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    MDUSD Schools Closed Through May 1st

    Dear MDUSD Community,

    Today, six bay area counties and public health officials have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures through May 1, 2020. This is a coordinated response to the continuing expansion of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the bay area, and represents a best effort to reduce the number of affected individuals and to keep our communities as safe as possible.

    Hence, while it pains me to inform our public of this information, we have no other recourse but to continue with our school closure through Friday, May 1, 2020. Mount Diablo Unified School District schools will remain closed through May 1, 2020.

    Pursuant to Governor’s Executive Order 26-20, the Mount Diablo Unified School District, in collaboration with Districts from across Contra Costa County and our Contra Costa County Office of Education, will continue to expand the District’s Distance Learning programs to the best of our ability. Food services will continue at 9 locations district-wide, and payments to our employees will continue through this period.

    Our district is, like many other districts, expecting guidance from the California Department of Education to address many of our unknowns. Our administrative team is working diligently to provide the best and as much guidance as possible to our staff, and we are proud to have seen a coordinated effort to deliver continued services at a safe distance. This is a difficult and uncharted territory for all of us, and it will require patience, growth, and understanding from all of us.

    Our situation continues to evolve and we will continue to communicate updates with any new information—by phone, email, social media, and on our district website.

    Respectfully,

    Superintendent Dr. Rob Martinez
    Mount Diablo Unified School District

    Home Study Plan

    Dear Westwood Families, 

    Thank you for your patience as we have been trying to find our way through our bizarre new circumstances. Below is a link to our school-wide general plan for home-based learning. The goal of this is to provide an overview of guidelines appropriate for all grades. You will see that the majority of these recommendations do not require access to the internet or an electronic device, or to specific materials or supplies. Your child's teacher and special education support providers will be reaching out to you directly - via phone, email, and/or regular mail, to connect with you about more specific grade level or individual recommendations for learning at home. Teachers will be available to support you and your child(ren) during regular school hours/days.  

    Westwood's Home Study Information  (paper copies of this plan will be available outside of school)

    There is more than enough information on the internet to keep you and your family busy for years. Please try to keep it simple: Start by reviewing the information we have provided here, and by your child's teacher. Then, let your child(ren)'s interests drive other activities - having a specific focus will help you weed through the thousands of free resources currently available. 

    During the duration of the closure, be sure to check the MDUSD (most current) and Westwood websites for updates. I also encourage you to 'like' and 'follow' our Facebook and Twitter accounts. If you haven't already, you can also sign up for text notices by dialing 81010 on your smartphone and texting @westwoodel in the subject line. Through this tool, you may also message me directly.

    Please know that grab-and-go meals will be available for ALL children under age 18 to pick up at El Dorado Middle School every school day, starting tomorrow, 3/18 from 11:00am-12:30pm.

    Wishing you all well!

    Sincerely,

    Nancy Klinkner, Principal

    School Closure Parameters Announced (Friday Letter)

    #TogetherWeGrow. . . #JuntosAprendemos…#TogetherWeLead. . .

    #JuntosCrecemos…#TogetherWeLearn…#JuntosLideramos!

    #LeadWithResilience…#LiderarConResiliencia

     

    District Logistical Response to Coronavirus:

         

         The Mount Diablo Unified School District announced a closure of its schools, effective March 17, 2020, with an expected duration through April 2, 2020. Spring Break is from April 3, 2020 to April 10, 2020. At this time, school is expected to resume on April 13, 2020.

     

         Our district will continue in its provision of some services, including food services (breakfast and lunch) at the following locations: Cambridge, Meadow Homes, Ygnacio Valley High School, College Park High School, El Dorado Middle School, River View Middle School, Foothill Middle School, and Mt. Diablo High School. The exact times will be provided on the District web page.

     

         Educational Learning Opportunities: We are committed to proceeding with the most equitable approaches to instruction available to the students we serve, which will involve both online resources and traditional resources. Our teaches will be working together at their school sites on Monday to develop and create some resources for students, and we will then work to provide access to these materials through our web pages.

     

         Helpful resources: 

         All staff are expected to continue work as scheduled unless otherwise notified. While we continue to be open to the public, we may need to curtail some activities and appointment with community members during the school closure days.

     

        We will continue to update our website and advise community members and employees of development with the coronavirus as developments occur.

     

    Several Activities in My Calendar This Week

    Monday, March 09, 2020

    • Held an all bargaining unit leadership meeting
    • Met with the Coronavirus Task Force
    • Participated in the regular Board Meeting

    Tuesday, March 10, 2020

    • Met with my Cabinet team
    • Met with CSEA leadership
    • Met with Executive Cabinet
    • Met with the Coronavirus Task Force

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    • Met with leadership from the CAC
    • Attended the electric vehicle bus reveal with the Transportation Department
    • Met with the Coronavirus Task Force

    Thursday, March 12, 2020

    • Met with Stephanie Roberts, Director of Grants and Special Projects
    • Met virtually and collectively with Superintendents across the County
    • Met with the Coronavirus Task Force
    • Met with leadership from the Diablo Managers Association
    • Met virtually and collectively with Superintendents across the County

    Friday, March 13, 2020

    • Met with the Coronavirus Task Force
    • Met virtually and collectively with Superintendents across the County
    • Participated in the Special Board Meeting

     

    -Superintendent Dr. Rob Martinez-

     

    all events cancelled through April 12th
    Daily Schedule

    Kindergarten 

    Early Birds:  7:45 am to 11:55 am (Wednesdays: 7:45-10:30)

    Late Birds: 10:00 am to 2:15 pm (Wednesdays: 10:00-12:45)

    Grades 1 to 5

    Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays:

    7:45 am to 2:20 pm (2:22 for 4th/5th)

    Wednesdays:

    7:45 am to 1:00 pm

    Spotlight

    Westwood Staff

    About Westwood

    Westwood Elementary, established in 1958, is a K-5 public school in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.  We have an enrollment of 325 students. In addition to our 11 General Education classrooms, we have 3 classrooms hosting students in our Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing program, and 2 classrooms for students with moderate/severe disabilities.  We have a diverse and caring community, with a dedicated staff and amazing students!

    Westwood is proud to be part of the El Dorado Middle School and Concord High School feeder pattern.