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June 5, 2020 Friday Letter Volume 2, No. 1
Posted 6/5/20


We Take Pride in You! – Pride Flag Raising Ceremony

     Small actions can mean big things. Ceremoniously and with heart, on the sunny morning of Thursday, June 4, 2020, Mount Diablo Unified School District raised the LGBTQ+ pride flag for the first time in district history, showing support for these social movements. In attendance were Board Members Linda Mayo, Joanne Durkee and Cherise Khaund, GSA President Bianca Solomon (Ygnacio Valley High), Kathleen Krentz of Claycord PFLAG, and a few of our MDUSD staff.


     This act accompanied a formal Resolution passed on May 28th in which the Board of Education recognized June as Pride Month. We hope it is clear that we truly do take pride in our students, staff, and community, regardless of orientation or identity—and that means each and every one of you!


     History proves the same—for example, did you know that in 2004 the Mount Diablo Unified School District took a controversial step in allowing employees to have/purchase medical benefits for same sex partners and families? This was long before any laws required such provisions.


Find out more about what MDUSD does to support the LGBTQ+ community here.

Find out more about Claycord PFLAG here.

Back to School Task Force Participation

     Our work diligently continues through the summer! The District has initiated the process of working within three task forces to plan for the reopening of school in the 2020-21 school year:

1) Health and Safety

2) School Operations and Technology

3) Teaching and Learning

     These task forces are meeting weekly or semi-weekly, and participants are also independently researching different aspects and options of the reopening plan to provide information to the group at large.

     If you are interested in serving on the task forces, please call (925) 682-8000 x4016 during normal business hours or email Louise Neville to be considered for participation. Please leave your name, phone number, email address, and the task force you are interested in participating in so that you may be considered for a role in this important work.

     We are pleased that our task forces will bring together a wide variety of perspectives and voices, and we will be diligent to communicate out to our community as major decisions are made.

Repeated Information: Food Service to Continue

     We continue to be ever so proud of our Food and Nutrition Department staff, community partners, and volunteers who are on the front lines serving meals to our families. These basic needs are vitally important, especially when our scale is now approaching close to 50,000 meals each week. It certainly takes a tremendous amount of creativity and logistical expertise to make it happen!

Here are the current informational flyers, which were created by our very own Angie Vickroy in the Food and Nutrition Department:
English Flyer | Spanish Flyer

Local Coronavirus Testing Available at No Cost

We have made great progress slowing COVID-19 in our Contra Costa County this spring. Thank you for following the health orders. We know it hasn’t been easy, but you have helped save lives in our community.

One thing we can all do to help the county reopen faster – and keep our schools and families safe – is to get tested for COVID-19.

When everyone gets tested, it helps to identify where in the community the virus is spreading and stop it.

You can have COVID-19 and not know you have it. You might not even feel sick.

That is why Contra Costa Health Services is encouraging everyone to get tested (ideally once a month), even if they feel fine.

You can get an easy, same-day COVID-19 test at no cost to you, 7 days a week. Call 1-844-421-0804 for an appointment. Get tested in a clinic or in your car. It takes about 10 minutes to make an appointment.

Testing does not hurt. Most county sites (Antioch, Concord, Martinez, Pittsburg, San Pablo, San Ramon) now use a swab test that inserts just inside the nostril.

The experts in Public Heath quickly contact anyone who tests positive to help them get the care they need and protect the people around them.

Thank you for helping Contra Costa County stay healthy.

Virtual Board Meetings

Did you know? During the Shelter in Place order related to COVID-19, our Governing Board meetings are being held virtually and are broadcast live through the Internet. See here to view meeting agendas and videos of past meetings. 

As a public agency, we encourage public participation in our meetings. Public comments for virtual meetings may be submitted on the day of the meeting by leaving a voicemail at (801) 228-0093 or by emailing at Comments received on meeting days will be entered into the public record.


In Case You Missed It: MDUSD Takes a Stand for Black Equity

     In a public message on Thursday afternoon, Board President Brian Lawrence and administrative leadership outlined their perspective and actions taken in response to recent events. Read the full message here.


The Office of the Superintendent
and Governing Board of Education