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Message from Superintendent Burns addressing Gov. Newsom's comments on school dates
Posted 5/5/20

Dear MSD Parents and Guardians:

Last week, California’s public schools again became front-page news and trended on social media, as Governor Newsom articulated his interest in having schools open in July as part of a recovery cycle he outlined for the first time in a press conference.

Following the Governor’s press conference, the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, issued a statement that expressed interest in collaborating with the Governor but noted, “we still have more questions than answers” about the possibility of schools reopening earlier and also suggested that he had not had any earlier notice of the Governor’s intent.

Here in Moraga, we will continue to be guided by our public health officials, with whom we talk each week about the path of the novel coronavirus and its potential impact on our schools.  We are skeptical about any early return as we believe there is significant planning yet ahead of us for public health directives on social and physical distancing in our classrooms and on our campuses when we do reopen.   We are expecting additional state guidance and local direction based on that guidance in the middle of May.  Equally important, the majority of our staff work under long-standing expectations for a school calendar that is adopted well in advance of the school start date.

We are working constantly to ensure the best possible outcomes from distance learning for all of our students.  We hope to provide you with direction to make the summer months productive for all students as a part of our work.  We will continue to monitor the state’s direction and of course comply with any new orders, programs, or funding that would be associated with summer programming for all students.

In the meantime, I hope you join the Moraga School District in recognizing our teachers as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8, 2020.  Like so many of you thrusted into different and often challenging work and life changes a month and a half ago, so were our teachers.  They have risen to the challenge to continue education with virtual classrooms and learning at home lessons.  For many, these challenging times bring new recognition to the daily demands of teaching – managing individual students and entire classes, the technical methods employed to reach a wide continuum of learning levels, and the immense work to plan lessons in a variety of subjects.  In these times especially, we truly recognize and appreciate how our educators play such a pivotal role in our children’s lives.  I encourage you to find a way, even by means of a brief message, to show your children’s teacher(s) appreciation.

Best regards,

Bruce K. Burns






Bruce K. Burns
Moraga School District

1540 School Street 
Moraga, CA 94556 
(925) 377-4101