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DUSD School Closure & COVID-19 Updates: 9/18/2020

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September 18, 2020

DUSD Community, 

Over the past month, leadership at specific school sites in districts all over the Bay Area have received anonymous bomb threats via email. What we’ve learned is many of them are identical or include the same text and headline, spelling and grammar errors, and appear to be coming from outside of the U.S. In all instances thus far, none of the email threats we have received have mentioned education, distance learning, our country, state, county, city, or a specific target of any kind. They have all been vague threats of harm to non-specific targets.

Regardless of the nature of these threats, your safety is our responsibility and top priority. With that, we want to assure you that every single email threat we receive is taken seriously and investigated by the Dublin Police Department. Thankfully, none of them have been credible. 

Even if all of these turn out to be a part of a larger hoax, this trend deeply concerns me and I’m committed to taking steps needed to ensure our schools are safe. This week, I’ve had conversations with the City of Dublin, Dublin Police Department, and state and federal agencies to assist with the investigation into these threats. 

We truly value our partners here in Dublin - please rest assured they take each threat seriously and are working hard to keep everyone safe. We will continue to keep you in the loop and contact you if new information arises. 

Dr. Moirao’s Inspirational Thought of the Week - "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy." - Martin Luther King Jr.

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Have a wonderful weekend. 

Regards,

Daniel R. Moirao, Ed.D.
Interim Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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September 11, 2020

DUSD Community,

Opening a new high school in our community has been a dream, and we are happy to share that we are steps closer to making this a reality. This week, our Board of Trustees unanimously approved certifying the Final Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR) and finalized the date for our official Emerald High School Groundbreaking Ceremony. Due to COVID-19, this milestone event will be available via livestream and will take place on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 5:30PM. Details to follow.

Dr. Moirao’s Inspirational Thought of the Week - “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou.

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Have a wonderful weekend.

Regards,

Daniel R. Moirao, Ed.D.
Interim Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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September 4, 2020

DUSD Community,

While we continue to work through some of the challenges of distance learning and still have air quality issues in the area, I’m thankful for a relatively quiet week. As of the time I sat down to write this note, no curveballs have been thrown our way (knock on wood). Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come.

Please enjoy the extra time with your family this Labor Day weekend. Take some time to reflect on the reason for this holiday. Labor Day is a tribute to the achievements of American workers. It is an annual celebration of the contributions they have made to our country.

Regards,

Daniel R. Moirao Ed.D.
Interim Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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September 4, 2020 Updates:

Dr. Moirao’s Inspirational Thought of the Week - “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” - Walt Disney

DUSD Reviewing ACOE and ACPHD Statements on Elementary School Waivers - On September 2, the Alameda County Office of Education and Alameda County Public Health Department issued statements on elementary school waivers. As with all new information, we are carefully reviewing this with our union partners and leadership team. In the meantime, we ask that our families remain solely focused on distance learning.

Free Meal Service Extended Through the End of 2020 - DUSD Child Nutrition Services will resume offering  school meals, at no charge, to all students beginning September 8-December 31, 2020.  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, recently announced a nationwide extension for USDA’s child nutrition programs, which allows local partners, who have been working overtime serving meals to kids during the health crisis, the ability to continue serving free meals to all children for the remainder of the year. This action is part of USDA’s ongoing commitment to making it as easy as possible for local program operators to get food to children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

  • Meal Order Information - Meals can be ordered through Canvas from 5:00PM the previous day until 9:00AM on the day of delivery. They will be available for pickup at all schools (except Valley High School) between 11:00AM-1:00PM during the school week. As we did in the summer, families will now only have the option of ordering a breakfast/lunch combination, rather than the current system of ordering either breakfast or lunch. 
  • No Meal Delivery Service Requests - Contrary to what some families have heard, parents cannot request meal delivery service. We are currently running a pilot program with a small group of students, but are not offering meal delivery services to all DUSD families.
  • If I haven’t yet, should I still fill out the free/reduced meal form - even though DUSD is now offering free meal service? Yes. If you qualify for the free/reduced program, it’s important to fill out the form. This program affects a variety of areas unrelated to school meals, including school funding, internet access, college application fees, SAT fees and bus passes. Even if your child doesn't plan to eat school lunches, it is important to fill out the free/reduced-price meal program application to ensure our schools and families receive the available resources.

Elementary School Bell Schedule Changes September 8 - Starting Tuesday, the bell schedule for all elementary schools will change. Be sure to review page 21 in our Road to Reopening Playbook for details.

Labor Day Schedule Adjustments For Middle & High School Students - On Monday, September 7, all schools will be closed, and no distance learning will take place, in honor of Labor Day. Your schedule will be adjusted so you can participate in live sessions with your teacher for the rest of that week. This means you will follow your Monday schedule on Tuesday, September 8 and the Tuesday schedule on Wednesday, September 9. The regular schedule will go back into effect on Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11.

Technology Support - Having trouble getting your student connected to their learning resources? Check out our Parent Online Learning Help Portal for a variety of self-help resources. Can’t find your answer? Email Helpdesk@dublinusd.org, it’s the fastest way to get help.

Wells Leadership Fundraises for Fire Victims - Wells Leadership students have started a fundraiser for the victims of the California fires. It is directly set up with GoFundMe and American Red Cross. Their goal is to raise $10,000. For more information, visit their webpage here.

Chromebook and Hotspot Access - Chromebook and Hotspot checkout will be held on Tuesday, September 8 due to the Labor Day holiday. Parents can request these technology tools at https://bit.ly/DUSDCBRES.  After completing a reservation, parents will be contacted with details on when and where to pick up the equipment.

District Office Hours - Our District Office (Bldg. A) will be closed from 12:00-12:30PM for lunch during the week.

Learning Continuity Plan Public Hearing on September 8 - Senate Bill 98 (SB98) establishes the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (Learning Continuity Plan) as a requirement for the 2020-21 school year. Our LCP will be presented during the public hearing at the upcoming Board of Trustees meeting on September 8. The purpose of the LCP is to memorialize the actions taken as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor’s order to conduct teaching through distance learning. The LCP includes descriptions of the following: addressing gaps in learning; conducting meaningful stakeholder engagement; maintaining transparency; addressing the needs of unduplicated pupils, students with unique needs, and students experiencing homelessness; providing access to necessary devices and connectivity for distance learning; providing resources and supports to address student and staff mental health and social emotional well-being; and continuing to provide school meals for students. SB98 also establishes that the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is not required for the 2020-21 school year and that the California Department of Education (CDE) will not publish the California School Dashboard in December 2020 based on performance data on the state and local indicators

Outside Sources (Insight into topics facing public education):

Upcoming Board Meetings:

  • Tuesday, September 8, 2020: Closed Session @ 4:30, Open Session @ 5:30 View at DubinUSD.tv)
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020: Closed Session @ 4:30, Open Session @ 5:30 View at DubinUSD.tv)
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020: Closed Session @ 4:30, Open Session @ 5:30 View at DubinUSD.tv)
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020: Closed Session @ 4:30, Open Session @ 5:30 View at DubinUSD.tv)

Board Archives:

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August 21, 2020 @ 5:00

DUSD Staff/Community,

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, air quality issues, wildfires, and obstacles we may be facing in our own lives, we have to remember - there is still a lot of good happening in our world. Although we are only days into the new school year, we already have some great news to share on a couple of important milestones we’ve reached as a school community. We'd like to thank our Board of Trustees, staff, union partners, and community members for any contributions you have and will make towards meetings our future goals as a district. 

  1. Our Future High School Given A Name - Emerald High School:  During the August 18, 2020 Board Meeting, our second comprehensive high school was given its official name. In a unanimous decision by the Board, the name Emerald High School was chosen. This was one of three options presented by a Naming Committee composed of students, parents, community members, and staff after over 260 suggestions were made by the community. The two other finalists included Alamilla Springs High School (a natural spring that served as a sort of oasis to those migrating to the bay area) and Parks High School (a reference to Camp Parks, the military base found in the center of Dublin). Visit us here for detailed information and updates on Emerald High School! 
  2. Resolution To Address Racism Adopted by our Board of Trustees: During this same meeting, our Board of Trustees adopted resolution 2020-21-07 which condemns systemic racism and affirms our commitment to educational equity for all students, families, and staff. Now, as you read this update, you may be saying to yourself, “I’m glad we passed a resolution, but what is our action plan?” We want to assure you that when we chose to bring this to our Board, it was not just words on a paper for us. It’s so much more than that. It’s a symbol of our commitment as a district to listen, learn, lead, educate, and do better. We are dedicated to making change and will keep you updated on our progress toward making this a reality. We know our next steps, and here is our first ask of you...
    • Review our  resolution with your family and have discussions on how it makes you feel, what it means to you, and what we can all do to work together to inspire change in our community.
    • Identify one positive story that happened this week. Remember, there are so many great things that happen each day all around us - sometimes we just have to take a moment and find that silver lining in our own clouds. If you feel inspired to share your positive story, along with a photo, email communications@dublinusd.org. It just might be featured in our next email!

Wishing you a safe and healthy weekend. 

Regards,

DUSD Communications Department

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August 28, 2020

DUSD Community,

With a pandemic, distance learning, fires, air quality issues, and the tragic loss of Kenna Moirao, we’ve been tested as students, staff, and community. When I think about all we’ve gone through in such a short period of time, I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of what we’ve been able to accomplish.

You should be proud of yourself!

Our situation will get better, and you will be better for all that you’ve been through.

Regards,

Daniel R. Moirao Ed.D.
Acting Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

August 28, 2020 Updates:

Staff Spotlight - Jamie Perez of Frederiksen Elementary School - Prior to the pandemic, we had the opportunity to visit Mrs. Perez’s Fine Arts classroom where she teaches music, theater, art, dance and more! Learn more about where she grew up, her educational background, teaching philosophy, and why she loves being a teacher through her DUSD Profile Video. Thank you Mrs. Perez for dedicating your life to inspiring our kids. We value you!

District Office Hours - Our District Office (Bldg. A)  will be closed Monday - Friday from 12:00-12:30PM for lunch.

Labor Day Schedule Adjustments For Middle & High School Students - On Monday, September 7, 2020, all schools will be closed, and no distance learning will take place, in honor of Labor Day.

  • Middle/High School Students Only - Your weekly schedule will be adjusted so you can participate in live sessions with your teacher for the rest of that week. This means you will follow your Monday schedule on Tuesday, September 8 and the Tuesday schedule on Wednesday, September 9. The regular schedule will go back into effect on Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11.


Fiscal Services Update - The Fiscal Services Team has successfully closed the books on the 2019-20 school year. The Unaudited Actuals Financial Report will be presented to our Board of Trustees during a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Maintenance & Operations Update - Our HVAC team is beginning their second round of filter changes and will continue to move through current work orders. Due to poor air quality this week and the inability to work outdoors, our Grounds team is working to catch up on weekly service while special projects continue. Our Custodial Team is on schedule, working on site needs, and performing disinfection of all areas in use.

Facilities Update - This week, goats visited the future home of Emerald High School to clear brush across the site. These four-legged weed clearing machines will eat almost any vegetation and have the capacity to digest even plants with stickers and thorns. In addition, there are a lot of ongoing construction projects taking place across our district. Way to go Facilities team!

Dublin High Cardboard Cutouts - Dublin High Leadership is excited to offer cardboard cutouts to our students, teachers, and staff to be placed in the seats of the classrooms. You've seen them in baseball stadiums, and now they are coming to the classrooms. Send in a picture of yourself, your pet, your favorite athlete, your favorite celebrity, favorite cartoon character, family members etc. Let's have fun with it! You can purchase a cardboard cutout for ONLY $20. Every purchase will provide one week of breakfast for a child. We are partnering with Hively, a local non-profit, to make this happen.
It's a great way to come together as a school, and it's for a great cause. Can't wait to see all the amazing images in all the classrooms. We will make sure to share pictures, use them in our video bulletins, and you will get them back if/when we come back on campus! Follow the guidelines at: http://bit.ly/DHS-cutout

Technology Support - Having trouble getting your student connected to their learning resources? Check out our Parent Online Learning Help Portal for a variety of self-help resources. Can’t find your answer? Email Helpdesk@dublinusd.org, it’s the fastest way to get help.

Chromebook and Hotspot Access - Our hardworking technology team have checked out over 3,500 chromebooks and 800 hotspots to our families. Parents can still request these technology tools at https://bit.ly/DUSDCBRES. After completing a reservation, parents will be contacted with details on when and where to pickup the equipment.

Outside Sources (Insight into topics facing public education):

Upcoming Board Meetings:

  • Tuesday, September 8, 2020: Closed Session @ 4:30, Open Session @ 5:30 View at DubinUSD.tv)
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020: Closed Session @ 4:30, Open Session @ 5:30 View at DubinUSD.tv)
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020: Closed Session @ 4:30, Open Session @ 5:30 View at DubinUSD.tv)
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020: Closed Session @ 4:30, Open Session @ 5:30 View at DubinUSD.tv)

Board Archives:

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August 21, 2020 Updates:

Dr. Moirao Confirmed as Interim Superintendent - On August 18, 2020, the Board voted unanimously to approve the Interim Superintendent employment contract for Dr. Moirao, paving the way for him to become the district’s Interim Superintendent. His contract runs through August 31, 2021. Dr. Moirao is the current Acting Superintendent and will become the Interim on September 1, 2020, when Dr. Marken's contract expires. For more information on Dr. Moirao, visit this link

Contract Approved for Initial Work at Emerald High School  - During the August 18, 2020 Board meeting, a contract for work at the Emerald High School site was awarded to Teichert Construction. This Phase 1, Increment 1 portion of the project includes most underground utilities, clearing and grubbing the entire site, the construction of sound walls, and building the engineered building pads

Sending District Emails to Middle and High School Students - In the past, the District Office has only sent emails to the parents/guardians of our students to communicate district-wide information. Since we are in a distance learning environment, we’ve made a change and will begin including all middle and high school students in our communications using their @mydusd email address. 

Back to School Night Scheduled Tuesday, August 25 - Back to School Night for all families in DUSD will be a virtual event occurring on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. Teachers will be recording and posting Back to School information on their Canvas course homepages. School principals will be sending a message to their school communities with additional details. For ease of viewing, parents are encouraged to register as an "observer" of their child's Canvas courses. 

City Run Preschool Starts at Dublin Elementary Monday, September 24 - For the last five years, the City of Dublin has been holding a preschool program on the Dublin Elementary campus. This essential service will continue to be offered by the City during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the first day of service starting on Monday, August 24. Expect to see students on campus Monday - Thursday during morning and afternoon sessions. Morning sessions run from  9:00 am – 12:00 pm with afternoon sessions from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. To ensure safety, the City is lowering its student to staff ratio to two staff members for every twelve students. City staff are trained in cleaning and disinfecting classrooms and promoting social distancing. For more information on the program, visit  www.dublinrecguide.com or email DublinPreschools@dublin.ca.gov.

Nutritional Services Update - Students and parents now have the ability to order meals for pickup on Canvas. Look for a quiz at the beginning of each school day. Orders must be in by 9:00am and picked up at your school between 11am and 1pm. Look for the blue pop up tents in the student drop off area or at DHS in the student parking lot. Student accounts will be charged at the time of selection. Menus, nutrition and ingredient information are available on the Yumyummy mobile app and at dusd.yumyummi.com

Maintenance & Operations Update - Our custodial team is providing ongoing support for Food Services, conducting site cleaning, engaging in proactive cleaning and organizing as well as undergoing training. Our grounds team is conducting staff training, doing preventative maintenance on all equipment and finishing annual inspections with DSRSD for irrigation systems. Our team assisted Facilities in making sure office space adheres to social distancing guidelines. Our maintenance team completed the build out of two bathrooms at Cottonwood Creek. Repairs to walkway overhangs were completed at Dublin Elementary.  Demolition and repairs to the damaged stage at Kolb Elementary were completed.  Repairs to Dougherty’s stage are in progress.  Various electrical upgrades are in progress at Dublin High School.

Dublin High Uses Cardboard Cutouts to Turn Lemons into Lemonade - Dublin High Leadership is excited to offer cardboard cutouts to our students, teachers, and staff to be placed in the seats of the classrooms. You've seen them in baseball stadiums, and now they are coming to the classrooms. Send in a picture of yourself, your pet, your favorite athlete, your favorite celebrity, favorite cartoon character, family members, etc. Let's have fun with it! You can purchase a cardboard cutout for ONLY $20. Every purchase will provide 1 week of breakfast for a child. We are partnering with Hively, a local non-profit, to make this happen.

It's a great way to come together as a school, and it's for a great cause. Can't wait to see all the amazing images in all the classrooms. We will make sure to share pictures, use them in our video bulletins, and you will get them back if/when we come back on campus! Follow the guidelines at http://bit.ly/DHS-cutout

Technology Support - Having trouble getting your student connected to their learning resources? Check out our Parent Online Learning Help Portal for a variety of self-help resources. Can’t find your answer? Email Helpdesk@dublinusd.org, it’s the fastest way to get help.

Chromebook and Hotspot Access - Our hardworking technology team has checked out over 3,500 Chromebooks and 800 hotspots to our families. Parents can still request these technology tools at https://bit.ly/DUSDCBRES. After completing a reservation, parents will be contacted with details on when and where to pick up the equipment.

Outside Sources (Insight into topics facing public education):

Upcoming Board Meetings:

  • Tuesday, September 8, 2020: Closed Session @ 4:30, Open Session @ 5:30 View at DubinUSD.tv)
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020: Closed Session @ 4:30, Open Session @ 5:30 View at DubinUSD.tv)
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020: Closed Session @ 4:30, Open Session @ 5:30 View at DubinUSD.tv)
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020: Closed Session @ 4:30, Open Session @ 5:30 View at DubinUSD.tv)

Board Archives:

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August 14, 2020 @ 5:00

DUSD Families, 

It was no easy task, but we did it! The 2020-2021 school year has begun! Thank you to the teachers, classified staff, and administrators that helped make this happen. This collaborative effort speaks volumes about the dedication our staff has to the students of Dublin.  A special thanks also goes out to the parents of our students. We could not have got to this point without you! 

I’m not going to sugar coat it and say our first two days were perfect. They were not. That said, I’m confident that with each day the experience will improve. It will improve because our staff is committed to providing the best possible education and because our students are an adaptable and resilient group. 

We ask that you continue to be patient and kind. These qualities have already made a world of difference in our current situation. 

This will be a year for the history books and you are all part of writing it. You are DUSD History Imagineers!

Regards,

Daniel R. Moirao Ed.D.
Acting Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

August 14, 2020 Update:

 

 

DUSD Technology Team Resolves Over 1,000 Requests, Distributes Over 3,000 Chromebooks and 600 Hotspots! - We’d like to thank our DUSD Technology Team who has been hard at work helping both staff and students get ready for the start of the school year. This week, they have received over 1,500 support requests, have resolved over 1,000 of them, and have responded to all tickets within a half a day. As they continue to work at lightning speed, we ask for your patience while they work through this tremendous support surge and utilize the work order system by email helpdesk@dublinusd.org - this is the fastest way to get help! 

  • In order to support our families, they have distributed over 3,000 Chromebooks and 600 hotspots. Parents can still request these technology tools at https://bit.ly/DUSDCBRES.  After completing a reservation, parents will be contacted with details on when and where to pick up the equipment.  Due to a larger than expected demand, hotspots are currently out of stock and are being ordered. 
  • Parent Online Learning Help Portal - Be sure to check out and familiarize yourself with the links within this page for a variety of self-help resources. 

Custodial, Grounds, and Maintenance Updates - The M&O team is working with the sites to assist with delivers and lunch set up and take down for the grab and go lunches. The team continues to disinfect high touch points daily while staff is on site. Night custodians are back on schedule. Grounds- goats have completed the bio-retention area at Nielsen. All sites had a refresh of Jet mulch. Maintenance- DHS stadium scoreboard painting is complete. Waiting on the vinyl decal for the center. Fire alarm testing is in progress at all sites (Sabah).

Facilities Project Updates - The DHS Parking lot pre-construction meeting was held on August 13, with a project start date of August 19.  New classroom construction at Frederiksen is well underway and on August 10, we began installation of the structural steel for the new MPR. We hope to award the contract for the initial work at the Second Comprehensive High School (includes most underground utilities, clearing and grubbing the entire site, erection of construction sound walls, and building the engineered building pads.) during the Board meeting on August 18, 2020.  This work will be tied to Board approval of the Final Environmental Impact Report which will be presented on September 8, 2020. 

American Legion Department of California 2020 Patriotism and Purpose Art Contest - The American Legion, Department of California has just announced its "2020 Patriotism and Purpose" art contest to honor  Veterans and the sacrifices they have made for our country. The winning artwork will best reflect the impact our Veterans have on our communities and our nation, particularly in inspiring patriotism and love for our country among California’s youth. The child must produce the artwork without assistance from anyone else. Artwork will be judged on its positive representation of military veterans and their impact on children. Artwork can be a drawing, painting, collage or other two- dimensional piece. Children who have not turned 18 before September 1, 2020 are eligible. For more details, visit https://calegion.org/2020-patriotism-art-contest 

Emergency Student Information Forms - Most families have completed their Student Emergency Form, but there are still some missing in our district. Although we are in distance learning, it is important to be sure this is filled out for your child. Please visit this link if you did not complete this item during your Virtual Check-In Process.

Outside Sources (Insight into topics facing public education):

Upcoming Board Meetings:

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020: Closed Session @ 4:30, Open Session @ 5:30 View at DubinUSD.tv)
  • Tuesday, September 8, 2020: Closed Session @ 4:30, Open Session @ 5:30 View at DubinUSD.tv)
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020: Closed Session @ 4:30, Open Session @ 5:30 View at DubinUSD.tv)
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020: Closed Session @ 4:30, Open Session @ 5:30 View at DubinUSD.tv)
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020: Closed Session @ 4:30, Open Session @ 5:30 View at DubinUSD.tv)

Board Archives:

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August 12, 2020 @ 5:00

DUSD Community,

We are aware that some students are experiencing issues logging into their district account (with the “@mydusd.org” email address). This may be because they forgot their password or for other reasons. 

Being able to log in to their student account is a critical part of our distance learning program. 

There is currently a backlog of requests regarding this issue that our IT team is working through as quickly as possible. While we hope to have all login issues resolved today (8/12), it’s possible some students will still be experiencing issues tomorrow. 

ISSUES LOGGING IN ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
If a student cannot log into their account by tomorrow morning, their parent/guardian may call their school’s attendance line and report the issue. If this is done, it will be treated as an excused absence.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR STUDENT IS HAVING ISSUES LOGGING INTO THEIR ACCOUNT
If your student is experiencing login issues that have not reported, please:

  1. Email helpdesk@dublinusd.org
  2. You MUST email us from the parent email address entered in the Parent Portal. If you use an email address that is not on file, it may take longer for the issue to be resolved. This means, your student cannot send us an email from their personal email account, because we don’t have that information on file.
  3. The email must include the following information:
    1. Students full name
    2. Student’s ID number (if known)
    3. Name of student’s school 
    4. Communicate the issue (forgot password, can’t log in to my account, etc.)

Once we have this information, we will address the issue as quickly as possible.

If you are experiencing this issue, we apologize for the inconvenience and will do our best to resolve it before tomorrow morning. 

See also: The Back-to-School Check List and the Road to Reopening Playbook

POTENTIAL BRIEF NETWORK INTERRUPTIONS FOR XFINITY CUSTOMERS
We’ve been notified that Xfinity sent a message to some of their customers letting them know that tomorrow, August 13 from 7:00am-4:00pm, they will be performing network improvements and they may experience brief network interruptions during the day. After hearing this news, we followed up with Xfinity and they told us there are no planned outages in any Dublin neighborhood. However, if you did receive this note from Xfinity, it is possible for your home to experience brief moments of network interruptions. 

If you are an Xfinity customer AND did receive a note from them, please contact your school directly to let them know. Students will not be penalized for brief moments of network interruptions beyond their control. 

As tomorrow is the first day of school, we must all remember to provide each other with grace, understanding, and flexibility if there is a technical issue that arises. I know we are all doing our very best to adjust to a new distance learning environment. Take a moment to breathe, it will be ok.

WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS!
As tomorrow is the first day of school, we must all remember to provide each other with grace, understanding, and flexibility if there is a technical issue that arises. We are all doing our very best to adjust to a new distance learning environment. Take a moment to breathe, it will be ok.

Regards

DUSD Technology Team

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August 7, 2020 @ 5:00

DUSD Families, 

As we prepare for our first day of school starting on Thursday, August 13, we want to let you know how thrilled we are to have you back - even in this virtual environment. For the past three days, our certificated staff (including your teachers!) have been participating in professional development to provide them with new tools and training to help you succeed this year. 

To our parents/guardians, we want to thank you for your patience and flexibility with our staff as we’ve been working around the clock to ensure a quality educational experience and smooth transition into a new distance learning model. We’ve said it before, and will say it again, the health and safety of our school community is our top priority. Rest assured that we are closely monitoring all orders from the local and state public health agencies, recent legislation, and best practices as we continue to move through this new year. 

I wish I could say the start of our year will be without issue, but that’s probably not the case. We will likely hit a few bumps in the road. When that happens, I ask that you respond by providing your teachers with words of encouragement. This is a stressful time for all, and we’ll get through it by being supportive.

DUSD Family Virtual Town Hall 
Starting a new year during a pandemic in any school district is stressful and we understand you may have many questions. With this in mind, we launched a ThoughtExchange and hosted our first ever DUSD Family Virtual Town Hall meeting where over 1,000 viewers tuned in. The Q&As answered were the highest ranked questions from our ThoughtExchange which garnered 1,149 participants, 1,155 thoughts/questions, 41,896 ratings. What we found was that many of the questions were similar in nature allowing us to address many of the same concerns. If you were unable to attend, you can rewatch the event at this link. Be sure to also check out our Road to Reopening Playbook for sample instructional schedules for your student’s grade level, and other district-wide updates.

Please enjoy this weekend! We look forward to welcoming you back on Thursday.

Regards,

Daniel R. Moirao Ed.D.
Acting Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

August 7, 2020 Update:

 

New Tentative Agreement and MOU - At the August 4, 2020 Board meeting, the Board approved the recently ratified Tentative Agreement involving the Distance Learning Plan. We appreciate the opportunity to work collaboratively with our union partners in the Dublin Teachers Association on the plan in preparation for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. Additionally,  in discussion with the DTA and Special Education, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was agreed upon to outline plans to support students with special needs during distance learning.  

Reopening Playbook Updated - As part of our reopening process, we have created the Road to Reopening Playbook. This is a living document that will include the most up-to-date information on our upcoming school year. As elements of the plan are finalized, we will update the document and the date found on its cover. Pages that have been updated will feature a blue asterisk (*) at the top of the page. This week, we have added information regarding sample instructional schedules and DUSD District Office Visitors Protocol.

Staff Professional Development - This week, Ed Services delivered three days of certificated professional development (PD) with a primary focus on learning and understanding our new Learning Management System, Canvas.  Our counselors have been working together to plan and develop Social Emotional curriculum that can be delivered to our students in a distance learning model.  Next week, we will continue our PD with a focus on instructional approaches in a distance learning format.  We are excited to begin the school year and work with our students in these unprecedented times.

Child Nutrition Update - If you signed up during the virtual registration with an interest in our program, breakfast and lunch can be pre-ordered via the new Canvas system. Meals will be offered on the first day of school. Students and parents will see this as part of the school day morning curriculum. All meals must be pre-ordered before 9am. Meals can be picked up in the pick up/drop off circles of each school between 11am and 1pm. Menus will be posted online at - dusd.yumyummi.com and on the YumYummi mobile app on Tuesday, Aug. 11th. For more information contact the CNS office at 925-828-2551. The menu ordering system will include selection for pick up sites. High school students may pick up their meals at either Dublin High School or Fallon Middle School. That will make it easier for families with students in different schools across our community.

ELL Update - On August 6th, we held our first DELAC/EL virtual meeting for the 2020-21 school year for our parents of English Learners. We were able to get input on the Learning Continuity Plan from the attendees and also answered many of their questions and concerns about the start of the school year. 

Dublin Unified School District Office Open by Appointment - If you need to visit our district office, there are new health and safety protocols in place. These include calling to schedule an appointment, allowing only two people in the reception area at one time, and the requirement that everyone must wear a face covering and respect social distancing guidelines. Visit the Road to Reopening Playbook for more information. At the moment, schools are NOT open to the public. You can visit this page for their contact information. 

Change in Board Meeting Public Comments Process - Starting with this week’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, the district shifted from public comments being submitted via email and read by staff, to having the public present their own comments in real-time, either via video or over the phone. This change helped to move our board meetings closer to their traditional format of having the public actively participate in the process by presenting their own public comments. Details on the new process can be found here.

Second Public Hearing Held on Future High School Name - During the August 4, 2020, board meeting, the Board held its second public hearing regarding the name of the future comprehensive high school. Having held two public hearings, the path is now cleared for the Board to make a decision on the school’s name. To review the three names under consideration, to watch the original presentation by the Naming Committee, and see other relevant documents, click here

Outside Sources (Insight into topics facing public education):

Upcoming Board Meetings:

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020: Closed Session @ 4:30, Open Session @ 5:30 View at DubinUSD.tv)
  • Tuesday, September 8, 2020: Closed Session @ 4:30, Open Session @ 5:30 View at DubinUSD.tv)
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020: Closed Session @ 4:30, Open Session @ 5:30 View at DubinUSD.tv)
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020: Closed Session @ 4:30, Open Session @ 5:30 View at DubinUSD.tv)
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020: Closed Session @ 4:30, Open Session @ 5:30 View at DubinUSD.tv)

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July 31, 2020 @ 5:00

DUSD Staff/Families,

The doors to our virtual classrooms open in 13 days. It’s hard to believe! Getting from the end of the 2019-2020 school year to the start of the 2020-2021 school year has been challenging - moving in slow motion, while at the same time traveling at warp speed. 

While starting a new year is always a collaborative effort, more than any time, in any school district’s history, 2020-2021  is a testament to our ability to put our differences aside in an effort to achieve a goal. 

I cannot thank our partners in the Dublin Teachers Association and the California School Employees Association enough for the critical roles they have played in getting our district ready. Together we have prepared our school community, as much as possible, for the first day of school.

Are all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed? No. There are bound to be bumps in the road ahead and we will face the challenges together.

Enjoy these last two weeks. A year for the history books awaits!

