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    Parent Frequently Asked Questions document was sent via email to parents this evening.  The document can also be located on this homepage, to the right, under the section "Parent Links".

     

    Food Service

    Campolindo High School will continue to provide food service.  Please note the hours of service are from 10:30 am-12:30 pm.  Food service is available to all MSD students.  Students must be present at pick up.

     

    Announcement - April 3, 2020, 2:00 PM

    MSD Update

    Dear Moraga School District Staff and Families,

    In the three weeks since we transitioned from teaching students in classrooms to implementing distance learning, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every facet of our lives.  Despite the personal and professional challenges our teachers, staff, and administrators are facing as a result of COVID-19, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meeting the academic and social-emotional needs of our students.  National education leader Dr. Joshua Starr recently stated, “Kids are always learning; what they’re learning now is how adults respond to a crisis.”  It is important to model for our students that when faced with adversity, we work through each obstacle collaboratively, creatively, and thoughtfully.

    On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced and reiterated on Thursday that families and educators should operate “with the expectation now that schools will not reopen.”  At this time, neither the Governor nor the State Superintendent of Public Instruction has issued a formal declaration extending school closures through the end of the school year.  However, the Governor’s statements certainly indicate this outcome as an expected scenario for the Moraga School District.  This is difficult news to share, but we must all prepare for students’ education to be delivered via distance learning through the last day of school, May 29.

    School will continue to look and feel very different to everyone, and more so to teachers than to our new generation of technology-fluent students. Our resilient teachers have dedicated themselves to becoming experts on new or suddenly more important platforms like Seesaw or Google Suite.  This evening and on Monday, you will receive an email from your child/ren’s principal with information about our Distance Learning Plan.

    Though it is highly unlikely we will be able to welcome students back to campus this year, we are confident that learning will continue, and that every educator and support professional in our district will work tirelessly on behalf of the students and families we serve. As always, the health and safety of our students and staff remain our highest priority and at the forefront of our decision-making. When people are faced with daunting circumstances, their true character becomes evident. I am proud of our teachers, counselors, teaching assistants and all of our student support staff, principals, maintenance and operations crew, technology team, fiscal and business employees, front office teams, district administrators, and all other support staff for the ways in which they have adjusted to this new way of delivering a high quality education for each of our students. In addition, I am indebted to our parents and guardians who have stepped up in unimaginable ways to support our students’ learning at home.  Our community has come together and developed creative solutions to an unprecedented challenge. I feel confident that we will one day reflect on this era in our history as a time we rose to the occasion and surprised ourselves with our flexibility, perseverance, and compassion.

    Thank you for your continued partnership,

    Bruce K. Burns

    Superintendent

     

     

    MSD Announcement- March 25, 2020

    Earlier today, in a joint press release,  “Seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their six county superintendents of schools 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 COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community are the highest priorities of all schools and districts in these six counties.” 

     

    In light of this new directive, the Moraga School District will remain closed through May 1, 2020. I plan to send additional information on Friday, March 27th.

     

    Thank you for your patience as we continue to work through this ever changing situation.

     

    Link to press release: https://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/news/spotlight/information_about_coronavirus

     

    Bruce Burns

    Superintendent 
    Moraga School District 

     

     

    Moraga School District Announcement- March 23, 2020

    Goggle and Mask Drive

     

    Dear Moraga School District Community,

    On behalf of locals hospitals and medical professionals, the MSD is asking for your help. As many of you are aware, there is a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for our healthcare providers that are working the front lines and caring for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. This is a national problem of grave significance. While legislation is moving to help this, there is a need for additional equipment now. The CDC has adjusted its PPE guidelines to allow re-use of single-use items, and have downgraded recommendations due to shortage, not due to changed evidence that less protection is ok. We all need our healthcare providers to stay safe while providing critical patient care for us all.

    Many of us have N95 and simple surgical masks sitting at home, which we purchased during fire season, construction, or for our own personal protection for this pandemic. The MSD, and with guidance from MSD parent, Dr. Katrina Michel, is organizing a community drive where you can donate any UNUSED masks that you can spare to our local healthcare providers (we cannot accept any masks that have been used, for obvious infectious reasons).  Dr. Michel will work with local hospital leadership to coordinate getting these masks to areas that need them most. 

    Many of us are feeling overwhelmed. This is an area where you can make a direct impact. If you wish to donate masks, please drop them (while maintaining 6 feet of social distancing!) at the MSD district office located at 1540 School Street, Moraga, between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM daily.  There will be a labeled bin for you to use.

    Thank you all for your help and consideration.  We are grateful to be a part of such a strong and wonderful community.  In the meantime, stay safe, stay home, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and help your neighbors.

