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    July 8, 2020


    Dear Parents and Staff,


    The work of the Task Force to plan for the reopening of school continues with deep care and concern, and with an on-going focus to translate public health data and evidence into practical application, while also shifting and adjusting to changing information.  As noted in a prior communication, all Task Force members recognize there is no substitute for the engagement of learning in school; however, and under current circumstances, we continue to discuss learning scenarios where student and staff safety drives our collective work.  


    The Task Force met again yesterday, July 7, 2020.  Most subcommittees presented brief reports on updated planning following feedback from the June 30 Task Force meeting.  The vast majority of yesterday’s meeting time was spent discussing hybrid instructional models with significant input from Public Health Subcommittee representatives.  In addition to hybrid instructional models, plans are also being developed for full distance learning and reopening school for all students.  Current planning, however, indicates the likely scenario of starting the school year via a hybrid model.


    Yesterday, grades TK-5 and 6-8 instructional models and the pros and cons for each were presented and discussed.  Discussion of the pros and cons considered disease spread, limiting cohort contacts with teachers, cleaning/disinfecting, air quality, maximizing in-person instructional time, social-emotional health, impact on families, and minimizing student exposure, among other factors.


    The most commonly addressed hybrid models are described below.  All proposed models combine in-class instruction with distance learning.  Generally, most models reserve Wednesday as a teacher planning day and as distance learning student enrichment days.  Students would complete distance learning plans or complete independent study work on days when they are not attending school.


    -         “Elementary AM/PM Model”: half of the students attend school in the morning and other half in the afternoon, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

    -        “6th-8th AM/PM Model”: half of the students attend school in the morning and other half in the afternoon, Monday through Friday. 

    -        “AB Wed AB Model”: half of the students attend school all day on Monday and Thursday and a second cohort attends school all day on Tuesday and Friday. 

    -        “AA Wed BB Model: same as above but students attend Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday.

    -        “Week on Week Off Schedule Model”: half of the students attend school all day, Monday through Friday, and the other half attends school all day, Monday through Friday, the following week.

    -        “6th-8th AM/PM Semester Model”: same as the “6th-8th AM/PM Model” except math and PE are held 2.5 days a week for the year and all other classes (Social Studies, Science, Electives, English) are completed in one semester.


    While the Task Force endeavored to narrow hybrid instructional options in preparation for the July 14 Task Force meeting, today’s discussion revealed the need for increased collaboration between the Public Health and Instructional subcommittees to recommend a model or models to address maximizing safety for students and staff, in-school contact with teachers, and distance learning management.  The two subcommittees will meet prior to the July 14 Task Force meeting to prepare a recommendation(s).


    The work of the task force, comprised of parents, teachers, administrators, classified staff, board members, medical professionals, and district support staff representatives continues to be thoughtful, deliberate, and very challenging.  Safety and student learning are at the forefront of planning and decision making and all considerations are grounded in the latest science and in alignment with county and state public health guidelines. 


    The Task Force will send parents and staff an update no later than July 15, following the fourth Task Force meeting on July 14.  The MSD Governing Board will be presented with Task Force recommendations at a special Governing Board meeting planned for July 21 at 6:00 PM. 




    Bruce K. Burns





    Superintendent Message - July 1, 2020


    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


    Letter to Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan and Senator Glazer

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    Announcement - April 10, 2020

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    Announcement - April 7, 2020

    Contra Costa Joins Bay Area Counties in Extending Distance Learning Through End of School Year 

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    Superintendent Message - April 7, 2020


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


    Announcement - April 1, 2020, 1:00 PM

    UC Adjusts Admissions Requirement

    See HERE


    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


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    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


    Individuals wishing to make a public comment may do so orally during the meeting for items on the agenda and items not on the agenda using this link.  Zoom Q and A and Chat functions will not be responded to or read.  

    School Calendars

    School Year 2020-2021

    Board Adopted:

    July 24, 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