Regards,

Daniel R. Moirao Ed.D.
Acting Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

July 31, 2020 Update:

 

 

Check-In Process Goes Virtual (but not as planned) - Today (7/31), was the first day of the new virtual check-in process and, let’s just say, it didn’t go as planned. We know many parents that were eager to start at the 8:30AM opening time ran into challenges entering the system. We apologize for the issues people faced this morning and for any residual issues you are experiencing. We believe the issue has been resolved, but please contact the team at “registration@dublinusd.org” if your problems persist. If everything had worked as planned (cough, cough) there would have been a simple, one stop solution for PFC/PFSO donations, volunteer signups, purchasing of yearbooks, Parent Portal updates, child nutrition purchases and more. We hope that the majority of you experience this streamlined process and, again, apologize to those that ran into challenges. Click here for more information and updated check-in links.

Change in Board Meeting Public Comments Process - Beginning with the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, the district will shift from public comments being submitted via email and read by staff, to having the public present their own comments in real-time, either via video or over the phone. This change will help move our board meetings closer to their traditional format of having the public actively participate in the process by presenting their own public comments. Details on the new process will be posted on the Board agenda today.

Reminder on Immunization Requirements - As we approach the 2020-21 school year, we wanted to provide you with information regarding immunizations requirements. As a public school district, we are required to follow California school immunization laws set forth by shotsforschool.org. Even with online distance learning due to COVID-19, immunization requirements for admission to school or child care in California for the 2020-2021 school year remain unchanged and in-place. The district nurses have been collaborating with our professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels as well as with our local pediatricians and providers. We have been assured that most facilities are up and running and ready to see well patients in order to maintain immunization compliance. To remain in compliance with California immunization laws, please contact your health care provider to schedule immunizations that are needed.

Reserving a Student Chromebook or WifiHotspot - The reservation page for student chromebooks and wifi hotspots is open at https://bit.ly/DUSDCBRES. After completing a reservation, parents will be contacted with details on when and where to pick up the equipment. If you checked out a chromebook for your student last year, it is recommended that you submit a new request to swap out that chromebook with one of the newer models that is being issued this year.

Families in Need of Affordable Internet - Our Technology Department has created a list of resources available to all of our families that includes information on free or reduced home internet and free wireless hotspots. You can visit this page on our website here

Renaissance Upgrades - The Renaissance STAR upgrade has been completed. Both teachers and students will access Renaissance through Clever (no passwords needed). Be aware that lasses are not yet set up for the 20/21 school year.

Retirees & Years-of-Service - The Dublin Unified School District, which serves over 12,900 students, from preschool through adult education, in a diverse suburban environment, is honoring a diverse group of nearly 70 staff members, some for their years-of-service and others as they retire. The group represents classified and certificated employees working in a wide range of positions, including Information Services, Special Education Assistant, Teacher, and Counselor, to name a few. Click here to see the full press release. 

Reopening Playbook Shared - As part of our reopening process, we have created the Road to Reopening Playbook. This is a living document that will include the most up-to-date information on our upcoming school year. As elements of the plan are finalized, we will update the document and the date found on its cover. We will include a section in future emails to the community informing you if changes have been made, but you are also welcome to come back to the document and check to see if it’s been updated. We know you have many questions and the answers will be added here as soon as they are made.

Virtual Town Hall Scheduled for August 5 - On Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 5:00-6:00PM, we will host a Virtual Town Hall where we will share an updated version of the Opening of School for 2020-21 presentation and answer the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) from families submitted via ThoughtExchange. This will not require a login and will be viewed via livestream. Links to that event will be shared in future updates to the community.

Three Trustee Seats Up For Election - The board seats currently held by Amy Miller (Area 1), Catherine Kuo (Area 3), and Gabi Blackman (Area 4) are up for election on November 3, 2020. Those interested in running for a seat have until August 7 to file their candidacy papers with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters. Candidates must reside in the Trustee Area that they are seeking to represent. The map of trustee areas is available on the DUSD website. The term of the office is four years. DUSD will pay up to $500 toward the cost of a candidate's statement filed with the ROV.

Access to Online Systems - Students and staff use the Clever portal to access many of our online systems.  For next year, we are creating a direct integration between Clever and IC to make this portal more accurate and efficient.  This process may take up to two weeks, and during this time, access to systems through Clever may be intermittent.  Teachers and students should be able to login to these systems based on their 2020-2021 enrollments beginning August 5.  As with any major technology implementation, there may be some unforeseen bumps in the road, so if you experience problems after August 5, 2020, please put in a work order at helpdesk.dublinusd.org.

Parent Portal Changes Update - Parent portal updates were scheduled to start on Monday, July 20, 2020, but this date has been pushed back. The new date parents will be able to update the portal is Friday, July 31, 2020. The date change is being done so the portal update can be integrated with our new Virtual Check-in procedure. On July 31, 2020, parents will be able to conduct their annual review of contact details and preferences, medical information, emergency contacts, etc. 

Outside Sources (Insight into topics facing public education):

Upcoming Board Meetings:

  • Tuesday, August 4, 2020 @ 5:30 PM (Virtual meeting. View at DubinUSD.tv)
  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 @ 5:30 PM (Virtual meeting. View at DubinUSD.tv)
  • Tuesday, September 8, 2020 @ 5:30 PM (Virtual meeting. View at DubinUSD.tv

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July 24, 2020 @ 5:00

DUSD Families,

During Tuesday’s board meeting, we presented additional information on our plans for starting the school year in a virtual learning environment. While we would love to have presented all the details, negotiations with our union partners are ongoing. We need to create an environment that meets the needs of students and staff, and given the complex nature of the situation we find ourselves in, the process takes time. 

Our guiding principles in the development of this plan have been the safety of students and staff; the continuity of instruction and curriculum; assurance of equity and access; providing the flexibility to meet the needs of families and staff, and a commitment to aggressively communicating  information as it becomes available. 

To help keep the community informed, we have created a Road to Reopening Playbook that includes details on the back-to-school process. This document will be updated on a regular basis, so I encourage you to come back and review it often. We will also hold a town hall event where we will review our plans with the community and address key questions secured via the current ThoughtExchange we are conducting. 

A second important part of the board meeting was a review of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the 2nd comprehensive high school project. The public has until 5:00PM on August 3, 2020, to provide comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report. Written comments should be submitted to: Chris Stevens, Chief Facilities Operations Officer, Dublin Unified School District, 7471 Larkdale Avenue, Dublin, CA 94568; or by email to dusdceqa@dublinusd.org. As mentioned previously, we currently plan to hold a groundbreaking ceremony at the site in late August or early September. 

Regards,

Daniel R. Moirao Ed.D.
Acting Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

July 24, 2020 Update:

Reopening Playbook Shared - As part of our reopening process, we have created the Road to Reopening Playbook. This is a living document that will include the most up-to-date information on our upcoming school year. As elements of the plan are finalized, we will update the document and the date found on its cover. We will include a section in future emails to the community informing you if changes have been made, but you are also welcome to come back to the document and check to see if it’s been updated. We know you have many questions and the answers will be added here as soon as they are made.

Virtual Town Hall Scheduled for August 5 - On Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 5:00-6:00PM, we will host a Virtual Town Hall where we will share an updated version of the Opening of School for 2020-21 presentation and answer the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) from families submitted via ThoughtExchange. This will not require a login and will be viewed via livestream. Links to that event will be shared in future updates to the community.

ThoughtExchange to Support Virtual Town Hall -  On July 22, we launched a new ThoughtExchange to allow you to submit questions and rate at least 20-30 questions of others. This platform allows us to identify trends and top FAQs and will focus on those during the Virtual Town Hall. This ThoughtExchange will close on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 5:00PM so we have time to review and prepare the information for the Virtual Town Hall.

Three Trustee Seats Up For Election - The board seats currently held by Amy Miller (Area 1), Catherine Kuo (Area 3), and Gabi Blackman (Area 4) are up for election on November 3, 2020. Those interested in running for a seat have until August 7 to file their candidacy papers with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters. Candidates must reside in the Trustee Area that they are seeking to represent. The map of trustee areas is available on the DUSD website. The term of the office is four years. DUSD will pay up to $500 toward the cost of a candidate's statement filed with the ROV.

Math Score Placement for 7th and 8th Grades - Students entering grades 7 or 8 who completed DPIE Summer Academy courses for credit or advancement can expect to receive communication by July 31, 2020 regarding their math course placement for the coming year. Students entering grades 9-12 who have questions about their placement should contact Dublin High School Assistant Principal Lenni Velez at velezlenni@dublinusd.org.

Elementary School CogAT Test Results - Students who took the CogAT test in the winter will receive the results during the first week of August. We appreciate your patience in awaiting the reports.

Student Chromebook Reservations - The reservation page for student chromebooks and wifi hotspots is now open at https://bit.ly/DUSDCBRES.  After completing a reservation, parents will receive details on when and where to pick up equipment.

Governor Newsom’s Five Step Plan - Last Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced his plan for learning and safe schools in preparation for the  2020–21 school year, as the California Department of Public Health issued a framework for when and how schools should reopen for in-person instruction. “Learning is non-negotiable,” said Governor Newsom. “The virus will be with us for a year or more, and school districts must provide meaningful instruction in the midst of this pandemic. In California, health data will determine when a school can be physically open – and when it must close – but learning should never stop. Students, staff, and parents all prefer in-classroom instruction, but only if it can be done safely.” Click here to see the five key areas of the Governor's plan.

Access to Online Systems - Students and staff use the Clever portal to access many of our online systems.  For next year, we are creating a direct integration between Clever and IC to make this portal more accurate and efficient.  This process may take up to two weeks, and during this time, access to systems through Clever may be intermittent.  Teachers and students should be able to login to these systems based on their 2020/2021 enrollments beginning August 5.  As with any major technology implementation, there may be some unforeseen bumps in the road, so if you experience problems after August 5, 2020, please put in a work order at helpdesk.dublinusd.org.

Child Nutrition Services (CNS) Update - CNS is completing its portion of the online registration process. We are working on a preorder system that can be accessed during registration. 

Facilities Update - We have received bids for the Dublin High School parking lot, with the lowest bid coming in at $2.184M. Other projects in the district continue to move forward including the Dublin High School Engineering and Science Building, DHS Interim Housing, Frederiksen Elementary Modernization Project Phase 1, Murray Modernization In Plant Modular, and Dublin Elementary Wheelchair lift. There are also projects in the bidding process, including the Murray Elementary School Site Package, and the 2nd Comprehensive High School Site Package.  Details on some (but not all) of these projects can be found here

Human Resources Update - On July 30-31, 2020, DUSD will welcome approximately 60 new certificated staff joining our district during our virtual Certificated New Hire Orientation. Planning and protocol development also continues for all sites to safely return essential staff to their physical work locations. We are incredibly thankful to all of the classified and certificated staff members that have been reporting to work from March through the present to support all essential tasks necessary for the daily operations of the district. Thank you all for everything you do in support of our staff, students, and the community.

Parent Portal Changes Update - Parent portal updates were scheduled to start on Monday, July 20, 2020, but this date has been pushed back. The new date parents will be able to update the portal is Friday, July 31, 2020. The date change is being done so the portal update can be integrated with our new Virtual Check-in procedure. On July 31, 2020, parents will be able to conduct their annual review of contact details and preferences, medical information, emergency contacts, etc. 

Check-In Process Goes Virtual - Given the current restrictions associated with COVID-19, the 2020-21 school year check-in process will be virtual. On July 31, 2020, parents will be able to log-in to our new Virtual Check-in platform and conduct the annual check-in online. More details on this process will be available soon. The process will include activities like PFC/PFSO donations, volunteer signups, purchasing of yearbooks, Parent Portal updates, child nutrition purchases and more. After completing the process online, classroom assignments and schedules will be emailed to parents via Infinite Campus by the end of the day on August 10, 2020.

71.6% of Dublin Households Have Responded to Census 2020 - There is still time to respond to the 2020 Census. The public health crisis we find ourselves in today is a perfect example of the need for accurate census data. Information from the census plays a critical role in determining how hundreds of billions of federal dollars are allocated for public health, education, and other services. As of July 22, 2020, 71.6% of Dublin households have self responded (compared to 82.3% in Danville, 77.1% in Livermore, 75.5% in Pleasanton, and 74.6% in San Ramon). Let's go Dublin. Do your part! Fill out your census form online at https://my2020census.gov/.

DPIE and EDCC not Part of DUSD - While the Dublin Unified School District enjoys strong relationships with Dublin Partners in Education (DPIE) and Extended Day Childcare Centers (EDCC), it does not have a say in their day-to-day business operations. These organizations are independent of the school district. If you have questions or concerns about either organization, please reach out to them directly. 

Outside Sources (Insight into topics facing public education):

Upcoming Board Meetings:

  • Tuesday, August 4, 2020 @ 5:30 PM (Virtual meeting. View at DubinUSD.tv)
  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 @ 5:30 PM (Virtual meeting. View at DubinUSD.tv)
  • Tuesday, September 8, 2020 @ 5:30 PM (Virtual meeting. View at DubinUSD.tv)

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July 17, 2020 @5:00

DUSD Staff/Families,

Last night, our Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Tentative Agreement (TA) between the Dublin Unified School District and Dublin Teachers Association (DTA) regarding the impacts and effects of reopening for the 2020-21 school year. A key element of the agreement stated that "student instruction shall commence in a full distance learning model" for at least six weeks, with the first day of instruction slated to be Thursday, August 13, 2020.  

The agreement reflects staff’s recommendation to the board that we start the 2020-2021 school year using a distance learning model. 

As you are likely aware, the vast majority of districts are taking this approach. With the rate of infections on the rise, and the state tightening restrictions, it makes little sense for our district to open schools with on-campus instruction, even in a hybrid model. We need to protect the health of our students, staff, and families by participating in a comprehensive strategy to reduce community transmission of this virus. That is the only way to get back to normal, meaning all students and staff at school without restrictions.

On a monthly basis, and in conjunction with the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD), the district will evaluate conditions and make a determination on whether we can safely move to the next phase of our back-to-school program. 

Following distance learning, we will implement a hybrid (A/B) model, with students in school two days a week and working from home the remaining days. When we determine it's safe for students and staff to return to school full time, they will initially come back with restrictions (face masks, hand washing/sanitizing stations, etc.) and finally, when deemed safe by the ACPHD, we will remove the restrictions and return to a traditional school experience. 

Is there a timeline for this plan? No. We will review conditions on a monthly basis and make changes when it is safe to do so. Is it possible we might take a step back at some point? Yes, that is a possibility. However, if our community applies maximum effort to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, we hope it is a step we won’t need to take. 

Here is what is coming next: 

  1. Distance Learning Model - We know staff and families want to know, “what does this look like?” Next week, we are meeting with the DTA to negotiate the details of this model. We hear your questions and once those plans are agreed upon, we will share it with you. 
  2. ThoughtExchange on Road to Reopening Schools - Soon, we will be providing a new ThoughtExchange opportunity for both staff and families to ask questions and rank the questions of others on the reopening of schools. The highest rated questions will be addressed during the Virtual Town Hall referenced below.
  3. Virtual Town Hall - We will be hosting two virtual town halls - one for staff and one for families. If you’ve watched other Districts town hall events, we want to let you know ours will likely be different. With ours, we will not have a limit on the number of viewers and we will not be taking questions in real time. Rather, we will recap our presentation on the Opening of the 2020-21 School Year and answer the highest ranked questions submitted through the ThoughtExchange. 

We’d like to thank our union partners in the DTA. It was through their time, energy, and collaborative efforts that we were able to present this TA for safely reopening in a way that ensures the wellbeing of our school community.

As soon as we can return to normal, we will. Until then, our staff is working diligently to create the best possible learning environment for our students and to improve on our initial virtual learning experience. 

Additional updates can be found below.

Regards,

Daniel R. Moirao Ed.D.
Acting Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

July 17, 2020 Update:

Governor Requires Counties on Monitoring List to Open Schools Virtually - During a press conference on July 17, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that schools can open when their counties are off the state's COVID-19 monitoring list for 14 days. Schools in counties that do not meet this requirement must leverage a distance learning model. Alameda County is currently one of 32 counties on the state monitoring list. 

Regardless of Alameda County being on or off the state monitoring list, DUSD has committed to starting the first six weeks of the 2020-2021 school year using a distance learning model. At the end of the initial six week period, we will assess the situation with county health officials and make a determination on the best path to safely move the district forward. 

Tentative Agreement with DTA Approved - During the July 7, 2020 Special Board Meeting, the board unanimously approved a Tentative Agreement between the District and the Dublin Teachers Association. A key element of that agreement stated that "student instruction shall commence in a full distance learning model" for at least six weeks. Other aspects of the agreement addressed staff development days, health and safety protocols, and, if needed, how to fill distance learning teaching positions. The full agreement can be viewed here

Parent Portal Changes Update - Parent portal updates were scheduled to start on Monday, July 20, but this date has been pushed back. The new date parents will be able to update the portal is Friday, July 31. The date change is being done so the portal update can be integrated with our new Virtual Check-in procedure. On July 31, parents will be able to conduct their annual review of contact details and preferences, medical information, emergency contacts, etc. 

Check-In Process Goes Virtual - Given the current restrictions associated with COVID-19, the 2020-2021 school year check-in process will be virtual. On July 31, parents will be able to log-in to our new Virtual Check-in platform and conduct the annual check-in online. More details on this process will be available soon. The process will include activities like PFC/PFSO donations, volunteer signups, purchasing of yearbooks, Parent Portal updates, child nutrition purchases and more. After completing the process online, classroom assignments and schedules will be emailed to parents via Infinite Campus  by the end of the day on August 10, 2020.

Associate Superintendent of Business Services Resigns - During the July 16 board meeting, the resignation of Associate Superintendent of Business Services, Joe Sorrera was unanimously accepted by the Board. We’d like to thank Mr. Sorrera for his service to the district. His resignation is effective as of August 31, 2020. Human Resources will begin the process of finding a replacement immediately. 

Child Nutritional Services Update - The free meals for all students program will be extended to Friday, August  14. Service on that day will include meals for the weekend August 15 and 16. Student meal assistance eligibility status returns to normal on Monday, Aug. 17.

Human Resources Update - HR is continuing to hire staff for all positions - Certificated, Classified, and Leadership.  They presented a Tentative Agreement on July 16, as well as an amended calendar to the Board of Trustees on Thursday, July 16th. The Negotiating Team has met several times with DTA and plans to meet again on July 21. Directors are continuing to work on plans for returning district office staff safely to work in their offices. Protocols will be designed in collaboration with managers and communicated out soon.

Educational Services Update - We are continuing to work in partnership with the Dublin Teachers Association on our upcoming professional development days scheduled for August 5, 6, 7, 10, and 11. We are developing a robust series of learning sessions designed to equip teachers with the tools needed to effectively use the Canvas learning management system, video conferencing, and other appropriate tools. This will aid our certificated staff to provide a rigorous and standards-aligned online learning experience during this time when our school sites remain closed.

Fiscal Services Update - Within 45 days after the state budget is adopted, the District shall make available for public review any revisions to the district budget to reflect the funding made available. The Board of Trustees received an overview of the significant revenue differences in the Budget Act at their June 30 meeting.

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July 10, 2020 @ 5:00

DUSD Staff/Families,

As we consume news across the country on reopening schools, we can all agree - this is one complicated process. During my remarks on the July 7, 2020 board meeting, I let you know I am committed to finalizing our plans to reopen for 2020-21 in a way that ensures the health and safety of our staff and students.

We are keenly aware of the urgency to finalize our plans, and care deeply about keeping you in the loop. With this in mind, I wanted to walk you through the process to explain what we’ve done, what changes have been made, and most importantly, WHY changes are made. 

Since the 2019-20 school year ended, staff presented an Opening of the School Year plan (June 11, 2020) and has been working collaboratively with the Dublin Teachers Association, California School Employees Association, other neighboring districts, the county, and state in an effort to develop a back-to-school plan. 

I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but this is a highly dynamic situation. A plan made one day could be obsolete the next. All districts have run into this situation. Even the final plan, for every district across the country, will have some sort of asterisk next to it (*Subject to change). 

With this in mind, let’s look at where we are and where we have been. As I review the actions the district has taken thus far, it’s easier for me to look at them as phases, so that’s how I’ve broken the material out below. 

This is a long letter, but it’s information we must share.

Phase I - Gathering Feedback

DUSD worked diligently to gather your thoughts, issue and analyze surveys, and present innovative solutions to meet the needs of our school community. 

  • May 11 - May 17 - ThoughtExchange for Staff and Families
  • May 21 -May 30 - Family Feedback Survey
  • May 29 - June 3 - Staff Feedback Survey 
  • May 2020 - DHS Student Feedback Survey

Review the detailed survey information here.

Phase II - Presenting Innovative Solutions 

  • June 11, 2020 - DUSD presented the Opening of School Year 2020/21 where staff presented detailed results of the staff and family surveys, presented The Choice Model, and our Board of Trustees approved the purchase of a learning management system and camera systems.

Important Updates and Changes

  • Due to Very Recent Legislation and Public Health Orders, The Choice Model Will Change and DUSD Will Need to Pivot - On June 30, 2020, new legislation regarding education was passed in the state Senate. As you move to Phase III - Alignment, Collaboration, and Purchasing, we will explain why our entire solution is no longer feasible and how we are working with our union partners to pivot, collaborate, and deliver final plans.
  • Canvas Selected as DUSD  Learning Management System - A committee of classroom teachers, counselors, administrators and other staff unanimously selected Canvas as the District's standard Learning Management System (LMS). The purchase has been finalized, and the district has already begun preparing training materials and plug in modules for our teachers and staff. Canvas offers a single, standard place for teachers and students to conduct online learning, with a host of features such as graded discussion groups, a robust assessment system, a repository for online curriculum, and integration with a variety of third party apps. It supports "on-the-fly" video for students and staff at all levels, including assignments, discussion groups and assessments responses. 
  • No Camera Systems in Class - The district recently announced its intent to implement a camera system in all classrooms as part of its potential back-to-school plan. Based on input from our community and staff and constantly changing information from state and county authorities, this solution is no longer being considered for the 2020-21 school year.

On May 12 and May 26, there were also two presentations to our Board of Trustees  with updates on Distance Learning for Spring 2020. If you are interested in watching them, you can access them here. Of course, no matter what our plan is, it will look vastly different from Spring 2020.

Phase III - Alignment, Collaboration, and Purchasing  →This is where DUSD is right now.

 

  • Alignment 

 

Although we have presented innovative ideas, they cannot be implemented unless they align with orders from the Alameda County Public Health Department AND adhere to current legislation. At the moment, our local public health department has not lifted their shelter in place order and currently requires schools to stop holding classes at physical locations. We are hopeful this will change, but it hasn’t yet.

  • The recent legislation, SB 98, signed into law by Gov. Newsom on June 29, 2020 altered our fall planning.  Prior to SB 98, we communicated a choice model for fall but these recent legislative changes have forced us to rethink, and likely modify that model. 
    • SB 98 states that districts must “offer in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible” and may offer distance learning to children who are medically fragile, are considered at-risk with in-person instruction, or are in self-quarantine because of exposure to COVID-19. The legislation sets parameters and offers guidelines regarding the implementation of a hybrid option that includes, and is not limited to, a mixture of part-time in person, part-time distance learning, as well as a full-time distance learning option. The bill also provides more structure for teaching and learning than what was offered by the state legislature last spring. 
    • SB 98 mandates that students receive a minimum number of instructional minutes per day either through in-person instruction or a combination of in-person and distance learning. Distance learning means instruction in which the student and instructor are in different locations and the students are under the general supervision of a certified employee. 
    • SB 98 mandates daily live, in-person or online, interaction with certified employees and peers for the purpose of instruction, progress monitoring and maintaining school connectedness. 

 

  • Collaboration 

 

We value our partners in the Dublin Teachers Association and the California School Employees Association and right now, we are in the middle of negotiations with both of our unions. The reopening of schools has an impact on all of our working lives and negotiations is a tool that benefits both the districts and associations. Right now, we are working to establish a Memorandum of Understanding with both of our union partners that will define and finalize what school will look like for 2020-21. Without the support of our staff, we cannot open schools. This is why it is crucial that we take this time to work together before announcing final plans. 

 

  • Purchasing and Preparation 

 

Our Business Services and Educational Services Departments have worked diligently to order, organize and distribute equipment needed to prepare for the reopening of schools including: 

  • Ordered PPE for all classrooms, school sites, and staff members, safety mechanisms, handwashing stations, hand sanitizing stations and supplies, and safety signage. Keep in mind, these items are in high demand, so it has been a challenge, but we have made significant progress. Items are either in our possession or have been ordered and are on their way.
  • Ordered laptops, chromebooks and hotspots including replacement laptops for all teachers with computers that are older than five years. Over 6,000 chromebooks have been ordered to replace aging classroom devices. The older devices will be added to our pool of loaner devices for students to use at home. The district has also applied for and received a grant to obtain Internet hotspots for our families who do not have internet access at home. 
  • Performing deep cleaning of all sites to be ready for the first day schools reopen. At the moment they are stripping and waxing floors, cleaning carpets, pressure washing the exterior of buildings and concrete, as well as performing routine maintenance. 
  • Completing projects District-wide and catching up on work-orders including installing restrooms at Cottonwood Creek School, installing plywood on the wood canopies at Dublin Elementary. 

Phase IV - Presentation of 2020-21 Plan to Staff and Families 

Once we’ve completed Phase III, we will: 

  • Deliver a public updated presentation on Opening Schools for 2020/21 to our Board of Trustees. 
  • Provide time for staff and families to submit questions regarding the presentation. 
  • Host two virtual Town Halls - There will be one for staff and one for families. At each event, we will go over the Opening Schools for 2020/21 again (although you will be able to see it at the Board of Trustees meeting) and answer FAQs submitted by each group.

This Board presentation and virtual Town Halls will have many of the details you are wondering about including: What will the school day look like? Will assignments be graded? Will attendance be mandatory? How will health and safety protocol be implemented? Details to come.

Here is your update for July 10, 2020 with more detailed information on some of the items above:

 

Fiscal Services Update - With the initial budget passed, the fiscal services team has begun the work of closing out the 2019-20 school year. This process includes finalizing all purchasing for the year, balancing all resources, and preparing financial statements for our unaudited actuals report. The Fiscal Team is pretty busy this time of year with these tasks.

Facilities Updates - The district currently has five active projects underway, including the Dublin High School Engineering and Science Building, DHS Interim Housing, Frederiksen Elementary Modernization Project Phase 1, Murray Modernization In Plant Modular, and Dublin Elementary Wheelchair lift. There are also three projects in the bidding process, including the DHS Parking Lot Expansion Project, the Murray Elementary School Site Package, and the 2nd Comprehensive High School Site Package.  Details on some (but not all) of these projects can be found here

Child Nutrition Services - Plastic shielding is being installed at all points of student/staff interaction. No matter what the final plan is for 2020-21, meals will be available to students whether or not they are physically at school and they will be allowed to take meals home. Methods for pick up are currently being developed.

DPIE and EDCC not Part of DUSD - While the Dublin Unified School District enjoys strong relationships with Dublin Partners in Education (DPIE) and Extended Day Childcare Centers (EDCC), it does not have a say in their day-to-day business operations. These organizations are independent of the school district. If you have questions or concerns about either organization, please reach out to them directly. 

Outside Sources (Insight into topics facing public education):

Regards,

Daniel R. Moirao Ed.D.
Acting Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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July 3, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families, 

The last couple of weeks have been a bit bumpy. We’ve said goodbye to Dr. Marken, and (pending contract approval) announced Dr. Daniel Moirao as the Acting Superintendent. We’ll share more details on Dr. Moirao next week. We have experienced budget uncertainty, only to get better-than-expected news from the state, resulting in the tentative agreement with the DTA being signed. All this comes at the end of one of the most challenging school years we’ve ever faced, and with an equally challenging year ahead. 

The obstacles we’ve faced and those ahead of us could cause divisions in our community, but let’s work together to not allow that to happen. There are things we don’t agree on and in a rapidly growing district, that is to be expected. While those topics can still be debated, our community benefits most when we focus on the topics we do agree on, most importantly, how to provide a safe, effective, and nurturing environment for education to our students and staff. 

We should not allow our differences to keep us from focusing on our shared goals. Without a doubt, our goals far outweigh our differences.

With the upcoming 4th of July weekend, we hope you enjoy this time with your family and friends - six feet apart and masks on, of course. Please know that it is our goal to continue to keep you informed and send our weekly updates with communication on what we do know and can share out. 

The 2020-2021 school year starts in 40 days! 

Sincerely,

DUSD Communications Department

Communications@DublinUSD.org

Here is your update for July 2, 2020: 

Board Announces Acting Superintendent - In the report out of closed session, during the June 30, 2020 Special Board Meeting, it was announced that Dr. Daniel Moirao has been unanimously selected as the Acting Superintendent, pending the approval of his contract which will take place during the July 7, 2020 Board Meeting. Dr. Moirao served as DUSD’s Interim Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in the fall of 2018. 

Opening of the 2020-21 School Year - We are all eager to learn more about what the upcoming school year will look like for staff and families. We want to assure you that we are continuing to work collaboratively with our partners in the Dublin Teachers Association and the California School Employees Association, as well as closely monitoring recent legislation that will guide our plans for students and staff. It’s important to understand that health and safety guidelines are constantly evolving and we are working diligently to develop an action plan. We expect to be able to share more details on our back-to-school plans by the end of next week. Stay tuned.

DTA Tentative Contract Agreement Approved - During the June 30, 2020 Special Board Meeting, and following the recent approval of the state budget, the board reconsidered the tentative contract agreement (TA) between the Dublin Teachers Association (DTA) and the Dublin Unified School District (DUSD), and approved the TA unanimously. Following the approval, the board unanimously agreed to extend the salary provisions of the TA to all employee groups. For more information, see Action Items F3 and F4 from the June 30, 2020 Special Board Meeting

Superintendent Marken Says Goodbye - On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Dr. Dave Marken spent his last day as superintendent in our District Office. As a parting gift, hundreds of letters of appreciation from staff and the community were presented to him and the Dublin Teachers  Association arranged a car parade - that moved him to tears - to show their appreciation for his service. If you wish to express your thanks to Dr. Marken, you can send him a note in this form through Friday, July 10. All of them will be printed and mailed to him.  Before leaving, Dr. Marken also filmed his final video, which can be viewed here. Thank you to Dr. Marken for all he has done for our school community. He has left a lasting impression on us and will be missed.

Promoting a Safe Fourth of July Weekend - Thank you to those who have supported one of our many DUSD-related fireworks booths around town. Please use those fireworks responsibly! The hills around town are dry. A recent tweet from the Dublin Police reminds us that there will be no safe and sane fireworks in parks or commercial parking lots and the use of fireworks at local schools (including private schools such as  Valley Christian and Quarry Lane) is also off limits. 

