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September 4, 2020 Friday Letter Volume 2, No. 14
Posted 9/3/20

Friday Letter 6.0

09-04-2020 Organizational Update to the Board

     Our departments are hard at work to maintain and improve district operations. Hear updates directly from department leaders in Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark’s weekly Organizational Update to the Board.

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Additional Businesses Open in Contra Costa County in Accordance with Updated State Recommendations:

     Monday, August 31, 2020 from Contra Costa Health Services:

     "The California Department of Public Health on Friday announced new statewide guidelines to make regulations and community re-openings more standardized throughout the state. Contra Costa and most other counties are now in the purple (most restrictive) tier.

     According to these new state rules, hair salons and barber shops can now operate indoors in Contra Costa County with safety guidelines in place. Indoor shopping malls may also reopen at 25% maximum occupancy as long as public congregation points and food courts are closed and the mall has approved a COVID-19 safety plan from Contra Costa Health Services. Gyms and fitness centers may begin operating outdoors in accordance with their own state guidelines and checklist.

These new state rules do not change the restrictions on in-person education, or the state’s school waiver process in Contra Costa.

We continue to evaluate the State’s new framework and its impact on our county, and we will provide additional information as it becomes available

     Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) encourages businesses to adjust reopening plans as needed in response to changes in air quality in the county from Northern California wildfires. The county has issued a health advisory about smoke, encouraging all residents to stay inside when possible with doors and windows shut. For air quality updates and forecasts, visit the Bay Area Air Quality Management District website. Contra Costa Health Services urges residents to continue wearing face coverings when they go out or are near people outside their households, observe physical distancing, stay home from work or school when they do not feel well and wash their hands thoroughly and often."

Spotlight on Mt. Diablo Adult Education CTEC Programs

     As we wind down the last days of summer, we want to let you know of some wonderful and exciting career training programs right here in Mt. Diablo.  If you are a recent high school graduate taking a gap year, or a not so recent graduate looking for excellent career training, please read on.

One exciting option is Mt. Diablo Adult Education (MDAE) Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) Programs. MDAE CTEC offers seven career programs:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Computer Applications
  • Dental Assistant
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • Office Professional
  • Surgical Technologist

     All of the CTEC programs can be completed in under a year, from three to twelve months. The majority of the programs are approved for federal financial aid grants. Many students have already completed the FAFSA application for college, and they can use the same application for Pell grants for qualified CTEC programs.

Completing a CTEC program will give students many advantages:

  • Learning in a post-high school environment
  • Getting a background in healthcare (for our five allied health programs) 
  • Adding technology skills with optional certification (for our two technology programs)
  • Gaining valuable experience as almost all programs include an externship
  • Having the option to join the workforce in an exciting new career 

Please take our short interest survey, and somebody will get back to you quickly!  You can also check out our website at or You may also contact us by phone: 925-685-7340 ext. 6730 or email:

The MDAE CTEC team looks forward to hearing from you.

Thank You to Yours Humanly

From Wren Avenue Elementary Principal Celeste Graybill:

     “Wednesday, September 2 was a particularly grand day for the whole Wren Avenue Community.  Our community received 1200 pounds of art/stem supplies from Yours Humanly.  We would never have been the recipients of such a generous donation if it weren’t for Eric Vandetta, 1st grade teacher.  In the summer of 2019 he reached out to Sunny Singh, the founder of Yours Humanly asking for support for our fledgling Arts Magnet Program.  It turns out that Wren Avenue fit the criteria needed to earn the support of Yours Humanly.  In early March of 2020, Yours Humanly held a gala to raise funds for various projects, ours being one of them.  The monies were raised, materials were being purchased and then Covid-19 hit.  With the SIP all plans were put on hold for the delivery of the requested materials.  In late August Sunny gave us the good news that all the materials were purchased and ready for delivery.  This incredible donation will make it possible for our students to participate in many, many art and STEM projects and will help us solidify our visual arts program.”

     For this donation, previous donations, and for our ongoing partnership, Mt. Diablo Unified School District wishes to extend a sincere thank you to Yours Humanly!

Parent eTraining  and Parent Academy Continue

     After much positive acclaim, our Adult Education Parent eTraining continues, with new September sessions planned. These trainings are free of charge, available in English and in Spanish, and are open to all MDUSD parents, covering three subject areas: “Zoom Basics,” “Google Classroom,” and, “Seesaw Basics.”

     Separately, our Parent Academy continues with its successful sessions, which are also free of charge and open to all MDUSD parents in both English and Spanish. The Parent Academy’s September sessions include the following subjects:

  • Accessing Academics in Distance Learning Platforms
  • Facilitating Virtual Playdates
  • Participating in a Virtual IEP
  • Overcoming Fear Factors: Self Care, Meditation & Mindfulness
  • Social/Emotional Skills at a Socially Distant Time

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