SAN LEANDRO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT "Making Excellence Our Tradition"
October 15, 2021
Dear SLUSD Community, October is filled with important recognitions of key members of our diverse community in San Leandro. In SLUSD, our schools and classrooms have been highlighting Latinx Heritage Month , Filipino American History Month , and Indigenous Peoples Day on October 11. In recognizing these essential contributions to our shared past, our students develop a strong sense of authentic, inclusive history in building their own ethical and cultural leadership. Alongside all of the other ways in which we are preparing these future global leaders, we strive to graduate scholars who are ready to engage in a highly diverse world, ready to continue the struggle for equity. October is also National Bullying Prevention Month which you have likely seen reflected in messages from your schools. Our school board passed Resolution 21-40 to show our shared commitment to every child’s right to feel safe, respected and included. This takes a commitment of support from every member of our community. With this in mind, we are including information for families in this update that can help us prevent bullying and wrap all of our children in kindness and acceptance. Lastly, this past week has been the Week of the School Administrator, which this year has special emphasis because of the incredibly difficult work these professionals have been engaged to start this school year with a historic hiring crisis. The roles and responsibilities these leaders fulfill with grace and expertise are staggering, and they do it all with such love and care. Please join me in thanking our principals, vice principals, and assistant principals for what is too often thankless unseen work. As always, thank you for staying connected and I look forward to updating you more next week. Dr. Mike McLaughlin Superintendent
COVID 19 UPDATES
RAINY DAY LUNCH PROTOCOLS As the possibility of rainy weather enters the forecast for next week, know that we will still be following COVID-19 safety protocols to reduce the spread of illness. Outdoor covered seating areas may still be utilized during lunch periods. If inclement weather prevents outdoor recess/PE, alternatives such as the gym or remaining in classrooms may be used. Know that we will work to maintain safe, healthy environments, so watch ParentSquare for more information about what that will look like at your school.
NEXT WEEK’S SLUSD FAMILY LEARNING SERIES
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 20 at 5 pm TOPIC: Special Education SLUSD and Blaze Consulting will be hosting a Landing Pad for families with youth with special needs. Join us for a time to connect, reflect, release and renew. This landing pad is a space for you to find support and celebration for you and your beautiful family. How are you and your family adjusting to the school year? What do you need for yourself during this time? We will end by celebrating the resilience and beauty of Special Families. There will be a raffle for gift cards at the end of the session. Translation will be provided in Chinese and Spanish. Join Zoom Meeting on Wednesday at 5 pm https://slusd-us.zoom.us/j/87160676124
WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BULLYING
What is bullying? At first glance, many people might think this behavior is easy to define. Parents need to know that bullying behavior can be much more complex and varied than the stereotype. For example, harmful bullying can also occur quietly and covertly, or through gossip or the Internet, and can cause significant emotional damage. Read more about ways to prevent bullying and support safe, kind, and inclusive schools here.
CITY OF SAN LEANDRO LOGO DESIGN COMPETITION FOR TK-12 STUDENTS
The City of San Leandro is challenging our San Leandro students (TK-12) to create a new logo for the City’s Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary) Celebration. A series of community events will occur throughout 2022 to celebrate the milestone. Guidelines:
Must include words “City of San Leandro”
Must be the original work of the submitter
Should incorporate historical context
Should be simple, not overly detailed, and all elements must be discernible when reproduced in smaller sizes
May include any colors and created with pencils, crayons, markers, paint, or created with a computer drawing program
May include but not subject to designs of San Leandro’s marina, creek, trails, bike paths, downtown arch, monarch butterflies, and historical buildings
Submission: • Designs will be submitted via e-mail to Paul Sanftner – firstname.lastname@example.org • Images must be a minimum of 3 inches by 3 inches • Electronic submissions should be in .png, .ai or .tiff file formats • All submittals become the exclusive property of the City of San Leandro and could be used for the promotion of all Sesquicentennial activities and events. Deadline: Monday, November 15, 2021, at 12 p.m. Judging: The Sesquicentennial steering committee will judge and select the winning entry. Entries will be judged on their visual appeal, adherence to contest guidelines, quality of design, and ease of reproduction on multiple marketing elements. Prize: One winner will receive a $250 college/trade school scholarship Contact: Psanftner@sanleandro.org or 510.577.337
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SAN LEANDRO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT "Making Excellence Our Tradition"
October 8, 2021
Dear SLUSD Community, With Governor Newsom’s announcement of the plans to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required vaccinations for attending school in person, I want to update you on how this will affect students in SLUSD. It is important to note that the vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds has not yet received full FDA approval. We are also still awaiting the vaccine for 5 to 11-year-old children. This means it is still unclear when the mandate will take effect. It does appear likely that vaccination will be a requirement to start the 2022-2023 school year, if not sooner. When this happens, SLUSD will communicate with you as quickly as possible to support everyone in accessing vaccination resources. Local, state, and national health experts have been clear that vaccination is essential for keeping our schools open and community safe. We are fully committed to supporting this mandate as soon as details become available. I continue to be extremely grateful for our shared efforts in overcoming the continuing challenges of COVID-19. Thank you, and I look forward to providing more information soon. Dr. Mike McLaughlin Superintendent
COVID 19 UPDATES
MASK MANDATE DOES NOT CHANGE FOR SCHOOLS Indoor masking requirements in Alameda County public schools are still in effect. Per County Superintendent L.K. Monroe, “Current masking mandates for TK-12 schools fall under the order of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and were put in place in an effort to keep schools open for in-person instruction as our youngest students have yet to qualify for vaccines.” In SLUSD, this means universal masking indoors and outdoors at all district schools.