COVID-19 LCAP Update Submitted to ACOE - The Governor’s executive order, issued on April 23, 2020, extended the deadline for the 2020–21 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) to Dec. 15, 2020, to provide Local Educational Agencies (LEA) more time to address pressing COVID-19 needs. On July 1, 2020, all districts must submit to the County Office of Education an update of COVID-19 related impacts on students and plans to address those impacts instead of submitting a three-year LCAP. The COVID-19 report must include a description of how the district is meeting the needs of English learners, foster youth, and low-income youth during school closures. The California Department of Education issued a template for LEAs to use for their written report, which was adopted by the governing Board of Trustees on June 23, 2020. Download Report Here

DHS Students Support Frontline Workers - The Disaster Outreach Program is a DHS student-run organization focused on implementing safety procedures, fundraising, and spreading safety awareness in schools commonly impacted by natural disasters! The group is currently encouraging our community to donate handmade masks and letters to frontline workers in Dublin during this pandemic. All donations will be sent to Kindred Hospice, Kaiser Permanente, the Dublin Police Department, and both Safeway locations in Dublin. The drive will be hosted from July 7 - July 11. We will have bins available at Dublin High School and three East Dublin home addresses each day where individuals can drop off their donations.  For more information, check out their presentation, flyer, and video

Dublin’s Discretionary Grant Program - Each year, non-profit organizations provide programming, services, and other valuable contributions that help make Dublin a great place to live, work, and raise a family. In understanding the importance these organizations play in the Dublin community, the City Council has created the City of Dublin’s Discretionary Grant Program. This program is designed to help assist local non-profit organizations in providing community benefits which serve all Dublin residents. Local Dublin non-profits or groups associated with a Dublin school are eligible for the program. The application process began on July 1, 2020. For more information, click here

Future High School Breaks Ground Fall 2020 - The district plans to break ground on the future comprehensive high school project in late August or early September, shortly after the contractor for Increment 1 of the project has been selected. 

Properly Wearing a Face Covering - As shared recently, face coverings are now mandatory in California in all public places. Although many of us are following the correct protocol, it doesn’t hurt to have a refresher on how to properly put on and remove a face covering. Check out this page by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and review this helpful video on face covering do’s and don’ts.

Meal Service Extended Through July - Child Nutrition Services will continue to offer free meals to all students through July. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, recently announced a nationwide extension for USDA’s child nutrition programs, which allows local partners, who have been working overtime serving meals to kids during the health crisis, the ability to continue serving free meals to all children – regardless of where they live – for the remainder of the summer. This action is part of USDA’s ongoing commitment to making it as easy as possible for local program operators to get food to children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grab and Go breakfast/lunch meals are available at Fallon and Dublin High from 10 AM - 12 PM, Monday through Friday.

Outside Sources (Insight into topics facing public education):

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June 26, 2020 @ 5:00 PM: 

DUSD Families, 

It is with great sadness that I say goodbye to the district that I grew up in. My last day with the Dublin Unified School District will be this Tuesday, June 30, 2020. This is not how I ever intended this to end, but these events were out of my control. The last few months have left me reeling. But life will move on, even though it will take a while. I have wonderful memories of our wonderful staff, parents and students. The times of great decisions, laughter and yes, the occasional screw up, make us what we are...HUMAN. I wish you peace, health and good will. You will be missed.

Here is your update for June 26, 2020: 

Reopening of Schools for 2020-21 - As you know, planning for next year is an arduous process and we are working diligently to develop plans that will work for our staff and students. Today, we met with the Dublin Teachers Association to work on next steps. We truly value our partners in DTA and the California School Employees Association. We are committed to working together to ensure we are prepared for 2020-21 and decisions are made in the best interest of staff and all Dublin students. We will, of course, keep you informed on any new developments. 

Back-to-School Strategy Questions - We know many in our community have questions regarding our 2020-21 back-to-school strategy. The reality is, we have unanswered questions too. While we prepare for August 11, 2020, we are eager to hear your concerns. You may raise issues we had not considered (although we've considered a lot), and if that's the case, we'll incorporate them into our discussions. While we will make every effort to publicly address your questions, we WILL NOT do so in real-time. As topics are addressed, we will share information in our weekly updates and on our website. Ask your questions at the form found here.

Future High School Breaks Ground Fall 2020 - The district plans to break ground on the future comprehensive high school project in late August or early September, shortly after the contractor for Increment 1 of the project has been selected. 

Properly Wearing a Face Covering - As shared in last week’s update, face coverings are now mandatory in California in all public places. Although many of us are following the correct protocol, it doesn’t hurt to have a refresher on how to properly put on and remove a face covering. Check out this page by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and review this helpful video on face covering do’s and don’ts.

Board of Trustees Closed Session on June 25, 2020 - Yesterday at 4:30PM, our Board of Trustees held a closed session meeting which included an agenda item entitled "Report out of Closed Session" (Item C-5). We wanted to share that the Board of Trustees did not take any reportable action during the meeting and, therefore, no report was made. If you submitted a public comment prior to the start of the closed session meeting, they were compiled and sent to the Board of Trustees to include in the record.  

Upcoming Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees - On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, there will be a virtual meeting of the Board of Trustees with open session beginning at 6:30PM. You can access the agenda here.

Weekend Meal Service Available Through July - We recently announced that DUSD Child Nutrition Services will continue to offer free meals to all students through July. Part of the waiver that allows the district to continue offering free meals through July also allows us to offer weekend meals to students. Starting in July, including the holiday weekend, students or parents of students will be supplied meals for three days every Friday. Since Friday, July 3rd is a holiday students will be given meals for four days on Thursday, July 2nd. Grab and Go breakfast/lunch meals are available at Fallon and Dublin High from 10 AM - 12 PM, Monday through Friday.

70% of Dublin Households Have Responded to Census 2020 - There is still time to respond to the 2020 Census. The public health crisis we find ourselves in today is a perfect example of the need for accurate census data. Information from the census plays a critical role in determining how hundreds of billions of federal dollars are allocated for public health, education, and other services. According to Census 2020 data, 70.6% of Dublin households have self responded (compared to 81.7% in Danville, 76.3% in Livermore, 74.8% in Pleasanton, and 73.8% in San Ramon). We can do better, Dublin! Let’s get the final 30% of our households over the finish line! Fill out your census form online at https://my2020census.gov/

Annual Data Update - While plans for Fall Check-In have not yet been established, all families will be required to complete the Annual Data Update through the Parent Portal. Starting July 20, the portal will open to complete the online portion of the registration for the 2020-21 school year. The parent portal icon can be found at the top right side of all school web pages. If you have Portal issues, please email portalhelp@dublinusd.org. If you are moving or not returning to Dublin Unified schools, please fill out this form.

Outside Sources (Insight into topics facing public education):


With love and appreciation,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

June 15, 2020 @ 2:00 PM:

DUSD Families, 

On Thursday, June 11, 2020, our Board of Trustees approved a plan to reopen schools for the 2020-21 school year. We understand there was some confusion over the weekend about what this means for our families and want to clarify it for you. We initially referred to our approach as a hybrid model because it was a mix of three different options. Referring to our approach as a hybrid model appeared to cause more confusion than comfort. After reviewing parent and staff input on social media, we have decided to go with a name our community members suggested - The Choice Model. 

We listened to what you and our staff thought was crucial to our planning process and we’ve come up with a creative, out of the box plan, to do our best to meet your needs.

Here is what you need to know about The Choice Model:

  1. Families Have Choices/The Choice Model - Based on our extensive surveys, we realized it is impossible to implement just one of the four options (full-time school, hybrid, full-time distance learning, and independent study) without severely impacting thousands of DUSD families. Three of the four options were popular, each totaling about a third of the respondent's preference, making it clear that our community needed various options based on their particular circumstance. With that in mind, the district’s goal is to provide choices to our community. We are working extremely hard to allow families the ability to choose between Option 1: Return to School Full-Time, Option 2: Full-Time Distance Learning, and Option 3: A Hybrid Model (2 days a week at school, 3 at home). Independent Study is still an option, but not high on our community's list of preferences. So while your child may return to school full time, the family across the street may choose to do full-time distance learning, and the family three houses down may be sending their child to school a few days a week and then working from home the remaining days. 
  2. Implementing Camera Systems - A key component of this approach is the use of camera systems in all classrooms that will allow students to study at home and participate in class almost as if they were there. This is an important piece to us being able to allow families choices. Since we did just spend the last few months dipping our toes in these waters, it’s not entirely unfamiliar territory. The solutions we are looking at are not 24/7 Big Brother cameras, rather devices staff can turn on and off as appropriate. Please do not be alarmed - we are, of course, going to address privacy concerns and other issues that go along with this investment. Allow us time to develop this part of our plan and we will report out when ready.
  3. One Learning Management System - Right now, we do not have a consistent learning management platform across all of our schools. This is critical to our new plan because students with multiple teachers, and parents with multiple children, are often tasked with accessing many websites to retrieve their schoolwork. We are moving to a single system, either Canvas or Schoology, which means a student can access all subjects within the same system.
  4. VIEW THE ENTIRE PRESENTATION - While we understand viewing a Board meeting is not always the most entertaining way to spend your time, in this case, we highly recommend you view the segment of the June 11, 2020 Board meeting focused on opening schools next year.  The video, including a presentation with survey data and much-needed dialog between board members and staff can be found here. In the agenda on the left side of the page, you can scroll down and click on Action Item I2 “Opening of the School Year 2020-21.” This will take you to the beginning of that conversation. 

This is an extremely difficult situation to navigate, one for which there is no “right” answer. We see how challenging it is for the state to manage. We see our colleagues in higher education struggling with the situation. We see other districts unsure about how to move forward. For everyone that is happy with one approach, there is someone that is not. 

While I could try to tell you this will be easy, I’m not going to do that. As a leader, I need to be transparent. 

No one path that will make everyone happy. No solution will be easy to implement. Every approach will include complications. This will not be easy and there will be frustrations along the way. This reality applies to students, staff, family members, and partners. 

The good news is, ultimately, we will get through this. Once we find our way through the storm, we will be better prepared as a district to face future challenges. 

The biggest mistake we could make is not making a decision. A decision has been made.

We know you have questions, we do too! We don’t have answers to a lot of them at this point. Please be patient with us as our team works at lightning speed to prepare for next year. We appreciate your trust in us to do what’s best for all students. 

Sincerely,

Dave Marken Ed.D

Superintendent

Dublin Unified School District

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June 12, 2020 @ 6:30 PM:

DUSD Community,

Last night, the board approved a plan to reopen schools for the 2020-2021 school year using a hybrid approach. We made the recommendation to follow this path after careful review of input from students, staff, and the community, and consultation with the DTA. Our research indicated our community is split into thirds, with one group wanting to get back to normal; another group taking a semi-cautious approach, and yet another going the extremely cautious route. Our recommendation will attempt to accommodate all these needs.

A key component of this approach is the use of camera systems in all classrooms that will allow students to study at home and participate in class almost as if they were there. These are not 24/7 Big Brother cameras, they are devices staff can turn on and off as appropriate. 

We are also planning to adopt a learning management system, which is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting, automation, and delivery of educational courses, training programs, or learning and development programs.

With limited time to implement any plan before the school year begins, we must act now. The board took the bold step of approving this approach based on our recommendation. Before this letter reaches you, we have already begun the process of implementation. 

Will this be a perfect solution? No. Will the road be bumpy? Absolutely. Can we answer all the questions you have about this solution at this time? No. Is there an alternate road to take? In our opinion, no. 

For the last few years, we have experienced situations that have hinted at the need for a solution of this nature. We have closed our schools for air quality issues. We have closed a school due to rolling power outages. We have had classrooms seriously impacted by the norovirus. COVID-19 was just the kicker. 

Having the right solution in place gives us the level of flexibility we need to address the various issues which impact our ability to maintain a level of educational continuity. 

While this may force us to change the way we do business, I don’t think the change is significant. Let’s face it, sometimes change is good, even if we were not asking for it.

Ultimately, the adoption of these in-class technologies helps better position our district and our teachers to provide quality education under any circumstance. 

As information becomes available, we will share it with you.

Please be patient. 

Here is your update for June 12, 2020: 

Wells Middle School Principal Announced - During the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting on June 11, the Board announced it had unanimously approved the selection of Mark Neal as the new Principal of Wells Middle School. Mr. Neal will take the helm at Wells at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. He comes to Dublin after spending the last nine years as Principal of Newark Jr. High School. Prior to his work in Newark, Mr. Neal spent eight years as Associate Principal of Creekside Middle School in Castro Valley. 

Board Does Not Approve Tentative Contract Agreement - During the June 11, 2020 Board meeting, Action Item I3, the “Consideration and Action Regarding Tentative Contract Agreement between the Dublin Teachers Association (DTA) and the Dublin Unified School District (DUSD)” was rejected by the Board in a 3-2 vote. While the district felt it could meet the financial obligations of the proposal, the majority of the Board felt the current fiscal uncertainty in the state made agreeing to any compensation increase an unwise decision at this time. They feel a more conservative approach to district finances is appropriate until budgets are better understood. Next steps TBD.

You may view last night’s Board meeting here. Clicking on an agenda item on the left side of the page will take you to that item. 

Meal Service Extended Through July - Child Nutrition Services will continue to offer free meals to all students through July. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, recently announced a nationwide extension for USDA’s child nutrition programs, which allows local partners, who have been working overtime serving meals to kids during the health crisis, the ability to continue serving free meals to all children – regardless of where they live – for the remainder of the summer. This action is part of USDA’s ongoing commitment to making it as easy as possible for local program operators to get food to children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grab and Go breakfast/lunch meals are available at Fallon and Dublin High from 10 AM - 12 PM, Monday through Friday.

Dublin Elementary School Modernization Project - During the June 11, 2020 board meeting, Dublin Unified School District staff recommended, and the Board unanimously approved, the fee proposal from Lionakis for architectural design services for Dublin Elementary School modernization project. The district has added a section to its Facilities Projects page with information specific to the Dublin Elementary project

Golden State Warriors Honor Class of 2020 - The Golden State Warriors, in partnership with the Alameda County Office of Education, gathered some of their biggest stars to honor the Bay Area’s high school Class of 2020 with a video address to graduates. The video, which was recorded in May and shared with Bay Area schools ahead of graduation ceremonies, features Head Coach Steve Kerr, All-Stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and East Bay native Juan Toscano-Anderson saluting members of the Class of 2020 for their resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dublin Unified School District Summer School - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of school campuses, DUSD is offering a limited summer school program primarily for high school students who have failed a class and need to recover those credits toward graduation as well as middle school students and elementary school students whose teachers recommended them for academic support this summer. If you have any questions about the summer school program, please contact Summer School Principal Matt Britten at brittenmatt@dublinusd.org.

70% of Dublin Households Have Responded to Census 2020 - There is still time to respond to the 2020 Census. The public health crisis we find ourselves in today is a perfect example of the need for accurate census data. Information from the census plays a critical role in determining how hundreds of billions of Federal dollars are allocated for public health, education, and other services. According to Census 2020 data, 70% of Dubliner households have self responded. We can do better Dublin! Let’s get the final 30% of our households over the finish line! Fill out your census form online at https://my2020census.gov/

Middle School Students Create Virtual Tour For Incoming Sixth-Graders - Leadership students at Fallon, Wells, and Cottonwood Creek have created welcome videos and virtual tours for incoming students, or in the case of Cottonwood Creek, promoting students. If you have a future sixth grader, have them check out their videos at the links below:

Outside Sources (Insight into topics facing public education):

Sincerely,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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June 5, 2020 @ 5:00 PM:

Dear Dublin Community,

School ended just last week and it feels like it will begin again on Monday. Thankfully, that’s not the case. Enjoy the break while you can! 

More than any school year in our history, 2020-21 will require an incredible level of preparation, and that process is well underway. This week, we had a planning meeting at the District Office with some leadership staff attending in-person (masks and social distancing implemented!) and others virtually. We reviewed recent survey results, which provided insight into the opinions of students, staff, and the community regarding how to prepare for next year. Those results will be shared at our next Board meeting. I will say that there is no clear consensus regarding how to move forward. To be honest, that’s not a surprise and aligns with our expectations. Those that want things to return normal, that want to cautiously move forward, or that want to continue remotely until the virus is defeated, were all heard.

We deeply appreciate the time you took to respond to these surveys and will work diligently to prepare a plan that meets your needs. While I can’t tell you our plan will be perfect, because nothing completely replaces a teacher in a classroom with his/her students, I can tell you that we are listening. Your input has provided valuable information.

Here is your update for June 5, 2020: 
 
DUSD Summer Communication - Beginning this week, we will be sending all families an update email once per week occurring every Friday at 5:00PM. Of course, if something important arises, we will inform you right away.

School Sites Prepare for Summer - WIth the last day of the 2019-20 school year behind us, school sites across the district are working through modified end-of-the-year routines so they can prepare for summer and the coming school year. At elementary schools, staff have bagged up student supplies and held drive-thru events for parents to pick-up these materials. Middle and high schools have been conducting textbook drop-off events. Our high schools have also been handing over hard-earned diplomas to the Class of 2020. While staff close the 2019-20 year, they are already preparing for 2020-21.

Pride Flag Flies Over District Office - During the May 27, 2020, School Board meeting, the Trustees unanimously approved adopted resolution number 2019/20-44, acknowledging June 2020 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Pride Month. The Rainbow flag will fly at the District Office for the month of June.

Teachers Prepare for Next Year Before This Year Ends - The Dublin Unified School District has just completed its first Virtual Summer Professional Development week from June 2-5, 2020. 41 different sessions were offered to staff covering a variety of topics. More than 300 teachers attended the sessions and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Thank you to our amazing educators who presented these virtual sessions. Our teachers and specialists have learned many new strategies and shared many ideas that will help them in working with Dublin students both in-person as well as in a virtual environment.

Multi-Award Winner at Valley High School - Congratulations to Connor Henagar, a 2020 graduate of Valley High School, who was awarded four coveted scholarships from organizations across our community totaling $6,750.00! These included $1,000 from the Dublin San Ramon Women's Club, $2,500 from the DPIE: Eddie Coleman Memorial Scholarship, $2,500 from the Rotary Club: Dave Burton Memorial Scholarship and $750 from Dublin Integrity in Action. Way to go Connor! We look forward to seeing all you will accomplish in the future.
 
Middle School Students Create Virtual Tour For Incoming Sixth-Graders - The COVID-19 pandemic has put the breaks on many school traditions forcing them to go virtual. One such tradition is having future sixth-graders tour their middle school campus and receive an orientation from leadership students. Future Roadrunners and Coyotes were recently sent orientation video, and the Mustangs video was just released last week. Thanks to the students and staff that were able to make this happen.

Extended Day Childcare, Inc. (EDCC) Opening Week - Starting on Monday, June 1, EDCC reopened their doors for childcare services for our community. They are following a prescribed list of health and safety protocols including all staff wearing masks, curbside drop-off and pick-up, symptoms and temperature checks upon arrival, and frequent handwashing throughout the day, just to name a few. They are happy to share that their first week went well with these new changes and parents/kids were excited to be back!

Outside Sources (Insight into topics facing public education):

With sincere thanks,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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May 29, 2020 @ 5:00 PM:

DUSD Family Update - May 29, 2020 

DUSD Families, 

As we send out this update, the last major event of the 2019-20 school year is taking place. At 5:00PM this evening, 702 members of the Dublin High School Class of 2020 will walk the virtual stage and enter the next phase of their lives. They join the Valley High and Middle College students that graduated earlier this week. Although this is a bittersweet end to their academic careers in Dublin, it is also a triumphant culmination of years of hard work. The challenges, victories, friends, mentors, setbacks, tests, teachers, essays, and moments of parental support have formed incredibly capable young adults, ready to overcome whatever obstacle the world places in their path. In fact, this group has faced greater challenges than many generations before them. As a result, they will be one of the most resilient the world has seen. 

High school graduations are not our only noteworthy accomplishments this week; over 930 8th-graders are moving on to high school and more than 960 5th-graders will become middle schoolers. These milestones are also a tribute to the hard work of our students, staff, and their parents. 

I wish I could tell you that everything will go back to normal soon, but that would not be true. The pandemic and its impact on our economy and our ability to conduct business as usual will create ongoing challenges for the District. Dublin is better positioned than most districts in the area to weather this storm and we are committed to doing so. Creating the best possible learning environment for the students of Dublin is our primary goal.

As a community we have overcome much this year. We were asked to step into the unknown. Although scary or frustrating at times, we persevered and we as individuals and as a community are stronger for the experience.

Thank you for your support this year. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity I have been given by this community to serve our district. We hope that you and your families find some way to unwind and enjoy the summer break. Rest and re-energize Dublin, the 2020-21 school year is just around the corner!

Who would have thought that you would have had to step in and teach!  THANK YOU!

Here is your update for May 29, 2020: 

DUSD Summer Communication - Beginning next week, we will be sending all families an update email once per week occuring every Friday at 5:00PM. Of course, if something important arises, we will inform you right away. We know you are anxious to know what next year will look like and we want to assure you that this will be included in a future update. We trust these communications have been helpful.

DUSD Family Feedback Survey Closes Tomorrow, May 30, 2020 at 5:00PM - Thank you to the 4,251 families who have taken our survey! It’s critical to our planning process to know what you think as we make decisions that will affect everyone. If you haven’t taken it yet, be sure to click on the link and provide your thoughts. You must hit “submit” at the end for yours to count.

Class of 2020 Receives over 5.3 Million in Scholarships! - To date, the Seniors of the Class of 2020 for Dublin and Valley High School have received a record-setting amount in scholarship at over 5.3 million. This figure includes community, national, military and collegiate awards. We are so proud of our students and look forward to their future success. 

Seniors Shown Some Love - With the school year not ending as planned, students and staff are striving to make the last moments of the Class of 2020 special. A few recent examples include:

Dublin Students Launch Nonprofit to Help Food Industry Workers - "The COVID-19 pandemic has caused more than its fair share of heartache and suffering, but a silver lining has emerged as people rise to help their communities. Sky Yang, a 17-year-old junior from Dublin High School, is one such example. He launched a youth-based nonprofit called Break the Outbreak (BTO) to help essential food industry workers and others at risk get the personal protection equipment (PPE) they need to work safely." Read the full Independent story here.

Special Olympics Summer Games @ Home - Special Olympics Northern California is excited to announce the 2020 Summer Games @ Home. Summer Games @ Home is an inclusive and engaging virtual event open to all Athletes, Unified Partners, and Young Athletes. During June 2020, participants will train and compete in any of six different sports: basketball, bocce, fitness, soccer, tennis, and track & field—all from their home! Athletes can participate and compete in as many sports as they wish. Training sessions start on Monday, June 1, 2020. 

Cottonwood Creek School Drama Department’s Virtual Performance of Annie Jr. - Although their production was scheduled May 6 and 7 and then canceled, COVID-19 couldn’t stop our amazing students from finding a way to perform this production! Annie Jr. by CCS features performers from grades 1-8 and is a true testament to how special this school is in their ability to work together across age groups to create unique and amazing opportunities for students. While they wish they could have invited you all to an in-person performance, they hope this gives you a taste of the talent and potential they have in the CCS Drama Department. Enjoy the show! 

Middle School Students Create Virtual Tour For Incoming Sixth-Graders - The COVID-19 pandemic has put the breaks on many school traditions forcing them to go virtual. One such tradition is having future sixth-graders tour their middle school campus and receive an orientation from leadership students. Future Roadrunners and Coyotes were recently sent orientation video, and the Mustang video will be released shortly. Thanks to the students and staff that were able to make this happen.

8th Grade Roadrunners Thank Music Teacher - The entire 8th Grade Band, Color Guard & Coaches created a touching thank you video for Wells music teacher (and DUSD legend), Mr. Bertelson. They also collaborated on a performance of Don’t Stop Me Now as a tribute to their teacher. 

Have a wonderful summer!

With sincere thanks,


Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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May 27, 2020 @ 5:00 PM:

DUSD Families, 

Welcome to the last week of the school year! We hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and are looking forward to these last few days before we begin summer break. Not sure what summer break will look like, yet restrictions are loosening. 

We know all of you are anxious to know what the beginning of next year will look like - I am too! Right now, we are currently working on our plan to present over the summer. We will continue to keep you informed as plans are made for 2020-21. 

However, we still need your help. Last week, we distributed our Family Feedback Survey that has been taken by almost 3,700 families. Although this is great news, it really only represents about 28% of our community. It’s critical to our planning process to know what you think as we make decisions that will affect everyone. If you haven’t taken it yet, be sure to click on the link and provide your thoughts. You must hit “submit” at the end of the survey for yours to count.

Here is your update for May 27, 2020: 

Middle College Class of 2020 Celebration - On Tuesday, May 26, 21 Dublin High students celebrated their high school graduation as part of the Middle College Class of 2020. Congratulations to Dublin High School Gaels/Middle College Hawks Class of 2020, including Zovinah Azam, Amar Bains, Maham Bawaney, Peyton Case, Kelly Chen, Anjali Clark, Ashton Coates, Kylie Crist, Gabriel Gomez, Sean Hearne, Sulaiman Islam, Avneet Johal, Satya Kethineni, Kail Marler, Blake Romero, Rea Sandhu, Aditi Naveen, Sharma Rudrapada, Kari West, Breana Williams, Brenee Williams, and Andrew Won.

During the celebration, DHS student Kail Marler provided the welcoming remarks, Peyton Case read a poem, Kari West sang the National Anthem, Ashton Coates thanked families, Maham Bawaney congratulated the Class of 2020, and Breana Williams received the Odie J Douglas award.

It was a great event! Congrats to all Middle college graduates!

Rotary Club of Dublin Announces Winners of Inaugural Educator of the Year Awards - On May 26, 2020, the Rotary Club of Dublin announced the inaugural winners of its Educator of the Year awards. The awards honor an educator from each of the Dublin Unified School District’s twelve schools. The educators recognized are individuals who embody the motto of Rotary (Service Above Self) and the mission of the Dublin Unified School District (To educate every student to become a lifelong learner by providing a safe and supportive environment that fosters collective responsibility for each student’s success). The awards, selected by staff at each site, are presented to those who demonstrate exemplary contributions to education during the school year, with an emphasis on personal efforts and active involvement in helping students succeed.

Please join us in congratulating the 2019-2020 Educators of the Year:

  • Nandini “Nina” Nulman with Amador Elementary School
  • Kate Berglund with Cottonwood Creek School
  • Shawna Lettau with Dougherty Elementary School
  • Glady Diaz with Dublin Elementary School
  • Michael D’Ambrosio with Dublin High School
  • Nicole Richards with Fallon Middle School
  • Lilia Tsui with Frederiksen Elementary School
  • Trisha Hahn with Green Elementary School
  • Kathy Ng with Kolb Elementary School
  • Christan Daniels with Murray Elementary School
  • Stephanie Sbranti with Valley High School
  • Delores “Dee” Michetti with Wells Middle School

Graduation and Promotion Events - This week, across the Dublin Unified School District, our teachers, schools, and communities will celebrate major milestones in our student’s lives. Our virtual high school graduations will be streamed live, while middle schools will air pre-recorded video programs, and elementary school 5th-grade classes will share slideshows created by students and teachers with their families. Dates and times can be found below. Please contact your school site for any additional details. 

High School Graduations - Event URL emailed to families, archive to be shared later

  • Dublin High School: Friday, May 29 at 5:00 PM 
  • Valley High School: Wednesday, May 27 at 5:30 PM 

Middle School - 8th Grade Virtual Promotion Ceremonies - Details to be emailed to families

  • Cottonwood Creek: Video to air Thursday, May 28th at 10:00 AM.
  • Fallon Middle School: Video to air Thursday, May 28 at 4:00 PM. 
  • Wells Middle School: Video to air Thursday, May 28 at 2:30 PM.

Elementary School - 5th Grade Slideshows - Details to be emailed to families

  • Amador Elementary: Shared via email on Thursday, May 28 at 10:45 AM
  • Cottonwood Creek: Shared via email on Wednesday, May 27 at 10:00 AM.
  • Dougherty Elementary: Shared via email on Friday,  May 29 at 8:30 AM
  • Dublin Elementary: Shared via email on Thursday, May 28 at 10:30 AM
  • Frederiksen Elementary: Shared via email on Friday, May 29 at 9:00 AM
  • Green Elementary: Shared via email on Friday, May 29 at 10:00 AM  
  • Kolb Elementary: Shared via email on Friday, May 29 at 9:00 AM
  • Murray Elementary: Shared via email on Friday, May 29 at 9:00 AM

Voices - The COVID Pandemic & New Norms - Dublin Unified School District Trustee Catherine Kuo recently participated in a panel discussion hosted by Radio Zindagi. The panel, composed of community members representing different aspects of local communities and businesses, discussed how COVID-19 orders and guidelines are impacting our health systems, communities, cities, schools and businesses. Dublin Vice Mayor, Arun Goel was also a participant. The event was recorded and is available online

Wells Middle School 5th Graders Virtual Tour - Each year, Wells Middle School typically hosts a tour for incoming students before they embark on their middle school adventure in the fall. This year, since they can’t host tours in-person, they’ve created this incredible video where you can meet staff, students, and learn what it’s like to be a Roadrunner! Thank you to our Wells Middle School Leadership Teachers, Denise Bunger and Jerry Cauchi for sharing this with us!

Dublin Students Win Soroptimist International of the Tri-Valley Scholarships - Congratulations to Madison Janes and Chloe Bercy of Dublin High. Both students received scholarship awards from the Soroptimist International of the Tri-Valley Community Service Club. Madison won the annual Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award for her community service work with Guide Dogs for the Blind. She received a $1,000 scholarship that will come in handy at USF next year and a $500 donation to Guide Dogs for the Blind. Chloe is the recipient of the annual Soroptimist International of the Tri-Valley Dale Vaughn-Bowen Scholarship, which is awarded to a student who has lost a parent to cancer. She received a $1,500 award and will be attending San Jose State next year. Read their story on Patch.com.

Kolb Elementary School Students Take On #DontRush Challenge - One of our favorite parts of distance learning has been seeing the creativity coming out of each of our virtual classrooms. The #DontRush Challenge requires each person in the compilation to shoot their own parts separately, and then it is combined by one person at the end. Check out this video of Jessica Freyler’s 5th graders as they show off one of their favorite books from this year and pass it onto their classmates in the video. Thank you to Mrs. Freyler for coordinating this neat challenge with your students! 

