2022-2023 District Updates

  • August 3: Free At-Home COVID-19 Testing Strongly Recommended Before Returning from Summer Break

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    Students and staff might be exposed to COVID-19 during the break. If you DO have any COVID-19 symptoms and/or you have tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home and call your school for next steps before you return to campus. Testing at home before returning to school helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


    Step 1: Get the materials - you will need: 

    • A box that has one Flowflex COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test and instructions

    • Pick up two test boxes from your school. 

    • A device with internet access. 

    • Please note that all students must register with primary health for the 2022-23 school year. 

    • After you take the test, submit your results here

    • If you do not have a device or internet, please contact your school.


    Step 2: Test your student (or yourself if you are a staff member)

    • Test #1: Take your first test three (3) days before returning to school 

    • Test #2: Take your second test the day before returning to school

    • If you have already returned to school, take a test now and again in three (3) days.  


    Step 3: Share your test results on PrimaryHealth

    Primary Health is a secure website that reports your results to the school and the Health Department.

    Report your results at Primary Health at: my.primary.health/appointment_recoveries

     

    Step 4: Understand your test results


    If the test is negative:

    • If your student feels well and has no COVID-19 symptoms, return to school!

    • If your student has symptoms please stay home until symptoms are resolved and report absences to your school.

    If the test is positive: 

    • Stay home from school and contact your doctor and your school right away. 


    If the test results are not clear: 

    Contact the school for next steps. Make sure you have a photo of your test.

    August 2, 2022: Back to School Update

     

    Dear Students and Families: 

    What an amazing feeling it is to join this District as your superintendent. I am so honored to be here with each of you. I look forward to getting to know our students and families and working alongside you to provide the best possible high school experience we can offer to all of our students. 

    The first day of school is August 10, and I want to provide you with an update on the information you will need to dive into the school year, feel confident and be successful. 

    COVID Safety Protocols 

    All of the public health experts agree. COVID is here to stay. Over the past two plus years we’ve all learned to live (and hopefully thrive) in the pandemic. Per our Board of Trustees’ May 5 decision, we will continue to follow the guidelines of the CDPH and County of San Mateo. Our County is currently in the Red/High Tier for COVID cases, and the CDPH and San Mateo County strongly recommend that individuals wear masks indoors. I urge all students and staff to take any measures available to them to slow the spread of COVID and protect their own health and the health of our school community. You can read more about COVID Guidelines on the District’s COVID Safety Protocols webpage.  

    Bond Construction Update

    Our District is so fortunate that our voters and taxpayers supported Measure L - a $385 million general obligation bond to make improvements to facilities across the District. Construction began this summer to encapsulate transite panels at Aragon, Hillsdale and Mills High Schools. These projects will drastically improve the sustainability and appearance of these schools. Phase II will be completed next summer. Work continues on the Sports Complexes at Capuchino and Mills High Schools. These projects will make these complexes the premier facilities in the county and create ideal environments for our scholar-athletes to thrive. Our Board recently approved schematic designs, budgets and schedules for new gyms at Burlingame and San Mateo High Schools. You can follow construction updates on the District website.  

    School Anniversaries 

    Our District and San Mateo High School will turn 120 years old on September 15. We are working with the school to plan a community open house at San Mateo High on October 8. Burlingame High will celebrate its 100th commencement in May. We will share additional details as we get closer to these events. 

    I want to take this opportunity to recognize and thank our staff including the unsung heroes behind the scenes. Our Maintenance and Operations colleagues, School Plant Operations Employees and Student Nutrition and Transportation team members provide the support needed to open the doors to our schools and make our District GO!! Students, when you interact with these staff members, please consider all that they do to improve your experience at school and thank them.   

    Finally, I want to thank our parents and guardians. Raising children is both one of the hardest and most rewarding endeavors in life (I know, I’m a father of two). Thank you parents and guardians for your support of both your students and your school communities. We could not do this work without you as part of our team. 

    And students, if you have taken the time to read this message, thank your parents. They will appreciate your kind words. I’m looking forward to seeing you on your campuses and getting to know you.  

    Now, let’s get to school and make it a great year! 

    Sincerely,

    Randall Booker
    Superintendent