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#LeadWithResilience…#LiderarConResiliencia

 

Congratulations Graduates!

     2020 Graduation Time is here! Even during these unprecedented time, when our world is responding to the impacts of COVID-19, it is ever so important to stop for a few moments, at least, to provide a hearty “Congratulations!” to all of our Mt. Diablo Unified School District graduating seniors.

     Each of them has worked so hard over the years to grow their personal skills, attain academic success, and formally obtain their high school diplomas, and it is quite an accomplishment, especially when they have not been able to attend on-campus instruction for the final three months of their secondary educational careers. I provided the following congratulations message to our graduates via YouTube with hopes that it will be embedded in any of the many video productions that will serve as a remembrance of their graduation moments, and thought I’d share this with you here as well. 


https://youtu.be/WG0Vxe3bxvE

 

     Please join me in offering our collective applause, our collective praise, and our hopes for them in the future to excel at even greater heights, and to always remember to lead into the future.

Food Service to Continue:

     We continue to be ever so proud of our Food and Nutrition Department staff, community partners, and volunteers who are on the front lines serving meals to our families. These basic needs are so vitally important, and when our scale is now approaching close to 50,000 meals each week, it takes a tremendous amount of creativity and logistical expertise to make it happen. Our hats are off to them, and our hands are across our hearts, acknowledging and grateful for the great, continuing efforts on this front.

     Find the most recent informational flyers here, which were created by our very own Angie Vickroy in the Food and Nutrition Department:
     
English Flyer | Spanish Flyer

Several Activities in My Calendar This Week

Monday, May 25, 2020

  • Memorial Day Holiday

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

  • Met with my Executive Cabinet
  • Met virtually with Contra Costa County Superintendent Lynn Mackey and Contra Costa County School District Superintendents, Contra Costa County Public Health Officials for continued coronavirus response coordination

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

  • Met virtually with all school site Principals

Thursday, May 28, 2020

  • Met virtually with Public Agency Retirement Services Agents
  • Participated in the Special Meeting of the Governing Board

Friday, May 29, 2020

  • Met with my Executive Cabinet
  • Met virtually with Administrative Council

 

-Superintendent Dr. Rob Martinez-

Posted 5/29/20

Notice of Revisions to 05/28/2020 Board Agenda: 


05/27/2020 at 04:20PM item 11.6 Third Interim - a PDF presentation was added.
05/27/2020 at 04:21PM item 11.3 Job Description: Social Emotional Educational Collaborative Program Leader - the attachment was revised.

05/28/2020 at 08:32AM item 11.6 Third Interim - a PDF presentation was removed.

05/28/2020 at 12:49PM item 11.6 Third Interim - a PDF presentation was uploaded.

05/28/2020 at 01:00PM item 11.2 PARS - two PDF documents were added: "00 Mt. Diablo USD - Board Presentation," and, "02 Summary Report - Condensed." 

05/28/2020 at 01:12PM item 11.7 PKS - a PDF presentation was added. 

 

http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_agendaview.aspx?mtgId=694

Posted 5/27/20

#TogetherWeGrow. . . #JuntosAprendemos…#TogetherWeLead. . .

#JuntosCrecemos…#TogetherWeLearn…#JuntosLideramos!

#LeadWithResilience…#LiderarConResiliencia

 

Focused on the Future Together for a Brighter Tomorrow

     I may or may not know your name or have had the opportunity to personally engage with you in deep conversation, in a personal meeting, or even in a virtual environment, but please know that my thoughts have been focused on your children, our students, and each of you continuously. Whether you are a student, family member of a student, staff member, or community member, please know that I so dearly value the mutual commitment we have to our students’ future through educational excellence now more than ever. It is truly a collaborative effort that we share for the future of our children, and we must understand and accept the responsibility that we each hold as we each invest in the important work to steer our local public education programs and services into a brighter tomorrow.

     Along these lines, I am compelled to tell you that your feedback and communication with us has been incredibly valuable, whether you are reaching out to our site Principals, to our district administration, if you have participated in our various committees, participated in our Board Meetings, Town Halls, surveys, or even if you have left a comment on social media. This feedback is informing our conversations, considerations, and actions, and we will continue to strive to open up even more opportunities for two-way communication. While we do not always have the opportunity to respond on an individual basis to each email or post, we do look to address concerns and provide answers in our continuous messaging, and more specifically through our decisions as a District.

     It is no secret that Mount Diablo Unified School District is currently facing a number of challenges, and of course, some of those challenges are beyond our control. Still, we do have control of our responses to those challenges, and I am confident that if we focus on the most salient features of each challenge, continue to band together in force to support students, we can rise to the occasion, make tough and deliberate decisions, and strive for continuous improvement of our services to students. I have said it before—and I will say it again—that right now, more than ever before, we must remember to turn to each other rather than turn against each other.

     Please keep your head high, keep your feedback coming, lean into the difficult future, and know that each member of the Mt. Diablo leadership team, employee groups, and Governing Board are focused on improving and enhancing our educational programs and services for students, in a safe and secure manner as our primary initiative.

Reminder: You May be Eligible for Additional Nutrition Benefits

     The State of California will be providing additional nutrition benefits to families who qualify for free/reduced meals—up to $365 (card) for each eligible child. The total amount you will receive will depend on how many eligible children are living in your home.

Who is eligible for Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) benefits?
Children are eligible for P-EBT benefits if: 1) Their school is closed due to coronavirus (COVID 19); and 2) They are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.

How do I get P-EBT benefits?
Most families with children who receive CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply online. They will get their P-EBT card in the mail between May 7 - 22, 2020.
Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do NOT get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits must apply online before June 30, 2020. Applications will be available here, starting today, May 22, 2020:
www.ca.p-ebt.org

Find out more information here.

Disaster Relief Funds for Undocumented Californians

     The State of California is also providing a one-time disaster relief assistance for undocumented Californians impacted by COVID-19, who are ineligible for most other forms of pandemic assistance, including direct assistance under the CARES Act and unemployment insurance.

     An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1,000 in assistance per household. Applications accepted by phone only at 1-415-324-1011 for Contra Costa County. https://www.cceb.org/california-disaster-relief-assistance-for-immigrants-drai/    

     You must provide information and documents to verify your identity, your address, and to show you have been impacted by COVID-19.

Co-op Adult Education Support Highlights

     Vittoria Abbate, Director of College Career and Adult Education, shared the following photos that are being collected of our District’s Adult Ed programs being delivered via Zoom. 

     Vittoria stated, “These are of our Adult Ed Parent Ed Co-op Title I-supported classes for parents of pre-school children as they continue their learning via Zoom during COVID-19.  We are making good use of ZOOM break-out rooms for small group and one-on-one parent and child engagement, support and training.” 

     Even the youngest in our midst are working to connect, engage, and support each other during these most difficult times.

#Slay50MilesinMay – An Update!

     By the way, how are you doing with getting up, getting out, and taking some steps for your health? As of today, Friday, May 22, 2020, I have logged 39 miles running, and 39 miles walking for the month of May. This places me over the 50 mile mark, and 22 miles shy of my goal of reaching the 50/50 club (50 running and 50 walking miles by the end of the month). Given the difficult time each person may be having with pandemic related impacts, I believe that it is important to do what you can to support your personal health and for me it has been walks and runs with my wife. Do what you can do, and please do take care of yourself.

