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October 23, 2020 Friday Letter Volume 2, No. 21
Posted 10/25/20

Friday Letter



OCTOBER 23, 2020 FRIDAY LETTER VOLUME 2, NO. 21



Phase 2 Limited-Hybrid Model on the Horizon

     Winter approaches, and humanity continues navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 41.5 million cases recorded worldwide and more than 1.1 million deaths. Locally, the people of Contra Costa County are finding at least some assurance in improved metrics, now weeks into a, "Substantial," rating, down from a, "Widespread," rating within California's tiered rating system
     We are in our 49th day of instruction of the 2020-21 school year, and, like all other public school districts in Contra Costa County, MDUSD is serving with a 100% distance learning model while continuing discussions and planning for next phases.

     A Phase 2 Limited-Hybrid Model seems to be on the horizon. At the October 21 Special Board Meeting, the Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark presented a status report to the Governing Board (See Presentation Files | See Video Presentation), and sought out specific direction from the board, asking for the following:

  • Direction from the Board on a targeted date of a physical return (Phase 2 Limited-Hybrid) 
  • Direction on whether Phase 2 should prioritize students that are most affected by learning loss, or if Phase 2 should prioritize certain student groups like English learners, foster and homeless youth, children with special needs, and elementary grade levels. 

     By the end of the meeting, two things were clear: 

  • The Governing Board directed the superintendent to bring recommendations for Phase 2 to the October 26 regular meeting. The superintendent formally responded with an October 26 Governing Board Meeting Agenda Item, which reads that the superintendent recommends the board to take the following actions at the upcoming October 26 regular meeting:
    1. Authorize allowable student contact and on-site participation for activities consistent with Contra Costa County Public Health Department guidelines, regardless of a full, in-person return to instruction.
    2. Authorize staff to implement a limited hybrid, staggered in-person learning model, subject to minor revisions, beginning on January 11, 2021.
    3. Authorize family choice between the limited hybrid model and full-year distance learning programs
     
  • The Superintendent and Governing Board echoed what the Superintendent had communicated in an all-staff message days prior: "We will continue to work in good faith and in a highly professional way with our labor partners to establish appropriate protocols [for next phases]."

     Tune in to the October 26 meeting broadcast (6:00PM) and feel free to send a public comment email to BoardComments@mdusd.org on the meeting day. If you are not able to watch—do not worry—after the meeting, our office will ensure communication with our community about any decisions or actions taken. 
     View the complete October 26 Board Meeting Agenda


Thank You - Meal Application Numbers Show Promising Increase

     We would like to sincerely thank our community for helping to spread the word about the little-known importance of Free and Reduced Meal Applications. Thanks to consistent messaging and community support through social media shares and by word-of-mouth, our number of processed applications increased from 9,226 to 11,293, bringing our overall eligibility rate up to 34.4%. If this positive trend continues, we have assurance that we will receive corresponding federal funds and supplemental funds at a level that will more accurately reflect our community's eligibility. Thank you again to those that have helped and are helping this cause. 


You Can Drive Through Our Flu Shot Clinic TomorrowDrive Thru

     Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) and Mt. Diablo Adult Education (MDAE) are hosting a Free Flu Vaccine Drive-Thru Clinic at the Loma Vista Adult Center (LVAC) tomorrow, Saturday, October 24th, from 10:00AM-2:00PM. 

     Flu shots are free of charge for the community and are for anyone over six months of age. The event will be held in the Cowell Road parking lot at the back of the Loma Vista Adult Center. | Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic Flyer | 

     For a safe and friendly flu shot experience, come drive through tomorrow!


For Your Review: Our District Organizational Update

     We are proud to present to you transparent, detailed operations reports on a weekly basis. You can read department updates directly from our district leaders in Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark’s weekly Organizational Update to the Board, which is continuously archived for reference. Here is this week’s Organizational Update to the Board:

Organizational Update


Register and Vote in One Stop - Early Voting Sites Near You

     Although the deadline to register for mail-in voting has passed, citizens can still register and vote in person using a Conditional Voter Registration, which is a one-stop opportunity to register and cast your ballot. Conditional Voter Registration is available at Regional Early Voting Sites, at the County Elections Office, and at all polling places on Election Day. Did you know? — Ballots are trilingual, in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Language tools in Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese are also available at polling places.

Voting Booths

Mark your calendars — here are the dates and locations for Early Voting Sites near you: 

WHEN:

Friday, October 30, 11:00AM - 7:00PM (All locations)
Saturday, October 31, 9:00AM - 5:00PM (All locations)
Monday, November 2, 11:00AM - 7:00PM (All locations)

WHERE:

Ambrose Community Center - 3105 Willow Pass Rd (Bay Point)

Clarion Hotel - 1050 Burnett Ave (Concord)

El Rancho Restaurant - 1450 Monument Blvd (Concord)

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church - 1955 Kirker Pass Rd (Concord)

Hyatt House Pleasant Hill - 2611 Contra Costa Blvd (Pleasant Hill)

Heather Farms Park - 301 N San Carlos Drive (Walnut Creek)

Veterans Memorial Building - 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd (Lafayette)

Find Out More - Contra Costa County Elections


COVID-19 Testing and Free Flu Shots

     Contra Costa Health Services is offering free COVID-19 testing across our county. Find a location near you. Free Flu Shots are available for families at these COVID-19 testing sites: • Antioch • Bay Point • Central Concord (Monument) • North Concord • Richmond • San Ramon



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The Friday Letter is written and compiled by the district's Communications Specialist each week, and is sent to a staff and community audience totaling ~32,000. To sign up for the distribution list, send an email to superintendentsoffice@mdusd.org. To view more Friday Letters and other district communications, visit the Superintendent's Office page. Do you have a story worthy of a district audience? Contact breidenthala@mdusd.org with your ideas or suggestions.