“Let your light shine,” said South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD) Superintendent Dr. Shawnterra Moore during her annual welcome back address to the district’s teachers and employees on August 8.
It is hard to believe that we have made it through another eventful and stressful year, but we have. As we bring the 2021-22 school year to a close, I want to reflect back on the many ways in which we have proactively responded and pivoted to different health and safety requirements throughout the year.
South San Francisco High School juniors Charity Fan and Zoe Kwong recently placed first in the group documentary category of California’s National History Day contest on May 7, 2022, for their project on the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.
The California Department of Education recently honored Monte Verde and Ponderosa Elementary Schools with Pivotal Practice Awards for the way they successfully helped students maintain their education during the 2020-21 school year.
While Spruce Elementary is fortunate to have a garden that can provide students with lessons about nature, it’s clear that the school is equally fortunate to have a teacher like Ms. Del Bianco.
Negotiations around policing on South San Francisco Unified School District campuses appear to be coming to a close after trustees voted to accept the most recent interaction of an agreement between the district and the city.
With more than half of California’s $97 billion budget surplus going to education following the release of a revised 2022-23 budget, many local education leaders are lauding the boost while acknowledging more must be done to stabilize funding of the state’s public education system.
Like school districts across the state, San Mateo County education leaders are continuing to adapt to a dip in California’s student-age population which has prompted state leaders to better research the causes of the exodus to develop potential solutions.
Two local school districts, aligning in their caution for doing away with masking requirements for staff and students, have moved in opposite directions this week when deciding how to move forward with the requirement.
It has been about two weeks since we returned from spring break, and I hope that you all had a chance to rest and refuel and we look toward finishing strong in the last six weeks of the school year. As you may recall, our school board decided during its March 10 meeting to leave our district’s indoor masking policy in place until at least April 18, so that we could assess public health conditions and our community’s COVID-19 case rates in the wake of spring break.