SCESD Shines

Updates from the Superintendent's Office to the Community

Happy Labor Day: District Office and Schools Will Be Closed

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Hot Weather and How to Cope

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As you can see from the graphic above, the temperatures in Salinas will rise steadily over the weekend and then soar early next week. The District nursing team has sent out a "heat advisory" message to all staff members that includes helpful tips for avoiding heat stroke during the hottest of times.

Each school has water refilling stations for students to use to fill their water bottles, and the schools have been asked to allow students to refill their bottles as often as needed. Schools will also use fans throughout the day to keep air circulating in classrooms and common areas.

Below you will find other tips sent to the schools. You may find them useful in your own homes or workplaces in helping you beat the heat.

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A Community Partnership Based in History

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Top Photo: Salinas Police Sgt. Gerardo Magaña on the playground at Los Padres School (with Principal Linda Barrera, at left, waving to the camera).

Bottom Photo: Principal Barrerra, LP Parent Coordinator Ali Chavez, Salinas Police Chief Roberto Filice, Vice Principal Christina Perez, Superintendent Rebeca Andrade and Sgt. Magaña following a cafecito with LP parents.

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If Salinas Police Sgt. Gerardo Magaña seems unusually comfortable hanging out on the playground at Los Padres School, there's a good reason for it: That playground is a familiar stomping ground for the veteran officer because he attended Los Padres as a student, from second through sixth grade.

LP Parent Coordinator Ali Chavez has cultivated a relationship with Magaña, regularly inviting him to school events. And Magaña says he enjoys the visits because LP "gave me so much. It feels good to come back and speak to the children and have relationships with the staff and administration."

On Aug. 31, Magaña visited the school again, and brought backup, in the form of Police Chief Roberto Filice. After visiting with students and staff on the playground, the two spent about an hour in a cafecito for about 20 parents. The topics of a lively discussion included how to protect students and families from drugs and traffic calming measures near schools.

Reason to Brag: SCESD Schools Honored by Statewide PBIS Organization

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PBIS, or Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, is an evidence-based three-tiered framework to improve and integrate all of the data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes every day. PBIS creates schools where all students succeed.

For its robust PBIS program, led by Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) Becky Nelson under the supervision of Executive Director of Pupil Personnel Services Ron Dillender, numerous SCESD schools were honored by The California PBIS Coalition.

Schools are invited to apply for the honor in the "platinum, gold, silver or bronze" categories. The annual awards launched in 2015 and recognize schools for their adherence to the established PBIS framework, which is a three-tiered system meant to support students at all levels.

In Tier 1, practices and systems establish a foundation of regular, proactive support while preventing unwanted behaviors. Schools provide these universal supports to all students, school-wide. In Tier 2, practices and systems support students who are at risk for developing more serious problem behaviors before those behaviors start. These supports help students develop the skills they need to benefit from core programs at the school. And in Tier 3, students receive more intensive, individualized support to improve their behavioral and academic outcomes. At this level, schools rely on formal assessments to determine a student’s need.

Congrats to all of the honorees!

A(nother) Save the Date Reminder: Parent Leadership Conference Coming Soon!

On Saturday, Sept. 24, the District will hold a Parent Leadership Conference chock full of information and education for SCESD Families.

Workshops are in the process of being developed, but will include information about helping students bolster their reading and math skills, creating a nurturing learning environment at home, how to prioritize wellness, how to create healthy meals on a budget, parental rights in special education, immigrant rights awareness, and how to engage with the Family Resource Centers, among many other topics.

For your convenience, there will be:

  • FREE transportation

  • FREE childcare for kids ages 3-12

  • FREE breakfast and lunch

  • FREE backpack filled with school supplies or a free cuddly stuffed animal

  • AND a lot more...

So we can have enough food and backpacks for attendees, we're asking you reserve a spot to join us at the Resource Fair. Please do so by calling your school's parent coordinator or front office, or by calling Iliana Izquierdo at (831) 784-2215 for more information.

Covid-19 Update

The Covid dashboard created by the District's Covid mitigation team, AM LLC, is now live on the District's website and you can find it here. Please note that this is a "No PHI" database, meaning there is no Protected Health Information (such as names) attached to the numbers.

The data updates every 15 minutes.

While the Covid dashboard on the District's website offers information about student case rates in schools, below please find the latest case numbers countywide, as compiled by the Monterey County Health Department.

Also, if you are seeking a vaccine for yourself or or your children, please visit for upcoming vaccination clinics, broken down by zip code.

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