Old Adobe Educator Weekly Round-Up
May 10, 2021 - May 14, 2021
MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT LOWERY
DAILY PERSONAL CHALLENGE
Greetings OAUSD Educators,
Last week I sent a video message to students to encourage and inspire them. In the video I asked students two questions: 1) What do you love most your school? and 2) What activities or games you want to do this summer? We hope to use the information as input for summer school planning and potentially lift student voice to be used in the marketing and communications efforts. Parents and caregivers were asked to help students to share responses with me by clicking here.
Please continue to encourage everyone, students and colleagues, to take the Daily Personal Challenge:
- Rise each morning with joy in your soul.
- Work hard each day to learn all you can and grow your brain.
- Play with your friends each moment with joy in your spirit.
- Lie down each night with a thankful heart.
- Choose LOVE.
*Let's unite as OAUSD educators and join the challenge with students.
Please click here to watch and listen to the Superintendent's Special Video Message to Students.
Sign up for brief meet and greet, to share and idea or ask a question.
Grab and Go Breakfast
Students will receive breakfast in the lunch grab-n-go bags at the end of AM and PM learning cohorts as indicated below:
- Mondays (for Tuesday's breakfast and lunch)
- Tuesdays (for Tuesday and Wednesday's breakfast and lunch)
- Thursday (for Friday's breakfast and lunch)
- Fridays (for Monday's breakfast and lunch)
Distance learning students can still pick up meals at Miwok on Mondays and Wednesdays and will also have breakfast items added.
1. Student & Community Vaccination Clinics
The Sonoma County Department of Public Health is urging students 16 years of age and older, as well as their families, to get vaccinated at a local vaccination clinic. Information on where and when these clinics are being held and how to sign up is available here.
Of the many benefits for vaccinating students, one important benefit is that vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine if exposed to a COVID-positive person. Also, students will be able to hang out with friends who are vaccinated without the need to mask or socially distance.
Looking ahead, we anticipate the vaccine will also be available to anyone 12 years of age and older within the next couple of weeks. Once this is confirmed, County Health officials, in partnership with SCOE, will host a webinar for parents and the community to provide information, address concerns, and answer questions. More information on the date and time of the webinar will be shared when confirmed.
Sonoma County Public Health officials are pleased to share that we have made excellent progress toward vaccinating a large portion of the adult population. More than 50% of adults in Sonoma County have been fully vaccinated. Another 18% of adults have completed one dose. The county goal is 70% of Sonoma County’s adult population to be fully vaccinated by May 15. We continue to promote vaccines for public health and safety.
2. Change in Quarantine Requirements for Vaccinated Staff
Cal/OSHA has partially updated its COVID-19 guidance for schools in relation to quarantine requirements for staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 but are fully vaccinated. Now, in accordance with CDC and CDPH guidelines for fully-vaccinated persons, Cal/OSHA states: "Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic. Following a known exposure at work, fully vaccinated workers do not need to quarantine if asymptomatic."
CDPH has also updated its Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People to clarify that exposed, asymptomatic, fully vaccinated workers do NOT need to be excluded from the workplace. Because of Executive Order N-84-20, CDPH guidance supersedes the Cal/OSHA standards on this specific point.
The state also expects that Cal/OSHA will issue draft language for their new regulations as early as this Friday. The goal is to try to get new regulations into effect by the June 15th Blueprint deadline.
3. Youth Sports & Shared Playground Equipment
Please note that once Sonoma County moves into the Yellow Tier (perhaps as soon as May 12), it is no longer necessary to clean playground equipment between uses. Sites will still need to clean equipment at the end of each day, but not between student groups during the day.
4. Quarantine for Siblings of Exposed Students
The County Health medical team discussed whether siblings of a child who is quarantined for being a close contact to a COVID-19 case-patient need to be quarantined as well if they cannot be kept apart. The decision was NO, you do not have to quarantine the non-exposed sibling unless the child who was a close contact develops symptoms. If the exposed child develops symptoms, then the sibling would need to quarantine and test.
5. Travel Guidance
We have received questions regarding travel and quarantine post-travel. Per the CDC and CDPH, fully vaccinated persons do not need to test or quarantine after domestic travel. They are advised to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and isolate and get tested if they develop symptoms. Individuals do NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine if they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months.
For unvaccinated individuals, CDC and CDPH recommend delaying travel until a person is fully vaccinated. CDPH guidelines for non-essential travel by (not fully) unvaccinated persons states the following for unvaccinated individuals:
Except in connection with essential travel, Californians should avoid non-essential travel outside of California, to other states or countries unless they are fully vaccinated.This reduces the risk that new sources of infection and new virus strains could be introduced to California.
Non-essential travelers from other states or countries, are strongly discouraged from entering California, and should adhere to the quarantine procedures set forth below.
Non-essential travelers who are not fully vaccinated should get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before travel, and get tested 3-5 days upon arrival to their destination. They should stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if their test is negative.
Non-essential travelers who are not fully vaccinated and don't get tested should stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel."
For international travel, please see this CDC guidance.
CURRICULUM AND PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
The STAR Spring Benchmark window will open until May 14. As you all know, we will be using our STAR Spring Benchmark scores to report ELA and mathematics progress to our families instead of the CAASPP.
Equity Coalition Update
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE NEXT EQUITY COALITION MEETING:
MAY 19TH @ 3:OOPM
If you need to reach the Equity Coalition to share resources, express concerns or ask questions, you can now email the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
REGISTRATION AND ENROLLMENT
RETURNING TO SCHOOL FALL 2021-2022
On May 4, 2021 the Board of Trustees and Superintendent Lowery held a listening session and community forum on safely reopening our schools in the fall. In attendance were parents, teachers, classified support staff, school and district administrators and we were able to see and hear from a couple of students! all stakeholders provided feedback regarding their experiences related to: 1) Communications; 2) Equity; Mental Health and Well Being; Teaching and Learning; and Technology.
Subsequently on May 5, 2021, we held an additional reopening meeting with parents, teachers, classified support staff, school and district administrators and this group was charged with taking all of the feedback and synthesizing it ti identify the big ideas and themes. We plan to send out the information to entire community and then incorporate the feedback into our planning for the fall reopening.
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!
Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of the American Speech Hearing Asssociation members in providing life-altering treatment.
For 2021, the theme is "Building Connections." Here are some resources from ASHA related to communication and hearing loss:
OAUSD EVENTS SCHEDULED THIS WEEK
May 10, 2021 - May 14, 2021
Minimum Day - Volunteer Appreciation
Board of Trustees Regular Meeting - Opening Session @ 6:00PM