     

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    Bruce K. Burns
    Superintendent
    Moraga School District

     

     

     

     

    Moraga School District Update on Our Schools and Plans

     

    March 18, 2020

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    The District recognizes that many of you have questions about how we are going to proceed with student learning.  Today, a number of those questions were asked at today’s 4:00 PM Special Governing Board meeting.  Thank you to the ninety-six participants who joined the teleconference.

     

    Before and following the Friday, March 13, Emergency Governing Board meeting, the District began planning for a possible school closure.  Per the decision to close schools through March 27, the District developed two a two-phase plan recognizing the uncertainty of the length schools could be closed.  Phase I called for teachers to develop ten sets of supplemental educational plans to reinforce and maintain prior student learning for the period of March 17th through March 27th.  These plans were sent to parents Monday or Tuesday this week.  Following the decision to close schools on Friday, March 13, the Contra Costa Health Services Order, which called for a shelter-in-place, went into effect on Tuesday, March 17.  Per this Order and a school closure possibly being extended, the MSD initiated Phase II plans or distance learning. Distance learning plans are being prepared and we anticipate sending them to parents April 6 or 7. 

     

    Distance learning means instruction in which the student and teacher are in different locations. This may include interacting through the use of computer and communications technology.  Distance learning may include video or audio instruction in which the primary mode of communication between the student and teacher is on-line, video, or other instruction that relies on computer or communications technology. It may also include the use of print materials.  Distance learning is designed to maintain, reinforce and present new learning.  

     

    The District will use a variety of online platforms to implement distance learning, including Clever, SeeSaw, Google Classroom, Google Apps and Zoom.

    We continue to ask for your patience and flexibility as we create our distance learning plans. We are doing our best to create independent and flexible options which not only deliver the best possible experience for all of our students under the circumstances, but will be sustainable for the duration of the school closure.  Putting together such a plan is a multi-agency proposition and takes time to coordinate properly to ensure access and equity for all Moraga School District students. Nevertheless, we want you to be aware of our work ahead and what students can expect in the coming weeks.  

     

    These times are unprecedented and our lives are being driven by conditions that are uncertain and changing rapidly.  In light of that, the District will continue to provide communication via email, website, text and our four social media platforms. 

     

    As noted in prior messages, protecting public health requires a community-wide response, and we need the support of all Moraga families to help remain united in our response and follow the Contra County Health Service Orders.  Please click on the link and take a few minutes to read the Order.

     

    As we plan, we urge you to enjoy the time with your families as much as possible and to stay healthy. 

     

     
     

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    Bruce K. Burns
    Superintendent
    Moraga School District

     

     

    Message From Superintendent Bruce Burns

    March 16, 2020

     

    Dear Moraga School District Parent and Guardians,

    Due to the rapidly changing environment of federal, state and local guidance in response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19, and in light of today’s Order from Contra Costa Health Services to shelter-in-place through April 7th, the Moraga School District must once again adjust our plans to meet the needs of our community. 

    This evening, your child’s teacher(s) will send you a plan for supplemental learning activities.  Our goal is to maintain and reinforce prior learning rather than provide instruction on new information. These plans are recommended to support student learning but are not required.  Students will be able to access any of these resources with any Internet connected device. If you do not have such a device or home Internet access please contact your school’s principal. 

     

    Protecting public health requires a community-wide response, and we need the help of all Moraga families to help remain united in our response and follow today’s Contra County Health Service Orders.

    Continue to watch your email for communications from the District. The Moraga School District website is the best source for information during the closure.

    Thank you for your partnership.  

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Bruce K. Burns, Superintendent

     

    Message From Superintendent Burns

    Messages to Parents, Staff and the Moraga Community

    (Next Update - March 16 - by 6:00 PM)

     

    March 15, 2020

    5:50 PM

     

    Dear Moraga School Community and Parents,

    Per my March 15, 2020, letter, schools are closed from March 16, 2020, to April 3, 2020.  This period of time includes the calendared Spring Break.

    Tomorrow afternoon, parents will receive communication from principals about the educational activities teachers have prepared and plan to send you Monday or Tuesday.  Principal communication to parents will also include, among other details:

    • Reminder to check the MSD website and social media sites for updates
    • Reminder that all school facilities are closed – including fields, playgrounds and blacktop areas
    • Information to retrieve items from school (jackets, books, medication, etc.)
    • Information about accessing technology if needed
    • A Question and Answer resource

    The MSD website homepage has been updated (See links at the end of this column) to include the most recent communication from the MSD, when to expect the next communication, COVID-19 resources and social media links. 

    Sincerely,

    Bruce K. Burns

    Superintendent

     

     

    March 14, 2020

    Dear Moraga School Community and Parents,

    This afternoon, the Moraga School Governing approved the recommendation to dismiss school for students at all schools in the Moraga School District from March 16, 2020, to March 27, 2020, and to consider reopening no earlier than April 6.  This period of time includes the calendared Spring Break.