COVID TESTING IS AVAILABLE FOUR DAYS PER WEEK! All SLUSD students, staff, and families can access free PCR COVID testing, offering highly accurate automated responses within 48-72 hours. LOCATION: Barbara Lee Center for Health and Wellness, 2251 Bancroft Avenue (across from San Leandro High School) DAYS: Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday TIMES: 9 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm REQUIRED: SLUSD staff/student ID, or other student verification No appointments are necessary. Walk-up service only. Children 12 years of age and under will need to have a parent present.
THIS WEEK’S SLUSD FAMILY LEARNING SERIES
Topic: Social Awareness Let's PLAY, laugh, and relax together! Family game night is a time for everyone--the whole family, family & friends, or just yourself--to join us for a virtual blast. In this session, Blaze Consulting will use the Family Landing Pad, a virtual space for SLUSD parents and caregivers to talk about their own experience of caring for our children and teens during the pandemic. Let us take a moment out of the chaos of life and step into a community game show. Through interactive activities, we will relieve stress, build connections and have fun. The session will support families with TK-12th grade students. Raffle Prizes! Spanish and Chinese translations will be provided. Wednesday, October 13, from 5 – 6 pm Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 853 3248 5023 Passcode: 116283
VEGETARIAN MEALS AVAILABLE
To offer more choices to our elementary students, we now offer vegetarian meals by weekly pre-order in 3 easy steps!
Go to www.sanleandrocafe.com.
Select “Menus” on the top navigation bar and choose ELEMENTARY VEGETARIAN ORDERING for the week(s).
Provide your student’s name and school, then make your selections! Menus are available one week at a time and must be chosen for the full week. At this time middle and high school students may speak to the cafeteria staff for vegetarian and vegan options. An online ordering system for middle and high schools will be available soon.
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SAN LEANDRO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT "Making Excellence Our Tradition" September 24, 2021 Dear SLUSD Families, Just brief updates this week as we are all feeling the information overload necessary to keep everyone connected during this dynamic time. Next week we launch COVID testing specifically for SLUSD students and staff at the Barbara Lee Center for Health and Wellness. I deeply appreciate the team at the Native American Health for their ongoing partnership in serving our students, staff, and families! Thank you for your continuing support and have a safe, restful weekend. Dr. Mike McLaughlin Superintendent COVID-19 UPDATES COVID TESTING: Starting Thursday, September 30, all SLUSD students, staff, and families can access free PCR COVID testing, offering highly accurate automated responses within 48-72 hours. Details below. LOCATION: Barbara Lee Center for Health and Wellness at 2251 Bancroft Avenue (across from San Leandro High School) DAYS: Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday TIMES: 9 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm REQUIRED: SLUSD staff/student ID, or other student verification No appointments are necessary. Walk-up service. Children 12 years of age and under will need to have a parent present. Here are two other local free testing sites that have been open and continue to be available for students, staff, and families: Optum Serve Mobile MegaBus Testing at the Bay Fair BART Station 15242 Hesperian Blvd., San Leandro Every Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm Register here Walk-ups accepted San Leandro Marina Community Center 15301 Wicks Blvd., San Leandro Every Tuesday - Saturday, 7:00am - 7:00pm Register here or call (888) 634-1123 (English & Spanish) The San Leandro Adult School testing site is currently on hold as we work to fill staffing positions. More information coming next week. SLUSD FAMILY LEARNING SERIES Wednesday, September 29 from 5 to 6 pm • Topic: Self-Management Fall has come and with that, the highs and lows of managing our families for success. Research shows that this time of year people can struggle with depression, sadness, and just feeling overwhelmed. In this Wednesday’s session, Blaze Consulting will use the Family Landing Pad, a virtual space for SLUSD parents and caregivers to talk about their own experience of caring for our children and teens during the pandemic. Come join us for an interactive session as we look for ways to generate joy for ourselves and our families. Let's come together as a community to connect, be heard, and hear each other. Sometimes the best way to generate joy is to know you're not alone. The session will support families with TK-12th grade students. Raffle Prizes! Spanish and Chinese translations will be provided. Join Zoom Meeting here Meeting ID: 835 4052 9722 Passcode: 459045 Add to Google calendar SLHS SCHOLAR FEATURED ON NBC’S TODAY SHOW One of our San Leandro High School scholar-athletes Jonathan Martin will be featured on Monday morning’s edition of the Today Show on NBC for his participation in the Mentoring Opportunity League (MOL), founded by SLHS alumni Josiah Harris. MOL is sponsored by the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area. and the San Francisco 49ers.Jonathan was selected to represent the program as a participant who has been impacted greatly by mentorship, which has helped him develop as a scholar and a leader. He is a 4.1 GPA senior and, in addition to playing football and baseball, he is president of the Black Student Union at SLHS, and serves as the student board representative to the SLUSD board of education. Congratulations Jonathan! San Leandro Unified School District | 835 E. 14th Street, Suite 200, San Leandro, CA 94577 Phone: (510) 667-3500 | Fax: (510) 667-6234 Emai l: email@example.com
