Welcome back from Thanksgiving break and a happy beginning to the holiday season for many in our community. Please see below for details on a districtwide Kwanzaa Celebration. Thank you to the Umoja students and staff who are organizing this virtual gathering of community.
My appreciation as well to everyone who submitted vaccination information or an exemption request. We all contribute to the Coast District mission in an important way. It is for this reason that the Board of Trustees acted to provide a safer and healthier environment through mandates on vaccination or testing and face coverings. We also continue to practice appropriate distancing, including limited in-person work schedules, while maximizing airflow.
For those who work closely with students, I hope you are able to extend the message that these steps are important for everyone. Young people may be less affected, though tragically we know that not every student is in good health and even those who are may suffer life-threatening or debilitating COVID-19 infections. As evident every cold and flu season, we also know students may pass respiratory viruses on to vulnerable peers, faculty, staff, or to their families.
The holiday season should remind us that common threads among our varied traditions are generosity and compassion. The Coast District and Colleges make up a community that we celebrate by being aware of our shared spaces and impacts our actions have on each other.
John Weispfenning, Ph.D.
On December 9 at 5:00 pm, Umoja students and staff will be hosting a virtual social, Kwanzaa Jam. Kwanzaa is a cultural celebration. It is celebrated within the African American community from December 26 through January 1. All are invited to participated in this equity minded, culturally relevant, and educationally responsive event. This is a time for family and friends to come together in Umoja (unity) as we share stories, sing, and dance.