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Superintendent's Message

September 13, 2021

Dear MUSD families and staff,

Welcome to McKinleyville Union Elementary School District. We are a three school
district serving grades TK-8th and we offer a robust Spanish Immersion and STEAM
program with supplemental support in Art, Music, Garden and more. Additionally, we
host a dynamic after school program called ELP. We are committed to ensuring each
student receives the individualized instruction and supports that are best suited for
them. We do so within a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment that has equity,
belonging and healthy relationships at the heart of what we do.
The beginning of this school year has been met with a mix of emotions. Students and
staff are excited to be back to in-person learning, while a healthy fear continues to exist
relative to the COVID-19 virus and its potential impacts on our students, staff, schools
and community. For this reason, some families have opted to have their children
participate in our Independent Study Program.
To mitigate safety concerns, MUSD is committed to providing an educational
environment that is consistent with the California Department of Public Health
guidelines for schools. MUSD does require masks in indoor and outdoor educational
settings unless otherwise directed by the adult in charge. Also, MUSD will continue to
practice recommended safety protocols including but not limited to: masks, hand
washing, hand sanitizers, daily classroom cleaning and more. For a more detailed
understanding of our Board approved COVID-19 safety protocols please select the visit
Currently, we are offering limited transportation to those requiring transportation. We
are also pleased to share that all students are eligible to receive a free breakfast and
lunch regardless of income status.
In close, as we reflect on the 20th anniversary of the tragic events that unfolded on
September 11, 2001, we want to thank all of our public services personnel who show up
everyday and put the interest of those they serve ahead of others. Thank you all for
being a valuable member of our educational community!
Best,
Heidi Moore-Guynup, Superintendent

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