Extended Day Childcare, Inc. (EDCC) Opens June 1 - We are happy to share that our partners at EDCC will reopen on Monday, June 1. Per Governor Newsom’s reopening plan, childcare services are part of phase II and will be following a prescribed list of health and safety protocols. This includes all staff wearing masks, curbside drop-off and pick-up, symptoms and temperature checks upon arrival, and frequent handwashing throughout the day, just to name a few. You can hear from Vanessa Sinclair, their executive director to learn more.

Expanded Food Benefits Program - Due to COVID 19 school closures, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals can get up to $365 in food benefits in addition to their Grab and Go meals from school. These food benefits are called Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer or P-EBT. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when school is closed. Most families with children who receive CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. They will get their P-EBT card in the mail this month. For more information on the P-EBT program, go to http://bit.ly/DUSD-Meals.

Meal Service Continues Through June - Through the end of June, the Dublin Unified School District will continue to provide breakfast/lunch Grab and Go meals, Monday - Friday, from 10:00AM -12:00PM, at Dublin High and Fallon Middle School. These meals are available to all students. Those receiving meals can review menu items online and request them at our pick-up window locations. When picking up Grab and Go Meals, a hot lunch will be available and a cold breakfast will be included. All meals will be bagged for take-away and can not be eaten on site. If a parent/guardian would like to leave their child at home, they can present their child’s student ID to pick up their meal. 

With sincere thanks,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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May 22, 2020 @ 5:00 PM:

DUSD Families, 

Let’s start this Friday letter with two positive pieces of news. 

  1. Survey Update - Last night, we distributed our Family Feedback Survey to provide us with your feedback for the 2020-21 school year. By this morning, over 2,100 families have completed it! In our school community, we have close to 13,000 students and knowing what you think is critical to our planning process. If you haven’t taken it yet, be sure to click on the link and provide your thoughts. You must hit “submit” at the end of the survey for yours to count.
  2. It’s a three-day weekend! Monday, May 25 is Memorial Day. The purpose of this holiday is to honor those whose service and sacrifice ensured our freedom. I encourage you to take this day to reach out to at least one person who has or is serving our country to express your appreciation. While we are on this topic, here is a heartwarming flashback Friday - check out the full video of U.S. Navy Lieutenant and Dublin parent, Darren Nelson, surprising his children at Murray Elementary School after a year-long deployment. You can also Google this story - it made local, state, and national news! What a wonderful memory.

Since it is a holiday, we will not be issuing a communication on Monday. You will receive your next email from us on Wednesday, May 27. 

Here is your update for May 20, 2020: 

Graduation and Promotion Events - Next week, across the Dublin Unified School District, our teachers, schools, and communities will celebrate major milestones in our student’s lives. Our virtual high school graduations will be streamed live, while middle schools will air pre-recorded video programs, and elementary school 5th-grade classes will share slideshows created by students and teachers with their families. Dates and times can be found below. Please contact your school site for any additional details. 

High School Graduations - Event URL emailed to families, archive to be shared later

  • Dublin High School: Friday, May 29 at 5:00 PM 
  • Valley High School: Wednesday, May 27 at 5:30 PM 

Middle School - 8th Grade Virtual Promotion Ceremonies - Details to be emailed to families

  • Cottonwood Creek: Video to air Thursday, May 28th at 10:00 AM.
    Fallon Middle School: Video to air Thursday, May 28 at 4:00 PM. 
  • Wells Middle School: Video to air Thursday, May 28 at 2:30 PM. 

Elementary School - 5th Grade Promotion Slideshows and Virtual Celebration - Details to be emailed to families

  • Amador Elementary: Shared via email on Thursday, May 28 at 10:45 AM
  • Cottonwood Creek: Virtual Celebration on Wednesday, May 27 at 10:00 AM.
  • Dougherty Elementary: Shared via email on Friday,  May 29 at 8:30 AM
  • Dublin Elementary: Shared via email on Thursday, May 28 at 10:30 AM
  • Frederiksen Elementary: Shared via email on Friday, May 29 at 9:00 AM
  • Green Elementary: Shared via email on Friday, May 29 at 10:00 AM  
  • Kolb Elementary: Shared via email on Friday, May 29 at 9:00 AM
  • Murray Elementary: Shared via email on Friday, May 29 at 9:00 AM

Extended Day Childcare, Inc. (EDCC) Opens June 1 - We are happy to share that our partners at EDCC will reopen on Monday, June 1. Per Governor Newsom’s reopening plan, childcare services are part of phase II and will be following a prescribed list of health and safety protocols. This includes all staff wearing masks, curbside drop-off and pick-up, symptoms and temperature checks upon arrival, and frequent handwashing throughout the day, just to name a few. You can read EDCC’s recent parent letter attached and hear from Vanessa Sinclair, their executive director to learn more.

Reminder on Deadlines for Submitting Distance Learning Assignments - As the school year comes to a close, it is important that all students submit all distance learning assignments to the best of their ability. Assignments should be turned in for credit no later than two weeks after their due date and no late assignments may be turned in after Tuesday, May 26th. If your student or family is experiencing difficulties that prevent assignments from being submitted by these deadlines, please be sure to reach out directly to the teacher.

Reminder on Immunization Requirements - As a public school district we are required to follow California school immunization laws set forth by shotsforschool.org. Even with current school dismissals due to COVID-19, immunization requirements for admission to school or child care in California for the 2020-21 school year remain in place. Our district nurses have been collaborating with our professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels as well as with our local pediatricians and providers. We have been assured that most facilities are up and running and ready to see well patients in order to maintain immunization compliance. To remain in compliance with California immunization laws, please contact your health care provider to schedule immunizations that are needed.

Outside Sources (Insight into topics facing public education):

With sincere thanks,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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May 20. 2020 @ 5:00 PM:

DUSD Families,

When the school year began in August, it would have been hard to imagine we’d find ourselves where we are today. After a couple years of bumpy waters, it looked like smooth sailing was ahead, but sometimes life throws you a curveball, then a high fastball at your head, then a knuckleball, and... you get the picture! That’s where we are today - curveballs from several different directions at the same time. 

The first day of school for the 2020-21 year is Tuesday, August 11. With just over a week of school left, there is no way to accurately predict how school will start next year. While it is too early to determine the course we will take - there are so many variables - it’s critical to be prepared for all options. To that end, we will be sending an updated survey tomorrow via email. Our team is preparing for all options, and community input is a valuable part of the process. Let me be clear, I 100% believe the best place for our students is with their teachers, face-to-face, (yes... facemask to facemask). This means I would choose option 1.

Below is an overview of four options we are considering. Notice we use the words, “for example,” and “could include,” and “etc.” Nothing is set in stone and this is only for feedback purposes at this point. Please take a moment to review and consider what these might mean to you, and the challenges they may present to our students, staff, school sites and community. This will better prepare you for tomorrow’s survey.

Option 1: Return To School Full-Time

  • Students will return to school Monday-Friday with a normal schedule, but with advanced health and safety guidelines and protocol.
  • For example, this could include the implementation of mandatory face coverings, handwashing/hand sanitizer protocol before and after classes, changes to pickup and drop off (ie. parents/guardians cannot walk a child into the school, only drop off at the curb where teachers pickup students), no large gatherings, etc. 

Option 2: Continue Full-Time Distance Learning 

  • Students will attend school virtually Monday-Friday on a set schedule. This means learning would take place between normal school hours, but the schedule could vary by teacher. This would differ greatly from what we experienced in the Spring of 2020.
  • For example, this could include students being required to be on their technology devices for a mandatory 4-6 hours a day online with their teachers.

Option 3: A Hybrid Model of Learning 

  • Students will attend school in-person two days a week, virtually two days a week on a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday schedule. Friday would be reserved as a more flexible, virtual check-in day for teachers and students, and/or teacher prep and lesson design. Only staff would be on campus on Fridays.
  • For example, this could mean that half the amount of students at a school are on campus Monday-Thursday allowing for greater social distancing, more advanced health and safety guidelines and protocol, etc., however parents/guardians would be tasked with providing a structured learning space and the ability to implement a schedule for their students within that environment when they are not on campus.
  • On virtual days, students could be required to be on their technology devices for a mandatory 4-6 hours a day online with their teachers, with the exception of Friday which may be more flexible.

Option 4: Independent Study Program

  • Students will participate in their learning Monday-Friday that requires weekly meetings with the teacher of record, staying on track with assigned coursework, and meeting weekly goals on their own schedule, at home.

  • Keep in mind, although a student is home, this differs greatly from full-time distance learning (option 2). If a parent/guardian chose this option, it would only be successful if the student demonstrates that they can work independently. It would not include a set schedule each day with 4-6 hours of teacher interaction.

Here is your update for May 20, 2020: 

Michelle Partridge Named Alameda County Classified School Employee of the Year in Child Nutrition - Michelle Partridge was nominated as Classified Employee of the Year because of her dedication, positivity and leadership in her work for Dublin Unified School District. Michelle leads the kitchen at Dublin High School, and has served as a Lead Food Service Worker for eight years, many of those years spent at Wells Middle School. Her focus on great-tasting and healthful options for students and timely service make her kitchen productive. Her thoughtful approach to her work, willingness to listen to others and nurturing nature make her team stronger and have improved the workplace environment - from the serving counters to the kitchen back door. We are so pleased that Michelle was selected. She will be an amazing representative of our classified employees! Congratulations Michelle!

Picking Up Medication - We are doing end-of-year medication pick up. If you have already made contact with your Health Services Assistant, please disregard. If not, please contact them via email to set up a pickup appointment. Per Board Policy, Administrative Regulations, 5141.21, “By the end of the school year, ensure that unused, discontinued and outdated medication is returned to the student’s parent/guardian where possible or, if the medication cannot be returned, is disposed of in accordance with state laws and local ordinances”.

Therefore, please adhere to the following safe medication pick up procedure:

  • Setup an appointment with your Health Services Assistant via email.
  • Follow pick-up instructions provided by the Health Services Assistant.
  • Email confirmation to your Health Services Assistant once the medication is picked up
  • Medications will not be released to students.
  • If a parent/guardian is not able to pick up medications, please email your Health Services Assistant with a written note assigning an alternate adult to pick them up.

Meal Service Continues Through June - Through the end of June, the Dublin Unified School District will continue to provide breakfast/lunch Grab and Go meals, Monday - Friday, from 10:00AM -12:00PM, at Dublin High and Fallon Middle School. These meals are available to any student in need. Those receiving meals can review menu items online and request them at our pick-up window locations. When picking up Grab and Go Meals, a hot lunch will be available and a cold breakfast will be included. All meals will be bagged for take-away and can not be eaten on site. If a parent/guardian would like to leave their child at home, they can present their child’s student ID to pick up their meal. 

Class of 2020 Photos Wanted - DHS & VHS seniors, we’d like to share photos of you on our Instagram pages (@TheDublinHigh and @ValleyHighDublin) this month. This can include you and your yard sign, or in your cap and gown. Be creative (or not) and send images to communications@dublinusd.org or DM either instagram account. Be sure to include your school site, first name, IG handle if you want to be tagged, and a brief parting thought to your school, teachers, and/or classmates.

Kinsa Thermometers Gone in 15 Minutes - This morning, we sent an email to our community announcing the availability of 480 Kinsa Smart thermometers. These were offered to interested families while supplies lasted. The supplies lasted for a full 15 minutes! The thermometers were offered as part of the Kinsa for Schools FLUency Program which connects parents and school staff on issues of student health, enabling quicker detection of spreading illness and rapid response to help keep students well and in class. Since fever is one of the earliest signs of illness, this is an easy way to monitor the health of your family and make faster and informed decisions on how to keep them well. We will inform you If more thermometers become available.

Outside Sources (Insight into topics facing public education):

With sincere appreciation and thanks,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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May 18, 2020 @ 5:00 PM:

DUSD Families,

Each year, we look forward to celebrating our students through award ceremonies, promotions, graduations, and end-of-the year festivities. Although things look a little different this year, all of our schools are doing their best to keep traditions alive as we safely shelter in place. 

In this same vein, the end of the year marks a time when we also celebrate our staff across our school community. Typically, we honor recipients at our Board of Trustee meetings, but of course, this must be done virtually as well. We’d like to share the names of this year’s District award winners below and have created this video to celebrate all of our certificated and classified staff. If you recognize the names below, be sure to send them a congratulatory email! 

DUSD Teacher of the Year - Nicole Richards, Fallon Middle School
New Teacher of the Year - Katie Hood, Frederiksen Elementary School
Classified Employee of the Year - Amy VanEmmerik, Dublin High School
Teresa Herrington Memorial Award - Sean Adams, Dublin Elementary School 

District Recognition Recipients - (You can also view a video of our recipients here)
Since 1989, we have given a special District Recognition to classroom teachers, classified staff, administrators, and volunteers who have consistently demonstrated notable achievement in supporting the District's mission. These people are nominated by members of the school community including teachers, administrators, parents, community groups, classified staff, and students. This year’s recipients are:

  • Darrell Chapman, Computer Technician I at the District Office 
  • Adrienne Conrad, Mod/Severe SDC Teacher at Amador Elementary School 
  • Chip Dehnert, Public Information and Community Relations Officer at the District Office 
  • Rachael Guinther, Teacher/6th Grade Core at Fallon Middle School 
  • Teri Kolon, Kindergarten Teacher at Green Elementary School
  • Alex Lopez, PE Teacher at Murray Elementary School
  • Kelvin McClain, Campus Supervisor at Fallon Middle School 
  • Teri Meadows, Secretary III at Dublin Elementary School
  • Chuck Mercer, PE Teacher at Wells Middle School
  • Kenna Moirao, 3rd Grade Teacher at Frederiksen Elementary School
  • Michelle Partridge, Lead Service Worker at Dublin High School 
  • Sara Powers, Volunteer at Amador Elementary School 
  • Nia Sallee, Campus Supervisor at Cottonwood Creek School 
  • Holly Scroggins, Principal at Amador Elementary School 
  • Ashley Sheaff, English Teacher at Dublin High School 
  • Richard VanHorn, Lead Custodian at Wells Middle School 
  • Gail Weston, Volunteer at Dublin Elementary School 
  • Deborah Yamasaki, Volunteer at Frederiksen Elementary School

A press release with additional details on our award winners can be found here

Here is your update for Monday, May 18, 2020: 

Update on Distance Learning ThoughtExchange - Thank you to everyone who participated! We are happy to report that we had 867 participants, 1,252 thoughts, 28,754 ratings to answer the question, “with regards to distance learning, what are some things that are working well and what do we need to improve?” Your feedback is valuable and will be used to help us plan out the 2020-21 school year. 

Hip Hop Team Tryouts go Virtual - Do you want to be part of something great? For the first time, the 3X National Champion Dublin High School Hip Hop Team will hold tryouts online. Download the information packet and sign up now. Tryouts run from May 27-29 with the team announced on June 11. https://bit.ly/DHS-Hip-Hop (Form)  -  https://bit.ly/DHS-HipHop-Info (Info).

Reminder - Important Deadlines for Submitting Distance Learning Assignments - As the school year comes to a close, it is important that all students submit all distance learning assignments to the best of their ability. Teachers have been encouraged to be as flexible as possible in establishing assignment due dates, but it will be difficult for them to properly record large amounts of overdue student assignments, particularly at the middle and high school levels. Consequently, we want to make students and parents aware that assignments should be turned in for credit no later than two weeks after the due date and that no late assignments may be turned in after Tuesday, May 26th. If your student or family is experiencing difficulties that prevent assignments from being submitted by these deadlines, please be sure to reach out directly to the teacher.

National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Tri-Valley Resource - For the past few years, our Student Services Department has worked in partnership with NAMI Tri-Valley to connect our families with their organization. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for those whose lives are affected by mental illness through resource information and educational programs. Tomorrow, May 19, they are offering a Parent Resource and Support Group from 12:00-2:00PM via Zoom to aid families with children diagnosed with an emotional and/or mental disorder and bring them up-to-date information. There is no cost to attend this virtual meeting. Learn more at their website.

With sincere appreciation and thanks,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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May 15, 2020 @ 5:00 PM:

DUSD Families, 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our ThoughtExchange on distance learning. We appreciate your feedback and are actively using it as a way for us to prepare for the upcoming school year. We are now up to 605 participants, 840 thoughts, and 20,050 ratings. While this is great news, we have close to 13,000 families in our District (including you!) and would love to see participation at least double!

With that said, here are two things we’d like to ask of you today:

  1. Continue to participate in our ThoughtExchange by adding your thoughts and rating the thoughts of others to answer the question, “with regards to distance learning, what are some things that are working well and what do we need to improve?” This will close on Sunday, May 17 at 5:00 PM - be sure to visit the link over the weekend!
  2. Take our Distance Learning Survey. This is part II in helping us plan how best to support your student when school resumes. We understand that families may want options for school, including continuing distance learning or a combination of distance learning and attending in person. This form closes on Friday, May 22.

Here is our update for May 15, 2020: 

Dublin High Film Festival Exceeds Expectations - This Sixth Annual Dublin High School Film Festival took place last night. While the shelter-in-place order had a significant impact on the program, forcing the event online for the first time and requiring many student filmmakers to rethink, if not completely restart their films, the event was a resounding success! Nearly 3,200 devices streamed the event. Films covered everything from online dating to the struggles and successes of living life with a disability. The event also included the much anticipated “Images of the Year” video. If you missed the 2020 Dublin High School Film Festival, you can view the entire event at GaelsTV.com

Event producer, Michael D’Ambrosio had the following thoughts regarding this year’s Festival, “Thank you Dublin Community for being second to none. You continue to show why our community is like no other. Thank you so much for supporting the students and our program. Until Next year's Film Festival. Stay Fly Dublin High."

Ongoing Professional Development for DUSD Teachers - Adjusting to distance learning is challenging not only for our students, and their families, but our entire DUSD teaching staff. Overnight, our teachers were faced with the monumental task of shifting to distance teaching all while having to shelter-in-place during this COVID-19 crisis. Throughout this time, our teachers have actively engaged in ongoing professional development to learn about every new digital communication tool, how-to on designing effective distance lesson plans, using online only feedback and assessment tools, and all while working feverishly to ensure equity across their classroom. Our teachers are our superheroes. We’d like to thank them for investing their time engaging in professional development to make themselves even stronger for all of our students. Check out this Google video/commercial celebrating educators across the world.

Cap and Gown Photos Wanted - DHS & VHS seniors, we’d like to share photos of you in your cap and gown on your new Instagram pages (@TheDublinHigh and @ValleyHighDublin) this month. You can be as creative as you want in regards to what the photo looks like (surrounded by family, watching TV, standing in the garden, on a hike, eating corn on the cob, bathing your dog, etc.). Please send to communications@dublinusd.org or DM either Instagram account. Be sure to include your school site, first name, IG handle if you want to be tagged, and a brief parting thought to your school, teachers, and/or classmates.  

Meal Service Continues Through June - Through the end of June, the Dublin Unified School District will continue to provide breakfast/lunch Grab and Go meals, Monday - Friday, from 10:00AM -12:00PM, at Dublin High and Fallon Middle School. These meals are available to any student in need. Those receiving meals can review menu items online and request them at our pick-up window locations. When picking up Grab and Go Meals, a hot lunch will be available and a cold breakfast will be included. All meals will be bagged for take-away and can not be eaten on site. If a parent/guardian would like to leave their child at home, they can present their child’s student ID to pick up their meal. 

Amador Elementary School Teacher Highlights Students - As we moved into distance learning, Angelina Jennaro, a 2nd grade teacher at Amador Elementary School, found a fun way to document her student’s adventures. Since March 23, Ms. Jennaro has created an ongoing collage featuring her amazing class as they read, write, build, exercise, play instruments, Zoom (it’s a verb in today’s distance learning!) and more. Take a look at her ongoing slideshow at the link here. What a neat way to keep students engaged each day. In addition, Principal Scroggins sent us a sweet note from the parents of one of her students. It made us smile and we think it will make you smile too. Thank you Ms. Jennaro for all you do!

School Facilities Analysis (SFNA) Report - We received our SFNA Report on May 6, 2020 and it is available for review on our website. On this page, you will also find our Public Hearing Notice scheduled for June 11, 2020, as well as an FAQ. An SFNA Report serves as the basis for justifying the collection of Alternative Fees and the level at which they may be levied. It is required to be adopted by resolution at a public hearing after it has been made available to the public for a period of not less than thirty days. Prior to the public hearing, the public has the opportunity to review and comment on the SFNA. The Alternative Fees, which may be adopted at the public hearing, take effect immediately and are valid for a maximum of one (1) year, unless a revised report is adopted.

Outside Sources (Insight into topics facing public education):

Have a great weekend!

With sincere appreciation and thanks,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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May 13, 2020 @ 5:00 PM:

DUSD Families, 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our ThoughtExchange on distance learning! As we shared on Monday, this is a way for us to “gather your thoughts” on a topic and allows you to rate other people’s thoughts within the platform. 

If you haven’t participated, please take a few minutes and “give us your thoughts,” as well as rate at least 20-30 thoughts of others. Throughout the week, please continue to return to the link to rate new thoughts that come in from our school community. Rating thoughts on this platform is key to the success of a ThoughtExchange. All of this information is important as we move through our critical issues. We value your thoughts!

As of Monday, we have had 212 participants, 352 thoughts, and 7,456 ratings on the question, “with regards to distance learning, what are some things that are working well and what do we need to improve?” This particular ThoughtExchange will close on Sunday, May 17 at 5:00 PM. At that point, you will no longer be able to add or rate thoughts. Your feedback is extremely valuable and will be used to help us in our planning process for the 2020-21 year.

Click Here to Participate in our ThoughtExchange

Here is our update for Wednesday, May 13, 2020: 

2020 Dublin High School Film Festival - It happens tomorrow (May 14)! The sixth annual DHS Film Festival will stream at 6:30PM, with the first film to premiere at 7:00PM. There were over 90 films submitted (a new record) and the judges narrowed the field down to the top 18.

The festival will air on Youtube Premiere (https://bit.ly/DHS-FF2020) and GaelsTV.com. This year's event features a few special moments, including a message to DHS students from a well known Hollywood actor and the premiere of the annual "Images of the Year" video. Pop some corn, get comfortable on the sofa, and get ready for a great night! Please note that films may contain adult situations containing strong language, street violence and/or illicit drugs, and are not appropriate for young viewers. Any such adult content is presented in an educational context that appears designed to discourage street violence and/or illegal drug-related activities. 

Fake CalFresh Letter Being Circulated - There is currently a letter being circulated that says people receiving government benefits must be tested for COVID-19 or lose their benefits. The letter provides a link and phone number for people to register for a test. It also states that parents who test positive for COVID-19, with kids who test negative, will have their children temporarily removed and placed in foster care. This letter has been confirmed to be fake. 

ACOE Network Service Outage - The Alameda County Office of Education has notified us that we will experience a network service outage this Friday, May 15, 2020 from 7:30 to 11:30PM while they upgrade their servers.  During this outage, families will be unable to access the Infinite Campus portal. Please plan accordingly.

Important Deadlines for Submitting Distance Learning Assignments - As the school year comes to a close, it is important that all students submit all distance learning assignments to the best of their ability. Teachers have been encouraged to be as flexible as possible in establishing assignment due dates, but it will be difficult for them to properly record large amounts of overdue student assignments, particularly at the middle and high school levels. Consequently, we want to make students and parents aware that assignments should be turned in for credit no later than two weeks after the due date and that no late assignments may be turned in after Tuesday, May 26th. If your student or family is experiencing difficulties that prevent assignments from being submitted by these deadlines, please be sure to reach out directly to the teacher.

Update on Middle School Math Placement - Thank you to all the parents who supported their children in taking an online assessment last week to help us make placement recommendations for middle school math courses. If your child is in 5th grade, 6th grade Math Course 1 or Course 2, or 7th grade Math Course 2 and was not able to take the appropriate assessment last week for any reason, please send your child's first and last name, DUSD ID number, school site, and current math course (if in middle school) to armanusemary@dublinusd.org no later than tomorrow evening, May 14th. Makeup testing will occur next Monday, May 18th, and parents will receive specific instructions via email this Friday. Online placement testing is optional, and if you prefer your child not take the online assessment, we will enroll your child in the appropriate grade-level math course. Placement recommendations are still on track to be sent by May 31st.

COVID-19 Testing in Alameda County - The Alameda County Public Health Department has formed a COVID-19 Testing Task Force to develop and implement a coordinated testing program to address disparities, ensure countywide access, and support the County’s COVID response. Visit them here for a list COVID-19 testing sites as of May 11, 2020.

Reminder on Immunization Requirements - As a public school district, we are required to follow California school immunization laws set forth by shotsforschool.org

  • Even with current school dismissals due to COVID-19, immunization requirements for admission to school or child care for the 2020-21 school year remain in place. 
  • The district nurses have been collaborating with our professional organizations at the local, state and national levels as well as with our local pediatricians and providers. We have been assured that most facilities are up and running and ready to see well patients in order to maintain immunization compliance. 
  • To remain in compliance with California immunization laws and to ensure that your child is eligible to return to in-person learning once that resumes, please contact your health care provider to schedule immunizations that are needed.

Who would have thought two months ago that you would be a teacher, counselor, hall monitor, crossing guard, nurse, office staff, instructional aide, bus driver, principal, secretary…..AND A PARENT OR GUARDIAN!

With sincere appreciation and thanks,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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May 11, 2020 @ 5:00 PM:

DUSD Families, 

We know it’s been a crazy year. We have been working hard to provide the best distance learning experiences for all of our students. Thank you for your trust in us during this crisis and know we are discussing - on a daily basis - how we can better prepare for the future. 

With this in mind, we are leveraging a tool called ThoughtExchange that allows us to essentially “gather your thoughts” to aid us in addressing issues related to our school community. Today, I’d like to personally invite you to participate in our first thought exchange on distance learning. The purpose is to learn from you what we are doing well and where we can improve. Your feedback is valuable.

Click Here to Participate in our ThoughtExchange

The reality is, we don’t know what our upcoming school year will look like. We are planning for a regular start to the school year, a distance learning start, and a hybrid model. We want to begin the school year with students and staff at our school sites, but it’s too early to say if that will happen. We have our fingers crossed, but know it is best to be prepared for all scenarios.

Here is our update for Monday, May 11, 2020: 

Dublin Student Wins First DHPA Scholarship - The Dublin Historical Preservation Association (DHPA) recently awarded its inaugural scholarship to Dublin High School Senior, Claire Suen, for her graphic, The History of Education. The $400 scholarship honors new and innovative work, focused on local history, done by Dublin high school students. Ms. Suen's graphic shows Dublin's educational history in a fresh, unique, and easily understood manner. The DHPA is a local non-profit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to the discovery, preservation, promotion and enhancement of historical sites, buildings, photographs, information, and ephemera in and around the Dublin area.

Dublin Student Secures Billionaire Investor Tim Draper for Financial Literacy Webinar - Via Dublin Patch: “East Bay Students Invited To Financial Literacy Webinar. Dublin High student Logan Lin organized the webinar, which will feature venture capitalist Tim Draper and is planned for May 26.” For more details, click here.  

Hip Hop Team Tryouts go Virtual - Do you want to be part of something great? For the first time, the 3X National Champion Dublin High School Hip Hop Team will hold tryouts online. Download the information packet and sign up now. Tryouts run from May 27-29 with the team announced on June 11. https://bit.ly/DHS-Hip-Hop (Form)  -  https://bit.ly/DHS-HipHop-Info (Info).

Seniors Name in Lights - All parents of seniors are struggling to find a way to make graduation a special moment for their child under the shelter-in-place. Ethan McCuen's father, Jeff, falls into that category. Fortunately, Jeff works at Outfront Media, one of the largest outdoor media companies operating in the United States and Canada, and his company stepped up big time (literally). Outfront Media came up with a way to help make things special for its employee’s graduating students. The children of the employees got their names up in lights on one of the company’s 20 Bay Area digital display billboards. Ethan’s name was seen on the billboard located at Interstate 80 University Avenue.

Proposition 39 Energy Project Updates - During the Shelter-in-Place, our contractors are making use of the lack of staff and students on campus to move projects forward. A number of these projects are associated with the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39). Proposition 39 Energy Projects are taking place across our district, with work being conducted at Dublin Elementary, Fallon Middle, Wells Middle, Valley High, Dublin High, and the District Office. Details on these projects can be found in the Facilities Section of the District website

Become a Part of our DUSD Team! - Did you know we are hiring? Check out all of our current job postings at EdJoin.com for classified, certificated, and leadership positions. Be sure to share this link with your family, friends, and colleagues! 

With appreciation,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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May 8, 2020 @ 5:00 PM:

DUSD Families,

Thank you again to our students and families who have sent in notes, photos, videos, and more to express appreciation for their teachers. We’ve been sharing them on our Facebook and Instagram pages and have included more of our favorites below:

Here is our update for Friday, May 8, 2020: 

Change to Real Time Public Comment Procedure - A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 with open session beginning at 6PM. You can access the agenda here later this afternoon and view the live stream online. 

For this meeting, the Board will be taking comments in real time, using the following procedures: 

  1. For Items on the Agenda: Upon the start of a staff report or an agenda item, Board President Dan Cherrier will announce that the comment period for the current agenda item is open and that the Board is accepting email comments of no more than 300 words. At this point, the public will have a window of time to email a comment to boardcomments@dublinusd.org. The comment time will close shortly after the presentation is ended and after the Board asks its clarifying questions. At the conclusion of this window for the submission of public comments, Board President Dan Cherrier will announce that the window for public comment on the current agenda item has closed. At this point, only public comments submitted within the real-time window will be read into the record. 
  2. For Items NOT on the Agenda: Those who would like to submit a public comment for an item not on the agenda, but within the Board's jurisdiction, may email it to boardcomments@dublinusd.org up until Open Session begins at 6PM. If the Board receives an email comment for an item that IS on the agenda, a return email will be sent to the submitter, reiterating the instructions above for participation in real-time, per the new procedures.

Dublin Students to Be Honored at the 16th Annual African American Student Achievement and Excellence Award - The African American Regional Educational Alliances (AAREA) will host its 16th Annual African American Student Achievement and Excellence Awards, virtually, on Saturday, May 9 from 10AM-11AM. The celebration recognizes over 500 Alameda County African American students transitioning from elementary and middle school as well as high school juniors moving to their senior year and graduating seniors.  Awardees are honored in the following categories: Academic Excellence, Academic Potential & Success, Visual, Graphic & Performing Arts, and Cultural Leadership & Civic Involvement. Dublin students being recognized include Kayci Phillips, Kelenna Nwamuo, Shyloh Tomtania, Brent Boyd, Ashley Bryant, Dazia Cooks, Nile Desta, Jonae Dorsey, Avient-Lauryn Fadal, Kamryn Flemings, Jasmine Hines, Kimora Mya Freeman, Javoni Gardere, Mariyah Howard, Quimoni Meredith, Nia Murray, Jalen Pierce, Alivia Turner, Elana Boyd, Leila Dixon, Elijah Johnson, Nevaeh Johnson, and Elizabeth Mugambi.

