By Thomas Gase
Although the Vallejo City Unified School District is not requiring COVID-19 vaccinations in order to attend in-person instruction, the district has partnered once again Touro University’s Mobile Program to ensure all members of the community have access to the vaccine.
Both groups have collaborated to organize vaccination clinics directly on a few school campuses. This is the district’s last push for vaccinations prior to the startup of the 2021-22 school year.
“Vaccinations are not required, for students or teachers, but we are encouraging vaccination for all who are eligible,” VCUSD spokesperson Stephen Nichols said. “Masks are required for indoor instruction and activities, per CDPH guidelines.”
Source: Vallejo City Unified School District partnering with Touro for vaccination programs – Times-Herald
The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, in partnership with Touro University California, will host a series of vaccination clinics at school sites throughout the district for students, faculty and staff ages 12 and up.
The vaccination clinics will take place at Public Safety Academy and Grange Middle School, both in Fairfield, and Crystal Middle School in Suisun City.
Faculty, preceptors and volunteers have been assisting county health officials at vaccination events in Vallejo and elsewhere for several months and have helped vaccinate more than 1,000 individuals in that process.
Source: Coronavirus: Vaccination clinics pop up at Solano schools – The Vacaville Reporter
Touro University California is partnering with the Fairfield-Suisun School District to offer Covid-19 and Tdap vaccinations in July and August in both Suisun City and Fairfield.
No appointments are required, and no identification, insurance or proof of immigration status is needed to receive the vaccination.
“The health and safety of our students, staff and faculty has always been at the forefront of our decision-making throughout this entire process during the pandemic,” Fairfield-Suisun School District Superintendent Kris Corey said in a press release. “We realize the importance of returning to a classroom setting but we want to do so as safely as possible and these vaccinations will help ensure that.”
Source: Fairfield-Suisun schools, Touro team for Covid-19, Tdap vaccination dates
By Richard Freedman
To paraphrase former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator, “They’ll be back.”
And when they do, expect students throughout the state to mask up, along with clerical staff, teachers and principals.
“I wish we didn’t wear masks. There will be a time we expect and hope we won’t,” said Tony Thurmond, California’s Superintendent of Schools.
Thurmond joined Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson, and Sunne Wright McPeak, president and CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund, in State Sen. Bill Dodd’s virtual town hall forum streamed live on KSVY radio in Sonoma and on multiple media platforms Tuesday night.
Source: Bill Dodd, education leaders talk mask mandates, pandemic silver linings – Times-Herald
By Richard Bammer
With Solano Public Health and Solano Emergency Medical Services, Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District will host a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic for students age 12 and older in the coming days and weeks.
Those Interested should meet at Grange Middle School, at 1975 Blossom Ave., in Fairfield.
Students age 12 and older will receive only the Pfizer vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to their appointment, Angie Avlonitis, executive director of the district’s administrative services, noted in a prepared statement.
Source: FSUSD to host free COVID vaccine clinics for students 12 and older – The Reporter
By Nick Sestanovich
As more and more Americans get vaccinated against the coronavirus, now children as young as 12 will have their shot, so to speak.
Solano Public Health held its first 12-and-older vaccination clinic last week in the former Forever 21 space at Solano Town Center, and additional clinics are scheduled throughout the week. On Wednesday, Solano Public Health had its largest pop-up clinic yet in Vacaville High School’s Harold Youngblood Gym with more than 2,020 signups.
Benjamin Gammon, Solano’s Emergency Medical Services coordinator, said he was thrilled with the turnout.
Source: Coronavirus: Vaca High among first 12-and-up vaccination clinics in Solano County – The Reporter
Anyone 12 to 17 who wants a Covid-19 vaccination can sign up for clinic spots through the Solano County Public Health Division.
The county, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, NorthBay Healthcare, Partnership Healthplan California, Touro University California and Medic Ambulance Service are hosting additional free vaccine clinics for those 12 or older who live, attend school or work in Solano County.
Parent consent is needed for minors younger than 18, and parents or guardians must attend the appointments. Sign up for an appointment, walk up onsite or call for scheduling or transportation assistance at 784-8655.
