Howell Mountain Elementary School District (HMESD) is a small, rural, single-school district located in Angwin, California. For more than 125 years, Howell Mountain School has provided students with an exceptional public education from the early years in transitional kindergarten through eighth grade. We are a small school with a personal touch. Serving just over 90 students, our small size affords us the opportunity to understand and accommodate the individual needs of every single student in our care. 

A Message from Our Superintendent and Principal

Hello Families,

Thank you for participating in our parent survey. It looks like we have approximately 2/3 of our families interested in having their child participate in an on-site, modified day learning schedule. When we re-open, we will be able to have students on campus five days per week. We will be following the schedule that we shared with you last week. We understand that the staggered start and end times of the various classes will cause a hardship for many families. For this, we apologize. As you are aware, Howell Mountain ESD is a small school district, with a limited number of employees who will be tasked with taking temperatures of all students who will be arriving on campus. In addition, all students are required to maintain a social distancing of six feet. The staggered start and end times will facilitate our work in meeting these new requirements so that we will be able to keep our doors open. 

We have also made progress on our site preparations for in-person learning. We are scheduled to have an air purification system installed mid-October. Howell Mountain ESD has been collaborating with the other public schools in the county to address implementing all California and Napa County Public Health guidelines, confirming capacity for COVID-19 testing for all staff and recruiting substitute teachers. The date of a safe re-opening will be October 26, 2020.

My best,

Dr. Janet Tufts

Dr. Janet Tufts