SAN LEANDRO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT "Making Excellence Our Tradition" September 17, 2021 Dear SLUSD Families, Our staff deserves our full appreciation for what they have been achieving over these past several weeks. Our team of dedicated professionals has been covering difficult staffing shortages, which is a nationwide crisis right now. Also, our work is dramatically intensified with contact tracing and quarantine protocols which take an incredible amount of time and care. Their efforts are helping keep us safe, and our COVID dashboard reflects their many hours of work to keep us all informed. Please do your part by filling out the health screener prior to coming to school. With creativity and flexibility, we are weathering this educational staffing crisis with less impact than others around us, but we do need help. If you are able, consider volunteering or applying for our open positions. Both avenues are great ways to get more involved in our schools. Current Open Positions Volunteer Process Despite these challenges, our schools are filled with many stories of engaging teaching, learning and just plain fun being had, which we will add to this weekly update. So much good is happening around this #SLUSDunited district and we have so much more to come. Dr. Mike McLaughlin Superintendent COVID-19 UPDATES COVID TESTING: Testing launches at the San Leandro Adult School next week. Students on modified/shortened quarantine are prioritized to help keep them in school. We will be adding testing appointments for other groups once staffing increases. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: What is the definition of close contact? Close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of a confirmed positive COVID case for a total of 15 minutes or more within 2 days prior to illness onset. My child is failing the health screener due to allergies. Should they go to school? For students with chronic conditions, please answer health screener questions for symptoms that are a change from their typical health status. What date is used to determine the first day of quarantine? Your child’s return date from quarantine depends on when the negative covid test is taken and you notify the school. My child is on quarantine. Does that mean their siblings should stay home too? If your child is placed on quarantine, that restriction only applies to them. Siblings do NOT need to quarantine unless they are notified that they have been in close contact with a positive COVID case. ACOE/ACPHD TOWN HALL ONLINE The county office of education and our local public health department held a town hall on September 9, which you can view here , along with many answers to frequent questions regarding COVID-19 protocols directly from the health experts! NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH Join us in celebrating and uplifting the rich histories and cultures encompassed within Hispanic/Latinx heritage during National Hispanic Heritage Month, from September 15 to October 15. In our district, almost 49% of our students identify as Hispanic/Latinx! For more information about this important month, please visi t https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/ and look for more information coming from your schools. SLHS COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER Planning starts early and our College and Career Center is open to support! Keep up with all the exciting events happening to get our students ready for life beyond high school. Bookmark this page to stay updated! A LEGACY OF LOVE: "WE WILL RISE" MURAL AT WASHINGTON 5th graders in teacher Lia Tealdi’s class at Washington Elementary left their mark on their school before heading off into 6th grade, and our district gained yet another stunning artifact of the type of student work that comes from Project-Based Learning. This mural will debut at the San Leandro Education Foundation (SLED) Gala tonight ( tickets available here! ) but you can see the “behind the scenes” video here and look for the mural at Washington once it is installed! FAMILY SUPPORT If your family needs mental health support, Care Solace can connect you to providers that speak your language, are specific for the kind of care you are looking for, and can accept the kind of insurance you have. They can make connections even when you don’t have insurance. English Flyer Spanish Flyer Chinese Flyer Phone: 1-888-515-0595 https://caresolace.com/site/slusdfamilies/ The Native American Health Center/School Health Center is open for students and families! They are currently seeing in-person