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July 3, 2020 Friday Letter Volume 2, No. 5
Posted 7/3/20

Superintendent Finalist Announced: Dr. Adam Clark

     Dr. Adam Clark was announced on Wednesday, July 1st, as the sole finalist for the Mount Diablo Unified School District Superintendent position. Dr. Clark was met with a warm welcome on Facebook and on Twitter, and made headlines across Bay Area media outlets. His appointment will be considered at the July 13th board meeting, and his start date is anticipated to be shortly thereafter.

Read the full announcement here.

Reminder: Community Feedback Opportunity regarding Preliminary Reopening Plan

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     On her many platforms, Board Member Cherise Khaund actively champions inclusion and equity, most recently encouraging MDUSD families to participate in feedback opportunities in our Roadmap to Reopen.

      The district had published a Preliminary Reopening Plan on Monday, July 6th, and had followed with a Community Feedback Survey the following day. The Preliminary Plan and survey are available in English and in Spanish located at mdusd.org/reopen. The Community Feedback Survey will be available until July 7th (English) and July 9th (Spanish) at 5:00PM.

     From the Roadmap to Reopen page:
     “This is not our final plan, but it is a major milestone in our Roadmap to Reopen.

     We are thankful to the more than 13,000 individuals who participated in our initial family survey. We are also thankful for the continuing work of our Task Force groups and for guidance from health authorities to make this possible.

     In continued partnership with you, we are asking that you set aside time to review and become familiar with our Preliminary Reopening Plan, then take the Community Feedback Survey. Our open communication is essential, because our ultimate goal is to serve the needs of our community.”

Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications for the 2020-2021 School Year

     Serving the needs of our community also means providing food services. Did you know that Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications for the coming school year are available now?

     Right now, meal applications for the 2020-2021 school year are available on paper. Applications were mailed to households the week of June 22, 2020 and are also available to print from the department website: mdusd.org/foodservices.

     Our Food and Nutrition Services Department is proud to offer multiple resources to our community to assist in completing Free and Reduced Price Meal applications. The department website hosts helpful step-by-step instructional videos in English and in Spanish to assist with application completion. The Food and Nutrition Office also wants you to know that they are readily available to answer any related questions at 925-682-8000 ext. 4124. Ask about the upcoming Zoom meetings for those who need personalized assistance in completing applications.

     An online version of the Free and Reduced Meal Application will be available at the beginning of August. A link to the application will be emailed to households as soon as it becomes available. Communication via robocall will invite families to bring their applications into our office, and our health and safety protocols will ensure our offices are safe zones.

     The work of Food and Nutrition Services reflects an obvious commitment to excellence, and for this reason, the district remains incredibly proud of its staff and leadership, especially through the logistical challenges of the past months. Thank you, Food and Nutrition Services!

     Summer Free Community Meal Flyers: English | Spanish

Technology Department Successfully Leads MDUSD to Google Suite

     Our Technology and Information Services (TIS) Department deserves a virtual round of applause. With strategic partnership, planning, and facilitation, they lead our district away from Outlook and to Google Suite (Gmail and other applications) with tremendous success. The depth of work to move an organization our size through this change is not easily understood and can be easy to underestimate.

     We want it to be known publicly that we are incredibly proud of the work they have done to prepare and execute this transition, and of course we are also proud of the support work that continues on this front, amidst carrying many other essential responsibilities on their shoulders.

     As our organization is learning to navigate the change, with all of its benefits and quirks, we want our TIS Department to know they are appreciated, most sincerely.

4th of July Local Happenings

     Happy 4th of July to you—tomorrow!

     We at Mount Diablo Unified School District wish you a safe, relaxing, joyful holiday. Like many communities, ours will have modified celebrations. Two of our cities have organized virtual parades and some fun, physically-distanced activities: Concord 4th of July | Pleasant Hill 4th of July

 

The Office of the Superintendent
and Governing Board of Education