Superintendent's Message

Dr. Mat Holton
Dear Chaffey District Parents and Families,
The Chaffey District enthusiastically welcomed back students, staff, and families on Monday, August 9th, when all schools in the Chaffey District reopened, in-person, in compliance with State and County health orders. The atmosphere on campus was electric as students and staff members reunited with their peers and anticipated all of the opportunities that lie ahead of them during the 2021-2022 school year. We are so thankful for the patience, grace, and understanding shown by students, parents, and staff members during our reopening as we adjusted to a new start time, finalized student schedules, initiated safety protocols, and settled into the routine of school once again.
The District is thrilled to have students back and will continue to provide them with the academic and emotional support they will need to succeed. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the District’s many programs designed to support students during this year. These include expanded learning opportunities, daily tutoring, and ongoing access to PAPER, SEL staffing and support, additional mental health resources, mentors, and access to technology.
We recognize that some students may need access to alternative and virtual programs to serve their needs as the year progresses; if you would like information on our Chaffey District Online High School, Independent Study Program, or other alternative educational options, please contact your school’s counselor or administrator.
At this time, State and local agencies require universal mask-wearing while indoors on a school campus. That is, all students and staff are required to wear masks when indoors, regardless of vaccination status, although it is not mandated that masks be worn outside. It has been communicated to us that this universal mask requirement minimizes the need for other layers of precaution, like physical distancing, daily screening, or installing protective barriers on student desks. This allows our students the opportunity to work in groups and collaborate with their classmates on projects as needed. Safety is our priority, and the District is committed to stringent disinfection practices and will continue to promote handwashing as a means to avoid infection.
We expect safety protocols will continue to be reexamined and evolve over time depending on the COVID-19 data reported by local and State health agencies. We are doing everything we can to make sure students are safe and able to learn in healthy and supportive environments, and we will keep everyone informed as local and State directives shift.
I look forward to partnering with all of you to make sure that students are engaging in their schooling in healthy and constructive ways as together we help them prepare for their college and career goals.
Again, I want to personally thank you for the support and encouragement you continue to show our staff. Parents, we recognize all that you have done, and will continue to do, to assure your student’s success this year, and we sincerely thank you!
Mathew Holton, Ed.D.
Chaffey Joint Union High School District