appointments and limited dental services at the Barbara Lee Center for Health and Wellness, located at 2251 Bancroft Avenue. They are also offering counseling appointments via telemedicine. To schedule an appointment, please text or call 510-618-4480. Family Resource Center (FRC) The FRC provides support for the following services from M-F from 9 am- 4 pm by appointment: Medical Calfresh (Food stamp) CalWORKs Healthpac P-EBT Food support, grief support, housing, mental health services, school supplies, etc. Contact Ly Ha, Program Coordinator at 510.667.6214, 510.506.5905 (cell), or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Jimenez, Family Resource Specialist at 510.975.0341 Jennifer.Jimenez@ebac.org MEASURE N BOND PROJECTS San Leandro Voters approved Measure N in March 2020 and construction is already being completed! Roosevelt Elementary’s new safety drop-off and accessible entryway were completed in time for the start of the 2021-2022 school year! See what more improvements are coming soon, including a new state-of-the-art gymnasium at San Leandro High School. San Leandro Unified School District | 835 E. 14th Street, Suite 200, San Leandro, CA 94577 Phone: (510) 667-3500 | Fax: (510) 667-6234 Emai l: email@example.com
At last night’s school board meeting, the trustees approved Resolution 21-31 honoring National Hispanic American Heritage Month , which starts today, September 15. This month offers powerful opportunities for us to celebrate and uplift the rich histories and cultures encompassed within Hispanic/Latinx heritage which are deeply interwoven in our vibrantly diverse community. In our district, almost 49% of our students identify as Hispanic/Latinx. The resolution encourages schools throughout San Leandro Unified School District to elevate the countless ways Hispanic and Latinx Americans have contributed to our shared history. For more information about this important month, please visit https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/ and look for more information coming from your schools.
SAN LEANDRO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT "Making Excellence Our Tradition" September 10, 2021 Dear SLUSD Families, Three weeks into the school year and it still feels exciting to see everyone back on our campuses! That simple statement does not do justice to the unbelievable amount of love, strength, and resiliency happening across our schools as we move deeper into the school year together. Many of you have shared stories of such joy, which are understandably coupled with struggle. I treasure hearing from you as we continue to reconnect as a community. With the 20 year anniversary of 9/11 tomorrow, we are again connected through shared experience. I know this painful moment in our collective consciousness is a topic of discussion for my family, and likely yours as well. With that in mind, this resource could be helpful in framing conversations with our children. Talking to Children about Terrorism This anniversary provides a critical reminder of our active role as educators and leaders to support our children’s understanding of our shared humanity. Tapping into that powerful connection can provide a path towards a peaceful future. Dr. Mike McLaughlin Superintendent COVID-19 TESTING AND VACCINATIONS We have both antigen (rapid results) and PCR (molecular) tests now in stock, and we have onboarded our first testing staff. As our testing service gets up and running, we will be prioritizing our unvaccinated staff and any quarantined students who opt to take advantage of modified or shortened quarantine opportunities to remain in school. Testing times and locations will be shared next week. COVID-19 vaccination is strongly recommended for everyone 12 years of age and older and required for our employees. SLUSD will be offering vaccination opportunities in the near future. MODIFIED & SHORTENED QUARANTINE PROTOCOLS SLUSD is aligned with Alameda County Public Health (ACPHD) and the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) with isolation and quarantine protocols, which start with a 10-day isolation/quarantine period , but with potential modifications. Please see the following for more specific details: COVID-19 Flowchart for Parents (English) Modified & Shortened Quarantine Protocols (English) COVID-19 Flowchart for Parents (Spanish) Modified & Shortened Quarantine Protocols (Spanish) COVID-19 Flowchart for Parents (Chinese) Modified & Shortened Quarantine Protocols (Chinese) Public health guidance is subject to change. This information is current as of 9/10/21. COVID DISTRICT DASHBOARD Our COVID-19 Dashboard is always available to you to monitor the effectiveness of our health and safety protocols. San Leandro Unified School District | 835 E. 14th Street, Suite 200, San Leandro, CA 94577 Phone: (510) 667-3500 | Fax: (510) 667-6234 Emai l: firstname.lastname@example.org
