The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District welcomes students, families, and staff back from Winter Break. The California Department of Public Health has released updated guidance regarding COVID-19, and the district will host a Town Hall to provide an overview, as well as address questions from the community.
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Weekly Family Update
The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District in partnership with Effective School Solutions offers four parent workshops January - April 2022.
Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh shares with families the importance of getting tested before returning back to school on Wednesday, January 5. Take a moment to listen to his message, as well as where you and your family can pick up testing kits or to have a test administered at our Cabrillo Family Resource Center.
Open Enrollment for grades Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade is now open for the 2022-2023 school year. This period is the only time to request a transfer from one school to another school within the district for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. If you wish to request a transfer you must complete a request form no later than Friday, February 4, 2022 for middle and elementary school.
Students and staff at MPUSD continue receiving access to equine assisted therapy through local partnership
The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District has created a partnership with The Equine Healing Collaborative based in Carmel Valley, CA to offer equine assisted therapy to students and staff. This is part of many services offered through the district's multi-tiered systems of support.
Starting Saturday, October 16, students at Highland Elementary, Ord Terrace Elementary, Seaside Middle School and Monterey High School will be able to make up for lost learning time due to an absence. MPUSD expects to add more schools as staffing becomes available.
MPUSD held a districtwide Town Hall on September 16 with an update on the school year, including COVID-19 protocols, process and communication. The PowerPoint presentation and video archive is available.
Mark your calendars! Parent engagement is critical and we invite your participation and feedback at our 2021-2022 District Advisory Committee and District English Learner Advisory Committee meetings. Our District English Learner Advisory Committee serves in an advisory capacity on English learner programs and services.
Message from the Superintendent on Health and Safety at our Schools: As we close the second full week of instruction, I wanted to express how excited we are to return to in person instruction and how proud I am of our school community's efforts to return to school safely. Your child's health and well being is our top priority, and I want to update you on our current health mitigation efforts, as well as increased support we are working to provide in the coming weeks.
The school year is off to a great start and it has been wonderful to see students and staff back on campuses across the district. As we continue transitioning into our new normal, we are also mindful that COVID-19 is still in our community and that communities are seeing a rise in the Delta variant. Please find information related to COVID-19 protocols while in MPUSD schools and departments.
MPUSD welcomes students and staff back to school in person, five days a week on Wednesday, August 4. The district hosts a virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, July 28 in English (5 p.m.) and Spanish (6 p.m.) to learn more.
HOT OFF THE PRESS: The Best of Monterey Bay Family Guide 2021-2022 published by the Monterey County Weekly is in the field. Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh engages in a Q & A with reporter Celia Jiménez. (Publication is not available online. Provided is a PDF copy.)
On Tuesday, February 9, 2021, our Board of Education discussed and approved the decision making timeline for the reconfiguration and consolidation of MPUSD schools. You may recall last school year the district convened a Vision 2025+ Task Force and engaged stakeholders in multiple community engagement meetings and surveys about the future of our schools. One of the key focus areas was whether or not to maintain 6th grade at the elementary school level.
The district offered a Town Hall to the community on the state of the community health, update on future in-person instruction, and reconfiguration/consolidation of elementary schools. PowerPoint and video archive are now available.
LIMITED TIME: Thanks to a grant from the USDA, for the next five weeks (beginning week of January 25 through February 22) MPUSD will offer free food boxes to its families. You will recall this option was available for a brief period late last year. Thank you USDA for your support!
We want to make you aware that California state law, the California Healthy Youth Act, (CHYA), requires that comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education be provided to students at least once in middle school or junior high school and once in high school, starting in grade 7. Due to COVID-19, we have incorporated CHYA instruction for the 2020-21 school year for 7th, 8th and 10th grade students. Students in 9th grade will also receive instruction (Health Smart curriculum from ETR publication) as part of their Freshman Seminar Health and Wellness course.
Find out updates for registration and materials pick-up for Back-to-School success. Click headline to learn more.
Monterey County Herald: Guest Editorial PK Diffenbaugh: State Budget Must Reflect Our Values: Invest in Schools
Educators will be forced to overcome this budget challenge — offering services despite the lack of adequate resources. We shouldn’t have to. It is a reflection of our societal values that we continue to underfund our schools while relying on them to be the primary institution responsible for meeting the needs of our most vulnerable populations. Read more in this weekend's Monterey County Herald (click headline link).
Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job.