January 2021 - Dr. Quiauna Scott, Superintendent
You are doing a "GOOD JOB!"
I sincerely hope you are in good health and spirits.
For nearly a year, we have had to pivot and innovate with a sense of urgency while living with uncertainties both personally and professionally due to the pandemic. I recognize that this has not been easy, and I applaud you for the work you do each day.
As I watched the video below, I thought of each of you and what a tremendous job you have done, day in and day out, executing our "WHY" with a lens of equity in the best interest of our students and community. I continue to be filled with much gratitude to work with such an outstanding staff! Thank you for doing such a "Good Job!"
Health & Wellness Update: COVID-19 Vaccinations
The Alameda County of Education (ACOE) is working with Alameda County Public Health (ACPHD) to coordinate vaccine distribution for school staff across Alameda County. The vaccine will be provided at no cost. The educational sector, including TK-12 schools, has been placed in Phase 1B under California’s vaccination plan. Currently, Alameda County is still in Phase 1A.
NOTE: The phases are listed in the charts below:
In the meantime, Alameda County is hosting several free vaccination clinics, and appointments are encouraged. Visit their website for the most up to date information: https://covid-19.acgov.org/vaccines. Our understanding is that the supply is replenished weekly, so keep checking regularly for available appointments. You may direct-pre-enroll as an individual in Alameda County. Below is the link to the Alameda County Site, where you, as an individual who works and/or lives in Alameda County, can fill out and submit a form to get notified when it is your turn to get vaccinated.
NOTE: Once you go to this link, keep scrolling down until you see "Get Notified When it is Your Turn" and click on that, then respond to the questions.
If you would like additional information regarding the COVID-19 vaccines, please visit ACOE's website at acoe.org/vaccine.
Reopening Schools Update
The State of California created a "Safe Schools For All Hub" to provide a centralized location for health guidance, resources for school administrators, and information for parents and staff related to reopening schools. In addition, the State requested that school districts, charter, and private schools submit the status of reopening schools every two weeks. This information will be available to the public to identify which schools offer distance learning, small cohorts, hybrid or full in-person instruction.
Alameda County is currently in the Purple Tier. Due to the uncertainties of when the COVID-19 rates will improve in Alameda County to either a Red, Orange or Yellow Tier, we will remain in distance learning at this time.
The safety and well-being of our students and staff continue to be the highest priority for the district. At the same time, we understand the importance of preparing by developing protocols and procedures that will positively support in-person instruction. For instance, although no reopening dates have been determined, our district’s phased reopening plan was submitted to ACOE for review and approval.
Many thanks to the Reopening Schools Committee and District Leadership for assisting with the development of the plan! A copy of the plan can be found on the district's website under the "Quick Links."
Safety First - Thank you for keeping the gates secured!
Staff, thank you for your efforts to keep the ECCL gates secured. If there is a need to load or unload items, please use the red bungee cords when propping gates temporarily. The bungee cords are available in the main office at each school site. If any staff member observes a gate propped open with anything (e.g., trash can, rock, etc.) besides the red bungee cords, please remove the item to ensure the campus stays secured. We truly appreciate your support!
47th Street - Name Change to Steve Dain Drive
On January 19, 2021, Emeryville’s City Council approved changing the street name of 47th Street between 1100 47th Street and Doyle Street to Steve Dain Drive. As soon as next month, both 47th Street and Steve Dain Drive signs will be posted in front of Emery High School and the swimming pool area.
Steve Dain was a PE Teacher at Emery High School and Transgender Rights Pioneer in the 1970s. We are proud to see the inclusivity and recognition of a former staff member.