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    July 1, 2020


    Dear Parents and Staff,


    As noted in my previous message a few weeks ago, the Moraga School District established a Task Force to plan for the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year.  The Task Force is composed of ten parents, two of whom are medical doctors, eight teachers, two governing board members, one counselor, one school psychologist, seven administrators, two classified staff, the Director of Maintenance and Grounds, a childcare director, and one parent representing the Moraga Education Foundation.  The thirty-four members of the Task Force serve on seven subcommittees to further develop reopening school plans in the areas of public health, student social-emotional support, instructional models, staffing, access and equity, childcare and governance/operations.


    The Task Force planning for reopening school comes with deep care and concern and with a focus on translating public health data and evidence into practical application while also shifting and adjusting to often rapidly changing information.  All Task Force members recognize there is no substitute for the engagement of learning in school; however, and under current circumstances, we will continue to plan for different learning scenarios where student and staff safety drives our collective work.  


    The Task Force first met on June 16, and the agenda for the meeting was primarily focused on process and building upon a draft reopening plan developed by Moraga School District administrators.  


    The Task Force met yesterday, June 30, 2020, and each subcommittee presented a progress report stemming from the original reopening school plan.  A brief summary from each subcommittee is below.


    Public Health: The Public Health Subcommittee noted it is following guidance from a number of resources, including the California Department of Education, the Centers for Disease Control, the California Department of Public Health, the Contra Costa County Office of Education and the Contra Costa County Department of Health Services. The subcommittee addressed social/physical distancing, face coverings for staff and students, cleaning/disinfecting, symptom screening, personal hygiene, and other safety protocols related to staff and students returning to school.  The report covered topics on classroom student capacity, signage, avoiding mass gatherings, students and staff congregating, food service, new four foot distancing guidelines between students, responding to suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases, transmission mitigation, and among other considerations, custodial training and schedules.  


    Student Social Emotional Support: The subcommittee reported it recognizes the key role mental health plays in student learning.  Children may be experiencing stress, grief and loss, and are more vulnerable to these effects during these challenging times.  Whether we reopen in a traditional,  hybrid or via distance learning (DL) environment, the District will continue to provide schools with the protocols and training necessary to support the mental health needs of students. Their report included developing individualized learning plans that delineate specific structures and supports needed to access the curriculum; utilizing uniform structures and platforms for DL; that social-emotional learning will be a priority during the initial weeks of school; the need to train staff to support students’ social-emotional needs; crisis response and suicide prevention; health instruction, supporting students with disabilities, supporting English language learners, student connectedness, school clubs, supporting new families, and among other topics, delivering social-emotional learning instruction.


    Instructional Models:  Instructional models were presented for the TK-5 level and the 6-8 level based on three different scenarios: 1) all students return to school, 2) students do not return school and education is again delivered via DL, and, 3) a hybrid plan where students return to school part-time, with some learning delivered via DL.  All models addressed social/physical distancing, personal protective equipment (PPE), hygiene, class size capacity, options to attend school and/or participate in distance learning, instructional minutes, recesses, staggered times, staffing in-school and for DL, improving DL, start and end times, essential academic standards, art/music/PE, assessments, frequency of teaching core subjects, student assignments, homework and feedback, participation concerns, communication, grading and report cards, technology needs, locker use, entering and exiting classrooms from outside doors (vs. common hallways), teacher collaboration, intervention support such as the Reading Tutor program, and cleaning considerations.  Models ranged from students attending part-time every day, to full-time twice or three times a week,  to completing (at JM) yearlong classes in one semester.  The Instructional Models Subcommittee has reviewed, and is studying various instructional models from nearby school districts, as well as districts outside of Lamorinda. 


    Staffing:  The Staffing Subcommittee presented pre-reopening school actions, including, but not limited to determining which staff are returning, determining hiring needs, staff reassignments (if needed), protocols for staff who become ill, increasing the substitute pool (substitute teachers and custodians, specifically), options for staff to work remotely, professional development, collaborating with labor unions, roles and responsibilities of each staff member per each of the three instructional model scenarios, and additional classroom and teaching support.


    Equity and Access: The Equity and Access Subcommittee developed a report and initial plans based on “Preparing to Reopen: Six Principles That Put Equity at the Core” (Tucker, E., and Kruse, L. from “Getting Smart”, May 20, 2020) to ensure that equity, empathy, and the needs of all students are at the core when preparing for the next school year and beyond.  Report highlights for each of the three instructional models include providing for students with disabilities, providing families an opportunity to have meaningful participation, progress monitoring, culturally responsive teaching, family needs, technology access, translation services, live-streaming, technology support for students, staff and parents, training, transportation, student privacy, parents working out of the home, parents working in the home during school hours, and food service.


    Childcare: The District recognizes childcare is essential to the families of our district when students return to school.  The Childcare Subcommittee reported: planning different scenarios based on different instructional models; following Public Health Subcommittee guidance (noted above and per Contra Costa County Health Services childcare guidance); needing to possibly increase staffing that could increase the cost of childcare services; permitting students to bring snacks and meals, but not provide snacks and meals; opening at 7:00 AM and closing at 6:00 PM; limiting capacity; PPE; custodial cleaning and disinfecting; disinfecting common objects and playground equipment; and staggering groups into blocks of time.