Several Activities in My Calendar This Week

Monday, May 18, 2020

  • Met with my Executive Cabinet
  • Met virtually with leadership of the Mount Diablo Black Educators Association
  • Met virtually with Board Member Joanne Durkee
  • Met virtually with Contra Costa County Superintendent Lynn Mackey and Contra Costa County School District Superintendents, Contra Costa County Public Health Officials for continued coronavirus response coordination

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

  • Met with Chief Business Officer Dr. Lisa Gonzales
  • Met with several Cabinet staff members
  • Attended the virtual presentation by School Services of California on the Governor’s May Revise.
  • Met with my Executive Cabinet

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

  • Met virtually with all school site Principals
  • Met virtually with Mount Diablo Education Association (MDEA) leadership
  • Participated in a Special Board Meeting

Thursday, May 21, 2020

  • Participated in Tony Thurmond’s, California Department of Education, Virtual webinar focused on the potential re-opening of schools.
  • Attended a virtual conference with leaders from Capitol Advisors Group

Friday, May 22, 2020

  • Met with my Executive Cabinet

 

-Superintendent Dr. Rob Martinez-

Posted 5/22/20

#TogetherWeGrow. . . #JuntosAprendemos…#TogetherWeLead. . .

#JuntosCrecemos…#TogetherWeLearn…#JuntosLideramos!

#LeadWithResilience…#LiderarConResiliencia

 

Creative Graduation Ceremony Planning Underway

     At Monday’s virtual Board Meeting, we had the wonderful opportunity to hear from our student leadership from almost all of our secondary schools about how they were doing and what their recommendations were for potential graduation ceremonies. The student leaders certainly represented the larger student body when they described that they have been making the best of this difficult time. They are engaging, they are trying to connect, and they do feel supported, even as many of them have taken on additional responsibilities within their homes during these times. These student leaders shared a consensus perspective that they, “want something,” to mark their graduations and culmination of their time in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, even knowing that it will not be traditional graduation ceremony.

     I am proud to report that all of our secondary schools have been arranging for timely drive-through graduation ceremonies with their own special touches. School sites have collaborated, and are leading the way with site-specific planning, while the district has collaborated with local health officials to ensure that our ceremonies will comply with the guidance on best-practices for safety and security. While it may be that not all students will be able to collectively gather for a group ceremony, they will be together in school spirit, camaraderie and hopefully will have a ceremony that they will never forget.

     We knew our ceremonies this year would not be traditional, yet it remained so very important for us to acknowledge and recognize the achievement of our graduating class of 2020. I will be writing a and delivering a personal message to our graduating class at the beginning of June, and I would prompt us all to offer messages of encouragement for our graduating seniors and to our continuing students as they complete their school year—all of whom have truly been through so much!

Understanding the State’s Budget: the Governor’s May Revision

     As a leader of the Mount Diablo Unified School District, I maintain the responsibility to communicate with you about how changes in the budget for the State of California will affect our district. In my previous Friday Letters, I have striven with diligence to communicate with you about our budget and the shortfalls that have come mostly from a lack of state funding, and now a national and global pandemic has dramatically created significant material differences to our state budget, which has added to the fiscal instability for school districts. Dollars allocated to districts through the Proposition 98 process directly translate to services for our students, and simply put, when our state does well, it is much easier for our state budget to enhance services for public education. Unfortunately, when the state finds itself in fiscal despair, public education often suffers hand in hand.

     California Governor Gavin Newsom’s May Revision, submitted on Thursday, has solidified the idea that there is a significant need for increased funding from the Federal Government. In fact, he confirms that he is advocating for the passage of the HEROES ACT, which was to be taken up by the House of Representatives today.  As an aside, I wrote and submitted a letter of support for the HEROES Act on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

     While the Governor is affirming that some of the initial Federal dollars received by the state due to the impact of Covid-19 will be sent onto local school districts, he has also confirmed that these current dollars will not prevent the state’s need to reduce the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) by an anticipated 10%. While the Governor has dipped into the Education Stabilization Funds to support services to students, he has also reduced anticipated dollars to state preschool programs and early intervention programs. While it is good that the current spending plan does call for some continuing level of increased funding for Special Education Services, he has also confirmed, unfortunately, that funding to public education is expected to have no increase for Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA).  The state legislators will now take up the Governor’s May Revision for consideration, and will work to pass a state budget prior to the June 30, 2020 deadline.

     District leadership will continue to closely analyze and monitor any revisions and projections to the state’s budget, and work with fiscal experts from across the state to further determine the financial impacts on our District on the current revision. Then, we will be using this data to provide our Governing Board with the best projections to our District budget based on this data so that we may continue our Budget Development process for the 2020-2021 school year.

Considering the Opening of School in the Fall

     The safety and security of our MDUSD students, families, and employees is ever present in my mind, especially as we continue to and work on providing a meaningful and powerful education for each student. These are our guiding parameters for our conversations about the possibility of opening schools to on-site instruction. To this end, we are formulating no less than three task-force groups to consider the extensive information that is being provided by experts in the field as we examine the data and make plans for potentially advancing the ideas of on-site education.

     These three task force groups will be the Logistics Team, Educational Program Team, and Fiscal Implications Team. Several components and concepts on which they will be asked to focus are identified below (and yet these are not considered exhaustive lists):

Logistics Team: This team will be crafted to review, study, and make recommendations regarding the following and other components that will need to be considered and embedded into our plans: comprehensive pandemic safety protocols, parameters and protocols for classrooms, parameters and protocols for school sites, cleaning and sanitization protocols, days of potential service, and time parameters.

Educational Program Team: This team will be focused on reviewing, studying, and making recommendations for the educational structure that will be delivered to students. Of course, we understand that based on the safety components above, the best educational delivery plans may need to be modified in stages of delivery to account for the logistics and variables that will be mandated by the safety and security considerations of all.  The components of, “mixed learning,” will be discussed, considered, and created. Components of, “mixed learning,” might include: on-site instruction, distance learning, home learning, experiential learning, and other innovative designs and protocols. What we know for sure is that if we are planning to have a more extensive and consistent form of distance learning for all students across the grade levels to meet their needs, then we must ensure that each child has the tools (devices), opportunities, and access (strong internet connection) to support the planned learning for them. This is of paramount importance for us to consider and ensure is part of our District plan. On this subject, if your family has not taken our quick District Technology Survey, please find the English and Spanish versions here.

Fiscal Implication Team: This team will focus on the fiscal needs of our program. We are often left to use the resources that we have left to provide the most high priority services that are warranted, which means that we are often reducing services that might make a meaningful impact to some students. We must work to not only live within our budget structure, but we must also work to identify the full funding need that we have to provide the level of education that our students deserve and require. Building the type of educational program that will needed should not be limited by the abysmal level of funding that we will be left with due to Covid-19, so we must work to analyze the true cost of our needed programs to be able to quantify our need, and share that information with our public and governmental agencies. Our students deserve the best programs that we can create, and we must then work to find the appropriate funding for those programs.

     The design of these three teams is intended to include representation from across the District. It is anticipated that these individuals will work over the next several weeks as teams, and with District staff, more than likely via virtual connections, to support the build of a broader comprehensive plan that will take into consideration ideas and recommendations from each team. Again, the broad plan will need to consider potential stages of return to a new education paradigm depending on the overall and or continuing impact of Covid-19.

     While I know that there are many individuals who would like to have input into the process, I am mindful that if the teams become too large, they could become unwieldy. However, I anticipate the teams and District staff will continue working to engage our students, parents, employees, and community members in additional meaningful ways to gather input, and ideas, to fold into this broader plan. The more input, the more ideas, the more support we have, and the ability to work together and collaborate, will be essential to ensure that our plans follow the mantra of keeping students safe and secure as our paramount issue, while providing meaningful and powerful educational opportunities.

     I hope that you are all continuing to stay safe, and know that our intent is to continue to connect, engage, and support each of our students and their families during these most difficult times.