Grading Portal Now Open in Infinite Campus - Late this afternoon, we opened the grading portal in Infinite Campus so all students and their parents can easily determine whether students are on track to pass their classes in grades 6-8 and earn high school credit in grades 9-12. Please note that although high school transcripts will include marks of "Credit" or "No Credit," the Infinite Campus system is capable only of indicating whether the student is currently on track to pass (earn credit) or fail (earn no credit). As always, if you have questions about a grade in a particular class, please ask the teacher for clarification. The grading guidelines for this quarter and semester were previously emailed to all families and are posted on the district website.

2020 Dublin High School Film Festival - The DHS Film Festival is Back! Not even a global pandemic could stop it. Judges reviewed over 90 submissions (a new record) and have narrowed it down to the best of the best. The Film Festival will take place on Gaelstv.com at 7PM on Thursday, May 14, 2020. Be sure to tune in. There are sure to be a few surprises!

Dublin Elementary School Variety Show to Air Saturday at 6PM - The Dublin Elementary School Variety Show will air this Saturday, May 9, at 6PM on YouTube Premieres. The event, hosted by 5th grader, Aarush Managa, includes performances by staff members, and, of course, plenty of Dublin Elementary students. In true variety show fashion, expect everything from musical performances to juggling. It's also rumored a member of the SF Giants will participate!!  Thanks to Dublin Elementary music teacher, Mrs. Theresa Jones-Heintz, for taking on the monumental task of producing this event!

Virtual Lessons with Dougherty Elementary Principal Scarpinato - With distance learning in place, our Dougherty Elementary Principal, Joy Scarpinato, has been hard at work creating fun and easy to follow YouTube videos for her school. Check them all out here and learn how to make a simple chocolate mug cake (no oven required), recycle old crayons into something new, and even how to make a Yoda puppet. If you follow one of these videos, be sure to share what you’ve created with us at communications@dublinusd.org

Tri-Valley Career Center - For families who may be seeking employment at this time, this is a great resource that continues to serve job seekers in our community. They offer free services including everything from workshops for job searching, to one-on-one career counseling to labor market information and employer recruitment events. Visit them here to learn more.

Las Positas College to Host Spotlight Series - Starting Monday, May 11, Las Positas College will begin its Career Education Program Spotlight Series. This is a great opportunity to learn why Las Positas College is your best choice for Transfer Preparation and Career Education programs. Download the flyer which has live links to a registration page. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link prior to the event. Topics include:

  • Music - Monday, May 11, 2-3PM
  • Journalism/Mass Communication - Tuesday, May 12, 3-4PM
  • Early Care and Education - Tuesday, May 12, 3-4PM
  • Interior Design - Wednesday, May 13, 10-11PM
  • Welding and Machining - Thursday, May 14, 10:30-11:30AM
  • Engineering Technology - Thursday, May 14, 2-3PM
  • Theater Arts - Friday, May 15, 3:30-4:30PM
  • Fire Service Technology - Wednesday, May 20, 3-4PM

Reminder: Visit the COVID-19 Resources Page - Our staff has worked tirelessly to create a COVID-19 Resources page packed with information on everything from food, childcare, and rent assistance to mental health support, self-care, and articles on how to deal with COVID-19. It also includes a link to our website where you can review all letters sent to our families regarding this crisis. 

Outside Sources:

Have a great weekend! 

With appreciation,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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May 7, 2020 @ 1:30 PM: 

No update today. Next update on May 8. Updates now being sent M, W & F.

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May 6, 2020 @ 5:00 PM:

DUSD Families,

I will say it again proudly, the Dublin Unified School District is amazing!

Our principals, teachers, counselors, and support staff - everyone is ROCKING IT!

And of course, with the best students in the Bay Area!

Across the nation, schools are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week to honor educators for the selfless work they do each and every day inspiring our students, instilling a love of learning, and guiding them throughout not just their academic career - but their life. Teaching is one of the toughest jobs in the world and we’d like to honor our teachers not only today, but every day. 

We’d like to take a moment to thank all of our students and families who have sent in notes, photos, videos, and more to express appreciation for their teachers. They truly bring joy to our day! Here is one from me I’d like to share with you and a few that have come our way. You’ve all done a great job!

  • Nikitha, a third grader from John Green Elementary School created this video honoring her teacher, Carley Kennedy. 
  • DUSD Freshman Mannat D, Tanvi S, Harshini R, Sharon G and Kaitlyn F, created this video to show their appreciation for their teachers.
  • Students from across Dublin have been posting comments about the teachers that made a difference in their lives on this district Instagram post. Has a teacher made a difference in your life? If so, say something in the comments section.

Want to thank a teacher, counselor or another certificated staff member, send your comments, artwork, or videos to communications@dublinusd.com and we’ll be sure to share them with the community.

Here is our update for Wednesday, May 6, 2020: 

How to Put On and Remove a Face Covering - On April 17, the Alameda County Public Health Department issued an order for all residents to wear face coverings when conducting essential business and when around others outside of their immediate household. As simple as this directive may sound, knowing how to properly put on and remove a face mask can be more complicated than it seems. We encourage you to watch this video shared with us by our District nurses to learn some very important tips on this topic.

Cottonwood Creek First Grader Brings Joy to Seniors - Via Patch - "The coronavirus has people from coast to coast hunkering down inside their homes, providing them with an abundance of free time. Residents at Stoneridge Creek senior living community in Pleasanton are spending some of their time giving back, and they're getting some unexpected and heartwarming support from a 7-year-old." Read the full story here.

Dublin Elementary Teacher Drawing Attention - When not teaching her first-grade class at Dublin Elementary, Jen de Olivera is pursuing her passion for illustration. The four-year DUSD staff member studied animation/illustration at San Jose State University and received her teaching credentials at CSU East Bay. She loves teaching art, and this school year she taught a DPIE after school class called Introduction to Comics and Cartooning. Jen makes an all-ages webcomic called Reggie, about a feisty kid penguin. She is the co-creator of her most recent project, Sunday Haha. She hopes to make children's comics accessible to as many kid readers and their families as possible. Of the Sunday Haha, Jen says, "If you remember reading the Sunday funny pages, it's similar to that!"

Frederiksen Elementary Teacher Featured in ACOE Video - Thank you to the Alameda County Office of Education for highlighting Catherine Brown, our first grade teacher at Frederiksen through your recent “Bridging the Divide: Distance Learning in Action” video. Among the challenges of distance learning, Catherine found an opportunity to offer her students a globetrotting guinea pig as a means to learn about geography and different cultures. By finding a new way to run her classroom, she is modeling resilience for her students. Be sure to take a look at the video here!

DHS Biomedical Students Create Outbreak Education Video - With the extension of shelter-in-place, DHS students, Saivishnu T, Audrey K, Brynne C, and Juana M. decided to create an informational video about outbreaks. All of them are in the Biomedical Academy and participated in planning the Outbreak Scenario for their Honors MI class. All of the facts in thw video have been checked for accuracy and the video has been approved by their teacher, Dr. Sundstrom. They wanted to share the video with Dublin families in order to educate the public on what to do during an outbreak, such as the one we are currently experiencing. Watch their video here

Mountain Mike’s Pizza in Dublin Thanks Front Line Workers - If you or a family member is working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis (healthcare workers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics etc.), Mountain Mike’s Pizza in Dublin would like to offer you a free thank you meal! They will be offering this from Wednesday, May 6 through Tuesday, May 12. This local business is owned and operated by DUSD parents and are great partners of DUSD. Learn more through their flyer attached. 

With appreciation,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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May 5, 2020 @ 2:30 PM: 

No update today. Next update on May 6. Updates now being sent M, W & F.

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May 4, 2020 @ 5:00 PM: May the Fourth be with you!

DUSD Families, 

Welcome back to another fun week of distance learning! As mentioned last week, from May 4-8 we will be sharing photos of our students in their new learning environment, whether it be a desk, kitchen table, bean bag, hammock, front seat of the car, floor, sofa, or even with a family pet! Please email one photo to communications@dublinusd.org. Keep in mind - we have received countless emails (which we love!), and it may take us time to post your picture.

Here is your update for Monday, May 4, 2020: 

California Governor: Stage 2 of Reopening California - Today, Governor Newsom announced that some businesses may be allowed to resume operations this week. He stated that updated guidelines will be provided on Thursday, May 7 and if they are met and modifications are made, they can reopen with those modifications as early as Friday, May 8. He emphasized though that local officials still have the authority to accelerate or slow down reopening at the county level. We’d like to note that although schools are listed in stage 2, our students will not be returning to our schools in-person and will continue distance learning through the remainder of the year.

Middle School Math Placement Testing - Parents of all current 5th-graders and students currently enrolled in middle school Math Course 1 and Math Course 2 should have received a letter Friday, May 1 about our adapted middle school math placement testing this coming Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. A copy of the letter is posted on our district website. Due to the current shelter-in-place order, all placement testing will be done online from home. 

  • 5th-graders and Course 1 students do not need to register in advance. They will automatically receive instructions for accessing the appropriate placement test at least 24 hours before the testing window opens. 
  • Current Course 2 students who want to be considered for placement directly into Algebra must register by completing the Google form (link in letter) since their test will be proctored by DUSD staff. They will also receive detailed instructions about how to access the test at least 24 hours before the testing session begins.

Expanded Food Benefits Program - Due to coronavirus (COVID 19) school closures, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals can get up to $365 in food benefits in addition to their Grab and Go meals from school. These food benefits are called Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer or P-EBT. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when school is closed. Most families with children who receive CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. They will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. For more information on the P-EBT program, go to http://bit.ly/DUSD-Meals.

Upcoming Board Meeting - A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Open session begins at 5:30PM You will be able to access the agenda at the end of the day on Friday, May 8. 

Reminder: Remote Website Filtering - The district has implemented remote website filtering. Students who are using district Chromebooks (or personal Chromebooks or chrome web-browsers which are signed in to the student's district account) will be filtered by the Bark Web Filtering service. If you have any questions or encounter problems, please email the helpdesk or call 925-828-2551 x7777.

Outside Sources:

May the fourth be with you! As Yoda said to Luke in Empire Strikes Back, “Do. Or do not. There is no try!”

With appreciation,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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May 1, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families,  

Happy Friday! As this is the last month of our academic school year, we encourage you to not only continue engaging in distance learning but also, incorporate a little bit of fun into your day. For example, on Monday, May 4, James Dougherty Elementary will be hosting a virtual spirit day with the theme...May the 4th Be With You. Even if you are not a Dougherty Dolphin, we encourage you to put on your favorite Star Wars (or action movie, comic book, superhero..) attire. Be sure to capture the moment and send it our way at communications@dublinusd.org

Also, Dublin Elementary is having a virtual talent show. They have asked me to contribute, so yes, I will be making my musical debut by singing and playing guitar…well singing and playing guitar are again relative terms!

Here is your update for Friday, May 1, 2020: 

Answer to Riddle - Yesterday we asked, “There are five eggs in the basket. Five people each take one of the eggs. How can it be that one egg remains in the basket?” The answer from Allison Tomcik, our third grade teacher at Kolb Elementary School is…the last person took the basket with the egg still in it. If you got this one right, give yourself a high five!

Modified Instructional Grading and Reporting Requirements - On April 22, 2020, the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees approved a modified instructional grading and reporting requirements resolution. We’ve created this webpage to provide you with more detailed information on how student grading and reporting will be determined for Spring 2020 for high school, middle school, and elementary school levels.

Some Good News Cottonwood Creek Style - Cottonwood Creek student body officers, Miranda Gonzalez, Shaarav Singh, Shivani Sridhar, and Samiksha Krishnamurthy, with the help of their advisor, Natalie Young, have created their version of Some Good News, based on the hit YouTube show produced by John Krasinski. The show covers good things that are happening at the school and in Dublin with the goal of spreading positivity in times of crisis. Some topics covered in this episode include the upcoming Cottonwood Creek virtual talent show, student art being featured on the district Instagram, Dr. Ventura's kind work, and why they like being at a K-8 school. Check out their video here.

GATE Testing Update - Due to the restrictions set in place over the course of the past few weeks, the scoring of the CogAT tests taken in February for the purpose of GATE identification has been delayed. We will communicate the results of the assessment with our families before the end of the summer. If you have any questions, please contact Curtis Haar, Director of Elementary Education at haarcurtis@dublinusd.org.

How is your student studying? - We love flooding our Instagram feed with images of student artwork, but from May 4-8, we'd like to do something different. Send us one photo of your student in their new learning environment (desk, kitchen table, bean bag, hammock, front seat of the car, floor, sofa, etc.) to communications@dublinusd.org. Please keep in mind - we have received hundreds of emails (which we love!), but it may take us time to post your picture.

Cap and Gown Photos Wanted - DHS & VHS seniors, we’d like to share photos of you in your cap and gown on your new Instagram pages (@TheDublinHigh and @ValleyHighDublin) this month. You can be as creative as you want in regards to what the photo looks like (surrounded by family, watching TV, standing in the garden, on a hike, eating corn on the cob, bathing your dog, etc.). We know there are some creative people out there! We want the photos to be a surprise, so try not to share them with anyone before we post them. Please email photos to communications@dublinusd.org and include your school site, first name, IG handle if you want to be tagged, and a brief parting thought to your school, teachers, and/or classmates (keep it clean and positive).  

With appreciation,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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April 30, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families, 

As you know, we are committed to keeping you informed through our daily updates and have been sending emails every weekday. Starting on Monday, May 4, 2020, we will be decreasing our emails from the District Office to Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 5:00PM through the end of the school year. We know that principals, teachers, and staff members are also communicating directly with you and we want to be sure we are not overwhelming your inbox.

We are here to support you. Please reach out to your school’s staff if you have a question regarding distance learning, details on events, or resources provided by our district. You can also visit our COVID-19 Resources page filled with valuable links and information.

Here is your update for Thursday, April 30, 2020: 

Let’s Start with a Riddle - We will provide the answer in tomorrow’s update…Don’t google the answer! Thank you to Allison Tomcik, our third grade teacher at Kolb Elementary School for this one! 

  • There are five eggs in the basket. Five people each take one of the eggs. How can it be that one egg remains in the basket?

Student Board Representative Garners Media Attention - Following a long and passionate board discussion, and vote, on grading policy for the remainder of the school year, one thing was clear; we have an amazing student board representative. By most accounts, Tinni Mukherjee's arguments, advocating for the student and staff voice to be heard during the April 21 Board meeting, played a key role in reversing an earlier board decision. Her poise and confidence on the (virtual) dais caught the attention of local media too. Tinni was quoted in East Bay Times and Patch articles and featured in a OneDublin interview. Our next student board representative will have big shoes to fill.  

Dublin Spelling Champ Headed To State Spelling Bee - Congratulations to Aanya Joshi, a student at Wells Middle School, on her first victory at the Alameda County Office of Education junior high spelling bee last month! Her winning word? Neophyte. Although this is her biggest win yet, she is no stranger to the spelling bee stage and has been a part of school-level bees in grades four, five and six, and advanced to the Dublin Unified School District bee last year. Read more about her story in the Dublin Patch published this week. Aanya, we are so proud of you and the entire Wells community and the whole district and city are proud of your accomplishments!

A Special Thank You to Healthcare Professionals - This COVID-19 crisis is tough and there are many on the frontlines dedicated to not only keeping our communities safe and healthy, but caring for those who are COVID-19 positive. We’d like to take a moment to share this thank you video featuring our DHS Biomedical Academy students and edited by DHS student, Everett Sundstrom. Great work!

Pass the Book! - What a better time to pick up a new book than during a shelter in place. As our students engage in distance learning, our teachers understand how much they miss their peers and being able to interact on a daily basis. One question stemming from Ms. Mehta’s  third grade class at Amador Elementary School was, “what are my classmates reading?” and this Pass the Book video was the perfect answer. We love this creativity! 

Promotions and Graduations for DUSD Schools Being Examined - During Tuesday’s Board meeting, our Educational Services Department gave a thorough presentation on potential promotion and graduation plans while we are still under a shelter-in-place order. These plans are being reviewed to make sure they provide the safest, most memorable, and appropriate promotion or graduation ceremony possible. While nothing will replace an in-person ceremony, we are doing our best to make sure our student milestones are recognized. Please stay tuned for more information and final decisions on this topic.

How is your student studying? - We love flooding our Instagram feed with images of student artwork, but for next week (starting May 4), we'd like to do something different. Send us photos of your student in their new learning environment (desk, kitchen table, bean bag, hammock, front seat of the car, floor, sofa, etc.). Send photos to communications@dublinusd.org. The week after (starting May 11), we'll change the focus to personal projects you are working on to keep busy (learning to juggle, baking, sewing, gardening, cleaning your room, woodworking, mastering the otamatone, etc.). 

Sexual Health Education for 8th Grade and High School The California Healthy Youth Act - This requires that students receive comprehensive sexual health education once in middle school and once in high school. That mandate is still in place for the current school year. Due to the shelter-in-place order, however, comprehensive sexual health education will be delivered in a distance learning format. Parents of all 8th graders as well as high school students currently enrolled in Health class should have received a notification letter about the sexual health unit, including instructions about how to opt their child out of the sexual health unit if desired. Please contact your school principal if you did not receive the notification letter.

With appreciation,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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April 29, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families, 

Last night’s Board meeting did not finish until 11:30PM. It was another late night of discussion and debate on topics that will help shape this district for years to come. Over the last week, we have had 15 hours of meetings. Regardless of their position on a given topic, I know our school board members are always trying to do what they feel is the best interest of our students. They are different people with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. They don't always agree, nor should they. As recent board activity proves, it's no easy job. Thankless at times. Being a critic is the easiest job in the world, but dealing with critics is another story. Individuals who serve on a public board or council have their share of critics! While I don't always agree with them, I have respect for those who chose to do what most of us would not! Thank you to all DUSD Board members, past, present, and future. 

Here is your update for April 29, 2020:

Grade Level Configurations Discussed at Board Meeting: The main focus of last night’s Board meeting, a topic generating 96 public comments, was Item I2: Proposed Grade Level Configurations. The Board had given staff direction to move forward with various facilities projects to accommodate the growth and modernization needs of the District. 

  • Four options were developed by staff and presented. The Board voted to eliminate Option 1 (4-1 vote) and Option 4 (3-2 vote). Options 2 and 3 will be brought back to the board for further consideration at either the May 27 or June 11 board meeting. Cottonwood Creek remaining at a K-8 or moving to a K-5 at some point in the future was the key difference between the two remaining options. 
  • It should be noted that no configuration options presented during the meeting were designed to be implemented during the 2020-2021 school year. For more information on Options 2 and 3, view the board meeting video. Click on Item I2 in the column on the left to jump to that part of the meeting. 

California Governor: Schools May Reopen as Soon as July - The reopening of schools could be part of a four-stage plan to slowly ease the state away from its current shelter-in-place order. Stage two of that plan, introduced by Governor Newsom and Dr. Sonia Angell, the state's public health officer in a Tuesday press conference, may include reopening schools in late July or August. The Governor said that “learning loss is very real," and also “If we can maybe start up the school year a little earlier, maybe we can help close that gap." 

  • It should be noted that this does not mean school will start in July, only that the Governor sees it as an option to consider. The Governor has also recently stated the next school year could start in an environment (distance learning) similar to what we are doing now. What is encouraging is that they are thinking about getting schools open again. The state referencing everything from early starts to distance learning shows just how fluid and challenging this situation can be. 
  • As stated in a previous update, we are planning for both a regular start to the school year, and a distance learning start. We clearly want to start the school year off with students and staff at our school sites, but it’s too early to say if that will happen. Fingers crossed!
  • At this point, the Dublin Unified School District has no plans to start the school year before the current 2020-2021 scheduled start date of August 11, 2020.

Some Bay Area Shelter-in-Place Restrictions Eased - Via Patch.com: “Six Bay Area counties on Wednesday officially extended their shelter-in-place order through May 31 to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. But the new order lifts restrictions on several kinds of businesses and outdoor activities, while leaving the basic stay-home mandate in place. All construction work, some businesses that operate mostly outdoors and some outdoor recreational facilities that had been closed under the previous order will be allowed to reopen under the new order, which takes effect May 4 in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, as well as the city of Berkeley, which has its own health department.” 

With appreciation,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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April 28, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families, 

With the COVID-19 crisis, we understand that navigating this new temporary normal is tough. You may have heard the phrase, “we are all in the same boat.” but the truth is, “we are all in the same storm,” and likely in entirely different boats. With distance learning, we know that our families are facing their own unique challenges and although some days are easier than others, there may be days that are more tiring, emotionally draining, and difficult.

No matter what situation you are in, we want you to know - we are here to support you.

Today’s letter is entirely dedicated to resources for our families. Our staff has worked tirelessly to create a COVID-19 Resources page packed with information on everything from food, childcare, and rent assistance to mental health support, self-care, and articles on how to deal with COVID-19. It also includes a link to our website where you can review all letters sent to our families regarding this crisis. 

Below is just a sampling of these resources, but we highly recommend you visit this page today and browse through all of the links with your family.

Counselors Contact List

We are proud to be a District that has school counselors at every school. On our DUSD Support Staff Contact Information page, we have listed the counselors for each site. They can be reached from 8:30am-2:00pm during the week.

Mental Health and Crisis Support

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact the Dublin Police Department at (925) 462-1212 or call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room. Visit our Mental Health and Crisis Support page for even more resources.

  • 24-Hour Crisis Line: 1-800-309-2131
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text keyword HOME to 741-741
  • Crisis Text Line (teens only 4pm-11pm): Text keyword SAFE to 20121

Chromebooks and Internet
To date, our IT Department has issued about 1,000 Chromebooks to students in need. They’ve also created a Technology Resources page with information on free and reduced home internet, as well as wireless hotspots. 

Remote Website Filtering
The district is rolling out remote website filtering over the course of this week. Students who are using district chromebooks (or personal chromebooks or chrome web-browsers which are signed in to the student's district account) will be filtered by the Bark Web Filtering service. If you have any questions or encounter problems, please email helpdesk or call 925-828-2551 x7777.

Educational Resources for Students 

Our elementary school counselors, Tri-Valley SELPA, and staff have collaborated to develop this Educational Resources page filled with links for social emotional learning and wellness. They also include links to virtual field trips you can take with your students to everything from the White House, Museum of Natural History to the San Diego Zoo, as well as educational YouTube channels to watch during the school day.

Meal Service 

Our Child Nutrition Services Department is holding steady preparing around 500 meals a day for any student in need. For more information on access to meals, visit our Food Resources Page.  

Last week, we also began delivering approximately 80 meals a day to select special needs students. This service is only available to special needs students that received transportation assistance to and from school and siblings living at the same address. Thank you to our Child Nutritional Services Department and our transportation partner for making this happen.

Lastly, If You Have Questions, Ask Them

If you have questions for your child’s teachers about how they are conducting distance learning, how many assignments they will provide each week, or any other aspect of their remote learning plan, feel free to reach out and ask.

We hope you find these resources helpful. We will continue to keep you updated as new ones are added. We look forward to continuing to work with all of our students and families.

Regards,

DUSD Communications Team

 

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April 27, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families, 

As we head into May this week, we understand that year-end ceremonies are important topics that are top-of-mind for many in our school community. Tomorrow evening, during the Board of Trustees meeting, our Educational Services Department will provide information on preliminary plans for 5th grade, 8th grade, and high school graduations. We encourage you to view the live stream beginning at 5:30PM.

Here is your update for Monday, April 27, 2020

Bay Area Extends Shelter-in-Place Order Through May - Per Dublin Patch: “BAY AREA, CA — Six Bay Area counties will extend their shelter-in-place orders through the end of May, officials announced Monday, saying the region has made progress in slowing the spread of the new coronavirus but that continued restrictions are necessary to avoid a resurgence in COVID-19 cases.”

Upcoming Board Meeting - A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 with open session beginning at 5:30PM. You can access the agenda here and view the live stream online. If you’d like to submit a public comment on an agendized item, please visit our website here for detailed instructions. 

K-12 Counselor Support For Long Distance Learning - During tomorrow’s Board meeting, there will be a presentation regarding plans to respond to the following areas - 1. Mental Health Support 2. Student Find (Ensuring All K-12 students are attending classes and have the support needed to be successful), and 3. Continuing to perform the necessary task to keep schools in session. You can preview the presentation here.

Public Notice of Materials Recommended for Adoption - Consistent with California Education Code and the California State Board of Education procedures for adopting new textbooks and instructional materials, Dublin Unified School District is providing an opportunity to the public to view materials that may be recommended to the DUSD Board of Trustees for adoption. Instructional materials from the following publisher has been piloted for use in grades K-5 for History/Social Studies:

  • TCI - Social Studies Alive!

The public may review these materials online through May 22, 2020. 

Proposed Grade Level Configurations - During tomorrow’s Board meeting, there will be a presentation focused on recommendations for grade level configurations to accommodate the growth and modernization needs of the District. You can view the presentation here. The Board of Trustees have specifically asked for options.

With appreciation,


Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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April 24, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families, 

During the past two weeks, Governor Newsom has repeatedly shared that the start of the 2020-21 school year will likely look different as a result of the need to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The Governor outlined six criteria that would need to be met in order to lift the shelter in place, including “The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing.” There are currently no articulated statewide plans or guidelines for what that would specifically look like in our schools. There is also no timetable as to when those guidelines might be available. 

We believe it is in the student's best interests to begin next school year in physical classrooms. However, throughout this crisis, we are fully aware of how important it is to be prepared for anything. We want to let you know that our District is proactively preparing to begin the school year IF we cannot begin in physical classrooms. We are working on parallel tracks, one as if we will all be back in August, and one if we need to open school virtually. This is a daunting task! It is one thing to finish a school year with distance learning, but beginning a school year remotely poses significantly more learning challenges. None of us know what will change in the coming weeks or months, but we do know that we want to be a District that is ready if this did occur. 

COVID-19 has been difficult on all of us. We are doing our best.

Here is your update for Friday, April 24, 2020:

Upcoming Board Meeting - A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 with open session beginning at 5:30PM. You will be able to access the agenda this afternoon. During the meeting, our staff will present plans for graduation, and promotion ceremonies. Stay tuned.

Continue Following Guidelines - As of April 22, 2020  Alameda County residents are required to wear a face covering, such as a bandana, a scarf or cloth mask, when out in public. Please continue to follow guidance provided, practice social distancing, and shelter in place. Remember, school and city play structures are closed at this time. 

Dougherty Elementary School’s Virtual Earth Week - Our Dougherty Dolphin Student Council coordinated an engaging spirit week to celebrate Earth Week! Although we are on “Fun in the Sun Friday,” these are ideas we can adopt anytime during the year. Check out their Earth Week 2020 Flyer here to learn more.

Dublin High’s Mihika Sharma, National Merit Scholarship Recipient - The initial list of 2020 National Merit Scholars was announced this week. Among the recipients was Dublin High’s Mihika Sharma. She is one of 42 Bay Area students to receive the prestigious award. Ms. Sharma, who will be attending U.C. Berkeley, studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, received a scholarship of $8,000. The scholarship, funded by Genentech, will be paid out at $2,000 per year for four years. Criteria used to assess the finalists included academic and leadership skills, extracurricular activities in school and community, along with the potential to succeed in college. Mihika says she could not have achieved this recognition without the guidance of Ms. Chou, Mr. Brown, Ms. Halket, Ms. Nobida, and Principal Byrne. She also thanks Ms. Lewis, and Ms. Sweeney, both of whom introduced her to Speech and Debate at Fallon.

Dublin High Makes U.S. News & World Report’s List of Best High Schools - According to statistics from Educationaldata.org, there are 26,727 high schools in the United States. New rankings from U.S. News & World Report place Dublin High School at #964 in the country, resulting in the school being placed on the publication’s Best High Schools list for 2020. The Best High Schools ranking identifies the country's top-performing public high schools. The publication’s goal is to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve all of their students – from the highest to lowest achieving – in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills as well as readiness for college-level work. Congratulations to DHS students, staff, and administrators for such a high honor!

We are not stuck at home, we are safe at home.

In the News:

Thank you,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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April 23, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Family, 

We’d like to sincerely thank our Board of Trustees for approving Resolution 2019/20-37, Regarding Modified Instructional Grading and Reporting Requirements During Spring 2020. This affirms the credit/no credit option for our high schools, pass/no pass for our middle schools, and standards not being evaluated for mastery (instead teachers are encouraged to provide with summary comments) for our elementary schools. We believe this was the correct decision to ensure equity for all Dublin students. 

However, there is to some degree still confusion about grades. There is the notion that a “grade” is the same in New York as it is in Chicago as it is in XYZ city. The fact is, grades are not the same. I’d like to share a quote from the University of California Director of Undergraduate Admissions Han Mi Yoon-Wu and Western Association of College Admissions Counseling President Lauren Cook: 

“As high schools make patchwork decisions on what to do about grades and GPAs, students and parents have been concerned that their school's decision may put them at a disadvantage.” But Yoon-Wu pointed out that evaluating an applicant's grades has always been a messy business. "The assumption is that they were on unequal footing to begin with. There has never been uniformity on how letter grades are awarded across schools or across districts.”

We are in a global pandemic. Colleges and universities will take this crisis into strong consideration. Now that our new modified grading is in place, take this moment to breathe.

Let's focus on ending this crazy year by honoring each of our students who have worked hard to earn a diploma, be promoted to the next grade, and move on to a new stage in their life. Our students are incredible. Let’s support them as they continue to make contributions to our community, and our world. 

Here is your update for Thursday, April 23, 2020:

Upcoming Board Meeting - A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 with open session beginning at 5:30PM. You will be able to access the agenda tomorrow afternoon. During the meeting, our staff will present plans for graduation, and promotion ceremonies. Stay tuned.

Meal Assistance Program Update - As of April 23. 2020, we have revised our meal order system. There is no longer a need to place an order online in advance. Those receiving meals can review menu items online and request them at our pick-up window locations - no pre-orders required. When picking up Grab and Go Meals, a hot lunch will be available and a cold breakfast will be included. All meals will be bagged for take-away and can not be eaten on site.