    Governance and Operations:  This subcommittee is responsible for oversight and is addressing the need to update or implement new Board Policy, ensuring adherence to State/California Department of Education/Contra Costa County Health Services guidelines and requirements related to safety, attendance and instructional minutes, integrating as appropriate subcommittee plans, developing a budget for reopening school per the three scenarios, following and implementing new legislation, preparing for audits, developing the newly required “Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan” and communication.


    Following each subcommittee report, the Task Force asked clarifying questions, offered suggestions, critiqued initial plans or parts of plans, and provided general and specific feedback.  Subcommittees will now reconvene to enhance initial plans and address feedback and open issues in preparation for the July 7 Task Force meeting.  The feedback and redevelopment process will occur again and in preparation for the July 14 Task Force meeting.  A formal recommendation to reopen schools will be presented to the Moraga School District Governing Board on July 21, 2020.  


    During these unusual and uncertain times, your continued patience and flexibility are appreciated. Much thought, care and consideration, in alignment with county and state public health guidelines are being put into the plans for fall. The Task Force will send parents and staff an update no later than July 8, following the third Task Force meeting on July 7. 




    Bruce K. Burns





    A Message from the Moraga School District Governance Team

    President Heather Davis         Vice President Janelle Chng       

    Board Member Jon Nickens         Board Member Richard Severy       

    Board Member John Giordani        Superintendent Bruce K. Burns


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    Announcement - April 10, 2020

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    Announcement - April 7, 2020

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    Superintendent Message - April 7, 2020


    Superintendent Message - April 3, 2020, 2:00 PM


    Announcement - April 1, 2020, 1:00 PM

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    Superintendent Message - March 31, 2020, 6:00 PM

    Letter from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond

    Click HERE for Link to Thurmond Letter. 


    Announcement - March 31, 2020

    Bay Area Health Officers Issue Updated Stay-at-Home Order with New Restrictions to Last Through May 3

    Click HERE for Link to Joint Press Release


    Superintendent Message - Parent FAQ Information - March 30, 2020


    Superintendent Message - Food Service - March 26, 2020


    Superintendent Message - School Closure Extended - March 25, 2020


    Superintendent Message - Goggle & Mask Drive - March 23, 2020


    Superintendent Message - Playgrounds ClosedMarch 22, 2020


    Superintendent Message - March 18, 2020


    Superintendent Message - March 17, 2020


    Superintendent Message - March 16, 2020


    Superintendent Message - March 15, 2020


    Superintendent Message - March 14, 2020








    Registration Information during COVID 19 Shelter-In-Place

    During this extraordinary time, registration in the Moraga School District for the 2020-2021 school year continues!

    Please view all online registration instructions and documentation requirements.

    Once you have completed the online registration process, and while the schools are still closed, you may contact the specific school secretary for information about next steps. 

    Camino Pablo Elementary :  

    Judy Silva

    Donald Rheem Elementary :  

    Lisa Fitzinger

    Los Perales Elementary :

     Julie Lawrie

    Joaquin Moraga Intermediate:

    Alisa Oliver




    Social Distancing





    Governing Board and CCCOE Approved 

    2017-2020 LCAP 

    The MSD Coordinating Council, which oversees the monitoring and annual development of the LCAP, meets at 3:30 PM at the JM Library on  9/20/18, 11/7/18, 2/27/19 and 3/27/19. Students, staff, parents and community members are welcome to attend Coordinating Council meetings and are also welcome to speak to the LCAP at any regular Board meeting. Annual LCAP updates will be presented to all site PTAs and School Site Councils in the fall.  LCAP feedback and comments may be emailed to  A draft LCAP will be presented to the MSD Governing Board on June 4, 2019, and a public hearing will be held.  The Board will take action to approve the LCAP on June 11, 2019.

    Current Board Meeting Agenda


    MSD Board Public Comment Form


    Individuals wishing to make a public comment must either complete and submit the online Moraga School District Board Public Comment Form by June 10 at 4:00 PM or utilize the Q&A Zoom webinar function during the meeting.

    School Calendars

    School Year 2020-2021

    Board Adopted:

    March 10, 2020


    About US

    The Moraga School District is located in Moraga, California, beyond the Oakland hills and east of San Francisco.  Our students consistently score advanced and proficient on California standardized tests while excelling in art, music, technology, physical education and a variety of intermediate school electives.  The Moraga School District values the involvement of Moraga parents and families, our PTAs, the Moraga Education Foundation, and local businesses.  Together we deliver to our TK-8th grade students a first class education addressing the academic, social and emotional needs of our students to succeed in a diverse global world.

    Nondiscrimination Policy: MSD prohibits unlawful discrimination against any protected group as identified under Education Code 200 and 220 and Government Code 11135, and Title IX, including actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color, mental or physical disability, age, or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in any District program or activity that received or benefits from state financial assistance, including athletic programs. Complaint information is available at the MSD District Office, 1540 School Street, CA, 94556.  For further information, call 925-376-5943