Several Activities in My Calendar This Week

Monday, May 11, 2020

  • Met virtually with Contra Costa County Superintendent Lynn Mackey and Contra Costa County School District Superintendents for continued coronavirus response coordination
  • Participated in the regularly scheduled virtual Governing Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

  • Met virtually with my Cabinet
  • Met virtually with leaders from the Capitol Advisors Group
  • Met virtually with Board Member Linda Mayo
  • Met with Dr. Michael Gardner, Interim-Director of Human Resources
  • Met with Dr. Lisa Gonzales, Chief Business Officer
  • Met with Cesar Alvarado, Associate General Counsel

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

  • Met virtually with school site Principals
  • Met with Jennifer Sachs, Executive Director of Instructional Support
  • Met with Dr. Wendi Aghily, Executive Director of Special Education
  • Met virtually with leadership from the Mount Diablo Education Association (MDEA)

Thursday, May 14, 2020

  • Met virtually with advisors from the California Collaborative on Educational Excellence
  • Met with Board Member Cherise Khaund
  • Met virtually with leadership from MDEA
  • Met in person with several Executive Cabinet Members

Friday, May 15, 2020

  • Participated in the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) leadership meeting
  • Met virtually with Board Member Joanne Durkee

 

-Superintendent Dr. Rob Martinez-

 

-Sent by email to all staff and to the MDUSD community through School Messenger, Facebook, and Twitter-

Posted 5/15/20

#TogetherWeGrow. . . #JuntosAprendemos…#TogetherWeLead. . .

#JuntosCrecemos…#TogetherWeLearn…#JuntosLideramos!

#LeadWithResilience…#LiderarConResiliencia

State Budget and the Impacts on the Mt. Diablo Unified School District

     The California Department of Finance Office (DOF) has released this current Fiscal Update on May 7, 2020. The document provides a significant review of some of the potential impacts to the State budget due to COVID-19 Pandemic, and discusses some of the projected fallout from the resulting economic downturn due to this unprecedented negative recession.

     MDUSD, like other school districts across the state, relies on the success of our state’s economic health to be able to maintain our revenue to meet our student’s needs. All public school districts receive funding from the state based on Proposition 98 guarantees, and that funding is desperately needed to manage our state’s public education system for the states 6.2 million students across California with their variety of needs and services. The document from the DOF goes on to describe the significant unemployment claims that have occurred in just one week due to COVID-19, and it projects a tremendously high rate of unemployment across the state, higher than in the “Great Recession,” of 2008-09. Simply put, when our state’s economy is struck with such a significant blow, there becomes a stark realization that there is the potential for a massive funding reductions to public education across the state. The DOF document projects that this could result in a potential 18.3 billion dollar downward shift in funding for public education, including K-12 and Community College Education. Quite frankly, the entire education community is petrified of that possibility.

     The District had been working through our own budget shortfall this school year, and working diligently to reduce expenditures for the 2020-2021 school year. The Governing Board has already authorized a certificated reduction of 12.5 million dollars, and an initial classified service reduction of 1 million dollars, and is set to continue conversations regarding additional potential reductions to staff. All this was to support the District in meeting identified needs in employee compensation for the 2018-2019, 2019-2020 school years, with the hopes of providing another increase to salaries in the 2020-2021 school year. Of course, all of these plans, and current actions, were based on pre-COVID-19 budget information.

     The Governing Board will continue to work diligently to more fully understand the next steps in the state budget development process. We are all awaiting the Governor’s May budget revision that should provide some additional clarity on the potential for further reductions for next year and subsequent years. Depending on that information, the processes and budget assumptions that we are using for the budget development process will be modified, and we will be better positioned to determine the need for additional budget reductions for next year. At the time of this writing, things seem to be changing daily, if not hourly; hence, we plan to bring the most up-to-date information to the Governing Board meeting on Monday, May 11, 2020.

Summer School/Credit Recovery and Extended School Year (ESY) Enrollment

     Mount Diablo Unified School District will be hosting two summertime distance-learning educational programs:

  1. Summer School (2020) will take place online from Wednesday, June 10 - Wednesday, July 8, 2020, with no school on Friday, July 3, 2020
    High School Credit Recovery Program Registration:
    • This program will target Seniors and Junior students who are in need of credit recovery. Current Seniors and Juniors who receive a "No Credit" for spring 2020 will be given first priority.
    • Counselors will be contacting and registering students who fall in this priority category.
    • Content will be provided using online curriculum addressing English, Math, History/Social Studies, Science, and Spanish
    • Students and families who have questions should contact your school counselor
    • Registration deadline is May 7, 2020. Confirmation letters will be mailed/emailed home.
  2. Extended School Year (ESY) 2020 will take place online from Wednesday, June 10 - Wednesday, July 8, 2020, with no school on Friday, July 3, 2020. Extended School Year services are special education and related services that are provided to a child with a disability. These services are different from summer school. Summer school is a credit recovery program designed to provide opportunities for students to earn credits towards graduation and is offered on a space available basis to students in our high schools. ESY services are special education and related services that a student must qualify for and are in accordance with the student's IEP.
    • Registration for ESY is due Friday, May 8, 2020. Please see the Special Education Department home page for the online registration form.

Gratitude for Mt. Diablo CARES and to MDUSD Education Foundation

     On May 6, 2020, the MDUSD Education Foundation (MDEDF), in collaboration with the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) Collaborative for Academic, Recreation and Enrichment for Students (CARES), safely distributed more than 1,600 hands-on science and art kits to students during lunch distribution at five school sites. These kits were rich with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) oriented activities and were received with smiling faces! Read the success story here.

     Recently, MDEDF’s Coronavirus Remote Learning Fund exceeded the 30k mark, thus far receiving $30,337.72 in donations. MDUSD is deeply grateful to its donors, from individual members in our community to a growing list of community organizations, including Mechanics Bank, Pacific Service Credit Union, Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery, Travis Credit Union, and Urban Barber College. The MDUSD Education Foundation continues to be a valuable partner, especially in our students’ time of need as we seek to close the digital divide. Donations are still being accepted, and we are making technology purchases just as quickly as we can to get our students connected.  

Reminder: You May be Eligible for Additional Nutrition Benefits

     The State of California will be providing additional nutrition benefits to families who qualify for free/reduced meals—up to $365 (card) for each eligible child. The total amount you will receive will depend on how many eligible children are living in your home.

Who is eligible for Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) benefits?
Children are eligible for P-EBT benefits if: 1) Their school is closed due to coronavirus (COVID 19); and 2) They are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.

How do I get P-EBT benefits?
Most families with children who receive CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply online. They will get their P-EBT card in the mail between May 7 - 22, 2020.
Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do NOT get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits must apply online before June 30, 2020. Applications will be available here, starting on May 22, 2020: www.ca.p-ebt.org

Find out more information here.