SLUSD is aligned with Alameda County Public Health (ACPHD) and the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) with isolation and quarantine protocols, which start with a 10-day isolation/quarantine period, but with potential modifications. Please see the following information from those agencies for more specific details: COVID-19 Flowchart for Parents (English) Modified & Shortened Quarantine Protocols (English) COVID-19 Flowchart for Parents (Spanish) Modified & Shortened Quarantine Protocols (Spanish) COVID-19 Flowchart for Parents (Chinese) Modified & Shortened Quarantine Protocols (Chinese) Public health guidance is subject to change. This information is current as of 9/7/21. ACOE is also hosting a Q&A session for the community on Thursday, September 9 from 6 to 7 pm. Details are below: Date: Thursday, Sept. 9 Time: 6-7 p.m. Stream location: acoe.org/townhall as well as Facebook Live Format: Webinar (to ensure security); presentation of major topic areas followed by Q&A
SAN LEANDRO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT "Making Excellence Our Tradition" September 3, 2021 Dear SLUSD Families, This has been a challenging week in our district, but as always, our community comes together with support for one another as we have done so many times before. Although we have had COVID cases on our campuses and had to quarantine several classrooms, our health and safety protocols are helping support our full return to school. At the school board meeting on Tuesday, I shared the staffing challenges that all school districts throughout the area are facing. We are being creative and resilient, but this employment crisis has very real impacts on our programs. I want to thank my staff for the flexibility and commitment to making sure learning continues and minimizing disruptions as we return to the rhythm of school. I hope you all enjoy a restorative long weekend and a festive Labor Day with your loved ones. This rest feels well-earned! Dr. Mike McLaughlin Superintendent COVID District Dashboard Our COVID-19 Dashboard is updated daily to provide you with accurate information about health conditions throughout the district. Thank you to everyone for following our safety protocols by wearing a mask at all times when you are on campus. Virtual Back to School Nights Back to School Night events will be held virtually this year. Look for times and details from your schools Thursday, September 9 - Elementary Schools Thursday, September 23 - Middle Schools Thursday, September 30 - San Leandro High School Thursday, October 7 - Lincoln High School Vaccination Rates 85% of our staff is fully vaccinated, or finishing up the vaccination cycle. If you are looking for a vaccination site, find local opportunities here. We will be offering more pop-up vaccination opportunities for our students, staff, and families soon. Apply to Volunteer Today! Volunteers are welcomed and encouraged! We would love to have your help in our schools. Go to this link for more information San Leandro Unified School District | 835 E. 14th Street, Suite 200, San Leandro, CA 94577 Phone: (510) 667-3500 | Fax: (510) 667-6234 Emai l: email@example.com
At last night’s San Leandro Unified School District board meeting, trustees approved the removal of President Woodrow Wilson’s name from Wilson Elementary School after a presentation regarding the year-long community engagement process. Trustees voted 4 to 1 in favor of the removal, with two abstentions. Additionally, the student board representative to the school board also voted in favor of renaming the school. The request to rename the school began with a petition to district leadership from Wilson staff and community members in June 2020. The petition signed by over 75% of the school staff and parent group leaders highlighted President Wilson’s documented history of racist, segregationist policies and practices during his presidency and the disconnect with SLUSD goals for equity and inclusion. School and district administration followed a board-approved process to solicit feedback from staff, families, alumni, and the greater San Leandro community through a series of surveys, forums, and ongoing publicity regarding the request. “I want to thank all members of our community, both at Wilson Elementary and throughout San Leandro, for their active participation in considering this proposal from all perspectives,” said SLUSD School Board President Evelyn Gonzalez, “It was incredibly helpful to have a wide variety of viewpoints on this issue to consider in making this important decision.” More details about the board policy-aligned process to select a new school name, which includes robust protocols for community engagement and feedback, will be forthcoming over the next several months.
This message is to inform you of an injury vehicle accident that occurred today in front of San Leandro High School on Bancroft Avenue at Blossom Way at 3:10 pm today, thirty minutes after student dismissal. A 10th-grade SLHS student was crossing Bancroft in the crosswalk and was hit by a northbound vehicle, driven by a 12th-grade SLHS student. In an attempt to avoid the collision, the driver hit two parked vehicles before the entire car flipped over. The pedestrian victim was conscious and stable when transported by paramedics to Eden Hospital trauma center. The victim was accompanied by family members. The driver of the vehicle was checked by paramedics on-site and released to family members. Initial reports from the San Leandro Police Department do not show excessive speed to be a factor. Please join us in sending positive thoughts to all who were involved in this accident and to our San Leandro High School family.