Special Needs Students Receive Meal Delivery - This week we began delivering approximately 80 meals a day to select special needs students. This service is only available to special needs students that received transportation assistance to and from school and siblings living at the same address. Thank you to our Child Nutritional Services Department and our transportation partner for making this happen.

Outside Sources: 

The Independent - Area Schools Offer Alternate Means of Celebrating Grads

With appreciation,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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April 22, 2020 @ 4:20 PM

DUSD Families, 

Today’s letter is shorter than most. We will have more to report tomorrow. We have been a little busy!

Here is your update for Wednesday, April 22, 2020:

Conclusion of the April 21 Board Meeting This Evening, April 22 - The regularly scheduled Board Meeting, which began on Tuesday, April 21, ended at 11:30PM without the full agenda being addressed. Although the Board voted 3-2 against Resolution 2019/20-37 (Regarding Modified Instructional Grading and Reporting Requirements During Spring 2020) the Board was still discussing the topic when the meeting ended. At 5:30 this evening (April 22) the Board will resume the meeting where it left off, discussing Action Item I1. You can access the Board agenda here and watch the livestream online at DublinUSD.tv

No Public Comment Tonight - Thanks to all who emailed public comments for last night’s Board meeting. Per direction from President Cherrier, public comments sent after 8:30PM last night were not read into the record. Since the Board has now voted on all agenda items, including Resolution 2019/20-37 Regarding Modified Instructional Grading and Reporting Requirements During Spring 2020, all emails sent after 8:30 PM on April 21 will not be read. Instead, we have forwarded them to the Board. We want to make you aware that the email address, boardcomments@dublinusd.org, does not reach Board Members directly, it is used for staff to gather public comments to be read during board meetings. If you wish to email a board member or superintendent directly, their contact information can be found here.

Parent Portal Reopens April 23 - Beginning tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. students in grades 6-12 and their parents will be able to view individual assignment scores through the Infinite Campus portal. Because grades are not currently being calculated, only a list of individual assignments with the "0" or "1" that has been recorded by their teachers will be visible. This will allow students to track their progress in submitting assignments and will also allow parents and teachers to continue to partner in support of student engagement and learning.

Alameda County Office of Emergency Services Announcement Regarding Face Coverings - Effective today, April 22, 2020, all Alameda County residents are required to wear a face covering on public transportation and in essential businesses open to public access. You are also required to wear them during essential activities, like going for a run or walk outdoors when unable to social distance at least six feet from others. You are not required to wear a face covering around people in your household or driving in a vehicle alone. A face covering can be something as simple as a bandana, a scarf or cloth mask. Children under 12 are not required to wear a face covering. If you have questions about the Health Order it can be found on Alameda County Public Health's website at acphd.org.

Thank you,
Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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April 21, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families, 

Shortly after this email is distributed, our April 21, 2020 Board meeting will start. A key item on tonight’s agenda is a resolution regarding modified instructional grading and reporting requirements during the Spring of 2020. If you are curious about how decisions are made, you are always welcome to watch and even participate in Board meetings. While not as entertaining as an episode of Ozark or Tiger King, our Board meetings will help you understand the issues and complexities involved in running this district. Tune in tonight. There will be no commercial interruptions!

Here is your update for Tuesday, April 21, 2020:

Board Meeting Tonight, April 21 - A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held this evening with open session beginning at 5:30PM. You can access the Board agenda here and watch the livestream online at DublinUSD.tv

If You Have Questions, Ask Them - During the initial moments of our shelter-in-place we asked you to refrain from flooding teachers with questions as they attempted to transition their personal and professional lives to our new normal. That restriction was lifted some time ago, so if you have questions for your child’s teachers about how they are conducting remote learning, how many assignments they will provide each week, or any other aspect of their remote learning plan, feel free to reach out and ask.

Rao Sisters Lend a Helping Hand - From the Facebook page of Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan: “When sisters Vaishnavi and Vasuki Rao of Dublin heard that our community’s unsheltered were having trouble accessing critical sanitary supplies, they started a project a few weeks ago in their living room called Covid-19: Bay Area’s Homeless. The sisters are creating sanitary kits and donating them to homeless shelters, with each kit containing a mask, gloves, hand sanitizer, and soap. So far, about 200 kits have been assembled from hard-to-find supplies that are being purchased. The sisters’ goal is to donate 500 to 700 kits, at a minimum, and have pledged not to quit until the pandemic is over. They have already donated large batches of kits to Tri-Valley Haven and the Trinity Center Walnut Creek with another big donation of kits scheduled for the Jordan’s House shelter tomorrow, and the Sanctuary Homeless Shelter.”

Meal Service Continues - We are continuing to provide breakfast/lunch Grab and Go meals from 10:00AM -12:00PM at Dublin High and Fallon Middle School to any student in need. Please visit our website to sign up and receive meals.

  • Previously, we have stated that students must be present to receive meals. Going forward, if a parent/guardian would like to leave their child at home, they can present their child’s student ID to pick up their meal. 

Access to Technology Continues 

  • Chromebooks - Since the beginning of the shelter in place, our IT Department has been hard at work providing Chromebooks to students in need. Please visit our website here for more information.
  • Mobile Hotspots - DUSD mobile hotspots are currently on backorder, and may take 4-6 weeks for delivery. We have compiled a list of outside vendors who are offering free and reduced price Internet services that you may consider.

Parcel Tax Oversight Committee Vacancies - In May 2019, the citizens of Dublin approved Measure E, a local parcel tax for a period of nine (9) years. Measure E requires the District to form an independent Citizens Oversight Committee whose responsibility will be to monitor the spending of Measure E funds and report their findings to the community. The oversight committee, Parcel Tax Oversight Committee (PTOC) is in need of community representation for the following:

  • One member shall, at the time of appointment, be active in a business organization representing the business community of the District.
  • One member shall, at the time of appointment, be active in a senior citizens organization, which may be a local, regional, statewide, or national organization.
  • One member shall, at the time of appointment, be active in a bona fide taxpayers organization, which may be a local, regional, statewide, or national organization.
  • One member shall, at the time of appointment, be a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District.
  • One member shall, at the time of appointment, be a parent or a guardian of a child enrolled in the District and active in a parent-teacher organization.
  • One member shall, at the time of appointment, be a member of the community at large.

For more information and application, click here.

Outside Sources

Thank you,


Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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April 20, 2020 @ 7:00 PM

DUSD Families, 

I hope you enjoyed your weekend, although I must say, weekends and weekdays all seem to blur together these days! While I’d like to think we are getting used to our “new normal,” I’m not sure we’re there yet. Wait, I can tell you I am not there. With this in mind, we need to remember to give ourselves, and those around us, a break. Everyone is impacted by these strange times and we all are all coping in different ways. I encourage you to take a moment today to show some empathy or thanks to those around you. 

Here is your update for Monday, April 20, 2020:

Board Meeting Tomorrow, April 21 - A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held tomorrow with open session beginning at 5:30PM. You can access the Board agenda here and watch the livestream online

As stated during the March 31 meeting, staff will be bringing a plan to the Board to recommend our district move to a credit/no credit system for the second semester. This would follow similar moves by surrounding districts, including Acalanes, San Ramon, Castro Valley, Livermore, and many more districts in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. If you would like to submit a public comment on this item, please review our update from Friday, April 17 with detailed information. 

ParentSquare Communication Platform - On Monday, April 13, we began testing a new communication platform called ParentSquare to help us better engage with our DUSD families with communication coming from our District office only. During this testing period, a feature that allowed families to direct message teachers was activated, although it should not have been. That feature has, for now, been deactivated. 

While ParentSquare is a much more robust communications platform than we’ve used in the past, we have not had the opportunity to discuss it as a district-wide communication platform for teachers and leaders and will not until we get through COVID-19. In the meantime, we are testing it only for District office communication.

Meal Service Continues - We are continuing to provide breakfast/lunch Grab and Go meals from 10:00A -12:00PM at Dublin High and Fallon Middle School to any student in need. Please visit our website to sign up and receive meals.

  • Previously, we have stated that students must be present to receive meals. Going forward, if a parent/guardian would like to leave their child at home, they can present their child’s student ID to pick up their meal. 

Access to Technology Continues 

  • Chromebooks - Since the beginning of the shelter in place, our IT Department has been hard at work providing Chromebooks to students in need. Please visit our website here for more information.
  • Mobile Hotspots - DUSD mobile hotspots are currently on backorder, and may take 4-6 weeks for delivery. We have compiled a list of outside vendors who are offering free and reduced price Internet services that you may consider.

Dublin High School Tutoring - While DHS is doing online learning, all DHS students have access to the HUB Tutors through Google Chats. Students can follow these steps to access tutoring:

  1. Go to Google Chats (go to your gmail, click on the apps menu in the upper right hand corner, and choose Chat).
  2. Put your cursor in the "Find people, rooms, bots" search bar. When you do, menu options will appear below the search bar. One of those options is Browse.
  3. Click on the Browse option. You will see that you have been invited to three DHS Tutoring Chat rooms: DHS Tutoring Math/Science, DHS Tutoring World Language, and DHS Tutoring English/History.

DHS is actively monitoring these rooms from 9-5 every day, but they also get a message when a student posts a question outside these hours, and they will get back to them as soon as they can. DHS tutors can answer questions via text chat, or can initiate a video chat session from within the chat rooms to answer questions face-to-face. They are there to help!

If you or your students have any questions about tutoring, please feel free to email Jean Josey at joseyjean@dublinusd.org.

Alameda County Health Officer Issues Order for the Public and Workers to Wear Face Coverings to Control the Spread of COVID-19 - Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan issued an Order for all members of the public to wear face coverings when around people outside of their household. The Order became effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 17, 2020. Enforcement will begin at 8:00 a.m. on April 22, 2020 to allow the public time to comply by making or purchasing a face covering. More info at https://bit.ly/acphd-mask

Outside Sources

Thank you,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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April 17, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families, 

Congratulations on completing your first week of long-term distance learning! Some have asked, what is different now vs. before Spring Break? Starting this week, your teachers are working with you on new content and skills to help you advance to the next course and grade level. We expect all of this work to be completed independently on a flexible schedule in order to meet the varying needs of all of our families during this time.

Here is your update for Friday, April 17, 2020: 

Upcoming Board Meeting - A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 with open session beginning at 5:30PM. You will be able to access the agenda today at 5:00PM.

Instructions for Public Comment - If you wish to make a public comment for an agendized item, you must submit your public comments by e-mail to: BoardComments@DublinUSD.org. In the subject line of the e-mail, please state the item you are commenting on, including the agenda item number and title. You are encouraged but not required to state your name. If you wish to submit a public comment on more than one agenda item, please send a separate e-email for each item on which you are commenting. Please be aware that written public comments may become public information. Public comments on Closed Session must be received by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Note that public comments on Closed Session items will be read into the record in Open Session. General public comments, and/or those related to a specific Open Session agenda item, should be received no later than 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. 

Emailed comments received by the day and time set forth above will be read aloud by a staff member during the applicable agenda item, provided that the reading of each email will be limited to three (3) minutes on each agenda item. As a general rule, a 3-minute statement will contain approximately 300 words. The Board can limit the total time for public input on an item to 20 minutes. (Board Bylaw 9323.) Any portion of your comment extending past these timelines may not be read aloud due to time restrictions. If a comment on an agenda item is received after the day and time set forth above, efforts will be made to read your comment into the record, but staff cannot guarantee that such written comments will be read aloud at the meeting. All written comments that are not read into the record will be made available to the Board and also made part of the meeting minutes, provided that such comments are received prior to the end of the meeting and are addressing topics within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Board.

Middle Schoolers Making A Difference - Local middle schoolers from Fallon, Wells, and Hart (Pleasanton) have been working through their Breaking BEARriers club to help hospital workers, such as doctors and nurses. The group of six founders, which originally met as part of a Destination Imagination team in 2014, have been creating and donating face shields to many healthcare facilities, including Washington Hospital in Fremont and the Gateway Care and Rehab Center in Hayward. In total, the Breaking BEARriers team has made and donated over 300 face shields in the past few weeks. If anyone would like to make their own face masks, the club made a simple tutorial video. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4izA6r6VW5g

Alameda County Health Officer Issues Order for the Public and Workers to Wear Face Coverings to Control the Spread of COVID-19 - ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA: Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan issued an Order for all members of the public to wear face coverings when around people outside of their household. The Order becomes effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 17, 2020. Enforcement will begin at 8:00 a.m. on April 22, 2020 to allow the public time to comply by making or purchasing a face covering. More info at https://bit.ly/acphd-mask

Outside Sources:

You can also view all of our emails to families here on our COVID-19 page. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Sincerely,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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April 16, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families, 

On Monday, April 13, we began testing a new communication platform called ParentSquare to help us better engage with our DUSD families with communication coming from our District office only. You do not have to register or create an account to receive our District messages - this is optional. If you choose to register, this gives you the ability to login to ParentSquare and review messages from their website and mobile app. We will send out a survey next week to hear your feedback on this new platform. 

Here is your update for Thursday, April 16, 2020: 

Answer to Riddle - Yesterday we asked, “what can you hold without ever touching or using your hands?” Well, we realized very quickly there are many answers to this question! The answer from Deborah Lloyd, our third grade teacher at Dublin Elementary is...your breath. Here were some of our other favorite answers we received...conversation, space, bladder, grudge, temper, and someone’s attention.

No Basketball or Soccer Games - It’s come to our attention that some Dublin students and community members are congregating in numbers at our school facilities to play basketball and soccer to mention a few. This is a violation of the shelter in place. As a result, we will be removing all basketball rims from our schools and following the lead of the City of Dublin who have already removed the basketball rims from all parks. We’ve also learned that our fields have been used for soccer games - again, this is a violation of the shelter in place. Please resist the temptation to congregate and use school facilities without honoring shelter in place and social distancing. 

Thinking of sharing your senior photo on Facebook? Think twice! - With typical end-of-year graduation ceremonies cancelled for many high school seniors, parents and districts have been looking for alternate ways to recognize student achievements. One recent trend has been to post senior class photos with the students name and the college they will be attending, along with a hashtag like #ClassOf2020. The Better Business Bureau recently posted a story about the dangers of these types of posts and how they feed into identity theft. Read more on their website

Upcoming Board Meeting - A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 with open session beginning at 5:30PM. You will be able to access the agenda tomorrow afternoon. Information on how to submit public comments will be shared during tomorrow’s update.

School-Specific Questions re: Yearbooks, Refunds, Events - We have received many questions specific to each of our schools. Your school’s leadership team will be communicating directly with you on how these topics will be addressed. For example, Dublin High School’s Junior Prom was canceled and every student who purchased a ticket was given a refund. In this case, DHS communicated directly to its school community. 

Can You Sew? Axis Community Health Needs Masks - Axis, one of our DUSD partners, is a community health center that provides medical care, mental health counseling and addiction counseling services for our community. Currently, they are facing a shortage of masks for their staff and patients. If you are someone who sews and can make and donate masks to them, they would be very grateful. For more information, contact Valerie Jonas at vjonas@axishealth.org.

Have a wonderful Friday-eve! 

Sincerely,


Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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April 15, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families, 

We are onto the third day of our long-term distance learning plan where our students are learning new content and skills to help them advance to the next course and/or grade level. We expect this work to be completed independently on a flexible schedule in order to meet the varying needs of all of our families during this time. 

Remember, distance learning is not intended to replace in-classroom instruction. It is designed to deliver essential learning for our students so that they may successfully advance in courses. We will all be sensitive to the stress families are experiencing during these uncertain times. We are in this together!

I also want to thank you for sending your artwork and musical pieces to us. We have been overwhelmed with the response, level of detail, and excellence. Not sure why I would be overwhelmed with the detail and excellence - after all, DUSD students ROCK! However, please understand we’ve received numerous submissions and will post them as soon as we can, but please have patience!

Thank you for the grace you have shown to your teachers and staff. Let me assure you that they are working very hard in extremely trying circumstances. Again, thank you. This is difficult for all of us.

Here is your update for Wednesday, April 15, 2020: 

Let’s Start with a Riddle - We will provide the answer in tomorrow’s update…Don’t google the answer! Thank you to Deborah Lloyd, our third-grade teacher at Dublin Elementary School for this one! 

  • What can you hold without ever touching or using your hands?

Meal Service Continues - We are continuing to provide breakfast/lunch Grab and Go meals from 10:00AM -12:00PM at Dublin High and Fallon Middle School to any student in need. Please visit our website to sign up and receive meals.

  • Previously, we have stated that students must be present to receive meals. Going forward, if a parent/guardian would like to leave their child at home, they can present their child’s student ID to pick up their meal. 
  • In between each meal pick-up, counters are cleaned to ensure a safe meal pick-up.

Access to Technology Continues 

  • Chromebooks - To date, we have provided 951 Chromebooks to students in need. Learn more about how to reserve a Chromebook here.  
  • Mobile Hotspots - DUSD mobile hotspots are currently on backorder, and may take 4-6 weeks for delivery. We have compiled a list of outside vendors who are offering free and reduced price Internet services that you may consider.

School Year Not Extended - Although the closure of our school sites has been extended to the end of May, the school year itself has not been extended and will end, as planned, on May 29, 2020. 

No Year-Round School - Some parents have asked if DUSD will move to a year-round schedule in light of the COVID-19 crisis. The answer is “no.” 

DHS Senior Publishes First Book in Trilogy - Celine Lafosse has long dreamt of being an author. For the last year and a half, she has been working on the first book in a planned trilogy. The talented DHS Senior took advantage of the shelter-in-place order to finish her work and on April 10, 2020, Celine’s first book, Silent Numbers, became available as a download and paperback on Amazon. Celine, who will be attending Las Positas on her way to UC Santa Cruz to study Video Game Development, wanted to thank Mrs. Sheaff, Mrs. Shi, and Chef Lawson for all the support and inspiration they have provided over the years.  

DHS Engineering & Science Building - Measures C & E bond monies are being put to good use at Dublin High. The Engineering & Science Building is reaching up from the ground, with the steel frame being put in place. Once completed, the Engineering & Science Building will add approximately 47,000 square feet of engineering and science facilities to the campus, including 15 new engineering & science classrooms, shop space, HUB/academic support space, and break-out spaces. The current plan is for the site to open in the middle of the 2020-2021 school year. It is looking like a building!

Follow us on Social Media! - We frequently post updates on our social media accounts. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Sincerely,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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April 14, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families,

Happy Tuesday! We hope your long-term distance learning is off to a great start. Remember, questions on new content and skills should be directed to your teachers via email or the online platform that your teacher is using. We anticipate a higher volume of electronic communication during this time, so please be patient. Our teachers are looking forward to working with you! 

Here is your update for Tuesday, April 14, 2020: 

Excellent Credit Rating Saves District Taxpayers Money - District staff and financing team representatives from KNN Public Finance and Jones Hall recently met with Moody’s and S&P Global as part of the issuance process for the Election of 2016, Series C Bonds. We are proud to announce that DUSD has been given ‘Aa1’ and ‘AA+’ ratings by Moody’s Investors Service and S&P Global, placing the District in the upper tier of California school districts. The ratings reflect the District’s strong financial position with healthy reserves and liquidity, large and diverse tax base and strong wealth levels of district residents, a growing student enrollment and the additional revenue stream from the parcel tax to strengthen the financial position.

A strong credit rating is a major factor in attaining lower borrowing cost for taxpayers. This excellent credit rating puts the District in a great position to issue the $123 million Measure H bonds with lower borrowing costs thereby saving Dublin taxpayers a significant amount of money. A major portion of this amount will be used to construct the first phase of the second comprehensive high school.

No College Tour, No Problem - Given the shelter-in-place and other COVID-19 restrictions, college-bound DHS seniors are unable to visit potential school sites to help them with their decision making process. Enter Leann Nobida, DHS College & Career Specialist. Ms. Nobida has secured the assistance of over 200 DHS alumni, currently studying at colleges around the country, that are willing to talk with DHS seniors about life on the campus they attend. For more information, please contact Ms. Nobida at nobidaleann@dublinusd.org.

DPIE Summer School Programs - We have received many questions regarding summer school and will be reporting out more information soon. We want to assure you that we are working very closely with our partners at DPIE with conversations happening on an ongoing basis. In the meantime, please hold your questions and we will address this topic in a future update once details are finalized.

Math Placement Tests - Discussions are occuring daily regarding our new plan with regards to math placement tests. At the moment, some of our communication may have indicated that this would begin this week, however, with the shelter in place, this is no longer the case. We will update our school calendars once this information is available.

Parcel Tax Oversight Committee Vacancies - In May 2019, the citizens of Dublin approved Measure E, a local parcel tax for a period of nine (9) years. Measure E requires the District to form an independent Citizens Oversight Committee whose responsibility will be to monitor the spending of Measure E funds and report their findings to the community. The oversight committee, Parcel Tax Oversight Committee (PTOC) is in need of community representation for the following:

  • One member shall, at the time of appointment, be active in a business organization representing the business community of the District.
  • One member shall, at the time of appointment, be active in a senior citizens organization, which may be a local, regional, statewide, or national organization.
  • One member shall, at the time of appointment, be active in a bona fide taxpayers organization, which may be a local, regional, statewide, or national organization.
  • One member shall, at the time of appointment, be a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District.
  • One member shall, at the time of appointment, be a parent or a guardian of a child enrolled in the District and active in a parent-teacher organization.
  • One member shall, at the time of appointment, be a member of the community at large.

For more information and application, click here.

Outside Sources:

Sincerely,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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April 13, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families,

Welcome back from Spring Break! We hope you had a great time with your family and enjoyed some much-needed free time to re-energize and prepare for the rest of the school year. Maybe you cleaned your garage, closets, or painted a room!  All of those fun things you have been waiting for the right time to accomplish! 

Remember, although our campuses are closed, school is still in session and our teachers are really looking forward to working with all of our students this week.

As you know, today marks the beginning of our long-term distance learning plan. This plan focuses on new content and skills, which will prepare our students to advance to their next grade level or course. Students will engage in a variety of learning experiences, differing by subject and grade level, designed by each teacher. Work will be completed independently on a flexible schedule in order to meet the varying needs of our families during this time. Distance learning is not intended to replace in-classroom instruction. It is designed to deliver essential learning for students so that they may successfully advance in courses. We will all be sensitive to the stress families are experiencing during these uncertain times.

Next steps for Long-Term Distance Learning: 

  1. Please re-watch this video with your student and family. Although this was shared before Spring Break, it addresses important topics including our expectations for students through the end of the year, how student work will be assessed, graduation for our 2020 seniors, promotion ceremonies, and more.
  2. Your student’s teacher will let you know where they will be posting assignments, homework and lessons for their class with new content and skills. 
  3. Questions on new content and skills should be directed to teachers via email or the online platform the teacher is using. We anticipate a higher volume of electronic communication during this time, so please be patient with our teachers.

DUSD Likely Move to Credit/No Credit for Second Semester - As stated during the March 31 Board meeting, DUSD intends to bring a plan to the Board during the April 21 meeting that would have the district move to a credit/no credit system for the second semester. This would follow similar moves by surrounding districts, including Acalanes, San Ramon, Castro Valley, Livermore, and many more districts in Alameda County.

Daily Family Updates Resume April 13 - As promised, we will resume posting daily family updates each weekday at 5:00pm on our COVID-19 webpage.

Meal Service and Access to Technology Continues - We are continuing to provide breakfast/lunch Grab and Go meals from 10:00am-12:00PM at Dublin High and Fallon Middle School to any student in need. We are also providing Chromebooks and have created a page of Technology Resources

Angel Parents at Extended Day Child Care (EDCC) - We are honored to be a part of such a caring community and wanted to share a positive story from our partners at EDCC. As some of you might know, EDCC was forced to close its centers brought on by the COVID-19 crisis and all 81 of their staff members were sent home to work remotely while their administration tried to figure out how to keep their team employed. As a non-profit organization, EDCC’s only source of income is their parent tuition paid monthly and the need to keep staff employed is vital to maintaining a high quality program once they are permitted to go back to work. Although March tuition had been paid and expenses covered, EDCC humbly asked parents to pay 50% of their April tuition to help meet payroll needs during this difficult time. Out of 1,021 parents, only 21 voiced concerns and were provided with options. 

Here is where our community came in. EDCC informed us that seven anonymous angel parents came forward and were not only willing to pay their half month tuition, but offered to pay their full month's tuition and have the balance applied to a parent who was in need of assistance. We’d like to thank these parents for their generous offer and helping our partners. EDCC is truly an invaluable resource in our community and hearing our families helping those in need is heartwarming. Check out this press release by EDCC to learn more. 

 

Update for High School AP Students Only - On Friday, April 3, 2020, all AP students received an email with more information on how AP exams are being conducted by CollegeBoard. Learn more about the AP exam schedule, format, schedule, and more here on their website.

DHS Seniors Heading to Military Academies - We are happy to announce that two DHS seniors will be attending our nation's top military academies next year. Joshua Ko has been accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York, and Samraat Singh has been accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in Maryland. Congratulations on achieving such a prestigious honor, and thank you for choosing to serve your country!

Have a great week! 

Sincerely,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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April 3, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families, 

As we enter into our Spring Break, I’d like to take this moment to encourage you and your students to disconnect, relax, and focus on what’s important - our health, spending time with our immediate family in our home, and adhering to sheltering in place guidelines. We implore you to engage in fun activities such as creating artwork, cooking a delicious family meal, listening to your favorite music, hosting a movie marathon or game night, exercising, reading a new book, and contacting loved ones over video chat or by phone. I know after super busy, long weeks, I really look forward to relaxing, reading a book, and just chilling. Well, I got my wish!

As I’ve stated in an earlier message… remember you are not stuck at home, you are safe at home. 

Please resist the temptation to visit friends and neighbors. We must all do our part to help our community during the COVID-19 crisis and not only think of ourselves, but others we could affect by our daily decisions. The longer we stay apart, the sooner we can be together again.

Here is your update for Friday, April 3, 2020: 

DUSD Staff Will Be On Spring Break Too: It has been quite the whirlwind adjusting to this COVID-19 crisis. Please do not contact your teachers or staff during Spring Break. We would like everyone to have this time to spend with their families. If you must email someone, we ask that you please wait until Monday, April 13. 

Daily Family Updates Resume April 13: Although we have been posting family updates every day at 5:00pm, we will not be sharing daily updates during Spring Break. If something of extreme importance occurs during this time, we will contact you via email and post it on our COVID-19 webpage.

Wear Cloth Masks: Bay Area health officials are recommending residents cover their nose and mouth with cloth masks when leaving home for essential travel such as doctor appointments, grocery shopping, or pharmacy visits. More at https://bit.ly/2UGILXW.

No Meal Service During Spring Break: From April 6-10, there will be no meals served. Meal service will resume on Monday, April 13 through the remainder of the closure, Grab and Go combination breakfast/lunch meals will continue to be served at Dublin High School and Fallon Middle School from 10:00am-12:00pm. Learn more here.

Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees: We do want to make you aware that there will be a brief, but necessary, Board meeting on Tuesday, April 7. You will be able to view the agenda at 4:00pm on Monday, April 6.

Dublin High School Science Department and Staff, Dublin High School PFSO, and Dublin Community Come Together to Donate $5,000 Worth of Personal Protective Equipment to Local Hospitals:  Shortly after the shelter in place was announced, our school community came together to donate supplies to local labor and delivery departments who are in desperate need of personal protective equipment. Hospitals benefiting from this donation included Highland Hospital in Alameda County, Contra Costa County Hospital, and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center - also the second largest county owned health/hospital in California with the second highest number of COVID-19 cases. Donations to Santa Clara additionally served the two other county hospitals in that area. Each of the 5 total hospitals received 10,000 gloves, a few hundred eye goggles, and assorted masks and hand sanitizer donated by the public. Upon receiving the supplies, doctors and nurses were moved to tears and were very grateful for the donations. Learn more here.

COVID-19 Can't Stop a Rivalry: Dougherty Valley High School encouraged its Instagram followers to "Beat Dublin!" Beat Dublin how/where you ask? Both Dublin High's Anthony Roy and Dougherty Valley's Robby Beasley are the leading vote-getters in the SportStars’ NorCal (Boys Basketball) Player Of The Year competition. We love you Wildcats, but it’s game on! We are calling on all Gaels, future Gaels, Gael parents, people named Gail, and people who know songs sung by Crystal Gayle, to go to http://www.bitly.com/VOTE-A-ROY and vote for Anthony Roy. You can vote once every six hours through April 7. Let's go Dublin. Move the needle!  We can do this for Anthony! He is an amazing athlete. I enjoyed watching him and the entire team this year!                        

Outside Sources:
EdWeek: Grading Students During the Coronavirus Crisis: What's the Right Call?
EdSource: First few weeks of remote teaching is learning experience for teachers and students
EdWeek: Coronavirus and School Closures Map
EdSource: California school board meetings go virtual, but not without obstacles
EdWeek: It's Official: All States Have Been Excused From Statewide Testing This Year
Child Mind Institute: Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the COVID-19 Crisis
Child Mind Institute: Supporting Kids During the COVID-19 Crisis

I’d like to leave you with a song. Yesterday evening, I was listening to the Bruce Springsteen song, Human Touch

One of the lines resonated with me, “I just want something to hold on to, and a little of that human touch.”  I think that is what I am missing and you may be as well. We miss being able to high five our teachers, hug our friends, and see our favorite people in person. So enjoy, turn up the volume, find the lyric...what we all need…human touch. 

We look forward to hearing all about your Spring Break.

With appreciation,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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April 2, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families,

We know these are tough times, and we want to make sure your children have independent and flexible learning opportunities as we go through this together as a district. We appreciate your support in the continued learning for your children this spring. 

Starting on Monday, April 13, we will enter into an extended phase of our distance learning plan. This includes delivering new content and teaching new skills aligned with the California content standards. Our goal is to continue delivering high-quality educational opportunities to our students to the best extent feasible. This plan was developed in collaboration with the Dublin Teachers Association and is intended to support students by engaging them in an online setting using primarily the technology and digital tools with which they are already familiar. 

Remember that even though we will be delivering new instruction, it is not business as usual. Distance learning cannot replicate the relationship and interaction that occurs between a teacher and his or her students, nor can it substitute for the collaborative learning that takes place between students in a traditional classroom setting. 

Next Steps

  1. Please watch this video with your student and family. It addresses topics including our expectations for students through the end of the year, how student work will be assessed, graduation for our 2020 seniors, promotion ceremonies, and more.
  2. Your child’s teacher will let you know where they will be posting assignments, homework and lessons for their class with new content and skills. 
  3. Questions on new content and skills should be directed to teachers via email or the online platform the teacher is using. We anticipate a higher volume of electronic communication during this time, so please be patient with our teachers.
  4. No assignments with new content and skills will be shared until Monday, April 13. Do not ask teachers for assignments in advance. It is crucial that our students and staff spend Spring Break refocusing, reenergizing, and spending time with family at home.