Several Activities in My Calendar This Week

Monday, May 4, 2020

  • Met virtually with Contra Costa County Superintendent Lynn Mackey and Contra Costa County School District Superintendents for continued coronavirus response coordination

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

  • Met with my Cabinet
  • Facilitated a virtual Town Hall meeting broadcasted to the public
  • Participated in the virtual Community Advisory Committee

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

  • Conducted a Final Interview with a candidate for the Senior Administrative Executive Assistant to the Superintendent position
  • Met virtually with Board President Brian Lawrence
  • Conducted a virtual Final Interview with a candidate for the Payroll Manager position
  • Participated virtually in the Parent Advisory Committee meeting
  • Participated in the virtual District PTA Council meeting

Thursday, May 7, 2020

  • Met virtually with Board Member Cherise Khaund
  • Met virtually with representatives from the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence
  • Met virtually with representatives of the California School Employees Association (CSEA)
  • Met virtually with the Public Employees Union, Local One/AFSCME Clerical, Secretarial and Technical Unit
  • Participated virtually in the District English Learner Advisory Committee meeting
  • Virtually attended the Mount Diablo Education Association Academy Awards Event

Friday, May 8, 2020

  • Participated in a Special Board Meeting
  • Met with select administrators from my Cabinet
  • Participated virtually in the Equity Advisory Committee Meeting

 

-Superintendent Dr. Rob Martinez-

-Sent by email to all staff and to the MDUSD community through School Messenger, Facebook, and Twitter-

Posted 5/8/20

http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_agendaview.aspx?mtgId=686

 

Notice of Revision to the 05/11/2020 Board Agenda:

05/08/2020: Item 19.19 was revised due to a clerical mistake. "Rocketship Futuro Charter School," was changed to, "Clayton Valley Charter."

 

5/8/2020 (2): Item 19.8 was revised due to a clerical mistake. "Chief, Educational Support," was changed to, "Chief, Educational Services."

 

5/9/2020: Item 19.9 contained an erroneous attachment, and the intended document was uploaded in its place.

 

5/11/2020 (1) at 01:30PM: Item 19.19 contained an erroneous description of a location's physical address. The address was corrected. 

 

5/11/2020 (2) at 01:30PM: Item 19.20 contained an unsigned contractual proposal attachment. This attachment was replaced with a signed agreement. 

Posted 5/8/20

Sent to the MDUSD community on 5/7/2020 by email (School Messenger), Twitter, and Facebook: 

Dear MDUSD Families,

We are bringing good news: the State of California will be providing additional benefits to families who qualify for free/reduced meals—up to $365 for each eligible child.

Who is eligible for Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) benefits?

Children are eligible for P-EBT benefits if:

  • Their school is closed due to coronavirus (COVID 19); and
  • They are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals

How do I get P-EBT benefits?

Most families with children who receive CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply online. They will get their P-EBT card in the mail between May 7 - 22, 2020.

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do NOT get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits must apply online before June 30, 2020.

Applications will be available here, starting on May 22, 2020: www.ca.p-ebt.org

How much in P-EBT benefits will I get?

You can get up to $365 for each child who is eligible for P-EBT benefits. As long as you apply before June 30th, 2020, you will get the full amount of benefits for all four months. The total amount you will get depends on how many eligible children are living in your home.

Find out more information here.

Thank you,

The Office of the Superintendent

Posted 5/7/20

#TogetherWeGrow. . . #JuntosAprendemos…#TogetherWeLead. . .

#JuntosCrecemos…#TogetherWeLearn…#JuntosLideramos!

#LeadWithResilience…#LiderarConResiliencia

 

School Start-Date Considerations for 2020-21 School Year

     You may have heard that California Governor Gavin Newsom made public statements this week, expressing the possibility of an earlier start to next school year. He contemplated a potential July re-entry to school, or the possibility of an earlier start in August than we currently have planned. As reassurance, I want to clarify here that the Governor’s statements were not issued as an official Executive Order, or state direction at this time. I am motivated to communicate to you that, often, these types of decisions are left to local educational agencies. It is true that there is a tremendous value to having our students back in school as soon as it is safely possible, and we must examine our own local situation in collaboration with Contra Costa County Public Health Officials to make the best informed and knowledgeable decision for our community.
     Right now, our current academic calendar identifies the start date of our 2020-21 school year to be August 13, 2020 as published.
     Still, it is reasonable to expect that our 2020-21 school year will look different than the 2019-20 school year.

 Here is what we know so far: 

  • There will be additional mandatory best-practices and safety requirements for students and staff as well as our facilities when we return to school. This will require clear procedures, appropriate equipment, possibly new materials, and possibly additional staff.
  • Based on information we have thus far from the Contra Costa County Public Health Department and from the State, with the expectation that there will be continued social distancing requirements in place in the fall, there will be restrictions as to the size of crowds and the number of students in each classroom and on school sites each day. Therefore, we are considering various options based on these guidelines and any other new guidelines we receive. 
  • Here in MDUSD, we have already begun conversations and we are forming teams to develop various scenarios that will best meet the needs of all students and follow the required restrictions.  Our planning teams are expected to include administrators, teachers, classified staff, parents, community agencies, and student input, and there will be a number of opportunities for feedback as we process available information and guidance from the California Department of Education, the Governor’s Office, State Board of Education, and our local health officials. If we are unable to return all students to our campuses at the same time in the fall, we will have the possibility of blended learning opportunities, which means, there could be a mix of on-site learning, while maintaining distance learning at the same time.
  • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the State budget is expected to be negatively impacted in a significant way. We have been informed by the State to expect a zero Cost of Living Allowance for the next three years, and additional reductions in several layers of funding. The Governor’s May Revise (budget revision) will unveil the significant level of reductions to school finances, with the approved state budget expected by the end of June, and then with additional modifications possibly in July or August. This means that the District must continue to plan for the worst for the next several years based on direction that we have received from the Contra Costa County Office of Education, and the state, all the while planning to deliver a unique blend of instruction and education to all of our students.  
  • With the unexpected school closure to on-site instruction in mid-March, we began supporting students with distance learning as quickly as possible. I am extremely grateful to our teachers and staff who worked diligently to make that happen and we all continue to look for new ways to better serve students. We recognize that addressing learning gaps created due to the school closure this year will require additional efforts over the next several school years. 
  • District leadership is collaborating with our site principals to work on year-end plans. As the month of May extends we anticipate scheduling opportunities for a parent to come to the school to collect any remaining items for students, and to return items to the school as well, especially for students transitioning away from a school site. Your child’s principal will soon be sharing with you the details of end of the year activities.   

     We are anxious to have our students back at school in a safe environment, and recognize the importance of reopening schools so families can also return to work. With advance planning, we will be better prepared for instruction next fall. School may look different than what we are used to, but we are excited about developing the best possible learning opportunities for students regardless. 

     We will work tirelessly to respond to the many challenges ahead of us, and we are keeping in mind that our students, their families, and our employees, are dealing with many challenges of their own. I recognize that not having all the answers is unsettling and stressful, but I want you to know that we truly believe serving students is a privilege and find your partnership a tremendous gift. 

Your Resiliency is Shining

     I would like to take a brief moment to acknowledge the level of resiliency and courage it has taken from each of us to press on through this worldwide pandemic. If right now is a dark tunnel, your endurance and your acts of compassion are truly sparks of light. If right now is a dark tunnel, I point to the parents who are taking on multiple hats of responsibility and giving their absolute best; I point to the essential workers who are persevering and working hard with conviction and integrity; I point to the students who are digging deep to take this upside-down world in stride. If right now is a dark tunnel, yes, there is a light at the end, and yet, these are the people who are bright torches illuminating our path along the way. It has not been easy, and we have shed many tears with ups and downs, but please know that your resiliency is shining and that you are making the journey that much more bearable for everyone. 
     
Keep going strong. We appreciate you! Here is a shot of some of our Food and Nutrition Heroes!

 

Food and Nutrition Staff

 

MDUSD Hosts 10 Wireless Internet Parking Lot Hot-Spots

     Our passion and commitment is to serve you, and even in our five final weeks of the school year, we are pushing to increasingly meet the needs of our community—sometimes in creative ways. Please see our Parking Lot Wireless web page, which details our provision of internet at 10 school site parking lots district-wide. We are grateful to our diligent Technology and Information Services staff for these arrangements in addition to the thousands of devices distributed and affordable internet options secured. Any Mt. Diablo Unified School District device should be able to connect to the internet at these locations. While we ask that you maintain social and physical distance while doing so, we hope that more students are able to connect to their distance learning platforms.