Source: Solano Covid clinics available for 12- to 17-year-olds, and up
By Matt O’Donnell
Students at Vallejo High School will resume in-person/hybrid instruction on Monday, the Vallejo City Unified School District confirmed on Saturday.
Due to two positive COVID-19 tests involving students, the school went back to distance learning this week while the campus was deep-cleaned.
“We follow all (Public Health Services California) and (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines, which don’t require any additional screening for the students returning to campus,” said district spokesperson Stephen Nichols in an email. “Of course, those guidelines do require any students who have symptoms to report them. Our process to facilitate that has been working well, and we’ll continue it. We’re returning to in-person/hybrid instruction having been in consultation with Solano County Public Health.”
Source: Vallejo High School students to resume in-person instruction Monday – Times-Herald
The California Department of Education (CDE) today has posted estimated local education agency (LEA) allocations from the $6.6 billion made available as part of the Assembly Bill (AB) 86 External link opens in new window or tab. COVID-19 relief package. The funding provided by AB 86 will accelerate the safe return to in-person instruction across California and provide schools the resources to expand academic, mental health and social-emotional supports, including over the summer.
“As more school districts across California announce plans to bring students back into classrooms, we at the CDE are providing the technical support our schools need to access resources in a timely way so educators can focus on providing a safe return to in-person learning, accelerate learning, and begin recovering,” said State Superintendent Tony Thurmond.
A breakdown of how the $2 billion for In-Person Instruction (IPI) Grants and $4.6 billion for Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Grants were determined for each LEA are available on the CDE IPI and ELO Grants Funding Results web page.
Source: $6 Billion in Reopening/Expanded Learning Funding – Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education)
By Richard Bammer
The Solano County Office of Education will offer a clinic in Fairfield Friday for county teachers needing a second-dose coronavirus vaccine.
The clinic will held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at SCOE offices, 5100 Business Center Drive.
Jennifer Leonard, a spokeswoman for SCOE, said the clinic is the second such event for more than 1,000 Solano County school employees.
Source: Coronavirus: Second-dose vaccinations set today for Solano County educators – The Reporter
By Matt Sieger
They used words and phrases like “unknowns,” “fluid and scary,” “unforeseeable challenges,” “uncharted territory” and “limbo.”
Sometimes the athletic directors of the local high schools were at a loss for words to describe their reaction and feelings to the suspension of spring sports on Friday, March 13, 2020, due to the threat of the coronavirus.
Will C. Wood Athletic Director Andrea Daniels noted, “It’s just the timing. It’s right when we are starting, so you’re in the flow, you’ve had your preseason and a lot of your practice sessions. But they (the student-athletes) all have a good attitude. It is what it is. We have to do what we have to do.”
Source: COVID shut down high school sports for a year
By Richard Bammer
After a year of COVID-19, of staying in or working from our homes, of relying on Zoom gatherings for so much of life, and so much more, help is on the way for Solano County and Vacaville area residents.
President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Thursday and it means that individuals who meet certain income requirements and filed IRS tax returns in 2019 or 2020 will be getting a $1,400 stimulus check in the mail or electronically deposited to a bank account.
It also means there will be critical funding to re-open schools, more vaccinations, more employment as school districts, cities, counties and area transportation agencies will be getting millions in financial relief.
Source: Coronavirus: Solano welcomes feds’ help – The Reporter
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond hosted a statewide webinar today with health experts and educators that addressed the use of rapid COVID-19 testing as a tool to safely resume in-person learning on school campuses.
“I strongly believe that while we wait for a full vaccine roll-out, we also need to be moving toward a strategy for the deployment of rapid COVID testing that is cost-effective for schools,” Thurmond said. “This is one tool in our tool box—but an important one. Rapid COVID testing is a game-changer. With mounting data that students are suffering from mental health issues and learning disruptions, rapid testing is a real help for districts looking for ways to get students safely back into classrooms.”
During the presentation, Thurmond shared how the use of BinaxNOW COVID-19 Cards, which provide test results in 15 minutes at a cost of $5 per test, will be used at the California Department of Education’s (CDE) three State Special Schools to safely return students to in-person instruction.
Source: Rapid COVID Testing to Facilitate School Reopening – Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education)
Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA03) voted to pass the Senate-amended “American Rescue Plan” (H.R.1319), in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill now heads to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law this week.
