Martinez schools, students start new school year Monday

The new playing field at Las Juntas Elementary
The new playing field at Las Juntas Elementary is almost ready. A project co-funded with Contra Coast County Measure WW funds and MUSD restricted facilities funds. (Courtesy)

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– Martinez Unified School District students will be back in the classrooms Monday, and some will be meeting new teachers, District Superintendent C.J. Cammack said.

“MUSD is very excited to welcome 24 new teachers, counselors and special education staff for the 2018-19 school year,” he said. “We are very pleased with the high-quality individuals who will be serving our students and becoming part of our community.”

Scholastically, the District is continuing its Readers and Writers program as well as its Bridges mathematics program, he said.

Some students and teachers will see physical changes to their schools, he said.

For instance, the back field renovation project at Las Juntas Elementary School, being done in partnership with Contra Costa County, is nearly done. “It’s a great new field,” Cammack said.

Alhambra High School students will see some modernized classrooms and parking spaces added to replace those lost during the erection of Building K, he said.

This year’s enrollment is slightly higher than last year’s, and has remained greater than 4,100 for several years.

Motorists traveling near schools will see the return of crossing guards, Cammack said, reminding drivers that school zone speed limit is 25 mph.

Contra Costa County Public Works issued a similar reminder, saying 177,000 students from kindergarten to high school will be going to 261 schools in the county’s 18 unified districts.

In a statement released by Public Information Officer Steve Padilla , the county said children may not always be aware of their surroundings as they walk, bicycle or ride a bus to school.

“We are asking parents and other drivers to leave early, be fully alert and extra cautious while driving, especially in school zones,” the statement said. “We encourage you to sit down with your child and go over some road safety rules and tips.

The statement provided links to the National Safety Council’s advice for parents and students, available on the webpage https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/seasonal-safety/back-to-school.

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