Hear ye, hear ye, come one, come all,

to congratulate the Teachers of the Year!

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District is pleased to announce the five finalists for Teacher of the Year are:

·         Dylan Bland – College Park High School, Selected MDUSD Teacher of the Year

·         Beth Bremer – Wren Elementary, Selected MDUSD Teacher of the Year

·         Tannaz Heaney – Finalist, Sequoia Elementary

·         Laura Wilson – Finalist, Pleasant Hill Middle School

·         Kathleen Strange – Finalist, College Park High School

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District will honor these recipients at the Regular Governing Board meeting to be held on May, 11, 2020!

Please join us as we salute them all!

Generous Donations Continue with Mount Diablo Education Foundation Partners

     As of today, the Mount Diablo Education Foundation reported $28,258.16 in total donations received towards the Coronavirus Remote Learning Fund. This week, we also received a generous donation of 30 Chromebooks from Sunny Singh from the Yours Humanly organization. We continue to be amazed by our generous community—every contribution is helping to chip away at the digital divide in this time of need.

     Learn more about the Mount Diablo Education Foundation and the Coronavirus Remote Learning Fund.

Yours Humanly

Mt. Diablo Educator Association (MDEA) – Academy Awards Event:

     MDEA invites everyone to the celebration! This is an opportunity to be a part of the festivities, though we cannot all be there together.

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Virtually via WEBEX 

 6:00 – 7:00PM

Click to Join

Meeting number: 493 279 424

Password: MDEA572020

Please see below for the list of this year's nominees and finalists.

We hope you can join us for the virtual Academy Awards celebration this year!

Click here to view the list of nominees and finalists.

Next MDUSD Town Hall:

     We are anticipating hosting our next “Town Hall” on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at 3:00 PM.  Our focus will be on sharing information specific to students who receive Special Education Services, information about Graduation Ceremonies and end of the year activities, information about continuing community resources, and to begin the conversation about a potential re-entry plan and things to consider as we plan for the future.  We will post the LIVE stream and participation details to our Town Hall webpage on Monday afternoon.

Budget Projections, and the Impact on MDUSD:

    The District has been actively working to mitigate an expected budget shortfall for the 2020-2021 school year, and had been focused on adjusting budgets to be able to follow-through on tentative agreements with MDEA, and potentially all other employees for the 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21 school years. However, as we have been working to realign current budgets, strive to find savings in this year’s budget, and have made some difficult decisions to reduce both certificated and classified staffing, including a significant redesign of administrators across the Central Office, and school sites, we are now being presented with a new significant budget dilemma that cannot be ignored.

     The District, as have others across Contra Costa County, and the State of California, have been directed to plan for three years of zero Cost of Living Adjustments, plan for a reduction to state lottery revenues by 20%, plan for a reduction to local income of 20%, and plan for increases to both the State Teachers Retirement System (CALSTRS) and California Public Employees Retirement System (CALPERS) of at least one additional percent per year, over the next three years. These changes to our budget assumptions creates a planned level of reduced revenue of 11.8 Million dollars for each of the next three years.

     Given these dynamic changes to the budget development process that the District is engaged in, the parameters that the District has been provided by the Contra Costa County Office of Education, and the clear projections of a significant negative impact to the District budget due to the changes at the state level, the Board simply cannot be presented with the request to approve the current Tentative Agreement for salary increases that was entered into in good faith with MDEA.

     The District is working to communicate with the employee associations of the District, and we will continue to work with these associations through the negotiation process, even as we must plan for very difficult times ahead for all employees.

#Slay50MilesinMay

     While we are all working to stay safe, I have challenged myself to walk, jog, or run 50 miles during the month of May, and would like to invite you each to join me, and track your progress on Social Media using the hashtag #Slay50MilesinMay A runner friend of mine came up with the idea, and we thought it might provide the impetus that some need to simply make sure and move during this month. If you can average 1.61 miles per day, the goal is within your reach! Again, stay safe, and let me know how you are doing with getting your miles accomplished. #walk, #jog, #run, #justmove

Several Activities in My Calendar This Week

Monday, April 27, 2020

  • Met virtually with Contra Costa County Superintendent Lynn Mackey and Contra Costa County School District Superintendents for continued coronavirus response coordination
  • Participated virtually in the regular Governing Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

  • Met virtually with leadership from Crowe LLP
  • Received a technology donation from Sunny Singh from Yours Humanly on behalf of the district
  • Met virtually with Brian Lawrence, Governing Board President
  • Met virtually with the Contra Costa County Office of Education Fiscal Advisor

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

  • Met virtually with Board Member Linda Mayo
  • Met with my Cabinet
  • Met virtually with Mount Diablo Education Association leaders

Thursday, April 30, 2020

  • Met with members of the California Collaborative for Education Excellence and Cabinet Members to discuss the Systemic Instructional Review process, and Distance  Learning
  • Met virtually with Public Employees Union/Local One/AFSCME - Clerical/ Secretarial/Technical Unit leadership
  • Met virtually with City of Concord Leadership, the East Bay Leadership Council, and AT&T along with Board President Brian Lawrence and Board Member Cherise Khaund
  • Met virtually with Board Member Joanne Durkee
  • Met virtually with Teamsters leadership

Friday, May 01, 2020

  • Met virtually with Executive Cabinet
  • Met virtually with Diablo Managers Association leadership

 

-Superintendent Dr. Rob Martinez-

Posted 5/1/20

MT. DIABLO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING 
NOTICES OF CONSIDERATION OF DEDICATION OF EASEMENT 

 

1) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Governing Board of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District  (“District”), at its regular board meeting to be held on May 11, 2020, in the District Board Room located at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, California, will consider a dedication in fee to the County of Contra Costa for street purposes and incidentals thereto. 
Questions and/or comments should be directed to Cesar Alvarado, Associate General Counsel at (925) 682-8000.

 

2) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Governing Board of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (“District”), at its regular board meeting to be held on May 11, 2020, in the District Board Room located at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, California, will consider a dedication in fee to the City of Pleasant Hill for street purposes and incidentals thereto. 
Questions and/or comments should be directed to Cesar Alvarado, Associate General Counsel at (925) 682-8000.

Posted 4/30/20

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING OF THE Mount Diablo Unified SCHOOL DISTRICT APPROVING TO INCREASE STATUTORY SCHOOL FACILITY FEES IMPOSED ON NEW RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL CONSTRUCTION PURSUANT TO EDUCATION CODE SECTION 17620 AND GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 65995

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Education ("Board") of the Mount Diablo Unified School District ("School District") will hold a Public Hearing at its Regular Meeting to be held on May 11, 2020 to allow for public comment prior to consideration of its reports titled "Residential and Commercial/Industrial Development School Fee Justification Study for Mount Diablo Unified School District" ("Fee Study"), and consider adopting a resolution of the Board of the School District to increase Statutory School Facility Fees Imposed on New Residential and Commercial/Industrial Construction Pursuant to Education Code Section 17620 and Government Code Section 65995. 

Notice is hereby further given, that copies of the Fee Study justifying such increases, which are incorporated herein by this reference, will be available for public inspection on the district’s website at https://mdusd.org/developfee from April 30, 2020 through May 11, 2020.

The Public Hearing of the School District, to be held May 11, 2020 will begin at 7:00 pm or as soon thereafter as practicable, in the Board Room at the Dent Center, located at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519If the “shelter in place” order is still in effect, the Board will hold a virtual meeting and participation instructions will be listed on the district’s website at www.mdusg.org/agendasminutes.

