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Superintendent Message: Graduation

May 15, 2020

Dear JUHSD Seniors and Families,

Nine weeks ago, school as we knew it changed dramatically.  While maneuvering the COVID-19 emergency has been challenging for all, seniors and their families have missed out on most of the celebrations and events that come with a traditional high school graduation.  As a mom of three, I can imagine the sadness and loss you are likely feeling.  The Board, principals and I want to do what is best for all seniors, and we want to keep everyone safe.

As you know, my leadership team and I have been monitoring both California and San Mateo County health orders.  Shelter in Place and social distancing are still in place and groups larger than ten are prohibited.  It is likely that our county will move to early Phase 2, allowing curbside service at a larger number of businesses, but the grouping restrictions will likely continue for many months. The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in San Mateo County and across California continue to rise. The Olympics have been postponed for a year; Fourth of July celebrations have been cancelled; Many spectator sports are canceled or delayed.

Based on all of this information, I have made the decision to move forward with virtual graduations at all five schools. Seniors did not vote for virtual graduation, and I know many people in the community were hoping for a different outcome. We heard that, and we are grieving with you. An in-person graduation ceremony cannot be replaced. For this reason, principals will plan an in-person graduation event where graduates have an additional opportunity to celebrate with their classmates once California and San Mateo health officers lift all restrictions.  Moving to virtual graduations is among the most difficult decisions I have had to make as a superintendent. 

Please refer to the list below to see your high school’s virtual graduation date and time. We have a very short timeline, so please respond to your school’s graduation representative when they email you. 

June 29
10:30 - 12:30 Westmoor: Ms. Milazzo
1:00 - 3:00 Jefferson: Ms. Emmendorfer
3:30 - 5:30 TDS: Ms. Furci

June 30
10:30 - 12:30 Terra Nova: Ms. Christensen
1:00 - 3:00 Thornton: Dr. Morenco
3:30 - 5:30 Oceana: Ms. Holland

I hope this last day of instruction for seniors finds you well.

Respectfully,

Dr. Terry Deloria
Superintendent

 Previous Information

Virtual Community Meeting:  The Baylands Development and JUHSD Programming  Monday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m.  Please use the link below to participate. 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86138997599

Family and Student Webinar  Below are the links to the district COVID-19 update webinar:

Video: English            Espanol
PPT:    English            Espanol

Return to School Committee  Although we do not have a “return to school” county order from Dr. Morrow, I have convened a diverse committee of parents, students and staff to research and develop a “return to school” plan for the 20-21 school year.   

Last Days of AHL Instruction for 2019-20
Seniors:                       May 15, 2020
Grades 9—11:             May 22, 2020

JUHSD Student Assistance Program This is a local effort to assist our students and/or their families with basic needs:  food, medication, utility assistance, feminine hygiene products, etc.

FOR ASSISTANCE  If you need assistance, please complete this form.

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TO DONATE This link is to our Go Fund Me page.  Checks and/or gift cards can also be sent to:

JUHSD Student Assistance Program c/o Ann Radoc
699 Serramonte Blvd. Suite 100
Daly City, CA 94015

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