Joe Hamilton Elementary

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  • 2022 Steam Fair


    Steam Fair, May 14th at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds Main Building, 10:00am to 2:00pm

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  • DNUSD Board of Trustees Takes Action To Re-Align Masking Enforcement 2-24-2022

    Over the past two years, the Board has continually sought ways to ensure that students could participate in their education in-person to the fullest extent possible. On February 24, 2022, the Board of Trustees voted 3-2 in favor of directing staff to shift the enforcement of mask mandates from exclusion to education to further ensure that students remain in class and receive instruction from their teachers.  The Board continues to build on the message that they sent to state leaders in November- that goals are better served by education than compulsion.

    This shift in the enforcement process is consistent with the flexibility found in K-12 guidance, which allows districts to create enforcement processes that reflect local needs and that respond to changing circumstances, such as the recent changes by the state to allow group tracing without isolation, to shorten quarantine times, and to lift outdoor mask mandates for students and staff. 

    The updated enforcement process will begin on Monday, February 28, and will be implemented as follows:

    • Signage will be posted on all entries at each campus to remind students, staff, families, and the community of the ongoing requirement to wear face coverings indoors.  This guidance will be revised as the State updates mask guidance.
    • If a student arrives at school without a face covering, a mask will be offered to the student.
    • If a student refuses to wear a mask indoors at a school, the school principal will notify parents/guardians, in writing, and remind them of the mandate.
    • No student shall be excluded from class due to refusal to wear a mask.
    • No student shall be disciplined for refusal to wear a mask.

    The Board will continue to work with staff, families, and community partners as our schools, our community, and our state continue our journey back to normalcy.

    To review State and Local COVID-19 guidance documentation, please visit

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  • Board Meeting 2-24-2022 | Masking in Schools

    On Monday, February 14, a member of the community requested that the Board agendize a discussion regarding the elimination of masks for students in the classroom and that the Board consider a resolution formalizing their decision. This request followed a decision on February 10 by the Roseville Joint Union High School District to eliminate universal masking for students and staff.
    On Thursday, February 17, Board representatives met to set their agenda for the Board meeting this Thursday. As a result of the request, agenda item 14.C. was added, along with the attached sample resolution, which is based on the resolution passed by the Roseville Board of Trustees. The sample resolution calls for a shift in masking enforcement to include a reminder to students to mask, providing masks for those who want them, and no longer placing students who do not mask in an alternative setting.
    The Board will discuss the issue and hold public comment on continued masking of students and on the resolution on Thursday night. Currently, CDPH continues to require student and staff masking indoors in K-12 school settings, but this may change in the near future, as CDPH is set to announce updated masking guidance on Monday, February 28.
    To be clear, the Board is not obligated to adopt the sample resolution and may choose not to adopt it. They may, however, choose to adopt it or may choose to make changes, then adopt it. They may also choose to postpone any decision and wait for the State to announce any masking changes on Monday, February 28.
    I’d ask you to read the attached sample resolution and encourage you to attend the Board meeting, either in person or virtually, and to participate in public comment. If you’re not able to attend but would like to provide input to the Board, I encourage you to do so. You can find Board member contact information at
    Information regarding the Board agenda can be found at
    Date: 2/24/2024
    DNUSD Board Meeting Closed Session:
    4:00 PM
    DNUSD Board Meeting Open Session:
    4:30 PM

    DNUSD & DNCOE Board Meeting Zoom link:

    In order to participate in public comment, follow these instructions:

    The board meeting agenda can be viewed at:

    Facebook live-stream:

    Thank you
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Degrees and Certifications:

Ed.D., Educational Leadership M.Ed., Cross-Cultural Teaching M.A., Spanish B.A., Spanish

Dr. Will Cushman

Welcome to Joe Hamilton Elementary!

I'm so excited to be Principal of Joe Hamilton Elementary! Mrs. Harnden has been amazing in helping me transition into the lead role as she happily embarks on her retirement. Staff, students, and families have made me feel at home at Joe Hamilton, and I'm looking forward to a great year ahead!

This is my 16th year in education. Most recently, I was Principal of Fairfield High School in the bay area for five years. I truly loved the staff and students of Fairfield High, but I did not love the triple-digit heat at my home in the Sacramento area! My wife and I have two awesome boys, Chase and Ryan, who attend Del Norte schools. We also have a dog named Kaos and a cat named Jack. Del Norte county offers a fantastic climate, great opportunities for outdoor recreation, and the close connections of a small town. It's a wonderful place to be!

I try to be out on campus and in classrooms as much as possible, but you can always set up a time to meet with me by calling Chelsea in the front office. I'm looking foward to meeting you and working with you to support every student in growing and learning.

Go Sea Otters!