These matters will be considered at such time as this agenda item is considered by the Board of the School District.

Any questions regarding the Fee Study or the public hearing can be emailed to heltonn@mdusd.org.

All parties having an interest in the Fee Study shall be heard by the Board at the Public Hearing.

 

Posted 4/28/20

http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_agendaview.aspx?mtgId=684

Notice of Revision to Board Agenda: 4/27/2020 Item 17.1 - Position #24 was added to the Classified PKS Resolution; both the original attachment and revised attachment were uploaded to the docket at 3:10PM on 4/27/2020.

Posted 4/27/20

#TogetherWeGrow. . . #JuntosAprendemos…#TogetherWeLead. . .

#JuntosCrecemos…#TogetherWeLearn…#JuntosLideramos!

#LeadWithResilience…#LiderarConResiliencia

 

 

Connecting, Engaging, and Supporting Our Community.

     The Mt. Diablo Unified School District Educators and Employees, from all facets of the District are continuing to connect, engage, and support our students, families, and each other during this unprecedented and uncertain time. As a District we have come together to provide for the essential needs of our students in so many ways, and will continue to provide resources, distance learning opportunities, and encouragement during this pandemic.   

     Our MDUSD Food and Nutrition Services Department is continuing to provide close to 42,000 meals per work to not only students, but seniors in the City of Concord, and families in Bay Point. Through partnerships with “Meals on Wheels,” the City of Concord, and through the ingenuity and creativity or partnerships, they are continuing to provide food to individuals across the County, and will work to extend these services as long as possible.

     The Food and Nutrition Department will continue to provide meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Families may pick up meals for students for the day, and the next morning, at the nine District locations. As access to some food sources may become more limited, the flair displayed by our Director of Food and Nutrition, Chef Dominic Machi, is simply incomparable. We continue to salute these Food and Nutrition Heroes who are serving so many people each day.

     The District has deployed over 7,000 technology devices to students since this pandemic impacted on-site education. We continue to recommend that students and their families reach out directly to the principals of their schools should you need a device. The principals are working together to provide devices to students, and are working with staff members to ensure that students are connecting, engaging and ae supported.  One indicator found that close to 96% of our elementary students had connected with their teachers in some form or another over the last few days, however, our goal is to connect with 100% of our students. We want to first, make sure they are safe, second, provide access to our distance learning options, and third, support them as they conclude this school year, and plan for their transition to next school year.

     As we continue to look ahead at the unfortunate reality of no on-site instruction for this year, our focus is turning towards the continuation of educational opportunities for all students via distance learning. While is type of instruction can never take the place of on-site, in-person teaching, we must support our children in their quest to learn. We are also working to craft some level of graduation ceremonies for our seniors, and are striving to provide resources for our students, employees, and parents, as each person seeks to exist under these unique set of circumstances. The MDUSD website provides a plethora of information for everyone in dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Importance of Self-Care

     Your health is so incredibly valuable, and the impact of added stress from the state of our world today cannot be underestimated. The good news is that there are simple things you can do every day to relieve stress and improve your health. I recommend this guide published by the California Surgeon General that is specific to our current circumstance. Adopting just one or two of its simple activities can make a huge difference to how you feel.

     The activities are evidence-based and demonstrated to be effective. Healthy nutrition, regular exercise, restful sleep, practicing mindfulness, staying connected to our social supports, and getting mental health care can help decrease stress hormones and improve health.

     Additional resources are available to extend a helping hand:

Contra Costa County Childcare

     Contra Costa County essential workers, who are on the frontlines of responding to the COVID-19 health crisis, may be eligible for free or low cost care through the County’s Emergency Child Care Program. An Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Task Force developed the program to provide childcare to the County’s health care and other essential workers, ensuring they can receive support and continue serving in the fight against COVID-19.

     Spaces are available in centers and family childcare homes for infants and children up to school age, whose primary caregivers are medical and other essential workers living or working in Contra Costa County, and for vulnerable children and teens, specifically youth who are homeless, at risk of abuse or neglect and those in the foster care system. In-home care may also be available for eligible families.

     Childcare centers and homes are located throughout the county and staffed by qualified early care and education professionals. Per the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing and CDC Guidance for childcare settings, classrooms will follow social distancing, sanitation and hygiene practices and small group care.  

     English Flyer | Spanish Flyer | Childcare FAQ

Gratitude for MDEDF’s Coronavirus Remote Learning Fund Donations

     As of this morning, $27,325 has been donated to the Mount Diablo Education Foundation’s Coronavirus Remote Learning Fund, with the single goal of closing the, “digital divide,” that is present in the MDUSD community. Mount Diablo Unified School District is so impressed! In our families’ time of need, individual donors and corporate donors are rising to the occasion, generously giving towards technology purchases that will enable our students to connect with their teacher and peers and to engage in distance learning.

     We are incredibly grateful for those who have been able to contribute. Right now, connection means so much more than ever. Our work continues to close this digital divide and to assist our families who need it the most. The fund is still accepting donations. If you are able to contribute anything towards this cause, please know that you would be making a larger impact than you might realize. Please find the Coronavirus Remote Learning Fund information here.

Several Activities in My Calendar This Week

Monday, April 20, 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

  • Met virtually with staff and consultants regarding potential bond planning
  • Met with select Cabinet members individually for continued coronavirus response planning

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

  • Met with Cabinet members
  • Met with Digital Advisors and staff

Thursday, April 23, 2020

  • Met virtually with Board President Lawrence, and Board Vice-President Mason to discuss ongoing issues, and review the upcoming Board meeting for April 27, 2020
  • Participated in the Contra Costa County Office of Education Superintendent’s Council Meeting
  • Met with select Cabinet members

Friday, April 24, 2020

  • Met with Director of Instructional Support Jennifer Sachs
  • Met with Cabinet members
  • Went live on Facebook as many of the Monte Gardens Staff was heading out on a parade through the Monte Gardens neighborhood.

 

-Superintendent Dr. Rob Martinez-

Posted 4/24/20

#TogetherWeGrow. . . #JuntosAprendemos…#TogetherWeLead. . .

#JuntosCrecemos…#TogetherWeLearn…#JuntosLideramos!

#LeadWithResilience…#LiderarConResiliencia

 

Distance Learning Programs and Services to Students.

     Our Mt. Diablo educators and employees from all facets of the District are continuing to connect, engage, and support our students, families, and each other during this unprecedented and uncertain time. As a District we have come together to provide for the essential needs of our students in so many ways.   

     Our Food and Nutrition Services Department is continuing to provide close to 40,000 meals per week to not only students, but seniors in the City of Concord, and families in Bay Point. Through partnerships with “Meals on Wheels,” the City of Concord, and through the ingenuity and creativity they are continuing to provide food to individuals across the County.

     The Food and Nutrition Department will continue to provide meals on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Families may pick up meals for both the day and for the next morning at the nine locations district-wide. As access to some food sources may become more limited, the flair displayed by our Director of Food and Nutrition, Dominic Machi, is simply incomparable. We continue to salute these heroes who are serving so many each day.

     As a District we have deployed close to 7,000 devices to students. We continue to recommend that students and their families reach out directly to the principals of their schools should you need a device. The principals are working together to provide devices to students, and are working to ensure that our teachers are connecting with our students as well.  One indicator found that close to 96% of our elementary students had connected with their teachers in some form or another over the last few days, however, our goal is to connect with 100% of our students to first, make sure they are safe, second, provide access to our distance learning options, and third, support them as they conclude this school year and plan for their transition to next school year.