The legislation includes much-needed relief to:
- Put students safely back in classrooms
- Put vaccines in arms
- Put money in people’s pockets
- Put Americans back to work.
The bill includes funding to safely re-open schools, distribute vaccinations in every American community, send an additional $1,400 stimulus check to individuals, support small businesses, and extend unemployment benefits. The legislation codifies President Biden’s COVID-19 relief plan into law and includes funding to support specific COVID-19-related initiatives in Congressman Garamendi’s Congressional District.
Source: Garamendi Secures Critical Funding To Reopen Schools, Distribute Vaccines, Extend Unemployment Benefits, & Send $1,400 Stimulus Checks | Davis, CA Patch
By Todd R. Hansen
Health officials are expected to announce at noon today that Solano County is moving into the less restrictive red tier.
“We are going to go in red today,” Dr. Bela Matyas, the county public health officer, said in a phone interview.
“I think it is because of both our case count adjusted by our testing volume, and the health equity,” he added, and “it’s possible we are only a few weeks away from going to orange if the (state’s tier) changes are favorable to us.”
Source: Solano County going into the red tier at noon
By John Woolfolk
Lawmakers are expected Thursday to approve a $6.6 billion bill aimed at enticing more public schools to reopen this spring, but it doesn’t appear to be driving districts around the state to bring kids back earlier than they had already planned.
While the bill offers financial incentives to reopen by the end of March, with decreasing amounts offered until May 15, several districts say their reopening timelines instead depend on two factors: teacher vaccinations and falling local infection rates. Both of those were underway before Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders announced their compromise legislation Monday, and many districts had already hammered out agreements with teachers’ unions that would be difficult to change.
Source: COVID: Teacher vaccination a main driver in reopening schools – Times-Herald
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today issued the following statement in response to a legislative deal announced by Governor Gavin Newsom and lawmakers that is designed to help more schools open classrooms for in-person learning:
“There is no question that students learn best when they are together with their peers and educators in a physically and emotionally safe school environment. Our schools need every resource possible to implement the layered safety measures that will facilitate a safe return to in-person learning for students, school staff, teachers, and their families.
“I want to thank Governor Gavin Newsom and our leaders in the Legislature for crafting a proposal that will provide our school districts and educators additional resources to help resume safe in-person learning and invest in expanded learning and academic interventions to help students accelerate learning and recover from the impacts of this pandemic.
Source: Response to Legislative Deal on School Reopening – Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education)
By Todd R. Hansen
The number of novel coronavirus cases over the weekend was slightly lower than at the same time last week, but Solano County will still have to experience even fewer cases over the next four days to get into the less restrictive red tier.
The Public Health Division reported Monday there were 91 new cases since Friday’s update, a three-day average of 30.33.
It took the total since the pandemic started to 30,115.
Source: Solano’s weekend Covid numbers improve, but county still in purple
By Taryn Luna and John Myers, LA Times
Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic legislative leaders announced an agreement Monday to give school districts $2 billion to open schools for students in transitional kindergarten through second grade by April 1, focusing on California’s youngest children after almost a year of distance learning.
The negotiations wrapped up over the weekend, according to sources close to both the governor and the Legislature who confirmed its basic components.
The plan, detailed in Assembly Bill 86, provides financial incentives to school districts that offer in-person instruction in counties with fewer than 25 new daily confirmed coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents, a threshold almost all California counties currently meet as the winter’s rapid spread of the virus had slowed.
Source: Newsom, legislators strike deal to reopen California schools
By Thomas Gase
Year after year, educators hope to have multiple pens, sheets of paper, erasers, rulers and calculators to help them get through a class. Now most of them are thankful to add COVID-19 vaccination shots to that same list.
Nearly 1,000 of the 2,000 educators and teachers from throughout Solano County took advantage of vaccine invitations and made appointments for their shots, according to Lisette Estrella-Henderson, the county’s superintendent of schools. Many had attended a vaccine clinic last week at the Solano County Office of Education.
In Napa County, 950 doses were made available to Napa district and county office of education teachers. The county has released 1,000 more doses to be administered to all Napa County school staff Monday and Tuesday, according to American Canyon High principal Crystal Lopez.
Source: Local educators start receiving vaccinations – Times-Herald