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Message from the Superintendent: Keeping students and staff safe
Posted 1/5/22

Dear MDUSD Families, Students and Staff:

Today was our first day back from School Recess. As we returned to school amid growing COVID-19 cases in the community, you may be wondering what we are doing to keep students and staff safe and if schools could shift to distance learning for a few weeks until cases subside.

We are following the protocols outlined by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).  Thank you for taking the time to read the following and to continue partnering with us as we navigate the pandemic together as a community.  
 

  1. Wear masks that fit snugly over the mouth and nose as masks are required indoors at all times.  
  2. Wearing masks outdoors is highly recommended during close contact play because of the new variant. 
  3. Have your child dress warmly as we will be keeping doors and windows open in the classrooms and eating outside as much as possible.
  4. Consider getting the vaccine and/or booster if your child is eligible.  
  5. Keep your child home if COVID-19 symptoms are present and have a COVID-19 test administered.  (Contact your child’s teacher for short-term independent study, 3-14 days.)
  6. Reinforce hand washing throughout the day.

We are committed to continuing in-person instruction and have taken measures to ensure that we are doing that safely. There is no specific case threshold at which state and local public health officials recommend a temporary closure of a classroom or school. Guidance from CDPH states that “a temporary school closure due to COVID-19 should be a last resort and considered only after all available resources have been exhausted in an attempt to preserve in-person education.” Distance learning is not an option in the State of California.

Should a situation arise where we’re seeing high rates of in-school transmission or experiencing operational challenges (such as our ability to maintain sufficient staff to provide in-person instruction) due to COVID-19, we will work with the Contra Costa Health Services and Contra Costa County Office of Education officials to make decisions that support health and safety as well as continuity of learning for our students.

We understand this is a time of uncertainty and concern. We will work through this together to keep our students, families, and staff safe.
 
You can help by ensuring your child is vaccinated (and boosted if applicable); testing for COVID-19 if they have been exposed or are presenting symptoms; and keeping them home if they are ill. Also, make sure your student has their District-issued Chromebook or access to another device.
 
As the pandemic continues to evolve, we are trying to respond and adapt quickly in order to keep our schools open in a safe manner. Thank you for  your support and understanding.

Sincerely,

Adam Clark, Ed.D.
Superintendent