     As we continue to look ahead at the reality of closed campuses to on-site instruction for this year, our principals are working with their specific parent populations to provide access to schools, in a limited capacity, as needed for the acquisition of materials that are essential to be reclaimed during the end of this school year. If your student has something that is essential to their instruction and you feel that they must have that item please reach out to your site’s principal and seek their assistance. Again, I ask that you also understand that given the potential requests, and the need to maintain social distancing, there may need to be limited opportunities to gather items that were left at a school site.

Future Governing Board Meetings

     On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Governing Board will hold a Special Meeting. This meeting will be conducted in a virtual setting pursuant to current modifications allowed by the Brown Act, given the COVID-19 circumstances.  The public focus of this meeting will be to provide the Governing Board an update on the District’s Budget Development and concerns regarding the impacts of the Coronavirus on our budget, to review a resolution specific to disaster relief, and to review Board Policies on Grading and Promotion/Retention. The Board will spend some time in closed session discussing Negotiations and the Superintendent’s Evaluation. 

     The next regular Governing Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 27, 2020, and will also be conducted in a virtual format pursuant to revisions of the Brown Act. As we have said before, while this process does not provide the District with the same qualitative experience as an in-person meeting might, the need for individuals to continue to “Shelter-in-Place” and “Stay-at-Home” during this COVID-19 Pandemic is of ultra-importance in keeping our community safe during this critical time.

     For both meetings, the public can participate by leaving a public comment voicemail at (801) 228-0093 or by emailing BoardComments@mdusd.org on the day of the board meetings. These messages will be entered into the public record accordingly. Check in for the video/audio broadcast details and the agenda to be posted at mdusd.org/agendasminutes

Coronavirus Response FAQ Page

     If you have not seen our Coronavirus Response Frequently Asked Questions webpage, you can find that here. This page will be updated regularly and right now covers a variety of subjects including our new grading policy, SAT and ACT testing, graduation ceremonies, and more.

Extended School Year (ESY, Summer School)

     Among our frequently asked questions is one about the Extended School Year. For the Extended School Year (ESY) and the high school credit recovery program, MDUSD is anticipating and planning for a distance learning program that would start mid- June, with priority given to senior students needing credit recovery.

Firearm Safety Reminder

     I am deeply motivated as a leader in public education to remind everyone to practice firearm safety. Gun owners bear a responsibility for keeping firearms out of the hands of children as required by California law. Incidents can be easily prevented by storing firearms in a safe and secure manner, including keeping them locked up when not in use and storing them separately from ammunition.

     To help everyone understand their legal responsibilities, the following is a summary of California law regarding the storage of firearms. Please take some time to review this and evaluate your own personal practices to assure that you and your family are in compliance with California law.

  • California makes a person criminally liable for keeping a loaded firearm, under their custody and control, where that person knows or reasonably should know that a child is likely to gain access to the firearm without the permission of the child’s parent or legal guardian and the child obtains access to the firearm and thereby: (1) causes death or great bodily injury to the child or any other person; (2) carries the firearm to a public place, including to any preschool or school grades kindergarten through twelfth grade, including to any school-sponsored event, activity, or performance; or (3) brandishes a firearm to others. The criminal penalty may be greater if someone dies or suffers great bodily injury as a result of the child gaining access to the firearm.
  • As of 2014, California makes a person criminally liable if they negligently store or leave any loaded firearm on their premises where a child is likely to gain access to it—regardless of whether or not the child brings the gun to a public place.
  • A parent or guardian may also be civilly liable for damages resulting from the discharge of a firearm by that person’s child or ward. These damages may be up to $30,000 per victim.

     Gun owners may avoid criminal liability under California Penal Code Section 25100 by keeping their firearm in a locked container or secured with a locking device that renders the firearm inoperable.

     Thank you for helping to keep our children and schools safe. Remember that the easiest and safest way to comply with the law is to keep firearms in a locked container or secured with a locking device that renders the firearm inoperable.

Repeat Information: Partnering with our Mt. Diablo Education Foundation to Shrink the Digital Divide

     While we have been working to deliver remote learning to students using a variety of technologies, we have seen that the more tools we have to do this, the better job we can all do in ensuring that our students continue to succeed. 

     Despite our efforts, with several thousand Chromebooks already distributed to date, a technology gap exists for many District families who may not have access to a computer or the Internet in their homes.  Our supply of these and other types of hardware and software is limited to meet the need of our over 30,000 students. Even for students who do have such access at home, opportunities exist to improve teaching and learning through additional technology.

     To help us bridge this gap, our partners at the MDUSD Education Foundation have established a Coronavirus Remote Learning Fund. Every dollar in donations made to this fund will go toward the acquisition and distribution of distance learning technologies, all designed to do one thing: help our students succeed and stay connected during these unprecedented times.

     Many of you may be familiar with the MDUSD Education Foundation.  For the past two and a half years this all-volunteer foundation has funded a variety of enrichment programs for students throughout the Mt. Diablo Unified School District—elementary school chalk art, middle school science field trips, and high school STEM programs to name just a few of the activities they have made possible for your children.

     I encourage you to visit the foundation’s website and check out their annual report as well. Whatever level of additional support you may be able to offer is greatly appreciated.  On behalf of our students, I thank you.

#StrongerTogether #OurWhy

     We know these are challenging times for all of us, and I know that we have said it already, but we miss our students!

     Please take a look at this brief video that captures many of the thoughts of our employees as we maneuver around our school sites that simply are too quiet. Please take a look, and know that as we continue to traverse this Coronovirus mountain, we are keeping each of our children securely in our hearts, minds and souls, and that each step forward we take is intended to secure their continuing opportunities to learn. We are truly #StrongerTogether

 

 

Several Activities in My Calendar This Week

Monday, April 13, 2020

  • Met with Diablo Management Association leadership
  • Met virtually with County Office of Education Superintendent Lynn Mackey and Superintendents from across Contra Costa County
  • Participated virtually in the regular Governing Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

  • Met virtually with Mount Diablo Education Association leaders
  • Met with members of the Executive Cabinet

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

  • Met virtually with Governing Board Member Joanne Durkee
  • Met virtually with Mount Diablo Education Association leaders
  • Met virtually with Governing Board Member Brian Lawrence

Thursday, April 16, 2020

  • Met virtually with Governing Board Member Linda Mayo
  • Met virtually with Mount Diablo Education Association leaders

Friday, April 17, 2020

  • Met virtually with leaders from the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence
  • Met virtually with my Cabinet
  • Met virtually with Mount Diablo Education Association leaders
  • Met with Cesar Alvarado, Associate General Counsel
  • Met with Jennifer Sachs, Executive Director, Instructional Support
  • Met with Wendi Aghily, Executive Director, Special Education
  • Met with Dr. Lisa Gonzales, Chief Business Officer

 

-Superintendent Dr. Rob Martinez-

 

Posted 4/17/20

#TogetherWeGrow. . . #JuntosAprendemos…#TogetherWeLead. . .

#JuntosCrecemos…#TogetherWeLearn…#JuntosLideramos!

#LeadWithResilience…#LiderarConResiliencia

 

Governing Board Meeting on Monday, April 13, 2020

The Regular Governing Board meeting will be conducted in a virtual format pursuant to revisions of the Brown Act. The meeting will be livestreamed to the public here: https://vimeo.com/405941539. The public may submit verbal information during Board Meeting hours by email at boardcomments@mdusd.org. The Board President will be able to review these comments and submit them into the record. While this process does not provide the District with the same qualitative experience as an in-person meeting might, the need for individuals to continue to “Shelter-in-Place” and “Stay-at-Home” during this COVID-19 Pandemic is of ultra-importance in keeping our community safe during this critical time.

