I hope that you are weathering the shelter-in-place and other social distancing directives related to the current COVID-19 health crisis in good spirits and in good health.
It is a scary time for everyone, and I think that we're all doing our best to maintain a sense of normalcy in our lives.
I am cooking meals, baking cookies, managing homework, working, writing and trying to get out for walks with my husband as often as a I can. I am trying to find the joy in having my family in the house during this time because to be honest, we don't usually have enough time for family dinners, walks and long evenings watching movies, playing games and baking cookies. I am also feeling a giant sense of loss for my boys in missing their school experiences this year, as well as their sports endeavors. They both play baseball, and it is my younger son's final year of little league - and my older son was slated to be a starting pitcher on his Varsity team, for a season that is now unlikely to happen. I know this might sound trivial, but my boys are my heart, and their joys and sorrows affect me immensely. And during this time, just as with everyone in the world, we are dealing with the realities of what we're calling the "new normal" and all of the emotion that accompanies that.
And at the same time, I remain as dedicated to working to become the next Area 4 trustee on the San Mateo County Board of Education as I was months ago when I announced my run. Perhaps even more so, as I watch our systems trying to cope with this crisis, especially in regard to education and home learning, very much wishing that assuring equity and accessibility for our marginalized communities were a higher level consideration in our planning and response from the outset.
I am passionate about ensuring that all kids have opportunities to reach their full potential, both socially and academically.
As a former teacher & school board trustee, and now as a community educator, advocate and attorney, I have been addressing important educational issues for decades, and I will continue to do this as a member of the Board of Education, if elected.
I will advocate for countywide educational collaboration and leverage of regional influence to advocate for more equitable funding for our Districts countywide, to alleviate disparate academic outcomes that relate to zip code of residence and other notable demographic characteristics, to increase teacher salaries, housing, supports and other potential retention factors, to ensure FAPE for all students with disabilities, to ensure accountability for providing mental health supports and services for kids pursuant to AB 114, to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, to navigate evolving policies underlying our juvenile justice system, and to address issues concerning charter schools and their impacts.
I look forward to meeting and talking with you, either virtually or in person (if we can get back to doing that at some point), and I welcome your thoughts on how you believe we can better serve all families and kids in San Mateo County.
We are in this together, and I really mean that.
In regard to the current crisis, if you need anything, even a good listener for issues that arise, I hope you will contact me. I can be reached at (415) 531-0508 or at Chelsea.Bonini@gmail.com. There are also many resources available locally.
We are much better and stronger together, and I look forward to connecting with you as I work to build lasting and impactful change in our County.
"Chelsea has been a tireless leader and advocate for kids in San Mateo County. As an educator, a School Board trustee, a County commissioner, an attorney and an always active volunteer, her passion and dedication for building relationships, improving community-school connections and advocating for systems that champion the success of all kids is unparalleled. Chelsea has my unwavering support in the 2020 race for San Mateo County Board of Education." David Canepa, San Mateo County Supervisor, District 5
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