintendent Martinez's March 27th Friday letter, which includes that Town Hall as well as the news that on March 25th, six bay area counties (including ours) and public health officials have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures through May 1, 2020.
Plus a few key excerpts:
- This week MDUSD’s free community meals continue at 9 school sites district-wide for all children 18 years and younger. Please see the attached flyers for a list of locations and details: English Flyer | Spanish Flyer "
**Also note: There is no meal service this Friday (it is the day MDUSD observes Cesar Chavez Day), and so instead double meals will be given out on Thursday.**
- More Internet Access Opportunities: Because access to affordable home internet options for our families is highly critical, we are proud of a newly formed partnership with EveryoneOn through the California Emerging Technology Fund. Flyers that are specific to MDUSD are available here in English and in Spanish.
Monument Crisis Center – how to donate or receive food
In addition to MDUSD meals in partnership with Contra Costa Food Bank, the Monument Crisis Center has been a key part of the solution for families right now. Please consider making a donation.
From MYDAC – Monument Youth Drug & Alcohol Coalition
“I'm writing today to share some resources with you. I hope these materials will serve you well while reassuring you that it's okay to seek help and assist you in taking care of yourself and your loved ones. We're in this together.
- Self-care.During this time, we're putting in a lot of effort to help those in need—but we also need to make sure to take care of ourselves. See CDC guide on other resources on Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
- Stop vaping. With schools closed due to the COVID-19 national emergency, millions of children and teens are spending a lot of time isolated from friends and extended family. This is an excellent opportunity for parents to talk with their kids about vapingand to encourage them to stop vaping
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.The stress and anxiety which comes from the coronavirus pandemic, financial insecurity, and feelings of isolation may put people at risk of self-harm. If you're feeling alone and struggling, you can reach out to The Crisis Text Line by texting TALKto 741741 or CALL the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Plus I want to share with you this important information about coronavirus & vaping:
- an article from the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco: Reduce your risk of serious lung disease caused by coronavirus by quitting smoking and vaping.
- an analysis of factors associated with disease outcomes in hospitalized patients with novel coronavirus disease(check out the odds of disease progression (including to death) among people with a history of smoking)
In case you aren't, please follow us on Facebook and join our Mt. Diablo Community Against Vaping Facebook Group.
Monument Youth Drug & Alcohol Coalition Coordinator”
College Board Scholarships & Free SAT help
High school students, there are now more free opportunities than ever before for you online from your phone or device.
Follow The College Board on Twitter or Instagram to see their new scholarships you can earn by practicing for the SAT and more!
MDUSD Spirit Week
Lastly, help your students keep their spirits up this week with these daily activities created by wonderful MDUSD teachers! Post & share photos on whichever way is easiest for you, that your school is using, such as Class Dojo, Google Classroom, or Twitter:
Keep up your social distancing, and together we'll flatten the curve.
Students/parents - remember to call or email your teachers, counselors or school site - they miss you and want to help!