The Governing Board Meeting Agenda for April 13, 2020, is available here for review.

Working to Extend our Distance Learning Programs and Service to Students.

Our Mt. Diablo educators and employees from all facets of the District are doing an amazing job with striving to connect, engage, and support our students, families and each other during this unprecedented time for the expressed goal of advancing educational opportunities for our students. As part of Governor Newsom’s Executive Order, No. 26-20, school services were deemed to be an “essential” service and while no one can say we have been able to respond with perfection, our collective work has been nothing short of miraculous to say the least.

Our Food and Nutrition Services Department has served over 41,600 meals in just sixteen days of operation. They are now also working to provide over 80 meals each day to senior citizens in our community, through a partnership with the City of Concord and Meals on Wheels. The Food and Nutrition Department will continue to provide meals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, starting next week. Families may pick up meals for the day, and the next morning at the nine District locations.

As a District we have deployed over 5,000 devices to students and for a District that had not previously allowed devices to go home with students, is phenomenal! One measurement indicated that we have had close to 25,000 connections that have been made to our Google classrooms within a short amount of time.

While it feels like we have been engaged in “Shelter-in-Place” and “Stay-at-Home” orders for a very long time, our students have missed thirteen days of on-site education as of today. As we look ahead, and understand the realization that we will not be able to hold on-site instruction through June 3, 2020, we are working directly with our education staff, employee associations, and administrative team to reimagine what our extended distance learning programs look like and redesigning how instruction will be delivered to our students. I’ll remind you that none of us had fully prepared for this particular set of circumstances and we are all working to build systems that are focused on extending learning opportunities for our students, hold them harmless due to situations that are not of their own doing, and guide them to their next educational steps.

Partnering with our Mt. Diablo Education Foundation to Shrink the Digital Divide

While we have been working to deliver remote learning to students using a variety of technologies, we have seen that the more tools we have to do this, the better job we can all do in ensuring that our students continue to succeed. 

Despite our efforts, with several thousand Chromebooks already distributed to date, a technology gap exists for many District families who may not have access to a computer or the Internet in their homes.  Our supply of these and other types of hardware and software is limited to meet the need of our over 30,000 students. Even for students who do have such access at home, opportunities exist to improve teaching and learning through additional technology.

To help us bridge this gap, our partners at the MDUSD Education Foundation have established a Coronavirus Remote Learning Fund. Every dollar in donations made to this fund will go toward the acquisition and distribution of distance learning technologies, all designed to do one thing: help our students succeed and stay connected during these unprecedented times.

Many of you may be familiar with the MDUSD Education Foundation.  For the past two and a half years this all-volunteer foundation has funded a variety of enrichment programs for students throughout the Mt. Diablo Unified School District—elementary school chalk art, middle school science field trips, and high school STEM programs to name just a few of the activities they have made possible for your children.

I encourage you to visit the foundation’s website and check out their annual report as well.

We know these are challenging times for all of us.  Whatever level of additional support you may be able to offer is greatly appreciated.  On behalf of our students, I thank you.

Spring Break and Looking Ahead:

I had hoped to be spending some time this week attending the California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) Conference in San Francisco, CA. The Mount Diablo Unified School District was identified to be one of the Co-Sponsors of the event that sought to welcome thousands of educators from across the United States to the city as they gathered to learn about bilingual education, connect with each other in a professional capacity, and develop new skills, but it was not to be.

This disappointment with not being able to connect with colleagues in dialogue, face-to-face meetings, and engaging in important work on behalf of our students is palpable, and yet, I can only hope that the work that we are doing this week instead will lighten the load for our school district employees as they gear up for extending our Direct Virtual Instruction to our students.

I also hope that as we build on our experiences we are all better able to assist our students with transitioning to their next academic level, whatever that may be. Our collective efforts are designed to hold students harmless for something that is absolutely out of their control, and to continue to empower them to learn and grow. We want them to learn about content they love, learn new skills they need, learn about something near and dear to them, and just keep learning.

Please remember, that we cannot simply turn a switch and replace the on-site days of classroom instruction and learning that we anticipated with this new form of distance learning that we are all becoming accustomed to, yet, as beings with perseverance, resilience, and a desire to move forward, we do have the capability to grow and develop, even in the most difficult times.

I know that each family holds traditions and rituals that are so important to the culture of our families, and while we are all working to lower and slow the curve of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on us all, I hope that you are each able to find some time for connecting with those in your home, friends and family through virtual encounters, and can also seek to help others, sometimes by simply staying home and washing your hands.

Stay safe everyone. Enjoy your weekend, and let’s join together starting next week in Phase II of Direct Virtual Instruction in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.

Several Activities in My Calendar This Week

Monday, April 6, 2020

  • Met individually with Cabinet members in continued coronavirus response planning
  • Met with Public Agency Retirement Services
  • Met with Contra Costa County Superintendent Lynn Mackey and Contra Costa Superintendents in continued coronavirus response planning

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

  • Met with my Cabinet in continued coronavirus response planning
  • Conducted final interviews for the Human Resources Assistant positions and Human Resources Analyst positions
  • Met with my Executive Cabinet

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

  • Met individually with Cabinet members in continued coronavirus response planning and final preparations for the upcoming Board Meeting
  • Met with my Executive Cabinet
  • Met virtually with MDEA Union Leadership
  • Met virtually with Contra Costa County Superintendent Lynn Mackey
  • Met with City of Concord Mayor Tim McGallian

Thursday, April 9, 2020

  • Met virtually and in person with select Cabinet members
  • Meet with DMA Leadership

Friday, April 10, 2020

  • Board Holiday (No Work)

 

 

-Superintendent Dr. Rob Martinez-

Posted 4/9/20

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Greetings MDUSD Community,

     This afternoon, the Public Health Officers and County Superintendents in six Bay Area counties, including Contra Costa, have announced they will officially extend the suspension of in-class instruction through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The full joint public statement is available here.

     In our public messaging last week, we expressed our anticipation of this action. During spring break, we have been working to ensure that our Governing Board is aware of our efforts to enhance our extended distance learning design, ensure clarity on grading processes for students and educators, and to provide as much information as we can to our public. We fully expect to provide clarity on these issues during the virtual Governing Board Meeting of April 13, 2020.

     During this Spring Break, I would encourage you most of all to stay safe. The efforts thus far from our staff, families, and community to connect, engage, and support has been impressive to say the least—I am confident that as we continue to enhance our services and provide clarity on remaining issues, that we can finish our school year strongly together, even at a distance.

 

Superintendent Dr. Robert Martinez
Mount Diablo Unified School District

Posted 4/7/20

#TogetherWeGrow. . . #JuntosAprendemos…#TogetherWeLead. . .

#JuntosCrecemos…#TogetherWeLearn…#JuntosLideramos!

#LeadWithResilience…#LiderarConResiliencia

 

Friday Letter (on Thursday) April 2, 2020

 

A Message to Our Students:

 

Dear Students,

We miss each and every one of you!

     It’s been twenty days since we last saw many of you in person, and our collective hearts break as we have been unable to see you, instruct you in person, support you in person, and watch you all continue to grow, learn and build new skills.

     Over these last twenty days, all of our school personnel and have been ever more thoughtful about each movements they make as they work to keep themselves safe while not losing contact with you through virtual means. They are ever more thoughtful about the conversations they have now and truly wish they could see each of you every day to connect, engage and support you. They are forced to be aware of the distance between themselves and others and can’t wait to welcome you back to schools in the future. And, I know one thing for sure, each and every one of us misses each and every one of you!
     We miss your presence in our lives. We miss your voices, miss seeing you, miss your smiles, personalities, and engaging with you, and while we all know the i