    On behalf of the Governing Board, I’d like to thank those who attended today’s emergency meeting and for the numerous letters parents, staff and the community sent in regard to closing schools.  The decision to dismiss school for students was not taken lightly, as the District recognizes the impact on families when students do not attend school.

    Monday or Tuesday next week, school principals will send information to parents about accessing activities teachers have developed for their students.

    Protecting public health requires a community-wide response, and we need the help of all Moraga families to help remain united in our response. Students should stay home and minimize social contact as much as possible to keep caregivers and adult family members safe. While children have not been shown to be a high-risk group for serious illness from COVID-19, they are still able to transmit the virus to populations who are most vulnerable to serious illness, such as older adults and those with compromised immune systems. Please encourage students to avoid large public gatherings such as malls, movie theaters, and other spaces, especially those that are indoors.  Additionally, and recognizing incomplete or misinformation via social media, I encourage families to use the expert and scientific information on the Contra Costa Health Services website at https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/.

    I understand that information is changing at a rapid pace and I will continue to keep you updated.  Thank you for your patience and partnership.

    Sincerely,

    Bruce K. Burns

    Superintendent

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    Resources:

    Centers for Disease Control - COVID-19

    CC Health Services

    What CA parents should know about coronavirus: a quick guide

     

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    Posted 3/16/20      

     

    MSD School Closure Message

    March, 13 2020

     

    Dear Moraga School Community and Parents,

     

    This afternoon, the Moraga School Governing approved the recommendation to dismiss school for students at all schools in the Moraga School District from March 16, 2020, to March 27, 2020, and to consider reopening no earlier than April 6.  This period of time includes the calendared Spring Break.

     

    On behalf of the Governing Board, I’d like to thank those who attended today’s emergency meeting and for the numerous letters parents, staff and the community sent in regard to closing schools.  The decision to dismiss school for students was not taken lightly, as the District recognizes the impact on families when students do not attend school.

     

    Monday or Tuesday next week, school principals will send information to parents about accessing activities teachers have developed for their students.

     

    Protecting public health requires a community-wide response, and we need the help of all Moraga families to help remain united in our response. Students should stay home and minimize social contact as much as possible to keep caregivers and adult family members safe. While children have not been shown to be a high-risk group for serious illness from COVID-19, they are still able to transmit the virus to populations who are most vulnerable to serious illness, such as older adults and those with compromised immune systems. Please encourage students to avoid large public gatherings such as malls, movie theaters, and other spaces, especially those that are indoors.  Additionally, and recognizing incomplete or misinformation via social media, I encourage families to rely on the COVID-19 information located on the Contra Costa Health Services website at https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/.

     

    I understand that information is changing at a rapid pace and I will continue to keep you updated.  Thank you for your patience and partnership.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Bruce K. Burns

    Superintendent

    Posted 3/14/20

      

     

     

    Message from Superintendent Burns

    March 10, 2020

     

    Dear Moraga School District Community and Staff,

     

    Today, March 10, 2020, Contra Costa Health Services provided COVID-19 Interim Guidance for Social Distancing.  Contra Costa Health Services firmly recommends that people at higher risk of serious illness should avoid mass gatherings of 50 people or more.  People at higher risk of serious illness should not go to mass gatherings such as parades, sporting events, religious services, celebrations and concerts where people are within arm’s length of each other and there are 50 or more people.

     

    People at risk include those age 50 years or older.  Current evidence indicates that the risk of severe illness increases with age.  The highest risk group are those 80 years and older. 

     

    Moraga School District and school events that are scheduled after school where people are within arm’s length of each other and where there are 50 or more people are canceled today and for the next two weeks.  School principals will send you a list of canceled events.

     

    Out of an abundance of care, schools will cancel events planned during the instructional day where more than 50 students may gather, such as a school assembly.  Schools will also stagger lunches and recesses as needed to reduce the number of students assembled at one time and where they might be within arm’s length of each other.

     

    Sincerely,

    Bruce K. Burns

    Superintendent

    Message from Superintendent Burns

    March 9, 2020

    Dear Moraga School District Community and Staff:

    We continue to closely monitor data and information regarding COVID-19 and implement measures listed in prior communications.  We remain in frequent communication with state and county public health officials.  Our focus on student and staff safety remains our top priority.

    As of this communication, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in our school district or within the Town of Moraga. There are also no reports of families having tested positive or following quarantine protocols. Any reported concerns will immediately be investigated by the Contra Costa County Department of Public Health Services.    

    I understand that these conditions may change.  Accordingly, we have developed several contingency plans that could be implemented should circumstances change.  At all times, the Moraga School District is committed to following guidelines and recommendations from the California Department of Education, the Contra Costa County Department of Health Services and the Contra Costa County Office of Education.  