Let me be clear, we have had a lot of conversations about the difficulties that families are experiencing between parents being home and working from home along with their kids. We are asking teachers to be sensitive with the amount of work they are assigning. We know that the need for all family members to have computers and be on-line is difficult. We want to display grace and compassion to the situation we all find ourselves in.

Access to Technology
DUSD is continuing to provide Chromebooks and mobile hotspots to students in need. If you are in need of access to technology, visit us here on our website to make a reservation. For any additional questions, reach out to your site administrator,

Meal Services During Closure
With the exception of Spring Break, we will continue to provide meals at no charge to any DUSD student. These are available at Dublin High School and Fallon Middle School only from 10:00AM-12:00PM to pick up a combination breakfast/lunch grab-and-go meal. Learn more on our website here to sign up. It is great to see so many familiar faces when I stop by to say hello and thank our technology department and our child nutrition services department. They have been absolute ROCKSTARS during this COVID 19 crisis.

California Department of Education Resources 

COVID-19 News

We have every confidence that the strong partnership we enjoy between Dublin teachers, parents, and students will allow us to continue providing students with the best education possible under these very trying circumstances. 

Sincerely,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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April 1, 2020 @ 5:45PM

Re: April Fool’s Joke Circulating on WhatsApp

DUSD Community, 

It has come to our attention that a voicemail message with false information is circulating on WhatsApp. The voicemail states it is coming from Superintendent Marken. We want to let you know this is not true and is not from our District. 

In this false voicemail message, it stated that a vote was made among the teachers and staff and that the Board of Trustees has decided to test all students this summer to determine if they move onto the next grade. Again, this is false. 

Although someone may have created it as an April Fool’s joke, it’s not funny. We are not laughing and don’t appreciate this prank being played on our district. Our staff has been working around the clock to address this ongoing crisis and having to respond to this type of issue does not help.

If you have information on who created this message, please contact us.

Sincerely, 

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

April 1, 2020 @ 5:00PM

DUSD Families, 

Here is your update for Wednesday, April 1, 2020:

Virtual Meeting of the Board of Trustees - For the the first time in our DUSD history, we held a virtual meeting of the Board of Trustees. We’d like to thank our trustees, district staff, and IT team for your teamwork in making this a reality. Even though we experienced a significant power outage in east Dublin which required additional expertise from our amazing Tech department. We appreciate everyone who tuned in to watch yesterday. If you missed it, you can rewatch it here.

Distance Learning Plan - During last night’s Board meeting, it was stated that the Distance Learning Plans would be shared in tonight’s update. That was a mistake. This plan will be shared with all DUSD families tomorrow at 5:00PM.

Likely Move to Credit/No Credit for Second Semester - As stated during the March 31 Board meeting, DUSD intends to bring a plan to the Board during the April 21 meeting that would have the district move to a credit/no credit system for the second semester. This would follow similar moves by surrounding districts, including Acalanes, San Ramon, Castro Valley, Livermore, and many more districts in Alameda County.

UC Eases Admissions Requirements - On March 31, 2020, the UC system implemented temporary measures which relax undergraduate admissions requirements for students looking to enroll at UC for fall 2020 and future years as applicable. One of these measures includes suspending the letter grade requirement for A-G courses completed in winter/spring/summer 2020 for all students, including UC’s most recently admitted freshmen. Read more here

Harvard University Eases Admission Requirements - Harvard has taken a similar approach to the UC system. You can view their article here.

Parent Portal Reopens After Spring Break - The Parent Portal has been closed and it will reopen sometime after Spring Break. We will let you know right when it is available.

Ongoing DUSD Facilities Work - This afternoon, the county suspended all current construction projects. Each local entity can make a decision on whether to adopt a resolution to call the current projects essential work. More information to come.

Census Day - Today, April 1, 2020 is Census Day. In the words of former President Barack Obama “It's Census Day and we all have a crucial role to play. Filling out the 2020 Census determines what the next decade will look like for your community: your roads, health care, schools, representation and more. Takes a few minutes by mail, phone or online.” To read our Census message, go to https://bit.ly/DUSD-Census20

Please fill out your Census form and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same!

Also, congratulations to Diego Laredo (Cottonwood Creek) and Koby Seely (Dublin High) for receiving Honorable Mention Awards in the Alameda County Office of Education Census 2020 Student Video Contest.

Website Survey - We’d like your feedback! Right now, we are working on developing a refreshed website for our District and schools to be launched next school year. Please take our short survey here.

Meal Services Continue - Throughout our closure, the Dublin Unified School District is providing meals at no charge to any DUSD student. To date, we have served over 5,000 breakfast/lunch Grab and Go meals across our District. We’ve seen a steady increase in students visiting our two sites serving meals, Dublin High and Fallon Middle School. Visit our website for more information. 

Access to Technology Continues - Our IT team and staff have processed 637 requests for Chromebooks at home, and 83 requests for hotspots. Learn more on our website on how to make a reservation.

Follow us on Social Media! - We frequently post updates on our social media accounts. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Outside Sources

Thank you again to our students, parents, and families for your ongoing flexibility. We want to assure you that our team is working around the clock to be sure we can provide high-quality educational opportunities to the best extent feasible. 

Two more school days and then it’s time for Spring Break (and sheltering in place)!

Sincerely, 

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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April 1, 2020 @ 3:45

DUSD Community, 

Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that families and educators should operate “with the expectation now that schools will not reopen.” The full news conference is available here and features comments from Governor Newsom, CA State School Superintendent Tony Thurmond and the President of the State School Board of Education, Linda Darling-Hammond. 

Our school closures were extended through May 1. I have now decided to extend this through the end of the 2019-20 academic school year per Governor Newsom’s announcement. 

While schools will remain closed, teaching will continue through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Our focus will be on maximizing learning opportunities for Dublin students using tools that allow everyone to maintain a safe distance. We ask for your patience as we continue to adjust to these changing times. 

A staff and family update will be shared with you later today as promised. We felt it was important to share this news with you first. 

Sincerely, 

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 31. 2020 @ 3:30 pm

DUSD Families, 

Here is your update for Tuesday, March 31, 2020:

Board Meeting Tonight - View our Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees today at 5:00PM. You will be able to view the meeting on DublinUSD.TV. Due to the shelter-in-place order, there will be no live audience at this Special Board Meeting. View the agenda here

Only comments related to an item on the special meeting agenda will be read into the record. If you wish to make a public comment for an agendized item, you must submit your public comments by e-mail to BoardComments@DublinUSD.org. In the subject line of the e-mail, please state the item you are commenting on, including the agenda item number and title. You are encouraged but not required to state your name. If you wish to submit a public comment on more than one agenda item, please send a separate e-mail for each item on which you are commenting. Please be aware that written public comments may become public information.

Website Survey - We’d like your feedback! Right now, we are working on developing a refreshed website for our District and schools to be launched next school year. Please take our short survey here.

Meal Services Continue - Throughout our closure, the Dublin Unified School District is providing meals at no charge to any DUSD student. To date, we have served over 5,000 breakfast/lunch Grab and Go meals across our District. We’ve seen a steady increase in students visiting our two sites serving meals, Dublin High and Fallon Middle School. Visit our website for more information. 

Access to Technology Continues - Our IT team and staff have processed 604 requests for Chromebooks at home, and 77 requests for hotspots. Learn more on our website on how to make a reservation.

Follow us on Social Media! - We frequently post updates on our social media accounts. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Sincerely, 

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 30, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families, 

Welcome to the week before Spring Break! We hope your families are staying healthy and finding ways to enjoy time with one another. 

We know it’s challenging to find your new normal under these circumstances, which is why we appreciate the spirit of cooperation everyone has adopted in an effort to support student learning.

This week, we are continuing with our short-term plan where teachers are providing learning opportunities for students to complete that consist of current curriculum, review of current material, and enrichment opportunities. This is essentially a maintenance of learning. New curriculum will not universally be introduced until after Spring Break. Our long-term plan to create flexible independent learning options will be introduced later this week.

In the meantime, here is your update for Monday, March 30, 2020:

Board Meeting Rescheduled - The March 24, 2020 Board meeting has been rescheduled for tomorrow, March 31, 2020, at 5:00PM. You will be able to view the meeting on DublinUSD.TV. Due to the shelter-in-place order, there will be no live audience at this Special Board Meeting. If you have a question or comment you would like read during the public comment period, please email it to BoardComments@dublinusd.org.

Website Survey - We’d like your feedback! Right now, we are working on developing a refreshed website for our District and schools to be launched next school year. Please take our short survey here.

UC/CSU Announcement - The UC and CSU system will be making important announcements at some point this week. More information to follow.

Meal Services Continue - Throughout our closure, we are providing meals for any student in need. To date, we have served over 1,500 breakfast/lunch Grab and Go meals across our District. We’ve seen a steady increase in students visiting our two sites serving meals, Dublin High and Fallon Middle School. Visit our website for more information. 

Access to Technology Continues - Our IT team and staff have processed 551 requests for Chromebooks at home, and 72 requests for hotspots. Learn more on our website on how to make a reservation.

Follow us on Social Media! - We frequently post updates on our social media accounts. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

More information to come soon!

Sincerely,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 27, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families, 

We have made it through the second week of the shelter in place here in Alameda County. Thank you to our students, staff, families, and community for your ongoing support and flexibility during this time. As we start our weekend, I wanted to share a few thoughts with you via video

I’d like to remind everyone of the importance of adhering to the shelter in place guidelines. We live in a time where we have access to technology which gives us the ability to interact with our friends and family via smartphones, social media, and more. 

To our students, remember you are not stuck at home, you are safe at home. Please resist the temptation to visit your friends in-person. Spend this time at home with people in your household, play games and puzzles, have a family movie night, create artwork, read a book, and complete fun projects you’ve had on the back-burner. We must all do our part to help our community during the COVID-19 crisis and not only think of ourselves, but others we could affect by our daily decisions. 

Remember, the longer we are able to stay apart, the sooner we’ll be able to be together!

Here is our update for Friday, March 27, 2020: 

Reminder: City and School Play Structures are Closed - The City of Dublin and the Dublin Unified School District have closed access to all playground equipment. These play structures are not regularly cleaned, making them potential delivery devices for COVID-19, which can live up to 72 hours on a hard surface. Please do not attempt to access City or District play structures until notified otherwise.

Send Us Your Artwork! - If you create artwork, videos, haiku, or music this weekend, email it to us at communications@dublinusd.org for us to share on our social media accounts next week. Tell us your first name, school, and title of your piece. We’d love to hear from you. 

Update on Access to Technology: Our IT team and staff have processed approximately 500 requests for Chromebooks at home, and 50 requests for hotspots. We are continuing to accept reservations for both at  https://www.dublin.k12.ca.us/Page/15488

Meal Services Continue - Throughout our closure, we will continue to provide meals for any student in need. To date, we have served over 1,500 breakfast/lunch Grab and Go meals across our District. We’ve seen a steady increase in students visiting our two sites serving meals. Thank you to our Child Nutrition Services team for making this happen!

Board Meeting Rescheduled - The March 24, 2020 Board meeting has been rescheduled for March 31, 2020 starting at 5PM. You will be able to view the meeting on DublinUSD.TV. Due to the shelter-in-place order, there will be no live audience at this Special Board Meeting. If you have a question or comment you would like read during the public comment period, please email it to BoardComments@dublinusd.org no later than 3:00PM on Monday, March 31.

Have a great weekend. 

Cannot thank you enough,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 26, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families,

Here is our update for Thursday, March 26, 2020: 

Student Expectations - By the end of next week, we will be providing information on how student work done remotely, to date, and moving forward, will be factored into their ongoing assessment and academic progress. Please refrain from contacting your teachers regarding grading questions until you have received more information from the District. 

No Picking Up Items - Many students and families have asked if they can stop by our schools to pick up items including instruments, clothes, items in lockers, learning materials, and more. During the shelter in place, schools are closed and students and families are not allowed back on campus. We will let you know when there is an opportunity to come by your school.

No Reported Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Cases within DUSD - We’ve received inquiries regarding whether or not there have been reported confirmed positive COVID-19 cases within our community. As of today, there are still no reported confirmed positive cases for any DUSD students or staff members. If there were to be a reported confirmed positive case in our school community, we will inform you if we receive a notification from the Alameda County Public Health Department.  

School Year Not Extended - Although the school closures have been extended to May 1, 2020, the school year has not been extended and will end on May 29, 2020. We are in the process of finalizing our long-term plans to create flexible learning opportunities that deliver the best possible experiences for all of our students in a way that is sustainable for the duration of this crisis. 

With appreciation,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 25, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families,

Three months ago, we never thought we would find ourselves in this situation. Yet, our school community, including our students and staff, have amazed us with their versatility, and ability to adapt to these changing times. We are in the process of finalizing our long-term plans to create flexible independent learning options that deliver the best possible experiences for all of our students in a way that is sustainable for the duration of this crisis. 

Here is our update for Wednesday, March 25, 2020: 

School Closures Extended Through May 1 - Today, seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their county superintendents have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent. This decision means DUSD schools will be closed, along with all other schools in the region, until May 1st. We still plan to observe our previously scheduled Spring Break from April 6 through April 10th. Read the full press release here.

We want you to know that we have been preparing for this eventuality. Beginning the week of April 13th, we will be changing the focus of our distance learning plan from review to the teaching of new material while progressing on standards not previously covered. We will have a comprehensive update for you next week, as we continue to prepare for this phase of our closure. We know you continue to have questions and we are committed to keeping you updated on things like grading, graduation, other spring events, advanced placement testing, athletics and field trips as we receive further national, state and regional guidance and directives. 

Meal Services Will Continue - Throughout our closure, we will continue to provide meals for any student in need. To date, we have served over 1,000 breakfast/lunch Grab and Go meals across our District. We’ve seen a steady increase in students visiting our two sites serving meals. Thank you to our Child Nutrition Services team for making this happen!

Update on Access to Technology - To date, we have had 408 requests for Chromebooks and 54 requests for internet hotspots. Our IT team and staff will be distributing the bulk of those devices tomorrow at Dublin High School and Fallon Middle School. They have been working hard to get these devices cleaned, prepped, and ready-to-go so all our students have access to their teachers and materials. Thanks for your hard work!

Major School Events - We understand how important events like graduations, promotions, and Senior Balls can be to our students and their families. These are hard-earned memories that are cherished for a lifetime. Our goal is to provide these experiences so our students, families, and staff end the school year on a positive note. That said, current circumstances make it difficult to say when, how, or if this will happen. At this moment, we are waiting for more direction from state and federal agencies about current shelter in place orders to determine what will happen with regards to these year-ending events. Absent of state assistance, we are working with our neighboring districts to develop a common plan for end of the year decisions.

Correction - We sent the below information regarding registration yesterday and should not have included it. This only applies to new families. Please disregard.

Registration - Due to the COVID-19 shelter-in-place mandate, schools are closed and therefore not able to accept the return of registration documentation until further notice. Please note, this delay will not impact the order in which your online registration was submitted. We will provide further updates on the registration section of our website as they become available.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

With appreciation,

Dave Marken, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 25, 2020 @ 11:10 AM

En español -  In Mandarin 

Bay Area School Closures and Student Dismissals From Regular School Attendance To Be Extended Through May 1, 2020

San Jose, CA – Seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their county superintendents have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to the maximum extent. The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community are the highest priorities of all schools and districts in these six counties.

Building on the regional coordination the Bay Area jurisdictions took on March 16, 2020 in issuing Health Officer orders requiring all residents to shelter in place, the following Bay Area County Offices of Education have been working together over the last several weeks to align strategies and practices during this unprecedented time for public education: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara.

“As our schools continue to move through these extraordinary circumstances, regional educational leaders prioritized a unified approach for the appropriate extension of school closures,” said Alameda County Superintendent of Schools, L. Karen Monroe. “Being able to come to this collective decision as a region, with the involvement of our health officers, is an important step for our districts and our families in terms of safety, as well as planning and expectations.”

With the support and collaboration of the Public Health Officers in the respective jurisdictions, the County Superintendents of Schools, based on conversations with district leaders, recognized the need to extend the period of school closures and student dismissals through May 1, 2020. If further extensions become necessary, those decisions and announcements will be made at the appropriate time.

School facilities may remain open to staff for the purposes of performing tasks deemed essential by the school district and the county offices of education. Education will continue through flexible learning, meals will continue to be provided and, where possible, childcare may be arranged.

“Schools play a vital role in our communities and balancing that role with the need for additional planning for social distancing at school sites is essential at a time when community transmission is widespread in Alameda County,” said Dr. Erica Pan, Alameda County Public Interim Health Officer.

During this time, we expect our communities to continue adhering to the “Shelter in Place” Orders issued by the Public Health Officers on March 16 and stay home except for essential activities until further notification from their local health department.

In addition, all residents are urged to keep practicing the guidance provided by Public Health Officers including:

  • Social distancing
  • Washing hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Staying home if you are feeling sick
  • Contacting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing any symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
  • Engage in regular exercise or physical activity

County Offices of Education will continue to work in close partnership with local health departments and local school districts to support the children, parents, and essential workforce of the Bay Area.

“While we would like to get our students and staff back into classrooms as soon as possible, we understand where we are at this moment,” Superintendent Monroe said. “We continue to support our districts and the students and families they serve in every way possible to ensure they have critical learning opportunities and are equipped with the resources they need.”

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About ACOE
The Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE), under the leadership of County Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe, serves as liaison between the California Department of Education and the 18 Alameda County public school districts that serve more than 200,000 students and 10,000 teachers. ACOE provides oversight of district budgets and Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs). ACOE also directly operates schools that serve Alameda County most vulnerable students: Court Schools at the Juvenile Justice Center, ACOE Opportunity Academy schools serving students 16 and older seeking a high school diploma, and Community Schools that serve foster youth, students in substance abuse treatment, pregnant and parenting teens, Probation-referred youth, and students expelled from their resident school districts. ACOE also runs the Infant & Family Support Program, which provides individualized service for children from birth to three years and their families. For more information, visit www.acoe.org.

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March 24, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families, 

We trust that you find these updates helpful as we navigate these uncharted waters together.  These are indeed strange times! To that end, we are updating our website every weekday at 5:00pm with reminders and new information from our District. Some of the communications may be brief, others more extensive. For more information, please visit our website at http://bit.ly/DUSD-COVID-19.

Here is your daily update for Tuesday, March 24, 2020: 

Measure J Passes! - Today we received the official certification from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters that Measure J passed with 57.83% of the vote in support. In a time of uncertainty, this is great news for our district. Thank you to the many staff and community members who supported this effort! Priority projects for Measure J funds include the completion of the second comprehensive high school, building a middle school at Dublin Crossing, work at Dougherty Elementary and more. Click here for more information on Measure J.

DUSD Child Nutrition Services Team in an Alameda County Office of Education videoACOE created this piece to honor school and district employees across our county making a profound difference for students and families during a uniquely challenging time. 

Dublin High School Teacher Interviewed by KPIX - Michael D’Ambrosio, DHS video production teacher, was featured in a recent story regarding students craving social interaction during online homeschooling. The story also features an image of Cottonwood Creek's Lori Beth Eisenstadt in a video conference with her class. 

Registration - Due to the COVID-19 shelter-in-place mandate, schools are closed and therefore not able to accept the return of registration documentation until further notice. Please note, this delay will not impact the order in which your online registration was submitted. We will provide further updates on the registration section of our website as they become available. 

Board Meeting Rescheduled - The March 24, 2020 Board meeting has been rescheduled for March 31, 2020. More details on how to view and participate will be shared in a future update. 

Reminder: City and School Play Structures are Closed - The City of Dublin and the Dublin Unified School District have closed access to all playground equipment. These play structures are not regularly cleaned, making them potential delivery devices for COVID-19, which can live up to 72 hours on a hard surface. Please do not attempt to access City or District play structures until notified otherwise.. 

Thank you for your ongoing support.


With appreciation,

Dave Marken, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 23, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

Subject: DUSD Family Update - March 23, 2020

DUSD Families,

Starting today, we will be updating our website at 5:00pm with updates, reminders, and new information from our District. Please visit our website online at http://bit.ly/DUSD-COVID-19.

Here is the information for Monday, March 23, 2020:

Update on Meal Services
To date, we have served over 800 breakfast/lunch Grab and Go meals across our District. We’ve seen a steady increase in students visiting our two sites serving meals. Thank you to our Child Nutrition Services team for making this happen!

Update on Access to Technology
To date, we have had 280 requests for Chromebooks and 39 requests for internet hotspots. Our IT team and staff will be distributing the bulk of those devices tomorrow at Dublin High School and Fallon Middle School. They have been working hard to get these devices cleaned, prepped, and ready-to-go so all our students have access to their teachers and materials. Thanks for your hard work!

Teachers Available During Normal School Hours
Teachers are available during normal school hours. While you are free to reach out to them, please remember our teachers are not used to virtual engagement with their students and there will be some learning curve involved for some. In many cases, they are trying to manage their student’s education with their personal lives, so be patient and do not expect on-demand service.

Special Education
We are continuing to receive new information from state and federal agencies on legal requirements and best practices for distance learning for students who receive special education services. Service and support strategies for staff, students, and families are being developed and will be made available as soon as possible.

Play Structures Closed
Over the weekend, the City of Dublin closed access to all playground equipment. These play structures are not regularly cleaned, making them potential delivery devices for COVID-19, which can live up to 72 hours on a hard surface. DUSD is following the city’s lead and has closed its play structures. Staff are currently posting closure notices on play structures. We ask that you be safe and avoid these play areas until further notice.

Board Meeting Postponed
The Board meeting scheduled for March 24 has been postponed. More details on the new date and time are pending. We will provide an update as soon as details are available.

Thank you for your ongoing support, flexibility, and positivity during this challenging time.

Sincerely,

Dave Marken, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 19, 2020 @ 11:45AM

DUSD Community, 

We acknowledge that many of you have questions about how we are going to proceed with student learning. We continue to ask for your patience and flexibility as we develop our short-term and long-term plans for our District. It’s important to understand that our situation is changing daily, and in some cases hourly. We are doing our best to create flexible independent learning options which not only deliver the best possible experiences for all of our students under the circumstances, but will be sustainable for the duration of this crisis. 

Below are adjustments to our short-term plan and the beginning of a long-term plan moving forward: 

Short-Term - March 23 - April 3, 2020 

  1. Teachers are providing learning opportunities for your students to complete that consist of current curriculum, review of current material, and enrichment opportunities. This is essentially a maintenance of learning. New curriculum will not universally be introduced until after Spring Break.
    1. Student Expectations - Students are highly encouraged to complete these assignments to the best of their ability to support their continued learning progress. How these assignments are factored into a students grade, given different levels of access, ability, and responsibility, are still being determined. Understand that our students will not be penalized adversely during this COVID-19 shelter in place directive.
  2. We’ve adjusted our approach and teachers will now be available via email starting on Monday, March 23. You can contact them as needed during their normal school hours to answer questions about posted educational opportunities and lessons. 
    1. Initially, we chose to limit access to our teachers. We did this to give them time to take care of their families and adjust to this unfamiliar environment in which we are all now living. Our staff, just like our students and families, are important to us and with everything changing so quickly, we felt it was crucial to give them a moment to breathe. 
  3. Families can view ongoing communication on the District website every weekday at 5:00PM starting Monday, March 23. These communiques may be very brief if there is nothing significant to add, but we are committed to keeping you informed.

Spring Break - April 6 - April 10, 2020 
During this week, students and staff will be on break. No work and no emails! We ask that everyone take this week off to recharge.

Long-Term - April 13, 2020 - Beyond
This COVID-19 shelter in place is an evolving situation and will likely extend beyond spring break, resulting in the need for a long-term distance learning plan. We are constantly reviewing state, local, and federal guidelines as we develop our plan for delivering curriculum, and the extent to which it will be graded. Our teachers will be sending out work for DUSD students to complete, while complying with relevant distance learning guidelines. Details will be shared once they are finalized. 

Access to Technology
To better ensure equity of access, we have created a program allowing students to check out Chromebooks and internet hotspots if needed. If your student has a computer available, we ask that you not reserve a Chromebook in order to ensure availability for students who require this support. Families who qualify for the National School Lunch Program ("Free and Reduced") are eligible to check out a mobile Internet hotspot if they do not have Internet available at home. Chromebooks are limited to one per student per year. Hotspots are limited to one per family per year. You can find more information in the March 18 update on our COVID-19 page http://bit.ly/DUSD-COVID-19.

Please understand, we have a limited number of Chromebooks.

Meal Service Change
Students have access to a "Grab and Go" bagged combination breakfast/lunch for the duration of the suspension period, with the exception of Spring Break. These meals are currently available at two DUSD locations from 10:00AM-12:00PM. While meals will be available, seating will not be offered at either site. You can access the meal order menu form here to select food choices. Students must be present to receive meals.

March 16 - March 20, 2020

  • Meals are served at two sites:
    • Cottonwood Creek School 
    • Dublin High School

March 23 - March 27, 2020

  • Meals will be served at two sites: 
    • Fallon Middle School (please note this change from Cottonwood Creek School) 
    • Dublin High School

For today, March 19, 2020, we want you to know the following about our long-term plans:

District leadership, to the very best extent possible, will ensure the needs of all DUSD students will be met in a distance learning scenario: student learning, equity of access, safety and security, technology, nutrition, social emotional support, and providing additional support for students with special needs.

The most important thing we must do right now is to come together as a community. We need to  accept responsibility for the role that each one of us plays in ensuring that we are doing what we can to slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes what the District must do in order to comply with the shelter-in-place mandate. 

We realize that the uncertainty surrounding what comes next causes concern and worry. It is important to remember that we are not in this alone. Many states have closed their schools completely. This broad response to a crisis is unprecedented. While I would love to say there are no more challenges ahead, it’s very likely there will be more surprises. Being adaptable and understanding is critical in this time. 

Please take this time in the next hours and days to relax, and reflect on what is truly important including being patient, connecting with family, and staying healthy. 

Sincerely, 

Dave Marken, Ed.D.         
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 18, 2020 @ 6:30 PM

Chromebook and Hotspot Checkout
The Dublin Unified School District has a limited number of Chromebooks available for student check out if the student does not have access to a computer at home.  If your student has a computer available, we ask that you do not reserve a Chromebook in order to ensure availability for students who require this option.
To request a Chromebook, please fill out the form at the following location:
https://forms.gle/Tq6JMW5fBmS6vRHv8

Families who qualify for the National School Lunch Program ("Free and Reduced") are eligible to check out a mobile Internet hotspot if they do not have Internet available for their student(s) at home. Mobile hotspot checkouts are limited to one per family per year.
To request a mobile hotspot, please fill out the form at the following location:
https://forms.gle/Rc6y8nrdhnpH15KQ6

Devices will be picked-up at the meal distribution location of your choosing.

March 17, 2020 @ 4:30PM

DUSD Community, 

First of all, we want to acknowledge that we know many of you are concerned, unsure, and to some extent, confused about what is going on in our school district and in our daily lives. These are unprecedented times, and all aspects of our lives are being impacted in ways that would have been hard to predict just a short time ago. 

We know you have questions, we have them too. The situation is shifting daily, if not hourly, and we understand how frustrating that can feel. 

Here is what is happening next in our District:

  1. This afternoon, I am meeting with superintendents and health officials from Alameda County. 
  2. Tomorrow morning, I am meeting with the California Department of Education, led by California State Superintendent Tony Thurmond
  3. Following these meetings, our district leadership will regroup, discuss their implications, and provide an update to our staff and community tomorrow evening.

These meetings could result in new directives and a change in plan, so we want to hold off on providing updates until they are done. At the same time, it’s important for you to be in the loop, so we wanted you to be aware of our next steps.

We are two days into a four week suspension of normal activities, driven by highly unusual and unforeseen circumstances. It may take a few days for the dust to settle and for some clarity to emerge. Until then, focus on your families, relax to the best extent possible, schedule a game night, and know that we will all get through this.

Sincerely, 

Dave Marken, Ed.D.         
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 17, 2020 @8:30AM

DUSD FAQ: Will the school year be extended due to the COVID-19 shelter in place? 
 
At this point, the school year will not be extended. The last day of school is Friday, May 29, 2020. Please understand that all information is changing at a rapid rate and we will be following all state requirements.
 
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March 16, 2020 @5:30PM

MEAL SERVICE
Meals will be provided for students at Dublin High School or Cottonwood Creek School only from 10:00AM-12:00PM to pick up a combination breakfast/lunch grab-and-go meal. Due to recent county restrictions, we will now only be serving combination breakfast/lunch meals once per day. We will not be serving meals the week of spring break from April 6-10, 2020.

STUDENTS MUST BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE MEALS.

Meal Order Menu and Form During School Suspension
Use this form to select food choices. Complete one form for each student. Meals will be available at Dublin High and Cottonwood Creek School between the hours of 10am and 12noon. A Hot Lunch will be available and a cold breakfast will be included. All meals will be "Grab and Go" bagged meals to be taken away from the site.
 

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March 16, 2020 @3:30PM

Subject: Shelter-in-Place for Alameda County

A shelter in place order has been declared for Alameda County.

All staff at your child’s school, including teachers, are sheltering in place, therefore, will not be required to answer questions via email, phone call, or other means of communication now through Friday, April 10, 2020. Please do not contact them. 

What this means for Dublin Unified School District students and families:

    • All schools and the District Office will be closed through Friday, April 10, 2020. Our employees are not allowed on campus and the doors will be locked.
      • One Exception: Meals will be provided for students at Dublin High School or Cottonwood Creek School only from 10:00AM-12:00PM to pick up a combination breakfast/lunch grab-and-go meal. Due to recent county restrictions, we will now only be serving combination breakfast/lunch meals once per day. We will not be serving meals the week of spring break from April 6-10, 2020.
    • Teachers are, to the best of their ability, pushing out enhanced learning opportunities for students today and tomorrow. 
    • All enhanced learning opportunities provided to students will not be graded.
    • Given the shelter-in-place, we have no way of distributing laptops and hotspots to families that do not have them. This may change.
    • We ask that everyone shelter-in-place per Alameda County guidelines.

Thank you for your patience in this constantly changing scenario. There is no risk greater today than yesterday. The county has decided to do this out of extreme caution in order to reduce the spread of the virus.

Please take time to connect with your families, relax and stay healthy.

