We have completed our second week of hybrid instruction in the MMUUSD. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to let us know how this plan is working for your child and family (one survey for each child). This information will help guide us as we make future decisions around our direct and virtual academic instruction.
The start of the 2020-2021 school year is certainly extraordinary. A year ago, the notion of offering a hybrid educational model and 100% virtual learning option to students in grades K-12 was unimaginable. The systems were not in place nor the resources available to consider this type of transformation. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and state of emergency has compelled us to be creative, think differently and reimagine preK-12 education. MMUUSD’s teachers, administrators and educational staff have demonstrated their flexibility, innovative spirit and commitment to students. Our educational team’s effort and sense of purpose has been outstanding. This hard work has enabled us to create new educational environments and options that have the potential to diversify curricula and add to our education programming continuum. For most preK-12 students, in-person instruction continues to be the most effective learning model, but the work we’ve done over the past several months will have a positive impact and enable us to better meet the needs of all students.
Transitioning back to school after six months without in-person instruction will be challenging for some students. Therefore, the District will be prioritizing the practice of key routines, social and emotional support and learning, COVID-19 safety protocols, team building and proficiencies that are essential to academic growth. Patience, empathy and tolerance will be embedded, reinforced and encouraged as we reopen schools to in-person learning and social interaction. The physical and mental wellbeing of students and staff are our top priorities.
I want to close by affirming MMUUSD’s commitment and intentions to educate ourselves on the effects of systemic racism and racial bias, revise our curriculum to include anti-racism units as well as the history of discrimination and marginalization of people of color and other groups, promote equity and unity and recruit a diverse workforce. This work is ongoing and must become interwoven in the fabric and core of our education system. We will continue to examine and adjust our practices, policies and habits in order to promote justice, equity and inclusion for all.
We are ready and so excited to have students return to school!
John R. Alberghini, Ed.D.
Here is the latest edition of the weekly newsletter.
Here is this week's newsletter. Look for information on child care, food service, transportation, health screenings, and the two first days of school!
On Thursday we welcomed our second cohort of students to their first day of school!
Today our first group of MMUUSD hybrid students started school! We will welcome our second hybrid cohort on Thursday. School may look quite different, but students sure looked happy to be back!