    While the Moraga School District implements proactive measures and plans for future decisions, I encourage families to prepare in the event we have to make difficult decisions, quite possibly with short notice.  Those actions could include suspending or postponing evening events, before and after school child care, after school sports, field trips, or possibly closing one or more schools.   

    The Moraga School District is working in accordance with guidelines and recommendations provided by the California Department of Education, the Contra Costa County Department of Public Health Services and the Contra Costa County Office of Education. That guidance includes the following steps and procedures:

     

     

    1. If the local public health department has confirmed two or more community transmission cases, but no individuals (staff or students) at the school have tested positive for COVID-19, the CA Department of Public Health (CDHP) recommends districts implement the following steps:  a) Teachers and staff with any fever and/or respiratory infection symptoms should not come to work. Teachers and staff should self- screen (i.e., check themselves for subjective fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as a cough) for respiratory infection symptoms each morning before interacting with students.  b) Limit visitors to the school by not allowing those with symptoms of fever and/or respiratory infection or who have a travel history over the course of the last 14 days to an area identified by the CDC as Level 3 Travel Health Notice. c) Consider alternatives to congregate or group programming within the school.

    2. If one student, teacher or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 and exposed others at the school, CDPH recommends that districts implement the following steps:  a) In consultation with the local public health department, consider if school closure is warranted and length of time based on the risk level within the community as determined by the local public health officer.  b) In consultation with the local public health department, determine readmission criteria after the school closures. c) Implement communication plans for school closure to include outreach to students, parents, teachers, staff, and the community. d) Provide guidance to parents, teachers and staff reminding them of the importance of community social distancing measures while school is closed, including discouraging students or staff from gathering elsewhere. Community social distancing measures include canceling group activities or events, religious services, after-school classes and sporting events.  e) Maintain regular communications with the local public health department. f) Consult CDC guidelines for schools to determine what additional cleaning protocols, if any, should be deployed at the school prior to reopening the school. g) Determine the timing of return of students and staff, and any additional steps needed for the school to reopen, in consultation with the local public health department.

     

    3. If multiple schools within the school district have a student, teacher or staff member test positive for COVID-19, the district will consult with local public health officials for guidance on additional school closures. If it is determined that all schools within the school district should be closed for instruction, CDPH recommends the following: a) In consultation with the local public health department, the district may determine what length of closure time is warranted based on the risk level within the specific community as determined by the local public health officer.  b) Develop communication plans for school closure to include outreach to students, parents, teachers, staff, and the community.  c) Provide guidance to parents, teachers and staff reminding them of the importance of community social distancing measures while school is closed.  d) Implementing a plan for continuity of education.  e) Maintain regular communications with the local public health department.  f) Work with the local public health department to determine what additional cleaning protocols, if any, should be deployed at the school prior to reopening the school.  g) Determine the timing of return of students and staff, and any additional steps needed for the school to reopen, in consultation with the local public health department.

    The Moraga School District recognizes that the evolving and somewhat unpredictable nature of this situation could lead to other scenarios and directions.  In light of this I am asking families to begin thinking about how they might handle a school closure that lasts a few days or two weeks. I realize how difficult this might be for families, but in the absence of easy answers I at least want to get us all thinking proactively should conditions change. 

    Last week, school principals and our Director of Technology met to plan guidelines for how we might support student learning during a closure using online learning, suggestions for independent reading and writing, teacher emailed assignments, and other activities. If an extended closure of schools becomes a reality, we will work to provide whatever we can to maintain the best possible continuity for student learning.

    We continue to be committed to keeping you informed of our planning and actions. Thank you for your support as we address this issue together as a community.

    Sincerely,

    Bruce K. Burns, Superintendent

    New Student Registration

    New Student Registration for new families to Moraga. Parents wishing to register their child for Los Perales should complete the on-line paperwork.  

    Please contact Julie Lawrie, School Secretary, to set up an appointment to complete your registration after the on-line paperwork is processed. 925-377-4175

    Please visit the Moraga School District web-site for more information.

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    About US

    The Moraga School District is located in Moraga, California, beyond the Oakland hills and east of San Francisco.  Our students consistently score advanced and proficient on California standardized tests while excelling in art, music, technology, physical education and a variety of intermediate school electives.  The Moraga School District values the involvement of Moraga parents and families, our PTAs, the Moraga Education Foundation, and local businesses.  Together we deliver to our TK-8th grade students a first class education addressing the academic, social and emotional needs of our students to succeed in a diverse global world.

    Nondiscrimination Policy: MSD prohibits unlawful discrimination against any protected group as identified under Education Code 200 and 220 and Government Code 11135, and Title IX, including actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color, mental or physical disability, age, or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in any District program or activity that received or benefits from state financial assistance, including athletic programs. Complaint information is available at the MSD District Office, 1540 School Street, CA, 94556.  For further information, call 925-376-5943