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Welcome Back Message | 2021-2022 School Year
Posted 9/13/21

Please watch this welcome back to school video from Superintendent Dr. Leisa Winston and Board President Ann Sullivan highlighting our focus and goals, thanking our community for their continued support, and wishing everyone a wonderful school year.

Dear HBCSD Community,

The start of a new school year is an exciting opportunity for new beginnings!  We are eagerly anticipating the return of our students to full-day in-person instruction.  On behalf of the Board of Trustees and our leadership team, we welcome both new and returning HBCSD students to the 2021-2022 school year!

This summer, our hardworking staff have prepared for students’ return by implementing deep cleaning of campuses, refining safety protocols to align with the most recent guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), hiring additional teaching and support staff to reduce class sizes and increase access to support services, reshaping our virtual instructional program, continuing to modernize classrooms into 21st-century learning environments, ensuring student access to technology, and investing in professional development for our staff.

We have provided our 2021-2022 School Opening and Safety Plan, which outlines the health and safety measures and plans for continuity of instruction, summarized as follows:

  • Students and staff are required to wear masks while indoors at school, regardless of vaccination status, unless a medical exemption is provided by a doctor. Masks are no longer required outdoors.  
  • Physical distancing is not required due to the universal indoor mask requirements.
  • All in-person HBCSD students will receive free meals throughout the next school year.
  • Targeted quarantine procedures to maximize student access to in-person instruction.

As we prepare for the start of school, we ask that you please screen your child daily using the Student Symptom Decision Tree.  Students with a fever of 100.4 or higher or any COVID-19 symptoms including chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle or body aches, the new loss of smell/taste, vomiting, nausea, or diarrhea must stay home.  Should your child exhibit any of these symptoms, please keep them at home and contact the school.

While we know circumstances will continue to evolve, our priority will continue to be keeping our students and staff healthy and safe to ensure our schools are able to provide continuous in-person instruction for our students.  As a community, we can navigate these changes and provide an exceptional academic experience and support the well-being of each of our students.  We are HBCSD!  

Please be sure to stay connected for additional ParentSquare communications regarding important updates.  We look forward to a fantastic year!



Leisa Winston, Ed.D.