Old Adobe Educator Weekly Round-Up
September 27 - October 1, 2021
MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT LOWERY
Greetings OAUSD Educators,
As we continue in this second month of school I am enjoying visiting the gardens and school grounds, sitting at lunch with students or hanging out with them at recess, connecting in the educator meet-ups and immersing myself in classroom walkthroughs. As I observe instruction, I have witnessed teachers practice routines and use Chromebooks as a tool for math and writing. I have also seen teachers with nervous jitters, express moments of hesitancy, implement brilliant facilitation moves, and delve into engagement strategies.
Our needs as instructional leaders during these early moments is to feel encouragement and security, especially when things don't always go as planned. When a teacher feels uneasy about his/her/they learning gaps around instruction, they may or may not share with a colleague or school leader. In a safe professional learning culture, there’s no need to hide because struggle and failure are neutralized, normalized, and even celebrated. Consider this: Once a week, with a colleague, share something you have struggled with and what you may be learning in the process as you grapple with it.
Research supports that professional development plays a key role in providing teachers with knowledge and skills to hone teaching practices, to rejuvenate them, and to improve student learning. It also assists teachers in successfully implementing curricula. As teachers become aware of the need to change teaching practices in order to improve teacher efficacy, professional development provides opportunities to gain confidence and heighten their sense of personal efficacy. DuFour (2002) maintained that curriculum implementation is a process of innovation and change, and the overarching goal of any curriculum implementation is the improvement of student learning. Remember, as the adults in our system get better at we do and improve, so will students.
Have a great week!
Stronger Together, Better Together.
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OAUSD COVID-19 DASHBOARD - UPDATED EACH FRIDAY
A dashboard has been created on our website to share information about the positive COVID-19 cases in our schools. The positive cases reported are those where the positive case may or may not have been physically on campus during the infectious period. This does NOT necessarily indicate in-school transmission.
NEW SCDPH CLARIFICATION ON EXPOSURE/QUARANTINE PROTOCOLS
This clarification is related to when an exposure occurs with unvaccinated individuals and intended to reduce at home quarantines.
For someone to be ineligible for modified quarantine, the unmasked exposure period does not need to reach a total of 15 unmasked minutes. If they have a cumulative total of 15 minutes of close contact (masked or not) throughout the day, and any significant portion of that time is unmasked (i.e. for lunch), they are not eligible for modified quarantine.
Sonoma County officials are coordinating efforts to offer juvenile vaccine clinics (for 5-11 year olds) in cooperation with pediatric providers. The goal is to open clinics in early November as the FDA will allow. More information will be shared when available, including a parent education webinar component currently under discussion.
You can find the most up to date information about upcoming community vaccination clinics here at scoe.org/vaccines.
Click below to read the new OAUSD one-page flyer with some quick facts about COVID-19 testing (the flyer is also shared as an attachment to this communication).
ENGLISH / SPANISH
Here is the weekly antigen testing school schedule:
District Office. Wed, 8-11a and Fri, 8-11a
La Tercera. Mon, 8a-3p and Wed, 8a-3p
Loma Vista. Tue, 8a-3pand Thu, 8a-3p
Miwok Valley. Tue, 8a-3p and Thu, 8a-3p
Old Adobe. Mon, 8a-3p and Wed, 8a-3p
Sonoma Mountain. Wed, 8a-3p and Fri, 8a-3p
Consent links to participate in the District’s antigen testing program with Concentric are listed below. (You will need to use your school's personalized access code listed below to complete the consent form.)
- La Tercera
- Loma Vista
- Old Adobe
- Miwok Valley
- Sonoma Mountain
If you have any questions, please contact your school office or the Covid-19 Safety Technician, Michael Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Latest vaccine clinic information: scoe.org/vaccines
The Equity Coalition Meetings will be held on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Come join us! Here is the Zoom link:
We want to encourage all to participate and join us. This is a shared leadership opportunity and YOU are vital to this work.
FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Book Recommendations, Sharing Materials, Resources and Strategies, etc
This section of the Round Up is a focus on teacher voice, input and sharing. If you have something to contribute please submit items HERE by Thursday at 9:00am.