Sincerely, 

Dave Marken, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 14, 2020

EDCC, our on-site child care providers, will remain closed along with our schools, reopening on April 13. Parents will receive regular updates via the center's Shutterfly websites and can call 925-479-0785 with questions.

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March 13, 2020, @ 4PM

Subject: Details for Families Re: Classes Suspended Through April 10, 2020

Dear DUSD Community, 

Unprecedented times require unprecedented actions. With each passing day, and each passing hour, the landscape regarding COVID-19 is changing. As the Superintendent, it is my responsibility to oversee the day-to-day operations of our School District. I’d like to personally thank you for your ongoing flexibility, support, and patience during this time of uncertainty and assure you that our school community will get through this time together. 

Today, I made the decision and presented to the Board of Trustees that all DUSD schools suspend classes beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, April 10, 2020, with classes resuming on Monday, April 13, 2020. I’d like to thank the Board for their quick unanimous advisory vote to suspend classes and allow our staff to do the necessary work to implement these directives and complete next steps for your students and families.

Because we are in uncharted territory, this process will likely include some speedbumps and we ask for your patience as we navigate this journey together. We understand that nothing can replace the interaction between students and instructional staff in the classroom. 

Students Expected to Complete Assignments

Teachers will be communicating with students and families on lesson plans. Your student is expected to complete assignments during this time and they will be graded. We’d like to make it clear - do not, under any circumstances, expect individual learning plans for each and every one of our over 12,900 students.  

Special Education

Our Special Education Department has worked tirelessly to put the pieces in place to accommodate our special needs students during this challenging time. We’d like to thank Robbie Kreitz, President of the Dublin Teachers Association and our Special Education Department for working collaboratively to ensure all of our Special Education students are supported during this time. Details will be provided soon.

All Offices Are Closed 

All of our school offices and our District office will be closed to the public during this time and will not be receiving phone calls or in-person visits. 

Meal Assistance

Registered DUSD students whose families currently receive meal assistance will have access to a "Grab and Go" bagged breakfast and lunch during the duration of the suspension period, including the week of Spring Break. The District will make meals available at Dublin High School and Cottonwood Creek from 7:00AM-9:00AM for breakfast and 11:00AM-1:00PM for lunch. While meals will be available, seating will not be offered at either site. Next week, families will be able to go to the District website to review the menu and pre-order their meals. 

If you would like to receive meal assistance, you can apply online on the Dublin Unified School District website at https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application at least 48 hours before you plan for your students to receive breakfast and lunch. 

Technology Needs

While many in our district have home computers and Internet, some do not. The District is finalizing a plan to allow students to borrow a Chromebook and/or wireless Internet access point so that they may continue to have access to online curricular resources for the duration of the suspension of regular school activities. These devices will be checked out and returned in a similar fashion to a library book. More details on this program will be made available shortly. 

Please Do Not Allow Students To Travel

The way to make this work, and by that we mean the elimination of COVID-19, is to take complete control of your household. The greatest spread of this virus includes crossing geographic areas, including within our own nearby communities, and people-groups. Traveling anywhere could potentially continue the spread of COVID-19 rather than eradicating it. 

During this time, we highly encourage you and your family to resist the temptation to take trips, or allow your students to travel.

If you have questions, please fill in this Google form and we will do our best to provide answers as soon as they are available. 

Thank you for your patience in this constantly changing scenario. 

Sincerely, 

Dave Marken, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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Tema: Detalles para familias Re: Clases suspendidas hasta el 10 de Abril, 2020

Querida Comunidad DUSD, 

Tiempos sin precedentes requiere acciones sin precedente.  Con cada dia que pasa, y cada hora que pasa, el panorama con referencia COVID-19  está cambiando. Como Superintendente es mi responsabilidad el supervisar las operaciones de dia a dia de nuestro distrito. Quiero personalmente darles la gracias por su constante flexibilidad, soporte, y paciencia durante este tiempo de incertidumbre y asegurarles que nuestra comunidad escolar saldrá de esto, juntos.    

Hoy, Tomé la decisión y se la presente a La Junta Directiva que todas las escuelas de DUSD suspenden las clases comenzando el Lunes 16 de Marzo, 2020 hasta el Viernes 10 de Abril, 2020,  Con las clases resumiendo el Lunes 13 de Abril, 2020. quiero darle las gracias al Junta Directiva por su rápido voto unánime consultivo de suspender las clases y dejar que el personal haga el trabajo necesario para implementar estas directivas y completar los siguientes pasos para nuestros estudiantes y familias.                           

Porque estamos en un territorio desconocido, este proceso puede encontrar algunas dificultades solicitamos su paciencia mientras navegamos este viaje juntos.  Nosotros entendemos que nada puede reemplazar la interacción entre el estudiante y el personal educativo en el salón de clases.

Se Espera que los Estudiantes Completen el Trabajo Asignado
Las maestros se estarán comunicando con los estudiantes y familias acerca de las lecciones. Se espera su estudiante completen Todo el trabajo asignado durante este tiempo  y será calificado. Queremos aclarar - que bajo ninguna circunstancia, espere planes individuales de aprendimiento para dada uno de nuestros 12,900 estudiantes.  

Educacion Especial
Nuestro Departamento de Educación Especial Ha trabajado sin descanso para poner todas las piezas en su lugar para acomodar nuestro estudiantes con necesidades especiales durante este tiempo desafiante. Queremos darle las gracias a Robbie Kreitz, Presidente de la Asociación de Maestros de Dublín y al departamento de Educación Especial por trabajar colaborativamente para asegurarse que nuestros estudiantes de Educación Especial tengan soporte durante este tiempo. Detalles se proveran pronto.       

Todas las Oficinas estan Cerradas
Todas las oficinas de de la escuela y la oficina del Distrito estarán cerradas al público durante este tiempo y no se recibirán llamadas de teléfono visitas en persona.

Asistencia de Comida
Alumnos Registrados de DUSD cuyas familias reciben actualmente asistencia de comida tendrán acceso a “Tome y lleve”  bolsas de desayuno y almuerzo durante el periodo de suspensión, y la semana Receso de Primavera. El Distrito tendrá las comidas disponible en el “Dublin High School y “ Cottonwood Creek” desde las 7:00AM - 9:00AM para desayuno y 11:00 AM - 1:00PM para almuerzo, el sentarse no será posible en ninguna de las dos localidades. La semana próxima las familias podrán entrar en sitio web del Distrito para revisar los menús y pre ordenar sus comidas.        

Si Ud, desea recibir asistencia de comidas puede aplicar en línea en sitio web del Dublin Unified School District https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application por lo menos 48 horas antes de que Ud planee que su estudiante reciba desayuno o almuerzo.

Necesidades Tecnológicas
Mientras muchos de nuestro Distrito tienen computadoras y internet en casa, algunos no. El Distrito está finalizando los planes para permitir el préstamo a los estudiantes de el Chromebook y el Punto de Acceso Móvil para que puedan continuar teniendo acceso a los planes de educación en línea durante la suspensión de actividades regulares de escuela. Estos dispositivos serán registrados y devueltos en forma similar a los libros de la biblioteca. Más detalles en este programa se darán pronto.                         adelante      

Por Favor no Permita que el Estudiante Viaje
La forma de hacer que esto funcione y que significa la eliminación de COVI-19 es tomar completo control de su hogar. La mayor propagación de este virus incluye el cruce de áreas geográficas, incluyendo entre nuestras comunidades cercanas, y grupos de gente. Viajar puede potencialmente continuar la propagación del COVID-19 en vez de erradicarlo.               

Durante este tiempo,  pedimos que Ud y su familia que resistan la tentación de hacer viajes, o permitir a su estudiante que viaje.

Si Ud tiene preguntas, llene este formulario Google form  y haremos todo lo posible para proveer respuestas tan pronta que sean disponibles.

Gracias por su paciencia en este constante cambio de escenario.

Sinceramente

Dave Marken, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 13, 2020 1:00 PM

Subject: DUSD Suspends All Classes from March 16-April 10, 2020

Dear DUSD Community, 

During today’s Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees, I made the decision to suspend all classes at all Dublin schools beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, April 10, 2020. Our Board of Trustees supported this decision with a unanimous advisory vote.

While there have been no COVID-19 cases in our District, the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. School will resume on Monday, April 13, 2020. 

Expect more information to be delivered by 4:00pm today. Please do not contact us with questions or visit your school offices to ask questions yet. We will be sending you an email with more details. 

Sincerely, 

Dave Marken, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 13, 2020

Dear DUSD Community,

We will have an important discussion regarding COVID-19 with possible action during a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees at 12:00pm. This will be live-streamed at DublinUSD.TV.

Following the meeting, we will send an updated message to our school community.

Sincerely, 

Dave Marken, Ed.D.         

Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 12, 2020 

Subject: Update Regarding District Events

Dear DUSD Community, 

In light of the most recent information available to us from the Alameda County Public Health Department and the California Department of Public Health, the Dublin Unified School District is continuing to evaluate various activities and practices to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and students.

As mentioned in earlier communication, responding to COVID-19 is an evolving situation and we would like to thank you for your flexibility, support, and partnership as we provide new directives for our District. You can expect another communication from us tomorrow with details about the specific procedures we are implementing to ensure student and staff health and safety. 

AT THIS TIME, ALL SCHOOLS WILL REMAIN OPEN.

However, the following will be implemented immediately, and remain effective through Sunday, April 12, 2020. 

  • All events, gatherings, extra- and co-curricular activities both during and outside of our instructional school day will be suspended. This includes:
    • School assemblies, both indoor and outdoor
    • Rallies
    • Music and arts performances
    • Dances
    • Fundraisers on our campuses 
    • Club events and enrichment activities
    • Middle school sports
    • Open house events
  • All field trips occurring during the school day and outside the school day will be suspended.
  • Only high school athletic events and practices affiliated with the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and North Coast Section (NCS) will continue. For these events, only athletes, coaches, scorekeepers, timers, officials, and other people essential to the event will be allowed to be on site for practice sessions and official events. No spectators will be allowed. This includes parent drivers. 

District leaders are closely monitoring this rapidly-changing situation, and we will reassess our approach to these activities as the situation evolves. We appreciate your ongoing partnership in helping us navigate through this time of uncertainty. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely 

Dave Marken, Ed.D.         

Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 9, 2020 @7:00PM

Dear Dublin Unified School District Community,

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our District and all schools are open. 

The Dublin Unified School District continues to review and revise its response to COVID-19 in an effort to ensure we are following the most recent protocols and recommendations in this dynamic situation. These efforts reflect our ongoing partnership with the Alameda County Public Health Department, Alameda County Office of Education, California Department of Education, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health, California Schools Nurses Organization, and our District nurses. 

We are working with these organizations to address the criteria for school closures, distance learning, student attendance issues, extracurricular activities, and COVID-19 as an infodemic.

Below you’ll find our current position on relevant topics related to COVID-19. It should be clear that in a situation of this nature, our position may change based on the recommendations of our partners. Please be sure to check your email and the district website for the most recent updates.

CRITERIA FOR SCHOOL CLOSURES  
IF one student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, THEN we will, in consultation with our local public health department, implement a school closure for a minimum of one day or up to 14 days. The chosen length of time will be based on the risk level within the community as determined by the local public health officer. IF a student or staff member has a sibling or child in another school in our District, THEN that school will also experience a school closure. 

IF a student or staff member has a relative they are in contact with that is positive for COVID-19, THEN the student or staff member will self-quarantine as directed by our local public health officer. 

DISTANCE LEARNING
On Monday, March 9, 2020, all of our teachers were directed to create two-week lesson plans for students to take home should a school closure be implemented. We are not able to provide Independent Study contracts and do not have an online or distance learning program. 

STUDENT ATTENDANCE
At this time, schools are suspending all positive attendance awards. Any student who is sick or is experiencing even mild symptoms of an illness should stay at home. If a student comes to school ill, they will be sent home where they should remain for the duration of their illness. In these cases, learning will be supported and absences will be excused. 

We understand community concern about student health and safety. Some families have asked about keeping their own child home based on the fear of contracting COVID-19 at school. This is certainly an option any family may consider. However, per Education Code at this time, schools are unable to mark an absence excused for this reason. Standard absence protocol remains in place. If a student is out for an extended period of time, a doctor’s note may be required. Any absence due to quarantine or illness will be excused. 

For students with pre-existing health concerns, District nurses will work with students and families on a case-by-case basis and as necessary to continue specialized health care plans and make appropriate accommodations to continue educational services. 

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND LARGE GATHERINGS
At this moment, we will not cancel extra-curricular activities and large gatherings that take place at our schools in our District or within Alameda County. Please remember this is an evolving situation and when changes occur, we will notify you immediately. 

Decisions on attending extra-curricular activities and large gatherings outside of Alameda County will be made on a case-by-case basis. Please check with your school site for information.

While the district is not canceling these events, parents always have the option to withhold their child from participation.

COVID-19 AS AN INFODEMIC
We understand the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 has created anxiety, concern, and in many cases, fear. With massive amounts of information on social media and the news, another crisis we face is what the World Health Organization has called an, “infodemic.” This is an overabundance of information - some accurate and some not - which makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance. The information you are hearing from our District is coming directly from sources we trust including the Alameda County Public Health Department, Alameda County Office of Education, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health, California Schools Nurses Organization, and our District nurses. We ask that you turn to trusted sources and avoid Facebook, Nextdoor, WhatsApp, chat rooms, and similar resources as you educate yourself regarding this topic.

IF YOU ARE TRAVELING DURING SPRING BREAK
Travel, in particular, international travel, is a major concern relating to COVID-19. If you and your family are planning to travel internationally during Spring Break, we ask that you visit the Travel Information Page on the CDC website and follow their direction. The CDC has mandated that if you travel to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, you will be asked to stay home for 14 days. Right now, these countries include China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
Every person has a role to play. So much of protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense: 

  1. Washing hands with soap and water. 
  2. Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  3. Avoiding close contact with people who are sick. 
  4. Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough. 
  5. Following guidance from public health officials. 

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19, call the Alameda County Public Health Department at 510-267-3250 for guidance before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken. 

STIGMA RELATED TO COVID-19
It is crucial that we understand the impact our words and actions may have on each other. Over the past few weeks, it has come to our attention that some students have made jokes about  other students, “having the coronavirus,” and targeting them based on their ethnic background. This behavior is hurtful, wrong, and completely unacceptable and is not reflective of the values in our District. We take these concerns very seriously. If you or someone you know is experiencing this type of treatment, please contact your site administration. We will investigate every allegation and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken to ensure everyone feels safe and welcome at school. 

While we understand how difficult it is to respond to a public health concern, we must continue to emphasize this is a dynamic situation and our plans will continue to evolve based on the recommendations of our partners.

We appreciate your partnership in helping us navigate through this time of uncertainty. Thank you for your support. 

Sincerely,

Dave Marken Ed.D         
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District 

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March 4, 2020 @3:30PM 

Dear DUSD Community, 

We understand our staff and families’ concerns regarding COVID-19 and are committed to keeping you informed of active steps we are taking to ensure everyone’s health and safety. COVID-19 is a fluid situation and the way in which we respond is directly correlated with the direction we receive from the Alameda County Public Health Department. Our local, state, and national health departments have a strong history of successfully responding to outbreaks and we feel confident in working with them to keep our schools safe. 

At this moment, it is safe for our schools to remain open and extracurricular activities and events are not being canceled. If this changes based on information we receive from our public health department, we will then follow their recommendations.

We want to assure you that we do hear your questions and will be updating our frequently asked questions (FAQs) on an ongoing basis to address your concerns. Tomorrow, March 5, we are holding a multi-departmental leadership meeting to discuss and review issues, next steps, and emergency operations procedures relating to COVID-19, to ensure the District is prepared if the situation worsens. 

Here are three steps being taken this week at each school: 

  1. We are posting handwashing posters designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in all restrooms on every campus.
  2. We are having every student and staff member watch informative videos on proper handwashing techniques and cough/sneeze etiquette.
    1. Handwashing Technique -  DK-5th Grade, 6th Grade-Adult
    2. Cough and Sneeze Etiquette - Cover Your Mouth When You Cough Song or The Right Way to Cover Your Mouth (choosing the video that works best for them)
  3. We are encouraging everyone to, “Wave and Say Hello” when greeting one another. We’ve designed this poster displayed at all schools to help us minimize unnecessary skin-to-skin contact including handshakes, fist bumps, high fives, or elbow bumps. 

You can access our FAQs and letters to our community here on our website (http://bit.ly/DUSD-COVID-19). 

Thank you for your cooperation and support.

Sincerely,

Dave Marken Ed.D         
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

Vicki Fukumae, RN and Zabi Habibi, RN
District Nurses 
Dublin Unified School District

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March 2, 2020 @7:15PM 

Dear DUSD Community,

We want to reassure you that we are closely monitoring COVID-19, are aware of the recent media coverage, and hear our families’ concerns. We understand that news on COVID-19 causes anxiety and stress, and we want to provide you with clarity on how this affects our District. While many people are turning to social media sites, including Facebook, Whats App, and NextDoor, these sources can often increase fear and spread false information. The information you are hearing from our District is coming directly from sources we trust including the Alameda County Public Health DepartmentCenters for Disease Control and PreventionCalifornia Department of Public HealthCalifornia Schools Nurses Organization, and our District nurses. ​

The most commonly asked questions we are hearing from our families include:

  1. Is my child safe to attend school?
  2. Are our schools being cleaned adequately to ensure student safety?
  3. Is it safe for my child to continue to be involved in extracurricular activities including sports activities, conferences, camps, and events?
  4. Is the District prepared for a potential spread of COVID-19? 

The short answer to all of these questions is YES. Although COVID-19 is a fluid situation, it is currently safe for your child to attend school, no extracurricular activities are being canceled, our schools are cleaned adequately to ensure student safety, and responding to the spread of a communicable disease, like COVID-19, is part of regular safety planning for all of our schools. 

On Wednesday, March 4, we will be providing all families with more information on additional efforts to keep COVID-19 out of our schools. Please look out for this email in your inboxes. 

Current Risk Assessment of COVID-19 in Dublin Schools

At this time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people in the United States will have little immediate risk of exposure to COVID-19. 
 
The Alameda and Solano County Public Health Departments are reporting that two health care workers are presumptive positive for COVID-19. This news does not affect our Dublin schools, however it is important to stay informed. You can read more on this through their Situation Update here.
 
You may hear the term “pandemic” used in relation to COVID-19. It is important to know that pandemic describes a disease that is affecting many places around the world at the same time. Pandemic does not necessarily mean a disease is extremely deadly or untreatable. The H1N1 flu in 2009 was a pandemic disease, for example, because it affected many parts of the world.
 
You can access all of our communication regarding COVID-19 on the homepage of our website at DublinUSD.org. We are committed to keeping you informed and will provide new information as it becomes available.
 
Thank you for your cooperation and support.  
 
Sincerely, 
 
Dave Marken Ed.D
​Superintendent
​Dublin Unified School District

Vicki Fukumae, RN and Zabi Habibi, RN
​District Nurses 
​Dublin Unified School District

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February 26, 2020 @3:30PM

Dear DUSD Families, 

The Dublin Unified School District is continuing to closely monitor the novel coronavirus situation, now named COVID-19. We are working directly with the Alameda County Public Health Department, our District nurses, and staff to ensure we are following the correct protocol to keep COVID-19 out of our schools. You can visit our website to view all letters sent to families regarding this topic.

We are aware of the recent media coverage stating that more cases are likely to be identified in the United States. It is important to remember that individual risk is dependent on exposure. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “for the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.” This means, Alameda County residents, including our Dublin Unified School District community and neighbors, are still at a low risk of becoming affected. 

As spring break approaches in April, we do ask that if you are planning to travel outside of the country, please visit the Information for Travel page on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to view recommendations on how to keep your family safe.

We thank you for your cooperation and support.  

Sincerely, 

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

Vicki Fukumae, RN and Zabi Habibi, RN
District Nurses 
Dublin Unified School District

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February 4, 2020 @5:45PM

Dear DUSD Families,

As you know, the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority and we are working closely with our public health department, District nurses, and staff to ensure we are following the correct protocol in our schools and keeping you informed regarding our efforts to keep the coronavirus out of our schools. Today, the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) and Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) issued a letter to our community with the latest information. You can view it here.

It’s important to remember that the risk to the general public remains low. To date, there are no confirmed cases in Alameda County. The general Alameda County public should continue to engage in their regular activities and people should not be excluded from activities based on their race or country of origin.

While school districts do not have the authority to enforce self-imposed quarantines, the ACPHD and ACOE are recommending that if you have traveled anywhere in mainland China within the past two weeks, you should stay home and call the Alameda County Public Health Department at 510-267-3250 for additional guidance.

To be clear, this is a recommendation, not a mandate.

Since this is the height of cold and flu season, and the coronavirus can be spread in much the same way, we continue to encourage all students, parents, and staff to take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases. 

  • Encourage students and staff to stay home when they are sick. 

    • Those who have a fever at school should go home and stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine. 

    • Separate sick students and staff from others, ideally in a separate place, until they can be picked up to go home.

  • Promote hand hygiene among students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and availability of soap and water or hand sanitizer. 

  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth. 

  • Teach and encourage proper cough etiquette—cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm (do not use hands). 

  • Perform routine surface cleaning. 

  • Be vigilant when attending large gatherings, as this is where respiratory viruses often spread. If you are not feeling well or are experiencing cold, flu, or other symptoms, stay home to avoid spreading germs. For more information on the novel Coronavirus

Here are links to our recent messages to staff and families:

January 29, 2020 - Addressing the Novel Coronavirus with our School Community
January 28, 2020 - Latest Information Re: Coronavirus from ACOE and ACPHD
January 24, 2020 - Cold and Flu Season Tips & Coronavirus Update 

Thank you for working with us to keep our schools healthy and safe. 

Sincerely, 

Dave Marken Ed.D         
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

Vicki Fukumae, RN and Zabi Habibi, RN
District Nurses 
Dublin Unified School District

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January 29, 2020 @7:00PM

Dear DUSD Families,

We are continuing to closely monitor the novel coronavirus and want to provide you with an update, as well as address concerns and questions from our school community. While a new virus can cause stress and anxiety, it’s important to turn to factual information from reliable sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Alameda County Public Health Department, for direction on next steps.

As of today, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “for the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV (coronavirus) is considered low.” This means, Alameda County residents, including our Dublin Unified School District community and neighbors, are at a low risk of becoming affected.  

Unless a public health agency provides guidance to the contrary, the District will not exclude asymptomatic students or staff from a school site based on their recent overseas travel. The District certainly has no right to exclude students and staff based on their race or country of origin. Our students, staff, and families should continue to engage in their regular activities and practice good public health hygiene as this is the height of cold and flu season across our community.  

The Dublin Unified School District is still advising families not to send their child to school if they may be sick. Keeping your sick child home will be a great benefit for the health and wellness of our students and staff. If children are sent to school sick, they can be removed from class and school as deemed appropriate by our staff and nurses. If your child is sick, they must be fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medications, before returning to school. 

Below are FAQs from our community.

We appreciate your partnership in this and will continue to keep you informed as things develop. 

Sincerely,

Dave Marken Ed. D. 
Superintendent 
Dublin Unified School District

FAQs 

What resources are available for me to learn more about the coronavirus. 

My child has told me their classmate recently returned from China. What will be done as a follow up to this information?

Unless a public health agency provides guidance to the contrary, the District will not exclude asymptomatic students or staff from a school site based on their recent overseas travel. The District certainly has no right to exclude students and staff based on their race or country of origin. If a child did have symptoms of illness, they can be removed from class and school as deemed appropriate by our staff and nurses.

I’d like to request information regarding an enrolled student’s race, country of origin, or recent travel. Can the District or school provide that to me?

Per FERPA & HIPAA laws, the Dublin Unified School District cannot share confidential student records, including health information, of any type. 

Are students required to wear a surgical mask to school?

No, but they can if they choose to wear a mask.

Should students be wearing N95 masks instead?

N95 masks are not recommended for children because of improper fit. In fact, according to the interim health officer at the Alameda County Department of Public Health, there are no N95 equivalent masks approved for use by children in the United States. 

My student is striving for perfect attendance, but may be experiencing symptoms of an illness. Should I keep them at home?

Yes, the safety and health of our students and staff is our top priority and students who feel sick should stay home. Unfortunately, this does affect having perfect attendance, but keeping everyone healthy is more important.  

What can we do to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, such as the cold or flu?

  • Stay home if you are sick. Keeping your sick child home will be a great benefit for the health and wellness of our students and staff. If children are sent to school sick, they can be removed from class and school as deemed appropriate by our staff and nurses. If your child is sick, they must be fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medications, before returning to school.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) are spread by coughing, sneezing and unclean hands.
  • Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.  Here is a three-minute video from the CDC about proper handwashing: https://youtu.be/eZw4Ga3jg3E
  • Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

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January 28, 2020 @4:00PM

Dear DUSD Families,

Last week, we shared a message with you regarding cold and flu season tips, along with information on the novel Coronavirus. Yesterday, the Alameda County Office of Education and the Alameda County Public Health Department issued a letter to our community with the latest information. You can view it here.

Here are a few key takeaways from their letter: 

  1. As of January 27, 2020, there are no confirmed cases in Northern California.

  2. They are closely monitoring developments and the Alameda County Public Health Department will keep their website (www.acphd.org) updated with the latest local information, along with resources such as Coronavirus FAQsCases in the USSituation Summary, and more. 

  3. It is important that we work together to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including common illnesses such as the cold and flu. They encourage everyone to practice common-sense precautions such as staying home if you are sick, promoting hand hygiene, and using proper cough etiquette. See prevention tips here from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Most importantly, if your child has symptoms of the flu or Coronavirus (which are similar), please do not send them to school and risk exposing others.

Thank you for working with us to keep our schools healthy and safe. 

Sincerely,

Dave Marken Ed. D.
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

Vicki Fukumae, RN and Zabi Habibi, RN
District Nurses
Dublin Unified School District

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Friday, January 24, 2020 @5:00pm

Dear DUSD Families,

Cold and flu season is upon us. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reports that influenza, or the flu, activity levels have increased over the past several weeks. As a reminder, please do not send your child to school if they are displaying any flu symptoms. Keeping your sick child home will be a great benefit to the health and wellness of our students and staff. Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. Symptoms of influenza can vary, but generally include a high fever, headache, chills, body aches, sore throat, and cough. 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent influenza is as follows: 

Tips to Prevent The Flu:

  • Get vaccinated every year 
  • Avoid close contact with sick people 
  • Frequent handwashing with soap 
  • Stay at home if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional. 
  • See more prevention tips here from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Novel Coronavirus

The 2019-20 flu season has been complicated by recent reports of a novel coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Common symptoms in an infected person include a fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Although there have been reported cases of novel coronavirus globally, to date, there have been no confirmed coronavirus cases in Alameda County or California. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said the risk of local transmission is low

We will continue to partner with the California Department of Public Health and the Alameda County Public Health Department, which will provide updated information about the diagnosis and management of cases of novel coronavirus, as applicable, in an effort to identify and contain any future cases. People who have traveled to Wuhan, China since December 1, 2019, could have been exposed to the virus. Seek medical care if you traveled to Wuhan and develop a fever and/or respiratory symptoms within 14 days of your return. At this time, the CDPH does not recommend exclusion of individuals who have traveled internationally, unless they are symptomatic, at which time they should seek a medical evaluation. 

We thank you for your cooperation and support. 

Sincerely,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

Vicki Fukumae, RN and Zabi Habibi, RN
District Nurses
Dublin Unified School District

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GENERAL COLD/FLU/VIRUS INFORMATION

What are the Alameda County Public Health Department recommendations?

COVID-19 is in the family of viruses that cause the common cold, so symptoms and prevention measures are similar. A person’s risk for this virus is not dependent on race, ethnicity, or culture. Alameda County Public Health Department recommendations remain the same to limit the spread of all infectious diseases, including ordinary flu viruses and COVID-19:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Go home immediately if you have a fever (temperature above 100.0 F) and stay there for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  • Health officials do not recommend the use of face masks for general prevention and say that everyday preventative action listed here provide better protection from infectious diseases.
  • Exercise frequent and proper hand hygiene. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Supervise children’s use of hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm. Do not use your hands. Throw away used tissue and wash your hands.
  • Perform routine surface cleaning, particularly for high-touch surfaces.
  • Consult your health care provider if you or your child has special health conditions that put you at increased risk.


When do students and adults need to stay home from school or work?

  • Any contagious disease. 
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 24 hours.
  • Fever (temperature above 100.0 F) in the past 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
  • Frequent coughing or very runny nose.
  • Persistent sore throat, earache, or severe headache.


What steps are Dublin Unified and our schools are taking?

  • Students or staff with symptoms listed above will be sent home. Students who are sent home must be picked up by their parent/guardian as soon as possible. After the first hour, schools may begin calling the emergency contacts on record for the student to arrange student pick up. 
  • Teachers will work with absent students’ families to arrange for make-up work.
  • We are reinforcing hand hygiene education and access across the district.
  • We are increasing the daily cleaning of high touch areas such as student desks, doorknobs, faucets, light switches, and school busses.
  • District leadership, in collaboration with our county education and health officials, are setting plans in place to ensure continuity of education and operations if and when schools may be required to close. The determination to close a school is a very serious decision that will be made in collaboration between our district and our county partners. 
  • There are no recommendations to close our schools or limit events and field trips at this time.


What can I do to help?
Source: Centers for Disease Control
Handwashing is an easy, cheap, and effective way to prevent the spread of germs and keep kids and adults healthy. When your family is healthy, you don’t have to worry about missing school, work, or other activities.

Help your child develop handwashing skills
Parents and caretakers play an important role in teaching children to wash their hands. Handwashing can become a lifelong healthy habit if you start teaching it at an early age. Teach kids the five easy steps for handwashing—wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry—and the key times to wash hands, such as after using the bathroom or before eating. You can find ways to make it fun, like making up your own handwashing song or turning it into a game. [Wash hands for at least 20 seconds.]

Give frequent reminders
Building handwashing skills takes time. At first, your child will need regular reminders of how and when to wash hands. It is especially important to remind children to wash their hands after using the bathroom, before eating, after touching pets, after playing outside, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose. But once handwashing becomes a habit and a regular part of your child’s day, they will practice it throughout their lives.

Lead by example by washing your hands
Young children learn by imitating the behaviors of adults in their lives. When you make handwashing part of your routine, you’re setting an example for your children to follow.

What if soap and water aren’t available?
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol, and wash your hands with soap and water as soon as you can.

Remember to make handwashing a healthy habit at home, school, and at play!

 

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