Principal Check-In/May 28th
Posted on 05/28/2020

Dear Korematsu Families,

There are two weeks to go in the 19-20 school year. I am sure none of us could have predicted we would end the school year away from each other. I cannot tell you how much the staff and I miss your students. We are in the business of kids and it has been quite an adjustment to be physically away from them. Here are some important announcements for our last two weeks of school:

Materials Drop-Off/Pick-Up Days: Please see the attached flier for days/times your student will need to drop-off school materials and teachers will be there to hand over anything left in the classroom back in March. Please Note: You will not be returning Chromebooks or Hotspots unless your family is leaving the district (if your student is going to a different DJUSD school next year, hold onto your technology!). Please read the flier for dates/times for each grade level: Material Pick-Up_Drop-Off (1).pdf

A Message from Ms. Bowen, School Counselor: Thank you so much for your support this year to the counseling program. It has been a real privilege to get to know this wonderful community and service the amazing students at our school. I want to let you know that I have been offered a position as the Counselor for DiVinci Jr High, which I have accepted. This was a difficult decision, but it is a wonderful opportunity for growth which will benefit me and my family.

Great care will be taken for the transition for the new counselor, which I will happily be a part of. Being just across town, it will be easy to support that transition. I am hoping to maintain contact and am hopeful that I may potentially see your children as they advance to Junior High. I have prepared a message for the students in the Youtube link below, and also a place for them to leave me a message through the Flipgrid link. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Pandemic EBT: Due to COVID 19, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits through a State program called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when school is closed. Most families with children who receive CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply because they will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do receive these benefits must apply online before June 30, 2020. DJUSD is joining many other public agencies to share messaging with families about this important program. Applications and information available at: https://ca.p-ebt.org/

Internet Safety: With COVID-19 isolation measures and more kids being online, there has been an increase reported in online child exploitation and domestic violence. Here are some tips and resources provided by one of our Korematsu community members:

  1. Most video games have chatting & talking features. Disable or limit these features. Children are increasingly being targeted through video games.
  2. Set privacy features in all your and your kids’ social media accounts so that you and your kids aren’t sharing personal information with strangers.
  3. Set a “lights out” for cell phone and computer use for your kids.
  4. Educate your kids: people aren’t who they may seem to be online. Anyone can make up a profile on an app.
  5. Set ground rules with your kids:
    o Only text or chat with someone you know IRL (in real life), including on video games.
    o Don’t send pictures of yourself to others.
    o Don’t meet with someone in person who you only know online.
    o Don’t accept gifts online, including in video games, from strangers.
    o If something makes you feel uncomfortable, tell someone.

Resources: If you see something, say something. Here’s how to get help and how to report a problem:

  • NCMEC (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children): report inappropriate online contacts to www.cybertipline.com or 1-800-843-5678.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233.
  • Suicide Prevention Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255; Text “HOPE” to 916-688-4226.
  • Other resources to learn more about being safe online: www.netsmartzkids.org; NeedHelpNow.ca.

Questions? Contact: Chi Soo Kim, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, chi.soo.kim@usdoj.gov

I hope everyone has been able to stay cool in this heat. I am looking forward to the cooler weather.

-Principal Curtaz